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Bernard Kron

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Exhaust Headers from Revell Tweedy Pie or Rodfather needed

Yesterday, 06:24 AM

Will buy, sell or trade.

Wanted - Windshield Frame from AMT 1927 Ford T Touring

17 July 2014 - 12:09 PM

I'll take one from any of the variations, the Laurel & Hardy '27 T Touring, the Vintage Police Car, etc. Will buy, sell or trade. I need it for my ongoing '27 Highboy Roadster project.



'27 T Highboy Roadster - Update 7-17

13 July 2014 - 05:10 PM

Ford ’27 T buckets are relatively rare in the scale model world. The main reason for this is because there are no kits and very few supporting parts for them. Virtually everything must be either kit –bashed or scratch built. This is ironic because resin re-pops of some mysterious and, as far as I’ve been able to find, undocumented donor model are commonly available from several different resin vendors. IMHO far and away the finest resin 27 T is made by Altered States Models: super crisp, styrene-like and with a very nice partial firewall detail. This is the basis for this project.


I’ve been wanting to build a ’27 T highboy for a long time. There are 3 influences that I’ll site, 2 I think are each exceptional in their own way, and one that is iconic and which I have never liked.


The icon is the George Barris Twister T, AMBR winner in 1962. For me this car is a bad dream with a sky high stance and countless details which crash into each other in a most unpleasant fashion. Unfortunately, like many bad dreams, this one remains firmly entrenched in my memory and has been since I was a boy. Making a list of what needs to be corrected on this car will lead to a very nice 27 T highboy indeed.


The Barris Twister T:


Most closely related to the Twister T, indeed in many ways the Barris car “done right”, comes out of Roy Brizio’s shop in the early 90’s and featured in Volume 1, No. 1 of The Rodders Journal. Classic Brizio in every way, and an indicator of what was to be the “TRJ Look” in the years to come, it’s immaculate, period correct, and tasteful. Built for James Stroupe, pictures of it are virtually non-existent on the web, so these are scans from my copy of TRJ.


The Stroupe ’27 T Hiboy:



And finally, probably my favorite, the ex-Dennis Lacy car first made known to me by Dennis a few years back with a magical photo  of the car at Big Bear. The polar opposite of the Stroupe car, but a deadly serious period hot rod and no aRt Rod in any way. Loaded with authentic pre-’48 parts and a full house flattie, what makes this car special to my eyes is the perfectly balanced stance, a true highboy in character, but graceful and sleek nonetheless. These are the only pictures I was able to find remaining on the net that show the car to advantage. The stance of this car is where I would like to go, but perhaps with a somewhat later period in finish and detail.


The Dennis Lacy ’27 T Highboy:



So now to the job at hand. I’m trying not to let this project get away from me, so I’ve decided to let it’s Revell Deuce roots show through somewhat. The frame is Revell Deuce, and quite likely much of the suspension will be, too. The most difficult thing about doing a resin 27 T is that no interiors exists for the car. So if you’re going for a proper tuck ‘n’ roll interior you have a challenge ahead of you. In my case I’ve found a way to adapt the Revell side panels and bench seat from the original Highboy ’32 Ford issue. The chassis is z’d at the rear in an attempt to achieve some of the balance of the Lacy car. So far I have no wheels/tires or suspension on the build so we’ll see how that goes. I’m planning on a Deuce grille shell so my car will be quite different. I’m shooting for some sort of period OHV V8, probably with a fair bit of chrome to pay to my recurring Twister T nightmare. I’ve done a ton of Caddy powered rods so it will quite likely have to be something else..

Below are the initial build pics.


Thanx for lookin’,



Basic Black Deuce Highboy Roadster

06 July 2014 - 03:48 AM

The Therapy Deuce - Revell ’32 Ford Highboy Roadster, because Basic Black is always in fashion…


After trashing an AMT ’51 Chevy fastback coupe following several weeks’ work in it, by melting it under my workbench lights (see: http://www.modelcars...showtopic=91021 ), I needed a quick pick-me-up to get the juices flowing again. Having built numerous Revell 1/25th scale Deuces of various flavors over the past few years I knew doing one largely out-of-the-box would go quickly, with a minimum of drama, and with a decent chance of a pleasing result – just what the doctor ordered. So, starting with an original series Revell Highboy Roadster kit, and modifying only those things which I consider absolutely the minimum to address the kit’s shortcoming, here’s the result. I even went so far as to do it in black primer to avoid any risks involved in color coats, clear and polish! It took me 5 days to complete and had the desired effect…, I’m ready for the next project.


Thanx for lookin’,


All parts from an original issue Revell 1/25th scale Highboy Roadster kit except as noted.
Chassis: Front suspension lowered by removing 2 spring leaves and notching front crossmember. Front bumper bracket notches filled.
Wheels and Tires: Front wheels are AMT ’51 Chevy steelies with skinny front tires courtesy of Speed City Resin. 10” reversed rear wheels by Plastic Performance from Early Years Resin.
Motor: Kit valve covers shaved and smoothed. Carter AFB carburetor from Early Years Resin. Distributor and coil from Morgan Automotive Detail.
Interior: Kit bench seat notched and repositioned to create raised bolster. ’40 Ford dashboard and steering wheel adapted from Revell ’32 Ford 5-window coupe kit. Worn ox blood leather surfaces made using Testors Acryl British Crimson paint and black wash. Dashboard finished in clear gloss.
Body and Paint: Kit windshield chopped 2.25 scale inches. Stock hood sides from Revell ’32 Ford 5-window coupe kit. Firewall filled and smoothed to convert from single “curtain rod” hood brace to proper twin braces made from .020” music wire. Firewall finished in clear gloss. Body and frame rails finished in Duplicolor Black Primer. Wheels finished in Duplicolor Flash Red gloss paint. Chassis and motor detailed in various shades of Testors Metalizer.



"Therapy" Deuce Roadster - Completed 7-6, Now Under Glass

02 July 2014 - 07:23 PM

After melting a ’51 Chevy Fastback Coupe right after completing 3 weeks of bodywork and paint (see: http://www.modelcars...showtopic=91021 for all the gory details) I needed some simple therapy to get the modeling juices flowing again. For me nothing’s more therapeutic than a Deuce Roadster. And simple too, if I want it to be, having built countless Revell Deuces of one sort or another in the past few years. So I decided to build a Deuce Highboy as straight out of the box as my sensibilities would allow. To keep finish work to a minimum I decided on a primer paint job, in this case Duplicolor Black Primer. Except for the front wheels (AMT ’51 Chevy – yeah, you guessed it…) and tires (courtesy of Speed City Resin, the rear wheels (Plastic Performance Holman & Moody 10” steelies supplied by Early Years Resin) and the Carter AFB carburetor (also from Early Years), everything else is from the old series Revell Good Guys Deuce Highboy or a related kit (the dashboard and steering wheel are from the 5-window coupe).


I started this 3 days ago and hope to have it done within the next 2… Simple and to the point in a subject I know well. Just what the doctor ordered!


Thanx for lookin’,