Sunday, October 24, 2010

RIP Chris Thatcher

His name should have been "Chris Thrasher". My friend is gone. I just found out from my friend Guy T. on Facebook that "Thatch" died a month ago. I am really hurt that his life ended so quickly. I have known Chris for about 6 years. Guy T. introduced us at Guy's indoor skateboard park. We clicked right off. We both had love for skateboarding, punk and being smartasses. We had good times. I know that for a year we skated damn near everyday...that's 360ish days I spent with him for many hours on end. It was not just him and I....but we had our own small click. Chris was very talented. I am talking about a person who was an artist, skateboarder/thrasher, friend and so much more. Chris' work can be found on the bottom of skateboard decks, t-shirts, in art galleries, magazines etc.. He wasn't a small time wannabee. I feel lucky to have known him. Thatch was one of the last hardcore punk skaters out there and what he represented is exactly what I lived in my day. Live to skate, skate to live. (pic from his facebook) Thinking of you bro.

Sunday, September 5, 2010


It's been awhile since I blogged and trust me this isn't the first thing to impress me in awhile either. I use my blog as my homepage, so I want to look at this everyday for awhile. Nice work CARPS!

Norm Veber , owner of Replicas and Miniatures of Maryland built this vintage minty kit! This is just another reason why Traditional Rod and Kustom in scale forum is the BEST! I love seeing these types of models, hot rods, vintage builds, vintage box art models, drag cars, kustoms and anything that REALLY rocks! No tuners or NASCAR crap!

Before I quit, check this '48 Ford by a fellow Nebraska Jason Scheffler! TRaK4life!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Red Chariot lives!

This beauty was just finished by Ron S. , an active member of Traditional Rod and Kustom in scale. Ron has been building some very cool vintage box art models. I just love these oldies and seeing the box art come to life is so cool! Ron previously built the option drag tub also.

Monday, February 22, 2010

A few sic rides from TRaK recently...

'32 Sedan by Jimmi Widell

'61 Falcon by Andreas Nyberg

'30 Model A by John White

'32 Ford by Russ Sanford

'66 Thunderbird by Fred

'36 Ford by Russ Sanford

'53 Ford by Bill Stillwagon

WHAT? You aren't a member yet? You really are missing out.

Monday, January 25, 2010

AMT Double Dragster

There is a lot of hooplah over the new release by Round2. The kit is being issued in two fashions and has created a lot of chit chat on the messages boards.
One is issued in a tin box with the silent box art and the other is in a cardboard box. The difference in the two kits that stands out the most are as follows..
The "tin boxed" kit has all the goodies. The tin box version has a small poster that features all panels of the box art, 3 sets of windows-one is green tinted, red tinted and clear, 2 pairs of Racemaster slicks-one pair has a whitewall and the other has the lettering only(lettering is pad printed white), an extra chrome tree and two decal sheet/versions from two previous releases.
I don't know if both cardboard and tin boxed kits have the same decals. The cardboard boxed kit has pretty much all the same other than the slicks do not have pad printed whitewalls or lettering, only comes with the clear glass and no extra chrome tree. The difference in price? Well, that's going to depend on where you find yours. The going rate seems to be around $36.99 for the Tin version and the cardboard is not released just yet. I prefer the tin version since all the goodies is one of the best things they have done to this kit.
With all this being said, this kit has been on a lot of modeler's minds while waiting for the release. This sparked a build off on "Traditional Rod and Kustom in scale" forum. (yes vintage drag models are more than welcome!)
I am building the "BluePrinter" version which I believe to be the last time it was released back more than 10 years ago. The first releases were molded in red with chrome trees and the BluePrinter was molded in light gray. I think the new tin and cardboard versions are in white.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010