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  1. Today's episode is "welding" the frame to the floor pan, getting parts painted and suspension is in. And the body fits; wheels are where they should be.
  2. Today I measured three times and cut once. After the glue dries, I will cut off the frame at the spring mounts and continue. Some folks questioned "DOHC Hemi" but it is included with the Coronet as an option. The heads have some nice detail and underneath it has four valves per cylinder. Too bad that detail gets hidden. One of the coolest parts in the Coronet are the Mickey Thompson Sportsman tires! When the plastic box containing all the parts is empty, it will be time for paint...but that is a long way off.
  3. Adding another update on 5/13...almost ready to paint! So wa-a-a-y down at the end of this post you will see the latest progress . Now back to the original post comment. I noticed in the magazine a section called "Models started and finished in the Model cars magazine Forum." OK, I'll bite. This is the beginning of the start. I got the Christine kit from my son, so I had to build it...but I also recently found an old Pro Street Coronet. The Dodge floor pan and tubs fit ok, but since the Plymouth has a full frame and the Coronet is a Unibody, I will cut the tubs and mate them with the Plymouth front half, tying the frame to the tubs so I can use not only the narrowed rear end, but the stock interior panels, front suspension with lowered spindles, and firewall. The Dodge front half is too narrow thus way too much work when I can use a lot of the stock parts easily. Of course I will use the DOHC Hemi option! My son came in as I was sorting parts, and said, "Cool! You're pimping it out!" Indeed I am. And I will document every step of the way and post it here. Do you suppose I will finally get one in the magazine? Today, (5/5/2022) I put the engine together...but even though they look nice, Detail master distributor kits are a real headache, all those tiny parts...but it comes with boot material and looms. Today, (5/7/22) things are looking better. I had to do some surgery to get everything to fit, especially the huge engine.
  4. I don't know why exactly, but I spent too much for this '62 Tempest kit, and then got a '66 Nova with the stock chassis, parts from the Mooneyes digger for the front axle, and the 421 from Revell. It all worked out nicely. Tamiya Mica Red provided the perfect shade I wanted, and the white is just masked primer and clearcoat.. Testor's Revving red is close, but darker, and the Tamiya paint has a golden glow in the sunlight. The blue '63 is a Model King issue AWB, just for comparison. Both were "holy grails" I finally snagged and built.
  5. I have a lot of 1/32 scale kits; some are nice, some are not so nice...but the other day I wanted to build something unique, and since I am not a real Porsche fanatic, I thought I would try this 1983 issue Matchbox 935. I don't know why I waited so long to build it, but once I opened the box I could see it was very nicely detailed and spot-on proportion wise. Box stock of course, but nice as a 1/24 kit would be, down to the turbo and small details throughout. Testor's pearl white was used for color, and the very old decals worked perfect with no problem at all. Funny how newer kits have decals that disintegrate! The hardest part was the multi-piece body consisting of 16 parts. I managed to get it right. I liked it so much I became a closet Porsche freak and am working on two more small scale kits.
  6. AMT and several others have cranked out a '66 Nova or two; pro street and stock, but nobody ever did a '66 gasser. I filled that void with a Moebius chassis and AMT '66 body. It was amazing how the AMT '66 body fit the Moebius '65 chassis perfectly, Slixx provided the decals, Tamiya Pearl Yellow provided the tweety colors. A MPC '57 flipnose provided the engine; solder and shrink wrap provided the headers.
  7. I searched the garage stash for a couple years trying to find that old JoHan ElDorado chassis (I know it's out there somewhere) to put under a '50 Pickup but could not find it. Then Round 2 reissues the "Californian" and I could not wait to get one so I could build this truck, a replica of a friend's rig back in 1986, using a 3100 cab and fabricated stake bed. I made mine out of the Californian chassis, GTO tri power added, wheels and tires from a stock '66 Nova kit, and the bed made from a '60 Chevy bed floor, and hand-cut strips of woodgrain plastic for stakes and regular sheet for fenders. The real truck was low, lean and mean, and very fast due to being the center of gravity was so low on stock suspension and packing a 455!
  8. Here's a unit that would be nice as a first responder to crashes at the drag strip...Allison power might make it fun to just crack off a few 1/4 miles as well.
  9. Every collection needs a first responder...and I got the kit out of sheer curiosity because I knew it had some nice wheels! But it turns out, though a very old reissued tool, it has some charms and some cool custom and speed parts, but I put it on steroids. Here's the other City of Troy fast responder, the Fire Chief!
  10. The police want to get there fast. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it. Meet "Crazy Copper" ultimate street racer pursuit vehicle.
  11. Testor's Emerald green lacquer.



  12. Here's a little pickup that used to be a '77 Pinto wagon. Packing a 302 and some shiny shoes.
  13. Well, what can I do with an old AMT '34 coupe body, and two Revell '29 frames? For one, make a pretty fine hawt rod.
  14. I was totally amused today when a member of a certain Facebook model group complained long and heartily about the 1965 Lincoln kit, calling it bad and disappointing and totally negatory. "No detail underneath at all" I had to comment, it was hard to be nice and respectful, but simply said he must have either never seen a vintage 60's model kit before or is totally ignorant of the history of kits; this thing was made in 1965! I built a brand new one in Quang Tri, Viet Nam! All kits like that were state of the art then. Apparently he didn't know about constant reissues either. So I showed my JoHan 1963 Starfire, with a gasser engine and yes, (wait for it.....) no detail to speak of underneath . OMG!!! NO DETAIL! Must be a bad kit! Sorry, sometimes people can really make you wonder if they have a brain. Bad mouthing AMT makes my head burn.
  15. I watched a video on the history of AMT, and there on a photo of a page in an old catalog, was the chopped '53 Stude body on a Piranha chassis. research turned up that it was a kit, but only produced once. So I did more research and found that the only parts not included in either the Studey or the Piranha was a simple hinge for the body. I made my own out of styrene tubing and the two little swivels that mount on the rear quarters from a Dyno Don AWB car. So now I have my very own Mr. Speed at about 1/3 the price of a mint kit.
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