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Straightliner59

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  • Location Arvada, CO
  • Full Name Daniel Himmel

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  1. Straightliner59 added a post in a topic Car song builds ?   

    I'm not sure about a kit, but this is the car you'd want. I love Rush! Neil's inspiration for the lyrics to Red Barchetta came from a short story published in either Car&Driver or Motor Trend called "A Nice Morning Drive", and I don't recall the author's name. Great driving song!

  2. Straightliner59 added a post in a topic BANTAM FUEL ALTERED - Some cockpit controls - New Pics 10-15   

    Tim, this is simply amazing! Your machine skills are something I aspire to. Can't wait to see more progress.
  3. Straightliner59 added a post in a topic Feeling ambitious? Try something new!   

    Thanks, Dave! I agree. It is more fun, outside the box! That dragster's looking great! Here's something I was working on, back in the late '90s. Never finished it, but I learned a lot during its construction. It's 1/25th scale, brass chassis, aluminum body panels, nose and tail hammered, formed and soldered tin. Sorry for the crappy photos. If I can dig this thing out and put it back together, maybe I'll shoot some new ones. Thanks again!








  4. Straightliner59 added a post in a topic Feeling ambitious? Try something new!   

    Thanks, Tim. I'll take that! I am awed by your FA. Boring a hole through a .5 mm shaft is simply astonishing! Love your work, man! Thanks, Joe! This junior fueler would be done, if I could come up with a set of Enderle stacks that looked right. I've checked kits and the aftermarket, and can't find any that are correct. I made on pair that I like, but, I need three more pairs!
  5. Straightliner59 added a post in a topic Feeling ambitious? Try something new!   

    Thanks, Bill! When learning to build dragster bodies, I doubt there's anyone better equipped to teach it than Tom Hanna!
  6. Straightliner59 added a post in a topic Feeling ambitious? Try something new!   

    Here's a photo of the tools I used to form the body.
    1. Dragster chassis.
    2. Aluminum sheet. I used .010" aluminum flashing. Mine came in 5"X7" sheets. Any thin, somewhat rigid sheet will work (sheet must not be tooling aluminum or disposable baking pans as these are not rigid enough).
    3. Wood buck for shaping cowl. Details below.
    4. Ball-ended burnisher/scriber.
    5. Shaping tools. Details below.
    6. Ball pein hammers. Shown are an X-acto changeable head hammer and a small hammer from the craft store. I found the latter to be most useful.
    7 & 9. Various shapes and sizes of metal and wood pieces for shaping panels.
    8. 3/16" pin punch.
    10. March and April, 1967 issues of Hot Rod Magazine or a copy of the article entitled Shape Up which is available as a .pdf file HERE. If you prefer, you can access the individual pages HERE.
    11. A sheet metal nibbler is very helpful in cutting out the cowl opening, but the job can be accomplished using other methods.
    12. Scissors or shears.
    13. Since this photo was taken, I have also added a length of round steel rod 1/2"X10", based on Riceman's recommendation, to use as a slaphammer.
    14. As always, you will need general modeling tools including measuring devices and a scriber.

  7. Straightliner59 added a topic in Drag Racing Models   

    Feeling ambitious? Try something new!
    Sorry for the file size. I didn't want to reduce the physical size, because the text is important. Tom Hanna tells you how to build a shorty body for a dragster. From HRM, back in the later '60s. Also attached are a few photos of a body I built, using Hanna's guidelines. It's not black magic!
     













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  8. Straightliner59 added a post in a topic 1975 NHRA Modified Production '70 Malibu 10/11 Interior Beginning   

    I've begun to adapt the interior components to one another, and the unit to the body.







  9. Straightliner59 added a post in a topic New "material" for carpeting?   

    Awesome! Thanks! Now I know I'm not entirely nuts--at least by myself!
  10. Straightliner59 added a topic in Tips, Tricks, and Tutorials   

    New "material" for carpeting?
    Yesterday, I was at a Michael's store, looking for flocking. After unsuccessfully searching, I asked an employee, who referred to their computer and informed me that they didn't carry it. So, I looked in the scrapbooking, stamping and card making area, and found something called "embossing powder". I was looking for black flocking, so, I neglected to look to see if there were other colors. When i got home, I tested the embossing powder over flat black paint. I am pleased with the result! I think it looks very nice as the short pile that carpets many cars. What do you guys think? Am I all wet, on this?








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  11. Straightliner59 added a post in a topic 1975 NHRA Modified Production '70 Malibu 10/11 Interior Beginning   

    No problem, here! It's always good to learn new things--even for us old dogs!grin
  12. Straightliner59 added a post in a topic 1975 NHRA Modified Production '70 Malibu 10/11 Interior Beginning   

    Thanks, Rusty! It's not perfect, but, it's better than it was! If I had it to do over? I'm having fun with it. This primered Chevelle really removes the illusion that led to the AMT body's warts. It's a lot of work to use the Revell snapper's body, but I am happy I chose it.

  13. Straightliner59 added a post in a topic 1975 NHRA Modified Production '70 Malibu 10/11 Interior Beginning   

    I do, too. It's a thing of beauty!
  14. Straightliner59 added a post in a topic 1975 NHRA Modified Production '70 Malibu 10/11 Interior Beginning   

    I added some detail to the area  around the trans hump. I replaced the center of the AMT Chevelle's chassis trans mount with the center section of one from the Monte Carlo. I also made the ends of the firewall. I just about have this area all worked out, now. I've begun to rework the interior door panels of the Revell kit to fit the interior tub of the AMT kit, because the Revell's interior assembly is too deep to fit and have this chassis sit up under the body. I am going to attempt working hood hinges from brass. We'll see how that goes!



  15. Straightliner59 added a post in a topic Tamiya Morris cooper mini Mk.1   

    Very nice! The detail work is excellent; in scale, tidy, realistic. Great model!