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Bill J

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    1/25 and 1/24

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    Valley of The Sun
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    Bill Jay

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  1. Posting for MREDJR 1955 Ford

    Really nice Elvin! Neat old Ferd
  2. Wanted Lobo Graphics Decals

    Good luck with the Chevy builds. Mark J has some posts of his 63 Chevy Junior Johnson build on this forum, Mark's is one of the very nicest I have seen.
  3. Wanted Lobo Graphics Decals

    All of the Lobographix decals fit the appropriate cars. The only 63 Chevy kits are AMT and Revell and they are both 1/25. I am sure if you ask Lobographix, they will tell you the decals are made to fit the kits. I have the Jumior Johnson decals and they are sized for the AMT or Revell kits.
  4. Wanted Lobo Graphics Decals

  5. Howlin' Wolf's Fleetline

    Really cool! Chester Burnett was always one of my favorite blues artists! I miss the good old blues music. I listen to the blues on the radio as often as possible. Howlin' Wolf's car is awesome, nicely done!
  6. Is NA$CAR for sale?

    All interesting perspectives. So, here is my thoughts on the whole NASCAR can of worms. In the beginning stock car racing was just that, the racing of stock cars. Along the way the sanctioning body and the racers themselves have lost track of this concept. Their excuse is safety (necessary) and reliability (today's stock cars are more reliable). What would you rather see, a race of 40 stock cars or 40 special built, racing only custom made cars? Yes, they put branding n them to make them seem like actual cars. Truth is both the cars and the racing suck. I first became a NASCAR fan a year or two before getting my first driver license. The one race I really recall was one that had a Ford called a Starlifter. It was 1962 and the car was a boxy Ford Galaxie with the roof replaced with a fastback top from a 1961 Ford Starliner. It made the car much faster by improving aerodynamics and created some excitement and some controversy. Car was banned after a few races. It did create some interest and it was a stock body and chassis car back then. The cars evolved and were regulated to the point that by late 1966 they were custom made cars but still had to maintain certain stock appearances. That actual aspect, of appearing like showroom cars was enough to maintain public interest in the races. Along the way to today, the cars changed here and there until they became the cookie cutter, unrealistic "stock cars" we see today (or don't care to see). What made racing interesting decades ago was innovation in aero design, engine design and drivers that worked their way from the bottom to the top by being talented, bold and fearless. One of the most important factors effecting fan interest was that the cars raced were nearly identical to the cars we could all buy. Not anything like the custom funny cars they assemble for the series today, there is no relationship other than the occasional logo pasted on the hand made bodies. If you take Indy car racing as an example, most of us old enough remember when the month of May was special to race fans. The Indianapolis Speedway opened to testing for the Indy 500 and all sorts of cars/builders/drivers showed up to try to make a winning car. We had innovation, we had weird concepts and we had all sorts of powerplants. try to beat the brickyard into submission and win the Indy 500. Cars like Smokey Yunick's sidecar, the Novi powered cars, the turbine cars. Rear engine cars, front engine cars and exhaust pipes out the top of the engine because that was the only way the engine could fit the chassis. The whole experience was exciting, interesting and yeah, dangerous. We, the fans loved it all. Indy car today is as boring as watching paint dry, in comparison to days past. What is wrong with racing stock cars today? Yes, they'd have to be made safe for racing, roll cages, beefed chassis and other enhancements. The reliability would be demonstrated by innovative design and not by $150,000 hand built engines. Fans would be able to identify with the cars raced, not the logos on them. While we are at it, NASCAR needs to do away with all their fake drama created by "stages", "playoffs" and "the chase". Who really cares for any of that phony stuff? Has it really added any excitement? No, just hyped nonsense. If I owned NASCAR today, I would sell too before any more of the shiny buffs off of the turd it has become.
  7. I was not really addressing Asian made vehicles in my FWD statement. I believe that the Asian successes are the reason all of the US makers began making FWD cars. While it is common for a Toyota or Honda to last 10 years or more, it is also pretty common to see domestic FWD cars get scrapped because of some $3500 replacement of a transmission that makes the cost too great to pay. Not to argue, I just know what I see in my experience. Just as you do.
  8. Don't even get me started on self driving cars!! What a neat concept that may be workable someday but not today. We had a lady killed recently in our state, she was walking across the street with a bicycle and the self driving car hit her without even slowing down. It was also going over the posted speed limit and the person that was supposed to override the system in an emergency was not even paying attention. Our governor has welcomed, invited and begged for these self driven technologies to come to our state. There are just too many variables involved in safe vehicle operation for a computer with a few sensors to be able to safely negotiate current roads and traffic. Oh, and you and I have to demonstrate our driving ability and our knowledge of traffic laws before we can earn a license to drive, but they'll let someone say that their computer controlled vehicle is ready for the road? Wrong!!!
  9. I think, and it is just my opinion not based on any data from anywhere, that front wheel drive cars are the real problem. It can be a so called crossover, or a SUV or a passenger sedan, if it is front wheel drive it is a self destructive vehicle. I know that FWD has some advantages in certain conditions. Overall though, I think FWD is rough riding, steers weird and the biggest problem of all, FWD vehicles are too expensive to maintain and repair. You hardly ever see a FWD vehicle last very many years. Something breaks and they get scrapped. It's the repair costs that people can't afford. A friend had a Dodge and the tranny went out after the warranty was expired, car was about 6 years old and the repair estimate was way more than the car was worth in running order. Scrapped. Unfortunately, some so called SUV's and about all "crossover's" are FWD. Maybe they are cheaper to build when you just drop all the running gear into the front end. Whatever the reason, it ends up being a pain to repair and costly. It is not a surprise to see trucks sell so well. Most of the larger SUV's are based on the trucks and have RWD, full frames and are sturdy. Their downside is poor mileage and purchase prices that are becoming too costly for the average buyer. To my tastes, most of the SUV's and all of the crossovers are too car like, too cushy and not very capable except as grocery getters. Basically, they are high roofed station wagons. The old days of heavy duty Blazers, Broncos and Scouts are over and replaced with vehicles that are more like cars than tough trucks. Ford has so many SUV style vehicles and they are all basically the same except for size. Maybe the new Bronco will be more of a realistic utility vehicle. GM is basically the same. Both makers offer some heavy duty SUV options as long as you have over $50K to spend on a Tahoe/Suburban or Expedition. The average buyer is stuck with an Equinox or Escape at $30K, FWD pavement loving wagons. So for Ford and GM to drop cars makes sense because not many buyers than have been around awhile really want to spend $30K+ on a disposable FWD vehicle. Those same manufacturers should not be surprised when their disposable FWD wagons don't sell all that well in the future. For the record, I drive a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, still complex but more basic than most offerings around today.
  10. If you have a Hobby Lobby nearby, there is a paint in a spray can called Bonnet Blue that is from craft paints section. It is made by one of the usual paint companies, forget which off the top of my head. It is an enamel, regular gloss paint that pretty nearly matches the Gulf Blue. For the orange, not too hard to match that one. Paint is Krylon "Short Cuts" comes in a 3 ounce spray can, cheaper than Testor's IIRC. https://www.bing.com/images/search?view=detailV2&ccid=sOCHYczH&id=F2AA55E5A1E8F9B12EFFFFDA234B662190F5A45E&thid=OIP.sOCHYczHb2Vebetk75NzbgHaHa&mediaurl=http%3a%2f%2fimg.hobbylobby.com%2fsys-master%2froot%2fh36%2fh4e%2fh00%2f8892945596446%2f464479[5].jpg&exph=350&expw=350&q=krylon+short+cuts+bottet+blue&simid=608006194130259761&selectedIndex=1&ajaxhist=0
  11. '57 Chevy 150 Utility Sedan

    I actually have a correct 6 cylinder engine that came out of a gluebomb and I have all my parts painted for building another 150 with the 6. I have the white paint on the body and some Harbor Blue Chevy paint for it. I know that was not an optional paint choice but was probably special order-able to make one like that.I am planning on using a back seat from the Revell 57 2 door BelAir kit so that my next 150 has the optional back seat too. I wish they would have included one as an option in the 150 kit. Love that Revell kit, I have 2 built, one street Black Widow and one Buck Baker NASCAR version.
  12. '57 Chevy 150 Utility Sedan

    What Tom said is correct, the radiator is in front of the radiator wall and the top hose inlet is in a different position also, on the six cylinder cars..
  13. '57 Chevy 150 Utility Sedan

    Nice Chevy 150, looks great. As far as I know, the last time I checked, the only kit with the correct 6 cyl. engine is the AMT 1960 Chevy pickup. The air cleaner is not correct for the passenger car but the engine itself is the correct one. The engine first used in 1955 I believe.
  14. Okay, that is a positive sign. It still leaves the wrong rear bumper and the body crease missing unresolved. That is not just a line down the side of the car, it is a bend where the shape of the side bends inward. You may add a line but hard to add a bend in the side shape of the car. Get it right, it is no harder to make it correct the first time around.
  15. Maybe? https://www.ebay.com/itm/1-24-Meko-Nissan-Fairlady-Amuse-Z34-Transkit/192504327148?hash=item2cd226ebec:g:NH8AAMXQBuNQ7M4H