'70 Grande

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About '70 Grande

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  • Birthday 06/12/1959

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  • Location Peoria, IL
  • Full Name Mark Doolittle

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  1. '70 Grande added a post in a topic Round-2/AMT Reissue '63 Studebaker Avanti kit question   

    Thanks Mr. Obsessive.  Your Chrysler Turbine build was extremely helpful.  Now I just gotta find me an Avanti kit and get started. 
  2. '70 Grande added a post in a topic Moebius '65 Mercury Comet Cyclone news   

    Any updates on the upcoming release of this new kit? (Can you tell that I'm anxiously waiting in anticipation)!
  3. '70 Grande added a post in a topic Round-2/AMT Reissue '63 Studebaker Avanti kit question   

     
     
    Agreed, Charlie.  I don't own this Avanti kit; just hoping someone on this forum who does own the Avanti kit might post some pics so I can determine if the door fit issues would be bad enough to deter me from buying it. 
  4. '70 Grande added a topic in Model Building Questions and Answers   

    Round-2/AMT Reissue '63 Studebaker Avanti kit question
    I've never had much success building a kit with opening doors like the recently reissued 1/25 Round-2/AMT '63 Studebaker Avanti kit has.  I've never been happy with the way the opening doors worked or looked on any of my completed, opening-doors builds, no matter the subject matter.
    My question is this: it looks to me like the "fit" of the doors on this 1/25 Round-2/AMT '63 Studebaker Avanti kit is somewhat "loose" meaning glueing the doors shut on a build of it would leave some fairly large gaps and just not look right.  
    Has anybody tried glueing the doors shut on their build of this 1/25 Round-2/AMT '63 Studebaker Avanti kit, and what did the end-result look like?
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  5. '70 Grande added a post in a topic Ford Victoria ´53 (Lindberg)   

    Beautiful!  The most impressive-looking build of this kit that I think I have ever seen!
  6. '70 Grande added a post in a topic The Oldest Labonte Car in my collection   

    A beautiful build!  Man, I miss the days when NASCAR race cars looked like this!
  7. '70 Grande added a post in a topic 1972 AMC Gremlin   

    There was a cute brunette in my high school class, (1977), that drove a "Gremmy" just like your build!  I can still see her squealing out of the parking lot at 3:30 with her sunglasses on, REO blasting on her radio and that long, brown hair flying out her window! 
    Thanks for bringing back that good memory with your neat little build!
  8. '70 Grande added a post in a topic 1961 Pontiac Ventura   

    Hard to pick a favorite from these 2 builds cuz they both look great!
  9. '70 Grande added a post in a topic Sunbeam Tiger reissue questions   

    Confirmed my suspicion; the engine mounts to Part #37 where the very bottom pulley on the fan belt has a notch molded into it.  Since that is inaccurate in the 1:1 world, looks like I've got some scratchbuilding to do to create some more accurate engine mounts.
  10. '70 Grande added a post in a topic Sunbeam Tiger reissue questions   

     
    Well, yes and no.  First, to attempt at making this information somewhat "clear" to understand, imagine that Part #37 is the capital letter "T", turned 90 degrees as if laying down on the ground, and one leg of the letter's top-crossbar, (now-vertical) is longer than the other leg.  Does that make any sense?  
    I have figured out that Part #37 needs to be installed with the longer/taller, now-vertical top-crossbar positioned going up and into the engine compartment behind the radiator.  But, what now has me perplexed is that when  Part #37 is positioned/installed like that, it comes so close to the backside of the radiator that it looks to me like the engine will mount onto Part #37 at the bottom of its lower fan belt pulley.   I'll try to post some pics a little later this evening.
  11. '70 Grande added a post in a topic Sunbeam Tiger reissue questions   

     
    I'm building my Tiger as a early-1970's roadracer, and I found two different choices for tires that I think will work for my build.  My first choice is made up of 2 pairs of front tires from some of the early-releases of the AMT 1949 Ford Coupe kit. They're molded solid and stiff, and are lettered as Goodyears with a relatively-small sidewall height and a wide treadwidth.  The second choice are 2 pairs of front tires from the early-releases of MPC Indy Car kits like the 1974 Johnny Rutherford #3 McLaren... also Goodyears having a small sidewall height and wider treadwidth.   
  12. '70 Grande added a post in a topic Sunbeam Tiger reissue questions   

    Well, those posted instruction sheet pics by Keyser of the Get Smart 4-cylinder kit help explain a little bit of my confusion regarding how to install the V-8 engine in the reissued Tiger kit.  Part #37, (the V-8's Engine Mount piece), doesn't even exist on the Get Smart instruction sheet.  (It looks like that 4-cylinder motor is held in place by the transmission cross-member in the rear and the lone, upper radiator hose upfront).  
    So now I'm guessing that Part #37 is an add-on piece for the V-8 to mount to, and the "vagueness" is somewhat explained!  I'll post more info here once I do some dry-fitting and make a determination on how Part #37 should be glued in-place.
  13. '70 Grande added a post in a topic Sunbeam Tiger reissue questions   

    I've just finished clean-up on most of the chassis and suspension pieces for this kit before they go into the paint booth.  Boy, it seems like there's alot of "vagueness" to how some of the parts assemble-together and go into the main chassis piece.  
    The part #37 Engine Mount has me somewhat baffled.  I can see how its supposed to mount to the Front Suspension Upper plate piece, but I'm perplexed by how the engine then mounts to it.  And it seems like this part #37 can be mounted one way to make the engine stand "taller/higher" inside the engine compartment, or flip it over and it'll make the engine "shorter/lower" inside the engine compartment.  The instruction's illustration really isn't clear on how this piece should be mounted.
    Guess I'll have some test-fitting to do!
  14. '70 Grande added a post in a topic MPC '73 Mustang?   

    Sure would like to see some pics of this newly-reissued Mustang kit, if anybody's picked one up already and has it on their workbench!
  15. '70 Grande added a post in a topic 1969 Oldsmobile 442 W-30   

    Really like this build!  I agree; the slightly-raised suspension gives this build the "look" of a proper 442!