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Chuck Most

Member Since 23 Feb 2009
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1990 Mustang LX "Street Beater"

31 May 2015 - 10:33 AM

This one is based on a few "bench racing" sessions from high school. Quite a few guys had Fox-body Mustangs... there was a really nice '84 GT, a somewhat ratty '84 convertible with a V6, an extremely nasty '86 LX 5.0, and even an '87 LX coupe with a 2.3. In auto shop class, and hanging out elsewhere, we'd all talk about building the "ultimate" Mustang, whatever that meant at whatever particular time we were discussing the subject. 

 

One idea was just a low-buck LX coupe- nothing fancy, maybe even with a backyard-sprayed olive drab paint job, and some type of potent, but oddball, engine. This model is sort of inspired by that idea.

 

The Center Line wheels are from Pegasus-  narrowed a bit to fit inside the Mustang's fender wells. I started with the drag kit by Revell. There's a 'hidden stock building option in that kit- all of the stock parts still come in the kit, and there's even a full set of stock tires. So I stashed all the drag-specific parts sans the cowl hood to use on another Mustang project and used the stock suspension, etc.. I still don't know if I'll go with a stock-type exhaust or some SuperTrap type mufflers just ahead of the rear tires, but I'm calling it done for now.

 

The "backyard sprayed" Olive Drab is Tamiya, and I painted the hood flat black to represent an unpainted fiberglass unit- I may or may not add hood pins to it. The paint is intentionally less-than perfect, and I rubbed through to the red primer in a few spots. The Michigan "Stang" plate is from a Monogram '94. I left the front turn signal lenses clear to represent those clear "euro" lenses everybody was using 10-15 years ago. 

 

As for that potent but oddball engine? It's a 3.8 V6 with a supercharger, swiped from a Revell '92 Thunderbird SC. I also used the T-Bird's radiator and electric fan. The air cleaner box is the Mustang piece, spliced into the T-Bird intake tract. 

 

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I may eventually install the spoiler, add some kind of WW2-inspired graphics, and of course sort out the exhaust situation, but it'll look alright on the shelf as-is for the time being. 

 

 


1980 Jeep J10

26 May 2015 - 01:18 PM

This is a reissue of the Honcho ('90's black plastic), with the plow from the '77 GMC reissue, 6-bolt wheels pirated from a Datsun 720, and the inline six from the MPC '78 Pacer,

 

I still might grunge up the engine a bit, and maybe add a few more rust spots and perhaps some mud, but it's close enough to call for now.

 

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'54 Hudson Hornet

25 May 2015 - 04:07 AM

Got this kit Saturday morning, and decided to make a weekend project out of it. This is the 12th Hornet I've built, but the first '54. It's also the second one in a row to be painted Revving Red and fitted with large-diameter wheels, for what it's worth.  :rolleyes:

 

Much of it is box-stock- I modified the front spindles to accept the custom wheels (from a Revell '57 Chevy), used a Morgan Automotive Detail (MAD) finned cylinder head, air cleaners from a Revell '49 Merc, and some shorter rear tires from the parts box. The side-exit exhaust from the NASCAR variants is still included, but not mentioned, so I used that instead of the stock exhaust. The body is entirely stock, though I just had to lose those clunky ornamental stone shields- a few minutes with a file and sandpaper took care of those. 

 

I sanded off the engraved "Hudson" and "Hornet" scripts and used the decals instead. Looks like I'll need to touch up the foil on the side trim, but other than that I'm fairly pleased with it. Not too shabby for a 48-hour project, I guess 

 

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WANTED- Ford Ranger Styleside bed and tailgate

17 May 2015 - 05:28 AM

I'm in need of the short Styleside (wide) bed and tailgate from one of the AMT/Ertl glue kits. I don't need the bumper, or the taillight lenses. That being said, I would be open to doing a trade or working out some kind of deal for an incomplete kit if it still has a good bed and tailgate, if you'd rather do it that way and rid yourself of an incomplete kit.

 

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1993 Ford Ranger Service Truck

11 May 2015 - 12:40 PM

This began as a '93 Splash- when I got the kit, the bed was long gone, but all the rest was there. Years ago, a neighbor had a first gen Ranger which had '70's F-Series wheel covers. It was originally blue or green (I can't remember which) but the cab was repainted in white, and a service body was added- the service body being a slightly different shade of white than the cab color. So, I guess this is kind of a tribute to that memory, though the truck is about seven years too new to be an exact replica of that particular Ranger.

 

The wheel covers came from the Phantom van, and the service body was made from .030" styrene sheet and a few odds and ends. It was basically a "practice run" for another service body, which will end up on a Meng pickup. Possibly. Besides the wheel covers and bed, the only other modification to the kit was to stretch the chassis to the long bed wheelbase. 

 

As for this, I may end up adding some markings and light weathering, once I decide which particular trade this truck will ply. 

 

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