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Jordan White

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Rereleased Revell 1957 Chevy Bel Air

16 July 2014 - 04:01 PM

Back on the bench after a long break, where I'll be building a slightly modified, updated version of the 1957 Bel Air that my dad built back when he was younger (going to be a birthday gift for him). His build was the original 1963 release by Revell, and really showed how tough the kit went together. I was trying to find the same kit on ebay, when I was lucky enough to find out that the recently released Ed Roth kit is the one I wanted, at retail price (surprised I haven't seen anyone else building it yet :P )

 

Here's a few pics of my dad's build:

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My plans are to paint everything pretty much the same as his build, but clean up all the parts as best I can as well as make sure they fit great. I'm also stripping all the chrome so it's easier to clean up the parts, and I'll be coating them in Alclad chrome. I'm also going to use some parts box tires instead of the kit tires (even though they are one piece rather than the old two piece).

 

Starting with the chassis, I painted it all satin black and painted the gas tank and exhaust aluminum. My dad used the lift "shackles" from the drag version in the back, so I'm doing the same. Of course, this meant modifying the exhaust on the driver's side to fit properly since it originally ran above the rear spring perch.

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3D modeling projects wanted!

07 February 2014 - 10:46 AM

I'm really into computer aided drafting 3D modeling and found that a company called Shapeways will take your 3D drawing and print it for you. TDR Innovations has been using them to print their products they offer, and I've purchased a few things so I know Shapeways does a good job.

 

I'm offering my free time to create any more generic parts that people are looking for, such as mufflers, hitches, pulleys, and so on, as well as some wheels. I know in one of the 'Cuda build threads, people were wanting a Flowmaster muffler that the original poster had a friend make, but only had a few made total.

 

So if there's something that you'd like to see made, just post here and I'll let you know whether it's feasible for my skill level. :lol:

 

Also please mention scale when making suggestions.

For wheels, please provide rim diameter (not lip, but the rim that fits in the tire) and width.

 

Store: https://www.shapeway.../21stmodelparts

 

What's available:

24/25 scale Flowmaster-style mufflers.

-Center in/center out

-Center in/dual out

-Center in/offset out


Anyone built one of the Revell 1/16 Pontiac Firebirds (3rd gen)?

06 February 2014 - 05:09 PM

As the title states, has anyone built any of the old Revell 1/16 3rd gen Firebird kits? Kind of curious to see how well they go together but from my searches, it seems like no one has actually built one (except for one guy who made a KITT clone).


1978 Chevy Corvette L-82 Coupe (Doyusha 1/12) WIP

17 January 2014 - 04:36 PM

I've been trying to determine for a while how I wanted to build this kit, and I finally decided to build it factory stock. I'm not really a fan of doing this in smaller scale, but in large scale it seems a bit more interesting since you can easily add more detail.

 

The kit is the Doyusha 1/12 scale 1978 Corvette that I got a while back. It's a '78 based on (besides the license plate on the box top) the seats and the single-snorkel intake ('79 models had different split-back seats and dual-snorkel intakes on both engines). The engine as modeled is the base L-48 5.7 liter (350ci) making around 185hp, while the engine I'm going to be replicating is the uplevel L-82 5.7 liter making around 220hp (it also has the aforementioned dual-snorkel intake).

 

Problem is, with these Doyusha/Otaki kits, the engines are somewhat off in their proportions. Could be because they didn't have a real one to model after, or more likely because these kits were able to be motorized (full detail, however the driveshaft is hinged to rotate and the rear axle is designed as one piece with larger differential to fit a geared axle). Because of this, I decided to use the engine and transmission out of the recently released Foose Camaro kit. The 302 is just a 327/350 block with a 283 crankshaft, so visually it will be exactly the same. I will be using a few parts from the Doyusha engine, such as the exhaust manifolds and distributor.

 

Another issue that I'll have to deal with is from the other build I've seen, it appears that the rear end sits a little low, and the track width on both the front and rear is a tad too narrow.

 

Anyways, on to the pics!

The kit:

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The engine and transmission so far:

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I figured it would be easier to paint and detail if the transmission is separated from the engine.

 

Oh, and the color I'm going with is, of course, Corvette Yellow! B)


Let's see your scale plow trucks!

22 November 2013 - 02:09 PM

Per the title, post any plow trucks you've built (pickup truck, van, or SUV)!

 

I'm planning on building one using the AMT C1500 kit, so I'd like to see what other people have done. B)