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  • Birthday 09/14/1984

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  • Scale I Build 1:25 & 1:24

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  • Location Saint John, NB
  • Full Name Chris Martin

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  1. kataranga added a post in a topic Revell Muscle Series cars   

    Oops, didn't see that GTO there!
  2. kataranga added a post in a topic Revell Muscle Series cars   

    For Monogram Muscle I have an '87 Buick Grand National. In addition to the abovementioned Revell Muscle kits, I also have a '66 Pontiac GTO and a '96 Ford Mustang Saleen S281.
  3. kataranga added a post in a topic Michael's Clearance, Selected Car Kits   

    Two weeks ago I picked up an AMT '66 Nova and Lindberg Lil' Red Wagon on clearance at the Michael's in Fredericton, NB. 
  4. kataranga added a post in a topic What did you get today?   

    I still have to pinch myself to remember that this happened, as I never get deals like this:

    Both still in the inner bags. The GMC lost a valve cover and one small decal to tire burn, and the Charger has some chips out of the pre-painted body. I paid $50 for both. 
  5. kataranga added a post in a topic Let's See Some Glue Bombs!   

    I don't know if this would exactly qualify as a glue bomb as someone started restoring it before I got it but here's a 1962 Plymouth Fury I've had for some time that I would like to rebuild at some point. Not sure if it is the Johan or the Revell kit, or even where I'll source the missing parts.

  6. kataranga added a post in a topic Anyone know the kit source for these wheels?   

    The Cobra wheels have holes in the center caps for the quick-release spinners; these wheels appear to have a center cap/no hole.
  7. kataranga added a post in a topic 1977 GMC K10   

    All done. Under Glass thread here: http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/topic/112792-1977-gmc-k10/
  8. kataranga added a topic in Under Glass: Pickups, Vans, SUVs, Light Commercial   

    1977 GMC K10
    Finished this one up today. Base kit is the recently reissued GMC plow truck. I sourced the fenderside bed, tail lights, and wheels from an earlier Chevy issue of the pickup kit. I had to make my own tailgate as the Chevy tailgate has embossed lettering and it was half melted by an oversealous application of tube glue. Cut down the frame to single exhaust and fabricated a y-pipe. Pared it down to four shocks instead of eight, added a spare wheel in the correct location, and removed the driver's side tank. Tried to depict a low-option truck with a 305 V8 and manual three speed transmission.

    I tried to add some more detail under the hood. Heater blower is from an MPC pickup, brake booster is from a Jeep CJ-7, clutch reservoir is from the parts bin. I also cut out the extra battery. I didn't realize until afterwards that the clutch reservoir should have been mounted lower to allow for the wiper motor...ah well.
    Thanks for looking!
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  9. kataranga added a post in a topic 1977 GMC K10   

    My master bedroom is currently undergoing mold remediation, so it's contents are spread out between my model room and my daughter's room; we are staying at my inlaws for now. Modeling is difficult, but I made myself a path to my workbench and I've been working on this truck while the remediation guys work. I have the chassis just about all done, just need to hang the spare tire.

    As with the Blazer, I had to fabricate a Y-pipe. I tried a different method, didn't work so well. I cut little slivers and styrene and glued them in the front centrecaps; together with the red paint they look like manual locking hubs. From a distance, anyway.
  10. kataranga added a post in a topic A new shop   

    Speaking from experience as someone that has crammed their workspace and ~500 models in a 6'x12' room, currently in an 8'x9' room, I would say 10'x10' would be a bit on the small side!
  11. kataranga added a topic in On the Workbench: Pickups, Vans, SUVs, Light Commercial   

    1977 GMC K10
    The base kit for this build is the GMC plow truck kit. I'm using a fenderside (correct GMC terminology) bed from an earlier Chevy issue along with the GM truck rallye wheels. I cut down the chassis to have single exhaust and single tank. Like the Blazer I just did, I used a piece from a scrap frame to fill in the crossmember where the second muffler was.

    Then I went and cut out the second molded-in battery and filled in the "hinge" openings in the firewall.

    One feature that I really don't like about the Monogram pickup kits of this era is the separate rear cab wall. I have glued this one in and reinforced the inside with melted sprue so that it will stretch enough to get the interior tub in but won't break the glue seam. I smoothed out the cab/cab wall transition as it was rather square.

    Here's a mockup of how the truck will sit. The bed is from a gluebomb so I've actually had to cut out the floor (to be replaced with basswood) and make my own tailgate.

    And here's how it sits now, a mockup with paint.

    The color is Testors Aztek Dark Grey. I stripped the wheels and bumper and painted them white; the grille was stripped and painted Krylon Matte Aluminum. As the kit is molded, it has a SBC with a column-shifted manual transmission, so I decided to build this one up as a base model truck. In my mind the engine is a 305. 
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  12. kataranga added a post in a topic 1976 Chevrolet Blazer   

    I finished this one up, forgot to post about it. Only have the two pictures so far; once I do a proper photoshoot I'll create an Under Glass thread.

    The spare tire carrier is from the pickup kits, the spare tire itself is from the recent GMC plow truck kit.
  13. kataranga added a post in a topic What cool trucks (rigs or pick ups) have you seen lately?   

    Looks like a Peterbilt 320. I spent a lot of time at airports working FIFO jobs so I've seen lots of funky airport equipment. Never saw a fuel truck that big, though.
  14. kataranga added a post in a topic Watch your accounts very closely   

    You know for being two of the most similar countries on Earth I often forget just how different the banking systems of Canada and the US are. We've had chip debit cards for about eight years now, tap + chip debit cards for 3-5 years. On the other hand, Visa debit cards that work as a credit card online but draw from your bank accounts are only a couple years old here. My current bank card is all three
  15. kataranga added a post in a topic 1976 Chevrolet Blazer   

    Well, look at that! At least that's an easy fix.