Saturday, April 30, 2011

How'd you like to build a 52 Chevy?

If you've been waiting for our 1951 to 1952 Chevy conversion kits to arrive... they be here...finally!
 Click on any photo to see a larger version.

These can be Chrome Plated or sprayed with Alcald. They will look great either way. These will work with all 3 of of the AMT 1951 Chevys, Hendrix's  2dr sedan and MCM's Club Coupe too. They're still $12.95 and you still get the builders guide of your choice. All the information came from Chevrolet ordering materials, dealer binders and color charts from both Chevrolet and major paint manufacturers.

Here are the front and back of the AMT Builders Guides.

And here's the guide for the resin sedan and coupe bodies.

Thanks for visiting, happy modeling and stop in again.

Jerry K

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A few pix for the previous post

Here are two photos covering the Studebakers mentioned in the previous post. The Convertible is a Champion Regal DeLuxe  and the other a Champion Custom 5 Passenger Coupe. You can tell the difference by the headlight rims. The Custom was the bottom of the line and had painted rims while the DeLuxe and Regal DeLuxe models had chrome rims and a hood ornament. I personally prefer the painted rims.

 Here's a picture of our family's Studebaker, a 50 DeLuxe 4 door taken at Yellowstone in 1951. I'm the short person :-)

On the modeling front you might want to be on the lookout for these two goodies. The first is a re-release of AMT's 1950 Chevy 3100 Pick Up. Notice it says AMT not AMT/Ertl. Nostalgia wise, I kind of like that touch. The second box depicts Mobius Models newest entry a 1953 Hudson. The 53 Hudson especially the Twin-H Power equipped versions kicked serious butt in racing circles. About the only thing that could come close to them were Olds Rocket 88s.

I've got some neat stuff on the docket for tomorrow, so, see ya then.

Jerry K

A busy day at STAR Models

Steve sent me an E-mail today listing a bunch of new kits from R&R that just arrived at STAR Models. Evidently Ray Parsons has been burning the midnight oil. Check out this list...

79 Malibu wagon    $53
80 Malibu wagon    $53
81 Malibu wagon    $53
50 Studebaker coupe    $53
50 Studebaker convertible with up-top    $53
50 Studebaker convertible with boot      $53
65 Olds Delta 88 HT        $53
3 yard dump truck box     $28
Nimrod camper        $22

The first three should prove to be a good source for conversion to Pontiac and Oldsmobile wagons of the same years. I'm personally happy to see the 65 Delta 88 as it was only run once to the best of my knowledge then converted into a stock car/dirt tracker. As a Studebaker fan, I'm always happy to see new versions of my favorite car.

Steve and I will be getting together for a photo shoot sometime next month to bring the resin photo galleries up to date. We'll probably be adding a hundred or more new pictures to the STAR site.

Thanks for stopping by and if you haven't done it yet, enter your E-Mail address in the box in the right hand column and you'll receive a message after every post I make here with all the data and photos.

Jerry K

Monday, April 25, 2011

A 1953 Ford paint detail...or two

If you're building a stock 53 Ford of any kind remember that the splash pan between the bumper and body should be painted Argent/Silver. While I'm at it, the steering column and everything attached to it should be painted black. That goes for the Pace car too.

As 1953 was Fords 50th Anniversary you'd think they could have been a bit more creative with details than just a medallion in the steering wheel hub.

Happy Modeling

Jerry K

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Back in the Fifties...

...General Motors created some of the most exciting "Dream Cars" imaginable, among them was a wagon version of the newly announced Corvette. They called it the Nomad, or Waldorf Nomad as it became known, because it was introduced at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City.

Longtime modeler, Bruce Craig, has a thing for stylish wagons and decided to build one for his collection. It required two AMT 1955 Nomads and, one each of AMT's and Monogram's 53 Corvettes along with a lot of time and patience to finish the beauty below. I'd say it was worth the effort.

While data and measurements are scarce, Bruce used the original publicity photo below along with several others he found on the web to help with the construction.

The artists sketch below is from the brochure given out where ever the car was shown.

There was a resin kit of this car on the market at one time, but its no longer in production. HOWEVER...a California kit car manufacturer just announced it is building some 1:1 kits... 25 of them at the princely price of $110.000. That price doesn't include motor, upholstery...or paint!

On that bombshell, as Jeremy Clarkson likes to say, that's the end of the show.

Jerry K

Thursday, April 21, 2011

A classic photo of days gone by

I know this is a bit off topic but when I saw this photo I just had to share it with you. Be sure to read the original caption below the photo. Don't forget to click on the photo to see it in it's original size. That goes for all the posts here.

Heber City , Utah . Union Pacific 2-8-0 #618 and a 1953 Buick Super. This has to be the classic of classic photos! It defies time itself. When I saw this photo, I was transported back to those wonderful days when life was full of simple pleasures, back when we were satisfied with less and happy to walk instead of ride. This is February 6, 2007 when time and eternity intersect at this crossing. And to think that you and I, and others, once had a stage like this everyday for the greatest performance ever.  Oh what the  generation of  today has missed. Great Memories!

Jerry K 

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

That 58 Dodge I mentioned...

... in my first post. Well here are the photos as promised.  As you can see from the third photo, this would make an awesome convertible with a minimum of work. Steve has only a couple of these in stock and knowing the way R&R's casting schedule works you might want to get one while you can.

Here's another goodie that just arrived, Hendrix's 1955 Ford Sunliner. You can get it through STAR models and do the clean-up yourself or as a Resin Realm Deluxe kit with all the work done for you for a few dollars more. A continental kit is available for the Sunliner and the Crown Victoria shown below for an additional $12.00.
And...last but not least, the 55 Crown Victoria is back in stock in both STAR and Resin Realm Deluxe kit versions.

Oh, yes one more thing. 1955 Chevy Spring Colors, Cashmere Blue and Dusk Rose just arrived. These were available on select models built after April 1st of 1955. Dusk Rose was available on all Bel Airs except the station wagon in a two-tone combination with India Ivory and was not available as a solid color.

Cashmere Blue was available in a two tone with India Ivory and as a solid color on all Bel Air, 210 and 150 two and four door sedans. It was also available as a solid color on the sedan delivery.

And that about winds it up for today's post. Thanks for stopping by.

Jerry K

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Welcome to the NEW Resin Realm...

Hi, All...

We think you'll find the new Realm a bit easier to navigate than the old version. We've supplemented it with the addition of this blog where we can bring you up-to-date with all that's new and exciting, and so, without further ado, lets get started.

On Steve's STAR Models side of the site, R&R's 1970 Hurst Chrysler 300 Hardtop just arrived joining the regular 300 2dr hardtop and the convertible already available. A 1958 Dodge Custom Royal 2dr Hardtop also arrived and we'll get a picture posted as soon as I can find it in my library.

On the Realm side, the 1953 Ford Spring Colors I've been waiting for have arrived. Dove Tone Gray which has a slight hint of brown in it, replaces Woodsmoke Gray. It would look great on a convertible with a red vinyl interior.

The second color is Cascade Green, truly a spring color. There is no documentation for this color but it could be a replacement color for Seamist Green on the Customline series or just a stand-alone color for the convertible and a tutone on the Victoria with Sungate Ivory in either the top or bottom position.

If you're building a documented vehicle, remember that these colors didn't enter production until April of 1953

That's the news for now. Thanks again for joining us.

Jerry K