I just got back with a new toy: a 2016 Martin D28 John Lennon guitar. This is not the 75th anniversary edition but the follow up series. It has the Vintage Tone System which makes a new guitar sounds like a vintage one. This one is aged to sound like one from 1965, the year that Martin gave guitars to Lennon, McCartney and Harrison. It just booms right out of the box (it just arrived this morning and I watched the guy take the guitar and case out of the shipping carton). I was the first person not at the factory who touched it. What a thrill!
Hello Rick! I helped out at the Barris auction, along with Don Graham, Doane Yawger and the late BruceTreadwell. That was a cray weekend! Good to hear from you, and looking forward to the exchange f thoughts.
The "model" thread has a banner in front; the "non model" thread has a banner after the "What did you get today" title. The "non model" thread was started quite a while ago, but evidently the definition was not modified. I'm not trying to be nasty- the similar titles fooled me for a long time until I noticed the banner location. I think all of the non model entries from this thread were moved to the other thread when it was created.
Chris, there are two tie rods in the kit. the chrome one is if you want a detailed tie rod and there is an unplated one if you want poseable wheels. The extra wheel backs and wheel rings are not on the instructions. These parts are for the roadster version that had single rear slicks. They are shown on an original instruction sheet. Also, the top was not covered in vinyl. It was solid walnut, inside and out. If you google "Barris Surf Woody" you will find pics I took in 1983 when the car was at the Harrah Museum about to be auctioned. Unfortunately my old free Fotki site is no more. It had lots of reference stuff on the car and the kit.
Dennis Doty combined a 1/8 scale E type and '65 Corvette in Model Car Science magazine. It was a multi part project that included a soldered brass chassis. I can't get to my copies right now, so I can't tell you what issues had the installments. I do remember that it was on the cover when finished.
Ed Sexton told me that he only brought the parts unique to the '48 coupe I guess the rest of the parts are shared with the convertible. Also note that the hood was glued on for display purposes (I .asked). I also want to thank Mr. Sexton for coming to the show.
The earlier Chaparral 2s had fiberglass composite chassis, and the 2C was Hall's first aluminum monocoque. The 2C also had a shorter wheelbase and was the first car with the flipper tail. I believe one of the fiberglass cars later got the flipper tail. This is info I remember from reading a book on the Chaparrals.
The '49 Mercury can be turned into a convertible by using some parts from he soon to be reissued 50 Ford Convertible. The Ford windshield frame is a separate piece as the kit has an optional chopped windshield for the custom version. You would also need he window ,glass and convertible boot. I find convertible conversions are easier if you cut the windshield header first and them work toward the rear, as this lessens the chance of breaking off the A pillars. For most convertible conversions you will need fabricate sun visors and the top boot, and for some you must change the shape of the windshield header (the Merc would be one of these if you couldn't use the Ford part). Hope this helps.