smellyfatdude

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  1. smellyfatdude added a post in a topic Moebius ' 65 Belvedere test fit   

    I'm bad for test fitting things, a habit I'm trying to break myself of, you know . . . . . . before the final assembly part.
    So I thought I'd snap a few while I had it together. Jeez, that engine looks at home! Don't it?



  2. smellyfatdude added a post in a topic Moebius ' 65 Belvedere test fit   

    Finished assembling the interior, this a.m. Kind of looks a little odd with no armrests in the car, but it does add to the whole econobox flavoring. You can't see it in any of these pics, but I snipped off the clutch and brake pedals and substituted the wide pedal from the Dodge kit, since the tranny is a slushbox.
    The body's next!



  3. smellyfatdude added a post in a topic Moebius ' 65 Belvedere test fit   

    Here's the "leaning tower of power" at home in the engine bay. The radiator is from the Lindberg kit, shortened slightly. I seem to have lost the washer bottle. Hmmm . . . . note to self: stop doing that! Also added some wash to the dog dish caps.
    I used the Moebius muffler and tailpipe, and decorated it with some aluminum bmf. The rest of the exhaust is from the Lindberg kit. All in all, no fit issues to speak of from the mishmash of parts.
    The interior will be next, then polish out the body and foil, windows, etc.



  4. smellyfatdude added a post in a topic What did you get today?   

    After years of wanting one, I finally acquired an unbuilt AMT ' 68 Galaxie kit. It's all there, save for the decals


  5. smellyfatdude added a post in a topic Moebius ' 65 Belvedere test fit   

    I suppose it makes sense from a cost perspective, if you're the manufacturer. Since the ' 65 Satellite already has the 426 wedge, they figured it was good enough for the Belvedere and just throw in a dual carb option with the new kit. Would have been nice if they'd included a hemi, so one could do an A990 variant. I'd like to do the Satellite with a 273 or 318, but I can't think of any kits that have those engines.
  6. smellyfatdude added a post in a topic Moebius ' 65 Belvedere test fit   

    I finished the minor surgery needed to install the slant six. First, off went the molded in mounts on the Moebius k-member. Then after carefully sawing off the slant six mounts from the Lindberg kit, I lowered them by about half, and glued them in place. The tranny mount in the kit is just a simple pin, so I just made a simple hole in the transmission tail. Engineering for dummies, yes! And look, the kit rear end/driveshaft fit with no mods. I love this kind of kitbashing. I do!



     
  7. smellyfatdude added a post in a topic Monogram 1/24's - post 'em up !!   

    My sole entry . . . . the ' 92 Mustang GT vert, with ' 93 Cobra wheels.

  8. smellyfatdude added a post in a topic Moebius ' 65 Belvedere test fit   

     
  9. smellyfatdude added a post in a topic Moebius ' 65 Belvedere test fit   

    Thanks for the compliments. Here's the body clear coated, and the remaining panels are painted and cleared, as well. For the interior, we'll go with black. It should look like a real econobox, with this color combo and a six banger!

  10. smellyfatdude added a post in a topic Moebius ' 65 Belvedere test fit   

    It's a combination of money, and climate. Vehicles have always cost more up here, and a big block Hemi isn't very practical when you live somewhere that it can, and does, get to minus forty in winter. As someone who's spent a lot of time as a young man hunting down old cars, I can tell you that all through the fifties, and well in to the start of the sixties this was very much six cylinder sedan country. V8's, power steering and brakes and heaven forbid things like air conditioning and power windows are usually pretty rare for anything sold around here during that era. People were quite frugal with what they spent $ on. And that's on the larger volume of cars made by the big three. When it comes to AMC/Rambler and Studebakers, they're usually even more bare bones. When I was a teen, more than a few of my friends drove six bangers. Some were "upgraded", with buckets and a floor shift, so I'll leave the kit supplied buckets seats in with this build.
    Hopefully, I can paint some more pieces today, and clear coat the body.
  11. smellyfatdude added a post in a topic Moebius ' 65 Belvedere test fit   

    The slant six from the Lindberg ' 64 Dodge 330 kit is what you see there, in the engine bay pic. So yeah, this is going to be one of my geographically correct "Saskatchewan specials". Lots of leaning towers sold around here, when they were new.
  12. smellyfatdude added a post in a topic Moebius ' 65 Belvedere test fit   

    I actually painted this by holding it down inside of the garbage can, which just got emptied, this morning. At least I was out of the twenty mile an hour wind that had picked up. Five minutes later, there came the rain. The color is Krylon satin Sea Glass.


  13. smellyfatdude added a topic in On The Workbench   

    Moebius ' 65 Belvedere test fit
    I got this yesterday, and really couldn't wait to get going on it. When I arrived home and opened the box, well I can honestly say I've never been disappointed in the casting quality of a Moebius kit. Until now, anyway. I've never seen such faint engraving on door panel lines, before. The line that's supposed to seperate the front edge of the drivers door from the fender . . . . . . wasn't there! There was a faint impression of where it was supposed to be, but I could run my thumbnail along the body and feel absolutely nothing. Much work was needed with the back of an xacto blade, and then my scriber to get the line turned in to an actual indentation. Otherwise, the little bit that was there would have totally disappeared under primer and paint. I took one look at the Belvedere scripts on the side and sanded 'em off. Too faint for foil, so I'll use the decals, instead. Anyway, enough griping. I do have colors picked, but the forecast for today says rain. Hopefully, tomorrow will see some paint.


    Only one other surprise, but that's courtesy of me. Picture it in blackwalls, with the dog dish caps and a column shift. I think you can see where this one's going.

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  14. smellyfatdude added a post in a topic 1953 Hudson Hornet   

    Nice, and a great color combo! But then it seems I have similar tastes.

  15. smellyfatdude added a post in a topic 1956 Chevy Nomad   

    Beautiful! You can't go wrong with that color, or those wheels!