Nickel City Con 2018

So The Nickel City Con is done, broken Batmobile and all. I had a good time. Sold a few units and talked about my book, Project 49. I did buy a few posters, one of zombies and another of my hero, DarkWing Duck. Maybe post about them after I get frames.

I did see Barbara Eden (I Dream of Jennie) in passing. Wow is she short!

That and the people in the booth next to me got kicked out for running a gambling scam. I was wondering about that because it looked fishy. No merchandise rolled out of there. Still they made a killing, until they got kicked out.

Here is some pics of the best cosplay!

The lady on the other side of me, nice lady, had an awesome collection of Lego Mini-figs and other Lego and Lego comparable stuff. Hit up, the pic is just a small part of it!0520180907

Now I would like to announce the winner of his own copy of Project 49 from the raffle!

Congrats to: Brian Boyce of Cheektowaga, NY!

Buffalo Banged up the Batmobile

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On the way to the Nickel City Con, the Batmobile blew a radiator hose causing it to crash on the 190. Click the link for the article.

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Rusted Trailers and Smashed Up Lexuses

I would read the post under this one first, things will make a bit more sense.

1-27-18 (5)Did I spell Lexus right? Ahh who cares. Lexus. Eww. So why did I put a Lexus together. So I could smash it up. Remember that I want to make dioramas? The… you know, that thing… is one part of a three model diorama. The rusted truck and trailer are the other parts.


Remember also what I said a heat gun could do to a model car? Here you go.1-27-18 (7)

The bench helped. I like the headlight hanging out. Used a bit of string. I am waiting for a driver for the truck to come in the mail then I will assemble that.

The car…see how I got around saying “Lexus?” Aw damn.

It was pre-owned. Parts were AWOL along with the destructions. I had to fabricate the front tires on and a lot of guess work went into getting the rear tires on. I plan to stop at the second hand store and pick up some necklaces, that I will spray with rust color to “chain” the car to the trailer.

More to come later. It is Auto Arts second year anniversary! Here is to another year of hot rides, chicken wings and debauchery.

Model Cars, Trucks and Trailers

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Hey why not, right? If I can’t get the hot cars to come to me, I might as well build them myself. Budget constraints make it so they have to be a bit smaller. Like 1/24th-ish smaller.

I have not built a model car in like four odd years or so, and some of them have been around half assembled for seven or eight. The thing I found out is I am a bit rusty. Like this GMC pickup.

It was meant to look that way. This is the fast version of how it is done. First paint it rust color. While you wait for it to dry, get some sea salt, table salt and a spray bottle full of just water. Mist the body, sprinkle on the salt, and wait for that to dry.

Just walk away, trust me. Resist the urge to point a heat gun or hair dryer at it. Chances are you will warp something.

I did a trailer too because I want to do dioramas. I want the models to tell a story, not just sit by themselves in a display case.1-27-18 (2)

I bent the fenders and dented the deck plate with a body hammer before I painted it. I never see a brand new trailer without dents and rust around my native home of New York, so I found this fitting.

If you wish to know more about this process, I would suggest you get the book, Ratz, Rods and Rust: Building models Cranky’s Way by Virgil Suárez. It has a lot of tips for car building, not just rust.

Just an Update

Back to work. I have sent 20 odd query letters to literary agents. Worked through the list in The Writers Market. I have to say sending one takes a great deal of time. I have gotten a few rejections, which doesn’t surprise me, nor do I plan to let it stop me. Moving on, I have applied for a NYS tax id to sell the books at shows and fairs.
I contacted a few comic cons and the ones in Canada thought it was cool to charge $700 for a small table. How do they expect anyone to pay something like that? I would expect things at a convention to be a bit pricey, but I can’t sell a book for $50 or more. Not only it is too much for the entertainment dollar, it is just ethically wrong! Most people just don’t have that kind of money. Guess where I am not going!
My next book, Lowe: Williamson’s Legacy, is in the works and soon I will start from the beginning and work my way through it, adding more romantic thought, and the main plot!
The weather has been so cold. Makes it hard to talk about hot rods this time of year, or life’s simple pleasures like motorcycle chicken wing tours. I am sure it will happen again, just be patient!

Project 49 Update

Many of my loyal fans, both of you. You know who you are. May know about my new sy-fy adventure called Project 49. If you don’t, here is the link. Or go to Amazon and search for it.


My next book, so far dubbed, Lowe: Williamson’s Legacy, is on chapter 12 of the first draft. If you are local, come to the Anderson Lee Library on Oct. 19 at 6:30 pm to meet me, get a copy signed and I may read a piece of the new book.

Hope to see you there.

Roar on the Shore 2017


Bikes, bikes everywhere!

That is once I found it. I try to be fair, but…a few directions on the website would have been nice. Maybe some signs. I don’t know about you but I just love getting lost in city traffic in stop light hell.

Once there, plenty of food, drinks and biker life style is all there. I checked out the biker clothing and jewelry, even bought myself a new doo rag, a few flags and shirts. I was rather impressed with the prices. Often enough at event, prices are through the roof, but not here. They were very reasonable.

I visited a few venders. Allstate Insurance was on hand with a motorcycle simulator.

I spoke with Robbie, the manger of MonsterBrite of Atlanta, GA. They have been installing lights for 7 years and travel to 22-25 ralleys a year. Each work is a bit custom and they make all the lights themselves.DSC_0025

This bike is almost done.

So many venders there, so I can’t thank them all, but will give a shout out to Ergo Audio Unlimited of Union Town, PA. They front Rockford Fosgate Audio for bikes and where on hand to do installs.

DSC_0022A special thanks to the Erie Police on hand to serve and protect. Officer Michali, a 5 year veteran of the Erie Police, makes a commanding presence on a 103 powered 2009 Harley Davidson Electra Glide Standard.



With live bands, bikes, shopping and food, the Roar on the Shore is just a crowd pleaser. I had a blast, and look forward to next years event.


New GTO?

This is from Jim Olsen via Facebook Car Show.

I swear, EVERY week there’s something new in the automotive universe popping up claiming some old model/brand is being resurrected, etc……and I’m here to say, if you believe any of these, I have a unicorn for sale.

Bottom Line: Don’t Be Fooled – Never Happening!

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I am not usually a huge fan of new cars, but damn. I want it! As long as it comes in another color besides green. 🙂