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Austink0518 posted:
TomlinsonRunRR posted:
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  This 4x4 is definitely one of Kinsmart's more elegant attempts.  It cost the usual $5.99.  Doors and tailgate open.

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By any chance do you know who makes that?

Yes, it is Kinsmart model no. 5381D.  Looking at the model now, I see that it is marked 1:46, not 1:43 -- so that's even better.

It's still my favorite truck.  There are a ton of 1:1 examples in my neighborhood.

TRRR

lee drennen posted:

Ron that was a boat! I feel for you I’m going to try to find one of those in 1/43 I think I’ve seen one somewhere but I know what you mean I’m 50 but I know all about that stuff my first vehicle was a 1970 international pick 3/4 ton that’s what I took mine in no power steering with some play in it. One of my first semi trucks was a 1969 Brockway with air assist steering you might as well not even had the air hooked to it because it was like having no power steering. No wonder I’m ate up with arthritis 

The weekend after getting my license, a Sunday in-fact, bought my first car.  A 1958 Chrysler New Yorker convertible.  White over white red/white interior.  From a boat to a ship.  But it had power steering (Only 3 1/2-turns lock to lock) & power brakes.  But best a 392 CI HEMI rated at 345 HP.  Speedometer read up to 120 with peg pass that.  Did have it peg once on the Ohio Turnpike racing a 409 Chevy.

Lee, Brooklin did make a 1959 Chevy wagon but in blue, ours was yellow. Do not know if I have a picture of mine.  If found will post here later.

Ron

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Found the pic, you can't miss it.

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lee drennen posted:

Mel 

the car these days have no style or  character they all mostly look the same. 

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Lee, MELGAR, and Vincent, if I may offer another perspective on contemporary car designs.

I draw what I call "CARicatures".  I use car, van, and truck fronts and bodies and, when I can identify a distinct resemblance, I superimpose faces of cartoon characters, TV and movie characters, politicians, and so on onto the car model.

While some of the 1940s and 1950s cars and tucks are perfect (think Ford F100, VW, Divco), I am finding that contemporary auto and SUVs manufacturers are picking up classic chrome grill elements and updating them.  There are also more curves.  I suspect the trend started with the introduction of the PT Cruiser.

Aside:  Since I switched to O scale, I love using vehicle examples from my layout as drawing models.  There's good detail without the distortion that HO/Matchbox/Hot Wheels have.

Today I'll be working on a joke cartoon that maps frontal views of six different auto styles to different facial beard styles.  Unfortunately, I deleted the test photos from my iPad, but consider these 201N cars:

Toyota (Yaris, Camry), Lexis SUV, Ford Focus, and more.

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The Beemer above is for a planned cartoon showing how similar this design (and Prius Prime back ends) mimic elements of Tiki art.

Now compare these makes to, say, a 2007 Honda Accord.  (There's a reason model makers only produce a racing version .  It's bland and looks just like a Toyota of the same era.)

Bottom line:  I'm not arguing that the above named examples are great auto designs, only that I see a lot of car designs on the road now with "character".  The designers seem to be paying tribute to an earlier era -- no doubt in an appeal to baby boomers who remember the chrome and fin-laden originals.

I can't wait to see what the model builders do with these modern grill and fender details when the time comes to put them into production.

Tomlinson Run Railroad

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HMorgan125 posted:

Although my first car was a beat up 1957 Plymouth and "Christine" was a 1958...the movie has always been one of my favorites and the 57 and 58 Plymouths were very similar.

I saw this one online at a sale price a few weeks ago and had to add her to my layout.ChristineChristine 1

Thanks for posting such great photos.  I have been waiting for a 1:43 version of "Christine" to be produced for some time.  Diecast Direct has it now, as does MB Kline.  The latter has a sale on vehicles this week with the proper code.

My carpet layout is overrun with autonomous cars (mostly of the Disney-Pixar variety shown in prior posts here) and this self-aware Plymouth will fit right in.  It's also a pun and tie-in for my RR's CEO, a little plastic figure named Tina.

Tomlinson Run Railroad

MELGAR posted:
HMorgan125 posted:

Although my first car was a beat up 1957 Plymouth and "Christine" was a 1958...the movie has always been one of my favorites and the 57 and 58 Plymouths were very similar.

I saw this one online at a sale price a few weeks ago and had to add her to my layout.Christine

During the 1950s, some people criticized Chrysler cars because of the large tail fins. From the vantage point of 2019, it looks really nice to me. Must have been an expensive die cast model.

MELGAR

MELGAR,

The Plymouth was not expensive at al.  It is a 1/43 model from Greenlight that I found on sale for $16.99 plus shipping.86529_-_WM__89860.1550277208.500.500

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Don Sierakowski 111617 posted:

Mel, 

I love the Chevy, but I love the street and sidewalk detail even more.  Any description to share regarding how you did those?

Thanks in advance, 

Don

Don,

The streets were covered with a thin (1/32-inch ?) laser-cut fiber board material to simulate cobblestones. I purchased it from Monster Model Works (try Google) which since has closed and I don't know where it can be gotten now.

The sidewalks and driveway are correctly sized and nicely detailed resin pieces sold by Crow River Products at http://www.crowriverproducts.com/

Let me know (by e-mail) whether you will be attending the upcoming meeting of the New England Railroad Prototype Modelers in Farmington, CT on the weekend of May 31... see http://nerpm.org/index.html

MELGAR

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MELGAR posted:
Vincent Massi posted:

Melgar, yours certainly looks more realistic than mine. I have a hard time imagining someone in 1955 painting their car to look like mine.

Vincent,

The aqua and white two-tone was very popular on the '55 Chevy Bel Air but I seem to think I also have seen the one shown in your post.

MELGAR

Melgar, looking at photos of 1955 Bel Airs (most of them are modern photos of collectors' cars), it seems that two-tone was "standard." I saw a couple similar to mine, so it is realistic enough, but I don't know what color they were in 1955.

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