midwest 1953

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About midwest 1953

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  • Birthday 02/10/1953

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  1. midwest 1953 added a post in a topic Galaxie Limited's '48 Chevy Coupe   

    Hope this shows up soon, there were several of these at NNL 22 in Milwaukee over the weekend, but no one knew anything about them..
  2. midwest 1953 added a post in a topic Milwaukee NNL - April 12th, 2014   

    I have not looked at the models I brought to see if they survived.. We started last Monday from St Louis, and stopped at attractions, hobby shops and craft store on the way.. We traveled a lot of blue highways, and bumpy roads..
  3. midwest 1953 added a post in a topic Milwaukee NNL - April 12th, 2014   

    Is the show at the Exposition center the swapmeet for the NNL, or is this something different?

    I will be there Saturday, but I have a very short window on Sunday, because we have to drive back to St Louis..
  4. midwest 1953 added a post in a topic Question of the day: "So why did they do it that way?"   

    It comes down to.. the front fenders are attached to the body to make it easier to align the hood with both the body and fenders.
    The rear fenders are separate, because it is easier to make the tool that way, and there is no alignment problem there..
  5. midwest 1953 added a post in a topic What are your pre-build planning methods?   

    Pre-build methods ? Something gives me an Idea ( MCMs new trailer contest) I daydream about it , going back and forth to work in the car ( which trailer? which dragster? could the sedan delivery pull the trailer? will the engine from car fit in the dragster?)
    I spend about a week, studying this in my head..
    Then I go to my stash, see what kits I have of the ones I picked out.
    Spend next three months searching swapmeets for missing kits.
    Open the boxes, lay the parts out, stare at them for 2 weeks.
    Assemble the engines and chassis, prep the bodies
    Then it sits on the bench another three months while I agonize over colors.
    In the end.. build time to make the contest runs out, all the parts go in a plastic shoebox to be finished at a later date..
  6. midwest 1953 added a post in a topic How many of you would buy newer model truck kits?   

    I would not really be interested.. I only build subjects that are pre-75.. I would like to see a kit of a 57 Studebaker 1 ton pickup though...
  7. BOSWELL891 added a topic in Car Kit News & Reviews   

    Monogram '64 GTO
    I picked up the newest release of this kit for the revell/gearz contest so I figured I would do a review for everyone on here. The body is very nice hardly any mold lines and no flash, the kit comes with optional parts like a supercharger different hood, and drag slicks so it can be built like a 70's and 80's pro street or it can be built factory stock (which is what i plan on doing). I definitely think the decal sheet could be better it doesn't come with much, all the parts look very good and clean. The motor can be supercharged or have the optional tri-power, there is two different sets of wheels stock, and custom, two hoods the stock one with two fake scoops, and one for the blower to come up through, the front and back glass is all one piece, the chassis is pretty simple, it comes with dual exhaust, all the chrome looks really nice. All in all this kit looks like a pretty good one and pretty easy to build.
    whats in the box:

    the decals: could have been better

    the body: sorry for the bad picture

    optional hoods:

    chrome tree:

    chassis and motor trees:

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  8. midwest 1953 added a post in a topic Diamond Reo Conv.   

    Building one of these now...did not have problems with rear suspension. How ever I do have a problem with the back of the front fenders fouling with the battery boxes when you open or close. Bottom edge overlaps almost 1/16th of an inch. Thinking probably a spacer between grille and hood mounts.
  9. midwest 1953 added a post in a topic New issue on the news stands.............   

    back in the day( 1960s)..that was an advantage to being a subscriber...you got your magazine 2-3 weeks before the newstands..perhaps if you went back to that.. you would have more subscribers....
  10. midwest 1953 added a post in a topic Truck kit conversion   

    You would be far ahead starting with the AMT Autocar A64B and move the axle forward and build a new hood..

    you could also use the Diamond Reo kit, or the White road boss as well with the dash from either of the autocar kits..and again ..build a new hood..
  11. midwest 1953 added a post in a topic American LeFrance Car Hauler   

    Dave, Did you ever finish this??
  12. midwest 1953 added a post in a topic AMT kits question- Ford C600 and Louisville boxes..   

    The box is the same in both kits.The frame in the C-600 box truck has long straight rails like the Louisville and a much longer wheel base than the C-600 Stake truck.
  13. midwest 1953 added a post in a topic pete 352 and reefer outside pics   

    Dennis, that's coming along really nice..
  14. midwest 1953 added a post in a topic Thoughts on this project   



    Back in the late sixties early 70s when that kit first came out, Phil Jensen did an article on lengthening the frame and making a flat bed stake truck. If I remember correctly he removed the helper spring and modified the rear main leaves to get a better stance...
  15. midwest 1953 added a post in a topic KC Slammers show   

    I'll be there as well..would like to meet some folks
    overweight gray haired guy who builds trucks.
    Black bigfoot t-shirt, or red or blue hawaiian shirt or both...