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Dirty Dave

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  1. Sam delivered the first production body out of the mold yesterday. All that time seems to have been well spent; this thing is as smooth inside as outside, and the kit parts fit right up to the resin.
  2. Yeah, that post seems to have slipped off the front page, eh? Took some time to get it finished out and molded, and he said there was some learning curve on the new resin he's working with now. They should start showing up in his ebay store very soon, anyway. I guess I'll go drop an update in there.
  3. Just received the first production body for the latest product out of Sam Freeman's shop: A fastback Sedanette body to fit on Revell's Foose Cadillac. Kit hood, glass, etc. All fit without any sanding/filing, and the inside of the body is just as smooth as the outside. With his recent switch to white resin, this thing could almost pass for styrene. Displayed on the kit chassis.
  4. Most print shops will not duplicate copyrighted material without a release, as they ARE selling the print to the customer. So no, if you own your own large format printer, I suppose you wouldn't need anybody's permission.
  5. What about box art blown up, and printed on vinyl banner material? As seen on the walls around @Freeman Cars auto restoration shop. All it takes is a few good scans and a letter/email from the current copyright holder granting permission to do so.
  6. The SSR wheels and tires are from an Aoshima set. The tire markings were in Revell AG's BMW DTM kit.
  7. Thanks, guys. Truthfully, the Pacer held only minor interest for me as kitted, so I took it a couple of steps "too far" to add fun factor.
  8. Ah, but Chernobyl, as we know it from the days of the meltdown, is the Russian spelling. Chornobyl is the original, (and once again proper, since the (re)establishment of Ukraine as a country) spelling.
  9. The MPC Pacer Wagon, with Vette rear suspension, a Toyota 2JZ-GTE engine with a front mount intercooler, seasoned with a dash of rust and topped with an inflatable raft.
  10. I added the exhaust, roof tie-down, and a few other bits. Going to call it done.
  11. Just finished up my Chornobyl Speed Shop diorama, which takes place in an alternative universe's Ukraine where robot labor was a thing during the Cold War. The car kits are a Toko Models GAZ-AA truck in 1:35, while the land speed racer is based on an old rubber band powered Hawk kit, which I narrowed, built a full bellypan and cockpit for, and stuffed full with a Tatra V12 tank engine. Figures are from Imaquinaria, Industria Mechanika, and Blacksmith Miniatures. The robot is STAN, from Futuristic Models. The base was plaster of paris that I carved the lines into after it had set up, painted, and then added weeds and fencing.
  12. Thanks, fellas! Yeah, I remember visiting my half-brother in Hawaii in '77, and he had one of these to haul the family around Oahu in. Pretty sure his was silver/black two-tone, but I have memories of a burgundy velour interior... classy. Looking back at it now, it definitely predicts the crossover SUV's that came later. I mean, it wasn't proportioned like any other wagon at the time, but it has a wide track, dual wishbone front suspension with rack and pinion steering, and room to set that inline six well back under the dash/cowl area. Mostly, it just looks like fun, right?
  13. That's what makes model cars so much fun, right?😉
  14. Still have some things to finish up on the Pacer Wagon for NNL West's wagon theme. Vette suspension, a Toyota 2JZ-GTE engine and a bunch of weathering. Front splitter and rear diffuser are 3D printed.
  15. I just remembered another kit source for vintage banger speed parts would be the (rare) Lindberg 4 Cylinder Dragster. It has what appears to be some sort of OHV conversion head, though the exhaust valves appear to remain in the block. The kit was based on this car:
  16. All your answers should be here: https://www.chrometechusa.com/model-cars-and-collectibles.html
  17. I agree. Early speed equipment is interesting to me because it was nearly all (with the exception of a few factory efforts) cottage industry and shade-tree engineering. If they had an idea, they tried it. If it sort of worked, they fiddled with it until it did. The rulebook had only begun to be written, and the sky was the limit, conceptually. Heck some of the technological dead-ends include the most interesting looking bits, IMHO.
  18. Funny, I was about to post on pretty much this same topic for a Model A-based racer/rod I have in the planning stages. I've already done one T with the Revell A/B Riley head, and was thinking about my options for this next one. The idea of using the Olds head on a T block isn't a bad one, though it probably pre-dates the tech of the car that I intend to build by a bit. That was more of an early-mid '20s thing, IIRC. Edit: Does anybody make flathead/'banger speed equipment in resin/aluminum? Kong ignition, etc.?
  19. Yup, ended up snagging a couple of Smoothster chassis off of eBay, and with a little massage, it looks as if it's going to work just fine.
  20. Yeah, I was looking at those, and the Smoothster rear as well. So cheap, it seems like I can't go wrong buying one, even if i just end up using it under something else.
  21. Thanks. I had looked at instruction sheets, but hard to tell what the pieces actually look like from outlines. Also, can yield an LS engine for the next project. 😊
  22. That's true. I've seen S13/S14 suspensions adapted to all kinds of things that they probably shouldn't have been. Thinking maybe something from a BMW may work, too.
  23. Was thinking that the Supra rear suspension was strut-based, I hadn't looked at it seriously. C4 may work if I convert to coilovers or replace the kit fuel tank with a cell. It's pretty tight under the rear of this wagon. This thing is supposed to be some kid's Instagram-worthy beater and not an all-out competition car, so I am trying to think about what's currently the hot ticket in magazines and websites, and not necessarily the actual smart performance choice. This also precludes full frame swaps into what was originally a unibody car, or body mods that would require professional skill to complete. Bolt on flares, bumper removal, and holes cut in the hood are likely to happen.
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