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Harry Pristovnik's models


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Hi All,

I did a pictorial inventory of most of the models that I was kind of saving for last- the scratchbuilt, super-intricate ones. I didn't think to measure them for scale or put something in the picture to suggest size. Some of them are quite large- a foot to two long. I remember reading that sale transactions were not allowed on this site, and I hope I'm not overstepping my boundaries by posting about these. I don't know the best/fairest way to go about this so I'm going to post my email address: apristo2@gmail.com

If you're interested in buying a model, please email me with the jpeg number (because even after all the time I've spent on this subject in the last few months I'm still painfully aware of how little I know) and we can go from there. We can discuss price, shipping (these will have to be packed SO incredibly carefully), etc. I know my dad has a photobucket account which I imagine has infinitely superior photos in comparison to my crappy cell camera. I'll have to get the password and info from my brother if you're interested in looking at higher quality images. 

Ok, I think that about sums it up! These aren't quite all of the rest of the models but it's a good start. I will not list any of these on eBay until further notice. 

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OMG!  Those are Harry's BEST models!  I saw at least couple of 1:8 scale (very large) Pocher models!  I wish I had room for some of this.  Tresure trove of beautiful models.

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Those models are truly works of art and show the craftsmanship and detail he put into his builds. Thank you for sharing those with us, not sure we got to see them before.

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AMY, THANKS FOR THE PICS, ALL HIS MODEL BUILDS ARE REAL LOOKING AND NOT  A GLUE SMUDGE ANYWHERE!!. NOW YOU KNOW WHY HE WAS MOST APPRECIATED HERE. NOT ONLY FOR HIS CARS BUT FOR HIS PLANES,TROLLEY CARS AND WESTERN STAGECOACHES.

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Excellent pictures; thank you for sharing them.

Did you remove the bases on a couple of models? I remember one model had working lights, and the batteries/switch were located in the base.

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Wow, all beautiful models and excellent craftsmanship on those. Thanks for the photos Amy as you should have no problem selling them.

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I remember following along as Harry built many of these, and how inspiring it was to see the intelligence, talent, skill and care he brought to his work. I think of him often, and imagine I always will. 

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Amy, the 1/8 scale black Pocher 1935 Mercedes you have pictured there is the kit I sold your Dad I believe back in '09. I was glad to see him turn it into a BEAUTIFUL masterpiece here on the board! I knew I would never get the time to build it, so it was great to see it go to a good home. ;)

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Is any of the cars 1/24 1/25 scale?

 

 

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There are some beautiful builds for sure!!

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Hi Everyone,

A couple of quick replies- 

I did not remove any bases. I do remember the mention of a base with working lights and I think I saw that as I was clearing out a room but I can't remember- there were so many. Not everything is pictured here but those posted are pictured as found (hence some pieces broken off and set next to the model). I had no idea the extent to which he was creating these models. He kept them under wraps- literally- there was an entire room in the house that he wouldn't let us walk into or even open the door because the floor was covered wall to wall by models under newspapers. I wish we could keep them all but my brother, sister and I live in rented apartments and there is very little room to store them, let alone display them properly, as I know you guys will. It's also an honor to have them go to people who fully understand the work and talent and artistry that goes into building them. By distributing these models all over the US (and a couple of different countries, as well), it's almost like we're able to distribute a piece of him, too. It's been pretty amazing. Almost like scattering his ashes, if you'll allow the metaphor. 

I have at least read every one of the emails I received and plan on replying with more detailed information as soon as I can get back in the same physical space as the models. We don't intend to sell everything, and it's not as though offers were POURING in, but it will help to have some of these go to loving homes.

Thanks again guys. I'm very humbled and grateful.

 

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I forgot to mention-

Here is a link to his photobucket account. MUCH better quality photos and a more comprehensive display of what he did. 

http://s82.photobucket.com/user/harrypri/library/?sort=3&page=1

password to let you view the folders is  BigChevy1967

There are a lot of ads but the pop-ups seem to slow down in frequency as you peruse the site.

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Hi Amy,  Maybe this has been suggested already but perhaps the International Model Car Builders Museum in Salt Lake City may be interested in your late dad's model if you have any left over to donate to them.

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Hi Amy

Further to my last post there is an auto museum that is located at Dearborn Michigan, that may be gographicallhy close enough. It is the Henry Ford Museum. Perhaps if you made an approach to them they may be interested in having the entire collection for permanent display of the car models. As another thought maybe there are museums in Detroit,home of the American car industry that may be interested. Perhaps the other models could be displayed in a Chicago museum or exhibition centre.. I saw amongst the photos a gold and white Deusenberg that may be of interest to the Cord Auburn Duesenberg Museum in Indiana.

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Hi Amy

Further to my last post there is an auto museum that is located at Dearborn Michigan, that may be gographicallhy close enough. It is the Henry Ford Museum. Perhaps if you made an approach to them they may be interested in having the entire collection for permanent display of the car models. As another thought maybe there are museums in Detroit,home of the American car industry that may be interested. Perhaps the other models could be displayed in a Chicago museum or exhibition centre.. I saw amongst the photos a gold and white Deusenberg that may be of interest to the Cord Auburn Duesenberg Museum in Indiana.

I actually called/emailed a number of museums and even an auction house a few months ago and no one was interested. I think I did have one car museum that was interested and wanted a lot more information but after talking about it with my sister and brother we were worried the display would eventually be taken down and the models would be lost to us. We liked the idea of them being in peoples' homes instead. We still do want to keep as many of them as we can ourselves, we just can't possibly keep his entire collection. :(

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How sad to see all of these for sale, but much better than going into the trash, like some folks would do. Harry was certainly a force here, and I wish he was still with us. 

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How sad to see all of these for sale, but much better than going into the trash, like some folks would do. Harry was certainly a force here, and I wish he was still with us. 

Harry is still with us, and you don't have to look any further than your heart to see that.

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Hi Amy,  Maybe this has been suggested already but perhaps the International Model Car Builders Museum in Salt Lake City may be interested in your late dad's model if you have any left over to donate to them.

I agree with Bugatti.  I would contact them.   I would like one of something he built myself, it would need to be an automotive subject.  One of our club members passed away.  His highly detailed but unfinished cobra projects were donated to the museum.  We all miss your Father, Amy.  A respected and talented man.  He also had a lot of building supplies.  What will become of those items?  I had sent him a good sized roll of very fine screen.  Sadly to me I recall kidding to him it would be a lifetime supply.  So...If you find it, be careful it will poke you good.

 

Greg

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