Post by DavidJohnson on Nov 12, 2006 6:31:41 GMT 1
Is there anyone else out there who enjoys working with vintage models? The tooling for these Varneys is from the same era as the models they represent. For the modified model I have saved the Varney nameplate and glued it to the new baseplate of the truck.
Hi all: Yes, Dave has done spectacular work with the Varney models. They may be a bit crude by today's standards; but, in their day they were advanced "state of the art". I have meant to post a photo or two before this of what was the norm in vehicles for the 50's; and, I mean those generic blobs of pot metal with absolutely no detail and only a general shape of a car, or a truck. Yes, I still have a few of those blobs still around.
The Varney models were "rocket science" compared to what went on before. The only other vehicle that had any detail at all were the various solid 'plaster of paris' things made by Oddo's and others. Plaster of Paris had a lot of drawbacks: fragile, warpage and cracking with time, silly looking wheels, soaked up paint like a sponge; and many more. My Plaster of Paris models are long since turned back into the dust they were made from.
Gordon Varney almost single handedly made the model industry switch from metal, cardboard to plastic as he pioneered injection moulding for the industry. This was quite awhile before Athearn started a real boom in economical mass produced models.
Among the many vintage models, the Varney cars and trucks may be the easiest to find. An eBay search will bring you many; and, mostly at reasonable prices compared to other eBay items. The Varney Studebaker models were a step up from the Fords. It is too bad that when Varney died no one in his family cared to take over and run the business.
Dave is doing some real work here in curing the real drawback of most Varney models. And, that is, cutting out the windows of those solid models, plus adding proper paint schemes and chrome trim. Amazing what he can do. Later Varney models in clear plastic were easier to do; and, I have several I did years ago when I had the skills and patience to do good work.
Dave shows what can be done with the right attitude and some skill and patience. Detailed painting in several colors really makes these models come alive compared to the overly glossy, solid plastic they were molded in.
From the start I envisioned the F6 doing rural work, and here it is finished with a driver and hay bale load. The bales are balsa painted and sprinkled with Woodland Scenics field grass that I clipped very short.
Great looking scene Dave. Nice job of creating the silk purse there. I have a bunch of old Varneys and you've inspired me to dig them out. I really like your hay too. I did some with wood blocks like you but covered them in hemp shavings. Then I found an old radio transformer with some super fine wire for baling wire. public.fotki.com/stryper50/1/misc/hay.html
Can't wait to see what you do with the Studebaker.
Dave, the wagon is a Jordan Miniature. Your scene brings back a lot of memories. When I was a teenager, the area I grew up in did lots of haying. First cut usually came towards the end of the school year and we were all farmers so the school closed so we could all help with the cutting. However we stacked the hay so that it didn't need binding to the truck.
Awe, memories. One reason for modeling. I grew up in the 'burbs, which explains why I tied down the load. My wife grew up on a dairy farm with haying work all summer. The first time I went with her to meet her family, her brother came out the door waving "a brand new pair of work gloves to break in." In less than an hour I was out unloading a hay wagon.
The windows on the Pinto came out great. Nice job on those cherries. Now will you be doing the Silver Hawk and the Golden Hawk on those Studebakers? A college roomy had a Golden Hawk that was forever in need of mufflers. He loved that car.
My plans for the Studebaker are to resin cast one as is. From there I was thinking about combining with the Eko model for a golden hawk, until Model Power announced their model. So I will wait and see.
The Bobcat looks superb. The Grand Prix and the RX-7 are nearly perfect, the only issue I have is the Monogram wheels. The paint jobs and details are outstanding, especially the red pinstripe on the Pontiac and the taillights on the Mazda.