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'35 Chevy ...Chopped three window coupe

04 November 2014 - 12:23 AM







Since nobody 'kits' a '35 chevy coupe and a scrapped stock DM roadster came my way, this was just the kind of project I enjoy...something that I'm unlikely to see another of. 

The addition of a much modified '34 Ford roof (with added Chevy details) and the front-hinged chevy style doors took lots of time and problem-solving, and the roadster's rumble seat was modified into a front hinged trunk.

I decided to keep my rod all Chevy with a detailed '66 396" motor and a late model Hotchkiss style rear axle. The dropped front axle is soldered brass and polished aluminum, and the exhaust is bent from tubing. Paint is basecoat/clearcoat. 

Materials used include: styrene, aluminum, brass, polycarbonate, plated jewelry wire, vinyl, felt, and diecast.
The completed model took approximately a month of fairly steady time.








'57 Dodge D100 Basic Pickup

07 October 2014 - 10:48 AM





I've just finished this basic, stock Dodge pickup using a damaged (and really inexpensive toy show purchase) DM Dodge Sweptside pickup cab and an MPC 'Little red Express' pickup box as the starting material. 
To add some challenge I chose to make a short wheelbase stepside, sidemount spare option, a six cylinder engine, a small rear window, small hubcaps (lathe turned) and improved proportion of the windshield. I also made simulated hood hinges and the basic tail-lights in brass. 
It uses a basic interior....drivers armrest and sun visor only, as well as the simple basic seat. The new windshield is made from polycarbonate with wire used as the gasket, and the 'Dodge nameplate letters are individually cut from foil pinstriping tape (very tedious). 
The paint is 'Dodge Red' done in basecoat/clearcoat.









1952 International L110 Panel Van

05 August 2014 - 01:29 AM





This '52 International panel truck was extensively (but subtly) modified from a $29 NAPA promo a few years ago. The promo was a '53 version that has a different front end design and it also had a tail-gate instead of the correct vertical rear doors.

The modified model was a collaboration between my brother, Larry, and me which included: the complete fabricated grille/hood front (including the trim done in plated brass), The hinged rear doors (done in brass), detailed engine, single seat interior (including heater ducting and inside-mounted spare wheel/tire), tubing exhaust, valve stems on the wheels. etc. Factory reference was used to insure accuracy throughout, and the paint was basecoat/clearcoat. 

My brother and I always enjoy making models of vehicles that aren't available in kit form, and we also always liked the styling of the '50 -'52 International small trucks with their 'mustache' grille.....so this model was very satisfying to complete. We tend to use whatever materials will give us the desired result.......plastic, metal, resin, whatever.















1/24 precision diecast JAC Tractor (without trailer)

15 July 2014 - 07:09 AM



There have been many 1/24 precision diecast Chinese tractors made in the last few years and this is one of the most recent.
These 1/24 truck models, made as promos for the 1/1 manufacturers, are a bargain considering the detail, working parts, and nice finishes and would appeal to most truck aficionados. They're usually made just for the Chinese market, so they're typically only available on Ebay out of China. Prices are all over the board, but with careful shopping, are often in the $100 to $150 range.









Something Different....Borgward and Tatra from BoS Models

24 June 2014 - 12:06 PM





These two unusual 1/18 resin models (I've not seen either model replicated in 1/18 before) are made for Model Car World in Germany. There are no opening parts but the proportion and fit/finish exude quality. Model Car World's retail outlet in the US is American Excellence and their price for each of these models (approx.$117) is about half of the typical Ebay price that I've seen, and the US shipping from AE is only $12.  The models (German '55 Borgward  and Czechoslovakian '69 Tatra) are heavy and well detailed and one of the things about resin models that appeals to me is that they'll never suffer from the dreaded paint rash that often afflicts diecast models over time. I sent off for these two models the moment that I saw them available and photographed them as soon as I received them.