Scenes from our fifth pseudo-virtual meeting in
This pseudo-virtual meeting thing has been working
pretty well. 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 four 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
July we're doing it again.
Howdy Hoffman starts us off this time around with a
replica of his real Dodge A-100 pickup.
Next, Howdy shared some replicas of Dick Landy and
some of his Dodges.
Our resident blacksmith, Jim Maness, sent us this gasser-style
1933 Willys Street Rod and rendered his version of Big
John Mazmanianís 1941 Willys race car.
Paul Lee knocked out five builds this month: a Monogram
1940 Ford Pickup, Revell Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing
Coupe, Revell 1949 Mercury Woody Wagon, AMT 1958 Chevrolet
Impala, and MPC 1969 Dodge Charger R/T.
This time around Rex Turner ventured into new territory
showing us some of what he calls his many "...started
and Iíll finish them someday projects." Hmmm, they
all seem to be Mustangs... As for where he builds them,
he says he usually paints the bodies outdoors and lately
he's been building at the kitchen table or even on the
couch since he doesn't have a basement to go hide in.
Rex said he has moved 95% of his kits inside the house
(most were in the garage) to avoid having to go back
in and out of his garage which is not cooled or heated.
Malcom Douglas sent us a couple photos of the Fiat
gasser he's working on along with a picture of his model
workbench in his Glen Burnie home.
Ron Dreschler sent us photos of an older build that
took Third Place at an IPMS award back in 2008, before
it was even finished! It is a replica of a customized
1966 Big-Block Corvette that had been photographed in
Florida for a cover story in a Russian car enthusiast
magazine. The first photo is the almost finished car
with its IPMS award. The second photo shows an interim
stage of unifying bodies of multiple custom Corvettes
and melted sprue. In the third photo we see the finished
model enshrined in its permanent Florida home with a
framed copy of the Russian Magazine that covered the
full-size original. In the final phot we see Ron donning
his Opti-Visor at his 18" deep by 24" wide
model bench as he was starting the project.
Marcos Cruz just finished the Tamiya Mustang GT4, only
with some minor changes. He didn't want to go with the
race decals and decided to add two white stripes and
paint the car with Tamiya Blue Metallic. The white stripes
were masked and painted with Tamiya Pure White. He said
he is really hoping that Tamiya can come up with a Factory
Stock version of a Shelby GT 500 or something similar.
He jokes that this kit is so well engineered that if
you place a bottle of glue in the box and shake it just
right, it might just build itself.
Cruz also sent his Hasegawa BMW 2002 Turbo build. He
says that this model is a curbside but builds very nicely.
He used BMW Chamonix White paint from MCW Finishes for
the color. He decided to use different tires and rims
instead of using the kit supplied alternative. Cruz
caustions those planning to build this kit to be very
careful when applying the decals as they are very thin
Lastly, Cruz sent his Fujimi 1/24 Koenig Specials Porsche
928S4 build. This is a simple curbside kit with very
few parts and lots of visual appeal. Cruz says it builds
and looks terrific when done with a little love. His
main reason for building this one was to test a new
line of paints offered at Home Depot called Colorshot.
Both their primer and color were used for this build.
The paint was used right out of the can and worked nicely.
He shot Testors Wet Look for the clear and made the
flat color come to life. He says, "Try the paint
fellas, I think you will like them." They offer
approximately 20 different colors including some Metallics.
They're not available at every Home Depot though. He
purchased his at the Bel Air Home Depot.
Steve Buter comes in this month with another "Rich
Meany Rescue", that is, something Steve adopted
from Rich's "Boneyard" at the last "live"
meeting we had in February. What there was of this model
came in a Ziploc bag. Steve hoped to scrounge enough
old parts from his partsbox at home to convert the 1934
Ford pickup into a respectable stocker. But those parts
were not to be found, so he raided a Monogram 1932 Ford
"parts kit" for the front & rear suspensions,
Chevrolet engine block and heads, wire wheels, bumpers,
and louvered hood all to make a sweet street rod. Those
finned air cleaner heads and the brake master cylinder
w/power boost are resin items from the Replicas &
Miniatures Company.of Maryland (RMCM.) The model had
been originally candy apple red when Steve bought it,
but he said that finish looked like it had seen better
days before the model ended up in the Ziploc bag.The
current finish is Testors Arctic Blue lacquer shot straight
from the can. The original builder (unknown) opened
the doors using the tried 'n true bent-wire diy hinges.
Steve added resin pleated inner door panels with handles
and window cranks from RMCM.
Steve also sent this little 1/32 scale 1940 Ford Convertible.
He says way back, when he was a "creepy li'l kid,"
he and all his car modeling friends (hey, back then,
ALL your friends happened to be car modeling friends)
thought that those Pyro 1/32 scale kits were atrocious,
given their lack of an engine, NO chrome parts whatsoever,
the smaller size, and, Oh yeah, those one piece plastic
wheel/tires. Times change, and as a middle-ager he decided
to give one (now sold as a Lindberg kit) a shot after
picking it from the raffle table when one of his numbers
came up at one of our club meetings a few years ago.
He's very pleased with how this project and its automotive
spray lacquer finish turned out. So much so that he
is thinking of trying some more kits from the Lindberg
line. And the '40 Ford seems a lot happier now; it recently
picked up a lady friend. The figure is a 1/35th scale
YUFAN product that looks right in scale when posed with
the 1/32 scale car.
Steve finished up with a couple of those MAMA 30th
Anniversary resin guitars that Norman Veber made us
in 2018. Along with painting them up, he detailed them
with a couple of figures.
Tom Jerow sent us photos of a pair of motorcycles and
a shot of his work space. The first motorcycle is a
1/12 scale Tamiya replica of the BMW R80GS motorcycle
used by Belgian-born rider Gaston Rahier in winning
the 1985 Paris Dakar rally. The BMW was brand new for
the race and was severely damaged during a media appearance
before the race. Not having a spare, the BMW team quickly
patched up the bike, crossed their fingers and sent
Rahier out into the desert where he defied the odds.
Tom built this one out of the box using the kit-supplied
decals. Paint is Tamiya Bright Red and White shot from
the spray can.
Tom's second motorcyle started as an out-of the box
build of Tamiya's 1/12 Honda NXR750 1986 Paris Dakar
winner, but he modified it with a Camel yellow paint
scheme (Tamiya spray can) and aftermarket Camel livery
Here are both bikes on the bench where Tom creates
his scale magic.
Don Stone sent a shot of his current works in progress
and four views of his hobby workspace.Don says the green
and orange car just needs decals and that the rest are
waiting for him to get the gumption to break out the
air brush and paint their two tone paint schemes.
Here's Don's workbench. He says that yes, there is
a TV on the wall in front.
These two photos are Don's builds and most of his unbuilt
Here are Don's slot cars and Matchbox size toys. He
says that one day he will put up the track.
"Bionic" Mike Costic staged a few shots of himself
in his hobby room following recent knee replacement
surgery. Although he's recovering right now, we expect
he'll soon be leaping tall buildings in a single bound
with his state-of-the-art titanium aftermarkets parts,
just like Lee Majors (aka Steve Austin) used to do.
Okay, maybe he'll just be building model cars on a full-time
basis since he's retired and repaired.
Lyle Willits just did something I always wanted to
do, he built a 1959 Cadillac without tailfins! He said
he'd always wanted to see what one would look like,
and so have I. Now, we both know it what it looks like.
Lyle says the easy part was removing the fins and doing
the bodywork. It was the entire rest of the kit that
was a NIGHTMARE!! Nothing fit. Nothing worked. He had
to redo most sub-assemblies several times. But now it's
done! The grille bars came from his parts box. He reshaped
the rear wheel openings to mimic the fronts and he scratch
built the chrome trim. Those big chrome wheels came
from a phantom street rod kit that came out years ago.
The upholstery inserts are 1/24 scale doll house wall
paper images that he found online, printed, and applied
with white glue.
You might recall that earlier Rex Turner said he didn't
really have a dedicated space for building models and
he uses the kitchen table or living room couch. Well,
he does have a display area for his finished builds.
He recently moved his unbuilt kits into the house from
his garage because of the recent heat. So here are a
few photos of his display room and some of those unbuilt
kits. Rex points out that all his models are heavily
guarded by the dark side...
What kind of cookies did you have on July 18th?