The Hot 150 list and Clone the Past
Two Important Museum Programs
by Mark S. Gustavson
Since the inception of the Museum, one of our chief goals has been to identify and
either locate or replicate the models that have most influenced the development of our hobby. As this Museum project progresses, we'll have the ability to portray the development of model car craftsmanship in
the hobby by presenting either the original models -- or clones of models -- that appear on our Hot 150
list. Additionally, we'll also prepare a large display chart that will contain images of the notable models that appear on the Hot 150 list.
Of course, the first task is to identify the most important models in the history of our hobby. The definition of
an historicallysignificant model is crucial to this Museum program: the model has to have appeared in a major publication (or its "influence" may be very limited by definition), it must have pioneered a
new technique/style of building, and it must have exhibited very high standards of craftsmanship (adjusted for the time the model was constructed).
At this point, we have named the models, through 1968 (balloting is going on for later years), that
have significantly influenced the development and progress of model car building. This effort is on going as further research continues: in fact, the list for the Second Age has recently been amended to correct an
earlier oversight: now, Donald Katz' "Off Beat Beauty" (featured in Car Model, February 1964, pages 22, 27 and the
cover; The "Way Out GT Custom", featured in Car Model, March 1964, pgs. 28-32, by R.A. Smith and Mike Baltes (both of Auto World); and the various passenger car custom pickups by Budd "The Kat" Anderson (check out Car Model, February 1965) have all been nominated and appear on the Hot 150 list.
The amended list for the First and Second Ages of our hobby is available on this site by checking
in at our Clone the Past Chart and, while there, you can click on the name of each of the named models to view scanned images of those models. The Museum expresses its profound appreciation to Charles Fox (Santa Monica, California) and Steve Larsen (Cedar Rapids, IA) who scanned dozens of images from vintage magazines so that visitors to the Museum site can see which models appear on our
list. Steve and Charles generously responded to a note posted on the Hobby Heaven discussion board for hobbyists to help scan vintage magazines; when we had enough enthusiasts working on that Museum program for the time being, these guys readily agreed to scan images of famous models.
The second part of this Museum program is to acquire or replicate models
that appear on the Hot 150 list. So far, a group of dedicated builders have agreed to replicate several of the models that are named in Ages One and Two. These models have been picked up by Members of our Museum to clone: The "Nervous Nomad" by Paul Sable has been completed by Tim Pentecost. Bill Taylor (God rest his soul) finished
his replica of the famous Car Model magazine "Dixie Bee" more than a year ago. Al Gaby's "Golden Rod" that appeared in Car Model magazine. Mark S. Gustavson has started work on Lonn Stern's "Astrorod" and is working with Pat Bibeau who has undertaken to replicate Don Emmons' 1/8 scale channeled '32 Ford Roadster that appeared in Rod & Custom Models. Rick Hanmore is working on his replica of Bill Neumann's '60 Ford Starliner, and
John Mahaffey has selected Donna Schuld's '60 Ford to replicate. Already, Paul Sable's custom Mercury has been cloned by Rick Wright. Marc Havican is working to duplicate a Jim Yonts dragster, and Bob Paeth is working hard to finish cloning Jack Herndon's radical custom '29 Ford roadster in time for GSLXX. Again, view the nominated models for Ages One and Two on our Hot 150 list Of course, other models from Age Two can be seen by going to the Hot 150 chart and then clicking on the name of each nominated model.
Since March of 2004, three more great builders and Museum members have stepped forward:
Jeff Worsham has just signed up to clone Tom Davison's metalflake chartreuse custom Corvette. Terry Rollins decided to build Harry Auffinger's remarkably restrained full custom 57 Chevy, and Carl Moore has stepped forward to build two of Budd "The Kat from AMT" Anderson's legendary passenger car pickups – Budd's '61 Ranchero and '58 Chevy. Roy Urvald,
who previously cloned a Jim Keeler model (model #9, from the First Age), signed up in late October 2004, to clone Al Gaby's Golden Rod – one of the most famous of the early Car Model magazines. After that, Mitch Capps signed up to replicate an incredible model from Bob Sifferd – Telstar The Museum has been in contact with Bob Sifferd who reports that the original Telstar (and Golden Nugget) still exist but that he is reluctant to loan it to the Museum at this time. Because the Telstar was so influential, it's great that noted builder Capps will be doing this work. Sifferd has promised to help Capps construct the replica! To enjoy photos of the Telstar and Golden Nugget, go here. Our thanks to all these great builders!
With the cloning effort underway, it's time to move on to identify the most influential
model in the Third Age covering 1969 through 1978. We approached Tim Boyd and Chuck Helppie who contributed their nominations for that era; after that, Mark S. Gustavson added his nominations, and Dennis Doty
chipped in his ideas. That list is now (November 2004) is being reviewed by Museum research assistants Rex Barden and Randy Van Draiss) after which that list will be examined again and then submitted here to your
review. There are a wide array of terrific, hobby changing models in this era that meet our threshold requirements of having been published in a way that could have affected other modelers, thereby influencing
the development of modeling technology and finishing techniques. Check back here for the chart for the Third Age of our hobby which should be uploaded here for your review early in 2005.