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Been on for some time but.I'm 62 years old had a stroke almost 8 years ago.

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  • Member since
    September 2015
Been on for some time but.I'm 62 years old had a stroke almost 8 years ago.
Posted by 55 Panel on Monday, October 1, 2018 2:22 PM

I have been tring to finish to models bouth are Jimmy Flintstones, a1955 Chevy Panel & 1955 Suburban. Need some help, With the interior,i need the size to make the side panels and the bake. I have very littel use of my right arm and i'm right handed.

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    September 2018
Posted by Southern_yankee_80 on Monday, October 1, 2018 4:41 PM

I wouldn't be able to offer help on your models but I will say I'm glad you're here and at least are able to enjoy the hobby. Believe it or not this hobby helps a lot of people to overcome the difficulties and stress life has to offer and then some. I'm 38 and have already had two heart attacks roughly the same time you had your stroke was 8 years ago. And finishing up a model for my wife and then quickly after we'll be building a 63 Corvette Stingray for my father who is overcoming the Battle of prostate cancer but just to be pulled back into the doctor's office possibly being diagnosed with lung cancer. 

Anyway there's a lot of knowledge and talent on this forum though I've just recently signed up I have been watching this form for a very long time now hopefully you can find your answer. Good luck with your model and God bless.

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 2:04 PM

Sorry to hear of your troubles, Mr 55, but very glad you are still with us. Cheers.

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy


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Posted by mini man on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 4:33 PM

Welome,Ihave had 2 strokes,buth right side,I dont post too much as my dexterity is up the creek.




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Posted by 55 Panel on Sunday, October 7, 2018 3:38 PM
Thanks anyway.
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Posted by 55 Panel on Saturday, October 13, 2018 10:39 AM
Was born in 1955.All I need is to get a 1955 Sedan delivery and I will have every 1955 made.
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  • From: Berkshire Mountains MA
Posted by Foxer on Saturday, October 13, 2018 1:00 PM

Sorry to hear of your condition.

I made interior panels for a van my daughter had. The A-Team van I used had no interior and I wanted them to look like the 1:1 panels anyway. This would be the same as the resin bodies you have.

Interior Panels   About 2/3 down this WiP page is the start of how I made them.

Here's the finished panels before painting and after.

Interior Panels DSC 7363

Interior semiGloss DSC 7533

Without good use of one arm you might just clamp the pieces down with a steel straight edge to make straight cuts. Try taping card stock to the insides and trace the body on them. Adjust the cards int the correct shape you need and trace onto .002" sheet plastic. Then glue the shapes that mimic the interior panels you need.

You can modify anthing above to do just what you need. Van panels aren't that visable to start with.

Good luck and do show us your work here.

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Posted by 195X on Monday, October 15, 2018 12:01 PM

55 Panel
Was born in 1955.All I need is to get a 1955 Sedan delivery and I will have every 1955 made.

If you have plenty reference photos, I'd like to at least try and help. Are you needing the panels fabbed for you, or do you just want some help and guidance? Either way, feel free to private message me and we can discuss. :)

As for your stroke, I hate to hear of anyone suffering through that. Something that helped my grandad regain some dexterity was pencils. Get a pack and while you're just sitting around pick one up and try to move it back and forth through your fingers. When you drop one (and you will drop all of them) pick up the next one and start again. When they're all out of reach pick them up and start over. DO NOT use your left for any of this. Grandad did this about four times a day, a couple rounds at a time with a pack of ten. He was able to regain around 75% use of his arm and hand. I hope this is a help to you.

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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Posted by oldcarguy on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 8:46 AM


 Well Guys . I haven't had a stroke , but when I was in my middle twenties two things happened that has slowed me down .One was having a portion of a building dropped on me and the other a wrecker Boom made a dent in my noggin .

 Both affected my left side .The old lady said  "Uh Uh " you ain't gonna sit around feeling sorry for yourself " She bought a half a carton of 57 Chevies and a ship . " Now , build them ! " , was her comment ,

 All but one of the Chevies made the round file . That last one was not contest quality but it sufficed . I slowly had learned to lift my left arm to table heighth and get the hand to do what I wanted , which was to not crush parts !

 The Ship was harder , because Ships and Good Builds went together as far as I was concerned .  She let me get the hull done and then sat a couple of packages of Evergreen sheet and shapes in front of me and said . " Now , all the original parts above the Main Deck are going to be hidden from you " !

  " You now must , using that hull " build a model of the ship you served on first !" My thoughts were in a roil .I still didn't have full use of the affected side . Me and the sharp edge of an X-Acto had met on more than one occasion during all this .  Seven months later and a lot of adjusting and figuring out how to hold things , it was finished .

 She dragged me to an I.P.M.S. show and had me enter the model . Geez , I won the Class and Peoples Choice in Ships !! I now thank her every day and am glad she was tough on me . I wish she could be here to see what I've done  , since she went to heaven . 

 So the end of this overblown story is this . No Matter What ! Never Give Up On Yourself ! Those who love you won't ! OldCarGuy



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