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About RDean58

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  • Birthday 07/03/1956

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  • Location Germantown, MD
  • Full Name Robert Voyles

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  1. RDean58 added a post in a topic Original Issue MPC 1956/57 Corvette   

    Hi Ace!
    I've been trying to get some of the other Vettes done that are littering my bench. Finally got the 88 Convert done and am working on the MPC 75 convertible, and the Revell 67, 68, and 69 kits.  I'm just waiting for a nice day or two so I can do some painting!  The 75 Convert is coming along, all I have left is the interior to finish and some small detailing to do.  Here is a picture of the 75 right after I painted it.

  2. RDean58 added a topic in On The Workbench   

    Did a bit of work today on the new AMT 55 Corvette
    I am using the AMT 57 Corvette frame and engine under the AMT 55 Corvette body because I feel the 57 frame is overall superior to what comes in the 53/55 kits.
    I have the front spindles in so I could see how it would sit.
    Overall look

    Rear close up

    Front close up

    I also did some boring things like paint the engine, sand some on the body, etc..
    The AMT 57 Corvette frame really works great on the 55 body.
    Thanks for looking.
    • 1 reply
  3. RDean58 added a topic in Under Glass   

    AMT 55 Corvette (From the vault)
    Built way back in 1982, this AMT 55 Corvette was painted some kind of Testors candy red enamel, engine block is kit sourced, fuel injection is from Revell 57 Bel Air, valve covers are parts box, headers are (I believe) from the kit, and the oil pan is a deep sump that came from the parts box. Tires and wheels are parts box, windshield is from AMT 62 Corvette kit, custom 59 Cadillac tail lights are from AMT 49 Mercury kit.

    As you can see, I did not do any body prep on this so there are a lot of mold seams on it. None of the chrome trim was detailed either (or removed). The reason why this one was kind of slapped together? It was a "problem child." I could not get the body to set right with the inner fenders in & the suspension sat too high in the back. So instead of turning it into a "wall model" I built it as a hot rod with the custom grille, no bumpers, and way less detailing than I normally did back then.

    The rear cleans up nicely without bumpers and with the addition of 59 Caddie tail lights.

    I didn't know when I built it, but the top of the dash is suppose to be body color.

    At one time I had the inside of the wheels painted gold, but it wore off. You can see a little bit of it left on the driver's side of the model.

    Here you can see the deeper oil pan and my "fix" for the ill-fitting fender wells :-) Mufflers are from something while the side exhaust pipes are parts of another exhaust system. I know, she's not going very far without a driveshaft! The ride height got to me on this one so I came up with a fix for it as well. Instead of gluing the rear parts of the springs to the frame like they are supposed to be, I glued them to the bottom of the interior panel. This lowered the rear a lot.

    I like the styling I did on this one, not real happy with the execution of it, so this one might go on the rebuild pile. If it does then I'll mold in the front and rear pans, match up the windshield better, and put a drive shaft in it :-)
    thanks for looking :-)
    • 5 replies
  4. RDean58 added a topic in On The Workbench   

    Original Issue MPC 1956/57 Corvette
    I got down to the basement today and got a bit done on my newest addition.
    I'm not sure if I'm going to use these tires and wheels, I am just using them to hold the frame off the ground. Wheels came with the kit while the tires are standard AMT Firestones.

    The 240 horsepower 265 :-)

    How far off are those rear wheel wells you ask?

    About this far! I made the template from the AMT 57 Corvette then taped it onto the MPC body. Looks like there is quite a bit I have to fill in.

    A closer shot of the template and wheel well size difference.
    Thanks for looking!
    • 12 replies
  5. RDean58 added a post in a topic What's in the box! Pictures of what is included on the 57 Corvette from the Corvette Collection by MPC   

    Yeah.... it does look a little shy.  But like you said, should not be to hard to fill that area in some.
  6. RDean58 added a topic in Car Kit News & Reviews   

    What's in the box! Pictures of what is included on the 57 Corvette from the Corvette Collection by MPC
    Last week I scored this from that evil place for a pretty good price. Here is what is included in this version of the kit.
    Here is the box this kit came from

    The body looks pretty good. I have read where the rear wheel wells are larger than they should be, but then again, I have looked at pictures of the real car and have noticed how tall the tires are. 1/25 scale tires are not as tall (in scale) as the OEM tires on the Corvettes are so perhaps that is why the wheel wells look larger than they should. Just a thought.

    This tree has the convertible top, roll bar, an expansion tank, headers, and a set of injectors for the engine.

    Here is the hard top, front suspension, rear suspension, traction bars, front pan and hood.

    Engine, exhaust pipes, 2 four barrel intake, blower intake, and various other pieces.

    A close up of the engine parts. The kit comes with a standard distributor with no shielding for it. Not sure if this is correct for a carbureted Corvette engine.

    Wheel backs and engine compartment. The kit does not come with any heater hoses for this area.

    Chromed oil pan and valve covers, along with the twin air cleaners (not correct for the stock 56 or 57 Corvette). MPC removed all the custom touches like the open grille area and slotted mags that came in the original kit.

    Tires are totally incorrect Goodyear 10" wide tires.
    So, what do I think of it? I think it is a really good place to start building an accurate 57. Perhaps not quite as good as the AMT 57 Corvette. I think I'll try and use some Monogram 1/24 wide whites to fill up those wheel wells and I might just go with a single 4 bbl since I am building a 57 with the twin carbs to replicate a 56. I'll have to look in my parts box for the heater hose that belongs in the engine compartment though.
    Thanks for looking!
    • 10 replies
  7. RDean58 added a topic in Under Glass   

    My builds for 2016
    Since I do not anticipate getting any others done this year, I thought I'd share pics of what I have accomplished.  January Tamiya Toyota Celica GT-4

    Aoshima 2000 Toyota Chaser JZX100 "Itasha"

    Aoshima Toyota Estima G

    Fujimi 1999 Mazda RX7

    Aoshima Laurel C33

    Monogram 1957 Ford Del Rio Wagon

    AMT 1957 Ford Fairlane 500

    Revell 1957 Ford Tudor Custom

    Thanks for looking!
    • 9 replies
  8. RDean58 added a topic in On The Workbench   

    MPC 1975 Corvette Coupe (Original Issue)
    Started back in February of 2015, work has been delayed because of a basement renovation that is taking forever. Painted Tamiya TS-54 blue, I still need to put another coat or two on it before I clear coat it. Not sure what the interior color will be.

    Engine choice is the totaly inappropriate Kit engine, a tri-powerd 454 big block!
    Thanks for looking and all comments are welcomed :-)
    • 2 replies
  9. RDean58 added a topic in On The Workbench   

    MPC 1975 Corvette Roadster (original Issue)
    Started back in July of 2015, work has been delayed because of a basement renovation that is taking forever. Painted Tamiya TS-51 blue with clear coat, with an interior painted with Tamiya silver. I saw a picture of a 1:1 done this way and really liked it.

    This will have the luggage rack from an AMT 71 Corvette kit on it.

    Engine choice will be the totaly inappropriate Kit engine (454 big block).
    Thanks for looking and all comments are welcomed :-)
    • 3 replies
  10. RDean58 added a topic in On The Workbench   

    AMT 1994 Corvette Convertible
    Started back in December of 2015, work has been delayed because of a basement renovation that is taking forever. Painted Tamiya Metallic blue with clear coat, I'm not sure what the interior color is going to be.

    Thanks for looking and all comments are welcomed :-)
    • 1 reply
  11. RDean58 added a topic in On The Workbench   

    AMT 93 Corvette "Black Widow" ZR1
    My take on the 93 Corvette black widow.  This will be "inspired" by the 40th anniversary car since I do not want to spend the money on getting the proper GM maroon color, I painted it with Testors Mythical Maroon and did the interior in Tamiya maroon interior. I have a Model Car Garage Photo-etch set for the 40th anniversary badges. 
    This was started back in February 2015 and I was doing pretty good progress on it until I had to disassemble my work space for some basement work (which is still not done!)  I'm hoping I can get back to it in December.

    I still need to hit the interior with some dull coat and I might try and find some maroon flocking for the carpet area.

    I really wish I had decals for the engine though!  Hand painted, I might try to clean up the red some more.

    Boring frame shot :-)

    Thanks and any comments are welcomed :-)
    • 2 replies
  12. RDean58 added a topic in Under Glass   

    MPC 1981(?) "ThunderZ" Camaro
    Built back in the 1982 to 1984 era. I liked this one! In fact, I liked it so much I got a sealed kit from ebay a few years ago to redo it. Painted Testors' White enamel with a black interior. I made a custom twin turbo intake system for it :-)
      Pictures of the sealed kit I have. Thanks for looking :-) 
    • 2 replies
  13. RDean58 added a post in a topic Flashback Review! - 1981 MPC "Turbo-Z"   

    Here is the one I  built back in 1984.  I painted Tit estors Metallic Burgendy, I primered the blue plastic with flat white. This was just a fun little model I put together over the course of about two or three days, I forget which now. A simple build but looks pretty good, even after 32 years! This is one time I wish the tail lights were molded in clear! I did what I could with Testors' enamels over the red lenses though.It looks like I had the MPC 69 Firebird kit handy, since I took the wheels and side pipes from it :-) I do not know why I put the spoiler stripe on the wrong side. I guess Ithought it would look better that way. I have to put the exhaust pipe back on from the front of the turbo, I seemed to have lost that part. A strange looking turbo, the turbo "bolts" to the intake and the carb sets off to the side with the exhaust pipes running together and then going into the back side of the turbo. Not much done on the frame, just painted flat black. I do have a pipe that goes between the side pipes and will match to the exhaust pipe that comes from the turbo whenever I find/make one.Thanks for joining me on this walk back into time :-)
  14. RDean58 added a topic in Car Kit News & Reviews   

    Flashback Review! - 1981 MPC "Turbo-Z"
    Box isn't in as good of shape as the 92 was :-)

    Nothing is wrong with the kit, I just didn't have the frame in right.

    The instruction sheet.



    I'm using this kit for the frame and engine.

    Thanks for looking!
    • 11 replies
  15. RDean58 added a post in a topic Flashback Review - AMT 1992 "Heritage Edition" Camaro Z-28   

    That is a cool looking set of Camaros!