Wednesday, December 17, 2008

More Atomic Punk

Video posted by plowboy himself on the Coffin Corner message board for model car builders.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

When Art and Plastic collide

Building box art models has been fun and I have a lot to build yet. For some reason I seem to draw more inspiration from artwork than I do from photos of real vehicles. Lyle Willits has also been bitten by the bug, at least awhile ago since these are new photos of an old build of his. He built his '41 Chevy pickup to look like a Jairus Watson piece. I really like the truck even if he had never shown the artwork with it. On TRaK I have a build going for modeling artwork in plastic. I have a feeling it's going to bring some really neat builds out!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

'40 Ford done right!

John Goschke built this beauty. The sharp lines in the scallops (which are painted on) , to the detailed engine compartment make this one stick out from the rest!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Vintage kit to reissue

Pssst..reissue this kit , it's gonna sell trust that! Red version I had and sold ,it's an original build. Blue one is an in progress that I will finish eventually. EDIT: I was not thinking clearly.....the car was ruined to make a dirt track racer. BIG MISTAKE! Kinda like the ruined '66 Buick Skylark!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

392 Hemi w/open headers

It doesn't matter who you are, if you like hot rods this video sounds like heaven!

Some magazines I would love to have

Found these images on eBay or someone emailed them to me. I would like to obtain these some time.

Rod & Custom still one of the best

Some other vintage issues I have or have sold.

Vintage Hot Rod Magazines

Here are some I own or have sold. The cover usually has a lot to say without even opening it to see inside.

Picture without words

Ken Rollins '34 Ford Pickup

This is somewhat dry for entertainment, but still really cool to hear some things Ken says and the truck is beautiful!

Hub Caps & Hot Rods!

Photographer's Unknown, but thank you for taking the photos! Beauties!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Jimmy Flinstone Resin '49 Ford

This is on the bench right now. I am going to have to do some modifying to get the hood/grille to work.....this is what happens when you don't play the fitting test game enough. ahhhh well!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Watermelon Shoebox

I found this on themodelershaven built by user Customizer Ron. This thing is just right! Beautiful build, great paint choices and opening doors! I looked at all the builds he posted and I hope he joins TRaK if he isn't already a member...

'31 Ford way cool!

I would really like to see more pics of this car! Anyone?

Saturday, November 29, 2008

SMC Show & Shine November 28- December 5th

Go enter! It's just for fun, no contest....just lot's of serious detail and clean builds!

'51 Chevy 2nd Chance

As previously posted, here is the car back at home with me! This was built back in late 2003 and sold on eBay in 2005. When I got a chance to get it back and do "better" on it than back then, I took it! The plan is to sit low and it will depend on what the body looks like whether paint flies. The roof alone is bothering me with the mold lines still there, so that has to get done.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Black and White

Some great old photos I saved from emails over time. Not sure who took them, but they deserve a pat on the back for sure!

I'm not a model builder

No matter how much I would like to be, I just can't do it. I really try to find something interesting in every single kit, no matter what year the car is or what type of kit it is. I have tried to understand model builders, but I am baffled....almost feel like something is wrong with me at times.
I see model builders and their builds and wonder if there is a secret society for them. Am I an outsider? A rebel? A nobody?
Sure....these model builders can do some pretty amazing things to their models. I have seen it! Believe me! Indianapolis 500 cars, NASCARS, the latest Mustang or Concept kit...for that matter ANYTHING that just came out.....these guys can build them and not even think about it. I think you know what I mean? The Nova kit that just came's like every model that just comes out and 50 are built and displayed before I can even open mine!
How do they do it? Is it about "innocence"? Does it take a VIRGIN modeler to just be happy building anything put in front of them? Maybe it takes a STUD to stick to what they really like and ignore the rest? I just wonder if it has anything to do with pure love of modeling or the subject matter as long as it's what they can relate to?
I gather model builders are into assembling models like a puzzle or solving a rubix cube. Model builders are GIANTS on a small scale assembley that right? Punch the numbers in and you get the answer like, put the glue on it and it will be definition, just a straight forward example of what the box said it would be. Satisfaction?
I am sorry I could not relate and be part of the modeling matrix. I could not understand model builders and what they do as if they are aliens from another planet....we don't speak the same language. Password?
I must stand among the masses and pretend to understand and smile. Say wow when one of them shows me their bone stock, factory stock, box stock model builder's model. Try to come up with a great story about a real stock version as if I am a gushy lover of a 1977 Plymouth Volare. Walk away feeling like a jerk and irritated. Faked him out huh? Find good in being fake? Should have said it's nice but I think '77 was a shitty year for Plymouth. No don't be that way, tell it like a model builder would. Say it's really sweet! Say how much of a man he is for getting the paint to lay down .....afterall it could have been all over something else right? Truth in model building could hurt to a model builder. I am not a model builder.

I am a modeler. I don't assemble models, I am not a giant nor a virgin. I don't get excited seeing 50 builds of the latest kit, all different colors. I like rainbows, but I can eat skittles if I wanted to see the same thing over and over in different colors. Imagination is my burden, it's my curse, it's what makes me a modeler and not a model builder. I have a gift! I can see something in every model that makes it different. Even if I think the model is poorly done I can find one good thing about it. Maybe I am half breed.....a modeler/model builder? I can't seem to be completely honest so I just shut up. Nobody wants to hear "your model is a peice of shit".....nope, that would hurt the hobby.....truth would by it'self. Hold the hobby, keep it close and near your heart. It's your lifeline, your majesty, your drug, your bitch too! Make it what you want, it's yours.
Model builders....keep building models so we modelers look busier.

Take this for what you will, but it's nothing more than random, honest thoughts I have had over the years.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Happy Redneck Thanksgiving!

If Norman Rockwell was a redneck, this would have been his work...but it's not.