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    November, 2018
Late vocation
Posted by Vic2003 on Friday, November 23, 2018 2:09 PM

Hello all. Recently I was fixing a furnace for a friend of mine who knew HVAC was my trade, so she called me when her furnace quit. I knew she didn't have any money to pay my fee and wasn't likely to have any money to spare, ever, as she is a single mom with a crappy paying job. I accepted her earnest promise of future payment anyway; but as I was leaving, I noticed she had two model kits out on her deck, where they had been for several years, she told me, out in the weather and the winters of upstate New York. But that doesn't hurt plastic, and I didn't care that the boxes were deteriorated. I made her an offer - those two models would be payment in full. She couldn't hand them over fast enough. One was a Revell '70 Challenger T/A, the other was a Revell '07 Shelby GT.

I haven't built a model car since I was 15. I am presently 65. But the bug had bit me again. I was just thrilled to have them and all excited about building them. In fact I went to the nearest model and hobby shop, Dan's Crafts in Rochester, and got a third model kit, AMT's '62 Chevrolet Bel Air. I'm inspired to build a model of every car I've owned personally that was significant to me, and I had one of these.

I had to get over a bit of sticker shock - $30 for a model car kit?! Are you for real?!

Yes, they are for real. The kits I used to buy for four bucks and change are now $25 and up. Whew.

But that won't stop me. I am even cheerful about expanding the budget for tools and supplies, none of which I had except a cheap Xacto knife that's been lying around for years in the kitchen junk drawer.

I started with the Challenger and found it missing many parts, but that's OK too, because I have almost all the body parts and the Challenger and many more are intended for hard body slot car racing. I don't need the parts that are missing, except the front valence. I guess I'll scratch something up that will hold the headlights and pass for a valence.

I attempted to paint the Challenger with Krylon. After this dismal failure I now understand that rattle cans just won't do, so I'm looking forward to obtaining the Paasche H. Meanwhile every spare hour is consumed by the hobby, watching the videos and reading the blogs and other stuff, everything I can find about model cars and slot cars on the net.

And here I am. My name is Jim though my friends call me Jack, but that name is already in use here so I fall back on Vic2003, because I have a 2003 Crown Victoria, my precious. So call me Vic. Glad to be here among you all and I'm certain I'll fit in somewhere.

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Posted by oldcarguy on Friday, November 23, 2018 2:15 PM

Hey Vic ! 

 Welcome aboard ! Listen when I bought them as a kid I watched them eat up my allowance  starting at 98 cents , then 1.29 , then 1.98 , Then they jumped to 4.50 . Oh well , they're still cheaper than the real thing , even ay 25.95 !

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Posted by Vic2003 on Friday, November 23, 2018 2:31 PM

Thank you and yes, I committed all the paper route money and still couldn't spend enough. Then along came girls and I quickly learned about real money.

The car models were forgotten for fifty years. Now, I'm possessed!

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Posted by justmike on Saturday, November 24, 2018 9:33 PM

Welcome to the forum Vic. I was surprised that the Krylon gave you issues. A lot of us use it with no problem. One thing you need to make sure of is to wash all your parts before painting and also it helps to warm the can of paint up some. I find around about body heat temp works well for me. You will find lots of tips around the forum. Have fun. 

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Monday, November 26, 2018 7:13 AM

Welcome to the forum, Vic. Good to have you aboard.

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Posted by Vic2003 on Monday, November 26, 2018 11:04 PM


Welcome to the forum Vic. I was surprised that the Krylon gave you issues. A lot of us use it with no problem. One thing you need to make sure of is to wash all your parts before painting and also it helps to warm the can of paint up some. I find around about body heat temp works well for me. You will find lots of tips around the forum. Have fun. 

Well, it was likely more my so-called "technique" than the paint that was at fault here. And I didn't use primer, thinking I didn't need it on plastic, but I now know that primer does a lot more in scale model finishing than help the top coat stick.

Thanks for that tip on warming the paint, good idea.

Now, here's another thing. I've seen a lot of the guys on YouTube swear by Testor's so I decided it will be Testor's all the way. I went to Dan's Crafts and got a can of Testor's primer, light gray, which is a semi-gloss, much to my surprise. I've learned that to lay down mist coats with a spray can is to make fast passes from about 14 inches away. So that's how I primed the interior tub for the Challenger and it turned out flawless! It is just so nice I decided to leave it as the finish coat.

The only prep I did for the interior tub was to wash it in warm soapy water, scrubbing with an electric toothbrush. That's all I did and the Testor's laid down beautifully, bringing out the texture of the carpet and the details on the door panels. So now I swear by Testor's too!

Funny thing is, I noticed on the label it has the Rust-Oleum branding and trademark.

P.S. You may be wondering why I'm building the interior for a hard body racer. It's because I'm going to detail out everything I can from this partial kit, for the experience, and I'm learning a lot. I may not be able to use it but I'm going to build it anyway.

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    May, 2018
  • From: Oklahoma City
Posted by curbside57 on Saturday, December 01, 2018 7:09 PM

Welcome Vic! 'bout time you get here! Yes, boxed kits have gotten a little more costly than back in the good ol days, for sure~ I feel your pain.

As far as forums go (yep- there's many out there) and I've bounced around on quite a few, but finally decided to come back to Scale Auto for'll probably come to find that's a common thing here. The reason is simple- this forum represents the best builders anywhere, and watching these works of art come to life is amazing! You'll find all the inspiration, help and building tips you could hope for, so enjoy!

Now get busy and build somethin, will ya?!?!Welcome

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Monday, December 24, 2018 12:27 PM

Is this the return of the spammers?

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Posted by Vic2003 on Monday, December 24, 2018 5:03 PM


Is this the return of the spammers?



Spammers? Who? Me? I cannot abide rude behavior.

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  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Tuesday, December 25, 2018 5:44 AM

No. mr.mike was talking about a spam post that was made in your thread.

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