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Modified, an ode to SAE

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Posted by Tom Louis on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 11:25 PM

Great story and a fine looking model!

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Posted by justmike on Sunday, June 24, 2018 3:31 PM

What an interesting story that explained the build. I look forward to seeing more of your work. 

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Posted by Gluecipher on Sunday, June 24, 2018 11:57 AM

Nice build, and if any, i liked to read how you wrote about model kit scene changing since those 60's.

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Posted by chucky on Friday, June 22, 2018 6:09 PM

A great story and a nice tribute to SA. Glad that you're coming along in your recovery. The build looks sharp and I have yet to successfully make my own decals, so I admire your work. Be sure to share your future builds with us. Thumbs Up


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Posted by Bainford on Friday, June 22, 2018 2:47 PM

A very nice and tidy build, Mr tachyonbb. I built a few of these MPS modifieds in the 70s and really liked them. I hope we see more of your builds as time goes on.

I must be one of the 'older' guys, as a get all of the references on your model. I even recall the 'bearded lawyer on a skateboard' model. Your model seems a fitting tribute, and is very nicely done.


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Posted by jchrisf on Friday, June 22, 2018 12:40 PM

Looks really good tacyonbb

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Posted by tachyonbb on Friday, June 22, 2018 12:12 PM

When I first was injured I almost sold my stash.  My wife of 40+ years convinced me to wait.  Building models is the best form of physical therapy.  


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Posted by tachyonbb on Friday, June 22, 2018 12:09 PM

As you can see I have not figured out how to post more than one picture in a post. Oh well. Everyone will recognize the engine builder. I have enjoyed reading his articles in SAE forever.  Thanks Tim, you are a real asset to the hobby. 

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Posted by tachyonbb on Friday, June 22, 2018 12:06 PM

The back is a reference to a GSLC model of a bearded lawyer on a skateboard chasing an ambulance. Older readers will recognize the reference. The zoo keepers are a shout out to Mark and Robbie for SAE. With their leadership it will continue to be a superb magazine.  I am looking forward to their electronic archive project coming to fruition. 

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Posted by tachyonbb on Friday, June 22, 2018 12:02 PM

Adhesives have changed with "super glues",  better two part epoxies and other specialty adhesives. Discovered "instant set" for the cyanoacrylic glues which really helped.  Tried various magnifying glass solutions. Found +4 reading glasses works best for me.  I could not use the others for long periods of time without getting a headache. Made my first decals.  Driver is one of the original writers for SAE. Hank's work really appealed to me visually. 

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Posted by tachyonbb on Friday, June 22, 2018 11:56 AM

Pretty much everything I knew about model construction had changed.  Back then every auto store carried Duplicolor primer and lacquer paints. Nobody carries Duplicolor around here anymore and lacquer paints are pretty rare.   Now the options are endless and paint pens, micro brushes, Molotow etc. give us a lot of options to consider, try and perfect. 

Another change is the variety of small parts suppliers, photo etch and resin.  I used a prewired distributor from Morgan Automotive Detail.  Their parts and service are excellent. Next build I may try some photo etch.  Tried it on the battery terminal connections on this build.  Lost 4 of them in the carpet and gave up.  


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Posted by tachyonbb on Friday, June 22, 2018 11:53 AM

I kept up with the hobby and occasionally bought kits and built my stash.  I subscribed to SAE starting with the first issue. When I saw that they were looking for some of the first issues I sent them in and they sent me a nice box of models and a bunch of their SAE decals. 

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Modified, an ode to SAE
Posted by tachyonbb on Friday, June 22, 2018 11:50 AM

My first build since the mid 60's.  I planned on getting back into the hobby when I retired.  About a year before retirement an accident caused severe nerve damage to my right arm/hand.  Three years later and I can use my hand enough to at least get started. I decided to start with this.  Acquired at a garage sale, the roll cage was in pieces and some other parts were missing.  A good low risk first attempt. 


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