Cars & Motorcycles
Scale Auto

Scale Auto February 2019

Scale Auto magazine will inspire and teach you to build better models of your favorite muscle cars, stock cars, street roads and more! Every issue is packed with full-color photos of readers’ models, product news, kit reviews, how-to tips, and instruction to help you enjoy this exciting hobby.

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Kalmbach Publishing Co. - Magazines
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in this issue

2 min.
holy cow! how’d you do that?

I’m, going to tell you something you already know - you can find a lot of inspiration at model car shows. Like you, I imagine, I love cars from the 1950s and ’60s in particular, but love seeing anything new and different that I’ve never seen before. I admire the automotive modeler (artist?) who can scratchbuild something either only he dreams, or that is rare and certainly has not been produced as a plastic kit or in metal/resin die-cast. So traveling around the country for both Scale Auto and FineScale Modeler I get my jollies walking around and viewing the fantastic builds that line the show tables. One show that was particularly inspiring this past year was the IPMS/USA Nationals in Phoenix. And we’ve got four pages of gorgeous builds from that show,…

4 min.
shop talk

Modelhaus responds We at Modelhaus are well aware of the need for the services we have provided for 30+ years. It’s incredible that anyone would accuse us of just closing our doors without any attempt to sell our business. We’ve talked to about two dozen individuals with and expressed interest in purchasing the business, but only two returned for a second conversation and no offers were made. We’ve also talked to more than one company that assists in selling businesses, but most wouldn’t even converse with us since our annual sales didn’t meet their minimum. The one interested party that did go beyond an initial contact was unable to formulate a plan for advertising such a niche business and backed out. Modelhaus was much more than molds and original parts. The molds while…

2 min.
new products

Auto World ‘72 Chevy Vega Yenko Stinger The name Yenko goes hand-in-hand with Chevrolet, a nomenclature reserved only for a rare breed of highpowered vehicles that bear the bowtie up front. Chances are you’ve heard of the Yenko Camaro, Chevelle, or Nova, but Don Yenko also got his hands on Chevy’s little Vega during the 1970s. He swayed GM to offer a hyped-up special engine, that amidst a slew of performance modifications, like forged aluminum pistons, an optional aftermarket turbocharger, and upgraded gear ratio for its four-speed manual, the Vega Stinger thundered out 155 horsepower. A reinforced suspension and Positraction rear end, with trac bars, backed it up. For two years, Yenko built 400 of these hot Vegas and it’s estimated only 11 remain in good hands. So, scoop up a…

7 min.
tips & tech

Let’s start with some reader feedback and a tip from our friend Gerry Chevalier: Reader Feedback: This is an update regarding my Tip of the Month in the June 2018 issue. I had to fill a few large holes I made in a resin body to correct a huge warp. Since I didn’t have any styrene rod large enough to fill the holes, I sharpened plastic sprue in an old “crank handle” pencil sharpener. The sprue sharpened well and because it was now tapered, would fit any size hole up to the diameter of the sprue. Stick the sharpened sprue tightly into the hole, glue, and sand smooth. If you have a colored body you can match using the sprue from the kit….and it’s free! And now a relevant tip.. Tip: Here is my…

1 min.
tip of the month: build an easy paint-drying rotisserie

Here he is to explain: “In the past, I’ve had clearcoats seep under very small decals, typically those less than 1/16-inch. When this happens, the decal drifts out of position due to gravity. I solved the problem by building a simple paint-drying rotisserie made from 2x4 lumber, a piece of 1/4-inch diameter brass rod, and a slow-speed display motor from Micro-Mark. I always attach a good, solid painting handle to the body I’m working on. When the model is painted, the 1/4-inch rod goes through the handle, which is then placed on the 2x4 cradles. The end of the rod is connecting to a bushing on the motor shaft and secured with a set screw. Note: The handle also serves as a counterweight when the body is on the rotisserie, so consider that…

6 min.
a conversation about conversions

I have a confession to make: I’m a lifelong gearhead. While my grade school classmates were perusing their Highlights and Ranger Rick magazines, I was devouring every syllable in Hot Rod, Road & Track and Popular Mechanics. For my fourth grade summer reading requirement, I checked out library books about how 4- and 2-cycle engines worked. After reading them, I wrote up reports and drew illustrations to demonstrate all the inner workings. This affliction was exacerbated by my grandfather, a trucker who put more than 2 million miles on Mack trucks. He’d regale me with stories of early days spent in the cab, some tales embellished, but as a teenage gearhead, I was all-ears. Born the eldest of three to a shopkeeper in Brooklyn, grandpa Sam went to work at 16, delivering for…