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'41 Willys Retro-Mod, with emphasis on Retro - Completed 11-07


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#1 Bernard Kron

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Posted 22 October 2013 - 06:39 PM

After Dinky's killer black Willys modern rod I just had to move my '41 project to the front burner. I was inspired. But the problem was that although I believe that Revell's Street Rod was meant to be lowered I felt that model's as good as Dinky's pretty much say it all when it comes to the modern look. So what to do?

 

First some background. I've had this kit sitting ready to be built for a couple of years now. I bought it from a good friend and modeling buddy when both of us attended the NNL West in 2011. I fly down there each year to hang with my buddies Raul and Curt. I bought the kit from Curt that year and it included a resin lowered chassis from a now notorious resin caster known for his high quality work and the unbelievably long waits to get your order filled (we're talking years in some cases). It's a shame because it is a full transkit with narrowed rear end, modified tubbed interior piece and a beautifully engineered chassis.

 

So... I decided I wouldn't actually use the trick resin chassis, but that I would employ it as a model for my own modifications, since, based on the caster's terrible reputation it was highly unlikely I could ever replace it. With Dinky's inspiration the time has come to build my own lowered '41.

 

Up to now I mainly build Old Skool, But lately I've thought about easing into a more modern style. But, as I said, Dinky's build pretty much nails the modern style. So I decided to do a project that's my take on "Retro-Mod" but with the emphasis on the "Retro" part, rather than the "Mod" part, which Revell has already handled quite well in the basic kit.

 

So here's the plan. The body remains stock with the stock grill. But all the 90's billet era bling and design cues have to go! And yet I want to retain an aggressive Big Power look and start to include some more contemporary design aspects. So this will be a sort of Post Modern street rod. The only body modification is a hood scoop from an AMT ’49 Ford kit. The motor will be the kit Hemi, but it will have Hilborn injection instead of a Jimmy blower. I chose a real Retro color, a Depression era light blue, a Tamiya military color, but it will have a somewhat Billet Era monochrome look, but with Retro design cues:

 

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The front end is lowered about 3 ½ scale inches by raising the suspension as shown below:

 

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For now the rear end stays kit stock until I can see the rake and determine if any further dialing in is required.

 

To “sell” the Old Skool, bling-free aspect I’ve decided to go with steelies. The fronts are AMT ’40 Ford items and the rears, in order to conserve the kit’s monster meats, were made by using some junk wide chrome reversed rims from an AMT ’29 Ford Roadster kit with the centers hogged out to adapt a set of Baby Moons from an AMT ’40 Ford Sedan Delivery kit. I used the worst ones I could find in my parts box since they would be stripped and painted body color. Even then I needed to use some giant rear wheel halves from a Too Much kit to provide adequate width for the huge rear tires from the Revell kit. I used matching Baby Moons on the front as well.

 

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And finally there’s the kit’s interior, which is classic 90’s billet fare. The key piece is an aftermarket resin part from Altered States Models, their AS07-005 'Tubbed 40/41 Willys Floorpan, which combines the tubbed wheel wells from the Street Rod kit with the simplified floorpan from the Revell Stone Woods & Cook gasser. This eliminates the rectangular center console from the Street Rod kit and better suits the look I’m after. I decided to use the diamond tufted buckets from the recent Revell Stacey David Rat Roaster kit and combine them with diamond tufted door panels which I made by cutting out the billet-style panels from the kit and substituting square pattern styrene stock rotated 45 degrees:

 

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This should give you an idea of where I’m headed with this thing…

 

Thanx for lookin’,

B.


Edited by Bernard Kron, 07 November 2013 - 05:29 PM.


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Posted 22 October 2013 - 11:44 PM

NICE start Bernard!!  :D 



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 08:55 AM

Very cool to see you are inspired by my Willys  :)

 

The Willys are awesome, I will follow your project to the end to see what great build you will create!



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 10:38 AM

Nice, I'll be watchin this one!!!!



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 12:38 PM

I really like the styling, Bernard!

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 12:45 PM

Really liking the concept, love the color. Looks like a sure winner so far.



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 02:08 PM

Bernard may l ask how you cut out the baby moons??   Great wip by the way..



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Posted 27 October 2013 - 01:21 PM

Thanx for all the interest and kind words!

 

Things are progressing well on this project, with most of the parts painted, the chassis and motor partially assembled and the interior completed. I added a padded header and diamond tuft insert to the rear panel to echo the inserts I added to the door panels. Paint is Testors Acryl Heileblau and Light Gray (more military colors…). The Corvette steering wheel is from a Monogram 1/24th Scale ’32 Ford Roadster. The shifter, door handles and gas pedal are scratch built. As mentioned above, the floor assembly is courtesy of Altered Sates Models and is a resin piece, a combination of the interior surfaces from the Stone, Woods & Cook gasser and the tubbed wheel wells from the Street Rod kit. Eliminating the console, combined with the colors, the classic style bucket seats and steering wheel, and the diamond tuft upholstery, I think gets rid of much of the 90’s billet vibe and establishes more of the neo-Retro thing.

 

I’ve managed to misplace the rear axle and have ordered a replacement from Revell. Very frustrating because I was looking forward to dialing in the stance. While I wait for the part I’ll polish out the paint,  finish detailing the motor and get ready for final assembly. With or without the replacement axle, more next week as I finish up the retro-styled injected Hemi.

 

Thanx for lookin’,
B.

 

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 01:26 PM

Very nice!



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Posted 27 October 2013 - 01:27 PM

Bernard may l ask how you cut out the baby moons??   Great wip by the way..

 

Thanx! I didn't cut out the Baby Moons that I'm using. The molded in Baby Moons on the rear wheels were simple drilled out to make a hole of the proper diameter to accept the separate Baby Moons I did use. They can be found in various vintages of the AMT '40 Ford Sedan Delivery kit. In the case of the recent Round2 re-releases I think they're in the Three Stooges version.



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Posted 27 October 2013 - 01:34 PM

This is looking great, Bernard.  I like that you've started out with a well defined styling plan.  Every thing you've done really suits your stated pupose.



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Posted 27 October 2013 - 09:07 PM

 

Thanx! I didn't cut out the Baby Moons that I'm using. The molded in Baby Moons on the rear wheels were simple drilled out to make a hole of the proper diameter to accept the separate Baby Moons I did use. They can be found in various vintages of the AMT '40 Ford Sedan Delivery kit. In the case of the recent Round2 re-releases I think they're in the Three Stooges version.

Thanxs... Interior really looks nice...



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Posted 28 October 2013 - 11:50 AM

I got the paint cleared and polished which brings out the blue a bit more. Here are some quick workbench snaps.

 

Thanx for lookin'
B.

 

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 04:52 AM

Paint looks great. Has a real nice reflection....



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Posted 29 October 2013 - 12:21 PM

Looks like the is dust in the paint or is the quality of the pics bad, I hope the last.



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Posted 29 October 2013 - 12:47 PM

Looks like the is dust in the paint or is the quality of the pics bad, I hope the last.

Neither, thankfully. There's dust on the paint. It brushes off (which I didn't do - ah the responsibilities of shiny paint...). But you had me going so I went and checked!


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Posted 29 October 2013 - 12:51 PM

Ah cool, lucky you :-)

Any progress on the engine?



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Posted 29 October 2013 - 12:57 PM

Ah cool, lucky you :-)

Any progress on the engine?

 

Yes. I'm continuing on the retro route, with Old Skool Chrysler Firepower valve covers and Hilborn injectors on the kit motor. I dechromed most everything and am going with a black block and heads and polished aluminum and steel finishes. I'll try to get some pictures up in the next day or two. Thanks for the interest!


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Posted 29 October 2013 - 01:05 PM

Thanks for the info, sounds cool.

Looking forward to the pics, goodluck building  :D



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Posted 29 October 2013 - 01:17 PM



Thanks for the info, sounds cool.

Looking forward to the pics, goodluck building  :D

 

Here's a quick snap from the workbench I just took. It gives a sense of the look I'm going after. As I said originally, your model encapsulates the modern style so well I feel obliged to explore another area - a modern stance, tires and chassis, but perhaps being built by a contemporary collector of vintage parts. Still lots to do...

 

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Edited by Bernard Kron, 29 October 2013 - 01:18 PM.