Scenes from our pseudo-virtual March meeting:
That's right, pseudo-virtual March 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 was closed. The club webmaster had this
half-baked idea for members and friends to send us photos
and descriptions of the model cars they would have brought
if we'd had a meeting, or just any model cars or projects
they wanted to share. What follows are the results of
that crazed notion.
Rich Manson of the Long Island Auto Replica Society
(LIARS) built this 1955 Mercury Montclair 2 Door Hardtop
as part of his quest to build a model of every American
made car for every year of the 1950's. This curbside
is based on a resin kit produced by Jerry Koszut at
Mason City Miniatures (currently known as The Resin
Realm). The paint is Duplicolor Flame Red with a lot
of Bare Metal Foil Trim. The chassis, steering wheel,
and headlight lenses were sourced from an AMT '56 Ford
kit. Rich used Molotow markers to chrome the grille,
bumpers, and taillights. The whitewall tires, mirrors,
antenna, and license plate came from his parts box and
he added an interior mirror, visors, and a dome light.
Photo used from the LIARS MCB by permission.
Tom Jerow was so inspired by some of the Asphalt Modified
Cars on display at the past few meetings that he went
and built one of his own. He based his on an MPC Pinto
"Ridge Runner" Modified kit, built mostly out of the
box, but with ACE Decals (Richie Evans, Pinto Modified)
and Plastic Perfomance Products 15" asphalt tires
and W5 wheels. The body panels and wheels were painted
Tamiya (TS-56) Brillant Orange and the tires were shot
with Rust-Oleum Chalked Charcoal. Tom also added an
aftermarket window safety net, screen for driver, and
clear rear spoiler.
JC Reckner is currently working on this Esci Fiat 131
Abarth rally car. He's making lots of improvements to
the kit parts along the way like opening up the engine's
accesory drive belt, scratch-building an all new exhaust
header and water pump, opening up the intake trumpets,
fabricating parts like the front cross member and a
skid plate. It will be decaled to represent the the
Jean-Claude (JC) Andruet car, chassis #G11. You can
see a lot more of JC's built at http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/topic/149970-fiat-131-abarth/.
Here's a project that Rex Turner started a few years
ago and has been working on again recently. He had planned
to bring it to the March meeting as an in progress project.
He had hoped to have it finished in time for the NNL
Philly show as the real car is on display at the Simeone
Foundation Automotive Museum. With NNL Philly being
postponed until September, it looks like he'll have
even more time now to complete it. He built the black
MK II in the picture many years ago and says that despite
the kit inaccuracies, the suspensions and opening doors
etc. were pretty advanced for a kit in the late 60's.
Here's an oldie: MAMA President Tim Powers built this
1988 Chevy pickup kit when it was first released in
late 1987, to replicate his own full-sized 1988 C1500
Silverado with a 350 and 5-speed manual transmission.
Here's another photo from the vaults: Lyle Willits
built this well-detailed and higly accurate 1962 Corvette
back in 2003. It's based on a Monogram 1959 Corvette
kit and uses a resin transkit from Historic Racing Miniatures
that provided modified body, separate trunk lid, separate
boot cover panel, "waterfall" panel (between
the seats), rear bumpers and license plate surround,
complete frame, trunk floor section, clear red resin
tailights, and photoetched tailight trim rings, and
a more accurate up top. Lyle also used a a Model Car
Garage '61-'62 Corvette photoetch set. The body was
painted in Duplicolor dark red and the uptop and interior
were painted with Polly Scale "scale black".
Lyle produced the scale the 1 1/2 inch whitewalls using
Polly Scale White and a draftsman's compass. Naturally,
everything under the hood was fully plumbed and wired.
We hope you all remembered to eat some cookies wherever
you were on March 21st.
If you'd like to see more photos of our pseudo-virtualized
March meeting, well there just ain't no more. Sorry.