Saturday, December 14, 2013
How Do I Love Thee? Uh...I Don't
So what is it that I hate more than a root canal? Body work. I can't stand the endless filling and sanding, over and over without end. It seems to me that I fill an area, sand it, prime it, and ta-da, there it is, the low spot that needs filled again. Every time I prime, all of the body work underneath shows up like a bad penny. I know it's just part of the process, but come on, why can't it just be right the first time? I once had a four year project chopping the top on the old AMT 49 Merc (Revell's is already chopped, but it was still years away from being released) partly because I had no idea that I had to also lengthen and widen the roof and partly because I became so frustrated with the filler shrinking under the primer. I have tried every type of filler known to man and they all seem to shrink when covered with primer. My buddy that has a bodyshop just tells me to reprime and blocksand, it's just how it works. Well, that may be the way it works, but that doesn't mean I have to like it.
So after reading the above paragraph, you would assume that I usually build my cars with the bodies as close to stock as possible. Nope. Not even close. I have two projects on my bench right now that involve bodywork, a '68 Mustang that I widened 1/8" on each side and a '57 Ford I cut the top off and filled the giant hole to make a salt flat car. I also have a '64 Marauder I'm altering the wheelbase a la 1960's A F/X car, and I'm doing the same to a '62 T-Bird and another '57 Ford that I'm also going to stretch the nose on. Why would someone who hates body work attempt all of these projects? Because I like a challenge and I'm kinda stubborn. Wait, did I say kinda? I meant really stubborn. I want certain kits to look a certain way and I ain't takin' no fer an answer!! If I can spend four years chopping a 1/25th scale top, I can do this.
"Rat Fink" Ron