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Vince Nemanic

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    Vincent Nemanic

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  1. Hello! Do you know about the NNL Western Nationals at the Santa Clara Convention Center next to Levi's Stadium? It was a virtual show this year but in February it is supposed to be back in person. There are usually over 1000 cars on display with around 500 people attending. It was founded in the early 1980s by Roy Sorenson who also founded Plastic Fanatic magazine (which evolved into Model Cars Magazine when Gregg took over the reins). Hope to meet you there. There is a pretty active model car community in Northern California mostly centered in the Bay Area and Sacramento.
  2. There is a difference in the fender units. Aside from the difference to allow the different year grilles on the sedan, there are openings in the rear inner fenders to make room for the rear seat of the sedan. The Coupe inner fenders are like wheel tubs. I think one of them has an Olds engine and the other has a Buick. The kits are basically the same, though.
  3. About 10 years ago, Dave Burkett came to a friend's house here in California. Another friend and I went to see them and talked models for a couple of hours. I asked Dave how he came up with an offer on a collection and he said it was very simple- he would count the kits and offer $5 per kit, But that meant he also took junk kits, partial kits, broken built ups and all that , along with the scarce sealed 50 year old treasures. One of my friends passed away about a year ago and another friend bought his stash. My late friend had a habit of cutting up parts trees so he can get two kits in o
  4. The casual builder would never spot errors in the box art. And probably half the production run will go to Mooneyes stores and be marked up to $50.
  5. I think the engine & transaxle from this kit are in the Depth Charger and similar kits.
  6. Put a drop of liquid glue in the sink mark, then top it with a small piece of plastic flash on the glue and let it dry. Put a drop of glue on top of that and let it dry again. Sand and repeat as needed. if the original kit had some flash, the repair will even match the body. Often I don't even need to use putty, or the layer of putty is VERY thin. Yes, there IS a use for the dreaded plastic flash!
  7. Thanks. You have to protect your position, but you still gave hope. Quite the tightrope walk! And your builds are fantastic!
  8. Mike, are the original custom parts in the kit? If so, how do they fit the new body?
  9. I always stretch sprue outside or in the garage. It has quite an odor, plus sometimes the sprue will catch on fire (easily blown out) and produce black smoke which can stain the walls and the ceiling. But it is very useful for filling seams and holes, using liquid glue. It is also great for reinforcing joints where body parts like custom noses and tails are installed- the joints are much stronger than parts attached with super glue. I still use putty, but many times it is not needed.
  10. Try stretching some sprue and installing it with liquid glue. It will melt into the styrene and it sands well. You may still need a tiny amount of putty.
  11. Best wisher for recovery. I have several modeling friends in Sacramento and the Bay Area, but Covid has preventing me going up there.
  12. Tom, thanks for the pics of the ZZ Top shuttle. Mike built this shortly after the album came out. I have long forgotten, but he told me exactly which kits he used. I'm sure the car was the 1/32 Eliminator snap kit, but I don't remember what scale or manufacturer the shuttle kit was.
  13. I first met Mike when he showed his ZZ Top Eliminator Space Shuttle at NNL West in the mid 1980s. He was always nice to talk with.
  14. Roy Sorenson did a few for AMT, including the black and orange '33 Willys and the first issue of the new tool stock '60 Chevy pickup.
  15. The beginning of the end for stable prices was the oil embargo in the early 1970s. Since styrene plastic is petroleum based, the price of raw material skyrocketed. Another factor was the decline in car manufacturers ordering promos that the kits were based on. A third factor was the car companies demanding licensing fees for the use of names and designs. All of these occurred in a period of about 10 years. I'm sure there were many other factors, but these were the catalysts for the first big price jumps.
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