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#1 jbwelda

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Posted 06 March 2009 - 06:43 PM

Well on the eve of NNL West 09, I am posting some pics of my next project, this time the classic show rod, Wilhelms Wild Dream. You may remember this kit from your childhood, I am building the one from the issue alongside Don Tognottis King T, and let me tell you, this is sort of testing my patience! lots of ejector marks, dips in the plastic (like right on one of the chrome mufflers, i seriously dont know what i am going to do about that yet), but i am persevering! heres some pics:


first the box top, bring back some memories?

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end panel showing nice illustration:

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then the one i like; i got it on sale!

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heres a shot of the painted interior, no details yet, and the primered body shell:

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and a pic of the frame im currently building, with the motor block alongside:

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heres a close up of the frame, showing the partially finished rear axle assembly. frame is
painted tamiya light blue pearl:

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a shot of the partially done motor. i had to build the shortie distributor to
hopefully still fit under the minimum clearance hood while giving a small bit of extra detail:

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a shot of a (dag nabit!!!!) ruined body shell that i wasted but also the other
body components.

the story on the "test" body is that it was the one with this kit and i was primering it
after prepping the parts, and the darn body shot off the tamiya paint stand i was using
and hit the floor. i picked it up and it looked like the primer had dried enough to not
really pick up any dirt so i thanked my lucky stars and put the body up to cure a bit.
that night i was getting ready to sand the primer down a bit when i noticed, whats this!
the durn fin tip is busted off! it had to have landed right on the tip. well i was pretty
bummed but i did have another body shell that i could use if i stripped the paint off it,
so thats what i did. unfortunately i was hoping to use that body shell for a "custom"
version of this car i was going to build next! oh well maybe i can rescue it somehow,
but its pretty micro thin and will be difficult to build to a tip that will take some handling.

ah well heres the pic:

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ok, finally, heres where some blasphemy comes in. if you notice in the photos above of
the box, the real car ran, for some reason, big slicks on all four wheels. i cant take that
even if it was the way the real car was, so i had to deviate and find some smaller tires.
to tell the truth i dont really like those "turbine" wheels much either, i would much rather
see some american five spoke mags or a set of halibrand spokes in the front and some
deep dish halibrands in the rear and thats where the "custom" version was going to differ.
regardless, i think this car will look a lot better with the big and littles on the not really so
bad looking turbine wheels:

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well its off to the NNL West tomorrow; after that i plan on putting some serious time in on this,
or serious effort anyway, to get it done in a reasonable time.

thanks for looking!

Edited by jbwelda, 11 December 2009 - 08:14 PM.


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Posted 06 March 2009 - 06:56 PM

You're building a rare kit!?! Shame on you! B)

This looks great! I'll definitely watch this build. I read Dennis Doty's article in MCM, (January 2008 Issue #129) and I would love to have one, but they're far out of my reach. Good luck with this build!

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Posted 07 March 2009 - 03:16 AM

Nice to see someone building one of these. Now I can see what is missing from the motor on mine. I got one in a bunch of models I bought a few years back. Some how the body was heated and shrunk and it ruined it. Anybody have a body and hood for one? I will be watching this build. I agree that the front tires look to big on the front. Makes it look like a four wheel drive.

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Posted 07 March 2009 - 04:31 AM

Those were good kits. I bought one when they first came out, built them and then later took them apart and put them in the parts box. About 20 yrs ago I dug through the boxes to see if I could find all the parts to rebuild them. I got this one done and it's been on the shelf for 20 yrs or more. Never did get Tognotti's T finished though.

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Posted 07 March 2009 - 12:18 PM

OH YES!!! Kits were made to be built .. not stored, not horded, not traded for Caribbean vacations ... Hack Plastic!

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Posted 07 March 2009 - 04:40 PM

Wow! This will be fun to follow. Good choice on the front tires.

later,

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Posted 07 March 2009 - 06:27 PM

thanks folks, what i really need is a set of rear wheel wells. i dont really like them chrome but this current car i am making them as original, chrome. but for the second version i was going to strip the chrome and paint them body color. does anyone *please!* have some? i have other parts to trade! pm me please!

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alright so sorry about the grovelling there, thanks for posting those photos gramps, they will be valuable reference. and i see your muffler has the same dimple i was talking about earlier...i think im going to try to fill it and then foil it but i sure wish the piece was better. :)

one thing, could you please post a photo of the back end? thats where the body, underbody piece, and both rear wheel wells all meet up and a very delicately shaped piece has to fit for the taillights. i figure thats what going to be hardest about this one: making the back look good with the pretty nebulous mounting points ive seen so far. that rear axle was a struggle in and of itself and ive not even got the shock absorbers mounted yet!

i am probably going to try the king t next especially since i knew don tognotti a bit and he even awarded one of my models as his favorite one time (a thames panel made from simple simon pie wagon, that i had turned into a lotus parts delivery truck and put a twin cam lotus motor in) and i want to display the king t model with the plaque. also the newly restored king t was just at the autorama and i got a bazillion photos of it for reference!

thanks again folks, any tips or help sincerely appreciated and dont forget to contact me for those wheel wells!!!

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Posted 08 March 2009 - 04:57 AM

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alright so sorry about the grovelling there, thanks for posting those photos gramps, they will be valuable reference. and i see your muffler has the same dimple i was talking about earlier...i think im going to try to fill it and then foil it but i sure wish the piece was better. :blink:

one thing, could you please post a photo of the back end? thats where the body, underbody piece, and both rear wheel wells all meet up and a very delicately shaped piece has to fit for the taillights. i figure thats what going to be hardest about this one: making the back look good with the pretty nebulous mounting points ive seen so far. that rear axle was a struggle in and of itself and ive not even got the shock absorbers mounted yet!


Here ya go Bill.
I noticed that on the rebuild, I did away w/ that rear axle and replaced it w/ another. So I figured it was too much of a pain also. It wasn't very strong to start w/ This isn't the best rebuild but after 20 yrs in boxes I was just lucky to find enough parts to make it look half way decent. Hope this helps some.

While looking at this site Instruction Sheets | DRASTIC PLASTICS MODEL CAR CLUB | Fotki.com about instructions I found this. Since I had no instructions at the rebuild time, I guess I didn't find all the parts. lol

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Posted 08 March 2009 - 05:16 AM

This has always been one of my all time favorite kits. Wish I would have had the good sense to buy a couple when I was a kid. Can't wait to see this one finished.

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Posted 08 March 2009 - 08:56 AM

I ll be watching you,
Looks great so far.

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Posted 08 March 2009 - 07:24 PM

thanks for the comments everyone and thanks again for the pics. looks like that purple one has had some pretty extensive work done on the rear to make it look that good. mine will look more like yours probably!

so i take it you painted yours to resemble what i think was a later paint job, kind of a candy gold? right now im having a hard time settling on a paint color to try to get the original kind of light lavender purple candy. i dont use an airbrush so i am limited to spray bombs, but i think i will go with some candy grape from boyds over maybe a light blue or something. or i might just do it in the model master deep purple pearl i shot the motor with. that was my original plan to to tell the truth i would rather get something more subtle like the original was...

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Posted 09 March 2009 - 03:42 AM

Without an airbrush you might have trouble finding a lavender pearl in a spray can to use. Yrs ago AMT made a spray can that was similar to it but, good lock finding it now.

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Posted 09 March 2009 - 03:55 PM

>Yrs ago AMT made a spray can

yep thats the one they indicate on the box as the correct color, but as you
say, good luck on that!

i might look into the duplicolor colors, seems to me i remember seeing
something close one time

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Posted 09 March 2009 - 04:37 PM

Looking good, Bill!!

I guess we'll have to wait until NNL West 2010 to see this one in person!!

Later,

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Posted 09 March 2009 - 08:44 PM

actually raul, the way things have been going, plan on 2013 for this one!

but youre always invited to come out to the beautiful delta to check it out in person! that
goes for anyone here matter of fact!

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Posted 13 March 2009 - 08:56 PM

so, a bit of an update, got the rear suspension finished and the motor as well:

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some closeups of the motor...since the side panels will be on the front you wont
be able to see the plug wires where they enter the block so im not going to bother
with spark plug boots:

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rear axle and suspension...that anti sway bar looks pretty cool!

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and a bunch of front end parts getting prepped:

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Posted 19 March 2009 - 07:02 PM

well, some progress to report: pretty much done building up the frame and suspension, along with motor. heres some updated photos, tomorrow i am going to put the wheels and tires onto the brake drums and take some more photos. meanwhile, onward with the paint, and interior. i think since the interior is pretty simple i will keep it simple and just flock the carpet and put some future on the hyde of nauga upholstery. dashboard is very simple with a couple grab handles, one gauge and a chrome center section.

anyway heres some shots of the motor in the frame with suspension finished:

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oh jeez its leaking oil already! :angry:

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and here is a shot of the one side's mufflers with the huge gash being filled. i should note, manufacturing
flaws like this were what prevented me from making nice looking models in my childhood mostly
because i didnt have a clue how to deal with them. we will see if ive evolved any in the past 40
years! anyway i guess what i will do after smoothing them is wrap the mufflers only in BMF and
then kind of blue the area a bit. funny thing is, the same marks appear on the other side exhaust
system but on the INSIDE of the muffler, where i can ignore them easier! but still i will BMF that
side too to keep consistent side to side:

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more to come! this is actually coming along better and easier than i thought, but believe me, it aint tamiya!

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Posted 19 March 2009 - 11:31 PM

In a word. WOW , man this is looking kewl..

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Posted 20 March 2009 - 12:14 AM

Really sanitary semi-OTB build. Love the color and the attention to detail. This will really pop when it's done. The care you're putting into this one is how these rare old kits should be handled, IMHO.

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Posted 20 March 2009 - 07:14 AM

Bill,
Other than a couple of oil leaks, this one is really looking GREAT!! The detail on the chassis and engine is right on the money!!

Yeah, I could come out to your place for the day, and probably bring my old friend Jerry along, but we'd probably not be able to get him to leave. He spent much of his youth growing up in that area and often talks about wanting to move back.

Later,