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Dave Darby

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  1. I'm really surprised RoG let that one go.
  2. The hood with the glass panel was an accessory Ford provided to dealers to show their new Y block OHV V8. So it wasn't just some home brew. http://www.packautomotivemuseum.com/c446.html
  3. Not to drift too far off topic, but Two Lane Blacktop is highly under-rated. What it lacks in drama and car chases, it more than makes up for in authenticity. It really does have a good story line, plus the added bonus of a time machine road trip away from the tedium of the interstate. TLB is a better snapshot of the past than even American Graffiti. And if you get the Criterion version with the two commentaries, even better. Looking forward to seeing that black & red 55 finished!
  4. Those look like the Kelsey Hayes Stripper mags that come with the kit. Here's some real ones. I actually had a set some 30 years ago on my 66 Mustang. Cool build!
  5. Looking good! I'm happy to see this project progressing again. Going to be a nice build and I have a feeling I'll be in the market for those parts to use on my 69 Cuda.
  6. I'd say it came out pretty well John. I love the color scheme. Did you happen to mention what blue you used? You're definitely making me want to give mine a resto.
  7. Is that two different shades of green with the white John? It looks great!
  8. 1949-54 Chevy and 1953-62 Corvette frames and suspension are essentially the same (except for length). So there are any number of 1/25 scale Corvette kits you could rob the suspension from. (MPC 57/60 Corvettes have steerable wheels). Plus there are the three AMT 51 Chevy kits as well. Engines could be sourced from those or the AMT 53 Corvette (not quite stock) for a 53, or the AMT 60 Chevy truck for a 54.
  9. I did a box art build of the 53 Corvette for AMT/Ertl back around 1993 for the Corvettes set (53, 57 and 63). The body and interior are fairly accurate, but the chassis is clunky, and it sits way too high. In fact, on the box art art build, I lowered it by inverting the front spindles and trimming I don't remember what from the rear leaf springs. I recall this causing or nearly causing some clearance issues between the front tires and the headlight buckets. But making that modification improves the appearance greatly. That said, if I had to give an edge for accuracy, I'd pick the Monogram kit. (Yes, the center divider between the seats was there before I delivered it.)
  10. I always knew it was right to left. But for some reason I thought it was filmed from the dealership vantage point. I just reviewed and saw that the camera was actually facing the the dealership. Odd how I never noticed that before with the numerous times I've watched the movie.
  11. The rear hinge has always been the trickiest part of the build for this kit. Since you dont have the grille mounted yet, I'd like to offer a suggestion that will greatly improve the appearance of the headlights, which unaltered look like toy pet eyes. I drilled mine out to the diameter of the lenses, which I mounted flush, then made reflectors for behind made out of the baby moon hubcaps from the AMT 56 Ford. Don't mind the sloppy fit on the roof and front bumper on this one. It got thrown across the room by a psycho ex girlfriend a bunch of years ago, and I need to give it some love.
  12. Craig, you are basically correct. The doors have always been molded one piece with the body. However, in the older issues, the door lines were deep enough that it took very little to open them. In fact, i seem to recall a few where you could see right through in places. I hope Atlantis acquired the tool(s) and will do something cool with them.
  13. I seem to remember having success with gluing the windshield frame to the body first, as it has locating lugs, then slipping the glass in.
  14. Looks awesome Alan. All you need now is some lighting so you can get some "night time" shots. Oh, and have the Pharoahs Merc going the other way.
  15. Looks like something right out of a Keith Weezner drawing. I love it.
  16. Hi John, I used the rear 2/3rds of the 59 Skyliner chassis with the front third of the AMT 57. I had to cut the rearmost section of the chassis and tilt it up a bit, so it wouldn't protrude from the body. I also used the roof, and mechanisms, alog with the deck and the section that carries the hinge. Real 57-58 Skyliners have their own rear quarters, with higher fins, but I didn't know that when I built mine. This required me to chop the windshield frame 3/32nds of an inch. (How I remember that after 31 years I'll never know!)
  17. I built one of those 59 Skyliners about 30 years ago, in preparation for this 57 conversion. The package shelf for the top down mode is held up on either side by a little ledge on the body side panels. So no pins necessary. I'm not sure if I would fill in the seat back either, as the clearance between the seat, and the roof as it comes down is somewhat limited. I can tell you that the retractable roof mechanism works quite well. I actually ended up doing a second conversion (the red one) for my local hobby shop owner.
  18. Even though I'm not much for modern cars, I really like where this is headed. Your plastic surgery is looking good. I'll be watching.
  19. I don't get it. Here's a kit of an iconic subject that hasn't been available in over 50 years. It wasn't even that common when it was new. People pay mad money for them on eBay, then when a reissue is announced, the first thing that happens is people grouse over the box art? Here we have a made in the USA company on a shoestring budget that cares enough reassemble all the inserts and components to put this back in production, and the background of the box art is a problem? I thought I was a nit-picker, but this takes nit-picking to a whole new level.
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