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Posted - 11/17/2018 :  3:13:52 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A tribute build to outstanding contributor and good friend to this forum, Mr Robert Santos, (AKA) SgtBob'.. Master Modeler

While in the US Air Force, Bob owned a 1954 Mercury, sea foam green. Just happens the exact car is available in a 1:43 die cast model.

So, I couldn't help it, and had to build this diorama in tribute to Bob, for all the help that he has provided and tips shared on this forum helping many in achieving better modeling skills. Thanks Bob, this one is for you'..

Edited by - quartergauger48 on 11/17/2018 3:17:45 PM

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Posted - 11/17/2018 :  3:58:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ted, I'm proud and honored before I even see it !!!



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Posted - 11/17/2018 :  4:35:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This is a 1:43 scale scratch built model, based roughly on a image of a card stock kit sold in the UK. I'll post the image at the end of the thread.

Here is Bob and his 1954 Mercury'

I emailed the photo to forum member Bill Gill, Bill colored and resized it for the build, and indeed did a marvelous job'. Thank you again very much Bill for all your help. It was very much appreciated.

Bob's 'General Sales Manager, Wilson Fisk, is keeping a close eye on new salesman, Franklin Nelson, that came over form a Nash Dealer. Mr Fisk, wants to make sure the new guy is taking care of customers correctly'..

It appears Bob is enjoying showing his Mercury off to a possible buyer, or is a possible date for dinner and dancing the topic of discussion'

Okay, more to follow..don't want to get kicked off again..

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Posted - 11/17/2018 :  5:12:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Certainly as the sign indicates,"Premium previously owned vehicles, and some really nice cars on the lot. It appears the baby blue 55 Chevy is a hot item and receiving attention from would be buyers'

Santos Motors closes at 8:PM, but tonight the lot is too busy to close, as the sales team has not closed any deals yet'...

Looks like this gal loves this 55 Belair, and is ready to take ownership'.. causing the other interested couple to make a different choice'...

Model based on this card kit. As you can see, I made significant changes. I liked the basic design though, but it needed a show room, and less open garage bays'..

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Posted - 11/17/2018 :  5:19:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ted, thatís a terrific model. Thanks for sharing.

Karl Scribner
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Kentucky Southern Railway
The Spartan Line

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Posted - 11/17/2018 :  5:20:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well done, Ted !!

Well deserved, Bob !!

Good job, Bill !!

Kudos all around.

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Posted - 11/17/2018 :  6:29:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ted, nice tribute to Bob!
Looks wonderful!
Bob, that's a very cool photo of you beside your car!
Bill, nice work in bringing that B&W photo into the fabulous world of colour.

Greg Shinnie

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Posted - 11/17/2018 :  8:28:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A very nicely detailed diorama, Ted. That's a great tribute to Bob.


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Michael Hohn

Posted - 11/17/2018 :  8:52:35 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Wonderful model, Ted. I like all the people and the stories that go with them. The evening scenes are especially nice.

A very fitting tribute.


Nobody living can ever stop me, as I go walking that freedom highway -- Woody Guthrie

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Posted - 11/17/2018 :  9:13:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice tribute to Bob, Ted! Bravo!

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Posted - 11/18/2018 :  06:56:04 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ted, as I told you privately, I am truly honored. You put a large amount of time,
thought, and work into this very nice diorama. I would just be leery of what kind of line that
guy next to the Sun Valley is handing that young lady.




Edited by - sgtbob on 11/18/2018 07:00:54 AM

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Bill Gill

Posted - 11/18/2018 :  08:15:56 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ted, Greg, Bob and everyone. It was an honor that Ted asked me to help with his tribute to Bob. However, I did not colorize the black & white photo of the Mercury.
Ted sent me a full color photo of the car as a reference. It was very close to the same orientation as the B&W photo so I cut Bob out of the B&W photo, scaled and pasted him into the color photo, eliminated the background clutter and colorized him -
much simpler than all of Ted's great work on the diorama!!!

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Posted - 11/18/2018 :  08:28:29 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice tribute and great modeling.
Well done.

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Posted - 11/18/2018 :  08:41:56 AM  Show Profile  Send Guff an AOL message  Reply with Quote

The billboard, chain link fence, cars, people and the clutter tie everything together beautifully!!

FANTASTIC BUILD and a WONDERFUL IDEA to honor Bob. sgtbob has contributed so much to our hobby and deserves all the tributes we can give!

The storyline is great!

The building looks good. What did you use for the brick and block?

Especially love the billboard...Bill is surely our master of GIMP! Nice work Bill.


David Guffey

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Posted - 11/18/2018 :  7:01:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow, beautiful job Ted. Great seeing how many contributions are shared by forum members. What a crew!


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Frank Palmer

Posted - 11/19/2018 :  09:57:36 AM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Ted Terrific, well done. You're bringing back memories. My first car was a 1955 Ford 2-door hardtop Victoria. Just like this one. Same color and all.

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