Because our current meeting location at the Fire Museum
of Maryland is both limited on space and out of the
way for some members (What location isn't?) we are keeping
the psuedo-virtual aspect of the web site going. Any
one who wants to is encouraged and welcomed to send
in photos of their builds, so if we can't see you and
your model cars at meetings, we still want to see photos
of your projects here on the site. Please
keep those photos and descriptions coming. Remember
to send them in by the third Saturday each month.
Paul Lee starts us off this time with a big
AMT Ford LNT-8000 snow plow truck.
Steve Buter actually sent in three subjects
back in May when he realized he'd be unable to attend
the Mid-Atlantic NNL show. First is a vignette that
combines 1/32 scale vehicles with 1/35th scale figures.
The Vette is Revell's "The Nightflyer" snap-tite
offering from 2005. The Triumph Herald is from Airfix,
first issued 1967, this is a re-issue from 2011. It's
a bit dear to Steve's heart: he finished it to resemble
the very first car he ever drove back in the summer
of 1966 on a certain friend's dare. Problem? He didn't
have a driver's license yet, but he drove it anyway
for a bit. The hedge is a hunk of styrofoam painted
Steve's second subject is a model that he would
have brought to the Mid-Atlantic NNL, had he been able
to make it there. It's a 1970 Maverick that he crafted
from a JoHan race car. He scratch built much of the
interior and undercarriage to help replicate his beloved
daily driver from 1973-77. Steve thanks Replicas &
Miniatures for much of the car. He says Norm's one-piece
steel wheels with dog-dish hubcaps are a dead ringer
for the wheels present on the real car when he drove
it off a used car lot in 1973. And yes, it had a vinyl
top! Also from Norm's stuff is the Ford 195 cid straight
six: Steve's Maverick actually had the 170, which he
says helped make that friggin' oil embargo and the "even-odd"
days for gas pump visits easier to stomach. In the interior,
included the 8-track player and Spark-O-Matic
twin speakers from K-Mart, bi-fold bench seat with plaid
cloth upholstery, and three-on-the-column shifter.
Steve's third subject is is Monogram's 1955
Chevrolet convertible. This was some of his first experience
with scale figures. "Jayne Mansfield" was
crafted from a Hasegawa "Racing Campaign Girl Set"
(there were six of 'em). He changed the position of
one figure's arms and provided.....enhancements....via
two-part putty. The tight-fitting dress was strips of
Bounty paper towels dipped in a water-thin white glue
solution. then wrapped, nipped 'n tucked around the
figure, left to dry for a while, then painted hot pink
like the car. Jayne liked pink stuff, or so Steve has
heard.The "Dobie Gillis" figure at the wheel
began life as the driver figure from MPC's "Gangbusters"
'28 Lincoln Continental. The scale stuffed animals and
bongo drums are some of Norm's resin stuff.
Rex Turner sent us a sampling of models that
he's finished and is working on down in sunny Miami
Florida. He's been down there about nine months and
is getting used to the year-round car show friendly
weather. He says, "Of course A/C and tinted windows
help in the summer but we actually look forward to “winter”
down here." Rex also said he's so glad to see that
we had a great NNL show and hopes that we'll be able
attend the NNL East and Philly NNL next year as it will
have been a four year gap. Rex tells us that there are
good model shows down there and the largest one is held
twice a year in Largo. Rex said that Jerry Frazier is
always at the Largo show selling parts and kits. Rex
also said that the most recent Largo show turnout was
a little lower than usual, but of course there were
some good deals to be had in the swap meet. Anyway,
Rex misses the gang and hopes to get up this way again.
Scenes from the meeting:
Steve Buter Displayed the vignette he shared
above and a newly completed 1/32 scale 1932 Ford.
Ron Hamilton showed the beginnings of his latest
Marcos Cruz exhibited this hot Datsun and Mazda
Jim Maness brought out this Tony Stewart Pontiac Grand Prix.
This eye-catching Camaro was built by Kenny Kovach
you might know him better as Kevin's dad.
Chris Whalley displayed these three Pontiac
"Fast Pack" finds. Of note, the two red GTOs
were sold as 1970 and 1971 model years, and even had
those two dates on the license plates, even though both
kits featured the same 1970 body, hood, and interior.
Unfortunately, I did not see who displayed this blue-hued
and Cragar shod 1933 Ford 3-Window Coupe.
Norm Veber displayed his latest sci-fi acquisition.
Nick Sickle showed these 1/64 scale diecast
Kaido House Mini GT Datsun 510 wagons. Have you ever
seen this much detail in a Hot Wheels-sized car before?
Rick Donovan Brought out these Willys and Mustang
Our newest member, Dean Lewis, displayed a pair
of finished models that you might have seen at the Mid-Altlantic
NNL last month and three works in-progress (that third
one is a Unimog Fire Truck Chassis.)
Harold Bradford is starting into his latest
1/12 scale Ferrari project.
Vere Reider, Jr. displayed a large scale military
Harley and a Woody-Chris Craft combo.
Here's a Bill Geary presented his finished1956
Ford and his ongoing 1967 Mustang coupe.
Dave Schmitt shared these Ford GT and Chevrolet
Corvette race cars.
George Openhym showed his 409-powered 1959 Chevy
Wagon and 1951 Fleetline.
The raffle table was well stocked as usual and,
yes, that bag of pretzels was a raffle prize.
Some of the action:
Since we can't have shared food at the Fire Museum,
this month we'll enjoy some virtual mortar board and
diploma cookies in honor of all this month's graduates!
You can see even more photos of this month's meeting