Scenes from our fourteenth pseudo-virtual meeting
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 has been closed to meetings
since March, 2020. We have had really good results over
the previous 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. This
month we're doing it again.
Paul Lee starts us off this month with a collection
of Corvettes. This group includes a big-block powered
1967 ragtop, a 1968 with a big block Chevy engine and
large diameter aftermarket wheels, and a trio of Compuware-sponsored
racecars spanning from the 1990s to 2014.
Some of you might recall when John Jacobus visited
with us at Greenbelt a while back. During that vist
he presented a talk about the Fisher Body Craftsman’s
Guild. The Guild was a national automotive design competition
sponsored by the Fisher Body Division of General Motors
that ran from 1930-1968 and taught the art of craftsmanship
and design to boys and young men aged 12-20 during the
Golden Age of automobile design. It also helped identify
and nurture an entire generation of designers and design
executives. Contestants vied for college scholarships
by designing and building scale model "dream"
cars. John has spent many years researching, documenting,
and writing books on the history of the Fisher Body
Craftsman's Guild, from its inception as a philanthropic
project by the Fisher family during the Great Depression,
to its expansion overseas, and through its end in 1968.
John has worked with Randy Derr in Ohio on a Guild model
display at the Dayton Concours d’Elegance and also worked
with Mark Gustavson on a 2015 Guild Model display and
Guild Seminar at the Greater Salt Lake (GSL) City event.
He even has a Guild model exhibit at the International
Model Builder‘s Museum in Utah. For those who'd
like to learn more about the Fisher Body Craftsman’s
Guild, John's books are available on Amazon.
We are priviledged this month to show you a few examples
of the 1/12 scale scale, scratch-built models that were
made for the Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild national
competition that John has shared. In order we have:
the 1957 Top National winner by Art Russell, who received
a $5,000.00 award; a 1962 State winner by Sam Kjellman,
who received a $150.00 award; the 1963 Top National
winner by Bob Davids, who won a $5,000.00 award; and
a 1933 Napoleonic Coach State winner by Bobby D’Mura
who received a $50.00 award (John displayed a similar
Coach model during his visit with us.)
Ruddy Hernandez, shared his take on the newly
re-issued AMT "Craftsman Plus" Series curbside
1963 Chey II Nova Station Wagon.
Bob Dudek wrapped up the Fujimi McLaren MP4-12C
GT3 kit that he started last month..
It's 1940 Ford time with Jim Maness. Jim brought
us four variants of the 1940 Ford: a two-door mild custom
coupe, a custom sedan delivery, a stock coupe, and a
street rodded convertible. The coupe was built from
an original 1960’s AMT kit using a chopped body from
J&J Resin and Testors Mythical Maroon paint. The
Delivery is painted in Duplicolor Honda Electric Blue.
The stock coupe is painted in the factory Mandarin Maroon
paint. The street rod is done in a black and tan color
JC Reckner continues working on his Lancia Beta
Montecarlo. He settled on replicating the one-off livery
of the Jolly Club entry for the 1980 Daytona 24 (shown
in the first photo) and had a custom set of decals designed
and printed. So far, he's completed the engine bay and
interior. His full build thread can be viewed on the
Model Cars Magazine forum at: http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/topic/158866-lancia-beta-montecarlo/.
This month,Ted Bonar joins in the photo sharing
fun with several nice builds. First up is a Revell-reissued
Monogram Porsche 904 GTS in silver with some bold accent
colors on the hood. Next is a Revell Datsun 240Z with
Testor's Root Beer paint sprayed on from rattle can.
After that is a dark blue Tamiya Porsche Boxter followed
by a shots of a green 911 Porsche. After that is a Revell
Porsche 356 Speedster in silver with black accents and
a dark blue AMT 289 Cobra with tan interior. If you
notice a sandy theme in Ted's photos, it might have
been inspired by the final build he shared with us this
month, a double-decker VW Surf Bus that he constructed
from a Revell Rubber Duck kit and a California Roller
kit, although he says it was because he had the good
fortune to be able to take some of the kids to the beach
last fall. He also said that while lying in the wind-blown
sand, he was glad he was double masking.
Bobby Reyes has been hard at work on his Tamiya Toyota Corolla WRC project. Here are a few in-progress shots.
Kevin Buter has completed his latest project:
a Pocher 1935 Mercedes Benz Cabriolet convertible. It
was still in progress when we last saw it on the web
site in February. This large-scale model features a
working convertible top, steering, headlights, and very
detailed suspension. The license plate "MY 5206"
on this model pays homage to Kevin's very first car.
Don Stone just finished this one. He started
it years ago and stalled over the two tone paint job.
It was originally going to be a Davey Allison build
then Don changed his mind and decided to build the Alan
Kulwiki car. It is based on Monogram kit with Tamiya
paints and Power Slide decals.
Steve Buter is all about works in progress this
month. To start, he's building a 1964 Pontiac GTO from
a Monogram kit. Since he's building it straight out
of the box, he says he's really taking his time with
it. So far he's managed to get the body primed, prime-sealed
(the plastic is bright red color), and top-coated with
Krylon Color Max Bright Sun Yellow. All the was sprayed
from a rattle can, outdoors, before the pollen really
began taking off. The interior is Testor's Craft metallic
gold, from a 3 oz. spray can. Follwing the GTO build
is a Monogram 1958 Thunderbird in the bubble-top custom
mode. Steve started the project back in the late 90's,
but for whatever reason shelved it. Over the lengthy
hiatus, some parts from the original project got lost.
Then recently, Steve bought a built-up from Rich Meany's
Boneyard that enabled him to resume the project by providing
replacement partss and a delightful bonus: the twin
bubble-tops are in the original tinted green plastic
that seems to have been dropped for the various re-issues
of this kit over the years, like the chrome trim piece
that mounts at mid-point on those tops. The rear end
is essentially from the kit, with seams filled and molded
to blend in better. The front end is tweaked to accept
part of a 1959 DeSoto grille from the AMT grilles parts
pack. Steve found the whitewall skinnies that were on
the parts car to be "not-too-impressive" so
he mounted American Satco wide-whites on all four corners.
He says he hopes to finish this one before summer gets
Bruce Black started building this AMT 1977 Ford
Pinto because it would be a quick and simple fun build,
or so he thought. He said it seemed like he spent more
time on this “simple” model than he would have on a
higher quality and "more difficult" model.
The Pinto had tons of fit problems and it took a lot
of time to make things fit right. After all the fixes,
he is happy with it. Bruce says that the whole point
of modeling for him is to have fun and be happy with
the build when he's finished. The paint color is Testors
one coat lacquer, Lime Ice (#1835).
Cary Buter hopes to finish this 1966 GTO that
he started in February for next month. His next steps
are to paint the engine compartment, try a black Matt
headliner, and paint the window trim with liquid chrome
(this will be his first attempt).
To wrap things up this month, Lyle Willits Shares
some photos he shot at the latest gathering of a group
of MAMA members and friends at the Fire Museum of Maryland
on April 17th. You can see all of his photos from that
gathering at: https://public.fotki.com/mamaprez/random_stuff/fire-museum-of-maryland/.
Hopefully, nothing rained on your Easter Cookies, and
that's no foolin'!