Thursday, November 23, 2017

Gas Tax Act Service Station Jack & Al's Standard Sevice - Pt 2 Conclusion

Well. I finally got around to building the Gas Tax Act Paper Service Station. Here's what ya get when you wake up at 5AM just so you can get a few hobby tasks done AND when you end up building kits on top of the wash machine in the garage! Actually. I was able to cut out the components at work during break times and the assembly was done atop an old piece of foam core plopped on the washer. Here's what I did:

1) Scanned the building components (two sets of walls, roof, awning/overhang)

2) Inserted scans into a Word doc

3) While in Word, I drew in tabs to aid with gluing (I've found that if tabs are omitted I occassionally cut the pieces right at the artwork's edge giving me no place to put the glue on! - DOH!)

4) Cut out the components

5) Braced the interior walls with stripwood - I use 3/16" square stripwood, it seems to be a good workable size for me

6) Glued on the roof

7) Braced the overhang with pump island as it was very flimsy. I ended up using a couple of different sizes of stripwood and had to do a little trimming to fit.

8) Glued the overhang in place on the roof.

Here's the original scans so you can make your own Service Station

There's an odd lean to the overhang

On the original, you can just see a crease below the front of the overhang in an attempt to make it look straight

I scored the cardstock just below the triangular front of the overhange and it helped to give a straighter appearance. You can see here some of the stripwood bracing - perhaps one day I'll paint the bracing, or not :-)

Here's a view of the bracing. My buildings tend to suffer the indignities of my rough handling and the bracing really does make them sturdy

While the scans were nice and bright (see the scans at the beginning of the post), the printed cardstock looked washed-out and weak looking so the finished product looks 'paler' than the original.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Vintage Gas Tax Act Paper Service Station: Jack & Al's Standard Service - Pt 1

Now here's an interesting service station from - I'm guessing - the war years, perhaps 1943-45-ish. I don't know much about these or who actually printed them but apparently they came in a variety of oil company names. This station is lettered for Standard Oil and I've seen them lettered for Texaco. It measures 7 1/4" (18.41cm) L x5 1/4" (13.33cm) D x 3 3/4" (9.52cm) H overall.

A big shout-out and many thanx to Tom DePasquale moderator over at the "Vintage Gas/Service Station Playsets/Garages & Dioramas. Tin, Masonite etc." facebook group for giving me this station to add to the collection!!

Next post, we'll show what my build ended up looking like.Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Playmates No. 17682 Space Jam Marvin's Countdown Rock-O-Tron

Here's a set I've had for a while and I've been wantin' to take pics of but just never got around to it. It's a clever little basketball game for spacefarer's on the go. Starring Marvin the Martian as the key (and only) player, he's converted his spaceship, the "Martian Maggot" into an interplanetary hoops machine. I'm not really into basketball and have never seen the movie but I bought this because of the cartoon tie-in and - most important - that gorgeous retro spaceship with silver hull and red tip and fins. The ship alone is worth having the set as part of my space collection. Opening the box you get a set of peel-&-stick appliques', the instrcuction sheet, a mail-in offer, the ship, a cool Marvin the Martian figure, two basketballs, and of course Marvin's ship the Martian Maggot

The ship opens up to reveal a mini basketball court. The 'hoop' folds down, a ball is placed on the lever mechanism and when one taps the lever it sets the ball flying, hopefully, into the hoop where it is then fed into a chute to be re-used. Marvin has a hole in his foot which fits into a peg in his private compartment allowing him to shout orders even when upside down. But for me this whole set-up comes together when all the hatches are closed and the Martian Maggot is underway. That bulbous red tip, those exagerrated curved fins, and that big bellied fuselage make for a beautiful caricature of the classic 'pointy tube with fins' spaceship school of design. The ship measures 9 3/4" (24.76cm) H x 3 3/4" (9.52cm) wide at the widest portion of the fins. Marvin stands 2 3/4" H (6.98cm). Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina