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A six step program for fun with the Revell Ed Roth 1957 Chevy kit

02 October 2014 - 11:47 AM

Here is a 6-step method to have fun with the Revell Ed Roth 1957 Chevy model car glue kit:


1. Buy the Ed Roth 1957 Chevy Bel Air model car kit.



2. Remove the decals and instructions from the kit box.


3. Send what's left to me -- I will reimburse your shipping costs. :-)


4. Buy a Revell 1957 Chevy Bel Air snap kit.




5. Build the snap kit, but add the Ed Roth decals. (They are not a 100% perfect fit, but are certainly workable...). Based on my experience, your final assembly could be quite enjoyable, compared to the glue kit.







6. Sit back, look at your completed project and enjoy your handiwork!

Slingster Dragster

13 August 2014 - 06:46 AM

These are pictures of my Slingster Dragster project. When it was released, the Monogram Slingster Dragster was well received. When I bought my kit, I was pleased with the many build options available. Of course, I decided to "do my own thing" and build it as a show car, similar to what might be seen at World of Wheels shows. I chose the supercharged Chrysler engine and the streamliner body configuration.


I partially assembled the kit and sent it off to ChromeTech USA to add some bling. They chromed the chassis, engine and accessories, drive train and the wheels. For a smoother appearance, I glued the three bottom body panels together and smoothed the seams. I decided to leave the top body panels loose for display purposes. I added detail with a distributor, ignition wires and coil. I also added a fuel system, photo etch accelerator pedal linkage and a tachometer on the steering column. I painted it with Duplicolor paints (primer, Ford Sonic Blue color and clear.) It was a fun project with a well designed kit.










1972 Chevy Kingswood Station Wagon

03 August 2014 - 02:53 PM

These are pictures of the 14th project in my build theme of "Models of Cars I Have Owned or Driven." In February of 1974, my wife and I went to look at a 1972 Kingswood Station Wagon. It had all of the space we could ever need and was air conditioned. Despite my misgivings about low performance and low gas mileage, we bought it. After a few weeks of driving, the gas mileage and performance were ridiculous. During a tune-up by a country mechanic, I was blown away by two things he said. 1. GM used a Transmission Spark Control emissions device in the vacuum line between the carburetor and distributor to limit ignition advance to only when the car had been in high gear for more than 20 seconds. He recommended a simple bypass of that device to allow the car to run cooler and provide better performance and gas mileage. I reluctantly agreed and said I would test it for a while. 2. He also said that my car had probably been affected by the GM dual layer exhaust system (one pipe inside of the other). After a few thousand miles the inner pipe often rusted and exhaust gasses would get between the two layers and the inner pipe would implode. Sure enough, that is exactly what happened to our 1972 Chevy. He replaced the whole GM exhaust system with a heavy duty single layer Napa system. On the way home, I thought I was driving a different car. Both the gas mileage and performance were noticeably better. I ended up "testing" the Transmission Spark Control bypass for the next five years we had the car.


The model project got started when I saw the Modelhaus complete resin kit for a 1973 Caprice Station Wagon. I thought, "Maybe I could make that over into a 1972 Kingswood." While I was waiting to receive that kit, I noticed a 1971 Impala resin kit on EBay. I said to myself, "Maybe I could graft the front clip of the '71 onto the Modelhaus '73 and save a ton of work." That is just how the project progressed. I removed all the '73 Caprice trip and slightly modified the '71 front clip to fit a Modelhaus '72 Chevy front bumper. I added side trim with .040 half round styrene and also used it for the roof rack runners. I used parts box items for the rest of the roof rack. I shot the custom-mixed Aegean Brown Metallic paint through my air brush and covered that with Duplicolor clear. I used Krylon Satin Brown Boots paint and matte clear for the interior and added some detail to the steering column plus detail painting. After marathon polishing and BMF sessions, I was good to go. The build was one of my more ambitious (and expensive) projects, but it was high on the fun meter!














Chaparral Daytona Coupe

30 July 2014 - 02:30 PM

These are pictures of my Chaparral Daytona Coupe, built from a vintage 1966 Monogram styrene kit. It is built pretty much box stock, with the addition of the Daytona race-time oil cooler add-on plus detailing with AMT fuel injection velocity stacks. I painted it with Rustoleum primer, Duplicolor Gloss White and Duplicolor Clear. The decals are, of course, the same age (48 years old) as the kit and they tested my patience. I wish to thank Henry Trent and Norm Newcity for their interest in this project and the ideas and tips they provided for it. It was a fun build and neat to complete something (for once) that makes turns on the race track!










1961 Ford Falcon Station Wagon

14 July 2014 - 10:30 AM

These are pictures of the 13th project in my build theme of "Models of Cars I Have Owned or Driven." In late 1960, my Dad brought home a new 1961 Ford Falcon Station Wagon for our family car. I immediately hated the looks, color and gutless performance. However, I said nothing because my Dad originated the phrase "It's my way or the highway." I had a lot of "first dates" in that car, but not many "second or third dates." That was because many girls did not want to be seen in a station wagon with a fold down rear seat. LOL!

I combined an AMT 1961 Ranchero styrene kit with a ModelHaus resin 2-door Station Wagon kit and converted it to a 4-door. The good news was that I found a reference picture of me and my brother John next to the car. The bad news was that I found that reference picture; I realized I needed to add the side trim and roof rack to the build. And I needed to take out a loan for the BMF, too. LOL!

I modified the front seat and painted the interior with Desert Sand Duplicolor Interior paint. I followed that with BMF and detail painting. I made the side and rear window glass from clear .010 styrene plastic. I used .040 half round styrene for the side trim and made the roof rack supports from .060 half round. I adapted other roof rack parts from a 1959 Rambler kit and my parts box. I had the Mint Green paint custom mixed at a local auto paint store and shot it through my air brush. I covered that with Duplicolor Clear and finished up with polishing pads plus Novus and Meguires polish.

I had a lot more fun building the model than I ever did driving the 1:1 car!