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  • Location Ohio
  • Full Name Rodger "Rod" Alley

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  1. GasPunkAlley added a post in a topic Deuce Hiboy Roadster- Under Glass June 25   

    I have been collecting MPC Switcher kits and later releases and I found that in the reissue of the '32 ford deuce from the Boyd Coddington kit, the reissue of the American Graffiti coupe have roadster up tops and are two pieces. The problem is that the converted kits only have the horizontal portion and not the back of the roof. I was lucky to get a mint 32 coupe Switcher kit with all of the original parts and I have a full roof. The style looks more like a cabriolet roof than a roadster but would make a good starting point as well. I picked up the current is use of Street Rodder and fell in love with both roadsters on the cover, the original red McGee roadster and the tribute car.
  2. GasPunkAlley added a post in a topic Model Kits Containing Records (you remember those...)   

    I do have this AMT record, but not the kit it came in. I assume AMT's records are all like this, it's made of coated cardboard not pressed vinyl.

  3. GasPunkAlley added a post in a topic Building an Aurora '22 T Bucket Old School Rod   

    I just won and received a nearly complete Aurora 22 Model T double kit! I have a lot of stuff I want to make out of the three bodies I have now. Two fenderless rods and one I am going to use the Buttera chassis for a resto Rod look!
  4. GasPunkAlley added a post in a topic The absolute worst kit ever!   

    Pontiac Bonnaville
  5. GasPunkAlley added a post in a topic And Now Something Completely Different For Me To Build   

    Bill, I am doing a roadster pickup for this build. I just got in the mail today a cache of VW kits from Evil bay. Finally I got two cheap Revell VW Street Machine kits and a Skip's VW Cabriolet. So I have 3 Cabriolet to cut up, 2 sedans, a Revell Hi Roller van and parts from the original Samba Bus. I got Cushenberry's dune buggy from Revell that has both engines, VW and Corvair. I am looking for VW hi performance parts.
    Here are 2 more pics with some more work done on the back of the cab and the nose.

  6. GasPunkAlley added a topic in On The Workbench   

    And Now Something Completely Different For Me To Build
    I found a cool magazine while on a family vacation up in Canada. It is a Canadian Rod publication that had a VolksRod coupe in it. That got me wanting to build a VolksRod myself in scale. I started with the old Revell Skips Fiesta Cabriolet VW in 1/25th scale. I know there are some better quality Japanese kits but they are 1/24 scale and none seem to have any speed equipment. Also, AMT came out with the Manx kit so it just seemed right to me. I start by hacking off just 2 mm past the door and cut off the fenders up front. The leading edge of the front trunk looked too blunt so I added some Milliput and rounded it off. I just didn't want a flat rear bulkhead so I found in my scrap box the back of a Revell '50 Ford cab and added it to the VW cab. I extended the bead line on the center bead to the bottom of the cab like the outer two beads. I also filed into the back bulkhead the body line seen on the belt line. There was some awful seams around the hood / front fenders that I am also fixing. I have been monkeying around with this body between other projects.

    Any tips on some cool engine hop up parts that are available for VW kits?

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  7. GasPunkAlley added a post in a topic The absolute worst kit ever!   

    I also had an Arii '72 Thunderbird. The body was closer to 1/20th scale with tiny 1/24 scale rims. I sold that dog off years ago. It was designed to have more of a toy like quality with a motor so the interior and chassis was garbage and of only curbside appeal.
  8. GasPunkAlley added a post in a topic The absolute worst kit ever!   

    Some other disappointing kits are the MPC '69 Mustang and the Revell '69 Mustang. The MPC kit uses parts back to the '65 kit. Each generation MPC stretched the chassis. The small block engine is crude for mid to late '60's but the big block is decent. The hood is a bit misshapen. Now the Revell kit has a good engine, chassis, interior but the front end is a smacked flat in the face mess with the grill too flat. AMT's body and overall kit had good body proportions. Why Ertl, and the later incarnations use that MPC body and not the AMT tooling is beyond me. I haven't checked out the special editions Revell '69 yet.
    AMT supposedly made a real stinker of a Bonilla from the early '60's and sold it in the late '90's and it was roundly panned.
    I do own a 1970 Mustang Mach I from Palmer and the body and wheels look great. They made a hard to find version of the GT rims without the GT symbol. The body was good, but the engine and chassis was weak. I was going to put it on the newer Revell chassis and drive train.
  9. GasPunkAlley added a post in a topic The absolute worst kit ever!   

    My dad has an old Mustang fastback he built back in the day of a '65. It is awful, a toy at best.
    For me I received for my 10th birthday the Revell '59 Ford Retracrable. I loved the white and yellow box art and followed that look. I stopped and started it so many times. I did get it done by the time I was 13 or 14 years old. I still have it in storage. The body was too wide and I had to hack up the rear chrome trim across the back to fit on the car. I was very disappointed in the build and the roof never worked right. I was too young to have tried it. I built AMT's 40 Ford and it went together without a hitch for me.
    Another awful Revell kit was a Turbo 1980 Mustang. Revell used the tooling from the Capri and said it was a Mustang with fender flair and slapped on a Mustang front and rear end treatment. The engine was a lump, the interior had a ridiculous granny and drive shaft hump and not much detail. Just all around bad.
    Kits I got and looked at and reshelved:
    AMT '67 Cheverlle- A pillars just wrong on either version. The Pro Street version had a nice chassis to steal, through away the body.
    Revell '34 Ford... looks more like a British Model Y Ford. I have built one other Buttera chassis, but I am always fixing the front suspension.
    Something I am screwing with now is trying to build the Revell parts pack Caddy engine. Not liking how the bell housing goes together. I cut off the pieces of the upper bell housing off of the top of the engine block and I am Making one bell housing part and filling the seams. I have an original and the new piece has a lot of sink marks I am also fixing. The new chopped Merc engine is pretty lackluster in the detail department compared to the 50 year old Revell tooling.
  10. GasPunkAlley added a post in a topic Building an Aurora '22 T Bucket Old School Rod   

    Yah, it is a pretty crazy set up. I am most likely going to use the Outlaw set up. Three zoomie pipes with a cut out to duals out back.
  11. GasPunkAlley added a post in a topic Dusting Off More Old Projects - 49 Ford Sectioned Custom   

    I worked on the chassis a bit over the weekend filling in the frame rails where I made the "C" channel kick up around the rear end.
    Any ideas for a more detailed front suspension to use on the car that would be period correct? I was thinking of using some AMT Mercedes front end and make the wheels posable.
  12. GasPunkAlley added a post in a topic Building an Aurora '22 T Bucket Old School Rod   

    Doing more boring stuff. Filling in seams on the engine block. I also removed the upper bell housing from the block and attached it to the transmission assembly. A lot of fiddly seams to deal with. I am now able to get the transmission to fit better against the block. Still doing some clean up on the frame rails as well.
  13. GasPunkAlley added a post in a topic T Ford   

    Clean build with this classic kit.
  14. GasPunkAlley added a post in a topic Beatnik Bandit II Built in 1997   

    Thanks guys!
    This was the last model car I built. I started on a '49 Ford sectioned coupe (which i have posted in the workbench section on this site) amongst others and those projects have languished until now. I did a lot of garage kits and figure models over the past 17 years and mostly all acrylic paint work. It will be interesting to see if any of my Testo and Pactra paints are still viable after all of these years. The slow dry time for enamel always bummed me out.
  15. GasPunkAlley added a topic in Under Glass   

    Beatnik Bandit II Built in 1997
    I have been restoring some old models I had in storage. This was the last car I built and finished back in 1997. It was the first model car I experimented with using acrylic paints. The chassis is Kylon safety orange but the rest I used Createx airbrush acrylics and Tamiya acrylics. The body is painted in Createx Pearl Yellow and Tamiya Gloss clear. The interior and engine are primarily Tamiya paint. I wasn't happy with the way the engine came out, the acrylic metallic in the late '90's weren't as good as the Vallejo Air range is now. When I first built the car I was not happy how the body sat on the frame and the node was in the sky. After I dug it out I had to clean and glue some parts back on and I was able to fix the nose - yeah! I also ruined the nose decal so that is not on the car and my panel lining was rather weak. I am still trying to find the painted Big Daddy figure. The best part is that Ed Big Daddy Roth himself signed the base for me at the Autorama a few years before he passed away.

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