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  1. My '57 Model 73 Roadmaster Riviera Sedan, a driver, at the Caroilnas Aviation Museum with a Piedmont Airlines DC-3.
  2. Springtime for us in these parts means it's time for the AACA SE Region Spring Meet at Charlotte AutoFair. I missed ll the azaleas and dogwood blooms, but having the Roadmistress out at the speedway made up for it. The weather was chilly and VERY windy, 35-40mph gusts, but the lighting was superb! TG
  3. Do Baby Pictures count, Mr. Earl? These are my babies. I aspire one day to being the father again of a real live Opel. 1960 Rekord Car A Van 1962 Rekord Car A Van, similar to my first car (at age 15), a '65 Car A Van. A '60 Kapitan and '58 Rekord, for the record... TG
  4. Sure is nice to see a period pic with a '55 Roadmaster 76C wearing correct, factory-authorized wire wheels ! TG
  5. I like 'em in all scales, but the focus has been on 1/43rd scale since the early '80's. Some people have thousands, I just have hundreds going back to my first Matchbox cars in 1964 which I still have; the '58 Cadillac Fleetwood and Bedford dump truck. One of the first Models of Yesteryear I got was the R-R Sliver Ghost (nudge, nudge Keiser31), now proudly displayed with many others. I regret the ones I wrecked, shot with BB guns or obliterated with firecrackers. Sure wish I hadn't wrecked all the original Hot Wheels! With the dizzying array of what's available now for the serious collector, there's no way to keep up, so I've slacked off. I keep 'em in Timex watch display fixtures (the kind you used to find in drug stores), on the wall in an old wooden fluorescent light cover, an old modified English china cabinet... Some are expensive white metal, some are cheap diecast, some are toys and some are still in their boxes, awaiting their turn for display. I keep telling myself some have got to go, but where to start? I did sell one, a Buick, to a friend here on the Forum, but it was a duplicate... Used the money to buy the latest, "The "Duchess," the '41 Fleetwood created for the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, GM's last bespoke automobile built for a private individual. I still shoot 'em, the 1/43rds, but with a camera, and it's more fun than a barrel of monkeys! Look for "The Duchess" soon... TG
  6. Just wondering where the photo gallery went after the recent change. Thanks, TG
  7. How about the World's oldest-surviving Mercedes, the 1902 40HP Mercedes Simplex, once owned by Vanderbilt Cup Race Founder, William K. Vanderbilt, Jr., now housed at the M-B Museum in Stuttgart. It held center-stage in the main gallery when we visited the Museum in 2009, so the company thinks it's pretty special. TG
  8. I only pay attention to ebay when I see Roadmaster Limited Estate Wagons for sale. TG
  9. These are not inexpensive diecasts, but are white metal or resin-cast models brimming with detail. There is a difference, in price, in quality, and how one who collects them bristles when the casual onlooker calls them "toys". American Excellence released this '57 Caballero a few years ago in resin, and here it's mated with Brooklin's 1961 Airstream Bambi. It's a lilliputian twin to Centurion's BoS 1/18th model he so capably pictured recently. From what many collectors consider the "Golden Era" of white metal models, Conquest Models' 1957 Roadmaster 75 Riviera Sedan was produced in very limited runs, in the low-hundreds. Although the headlight bezels should be painted body color, it's a fine example of a vintage 1990 white metal model that has stood the test of time. Its travel mate here is Brooklin's 1958 Shasta AirFlyte, with wings! If you're wondering how to capture models in "realistic" surroundings like this, it's no secret, anyone can do it. Shoot a background (for depth of field), put it against your "roadway" (which can be as simple as grey matte board, in this case, a bit more elaborate), shoot at about four feet at F32, focusing about a third of the way into the subject, and you're done. No Photoshop or post-production, although I do use a program to sharpen and contrast the image. I shoot these in my carport for the natural, diffused light, with only a reflector made of aluminum foil, spray-mounted on foamcore. This is USA Models' 1958 Fleetwood 75 Limousine, detailed with Bare Metal Foil to resemble its much more expensive Motor City brethren, again from the early-'90's. The driveway is just grey matte board. While modern resin models offer much more detail, the longevity of their finely wrought and delicate, photo-etched parts remains to be seen. The shoot for the Caballero above was the first time it was off its plinth and out of the box since its purchase about three years ago. As a generalist in both models and 1:1 cars, I count on one hand the number of my Buick 1/43rd scale models. I'm confident that Centurion will hop on board and post some of his vast collection of postwar 1/43rd Buicks. His 1/43rd scale dealership is a sight to behold! Still playing with cars after all these years, TG
  10. TG57Roadmaster

    1/43rd Scale Models

    Catch-all for this aspect of model collecting.
  11. From the album: 1/43rd Scale Models

    American Excellence '57 Caballero and Brooklin's 1961 Airstream Bambi.

    © Tom Gibson

  12. Terry, Are you talking about this Mercedes? The museum pics were taken on our first Veterama visit in 2009, and it was so overwhelming, I doubt I'd have made the connection then. I've recently become acquainted with V. Cup historian Howard Kroplick, so it holds more significance now. I was the one who took pics in '86 of Mrs. Chrysler's '37 Imperial LeBaron Town Car that was recently restored, now being shown by Howard. Great guy! I have bigger files of the Museum pics if you want them. TG
  13. Bob, Hi, I did not notice the prices on thiose engines, didn't know what they were! Veterama is such a treat, so much vintage eye candy, that's it's impossible to take it all in. TG
  14. Read you loud and clear Dale! And thanks for the kind words. TG
  15. For a new twist on John McCarthy and Myron Smith's excellent Model Collecting Seminar, for 2016 I'll show you a quick, easy way to get your models out of their display cases and share them with family and friends. Bring your favorite 1/43rd scale model to shoot in a country setting with a choice of three vintage travel trailers. We'll have a 1953 Airstream, a 1961 Airstream "Bambi", and a 1958 Shasta AirFlyte (with wings!) available to shoot with your 1/43rd model. The system I've developed requires a "street", which can be as simple as grey matte board, and a "background" to provide depth of field, both limited only by your imagination. The streets on hand will be cobblestone, brick, and asphalt, the latter with and without curbs, plus a variety of backgrounds. Borne of a desire to share models, you can adapt this technique to your tastes, and use the images for e-cards, print them out to send to friends and loved ones, or create your own holiday greeting cards. There will be a tripod to steady your equipment and, if you're using an SLR, bring a polarizing filter just in case for glare. Here are a few examples of what to expect, so bring your camera, a favorite model, and let's hit the streets! TG
  16. For example, this is what we see at the Veterama Show in Mannheim, Germany when we go to hunt Mercedes parts. Trouble is, the big fall show is the same weekend as Hershey, but when you seek parts for European cars, you gotta go to them, as the selection is vast, incredible, and fruitful. Plus, there are car museums to see, palaces, great public transportation... TG
  17. That is a great idea Terry. I have lots of pics and notes from a show we go to in Mannheim, Germany that merit discussion. Hope it'll fly! TG
  18. Larry, If the OP doesn't PM you, please tell me about the radio. I need one for a '49 Roadmaster, but would need to see an image or two. Thanks, TG
  19. Mark, Somehow the weight page was posted much smaller than the others, so I'll repost in a couple of hours. Still resizing too small, so sent in PM. Sorry 'bout that! TG
  20. Count me among the lovers of the '73. I like the massive front and flattened rear bumper, always have since they were new. That doesn't help the OP's question though. Zipdang, You really should ask this question below in Buick General or Riviera Forums (scroll down). Folks either love the '71-'72 (and '73) or they hate 'em. With the '71 you get the purity of that Gen's first design; louvered/ventilated trunk, engine-turned (plasticene) dash, the shock factor of the styling. Check the condition of the plastic engine-turned dash fascia. Ask Buick owners, check ebay like others have said. What color is it? Some, of course, are better than others. Buckets, bench seat? Don't expect to hit the lottery with the car, ever, but enjoy it as the FINE, powerful, luxury tourer that it is. TG
  21. If the State requires this information, they should get off their bureaucratic arses and provide it through their own archives. Tell 'em this is how we roll in South Carolina! SC didn't see the need to break out the Demi-Tonneau, but went for the Touring appellation for all open 4-doors. If this doesn't do it, please don't tell me, 'cause I'll really have to start cussing!. TG
  22. Given the spotty quality, I think it's a scan of the album art, blown up to 11x17. TG
  23. Here's a nice '40 Century Model 61 Sunshine Turret Top that's been in the little registry I started back in '99. I just ran across my original notes and list a couple of days ago. Maybe we can convince its owner to bring it to Allentown. One day we'll need to update the registry to reflect the modern era. TG