Scenes from our fourth 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 three 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
June we're doing it again.
Howdy Hoffman starts us off this time around with three
cars he's been working on, a Nova and two Thunderbirds.
He built the yellow T-Bird to match the '66 that belonged
to his dad.
Howdy followed that triad with this Sublime Green 1971
Plymouth Roadrunner. This was a used model that he brought
back to life. He says the body was so rough that it
had to be wet sanded and primered three times before
he shot five coats of lacquer and three top coats of
Howdy wrapped up with a blast from the past. He's had
this MPC Don Grotheer '71 Cuda since 1971!
Rich Wilson put his creative touch to this sharp-looking
customized 1965 Buick Riviera.
Next, Rich doubled-down with this pair of Oldsmobiles.
The pair comprises a 1983 Hurst/Olds and a Bill Porterfield
designed 1985 442 FE3-X Concept/Show Car. Rich mades
changes to the engine and seats toward improving the
accuracy of the kit.
Lyle Willits finished up this cool Icy Blue 1964 Chebrolet
El Camino. He kept it a simple build, using a '65 El
Camino interior, 348 engine from the AMT 1957 Chevy,
wheels from the AMT 1955 Nomad, a little detail under
the hood and Testors paint buried under Duplicolor Clear.
Lyle says bulding this easy screw-bottom kit made him
feel like a kid again and now he seems to be in the
mood to build some of the obscure kits that he's had
on the shelves for 35 to 45 years.
Our model car building machine, Paul Lee, completed
seven models this month. They are: 1954 Chevrolet drag
racer, 1953 Chevrolet Bel-Air, 1966 Ford Thunderbird,
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle, WWII Jeep, 1929 Ford Pickup,
and 1959 Impala.
Ruddy Hernandez built this American Graffitti inspired
1932 Ford coupe. His build combines parts from Revell's
'32 Ford 5-Window Coupe kit and the AMT American Graffiti
'32 Deuce Coupe kit. Ruddy opted to go with a stock
height roof rather than a chopped top as it wasn't intended
to be a replica of Milner's car.
Jim Maness finished this two-toned1955 Chevrolet Bel-Air
with a modern take on the classic Salmon and Gray paint
Tom Jerow sent us photos of two newly finished builds.
First is this 1/12 scale Kawasaki Ninga ZX-R2 MOTOGP
bike from Tamiya. Tom says it is an Out of the box build
with some small paint and decal changes. Rather than
go with the stock colors, Tom painted the upper fairing
and seat with Tamiya Metallic Green. He sprayed Tamiya
Bright Red and White on the lower fairing, and Vallejo
Aluminium on the fuel tank cover. Along with kit decals,
he also added miscellaneous decals from other kits to
the lower fairing.
For his second build Tom sent us this 1965 Plymouth
A/FX altered wheelbase race car. Starting with a Moebius
kit, he built it box stock except for the Sox and Martin
paint scheme and SLIXX decals. Paints are all Tamiya
and include Brillant Blue over-coated with Clear Blue,
Bright Red, and White.
Rex Turner completed this 1972 Mustang Sprint Sportsroof
this month. He added a few extra parts (oval mufflers
and a stock 351 Cleveland engine that was not in the
kit). Rex says he hopes to see everyone in July.So do
Brian Schindler shared two models with us this month,
an ongoing custom project and a finished replica. He
calls the ongoing project NOVACAM. It was inspired by
Nova with a twist that Steve Strope's crew at Pure Vision
is building for comedian, podcast host, and mixed martial
arts color commentator Joe
Rogan. Brian was really taken by the Camaro side
panels that Pure Vision had blended in to the Nova's
fenders and doors. Here's a picture of Brian's inspiration.
Brian set to work building his own interpretation of
the Rogan car using a 1969 Nova and a 1969 Camaro, both
from Revell, that he'd bought for parts at a MAMA club
meeting. He removed the side panels from the Camaro
and grafted them directly to the Nova. He pitched them
just a tad lower to give the illusion of the car being
lowered without having to adjust the suspension. The
car is shown mocked up here with a set of "Z's Wheelz!"
Zimmerman of Meadville, Pennsylvania.
Brian did a lot of attaching plastic stock, shaping,
filling, sanding, priming, fixing the rough spots, priming,
more sanding, more priming and... well, you get the
picture! After the final primer, fixing a pinhole in
the front 1/4 panel, and a bit of light wet sanding,
the body is looking good. He left the Camaro gills in
the rear quarter panels to provide a subtle hint as
to what he did to the body so when the average person
looks at the finished model and wonders "why does
this look different?", they'll have some help figuring
Because the fenders are a bit flared out now where the
bumpers meet the body, Brian had to adjust them. He
really disliked the overall shape and bulkiness of the
bumpers. After an overnight soaking in Windex (along
with the grille and hood trim) to remove the chrome,
he made quick work of reshaping and smoothing the bumpers
to bring them in tighter to the body and remove the
sharp curves. He also smoothed and tapered the grille
just a touch at outer edges. The bumpers, grille, and
hood trim will all be color matched to the body.
He's already finished up the interior using Ferrari
seats with "SS" badging and a flocked floor. Because
he was out of semi-gloss paint (both brush and spray)
and feeling impatient since the local hobby shops are
all pandemically closed, he used Krylon black semi-gloss
that he purchased at Home Depot.
The finished replica that Brian shared represents his
brother's 2005 Corvette Convertible. He kitbashed a
curbside 2010 Corvette convertible kit with a Revell
2005 Corvette Hardtop to build a C6 generation convertible
with an opening hood and engine detail. He removed the
greenhouse from the hardtop body and replaced it with
the convertible deck/"waterfall" from the
convertible. Here's the inspiration:
And here's Brian's work:
Next up are two models that Don Stone recently finished
for this month’s virtual meeting, although he does say
he's looking forward to a real meeting. First is a project
build. Don normally just uses the MPC Southern Stocker
series of kits for their chassis, but he wanted to make
something out of the Pontiac Grand Prix kit body this
time. He trimmed the wheel openings so they looked more
realisitc and made a few other tweaks. He had two cans
of Testors purple that he had gotten dirt cheap on clearance
so he used them instead of his favored Tamiya paint.
He top-coated it in Krylon Crystal Clear straight out
of the can based on an on-line forum suggestion. Used
aftermarket “no name” Marty Robbins decals, Pro Tech
hood pins, and Slixx grille decals. Don says that overall
it was a good experiment and that he learned a few things.
Next from Don is the first non-race car build he's
done in a while. He remembers building the AMT 1965
El Camino as a kid and set out to raise the bar this
time around. He said that was not an easy goal to acheive
with a 35-year old model design but he feels the finished
build looks okay from a distance. He sparyed it with
Testors paint that he had leftover from a race car build.
Don says he chose the green color scheme because that
was the first reference photo he pulled up. His applied
his signature touch of metal tail pipes out the back.
(Don jokes, don’t look underneath!!)
Lyle Willits came back a couple weeks later with another
completed build. Stating that he seems to have a new
fascination with the 40 year old kits on his shelves,
he built this 1977 Camaro Rally Sport over the course
of two weeks.The kit itself didn't impress Lyle as he
feels it was a very poor effort from AMT and he thinks
it must have been based on a previously released kit.
He said it came with a ONE page instruction sheet (which
he didn't really need) that basically told the builder
where to break off this thing or cut down that thing.
Surprisingly, only one of the stripe decals came apart
in 3 places. With more patience than he knew he had,
he got the pieces lined up on the model. All the paint,
from primer to the polished clear is Duplicolor. Other
than the addition of red line tires from a recently
released AMT parts pack, this build is box stock. As
the kit had no mirrors, he used a pair from an AMT 1986
El Camino kit. Lyle says, "It came out okay, I
guess, but basically,it's a 10 footer." It looks
much better than that.
Steve Buter checked in with a couple of newly finished
projects. First is a slingshot dragster from an AMT
Double Dragster kit that he bought built from Rich Meany.
He brought it back to life with a Cadillac mill and
a considerable amount of scratchbuilding.
Next, Steve shared his take on a 16-piece AMT Snapfast
Slammers "Street Heat" Chrysler Concorde curbsde
kit. In tribute to a couple of classic TV shows, he
converted it into a Gotham City police cruiser (Batman)
and gave it number 54 (Car 54 where are you?) He accessorized
his patrol car with an "Officer Patty Patrol"
figure from Jimmy
And now for something completely different. For a change
of pace Howard Weinstein built this Glencoe re-issue
of a classic late-1950s-vintage ITC/Palmer Brontosaurus
kit. Talk about your antique transportation! This gently
used AWD heavy hauler is being offered for sale by none
other than Fred Flintstone. It features dangling fuzzy
dice and a Buick-style grinning grille up front. Ever
the honest seller, Fred does admit that it needs some
work. Howard first built ones of these kits as a kid
in the early '60s and says it was fun to build one again
today using skills and methods learned from building
car models. These include using dry-brushing techniques
presented in an October 1996 Scale Auto how-to article.
Howard detailed his build by adding real rocks, a twig
"log," a fish-pond, and a Photoshopped graphic from
the 1964-65 NY World's Fair Sinclair Oil Dinoland exhibit
to the display base.
Did you remember to enjoy some cookies on June 20th?