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#21 MitchP

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 03:42 AM

Brett: Yep, I checked out (well, stumbled upon) the gallery on Pro Tech's site and amongst the other builds, Christine totally blew me away! Although historically, it was a NOS car (I'm a pro mod/top sportsman freak), I really like the blown version. I'm thinking that might be a Ross Gibson resin engine although I'm not sure.

 

Chi Town is certainly beautiful from the promo pics and I've seen articles on the original real car, a rebuild and the model build itself. What a unique design with offset engine and escape hatch! This Hot Rod flopper is so simple from the instructions and the pre-fitting I've done. I'm going to scale down the detailing, leaving it to consist of a rubber line from the fuel cell to the pump, a little braided line up to a handmade fuel block by the injector butterfly linkage area and another braided line to the rear blower hat block. I have some Pro Tech .031 hard line which I'll form and run four on each side of where the hat meets the supercharger.

 

The cost of the cogs and a belt won't be spent here, the moldings have a cogged belt and decent cogs. I'll just try to cut some really small pieces of my styrene rod(s) until I can come up with a bolt head design that I can glue to the cogs. I'm trying to find a way to fashion an MSD mag with the molded top on it and the wires coming out underneath.

 

The only thing I was worried about was a Logghe style chassis which as to be glued together. Luckily this one is one piece and very compact. If I decide to detail the blower, I've been told I'll have to adjust the cutouts in the body for the top of the engine. Should be a chance to test either my dremel or a heated xacto blade.

 

BTW, I just went back and showed my wife the thread of your Camaro build with the soldered brass chassis and the awesome hand constructed front A-arm and coilover suspension. She can "appreciate" the effort, but isn't as jazzed as me over the expertise!

 

Have a blessed day Brett!



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Posted 12 November 2013 - 12:49 PM

re Chi Town, no adjustments nessacery  http://www.modelcars...showtopic=40313

 

Thanks for the head rush over the camaro, I need to get that car done for a display in January.

Take care yourself.


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Posted 13 November 2013 - 07:39 AM

Very nice Bret. I really like the wheels/tires in that kit, as well as the decals supplied. It's going to be a fun build!



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Posted 18 November 2013 - 02:25 AM

Sorry - had to add a couple more pics from my friend's much improved camera - I'll keep it short:

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 11:42 PM

Much better pics :) and it does look really good. Try putting a little flat black on the plug leads at the dizzy/mag end, it fools the eye quite a bit and makes it look more realistic .



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Posted 29 April 2014 - 01:09 AM

Sorry I didn't get back to you on this. You're right about the wires at the mag. I figured out another way too. RB Motion sells for a modest price, both the insulators for the mag and the spark plug end, with the plug end having straight or 90 deg angles.

 

The mag/distributor on this T-Bird came from M.A.D., which has a nice collection of various detailing items from wheels to electrical components. Their mag kits even include a twin kit and mounting plate for dual plug per cylinder Hemi's. I used this on my new "Frankenstein" build in WIP. M.A.D. includes alum cored hard rubber wire so when you peel back a small portion of the shield and pull the core out, you have a hollow sheath you can cut to any length. I used those for the Frankenstein build (imagine eyeballing tiny insulation pieces on both ends of 16 plug wires). It was nuts. Then I had to bend the plug ends of each wire in a crimp so the insulation wouldn't slide off while doing another. Not to mention getting the firing order right for 2 mags and drilling 16 plug holes with a dremel!

 

Like I said, never again with the M.A.D. insulation. It's RB or Protech from now on!  Good hearing from you!



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Posted 29 April 2014 - 01:33 AM

Looks great!!!! I too am looking forward to seeing it with the body on!



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Posted 29 April 2014 - 04:19 AM

Looking good.



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Posted 01 May 2014 - 05:08 PM

Hey Mitch, the car is coming along really nicely. That actual 1:1 car is still "alive" and was run as a Super Gas car until last season.

This is it with a re-body from about 8 years ago. It had a B1 Mopar for power at the time. Before that it had a big block Chevy. I believe the car now resides in Connecticut and is destined to get another bb chevy.

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 04:30 AM

6bblbird: is that as in the six-pack option on the 'Cuda's, Challengers and perhaps some Road Runners? I had a '68 440 4sp R/R back in my H.S. days. Got it for $250 from my brother in law in the mid-70's era 'cause he'd yanked off the A/C unit and ran it off the battery for grins in his back yard. Pretty ignorant, huh? I cleaned it up, put 4:11 gears in the rear, sanded out the rusted Cragars and reshot the spokes with wrinkle hot valve cover paint. Everybody wanted to buy the wheels & tires off of it! It needed new valve seals bad as it smoked like a pig.

I'm new to modeling (about a year total) and I've just gotten real lucky learning the detailing from folks like Brett, Clay, Scott from Futurattractions. I'll attach some pics I took last night as the painting is done and I'm trying to decide whether to clear or not. I tried to clear it once already with Testors spray clear and it splotched up on the roof and driver's side door. I don't want to fix that kind of mess again.

I did a test fit once already when the first coat was dry and it looked awesome. There's a small fitment problem with the hood due to the carb line detailing and I need to do a little sanding and reshoot the underside in flat black, which is no big deal.

I chickened out on the split color paint job as I've tried it with junk bodies and can't get a clean color split, no matter how carefully I tape it with the thin Tamiya tape. You'll see from the attached pics it turned out almost strawberry red metalflake. I've got custom decals from Firebird Designs which say Billy "The Kid" Glidden for each side of the car and a crew sticker for the back with myself, my wife and son as crew. Since the kit was so old and the original decals not sealed, I suspect they won't be in the best of shape so I'm prepared with a lot of extra SLIXX decals to replicate what I can.

Pls comment and critique. If you can recommend a decal solvent and/or setting solution, please do and if you've had good luck with any particular clear coat, let me know otherwise it's gonna stay as it is.

 

Thanks.

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 12:29 PM

6bblbird: is that as in the six-pack option on the 'Cuda's, Challengers and perhaps some Road Runners? I had a '68 440 4sp R/R back in my H.S. days. Got it for $250 from my brother in law in the mid-70's era 'cause he'd yanked off the A/C unit and ran it off the battery for grins in his back yard. Pretty ignorant, huh? I cleaned it up, put 4:11 gears in the rear, sanded out the rusted Cragars and reshot the spokes with wrinkle hot valve cover paint. Everybody wanted to buy the wheels & tires off of it! It needed new valve seals bad as it smoked like a pig.
 

 

6bbl as in three, 2 barrel carbs, as in A12 car? Yes, 6bblbird is my screen name and my car.

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P.S. I added the photo of the T Bird in my earlier post.


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Posted 06 May 2014 - 03:08 PM

Yeah man, jumpin Coke cans and twisting those traction bars! I had a single 4bbl and everything else was stock (except the shifter). I had the same orange paint job, Twin flat black stripes and those wedge hood bumps. Also had the little turn signal indicators on the fender ends.

 

One of the DRU tapes had a couple of promods that toured together, out of Canada I believe. One was a early Beratta and the other was rumored to be an old Glidden prostock T-bird.  Very nice paint on that T-bird up above but my paint are skills are still in the learning stage. I know I'm getting old and my memory is losing it, but Walter Frey rings a serious bell. Anything to do with E-Town or Brett Kepner?



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Posted 17 May 2014 - 01:52 PM

I do a pretty decent imitation of Brett Kepner and I have been seen around E Town on occasion. :)

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Posted 27 May 2014 - 02:30 AM

You're watching "Drag Racing Underground"!...

 

I'm friended with Brett on Facebook and his picture is him with a couple of big, floppy eared bunny rabbits. They're his pets and it's a great pic!



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Posted 27 May 2014 - 03:44 AM

Well, I've got pics of the body with custom decals, although not all the sponsor decals are on yet. These were made by Firebird Designs after some input from me.

I don't take very good pics, but hope these give you an idea of the assembled build!

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Posted 27 May 2014 - 03:53 AM

Fabulous build, all the detailing work is wonderful.