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XL500

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    HO, 1/25, 1/24

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    Long Island, NY USA
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    Ernie Finamore

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  1. Would you be able to list what issue number, month, and year of the magazine you are speaking of? I can't get anyone to answer the phone at that publication. Thanks, Ernie :>)
  2. Yes - as usual, I can't figure out the proper place to look for things on the computer! But... I will be there bright and EARLY waiting to set up tomorrow morning. I'm finishing up packaging the last of the engine kits and wheel/tire sets today before loading up the SUV tonight. See you all at the show, and... ENJOY!! -- Ernie :>)
  3. Wow, I looked at the calendar and there is NO LISTING for the largest model car show in North America! How did THAT happen? See you all there this Saturday April 22, 9 am - 4 pm. Arrive EARLY! Ernie's Model Auto Parts, in the main vendor gymnasium, first aisle on your left, right side. NNL EAST, @ PAL hall in Wayne, NJ. See ya there! -- Ernie :>)
  4. Those 1/32 '64 FORDS are awesome, beautifully finished! The 1/24 '63 Galaxie looks like what I race at the commercial track, using 4 1/2" Parma FCR chassis. Glad to see I'm not the only guy still using those old black and white Champion "peel'n'stick" number sheets and R/C car vinyl decals! -- Ernie :>)
  5. The wheels and tires in the photos look like model kit stuff, not slot car drag racing items. I didn't build these, so I can't help you on that point. I can, however, tell you that using model kit bodies on slot cars is common practice, especially with the drag racing guys. We call them "hard bodies", for obvious reasons. Check it out on the slot car forums either here, HRW or SCI. That's Home Racing World, and Slot Car Illustrated. Hope this clears things up a bit for you. Enjoy! -- Ernie :>)
  6. Hello, Mike - welcome to the forum. Plenty of good things happening here for automotive plastic guys like us. And, I believe you're down the road from a favorite place of mine - The Drag Strip at Lebanon Valley Raceway! I try to get to at least one event there each summer. Hemmings Muscle Machines magazine holds annual Nostalgia and Muscle Car events there on Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, they're lots of fun! Great modeling ideas to be found there as well. Again, welcome on board and... ENJOY !! -- Ernie :>)
  7. Step right on board, Jim! You're in a great area with many great model car shows happening around you. One of the best, "Model Car Challenge" hosted by the Long Island Auto Replica Society (LIARS), holds their annual event in Nassau County each November. And the BIGGEST of them all - "NNL East" - hosted by the Tri-State Model Car Club is held each April in Wayne, NJ. Check out these websites for starters: <liarsmodelcarbuilders.com> and <nnleast.com> That'll keep ya busy for a while! Maybe you'll join one of the clubs. I'm also a vendor at both shows, please feel free to PM me with
  8. Thanks for the endorsement, Brian. Hope you saw my feature article on the cover of Friday's (11/13) NEWSDAY Explore LI (Part II) section. It really helped to get people in to see the show - we had just shy of 500 paid attendees through the door and 359 car, truck, and motorcycle models entered into the judged classes! Pretty good considering some balk at paying the tolls to cross a bridge or two from the mainland onto the Island for shows - whether they be for plastic model, slot or die cast cars. Speaking of slot cars, there will be two judged classes for slot cars (HO and 1/32-24) at next ye
  9. Both look pretty good, ready to blast down the 55 foot 'strip! Enjoy... Ernie :>)
  10. How do I list model car and slot car shows in the Upcoming Events column? I don't see anywhere on the home page to do this. Thanks for the help, and thanks for the forum. -- Ernie :>)
  11. Welcome, Bill - Very nice stuff, I really like the Mercs. You're from NJ so I'm guessing you go to the biggest of all the model car shows, NNL East in Wayne every April. Maybe you'd like to come out to Long Island for the Long Island Auto Replica Society (LIARS) annual Model Car Challenge on Saturday, November 14th. Info at <liarsmodelcarbuilders.com> and <nnleast.com>, check them out. Stop by the booth for "Ernie's Model Auto Parts" at either show and say hello! Enjoy -- Ernie :>)
  12. Welcome on board, from a guy who used to race FORDs at Long Island's New York National Speedway back in the early 1970's. Enjoy your time with the car hobby - in all scales! -- Ernie :>)
  13. YES ! If you've still got the Lotus kit, PLEASE PM me. Maybe I've got something I can send your way. Thank you very much. -- Ernie :>)
  14. That's a loss to us all. I met him at Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ, I think it was the 1996 MoPar Nationals with a special Hemi Challenge event. He was doin' runs side by side with Bob Riggle and his Hemi Under Glass Barracuda. Got Bob to sign one of his T-shirts which I gave to my younger brother. Bill was hangin' out signin' the same reissue Lindberg Little Red Wagon kit all weekend. When I presented him with my original, sealed IMC Little Red Wagon kit for an autograph, he freaked out! He started callin' for his wife, sayin' "Honey, this is the old kit I was tellin' ya about!" Told him
  15. Hey, Matt I'm a newbie here, too, but not to the hobby! I belong to the LIARS model car club and will have my big model car parts vendor set up at our annual Model Car Challenge show and swap meet Saturday, November 14th in Freeport. Contact me for more info, our next meeting is Thursday, September 17th in Blue Point, 7-9:30 pm. C'mon and join us - our annual dues are low, we've got a good group of guys, and your models look great, too! Talk to you soon... Ernie :>)
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