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  • Birthday 05/11/1973

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    Greg Wolf

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  1. I love buying old built-up kits, tearing them down and redoing them, and the amount of dust, fungi, mold, and mildew on this guy just screamed my name. I think I paid $3 for it at a local model club event. As I thought about what to do with it, mash it up with a new engine from the AMT Boyd Coddington 57 Chevy, turn it into a rat rod, etc, I thought about the kid who originally and lovingly built this kit. Yes, we'll just put this orphaned 57 back together and set it on the Survivor Shelf. The builder hand painted the entire body in red (originally molded in tan), which is no small task. Then they painted in the chrome areas. I'm sure they were pretty proud of all the work they put in it. The interior tub was flocked- with dust, hair, and whatever detritus you can imagine. They did a nice job painting the silver details into the seats. I thought about cleaning it up, soaking it in water and dish soap overnight and using a soft toothbrush to clean out the grime, but the windshield would never clean up and it had just the right amount of filth to make it resemble a real car had it been sitting in a musty garage for years. I also specifically loved the old Iskenderian Racing Cams decagon the passenger side. So I began seeing what parts were there and about 99% of them were there (most notably the radiator hose and the piece that sits into the firewall). I began putting it back together. A little glue here and there, a few paint touchups and she's almost roadworthy again. The one other part that I noticed was missing was one headlight lens, so off to the parts box I went. I replaced both of them. A filthy, beat up car with brand new headlights. It made me think of what my dad might've done for me had I hauled home some life-size heap; buy me new headlights; just enough to get me started.
  2. Yeah, I wish I didn't have to handle it as much as I did, lol. Didn't want that mother's nature to rub off. I have a 57 Chevy project I'm working on that's the same way (it may even have mildew on it!). The body and interior are filthy as all get out, and I was able to get the windshields out, soI think I'll build the Boyd Coddington's American Hot Rod 57 Chevy kit and just use the old, raggedy body to make a nice sleeper hot rod.
  3. Had this one as a kid in the exact packaging and picked it up on eBay for a little less than a new kit. I love this era of Monogram kit boxes. Hobby Lobby had their 40% off sale this week so I picked this up. The 40% off sale brings this $29.99 kit back down to $17.99. I'm thinking stock gas station truck, minty blue with grey interior for this one. Did I need it? No. But I think it's important to buy this stuff to support the hobby and keep it going when you can.
  4. Thanks guys! It ain't pretty, but I think that's what I like about it, lol.
  5. Bought this old AMT 32 Ford roadster AS/IS either at one of the last model car events before COVID, or on the bay. She is salty looking for sure. This is a project where I won't use anything other than what it came with it (except the trunk lid and a donor windshield). Kind of a fun approach. No trunk lid, no windshield, but plenty of grime. I used a clean AMT 32 Ford body to set up a new trunk lid out of sheet styrene. Took a lot of bending and time to get the bend just right. I'm satisfied with the fit of the new trunk lid. The 32 came with three tires, all broken spoke wheels, and a spare tire mounted on the fender. We're ditching he fenders, so we'll use that tire. I think every single piece of the spoked rim assemblies were broken in one way or another. But this is a project where I won't use anything other than what it came with it. Kind of a fun approach. With a little patience, a magnifier, and glue, I was able to piece them back together, albeit, they are not perfect. But that's ok. So here's where we're at: I had to make a new firewall from sheet styrene to accommodate the channeled body. I trimmed off the side panels from the hood. I didn't want to paint the body because I kinda like how it looks being so dirty, so I just touched up a few areas of the original red on the frame and engine with a Testors enamel paint marker, and the same with any silver areas with a silver paint marker and brush. Also gave the engine a little black wash and a Mexican basket draped across the seat. It still needs some work; headlights, side mirror, a little detailing on the steering wheel. I like how it's turned out so far, kinda rough, kinda different, but a neat way to breathe new life into an otherwise "discarded" old model.
  6. What happened to all the AMT Firestone whitewall sets? Most of the major sites either don't have them or say they've been discontinued. I thought those were pretty popular?
  7. I did have fun, and thanks!
  8. I purchased a '29 Model A roadster frame and body at NNL and started this project about three years ago, and began to post the progress here. I guess I ran out of steam, other things became more interesting, whatever. Maybe it's better suited for the Bring Out Your Dead contest, lol. I dug it out last week and began to work on it again. I don't think any two things (except the wheels) came from the same kit. Body is an AMT '29 Ford roadster, frame is a AMT '32 Ford, rear tires are Stephens International whitewalls (sadly discontinued), front are AMT whitewalls. Steering wheel, firewall, hood, radiator, radiator shroud are all parts box items. The idea with this build is not to achieve perfection in appearance, but to create what I would end top making if I had an actual 1:1 Model A I was working on. I think I'll go for the freshly premiered look, using a battleship gray primer. I wanted to run a Mexican blanket across the back seat, so the seat had to be cut from the tub. Tub was discarded, will make my own floor / tub. Made a short bench riser from sheet styrene. The new seat riser is trimmed and painted aluminum. I found a big stack of miniature Mexican blankets (I think they're actually meant be coasters) at the thrift store last week, so I began cutting down a scale version. I'm not happy yet with how it looks; it looks too clean, too perfect, too doll house-ish. I've also created two interior panels to mimic the look of the actual Model A metal door panels without upholstery. I've drill four holes in a pattern I saw in an old book, and scored a sill line for the door with a X-Acto sawblade. I also trimmed down the windshield frame really low; that windshield frame was broken at the top and came from an old Ala Kart kit. I created a pattern of the floor I'll need and will use this great wood wallpaper from wallstickery.com to create the illusion that the floor is made out of wood (as seen in many hot rod magazines). I painted the body and frame with Rust-Oleum 2X flat gray primer. Unfortunately, I spilled a large blotch of panel line fluid on the trunk and to that ruined the paint. Honestly, I didn't want to paint again, so I just started weathering. Rubbing, sanding, scraping, and a healthy dose of Sophisticated Finishes Rust Antiquing Set. I added plenty of rust behind the doors so it'd show through the door panels. The initial hood I was going to use wouldn't allow for an engine to be present since the front suspension will be altered. I decided to use a cranky, old '29 Ford hood from the parts box that was split in two and that I glued back together. I left the top seam rough since this is mimicking what I'd make in 1:1 scale if I could. In order for my new floor and altered bench seat to not sit at an angle, I had to cut this bump out of the fender assembly. Scoring several times with a fresh blade was key, and it was actually easier than I thought it might be. Not pictured is the roughly half pound of hot styrene skimmed off the top rear of the '32 Ford frame with a palm sander to get the ride height the way i wanted it. The '28 fender assembly and '32 frame are slightly off center, so I used some glue and a rubber band to get things aligned. The horns on the '32 frame were broken when I got it, so I just sanded them down all the way. This will also allow the slightly shorter '29 fender assembly to line up with the '32 crossmember to attach the radiator. Headlights were scavenged front he parts box; not sure what they're from. It bothers me that the line son the lenses don't line up horizontally, but that's ok, it'll just add to the driveway hot rodder look. Unnecessary areas got trimmed from the headlights. Using a pin vise, I'll drill into the radiator shroud to mount them. As luck would have it, that worked and they weren't obscured by the radiator or the tires. Here you can see the custom wood floor and un-upholstered door frames. Window glass was cut from clear sheet styrene. Does everyones builds look so dusty when they're this close up? Sheesh. An older 3 barrel flathead will power this build. No spark plug wires, no super detailed engine on this project. The near finished project. Wheels are painted with Krylon Satin White Chiffon. There's a few more things to do before I can call it done, but it's getting there. I haven't put a waterslide decal on a model in at least 20 years... but I had to put Mr. Horsepower and Moon Eyes on there (they're from an old '32 Ford kit). Thanks for looking.
  9. Making progress. It came apart easily as the orange colored glue had become very weak. I think I'll keep the fenders not his one and go for a two tone paint scheme (no rust this time). This neat club plaque was hiding inside the body of the kit.
  10. Making progress. It came apart easily as the orange colored glue had become very weak. I think I'll keep the fenders not his one and go for a two tone paint scheme (no rust this time).


    This neat club plaque was hiding inside the body of the kit.


  11. Got this nice older AMT '29 Model A on eBay for $4. Body was brush painted, the other parts that were painted were brush painted, but with acrylics it looks like. All the pieces are there except the front bumper. What should I do with this?
  12. We're going to call this parts box 32 Ford done (except gluing the steering wheel in). Thanks for looking. New firewall, floor, and interior tub was made from sheet styrene and Wee Scapes Corrugated Siding. Wood is wood grain adhesive backed wallpaper. Seats are Replicas and Miniatures of Maryland P-86 1/25 "Rat Rod" Seats. Rear tires are old Stevens International 902 whitewalls. New windows are just clear plastic.
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