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Bill J

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    Bill Jay

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  1. I have read all the posts here and I understand most of what is being written. I have noticed a trend since around 1987, the trend has been to allow more and more aerodynamic changes and a migration away from showroom appearance and power plants. To me, the more NASCAR deviates from the original concepts, the more the interest fades. Look at a 1990 NASCAR race car and note all of the contingency sponsor stickers on the front fenders and even the quarter panels. They were mostly all automotive related products, like piston rings, bearings, batteries and so on. All of the cars with the stickers would receive rewards for their finishing positions. Today the cars have a few stickers, probably still get some rewards but what it tells me is that even the automotive parts and accessory makers are no longer identifying with NASCAR cars and it's race series. Main sponsors are harder to find as well. Also consider the races used to have 42 cars make the race, some didn't make the races, but more than 42 cars showed up to race. Today they get about 38 cars, everyone gets to race because they cannot actually fill the field. Myself, I became interested in NASCAR in mid-season 1962. The series raced cars I could relate to, Ford Galaxies, Plymouth Furys, Chevy Impalas and so on. The engines were available in showroom cars, Ford 406-427 FE, Chrysler 413-426, Chevy 409-427's and all of us new drivers wanted one of these cars for our daily drive. Today, the cars are named for street cars, have some nose features decaled on to resemble, vaguely, a showroom car and the power train is all custom designed for racing the one exception sort of being the Ford 9 inch rear axles. Which, incidentally will be going away with the next generation cars going to independent suspension rear ends. My take is the interest in the series was based on that stock car relationship. When they began allowing some custom chassis cars in the later 60's, the cars still were requires to have a near showroom appearance and engines were still available in cars or at least over the parts counter. The more NASCAR has deviated from their original concept, the less interesting it has become. As far as models go, I have not bought any NASCAR kits since about 2006 and have not built a model of any car after 2000. So unless the series changes drastically for the better, it will continue to decline in popularity.
  2. Another great engine Mike! So far I have several of your engines. I have not gotten around to assembling one yet but I can see the parts and they are perfection in modeling. Keep them coming. Looking for the Ford 427 SOHC done accurately....hint, hint
  3. Mark, while I live in a big city, I find it is always a long way to a local shop that carries the Tamiya paint. I also find that after a long journey through hazardous traffic the shop may not have the color I seek. This is most often. I forget what the break point is for free shipping from Tamiya USA but I have had great results ordering online from them. I know if the color is in stock, often pay less and I always buy a few cans of their excellent primer when I make up an order. The other thing around this city, spray paint is locked up because of graffiti taggers. You have to locate the person with the keys and select your paints while they hover over you. Pretty annoying. I'd prefer that they would proclaim an "open season" on taggers, it would solve several problems, the way I see it. The locking up of paint has no effect on graffiti and really only creates needless difficulties. Jason, your :Lumina is coming along nicely, I always used chevy engine red for my Earnhardt interiors, I used Testor's and with all their reddish colors I always have a semi loss look, never could get it shiny but it looks great for that Earnhardt chassis. Be careful with clearing Scalefinishes enamels, they often take a long time to dry completely and most clear over it will spiderweb on you. Calypso Coral is the same paint code as Poppy red, Calypso coral is the Mercury name for the same Ford color. Hard to see my interior in this pic but it's Chevy engine red.
  4. Both of you guys did good on the blue Elliot cars. I had the Slixx correction numbers when I did mine, overall the decals fought me all the way. I used Ford Guardsman blue for mine, looks darker in the picture.
  5. Both of those hard to paint Elliot 'birds. I am impressed again
  6. Great job on the very hard to mask car. It looks perfect. I have a set of those decals but always chicken to try to mask it up!
  7. Super nice Ferrari, I was wondering how you got the 1:! car on your table. Very realistic!
  8. I never had any luck with Testor's wet look clear or really any of their spray cans. I once had a race car model that was painted and decaled over 15 years ago, decided to finally finish it up and because it was a red color and not very glossy, I decided to "wetlook clear" it with the Testor's. The paint on the car was Testor's BTW. After a day, the entire car was spider-webbed all over, ruined. Decals were long OOP and the model was a total loss, unless I get around to stripping it and making some other car at some point. I've tried all the model clear paints with limited success. I prefer not to clear, if possible. Clear had always been a way to ruin all the previous efforts. I usually avoid the risk. I have had some success with the floor polish clear, used to be called Future or the Testor's acytlic clear mixed and sprayed from an air brush.
  9. Thanks for that. I was thinking the lights were perhaps navigation lights used on ships or boats. Haven't seen anything like them in scale or 1:1. I guess the same can be said for the front fender mirrors, they're a little different from most. I guess we keep looking
  10. Your Wyre Gulf GT MKI from 57 Daytona looks great so far. What are you planning on using to replicating the marker lights on the top of the car? I've looked around trying to find something similar and have come up black so far.
  11. The fuel cell should be about the same as the cars of today. Partly underneath and partly in the trunk.
  12. The way I do the splatter paint is I paint my chassis top with Testor's Model Master gloss gull gray. Once it dries I spray Testor's Acrylic white from my airbrush, at a distance and without thinning the paint. I then do the same with Testor's acrylic black. Because the paint wasn't thinned, it spits and gets a nice almost to scale result. I am sure someone else has other ways of doing this. Not hard, just a few steps. The hard part is cleaning the airbrush, the acrylics tend to foul the tip and it can be tough to get it cleaned out.
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