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How many of these past Scale Auto feature Hot Rods do you remember?

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How many of these past Scale Auto feature Hot Rods do you remember?
Posted by Tim Boyd on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 11:07 AM

Just got done doing a studio photography session that included all 14 of the Closed Cab Pickup hot rod models I've built during the last four decades or so.  All of these have seen magazine appearances, mostly in my "Modeler's Corner" column in Street Rodder magazine from 1978 through 1995, but also several as Scale Auto, Scale Auto Enthusiast, and Car Modeler magazine "how-to" features.  

I picked three to show below but to see all 14 models in 180 images, including detail shots and a full explanation of each, visit my fotkil.com/funman1712 photo site at this link.     Thanks for looking....TIM  

PS - see 6 more pictures just added, further down this thread...DSC 0446

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Posted by streetrod on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 5:04 PM

Hi Tim,

I recognize all of them since I've been following your work ever since your track roadster article appeared many, many, many (you get the picture LOL) years ago in SAE magazine.

I just acquired a '30/'31 resin pick up cab in an auction and would like to build a copy of that first P.U. (Orange and Brown) you show above. I have all of your old Modelers Corner articles from Street Rodder but would you happen to recall which issue that paticular truck was featured in. I can find it so much easier if i knew the month/year or at least the year when this article occurred. I know it's been a long time, but just thought I'd ask. 

And, while we're at it, how about the "Owl" model "T" truck too. I have the Rod Action Yearbook with this truck featured in it and always wanted to duplicate it also, but never could find your article.

Love your trucks.

Barry Fadden

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Posted by Tim Boyd on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 6:33 PM

Heh Barry.....great to hear from you again and hope all is well....

The Orange/Brown pickup was the cover story of the April issue of Scale Auto Enthusiast.

The "Owl T' was in Modeler's Corner in 1989 or 1990....will have to go find the exact issue but that should at least get you started.

Needless to say but I'll say it anyway....would love to see your '30 when you get it done...TIM

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Posted by Tim Boyd on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 12:01 PM

Three more to ogle.....

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Posted by Tim Boyd on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 12:05 PM

DSC 0487DSC 0403DSC 0552

Wanna see a whole bunch more photos of these?  Just click here...and thanks for your interest....TIM 

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Posted by streetrod on Sunday, February 24, 2019 9:30 PM

Hi Tim,

Thank you for your quick reply. I felt like an idiot when you reminded me that the '30 P.U. was a S.A. cover story. I went right downstairs and found it. I haven't found the Owl 'T' yet, but the years you gave me will help a lot.

I and when I get to that '30 P.U. I will surely send you a picture. Right now I'm working on a Replicas and Miniatures Resin '32 Ford P.U. I bought from Norm as a kit he offers. Sure does have nice resin.

Barry Fadden

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Posted by Tim Boyd on Monday, February 25, 2019 8:39 AM

Barry....just got a few minutes to look this up.  The "Owl T" how-to was Modeler's Corner in the July and August 1989 issues of Street Rodder magazine.  

Sure agree with you on Norm's stuff.  I too have his '32 PU but haven't cracked the project yet....needless to say, I'd also be really interested in seeing what you do with that one, as would others who read this forum I suspect! 

 

Best Regards....TIM  

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Posted by 195X on Monday, February 25, 2019 4:21 PM

Tim Boyd

Just got done doing a studio photography session that included all 14 of the Closed Cab Pickup hot rod models I've built during the last four decades or so.  All of these have seen magazine appearances, mostly in my "Modeler's Corner" column in Street Rodder magazine from 1978 through 1995, but also several as Scale Auto, Scale Auto Enthusiast, and Car Modeler magazine "how-to" features.  

I picked three to show below but to see all 14 models in 180 images, including detail shots and a full explanation of each, visit my fotkil.com/funman1712 photo site at this link.     Thanks for looking....TIM  

PS - see 6 more pictures just added, further down this thread...DSC 0446

DSC 0530

DSC 0570

 

I remember them too. The blue one on the bottom was the first one featured wasn't it?

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 Tim Boyd on Monday, February 25, 2019 7:57 PM

Actually, it was the second most recent....appearing in the Car Modeler Annual around 2000 or so; while the primer gray one appeared around 2003 or so in the "Primer Rods" feature....

Among the ones shown here, the first to appear in Scale Auto Enthusiast, as cover story in 1988....TIM  

\TIM 

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Posted by streetrod on Thursday, February 28, 2019 12:15 AM

Hi Again Tim,

Thank you so much for looking that up for me. It will make finding it sooooo much easier as I have about 40 years of Street Rodder and they are stored in no particulr order. Just looking for the july and August issues will be so much quicker for me.

Thanks again for taking the time to look that up. 

Barry Fadden

P.S.--------- Any chance you might be attending NNL East this April?

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Posted by Tim Boyd on Friday, March 08, 2019 8:11 PM

Barry.....my pleasure....glad to be able to help out.......Best.....TIM 

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Posted by jonesmarc on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 6:32 PM

I remember some of these trucks, the one I remember the most would be the dark blue '34 with fat slicks which graced the cover of SAE in Oct of '93, this issue also featured your full fendered yellow '34 in the same article.

 

Off topic Tim: What does it take to get a car to grace the cover of Scale Auto? I guess you could call this a bucket list of mine.

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Posted by Tim Boyd on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 4:27 PM

jonesmarc

I remember some of these trucks, the one I remember the most would be the dark blue '34 with fat slicks which graced the cover of SAE in Oct of '93, this issue also featured your full fendered yellow '34 in the same article.

 

Off topic Tim: What does it take to get a car to grace the cover of Scale Auto? I guess you could call this a bucket list of mine.

 

Mark,,,now that's a great question.  I've never been a magazine editor nor a full time paid staff member of any of the 30+ magazines that have run my work at one time or another over the last four decades, but I can speculate a bit...

Probably the most important considerations might be the following....

* the cover car is the subject of a how-to article in the magazine; preferably also the "lead article" for that issue 

* the photography is professional studio quality - either from a very experienced close-up photographer or photographed by the magazine's staff, perhaps at one of the major NNL or other model car events.... 

* the subject is a topical one with broad newstand appeal to modelers (and full size car guys).  Hot Rods, Drag Cars, Road Race or NASCAR cars, current cars (a Corvette, Mustang, Ferrari et al), preferably painted in a bright, eye-catching color (that is why, of course, so many full size car mags run Corvettes, Mustangs, and European exotics painted bright red or bright yellow)...   

* and of course, there is the element of chance.  Maybe the editor is looking for a specific subject and you've just completed a model that ties in with his thoughts...

For those of you who are not writers and do not have photo setups for how-to articles, probably the best way to get a cover car is to have your model at one of the major model events attended by the Scale Auto staff, and have it so well done that it stands out from the rest and gets one of those "we'd like to photograph your car" messages laid next to it.  You never know, it just might end up on the cover of the next Scale Auto Contest Annual.  

Again, I'm not speaking for the magazine, but those are my thoughts....

Hope that helps....TIM  

 

 

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Posted by NewB71 on Thursday, March 21, 2019 5:10 PM

Real nice job on all your cars Tim. I just wish I had your ability.

Bob

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Posted by jonesmarc on Friday, March 22, 2019 8:47 PM

Thank you Tim, these tips are very helpful to me.  I have a glue bomb I have been wanting to build. The thing is I don't want this to be just another glue bomb rescue, I want to really push myself with this build and get it on the cover of SAE.

I think for me, the best way to tackle this is to do some how2 articles. I can easily do a years worth of how2s with this car alone from different ways on how to strip decades old paint, scratch building in layers, doing your own metal plating of plastic, and more.

I have done a lot of micro stock photography in the past so I do understand studio quality photos, my down fall is writing, this will be the area I will need to seek out assistance.

Thank you again Tim.

 

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Posted by Tim Boyd on Saturday, March 23, 2019 10:54 AM

Marc...having that close-up photography experience is a huge plus in your favor. 

As for writing, I have a couple of suggestions.  

At one point I recall Scale Auto, as well as one of the other, lesser-known model car mags, having a section on their websites with advice for those looking to submit work to their magazines.  Lots of good thoughts in those web pages, if they still exist.  

Second, there are a whole bunch of really well done model club newsletters around the world now.   They are all looking for good material.   You might try doing some "mini-articles" for one of those, to gain experience and also feedback from the newsletter Editors and readers.  

Third, for major articles, I recommend you send what is called a "Query Letter" to the magazine's Editor, laying out your idea of the article, how you plan to approach it, possible completion timing, et al, to see if the idea resonates before you put all that work into it.  Also, it could be that they are interested, but are looking for a slightly different angle, which could be a big help (and time saver) on your end.  

Best of Luck and we'll be looking for you by-line in this magazine and/or elsewhere in the future!  And for all the rest of you reading this thread, I hope you too have picked up a useful idea or two if you are thinking of becoming a model car writer now or at some point in the future...

TIM 

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Posted by oldcarguy on Monday, March 25, 2019 5:09 PM

Tim;

 How would you even think anyone with a sense of taste could forget any of these ?The three you picked here are among my favorites anyway. OCG. 

gjgeracci

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