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  1. VERY nice! I really love this build. You nailed it
  2. cool project!! Your modifications are looking great. Another way to lower the front is to make relief cuts in the top and bottom of the rails and "sweep" the front of the frame in a gradual way to achieve the same result. Also, the Revell 32 frame sits much lower in the front when compared side by side to the Revell 29 frames.
  3. The model Master Aluminum metalizer paints are pretty good. Maybe try achieving the finish before stripping the chrome first, maybe try a dull clear coat. Then strip the chrome if that doesn't work. I'm sure there are lots of options, but I don't have an airbrush so, I'm by no means an authority on scale finishes.
  4. I wouldn't want to leave the line without a panhard bar under me!
  5. I made a panhard bar by using one of the rear trailing arms from the 57 Ford gasser kit and "welded" it to the front of the rear end. The other end will be attached to the frame in final assembly. I also cut the axles to accept the ladder bars and mocked them up. They will be shortened and mounted to the same bracket the front bones are mounted to, so I'll need to figure out the front end placement before finalizing the ladder bars. The radiator from the AMT Willys gasser was a great fit in the 32 grill shell. I just needed to sand the front to a desired thickness to make it appear recessed into the shell.
  6. Thanks Tim, yes, I have seen 30 and 31 coupes built in the same style. I think they were pretty common until the Willys and Anglias came on to the scene. I'm sure your build will be outstanding! (provided the 30 coupe ever gets back into production)
  7. Thanks! This will not be a replica, but I'm using the Luzader coupe as heavy inspiration. Mine will be a different color with the Y block instead of an injected SBC
  8. This project has been floating around in my head for a while, so I thought I would give it a shot. The inspiration comes from the Harry Luzader 32 coupe that competed in the gas class in the 60s. This will be my first time building a 32 with fenders! Mine will not be a replica but a similar build based on the mid 60s design aesthetic and tech. My goal with this one is to not get in the weeds regarding detail and focus on the fit and finish, keeping the scratch built items to a minimum. I have collected parts and here is whit I have so far: Body: Revell 32 5 window coupe Engine: Revell 57 Ford Y block with fenderwell headers, Edelbrock valve covers, 2 4brl carbs with air cleaners from the Hemi in Revell 32 kit Rear tires: AMT Racemaster slicks with Halibrand kidney bean mags Front tires: AMT front tires from the 41 Willys with Halibrand kidney bean mags Front suspension: chrome tubular axle from Revell 32 kit (will be modified), split wishbones from the Revell 29 roadster Rear Suspension: Ford 9" rear from Revell 32 kit, air bags removed and coil springs attached, long ladder bars from Revell 41 Willys SW&C gasser Misc: moon tank, seats from the Revell 41 Willys, gas pedal from AMT 41 Willys, The first order of business (and one of the primary features I wanted to highlight) was to get the headers through the fenders. I love the look of the headers tucked up under the front fender behind the front wheels. I cut both fenders and test fit the headers before attaching the fenders to the frame. I got lucky with the Y block motor mounts lining up with the 32 frame without having to create my own. (not accurate, but I'm trying to keep the scratch building at a minimum) Next up was the rear end. I'm using the Ford 9" rear from the kit, but the air bags had to go. I found some coil springs in the Ala-Kart kit that gave me the extra height I needed for the larger slicks. The coil springs would have been mounted behind the rear axle but agin, I'm trying to keep it simple.
  9. The car Banjo drove was a 39. I used a 37 hood.
  10. Finished this one up this weekend. The original inspiration came from Mike Santiago's single seat speedster that ran on the beach at TROG a couple years ago. My research took me back to the early 30s and the birth of open wheel sprint cars. Most of the kit parts in this build came from the Revell 31 Woody. I narrowed and shortened a T model frame, kicked the rear, used a model A rear crossmember and a perch style front sprint mount. Split bones front and rear. I made my own front spindles, and relocated the steering arms. The only brakes are rear mechanical brakes operated by a hand lever. The nose is from the Revell 29 pickup, flipped upside down and cut in half. the grill is 37 Ford. I scratchbuilt the Cragar/Miller OHV speed head, the headers, the body and the gas tank. A full build thread can be seen here: http://trakinscale.proboards.com/thread/18983/single-seat-bobtail-speedster-trogster Thanks for looking.
  11. Really like this build. Any more pics of it?
  12. Very nice! I especially like the front end set up. Which kit is that dropped front axle from?
  13. Ahh yes. The radiator / engine / axle clearance issue on hot rods is always a challenge. Yours is looking good. Keep up the good work
  14. This is a very cool build. I love your kit bashing resourcefulness. It looks like you can come back a few scale inches with the radiator /grill. Since the grill is so much thicker than a 32 shell it gives the impression the car is longer.
  15. I have had good results. It's very glossy and goes down good. Check out Showtime Studios on YouTube. He has tutorials on this exact process.
  16. Thank you. Yes, they are Tamiya rattle cans. I first used Tamiya white primer, then 2 coats of Tamiya gunmetal, then 2 coats of Tamiya Mica Red followed by 2 coats of Testors Wet Look Clear. I wet sanded the clear coat with 2800 grit then used the 3 step Tamiya polishing compounds (course, fine, finish) with a soft cloth. I warmed the cans before spraying in a can of hot water for about 5 min.
  17. Thanks! The wheels and tires are from the Revell Tweedy Pie Reissue. The wheel covers are 53 Caddy items found in the Revell 48 Ford custom kit
  18. I finished this one just in time for the NNL show in Atlanta this Saturday. More pics and a full parts list are posted in the Under Glass section
  19. This is a 32 5 window coupe I have been working on for a while. I tried to replicate the late 50s, early 60s East Coast style similar to what you would have seen in the "little pages" and features in the magazines. A clean show rod with a little bling. Parts List: Body: Revell 32 5 window Grill/Shell: Revell Rat Roaster 32 Ford Front nerf bar: Revell Tweedy Pie rear bumper Rear nerf bar: scratctch built from 2 hairpin radius rods from AMT 25 Ford Firewall: Revell Rat Roaster 32 Ford Frame: Revell 32 with 48 X member, rear cross member, Tweedy Pie rear radius rods Wheels and Tires: Revell Tweedy Pie big and little whitewalls, steel rims, Caddy wheel covers (from the Revell 48 Ford custom) Cycle fenders: Revell Tweedy Pie Rear end: Revell 48 ford Front end: Revell 32 (tubular dropped axle, cross steer) Engine: Revell 50 Olds 303 w/ 3 carb set up. scratch built fan belt, fuel lines, prewired distributor Exhaust: Scratch built cut outs and caps, Revell 50 Olds mufflers, scratch built rear exhaust, Revell 48 ford exhaust tips Dash: 40 Ford (from Revell 32 kit) Steering wheel: 50 Olds Seats: ?? Tuck and roll buckets from parts box (maybe AMT Willys??) Paint: Body:Tamiya Mica Red over Tamiya Gunmetal base coat. Testors Wet Look Clear top coat. Wheels & Engine: Testors one coat Pure Gold Chrome: mix of kit chrome and Molotow pen
  20. I got the body painted and polished this weekend. I'm on the home stretch now. I'll admit, painting and polishing is not my strong suit but the Tamiya products make it a little easier for those of us without an airbrush. Paint is Tamiya Mica Red over Tamiya Gunmetal with a top coat of Testors Wet Look Clear. Polished with the Tamiya compounds.
  21. Nice! I love the progress. Those black headers are sweet!
  22. I'm kinda on the home stretch with this thing. I'm using the 40 dash provided in the Revell 5 window kit and the 50 Olds steering wheel. Those Oldsmobile steering wheels are a work of art! I tried replicating the cool center section as best as I could. Also, a little sneak peek at the body color. Tamiya Mica Red over Gunmetal. I'm in the midst of painting the body now, so a final update should be around the corner.
  23. The Olds Engine is done, wired and fuel lines installed. Frame has been painted, rear end installed and the front portion of the exhaust system has been chromed and installed. It's going together pretty good after paint, however, a few locating pins have snapped causing me to consider using metal pins for future builds.
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