Scenes from our third pseudo-virtual meeting in
That's right, since we couldn't have a meeting again
this month, we're doing the pseudo-virtual meeting thing
again. Due to public health and safety concerns and
Maryland State restrictions on gatherings aimed at preventing
the potential spread of the Corona Virus the Greenbelt
Community Center where we meet was closed. We had really
good results over the past two months with members and
friends sending us photos and descriptions of the model
cars they would have brought if we'd had physical meetings,
or just any model cars or projects they wanted to share.
For May we're doing it again.
Paul Lee was first throught the virtual door with this
build of the MPC rendition of Ed Roth's Mail Box Chopper
Trike just after our last pseudo-virtual meeting.
Mr. Paul followed up a few days later with these 13
Tom Jerow completed an out of the box build of the
SOGO KEIBI version of Tamiya's Porsche 911 GT2. He shot
Tamiya Bright Red and Bright Silver paints straight
from the rattle can and applied Flying Lizard Motorsports
livery decals from an unidentified aftermarket supplier.
Here's a selection of Mustang models that Rex Turner
would have entered for the 1970 theme category of the
2020 Mid-Atlantic NNL Model Car Show. He built the convertible
last year and the other ones go back 2-3 decades.
JC Reckner has made more good progress on his Esci
Fiat 131 Abarth replica of the Jean-Claude (JC) Andruet
rally car that raced in Monte Carlo in 1977 and the
gravel spec version of the car that won San Remo in
1980. In the first image you can see the modified exhaust
and rear axle assembly. The next two photos show the
ride hight difference between the cars and some of the
wheel options he's evaluating for use on each version.
The last two images show the wonderfully detailed dashboards
for each car. You can follow his build on-line at: http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/topic/149970-fiat-131-abarth/.
His detail work will amaze you.
Rex Turner came back with this Special-Edition Mustang
Sprint he's started working on. Ford released the all-American
red, white, and blue Sprint package for the Mustang,
Maverick, and Pinto to celebrate the 1972 Summer Olympics.
Ruddy Hernandez creatively combined resin parts from
the Replica and Miniatures Company of Maryland with
gems from his parts box to bring this inspired phantom
1929 Edsel Highboy to life.
Here's a blast from the past by Rick Martin. Built
back in the days of the Novascale model car club this
1948 Plymouth was named "Rocky" (after Plymouth
Rock, not Mr. Balboa of the movie Rocky.) It's a resin
body, built on a 1941 Plymouth pro-streeted frame. A
blown 392 ci Chrysler hemi powers it. In Pro-Street
fashion, it has a narrowed rear, billet wheels, scratch
built interior, suicide doors, and a hinged trunk. Paint
is Competition Orange with lots of pearl clearcoat.
A couple weeks ago Lyle Willits decided to build something
simple, without all the intricate scratch building,
modifying, kit bashing, etc that he usually does. He
pulled an old Monogram Early Iron Series 1930 Ford Touring
Phaeton kit from the 1973 era off the shelf, polished
the black plastic fenders, and painted the body Duplicolor
Bright Red. The big modification was adding wheels and
tires from the newer Revell 1929 roadster kit. He also
added some detail to the ancient tri-carbed 283 Chevy
engine and called it done. He says this build was fun.
Bobby Reyes built this curvaceous 2017 AKKA ASP Mercedes
Benz AMG GT3 kit from Tamiya. He painted it with Gravity
Colors Sofina Blue and applied Sofina livery decals.
The actual car was driven by Edoardo Mortara, Michael
Meadows, and Raffaele Marciello at the 24 hours of Spa,
where it had high potential to win, but placed third.
Bobby says he is planning to bring this beauty to the
next meeting he can attend.
Lyle Wilits came back with this accurately detailed
replica that honors the 1961 Ford Galaxie he drove in
his high school years. He kitbashed an old promo-style
AMT 1961 Ford kit with the chassis and underhood detail
from a newer, detailed AMT 1960 Ford kit and added an
AMT 1957 Ford kit's Y-Block engine to build it. You
can read the whole story on this car in the April
2020 issue of MAMASez, our club newsletter.
Mike DuLaney, whose career in Building Information
Modeling (BIM) took him from Maryland to Colorado back
in 2015, built this 1931 Packard Phaeton from a "Scale
Models" reissue of an old Hubley die-cast metal
kit. The first two images show the cleaned up frame
and the frame as it came, of which Mike commented, "It
had enough metal flash on it to start my own razor blade
company!" The third image shows Mike's intricate
work in capturing the interior stich patterns.
We'll wrap it up this month with three fine builds
from Don Strong. First up is this 1962 Plymouth modifed
racer based on a chassis from the reissued MPC/Model
King/AMT modified kits. The body was something that
had been thrown in with a purchase of several stock
car kits that Don made at the MAMA Mid-Atlantic NNL
show four or five years ago. Don says the chassis is
fairly basic, but builds up nice. The tires and wheels
are aftermarket items.
Second from Don is this 1981 Chevrolet Malibu modified,
which he feels is one of his better efforts. It features
a resin body over an MPC Southern Stocker chassis. The
wheels and tires are aftermarket items. The markings
are the main decals from the sheet included with 20th
anniversary edition of Scale Auto magazine and the bumpers
are coated with Alclad.
Lastly from Don is this “phantom” version of a Jack
Bland Late Model Sportsman team as it might have appeared
at theBeltsville speedway in the '70s. The Nova body,
number, and paint scheme are based on Bland's, but he
never had a hauler like this. The hauler is a GMC tow
truck kit with an extended chassis. The ramp body is
from the Model King ramp/camper kit reissue. Don coverted
the ramp from two wheel openings to one and built the
tire rack from floral wire and plastic. The Nova racer
is a resin body over an MPC Southern Stocker chassis
with aftermarket tires and wheels.
We hope you all remembered to eat some cookies on May
16th. Here are some oatmeal raisin cookies for Brad!
If you'd like to see more photos of our pseudo-virtualized
May meeting, well there just ain't no more. Sorry.