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#21 Bernard Kron

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 09:21 AM

I build mainly Old School drag cars, hot rods and customs so my favorites reflect this. Here goes:

Revell “rat rod” kits (’29 Ford RPU & ’31 Ford Sedan): Steelie wheels, rings, caps and whitewalls, four-banger speed parts, lever shocks, front suspension and steering, rear crossmember and spring, chromed rear axle housings and trailing rods.

Revell ’32 Ford kits: Front suspension parts, frame rails and crossmembers, floorpan, rear suspension parts, bodies, Torq Thrust wheels, optional engines (Flathead & Hemi), louvered body parts, headlights, basic bodies. Definitely not the small block Ford (I have way too many of them), the wide front tires or any of the optional wheels (good ideas badly done).

Revell ’40 Ford kits (Standard and street rod): Flathead, chassis parts (front & rear suspension parts, crossmembers), lever shocks, wheels and tires, interior bits.

Revell Tony Nancy Double Dragster kit: Nailhead, chassis rails, front suspension parts, quickchange rear ends, body parts, interior bits, wheels and tires.

MPC Ramchargers Dragster kit: Chassis, front suspension, body parts, interior bits, Hemi, wheels and tires

AMT Phantom Vicky kit: Chassis, front & rear suspensions, basic engine, taillights, headlights, DuVall style windshield and cowl, front wheels (as rear wheels), firewall, headers.

AMT ’29 Ford Roadster kit: Most importantly the basic body and interior parts, front and rear crossmembers and rear spring, suspension parts, chrome reversed wheels, four banger speed parts, optional Ala Kart body parts.
Don Garlits Wynn’s Jammer Dragster kit: Chassis, suspension, rear axle, Hemi engine, wheels and tires, body parts.

AMT ’40 Ford Sedan Delivery: Main body, flipper caps, Cragar style wheels, DeSoto bumpers, nerf bar bumpers, stock steelies, rings and caps, Nailhead accessory drive, generator setup tri-power carburetion, and headers.

AMT ‘39/’40 Ford Tudor Sedan: Main body, ’39 Ford headlights, ’39 Ford style grill setup, Cragar style wheels, nerf bar bumpers, stock steelies, rings and caps, injected Olds engine, interior bits.

AMT Tommy Ivo/Too Much/Digger ‘Cuda front engined dragsters: Chassis, front suspension, rear axle, Hemi, wheels and tires.

AMT Round2 Double Dragster “Tin Box” re-issue: Just about everything in it including basic engines, engine accessories, chassis, quick change rear ends and axles, wheels and tires.

Edited by Bernard Kron, 22 November 2011 - 09:41 AM.


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Posted 22 November 2011 - 09:21 AM

AMT Wagonrod, AMT Phantom Vickie and any of the Revell 32 Fords, especially the 5 window for the Hemi. Favorite source for tires is the Revell 29 Pickup and 31 Model A Sedan.

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 01:19 PM

LRW?

Little Red Wagon

it was a famous wheelstander, based on the dodge A-100
in the re-issue are all the parts from the LRW version (hemi, subframe, rear axle, chrome wheels)
and all the parts to build a stock version with coca cola decals

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 01:25 PM

Revells top sportsman kits

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 03:23 PM

Mine must be the Revellogram '59 Caddy.
I parted out at least ten of them to build hearses, some pimped ECTOs, some Flintstone resins.
The chrome pieces of both ECTOs are useless, since they have the flashing lights molded into the grille.
I also use the wheels. Since most of my hearses are curbsides, I am left with quite a few engines from the Revellogram kits.
I whacked the rear portions off of some of the leftover Revellogram bodies and made them into '59 Caddy sofas.

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 10:03 PM

Guess I could chime in with a list-

AMT Phantom Vicky- Fantastic Ford Mod motor with tasty capped headers, killer street rod frame with IFS and an 8.8 coil sprung rear axle, and those 17/20" Halibrands.

Revell Beetles- Really good engine and chassis pan

Revell '32 Fords- Especially the newer 5 window and Tudor variants. I bought a couple Tudors just for that yummy Flattie and those chrome wire wheels.

Monogram Ford F-350- great dually wheels (tires? not so great) nice 460 385-series engine, Dana rear axle

AMT and Revell Model A Fords- the Revell kits have some very sweet period speed parts for the four banger, and great big and little whitewalls. The Red Ram hemi in the AMT roadster is pretty good as well. Even the AMT Woody/Pickup has some nice parts.

Revell '64 Fairlane/T-Bolt- Awesome 427 FE with four speed or Lincoln automatic, nice M&H slicks, teardrop hood scoop, and the newer issues have FOUR sets of wheels- stock steelies with caps, drag steelies, a set of Keystones and a set of Radirs.

AMT '25 and '27 Model T- the '27 has a nice Frontenac head setup for the four banger, the '25 has a simplified but convincing Lincoln 430 MEL engine. The '27 also has a cool dropped front tubular axle.

Revell Beatnik Bandit- cool wheels, narrow slicks, a very nicely done Olds V8 with a blower and a sweet-looking blower drive guard.

AMT '40 Willys- Nice blown Olds V8, lots of neat gasser suspension pieces, extra pickup cab and bed for a rat rod if you build it as a coupe.

Revell Willys- the street rod version has a great chassis with IFS and a four-link rear, as well as a mean early Hemi. The SWC and Big John kits have a period blown Olds and a nice gasser style chassis.

AMT '70 Super Bee Pro Street- the chassis will fit under just about any midsize Mopar kit in existence, and that prototype DOHC Hemi engine is just plain cool.

AMT '66 Nova Pro Street- I've used that chassis under nearly everything but a Nova. The extra stripped engine and stand is a nice touch, too. It's also loaded with speed parts for SBCs if you get off on that kind of thing.

Odd Rod kits (Tom Daniel kits, Vampire Van, AMT Lil Mixer, etc.)- Loads of weirdo stuff for off the wall hot rod builds.

Military Kits- All sorts of different kinds of doodads and widgets for post-apocalyptic buildups.

NASCAR and drag kits- beefed up axles, engine parts, roll cages, MSD ignition boxes, shifters, seats, tires, wheels, etc.

Edited by Chuck Most, 22 November 2011 - 10:06 PM.


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Posted 09 November 2012 - 09:05 AM

Greetings, folks, I am hoping everyone will help with this new series.

What is it? It is not (or has to be) a formal review of a kit. I am looking for great kits from your collection or from your recollection that are perfect for robbing parts from.

For example: 41 Willys (Revell), 66 Nova (AMT), and 70 Super Bee Street Machine (AMT).

I am hoping to get a discussion going fo what great parts are perfect to rob and use from the good kits that exist out there.

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 09:11 AM

Heres three!
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Posted 09 November 2012 - 09:41 AM

That Nomad looks like its got lots of great suspension parts for other Gassers.

And the hood from the DOUBLE WHAMMY can be cut and grafted on to some other kits.

Thanks, Glenn.

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 09:49 AM

The '53 Ford p'cup has a ton of nice choices for early Hemi induction pieces, & the "Chevy" rear fenders are truer to scale than the ones in the AMT '55-'57 trucks, & if you want to build a mild custom you can leave the 'Caddy" tailight option in it.

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 09:59 AM

Yea, Nomad for suspension and great torque thrusts, a beautiful small block, Stude for hemi engine, wheels and tires, hood, and Ford for a great hemi with 8 carbs and a lot of customizing parts!

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 10:58 AM

You guys have inspired me to do a video series in the Lab-RAT-ory. Hope you enjoy:

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 11:16 AM

This a great start but the only problem I see so far with the 3 kits posted is that they have not been around for a long time, making them expensive to the person looking for them for the aforementioned extra parts.

Hopefully there will be posts here that have more contemporary kits and their parts for those that cannot find one of those older kits.

Of course, it would be nice if the kit companies started putting those extra parts in the kits again (hint hint)!

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 11:29 AM

Mike, you have a good point, but some kits are bound to get re-released or some builders might have them in their collections.

As long as the "WHAT CAN I ROB AND USE FROM WHAT KIT?" discussion continues, I think builders will find this thread useful.

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 12:09 PM

I like the Revell '68 Vette.

L-88 hood scoop
A well cast 427 with options.
Front and rear suspension that works well in older vehicles.

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 12:09 PM

Mike, you have a good point, but some kits are bound to get re-released or some builders might have them in their collections.

As long as the "WHAT CAN I ROB AND USE FROM WHAT KIT?" discussion continues, I think builders will find this thread useful.


I agree Doc, the only problem I see is a newbie comes along and we (the forum) tells them to find one of those original issue Nomad kits and they faint at the price.

The information is very useful in that if someone was looking for a part from an older kit, somebody may have it in their spares box with no intention of using it and can make it available without having to purchase the expensive OOP kit.

I bought two newly released (re-issues) kits last week expressly for certain parts and commented about it only to have another forum member send me a PM to say he had those very parts and wouldn't be using them and did I want them?!?!?! HECK YES! So to your point, this can work better than some of us may imagine, me included!

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 12:13 PM

Rob, I have a couple of those in my collection. Great engine on that kit.

Mike, the youngsters will adapt and grow, I hope. Money is always an issue no matter the age.

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 12:25 PM

The recall 69 nova. The non cool kit. Nice drag wheels. Slapper bars, great SBC, a cowl induction setup.

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 01:12 PM

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 01:21 PM

My favorite parts donor kit is the AMT '57 Corvette Street Machine (green on box). This kit has lots of great parts for street models like a nice big block with a TH400 automatic, headers, real nice intake and carburetor. It has one of the best molded nine Ford rearend I've seen yet. Also has trail arm/coil over setup with wheely bars if you like those. Separate chassis that could be used under something,but I've never used it yet. It has some nice Pro Star wheels with it and a decent looking hood scoop. Best part is that you can easily pick them up on ebay for five bucks plus shipping if you're patient. Someday, I want to build one to kinda pay homage to all of the ones I've sacrificed.