Scenes from our seventh pseudo-virtual meeting in
While this pseudo-virtual meeting comcept has been
working well, it is disheartening that we have to observe
our 32nd Anniversary as a club apart from each other.
With the progress that the scientifici community is
making in researching possible vaccines and treatments
for the Corona virus and that COVID-19 related hospitalizations
in Maryland appear to be leveling off somewhat, I am
hopeful that we'll be able to resume physical meetings
by next spring.
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 since
March. We had really good results over the previous
six 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
Our 32nd (virtual) Anniversary Pictures.
Rex Turner had a great idea for our 32nd Anniversary,
he sent us a retrospective of his builds from the past
three decades. Although most car modelers prefer the
regular scales or perhaps something larger like 1/16
or 1/12, Rex discovered 1/43 kits back in the 1990’s
and as you can see built a number of them over the years.
He cites several advantages to the smaller scale in
that they take up less room, the subject matter (especially
vintage race cars) is pretty good and they can be built
much faster than a 1/24 kit as most of them do not have
a detailed engine or chassis. He says tthat it seems
there are a lot more choices of resin or diecast models
in 1/43 than ever and they are usually of very high
quality but of course the price reflects that which
may explain why 1/43 kits are only being made by a few
companies. The average price for most of these kits
was around $40 each when he bought them, but they were
pretty advanced as most of them included photoetch parts
and turned aluminum or wire wheels. Of course, we all
know the major downside is it takes good eyesight and
a steady hand to build these little models. Years ago
Monogram released a 1/43 Corvette and Cobra, Those kits
were a bargain at $10 each and they even had a detailed
engine and chassis. Rex wished they had released more
subjects in that 1/43 scale line.
Rex also sent us shots of the current project
in his workspace. Says Rex: "I am trying to finish
any model since being in a building slump this summer
so I finally made some progress starting to paint the
rest of the parts on the trees for this faux Mystichrome
1996 Mustang Cobra convertible. It’s a unicorn because
Ford did not paint any of the Cobra’s convertibles that
year in the special paint - only the coupes. I bet the
Chevy guys did not know that but I must confess I did
not either until I researched it after I already sprayed
the body with the Testors colorshift paint."
Bobby Reyes came in this month with his build
of the Kawasaki Ninja ZX RR which Randy de Puniet raced
in the 2006 MotoGP world championship. Based on a Tamiya
1/12 scale kit, Bobby's paint work really brings this
well-detailed motorcycle to life.
Bobby also recently completed this lowered Tamiya 2002
In keeping with our trend of sharing photos of our work
spaces, here's where Bobby makes his modeling magic
Paul Lee is back with a new Tamiya Ford Mustang
GT4, a Revell Jungle Jim Liberman Vega Funny Car, a
Tom Daniel designed Monogram Cop Out Duster Funny Car,
an AMT 1976 Vega Funny Car, and a Polar Lights Blue
Max Funny Car.
Lyle Willits wrapped up this modern take on
a 1940 Ford hot rod. Lyle said that he's always wanted
to try his hand at chopping a Tudor Sedan body. Although
he assumed that he would wreck the body and put it back
in the box, his chop came out okay. He scratch built
a 1939 Ford dash, although it can barely be seen through
the shallow windows, and he removed the wipers on the
cowl. The suspension, wheels, and several other parts
came from a Revell Stacey David Rat Roaster kit. Lyle
smoothed firewall and installed an injected Buick nailhead
engine from a Revell Model A roadster kit with block
hugger headers that he scratch built from solder. The
paint is Duplicolor Cranberry metallic and clear coat
with lots of polishing. Oh, the hood? Lyle says, "It's
a hot rod,,,,I dunt need no steenkin' hood!"
JC Reckner finished up his Ruf
CTR build that he started late last year. Based
on a Fujimi kit of the 1985 Porsche 911 Carerra, this
build features lots of body modifications (including
a rear wing grafted in from a Fujimi 1974 Porsche RS3.0
kit). Along with the full roll cage, JC fabricated some
engine bits including: Ruf air cleaner, Ruf distributor,
dual turbo intake plenum, exhaust and turbo piping,
and dual outlet muffler. Scale Production produces the
Speedline wheels that JC used and modified in this
build. If you'd like to see more of this model, check
out JC's build thread.
Dan Chicorelli joins in with three projects. First
is an inprogress build of the original Hurst Hemi Under
Glass 1963 Plymouth Baracuda.
Second is the 1968 version of the Hurst Hemi Under Glass.
He built it as the car that Jay Leno was riding in with
driver Bob Riggle when it flipped back in 2016. If you
haven't seen it, the wild
ride was filmed as part of Jay Leno's Garage.
Third is a replica of a 1963 Barracuda owned by a friend
Where are we going this time, Mr Peabody? This month,
Sherman, the WABAC Machine takes us to 1929, just before
the Big Crash, for some "Improbable History"
and a pair of brand-new His 'n Hers Model A Ford Roadsters
built by Steve Buter. The green one on the left
was built from the Mod Rod repop of the old Ala Kart
kit. If you know Steve, you probably guessed he culled
the hot-pink one from Rich Meany's Boneyard. The figures
are Jimmy Flintstone's "Al The Gangster" and
a "hybrid" female made from a Fujimi "Drivers"
Set (standing lady body) with a Tamiya "Campus
Friends" head. Steve says the two figures appear
to be 1/20th scale (guy) and 1/24th (gal), so let's
call the scene "Papa arrives to keep his appointment
to meet daughter's latest suitor… and make him an offer
he can't refuse."
As this month is our 32nd Anniversary, Steve Buter
brought the ice cream to help us celebrate. This time,
instead of a WABAC machine, it seems "Doc"
Brown sped up to 88 MPH and wound up in 1955 or thereabouts
acting out his childhood fantasy of being the ice cream
Remember the March, 2019 meeting where we met in the
GBCC's gymnasium? Well, at that meeting Rich Meany had
a lot of nice resin stuff for sale, including several
resin ice cream boxes. Steve adapted one to an ERTL
Snap-fast 1950 Chevrolet pickup truck. He fabricated
the "ring-a-ding" type bells from craft-beads
filed into halves and bits of aluminum tubing and sheet
styrene. He produced the graphics on his PC. All three
figures are from Hendrix Manufacturing Co. Steve says
the resin ice cream cooler was a hand-to-glove fit with
the ERTL model's rear fenders
Steve waxes philosophic: "Sure," he says,
"ice cream trucks still come around even in the
midst of the pandemic, but they're almost invariably
large trucks converted to food service, with electronic
music blaring (often monotonously) from roof mounted
loudspeakers. And the operator serves you from inside
the truck, likely behind thick Plexiglas. It ain't the
same as the open-air innocence announced by a trio or
quartet of merry jingling chimes. Then there's the driver
standing curbside, swinging open that enchanted door
and reaching into his treasure trove of summer's frozen
delights. O la."
All things considered Steve's Ice cream truck presents
us a fond farewell to the summer.
Hey, as it's our 32nd Anniversary there are no cookies
this month, I hope you remembered to eat some cake on