Chuck's Sketchy Sketch Pad
Posted 08 February 2010 - 11:00 AM
When I saw the Aardvark Center Door T body in Resin Talk, I thought it might make a sweet rat rod. So, here's what I had in mind-
The chopped body sits on a scratchbuilt chassis, held up with '34 Ford wires up front and '41 Lincoln steelies in back. The engine is a 6-carb Lincoln 430 from the AMT '25 Model T kit. A grenade shifter- taken from a '28 Lincoln gangbusters kit and adorned with a PE pin from a Detail Master hood pin- juts out of the open roof. The driver and passenger sit waaaaaaay back in the body, and some mesh screen in the window openings protects against flying tire shrapnel.
Next up, we've got this-
I've taken the old Ertl Scout II kit, whacked off the roof, replaced it with a scratchbuilt pickup cab cap, and stretched the wheelbase 18 scale inches in order to create the Terra pickup. The entire body is shaved, and a flush tonneau cover was created. I shaved the front bumper, as well, but extended the splash apron, retaining it's stock motif, and added driving lamps. I also fixed the shape of the grille- long a sore point with me on this particular kit- and made a cowl induction scoop for the hood. The wheels are from an AMT Rides Magazine issue kit. You could do this one as a slammer, but I'm thinking more along the lines of sliding a stretched AWD chassis from a GMC Syclone underneath it, turbocharged 4.3 V6 and all. A modern, mini-truck style interior would finish it off nicely. The Scout II's clean, simplistic lines lend themselves well to customization- why not try it?
Yesterday, after finding these, I whipped up a couple of other ideas...
Here we've got an AMT '29 Model A Roadster, done up as an Indy-flavored hot rod. Really, probably the only thing you'll use from the kit is the body! I kicked up the area behind the driver, and added a full-width bench seat- an appropriate set of buckets would probably work equally well. Everything forward the cowl is either raided from '60's Indy kits or scratchbuilt. I'd leave the stock buggy-spring suspension, but Z the frame to get it nice and low. The wheels are solid Halibrands, like the ones in AMT's '65 Pontiac 2+2 kit. For power, I'd go with a souped-up Model A 4-banger with side exit exhaust, linked to a modern 5-speed stick. The radius rods and steering are tucked within the bodywork for a clean look.
ALLEGEDLY... Moebius will bless us with a '53 Hudson Hornet kit late this year. I'll believe it when I see it, but if it does in fact become a reality, here's what I had in mind for it...
Lose the "Bulletproof Pillbox" windsheild and turret top, and replace it with a massaged chopped '50 Ford windscreen and a Carson-style top. Shave all the factory chrome and add a custom-fabbed trim piece along the body line and some cleaned up chrome rocker trim. Ribbed bumpers and taillamps from a Lindberg '34 Ford pickup are other touches.
Seems what ever I tried on the grille, it made the Hud look like a Merc or a Buick- so I decided to modify the stock Hudson grille. I removed the oval-shaped bar in the middle, and replaced it with square drawer-pulls on expanded metal. The headlamps are resin from Replicas and Miniatures of Maryland. I also kept the somewhat trianglular stock Hudson bumper guard. Wheels and tires can be pirated straight from Revell's '49 Merc.
Now, here's hoping the Moebius Hornet doesn't end up a "ghost kit"! There was a 4-door '51 available in resin by a firm called Miller about 20 years ago- and I think Hendrix makes something similar, but wouldn't a styrene Hudson be cool?
Posted 08 February 2010 - 02:09 PM
Posted 23 February 2010 - 06:23 AM
That's Sgt. Stiglitz to you, buddy!
Nice ideas there, Mr. Stiglitz.
Posted 23 February 2010 - 07:27 AM
Posted 31 August 2010 - 09:10 AM
15" chop, 5" out of the crown of the roof, and cut the wheelbase down to 98". Just a quick sketch this time, but gets the job done!
Posted 02 September 2010 - 06:20 AM