Dave Darby

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  • Birthday 12/11/1960

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  • Scale I Build 1:24 and 1:25

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  • Location Iowa
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  1. Dave Darby added a post in a topic Deuce Sedan "Old school but not same old same old"   

    I don't it gets much better than this. Superb concept and execution.
  2. Dave Darby added a post in a topic AMT 56 Ford Victoria - 26 year old build   

    Hi Tulio, actually, Terry Jessee did the red and black 57 Ford, along with the purple custom on the side panel. I did the box top car (mint green and white) that was also used on the three car set with a 63 Galaxie and a 57 T Bird. You do beautiful work.
  3. Dave Darby added a post in a topic AMT 1929 Ford A Roadster "Mod Rod"   

    The 32 Grille shell was in every release from the original, up through the Street Rods issue. The Street Rods issue lost the Ala Kart nose,deck and chrome reversed wheels, along with modifications I'll mention later. The bulk of the remaining Ala Kart stuff (cab, fenders, frame, interior tub, etc) was removed from the 1976-77 A-Venger issue, except for the Red Ram Hemi, and some rear suspension parts. When AMT/Ertl was toying with re-issuing the Ala Kart back around 1999-2000 or so) they opened up many of the gates on the tool, only to discover that the fender and cab units had been much modified. Instead of restoring the tool, (which I would love to see Round2 do), they elected to create the new tool Ala Kart, which is good for two things. Under carriage parts, and for driving the prices of the originals down (they were going for 2 Benjamins prior to this release.)
    Look a little left of dead center, underneath the Ala Kart frame, and left of the windshield frame, and you will see that 32 grille shell. Up to this point, in 1970, there had been zero modifications to the tool. You could have built that yellow car on the box art even way back in 1962. I've owned every issue of 1929 Model A kit, and wrote an Ala Kart (real car and model) history that appeared on the now defunct Bonediggers Styrene page, and in Model Cars Magazine when the new tool Kart came out.

  4. Dave Darby added a topic in Under Glass   

    AMT 56 Ford Victoria - 26 year old build
    Seeing Tulio's gorgeous 56 Vicky made me want to post mine. This is actually the build that got me started doing bx art models, as the box this came out of had the hideous red and white build up on the box with the front 12 spoke Halibrands on one side and the chrome reverse rear wheels on the other.  Gaaaack!
    Anyway, this is painted with plain ol' Testors enamels out of a rattle can, and is my very first ever Bare Metal Foil job. Underneath that foil is some pretty nice silver painted trim, but.... There are some added details on this kit, including plug wires, (at one time it also had heater hoses, too. I also made rear window trim and visors from Evergreen plastic.  The fender skirts are cut down from the AMT 49 Merc. Enough Yak. here it is...

    Not too bad for a 26 year old survivor?
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  5. Dave Darby added a post in a topic 1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria.   

    Looks pretty good to me, and I'm a Ford guy.
  6. Dave Darby added a post in a topic 1929 Ford Roadster: Bare Necessities   

    The only thing I would change is the zip code of the shelf it's sitting on. It would look pretty good at 52722. Where I live. Nice job!
  7. Dave Darby added a post in a topic AMT 1929 Ford A Roadster "Mod Rod"   

    Here are the contents of the most recent iteration of the 1929 Model A Kit, circa 2002.

    As compared to... (Boy I wish I had this one back! This was my first Ala Kart model. My first Model A kit was the Street Rods issue back in 1973, when I was in 6th grade.

  8. Dave Darby added a post in a topic AMT 1929 Ford A Roadster "Mod Rod"   

    Hi Tim, actually, I did a little research on the cowl thing. That portion that Revell has molded to body isn't really molded one piece with the body. So Revell isn't totally accurate either. That windshield and cowl  section  is actually several pieces. If your windshield posts are the same color as the car, the AMT kit is perfect as is. If you want a chrome windshield, then you might want to do some masking of the center section. BTW, you're my friend, too, Tim. I've met John in person several times over the years. I hope day our paths will cross as well. The roadster cowl below will break down into about 7 pieces. The cowl top doubles as the gas tank. (One piece). I actually dragged one of those home from an abandoned farm when I was a teen.

    And it further breaks down like this...

    So I wouldn't go molding that center part to the gas tank/cowl top. AMT and Revell are both generally correct. They are just broken down differently.
  9. Dave Darby added a post in a topic AMT 1929 Ford A Roadster "Mod Rod"   

    Bill, I'm loving this (what looks like) old build you posted. Did you build it, or is it an acquisition? We have Facebook page called Scale Survivors, where we share new and vintage photos of old builds. I'd like to share it there. Anyone else here who is interested, feel free to check it out. https://www.facebook.com/groups/scalesurvivors/
  10. Dave Darby added a post in a topic AMT 1929 Ford A Roadster "Mod Rod"   

    Besides the other points mentioned, and I hope Tim Boyd and my good friend John Mueller will forgive me for this, but I think the AMT 29 A body has it all over the Revell version. It is closer to stock, much more graceful, and doesn't have that clunky made in China look about it. It has finesse. Look at the post above mine for an example. Don't get me wrong, there is a lot to like about the new Revell kit (I have one), but If I'm building a 29 A, that body will be coming from the AMT kit. I'm looking forward to seeing what's in that new issue. For anyone wanting somewhat of a preview, the 2002 and later issues of the Model A have many of the Ala Kart parts back in, minus plating, front axle, and wheels. The original AMT A kit also came with a bunch of vintage 4 cylinder speed parts. Gonna be another good year.
  11. Dave Darby added a post in a topic AMT 1960 Edsel rebuild   

    Someone on a another board said, "Nice Save". The model you started with was pretty nice in its own right. What I would say is that you performed a pretty magnificent upgrade. The only thing I would change on that build is the zip code it resides at. Nice work!
  12. Dave Darby added a post in a topic AMT 49 Ford coupe out of production?   

    Caution: Above comment is not necessarily the opinion of most posters on this forum. I, for one am ecstatic at what Round 2 has been doing with AMT/MPC's long neglected assets. While some new stuff might be neat, if they keep restoring the old Trophy Series kits back to their original splendor, that will keep me plenty happy til I'm horizontal. I am a big proponent of constructive criticism, but the above comment is just so much tactless and ignorant bashing.
  13. Dave Darby added a post in a topic new issue Round 2 MPC 1960 Corvette   

    I think it depends on which Revell kit. I LOVE the old 1960 (really a 59) Multi-Piece body kit. Other than engine detail and optional parts, I think body and interior wise it beats the MPC kit in every way.

  14. Dave Darby added a post in a topic new issue Round 2 MPC 1960 Corvette   

    Sounds like rather than fixing the spindles, they just put the solid plastic springs of the later issues back in. I don't have one in my hot little hands to tell for sure tho.
  15. Dave Darby added a post in a topic Best 63 Vette coupe offeringin 1/25?   

    Weeelllll.... Not quite. The 63's had different A pillar trim, covering the entire pillar,including the door, sort of like a convertible windshield with a hardtop added on the back. 64-67 had thinner trim that left much of the A pillar body color. You can see it in your photo. That said, a little BareMetal Foil applied the right way will cover that detail. I think you are off to a very cool project! Love that car!