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  1. I hate to say it, but I’m really beginning to believe that the time is approaching when the good lord will feel compelled to hit the reset button on humanity. Steve
  2. Doesn’t surprise me in the least. It seams to me that it’s always the stupidest people on the planet that don’t know when, or even how, to keep their mouths shut! Steve
  3. The only one that I think I would enjoy building is the Metropolitan. Steve
  4. Hi Bill! Sorry it took me so long to answer your question. Got a little distracted you might say. If you go back and look at some of the earlier photos, you'll see that I started by sanding off the original boots and replacing them with thin disks of styrene rod. I then sanded them down slightly to form a relatively smooth, slightly domed boot. Then I drilled the holes for the wires slightly off center and at an angle. I did this to allow the wires to lay down more flatly to the valve cover. Once the wires were installed, I added a dab of 5 minute epox
  5. You're right about the perception of some progress posts appearing boring, but I can speak from experience when I say that it's much less boring than answering the inevitable repeated "how did you do that" questions. Steve
  6. Or just ignore the caps. I just take off the cap and dab the polishing rag in the polish. Steve
  7. Ah, the joys of having to completely re-engineer half of the parts to get things to fit properly!! I think sometimes when people hear the term "parts swap" they occasionally don't understand the work that may be involved. When I did my '64 Pontiac Grand Prix, I saved the original vintage kit floor board, but removed the tunnel, and fit the floor over the tunnel of the AMT '62 Catalina kit. There are a ton of details that need to be taken into consideration when mating mismatched chassis, interior, engine bay and engine parts to another kit. It's hard to find an insta
  8. Thanks Bob! I guess that’s the name of the game. Always trying to improve. 😊 Steve
  9. Thanks Charlie! Pretty much finished up the engine today. Steve
  10. Thanks. I appreciate that. But I'm going to say that there are lots of better candidates out there. Steve
  11. Today I finished up the distributor, wires and boots and added the transmission. Steve
  12. The majority of the linkage in this case is constructed from stretched sprue. Steve
  13. The Grand Prix has 3 pieces. One for “GRAND”, one for “PRIX” and one for the badge. The Mercury does have individual pieces around each letter. But remember, you can apply them as one piece and once they’re burnished down well, you can cut around each letter. Steve
  14. I agree to an extent with the "paint as an assembly" theory, but probably much less so than others might. I almost always assemble the engine block halves and heads before I paint, but in most cases, I leave off the pan, valve covers and intake manifold to be assembled after. Part of the reason for this is that many times I look at individual assemblies as a separate model as I progress and it's much easier to do all of the intricate carb linkage and fuel line detail for example, if the intake manifold is not attached to the block. Sometimes certain parts can just be in the way
  15. A strip of aluminum from a soda can. Steve
  16. Thanks guys!! Today I installed the coil, distributor base, and the fuel splitter. then added the vacuum advance hose, fuel lines and throttle cable. Steve
  17. Believe it or not, Duplicolor still sells Wimbledon White in it's "Perfect Match" touch up paint line. Steve
  18. I understand all that you guys are saying, and I respect it, but the whole thing of just appearing out of nowhere, proclaiming that something sucks, regardless of what it is, and then basically disappearing into the ether, just rubs me the wrong way. I'm not going to pretend it doesn't. I'm going to return now to my lousy old models. By the way, If there is anyone that has a lousy model from the same era that the AMT '57 Chevy tooling comes from, I would be more than happy to take it off of your hands. And while we're on the subject, Tamiya's kits are lousy, a
  19. Lord, how did we make it for 40 years when all there was were "lousy" kits before the "good" ones came along? Steve
  20. Thanks guys. It was purchased by my wife back in ‘05 as a “midlife crisis” cure. She gave me the option of her either having an affair, or buying the sports car. I picked the sports car! 😁 Steve
  21. What it all boils down to from my perspective is that this OP had no intention of starting a relevant and civilized conversation about the pros and cons of this particular kit. It was obviously conceived as nothing more than an "I don't like it, end of discussion" thought. No interest, no inquiries, no curiosity about other peoples experiences with the kit, just "I hate it, and so should you". Personally, I think the discussion has become quite informational to anyone who's truly interested in the characteristics of this particular kit, but I don't think any of the impetu
  22. It's not that I take it personally. I don't. I've built this kit more than once over the years, but haven't built one in a long time. Granted, there are better kits available now, but there's nothing wrong with this one either. What bothers me is when people feel the need to make blanket statements like this about a perfectly viable kit because they don't want to put any effort into it themselves. It bothers me that there might be some other fledgling modelers out there that might see a post like this and automatically dismiss considering a particular kit because they
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