jbwelda

Members
  • Content count

    4,919
  • Joined

  • Last visited


About jbwelda

  • Rank
    MCM Ohana

Profile Information

  • Location Witless protection
  • Full Name Just, Will.

Contact Methods

  • Facebook thats funny

Recent Profile Visitors


11,948 profile views

jbwelda's Activity

  1. jbwelda added a post in a topic First detailed look - Revell's '29 Model A Hot Rod Roadster ...updated with photos of completed builds of both kit versions   

    Tim, to call it a nailhead is probably really stretching it; it was the aluminum Buick V8 GM licensed to BMC or whatever it might have been to put in limited MGBs, Rovers and Morgans. those are the Morgan (stock) headers on there, pretty wild. so while it has the dominant characteristic I associate with a "nailhead", namely the vertical oriented valve covers, it probably doesn't share much else. there was a very educational thread here some years back about the lineage of the motor, and possibly you and Bill both contributed to it. I obviously need to go back and reread it.
    one thing I wish someone would reproduce are those spark plug wire covers that compliment so many 1:1 NHs. I have some on the old AMT 32 Ford/43(?) Willys kit that I built up years ago but of course that has never been reissued to my knowledge, and I have never seen that setup anywhere else on the available NHs.
    I like what Bill is talking about too, the interchangibility of parts between different issues of similar cars. I would look at those rat rod pickups in detail too...for some reason I am thinking of an abbreviated truck channeled over the 32 frame
    jb
  2. jbwelda added a post in a topic First detailed look - Revell's '29 Model A Hot Rod Roadster ...updated with photos of completed builds of both kit versions   

    yeah Tim I was referring to ground clearance not overall height of the body on chassis. by the way my "frame of reference" is how my friends built their cars 30 - 35 years ago, they did not have them sitting up high. "rat rod" sensibilities came from somewhere and to me that was the backyard hot rod scene in Cali back in the early mid eighties and of course harkening all the way back to "original" cars you are referring more to, but more the low riding cars than the high riders. of course way back in the day you had to do extreme things to the car and frame to get it to ride low on those big bias ply tires they had back then
    heres probably the only nailhead you would be interested in, you have probably built the rest a million times
    jb
     


  3. jbwelda added a post in a topic First detailed look - Revell's '29 Model A Hot Rod Roadster ...updated with photos of completed builds of both kit versions   

    just like I said: the highboy sits a tad bit lower than the channeled version.
    and now it is easy to see why the rear wheel wells "fit" both versions: they were made to fit the highboy and the channeled version doesn't lower the body at all, just channels it slightly, very slightly, over what appears to be a higher riding "z-ed" frame. that leaves the top of the rear wheel arch at the same place or even higher than the "highboy".
    I like the patina decals and have from the start. if they don't "look right" then its because they were not used "right" (no judgement, just stating a fact). and I like those seat decals even more, will probably use them elsewhere as for right now I am using my initial buy of this kit for parts on a current build and probably build the nailhead for an engine stand to display it with the other nailheads I have built up for display.
    jb
     
  4. jbwelda added a post in a topic Revell '29A CHANNELED Hot Rod Roadster Quick Build Update #3 - Chassis and Interior completion, and photos of completed model...   

    I think the channeled version needs a major altitude change.
    the funny thing is, it looks to me like the high boy version is actually lower looking than the channeled version. the channeled version is channeled, but its like the frame was brought up instead of the body being brought down. its also a factor of those large tires front and rear but I knew from the first I saw that frame that the Z was not going to be adequate to do much for the frame height. its more of a step than a Z.
    but probably with a more radical drop front axle, putting some more Z into that Z, and smaller diameter tires, that is going to be looking very nice. I also see potential for those patina decals but maybe over some dremeling or crusty build up.
    jb
     
  5. jbwelda added a post in a topic What Irked You Today?   

    wow now THATS funny: someone had the nerve to stand up in front of you at a Counting Crows concert! and someone had the nerve to be DANCING of all things.
    that's what people DO at concerts, old dude, enjoy themselves. maybe you should have tried it instead of being an uptight old codger. when in rome...and all that. what would you have done if those people had lit up a big fat spliff and offered it to your wife (aka "womenfolk" in your neck of the woods)? come all unglued and called for the police?
    and believe me, that internet tough guy stuff don't work so well out here in real life. writing it is one thing, but I wouldn't advise trying it for real. you never know who you are messing with, and that's the truth.
    jb
     
     
  6. jbwelda added a post in a topic This ever happen to anyone else?   

    Dennis I think with that much damage I would be contacting Testors about the problem. hopefully they will replace all those that spoiled. sounds like a major investment there.
    jb
     
  7. jbwelda added a post in a topic This ever happen to anyone else?   

    so basically they are selling you a ticking time bomb that may spew paint all over the place at some point. there has got to be something wrong with that. I have cans of paint 30 years old and if you put a decent nozzle in them they still spray like the day they were bought. automotive paint as well as old model master cans, though I remember having a can leak like this, I think it was MM gloss clear so I couldn't tell if it was paint leaking or not, and that was many years ago. maybe its not a new problem. on the other hand I have never had one explode or anything like that on its own.
    I do know that the few MM colors I have wanted to keep using, like their Chrome silver and various blacks and clears, have seemed to become more problematic in the past 5 years or so. a lot more nozzles that just spattered from the word "go" and a lot of them that send paint out around the part going into the can, and all over yourself and the walls. the last can of chrome I bought it seemed like it was supercharged as mentioned above, it really had a lot of pressure in it and while that's often a good thing, in this case it just comes spewing out of the nozzle in way too heavy amounts, never used to be like that. now if this can is any indication, I can cross that off my buy list.
    jb
     
  8. jbwelda added a post in a topic Revell '29A CHANNELED Hot Rod Roadster Quick Build Update #3 - Chassis and Interior completion, and photos of completed model...   

    that sounds like much the same problem as software projects: the documentation and manuals are left for the last (and for those who failed to dodge the bullet to develop them) and are often incomplete and/or incorrect because no one ever actually tried to follow and verify them against the actual reality. way too much trouble. be interesting to see how quickly any corrections make it out. they might print up a little "tip in" insert to the directions like I have seen before from someone, possibly Revell
    jb
     
  9. jbwelda added a post in a topic Revell '29A Hot Rod Roadster QuickBuild UPDATE #4 - Final Photos of Completed Kit and My Final Thoughts   

    > the new guy said "no we still don't have anything but the model T's",  
    dollars to donuts he meant the model A. Model A or Model T, no difference and no relevance to those under 30 pretty much.
    and yeah if I had asked them to put one aside for me weeks ago, and now they claim they never arrived despite testimony to the contrary, and one is not waiting for you, that would be my last trip to that shop for quite a while.
    jb
     
  10. jbwelda added a post in a topic Revell '29A Hot Rod Roadster QuickBuild UPDATE #4 - Final Photos of Completed Kit and My Final Thoughts   

    >Otherwise you likely will wait about a month for the general release.
    tower hobbies has them in stock for just under 22$ with free shipping, just fyi. no need to wait a month, you will probably have it in your hands by friday
    jb
  11. jbwelda added a post in a topic Tamiya Announcement - 2016 Mazda Roadster (MX-5)   

    >Dunno why, but the first thing that came up in my mind when viewing the pic, was BMW Z3.
    maybe because that front end looks very similar to the BMW especially around the headlamp area. so similar I would call it close if not exact, not having a picture of an actual Z3 at hand to compare.  and from those illustrations, a lot of the rest of the car resembles the bmw too. actually, to me the car looks like a Honda s2000 and a bmw z3 had a little Ashley Madison thing going on and this popped out nine months later (or however long the gestation period might be for car babies).
    I wonder how this will be translated to the USA market. I am sure its going to ride higher and probably spoil its looks in other ways too.  that's what has ruined the stock looks of all but the NAs for me. lower them down and they start looking good again.
    jb
     
  12. jbwelda added a post in a topic Revell '29A CHANNELED Hot Rod Roadster Quick Build Update #3 - Chassis and Interior completion, and photos of completed model...   

    seems amazing to me that test builds supposedly were done (not to mention box art car) and no one noticed or called out this major error in the instructions. did no one look at the instructions, or more a matter of "aw no one will notice"? when instrux lead one so far off base as this my feeling is that it should have been caught in the pre-release phase and not made it to the finished kit.
    jb
     
  13. jbwelda added a post in a topic This ever happen to anyone else?   

    boy with their paint being so carpy and their nozzles being pure junk, it just doesn't pay to buy this testors model master junk anymore. I am NOT a supporter of Testors, seems everything they put out is pretty much junk, compared to Tamiya and other high line paint suppliers (from the orient). and to hear some rep say its well past the time they would "guarantee" their paints (while they are still on the shelf being sold) is a joke. why not put expiration dates on them and pay the retailers to send them back after they have "expired"? I will tell you why: they would rather stick the consumer for them than deal with the problem. as it is there is no way to tell how long the paint you are buying has sat on the shelf, and therefore how good it is even when first purchased. there is NO REASON a can should leak no matter how long it has been around. I had high hopes for their lacquer (its much better than their enamel) but with this happening consistently I don't think I will ever buy any more of their paint, not if its going to go bad on my shelf after an unreasonable time (I think paint should last at least 10 years in a sealed can...don't you?)
    jb
     
  14. jbwelda added a post in a topic What did you see on the road today?   

    kool little import kustom truck:

     
    kinda hit with an ugly stick in the front though:

     
    nice Raunchero:

     
    latest in the never ending series of disco Vettes:

     
    jb
     
  15. jbwelda added a post in a topic Tamiya Announcement - 2016 Mazda Roadster (MX-5)   

    again, the good stuff comes from far away, meanwhile American companies rush to see who can put out more reissued to death cartoon car model kits or deadstock muscle barges.
     
    jb