New Job

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I am now contracted to Star Fleet Trucking in Middlebury, Indiana!

Unfortunately, I am often on the road a lot now so the posts will come in right about the same time.

I went in for my two day orientation then drove out with the unit above around 2 pm the second day. I completed my first trip with no problems and delivered to Albany, New York the following day.

9-9-18 (6)Middlebury is an interesting and busy place. The campers are built there after the chassis is shipped in from the OEM factory.

One of the first things I noticed was the air. It smelled different. Not bad or like chemicals, just different. I think it is because of where I live, right on Lake Erie in Western New York, most of the time I am never more than ten miles from the water and that is what my sniffer is missing.

9-9-18 (15)I saw so many different vehicles while there. From pull behind campers to large vans to three axle buses going down the road. And just for contrast, I even saw quite a few Amish buggies.

As I said, the campers are everywhere. Almost like they use them as lawn decor. I will be back on the road soon, and hope to see many more interesting things and enjoy my time behind the wheel to clear my head and find some deep thought. Most of my first book was written behind the wheel. I would gather my ideas while driving and write them down later. Exciting things to come!

old-brick-houseAnd I find my own fun on the road. Sing it with me… Cause it’s a brick…house…it’s mighty mighty, letin’ all hang out…

 

Okay, I’m done.

New Cover!

I am so pleased to say that my first novel, Project 49, has a new cover! The insides of it are now even professionally formatted, making it look goooooood! The new cover is available on Amazon, $14.99 for paperback or $4.99 on e-book. Or if you like you can have a copy of P-49 before the format, the soon to be rare first editions. They are on E-bay for $12.99 and free shipping. Don’t miss out! Get your copy of this exciting science fiction adventure today! Links are below.

 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/273226716447?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649

 

The Quick and the Easy

Sometimes it is nice to just do something quick and easy. With all the fun I have been having with my damn model cars, it can be nice. This 57 Chevy was just that. I did it stock, but in a nice color. No muss, no fuss, just satisfying results.

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The bottoms were just painted black after assembly. The biggest challenge was the two tone. It took a lot of precision taping. The inside was painted white then the red hand painted in. The reds don’t match up totally, but I have only so much money to throw at these things and most people won’t notice.

4-12-18 (3)The paint is called gloss custom grape, and is more clear than anything. The original red the body was molded in still came out after several coats but it worked out in the end, giving it a nice color.

I thought this one was nice enough for a case. The little things that people never tell you make a difference in your life, even if it is a “duh” moment when you finally figure them out for yourself. Put the car on the base, then mark where the axles are, as that is what you normally attach them with. Twisties work well, but they never give them to you in the box anymore. They used to, cheap bastards.

4-12-18 (7).JPGIf you use a zip tie, yeah, use the biggest one you can find. Not. Remember that cheap drill I told you to get? If you didn’t get it, run to the Home Depot and get one, I’ll wait.

Back? Okay. Drill two holes, one big enough for the head of the zip tie to go through, one in front and one behind the axle, NOT parallel with the axle. It causes the car to sit crooked on the base. Bend the end of the tie a bit to help get it out from the body, then snake it into the holes.

Don’t pull down with all your gorilla man strength. Once you hear the snap, congratulations you just broke it.DSC_0011.JPG

Resist the temptation to glue the case shut. Just like real cars, over time parts will fall off. Then you have little choice but to bust the case to fix it.

As a side note for those of you who paid attention, yes I did go to the comic con in Cortland. It was a disaster and I don’t wanna talk about it. Hopefully the one this Sunday in Buffalo will be better.

Second Car Done

From the painting accident to many hours of swearing I got another car done. This is a Pro Street Chevy Beretta. It is the one in the middle of the first pic, then the lower body is in progress, lower right of the second pic.

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It came out okay. It was the first time I was really successful with the water decals. I found out the trick is keep them in the water until they slide off the backing, then swear at them. I do like the driver. Nice touch.

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The back looks good from a distance.

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Here it is with the hood off. I left the paint mess up alone under the hood to give it a hammered metal look and hand painted the Bowtie’s with toothpicks.

I can’t keep doing this much longer. Between work, my reading and TV habit, I am not getting important things like the next book in the Lowe Series done. That and modeling gets on my nerves after a while.

Check out the page on up incoming events on the Home page. I will be at a few local events that are coming up soon and hope to see you there.

Truck and Trailer Project

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It is finally done. With my sudden desire to build models again, I have no idea why, it is not relaxing at all. Why do I do it? Cause I gotta. I’m creative, so I need to create something. It has burnt up a lot of my time. I have written nothing on the new book for a while now.

I have about three, or twelve, I don’t remember…models still to finish, start or beg/borrow parts for but for now we will talk about this one.

I wanted the models to tell a story, not just sit in the box.

DSC_0005Hope this one says, rusty truck and a car just pulled out of the snow bank. I mentioned this project in older posts and I am so happy it is done.

It is also my first with a driver. These are not easy to get and took a long time to get here. Little tip, paint them before putting them together.

DSC_0003For my next illusion, I took Elmer’s Glue and added food coloring to it, and dabbed it in the car with a Q-tip. The plan was to get it muddy. I like to joke that it looks like somebody dropped trow and splatter crapped it. The chains I got from the thrift store, after painted rust color, add a nice detail to the car/trailer combo. They do not hold the car down, a zip tie does that.

DSC_0002I also added a chain to the plow and put the plow in an up position, like the truck was driving.

 

 

DSC_0004For my last bit of detail, I used cotton balls and a bit more Elmer’s Glue to add the effect of snow in the back of the truck. The balls soaked up the glue. (Duh) But with a bit of stuffing it came out alright.

I have a few more to finish before the demands of life pull me away so I need to get cracking. We leave so much undone in our lives and I don’t wish for a bunch of model kits to be in the list.