Saturday, April 28, 2018

1953 Ford Crestline Sunliner Completed!

I actually finished three models today, but only photographed this one yet. It's been a hard road for me. Everything I've touched since mid-2010 has turned terrible. My skills have pretty much totally left me, and I had no idea why- I didn't change the way I did things, but NOTHING worked right. I came close to walking away from the hobby several times, even considered selling my kit stash (!) I was so "done". But, every year, usually around NNL East time, I would get the urge to try again. Every year, I did...and failed. I have finished a few models since 2010...but they were all a struggle, and most of them were just "OK, it's good enough, I'm calling it done just so I can finish something". This year, the NNL East once again inspired me, and since it ended I've been working on models again...but this's going RIGHT. I am still doing what always worked for me before, but this's working again. I don't know why...but I'm not going to complain. Two of the models I finished today I began after the of them, I started back in 2004! Finishing three in one day is a big deal for me. Everything is just going right. Working the first time. Fitting with no issue. Most importantly, my paint work is not too bad right now! Before today, I had finished three models total from 2015-2017, none in 15, 2 in 16 and one last year. Now, I've matched the total in a day and have more in the building stages. More on the other two (hopefully) tomorrow, but for now, here's some details on my 1953 Ford convertible:

It's the AMT, former Lindberg kit. It's painted Testors Bug Yellow, straight out of the rattle can. It's only the third convertible I remember building in my entire modeling career. (and the first one I didn't paint red!) It's a fairly close approximation to a factory color, but I don't know what Ford called the color- I found some photos of cars in the same color on Hemmings so I went with it. It's the first model I used the Molotow chrome pens on extensively. The window frame is all Molotow except for the very bottom of the vent window frames which are BMF. The trim around the seating area is also BMF. I made two mistakes which I noticed when cropping the photos for posting, both of which I've since fixed, and that is some BMF I missed trimming on the right side vent window, and I forgot to hit the right side door lock with silver.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

1992 Brett Bodine Quaker State Thunderbird Completed!

My 100th NASCAR model! Finished 7/12/2017, this car was chosen to be my 100th completed 1/24 plastic NASCAR model because it is this car, in 1/64 scale diecast, that was the first NASCAR race car I ever had in my collection. it was chosen in the summer of 1992 because it was green. This is a Monogram kit with AMT kit decals, and a big thank you goes to Mike Herman of Mike's Decals, who helped me out when my only copy of the decal sheet was defective. All the numbers and sponsor graphics are doubled. contingencies come from the kit decals (in retrospect a poor choice), PowerSlide, JNJ, UpScale and Blue Ridge. I was unable to find a second copy of the Gilette contingency for the right side. Included in the post are the original Marchbox car that kicked off my love of the sport at 7 years old, and a reference photo of the real car that I based the decal placement on, which I believe is Daytona 500 1992.
I began building NASCAR models in 2004, finally feeling my skills were ready, though I have lost some of the skills I once had, I am still trying. I began working on this body back in 2011, I wrote it on the inside of the trunk! It has been my one and only modeling "new year's resolution" to get model #100 for three years running now, and I can finally say I've accomplished it!

 It was also the first model I used the new Molotow Chrome pen on- it appears on the fuel filler, hubs, dashboard and fire extinguisher.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

January 2017 HVHMG Meeting

First meeting of the year that I went to, after skipping the January TNMCC meeting. I almost skipped this one due to being in a lot of pain but I am glad I decided to go.