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1953 Studebaker Starliner Pro Touring

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  • Member since
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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
1953 Studebaker Starliner Pro Touring
Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 7:14 AM

This my newest project, the '53 Studebaker.  For what I have in mind, this may take me a while.  This kit was given to me be Classic Plastic Model Club member streetrod and it is minus the decals and the kit tires, which are of no concern to me as I am using two 19" Pegasus Hellas and two 23" Pegasus Hollis for wheels and tires.  The chassis needs to be tubbed and the kit engine will be replaced with a Ford Cobra 289 and 4-speed trans from the AMT '67 Shelby.  The front suspension will be modified as well.  I am undecided at this point for interior and body colors.  The body might be a metallic blue or metallic green.  The body will be shaved of all scripts and the interior might have bucket seats from the Revell '69 Nova COPO.  

More to come...

 

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1968 Dodge Charger R/T

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They call me MrMike!

TnT
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Posted by TnT on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 9:25 AM

Oh my. That should be bqd azz. Can't wait.

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 12:04 PM

This is my first pro-touring type of build.  I need to figure out a new rear axle and how to set up the front suspension as I want it.  As I said before, I'm in no rush to get this one done soon.  It's for next years 2018 Classic Plastic Model Club Exhibition.  I've got plenty of time to get the suspension and the Cobra engine figured out.   

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1968 Dodge Charger R/T

Classic Plastic Model Club 

They call me MrMike!

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  • From: Hamptonville, NC
Posted by TarheelRick on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 12:56 PM

mrmike

As I said before, I'm in no rush to get this one done soon.  It's for next years 2018 Classic Plastic Model Club Exhibition.  I've got plenty of time to get the suspension and the Cobra engine figured out.   

 Famous last words.  Really looking forward to what you do with this one.  I have a couple in my stash and of course one will be the requisite Land Speed Racer, not sure about the other one.  Best suggestion on the suspensions is to do plenty of internet research: go to suspension builders websites and copy what they have for 1:1 cars.  Find some of those Classic Auto sales sites that have a multitude of photo angles of cars they are trying to sell.  But whatever you do, stay with it and keep us updated, I am a plastic voyeur at heart.

I build models because I can't afford the real thing!

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, August 24, 2017 10:00 AM

I've got 14 months to finish this Stude and it will be done by then!  Having done 1:1 suspensions all my adult life, I have a good idea of what I need.  The one thing I haven't done is spend much time with all the bits and pieces that go to this kit and figure out what is what and where it goes.  To quote King Roland from Spaceballs, "Trust me, would I lie?" Whistling  

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1968 Dodge Charger R/T

Classic Plastic Model Club 

They call me MrMike!

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 7:14 AM

I may not finish this build on this forum.  I feel like I am being forced out by younger members who don't like my answers to questions they openly post on this forum.  It may be time to move on...  

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1968 Dodge Charger R/T

Classic Plastic Model Club 

They call me MrMike!

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  • From: arlington, tx.
Posted by rusty32rod on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 9:05 AM

    I hope you don't decide to move on elsewhere. i enjoy seeing your builds and threads. you do some very nice work.

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Posted by nottheband on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 12:12 AM

Like rustyrod said, hang in there, Mike, I enjoy your builds, and I'm sure many others do.  I've got this Stude kit too, and I want to see how you go with it, because your plan sounds cool.  Cheers

Steve

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Posted by scalepeter on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 4:56 AM

I agree with these guys.   If they don't like your answers well thats thier problem.  Be following along here.   

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Posted by Old Geezer on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 5:26 AM

I tend to agree with scalepeter. If someone asks questions and doesn't like the answers, don't fret yerself. That's their problem. 

I like your taking this Studie in your own direction ! To me, the box art looks kind of lame ( I only have your photo to judge by). Do your thing.

 Geezer

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 7:30 AM

Thank you guys for your support!  It is gratifying to hear those responses and after a day of thought, I am staying and I will finish my builds and start others.  The problem doesn't lie with me, but with a new member who thinks I have singled him out by giving him "jerk responses".  He is so wrong!  I was just giving him my honest answer to a question he openly posted on the forum.  When you are a member of a forum, expect answers that you will not like.  I've been here long enough to know that and I have weathered many storms since I have been here.  As a new member, I thought I could help point out the ways of the forum, but he is so arrogant, he thinks he knows it all.  He posts in places that he shouldn't and probably expects us to genuflect before him!  This I know, I will no longer respond to his posts or messages.  I'm done helping him and eventually he will be like all the others that have strolled through these gates...gone.    

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1968 Dodge Charger R/T

Classic Plastic Model Club 

They call me MrMike!

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  • From: arlington, tx.
Posted by rusty32rod on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 3:58 PM

    I'm glad you decided to stay here and do what you enjoy. don't let anybody take that away from you..... ever. i too have this kit (not sure if it's newer or older though. it's orange and black on the box). i bought it at a 1:1 swap meet for $2.00 still sealed. for that price i figured i'd take it & figure out what to do with it later. your wip is similar to what i had in mind. keep it coming.   

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Posted by 195X on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 5:58 PM

mrmike

Thank you guys for your support!  It is gratifying to hear those responses and after a day of thought, I am staying and I will finish my builds and start others.  The problem doesn't lie with me, but with a new member who thinks I have singled him out by giving him "jerk responses".  He is so wrong!  I was just giving him my honest answer to a question he openly posted on the forum.  When you are a member of a forum, expect answers that you will not like.  I've been here long enough to know that and I have weathered many storms since I have been here.  As a new member, I thought I could help point out the ways of the forum, but he is so arrogant, he thinks he knows it all.  He posts in places that he shouldn't and probably expects us to genuflect before him!  This I know, I will no longer respond to his posts or messages.  I'm done helping him and eventually he will be like all the others that have strolled through these gates...gone.    

 

That's where you're wrong spunky. ;) Like you've never posted in the wrong thread! It must be nice to be so perfect. When someone asks a simple question that dozens of other guys ask as well and your response is "You should ask Revell, not us!" That's being a jerk. Stay, go, makes no difference to me, but if you think I'm leaving on YOUR say so? dead wrong!

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 195X on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 6:05 PM

Lest anyone think I edited to take back something I said I'll add this here: Had you said "You should really ask Revell, we wouldn't know." Or something like that without the (!) it would never have been an issue. You seem to want to keep the argument alive by running your typing fingers and slamming me here. So now everyone knows what was said.

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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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 8:51 PM

Well 195X, whoever you are, I don't know what you really want or expect out of me.  You come down to my thread and harass me.  Why?  I said my peace and was going to let it all die after that, but you had to bring it all up again.  Not once, but twice!  And, I never mentioned your handle, so you must have a guilty conscience about all this.  

I will not kiss your a**.  I will not walk on eggshells around you.  I will not be harassed by you.  You will leave me alone!  I will file a complaint against you with the Admins of this forum if you continue to harass me.  I did not target you!  I merely answered your question, but you didn't like the way I had answered it.  To that I say, GROW UP!  If you are going to ask questions, expect answers that you are not going to agree with or how they are presented to you.  I refuse to wrap a bow around any replies to questions.  For now on, you stay on your threads and I'll stay on mine and we will not bother each other.  Can you agree with that?  You have your own personal permission to come and go as you please.  You don't need me for that!    

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1968 Dodge Charger R/T

Classic Plastic Model Club 

They call me MrMike!

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  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 9:33 PM

Zip it!

Whistling

" Enough said ! " 

Actually no, 'f**k it' !!! , I'm awake at 03:30 due to severe pain in post op leg area...again . ( + I have emotional constipation , not given a s**t for 3 weeks) 


 

I feel really upset that situations like this need to be aired in public . I came to this wonderful site here as I am honestly obsessed with scale modelling . I'm plainly no good ( proof in the amount of view:comment ratio . ) but love to get amazing new ideas and inspiration ... Please just stop this .

I UNDERSTAND both sides of this situation and I am trying to stay out of ANY dissagrements , I was nearly married you know!  LOL

Sort this ASAP . Embarrassed

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 10:25 PM

I have been and I am still willing to let all this go.  He stays on his threads and I stay on mine.  If he wants to continue this disagreement, then that is on him.  I'm done with him!  

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1968 Dodge Charger R/T

Classic Plastic Model Club 

They call me MrMike!

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    January, 2015
  • From: arlington, tx.
Posted by rusty32rod on Thursday, August 31, 2017 8:17 AM

    Come on guys. are BOTH of you willing to put the bickering behind & leave it behind? think about it... each of us are on this forum because we enjoy this hobby, right? it's very easy to misinterprit (hope i spelled that correctly) what somebody is trying to say when you can't hear them say it, but instead, only be able to read the words on a screen, which appears to me, to be the case here. no harm intended, just words on a screen that were taken the wrong way.

    so, how's that stude coming along? any updates? pics?  

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Saturday, September 02, 2017 4:47 PM

I did spend a few minutes on the Stude yesterday.  I cut out part of the wheel wells, but the more I thought about the cut I made, the more I realized that it would take more work just to blend in the new wheel wells.  My solution was to cut the entire wheel well off completely and make new ones.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1968 Dodge Charger R/T

Classic Plastic Model Club 

They call me MrMike!

  • Member since
    July, 2005
  • From: Australia
Posted by scalepeter on Saturday, September 02, 2017 11:12 PM

I hear you bout having issues with the wheel wells.  Seems like it should be nice and easy but i have trouble with them too.  Keen to see how you make yours.

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Monday, September 04, 2017 9:03 AM

scalepeter, I'm just starting to figure out the wheel tubs.  I need to consider the interior tub placement with the wheel tubs.

I shortened the ends of the rear axle and the wheels and tires fit nicely, but I'm wondering if I should keep this rear axle or look for something a little more modern and perhaps lower the rear a little more.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1968 Dodge Charger R/T

Classic Plastic Model Club 

They call me MrMike!

  • Member since
    March, 2017
  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Monday, September 04, 2017 2:36 PM

Regarding the rear tubs , When I did a pro street 40 ford pick up , I measured the diameter of the wheel and went to the pound shop ( thrift $ store ??) and went searching for toothpaste / hair products (Approximately the right sizes !) The flat surface was slightly concaved , so I used sheet styrene and it turned out quite nicely after a sand down & a coat of silver or two . And cheap of course ! LOL

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, September 05, 2017 8:12 AM

Spencer, I have several varieties of plastic containers and caps from which to choose from here in the shop.  Plus, I can make them from sheet styrene which I also have,

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1968 Dodge Charger R/T

Classic Plastic Model Club 

They call me MrMike!

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  • From: UK
Posted by PatrickW on Wednesday, September 06, 2017 1:52 AM

I find, when I have to tub, which I have a few times, that our plastic 2 litre milk bottles have suitable tops to shape into tubs, or use Evergreen plastic sheet.

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, September 10, 2017 7:46 AM

Thanks Patrick!  I do have some caps that I can choose from here in the shop.  The question is, are they the correct size?  We will see when I do get to around to that part of the build.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1968 Dodge Charger R/T

Classic Plastic Model Club 

They call me MrMike!

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