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#1 realgone58

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 11:36 AM

 As most of you guys know, I build mostly replica stock. I do however, sometimes build nostalgia drag cars. Mostly gassers, super stock and the like. I've got some of the old Revell gassers (Thames, Henry J, Austin), and I am currently building the Thames panel. This thing has a terrible front end! Very hard to deal with and fragile, and ill fitting. So here's my question. Is there a kit out there that you guys have a favorite gasser type front end to use? Or perhaps aftermarket? I want to build more of these old gassers, but I really can't deal with those nasty front ends! 



#2 cobraman

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 12:12 PM

I'd like to know the answer to that too.



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Posted 18 July 2013 - 12:29 PM

Use Evergreen tube or aluminum tubing for a straight axle and Evergreen to make your own leaf springs.



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Posted 18 July 2013 - 01:21 PM

I find the nicest straight axcle is in the AMT 55 Nomad kit

 

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 01:25 PM

I like the Wild Willie Borsch/Bantam Blast for proportions but build my own as Jim mentions above. All of my builds have to have functioning steering so I build mine out of aluminum tubing.

 

I've not seen the AMT Nomad kit so I'd be interested in checking that one out.



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Posted 18 July 2013 - 07:27 PM

I find the nicest straight axcle is in the AMT 55 Nomad kit

 

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rare kit



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Posted 19 July 2013 - 03:37 AM

Straight Axle.   I have built my own and recently purchased a few very nice straight axles from The Parts Box.  



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Posted 19 July 2013 - 03:57 AM

Making tube axles out of Evergreen, or other brands, is not that hard and the results are nice! Leaf springs can be made or you can mix and match from various kits. Don't forget that most Gassers used stock from I-Beam axles from production cars. Pick Up straight axles, like the Revell 56 Pick Up or the Lindberg Little Red Wagon have great axles for this.

 

The early Revell kits are fuzzy, but, once you get them figured out, they work quite nicely.

 

Only a few kits came with dedicated "Gasser" straight axles and most of them are not that great. The easiest and plainest has to be the one in the Revell Tri Five kits. Very simple, but effective!

 

Have fun!



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Posted 19 July 2013 - 04:22 AM

Revell ' 41 Willys gasser kit !

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 08:28 AM

Thanks for the suggestions, I'll start looking. Not great at scratchbuilding, but I should give it a try.



#11 Mike 1017

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Posted 20 July 2013 - 05:11 AM

Check out Speed City Resin click on Model News there is step by step straight axle build. Very easy to build.