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#101 Wayne Buck

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Posted 06 October 2011 - 07:21 PM

:lol: Thanks, Cranky! Just thought it would look pretty cool, except it would have to be more jagged, scaly-rusty and grimy than the picture. ;) As I said, I'm not exactly the best artist, ESPECIALLY on a computer!

But, it is Chuck's build and it's lookin' KILLER and Unique as normal... so he may have something even better for it in his mind. I do know that no matter how that beast ends up when finished, we SURELY won't be disappointed! B)

#102 Chuck Most

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Posted 06 October 2011 - 08:51 PM

No, no stinger.
Not for THIS one anyway.

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 03:28 AM

All right, buddy. Keep it going. The anticipation is building.

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 04:00 PM

I picked up my Hudson today. Wont get to it for a few months, but looking forward to building it.

#105 Chuck Most

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 04:17 PM

I'm just stuck on a powerplant for mine. I was even considering a boooooooooooring Small Block Chevy (but with a cool intake), but now I'm leaning toward an old Buick Nailhead.

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 07:25 PM

Sounds interesting, Chuck . . . keep it going. And remember the eye candy daily allowance! Says the man who is slow to post some himself. LOL.

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Posted 08 October 2011 - 02:46 AM

I'm just stuck on a powerplant for mine. I was even considering a boooooooooooring Small Block Chevy (but with a cool intake), but now I'm leaning toward an old Buick Nailhead.


Chuck, how about mating two Hudson sixes and making a wild V-12?

I'll send you an engine if you're interested in doing it ;)

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Posted 08 October 2011 - 03:28 AM

Interesting.

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Posted 08 October 2011 - 06:55 AM

I'm just stuck on a powerplant for mine. I was even considering a boooooooooooring Small Block Chevy (but with a cool intake), but now I'm leaning toward an old Buick Nailhead.


I think a nailhead would look cool in it. Or, how 'bout a nice and filthy looking small diesel?

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Posted 08 October 2011 - 02:05 PM

The Chuckster must be busy building and listening to music. I can hear him from here! :lol:

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Posted 08 October 2011 - 04:16 PM

No, I just started on the '50 Nash again, but the Hornet will circle back to the front of the workbench in a day or two.

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Posted 08 October 2011 - 05:24 PM

Yes, the same thing happened to me . . . it's all fun, buddy. Love the Nash. It's coming along!

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Posted 08 October 2011 - 11:25 PM

Grab an AMC V8 and put that in the Hornet. I know of quite a few real Step-Downs that had that done to them. It works well and keeps the heritage intact.

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Posted 09 October 2011 - 01:27 AM

I was considering AMC power, but I don't have a Jeep inline six anymore ( :lol: :lol: :lol: ) and besides, it would actually be a smaller-displacement than the 308 in the Hornet anyway. I ruled out an AMC V8, because almost all the AMC V8s in 1:25 scale are junk. I am leaning toward Chrysler power, though. Being that Hudson/AMC got rolled into Chrysler, that would be a legitimate choice for preserving the 'brand heritage', too.

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Posted 09 October 2011 - 05:55 AM

This is what I've done so far.
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I don't think I'm going to change much as this build will be a combination of what Moebius has wrought and what I might have done if the 1:1 were mine and it was the mid-fifties (or maybe today). I may try a hubcapless look or moon discs just to make that change. I added brass screen painted black to the air cleaner openings.

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I really wish the yellow of the air cleaner decals hadn't completely disappeared when laid over the red. The only thing visible is the black which I don't think should be there in the first place.
I'm still waffling on a body color

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Posted 09 October 2011 - 07:01 AM

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This is what I was hoping for

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Posted 09 October 2011 - 11:28 AM

Killer engne, Sam! yeah- the next run of kits will have a white backer so the yellow won't disappear against the air cleaners.

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Posted 09 October 2011 - 11:49 AM

I was considering AMC power, but I don't have a Jeep inline six anymore ( :lol: :lol: :lol: ) and besides, it would actually be a smaller-displacement than the 308 in the Hornet anyway. I ruled out an AMC V8, because almost all the AMC V8s in 1:25 scale are junk. I am leaning toward Chrysler power, though. Being that Hudson/AMC got rolled into Chrysler, that would be a legitimate choice for preserving the 'brand heritage', too.


Hey Chuck, I reworked the major flaws of the AMC V8 in the R/M CJ-7 kit, Mr. Ballard has the molds made to cast them...

Unless the V8 in the soon-to-be-released Gremlin kit is better :unsure:

Left is kit part, right is reworked master:

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Posted 09 October 2011 - 12:02 PM

Thanks. I'll have to see if I can get a corrected set, the touch of yellow on the red cans is kinda iconic. As for the red motor, I have no explanation. it could be the rare, dealer installed 7X motor option. The 308 was bored .030, The block was relieved, knurled pistons, bigger valves and cam, and a higher compression aluminum head. I guess they could have painted the head. This is a base motor, I don't know if this is what was designated the single H or not.
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Posted 09 October 2011 - 12:04 PM

Wow, that built up engine is a beauty. Excellent.