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@rattler21 posted:

Is there a model of a 1930s or 1940s Flower Car?  Would have been a Packard, LaSalle or Cadillac.  John

Rattler, The only model in our scale that I’ve seen is a 1959 Cadillac S&S Flower car.  Here’s one by Neo <bottom> I located in a quick web search.  I’m about 90% sure that Forum Sponsor Diecast Direct offered this same year and model in the more traditional black, maybe a couple of years ago?

The styling is really sharp but unfortunately too late for your time period.  I wonder whether it would be possible to cut the station wagon top off a period model - assuming that they had flower cars in your era and that they looked similar.

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(Hope the link works. The URL box and my new iPad don’t play nicely together.)

@Artie-DL&W posted:

Okay, here’s the finished Atlantis kit for the tank truck. Altogether, a nice kit, but the cab was a lot of work, and still didn’t fit together well, as you can see. All in all, I like the tanker, and thanks for the painting advice from Lee and everyone. I wound up finishing with Testor’s Dull-coat, which I’ve used for a long time, but warmed it in a container of warm water first to improve the spray.D3EF1153-994F-49EE-94C7-FF46ADF6F703B93D6687-DA9D-4ACE-8E2C-81ACFCC720C31DF04CA2-465A-47A3-BB10-157916633ED1

Artie, nice job on the tanker rig...the blue color looks to be a perfect match for the Sunoco "blue" I recall seeing years ago...

Artie, nice job on the tanker, seems like the Atlantis 1/48 models are a bit fussy.  I have the tanker and the Chevy stake truck waiting for builds but don't know if I'm looking forward to or dreading.

Joel looks like you're branching out into resto-mods and customization.  That's gonna attract more business to the shop.

On my trip to southern NH on Saturday, I stopped at a place called "Toyland" in the Amherst/Milford area on Rt. 101A. It's a neat toy store with a nice mix of new and old toys and saw this 1/43 Kinsmart 1967 4-door Impala with opening front doors and a detailed interior. It's also a "pull-back" car that runs. Not sure if someone previously posted this car, but here's the blue version.

I also stocked up on Testor's bottle paints which they had for $1.99 per bottle.

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@Richie C. posted:

On my trip to southern NH on Saturday, I stopped at a place called "Toyland" in the Amherst/Milford area on Rt. 101A. It's a neat toy store with a nice mix of new and old toys and saw this 1/43 Kinsmart 1967 4-door Impala with opening front doors and a detailed interior. It's also a "pull-back" car that runs. Not sure if someone previously posted this car, but here's the blue version.

I also stocked up on Testor's bottle paints which they had for $1.99 per bottle.

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Richie..that's a nice '67 Impala...with a 327 maybe??. How was the selection of other 1/43's at the store in NH??

Richie..that's a nice '67 Impala...with a 327 maybe??. How was the selection of other 1/43's at the store in NH??

Paul - unfortunately, not that good. Most of the cars were in those flat boxes with cardboard slots for the cars to be displayed in. I only saw one 1/43 box and it had the Impala in blue, white and red colors and an Aston Martin in a couple of colors, which didn't appeal to me. The rest of the boxes were mixed 1/32 - 1/38 scales. I believe I paid  $7-8 for the Impala.

My understanding has always been that for non-Corvettes, the crossed flags represent a Chevrolet "Performance Engine" and could have been (for 1967, anyway) from 327 to 427, depending on what number was inserted between the flags. A base 283 V-8 only had a small "V" and not the crossed flags.

This Impala diecast model has the crossed flags emblem on the front fender, but not enough detail for an actual engine displacement number. I'm guessing there weren't a lot of big-block 4-door Impala's

@JDFonz posted:

Here we go....I took this resto in a different direction. This was the color of the trucks I rode. My son says fire trucks were meant to be red.

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Wow, and WOW, again.  Joel, you did a beautiful job on this.  And you are really showing off, with the flashing red lights.... The competion just stepped up...  Outstanding..😃👍👌⭐💚

Those of you who know my model work know I do not do whimsical stuff on my layout (which is ironic as I used to be a standup comedian and have been published as a cartoonist in several papers and magazines over the years. I have a very active sense of humor).

That said, I needed to take photos of a neat model of the APC from the classic sci-fi movie, "Aliens", which appears to me to be about 1/48 scale or so.  I found this a couple years ago at a local comic book store, and they're pretty hard to find now.

It was made by NECA Cinemachines.20210505_085719

So, I guess this really confused the locals on Stoney Creek, thinking maybe it's a captured German vehicle brought back to the states for testing?

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@p51 posted:

Those of you who know my model work know I do not do whimsical stuff.

That said, I needed to take photos of a neat model of the APC from the classic sci-fi movie, "Aliens", which appears to me to be about 1/48 scale or so.  I found this a couple years ago at a local comic book store, and they're pretty hard to find now.

It was made by NECA Cinemachines.20210505_085719So, I guess this really confused the locals on Stoney Creek, thinking maybe it's a captured German vehicle brought back to the states for testing?

Lee very neat looking I’m surprised a crowd hasn’t gathered yet. I agree it does look like a German WWII contraption.

Gentlemen I need some opinions.  I recently picked a Dodge Charger RT and a Plymouth Road Runner at Walmart.  They are JADA Big Time Muscle die cast cars.  In the store they looked about the right size so I took a shot.  Once home I took the Charger out of the box and it's marked 1:32 scale.  here are some pictures of it nestled between a Welly '53 Ford Crestliner, believed to be 1:43 and a Matchbox '55 Chevy pickup stamped 1:43IMG_0375IMG_0376IMG_0377

And here it is with 1:32 First Gear Tow truck.IMG_0378IMG_0379IMG_0380

So what do you guys think 1:32 or something closer to 1:43?  I was going to use these two cars in a Mopar car rally scene with other 1:43 Mopars and some GM and Ford interlopers of various mfr.  Unfortunately those vehicles have recently been stored and aren't readily accessible to compare the vehicles that would actually be in close proximity.

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Coach Joe:  to me it does not look too far off 1/43.  Remember that IRL that 53 Ford would have been shorter, more narrow, and higher than a Dodge Charger R/T as most modern cars moved in the direction of lower and longer in progress from the 50's.  You could get the length of the actual car likely from the internet and compute the actual scale.  P.S. thank goodness you didn't by a "Super Bird" Dodge or it would really look long (LOL).

Best Regards

Don

Don I do have a Charger Daytona with the wing squirreled away.  I wish it was handy because it would reside close to these two I bought.

Lee, once I looked at the pictures it did look closer to the First Gear 1:32 tow truck than it did to my eye in person.  Sitting next to each other I thought it too small but in the picture it looks right. 

I think these two nice looking cars are going back to the store.  I've got enough vehicles of various sizes that I don't need to holding on to more if I can't use them with the trains.

Thanks to everyone that chimed in.

Hi Ted, been waiting to hear from you. It was a new challenge to put leds a switch and battery inside the old dinky but I think it works. Thanks for the kudos.

Coach, I think that Charger is acceptable, I think you can pull it off with careful placement. I say go for it.

And Artie, beautiful scene with your new tanker. Looks great.

Joel

Joe, just looking at the photos, and from experience, I would guess the Dodge is a 1/40 scale.  Many sold in stores are in that scale.  If you go back a few pages, I posted how to measure these cars to get the scale.  I don't have the formula with me as I am up at my summer house working'... 1/40 will fit in with most of your 1/43 and smaller vehicles'...

Hi guys, great photos, Joe I am sorry about the car size. I always look when I am at walmart to see if there is something that will work and sometimes its a hit and others its a miss! LOL But I have learned that the distance from the web of my thumb and index finger is 5" and I know thats about the right scale!

Sorry I havent commented sooner as I have been busy with the house and dog!

@Artie-DL&W posted:

This is the new Atlas 1/48 Jeep, which I ordered from Nicholas Smith Trains. Very nicely detailed model. I compared it to the Jeep’s from Menard’s, and it’s very slightly larger. It’s leading an expedition  to recover a downed UFO from Area 51.

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Atlas advertises that the Jeep is 1/48, but it is actually 1/43.

The Menard's Jeep is actually 1/48, but they still refuse to ship it to California.

Joel and Ted, thanks for your input.  If the Charger and Road Runner had been bought for general placement on the layout I believe they would work, however the intended use would have them next to other muscle cars of that era that unfortunately just got stored so a direct comparison wouldn't be easy at this time.  So rather than hold onto them and hope the work in the future I've decided to return them.  If the scene I've got planned ever makes it to a layout it'll be fine without the extra vehicles.

@coach joe posted:

Joel and Ted, thanks for your input.  If the Charger and Road Runner had been bought for general placement on the layout I believe they would work, however the intended use would have them next to other muscle cars of that era that unfortunately just got stored so a direct comparison wouldn't be easy at this time.  So rather than hold onto them and hope the work in the future I've decided to return them.  If the scene I've got planned ever makes it to a layout it'll be fine without the extra vehicles.

Coach - if you're looking for a '60's 1/43 Charger that won't break the bank, it looks like DD has a couple on their website - like this example.

1:43 Bullitt - 1968 Dodge Charger R/T, Greenlight Collectibles: Diecast Direct, Inc.

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