Scenes from our eleventh 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 ten 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.
Lyle Willits starts us off this month with
a particularly appropriate tribute to Gary Sutherlin.
While purchasing several items from Gary's estate, Lyle
found an old, familiar resin trans kit from the Replicas
& Miniatures Company of Maryland. He immediately
remembered that Gary had been so impressed by a build-up
of the kit at a meeting that he immediately bought one
from Norman. Assuming that this was one of countless
"future projects" that Gary had in mind, Lyle
built this one for Gary, in his memory. He coupled a
Revell 1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe Donor kit with the Roush
engine from a Revell Foose 1956 F-100 kit. Photoetch
items are from The Model Car Garage. Paint is Duplicolor
metallic red that was cleared, color sanded, and polished.
Rest in peace, Gary.
Paul Lee comes at us this month with a bevy
of disparate automotive subjects. He's completed a Toyota
86, Series III 109 LWB Land Rover, 1977 Trans Am, Monkeemobile,
and a 1966 Pontiac GTO. Well, maybe there is a bit of
a Pontiac sub-theme here. Paul wishes a Happy New Year
to all our members and family.
JC Reckner is still hard at work on his IMSA
Porsche RSR 3.0. You might recall that this build started
with nothing more than a resin body he got from Brad.
JC has been adding parts from Fujimi kits, built models,
and wrecked models, along with his super scratchbuilding
skills. He just recently completed fabricating a replica
of the slide valve intakes which boosted engine output
by about 20HP for the RSR. You can see more about his
progress on this build at: http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/topic/157614-imsa-porsche-rsr-30/.
JC has also just launched into yet another new project:
a Lancia Beta Montecarlo - Short Tail Version starting
with this old ESCI kit. Check out the progress at https://race-car-models.proboards.com/thread/2408/lancia-beta-montecarlo-short-tail?page=1&scrollTo=23079.
Rick Martin shared these photos of a stunning
1937 Chevy gasser that he built some years ago. The
body is mounted on a modified 1940 Willys chassis. Power
comes by way of a Chevy 409 c.i. W-head engine that's
Hilborn injected, wired, and plumbed. Rick cut open
and hinged the doors and trunk lid. The car is painted
a dark green with several clear coats.
MAMA is honored to introduce Tyson Collins
to the model car world. After a long time of wanting
to try his hand at building model cars, the COVID-19
pandemic changed his work schedule in a way that gave
him the time to start. He chose MAMA's pseudo-virtual
meeting venue in which to share these photos of his
first two model car builds, an AMT 1967 Shelby Mustang
GT350 and an MPC 1967 Pontiac GTO that he built between
June and October of 2020. Looks like he's off to a good
start in his new hobby. Tyson says that he is looking
forward to meeting with MAMA members in person once
meeting/gathering restrictions are lifted. We're looking
forward to meeting you, too Tyson.
This month Steve Buter completed a Monogram
SlingShot dragster to compliment the Long John dragster
he built last month. This is another one that builders
could supposedly "drag race" with a CO2 cartidge
attached to the back. Hmmm... Unlike his re-issued Long
John, which benefits from Modelhaus resin tires, Steve's
SlingShot retains its original two-piece plastic tires.
Steve says, "Line up the two halves, glue 'em up,
& you still suffer the unsightly line down the center....a
lot of filling and sanding was required here."
Once the slicks passed Steve's muster, he put on a light
wash of brown to increase the "real" tire
look. As with his Long John, he preserved the SlingShot's
blue molded color and added a clear coat of FUTURE wax.
He says the decals are impressive for something that
hails from 1959. These too were sealed with a coat of
FUTURE. The SlingShot's driver figure suffers the same
visible hollow areas on the arms and legs as the Long
John's dirver, so Steve filled them up with Tamiya epoxy
putty. While this build is totally out of the box, Steve
did take the liberty of drilling out the header pipes
for a little better realism. Steve commented, "Primitive,
basic and toy-like? Oh, you betcha!! But, ya gotta love
the way Monogram handled those six Stromberg carbs some
60 years ago!" Steve shows us both iconic cars
squaring off on the strip. The flag gal is a YUFAN
product. Her flag comes unmarked so the builder can
put anything on there, and Steve hand painted a classic
checkered flag.On yer mark, get set...AAAANNNNDDDD.........
Steve also sent photos of a project he's worked on since
mid-summer which he hopes will boost members' spirits
for the day that we can resume "live" meetings.
One feature of our monthly meetings that he always found
interesting was the "V.P. Pick" where our
Veep selects a model displayed on the table to be highlighted
in an effort to both better inform other members about
the kit and how it was built, and to help familiarize
club members with others whom they might not yet know
very well. The modeler is invited to stand up and give
a brief talk about the model and answer a few questions
from members. As cool as he thought it was, Steve observed
that the VP Pick practice didn't include one thing:
a scale person to present a trophy to each month's V.P
Pick model car, and hang in for photo ops. So he made
one from another
figure. When he had it assembled he took
note of the upraised palms and wondered, "What
could she be hefting, at about the same time she's lost
her top?" He quickly found that a loving-cup style
trophy from one of the earliest AMT Trophy Series kits
was a perfect fit, then he scratchbuilt the top that
lays by her feet. Steve wonders if the club could call
her. "Ms. V.P. Pick?"
The latest build from Don Stone is a Polar Lights
Richard Petty 1969 Torino Talladega. Don says these
kits can be a chore, but build up into a decent model.
He augmented the kit with wheels and tires from Plastic
Performance Products, Tamiya paint, Bare Metal Foil,
and Powerslide decals.
Mal Douglas has been busy crafting this Fiat
Topolino Gasser. He says that at least three glue bombs
went into this build, two from Rich Meany and one from
"evil-pay." The Hemi motor is from an AMT
Boss Nova kit. He's thinking of leaving the body in
its natural plastic state. Be sure to check out that
poseable steering he made. Mal also shared a message
for the club, "Hope we get to meet together soon!"
Now, let's start the new year with some cookies.