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W Humble

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    1:24/1;25. 1:16

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    Chico, CA
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    James W. Humble

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  1. Need '61 Impala r. bumper,

    Thanks, oldcarfan27! Need rectified! Wick
  2. 240z

    I have several 240Z kits; all unbuilt, as I am a Z nut, having bought one in 1970 (restored it in the '80's, wrote the book HOW TO RESTORE YOUR DATSUN 240Z, and sold the car to Nissan USA in about '96 for their display) but I don't like the looks, however functional, of the air dam. I might be able to source you that part if it's on one of mine, if you want to swap something, or ?? I don't recall if 1:24 pr 25. I don't mind raiding the kit because I'm not a kit collector, per se, but a builder. I'll have to dig them out, oc, and take a look. Building one from scratch is a pain, but good fall-back tactic. I"m mostly finishing kits I bought in HS, c. 1969-63 -- at age 73. Don't wait too late; it gets more difficult as physical probs set in with age!! Wick Humble
  3. AMT '64 Fairlane wire wheels/knockoffs

    Hey again! I might have them, but knock-offs probably used long ago. I built the Thunderbolt kit for my nephew who had a stock Fairlane as a stocker, know I kept the engine and hood blister bec I used them in a street rat '57 T-Bird that I'm still finishing. Did those come with that kit? Any other? Wick
  4. I'm going to attempt to models some TV sitcom cars from the 'fifties, beginning with the nice '40 Ford ragtop from Leave It to Beaver (Wally and Eddie chain Lumpy's car to a tree and extract the real axle) and the ratty Model A tub Bud Jr. drove before he got his '48 ragtop, from Father Knows Best. I'm putting them in the same diorama, for fun. Billy Gray replied to my inquiry as to the color of the hand-brushed flames on the A; gray! Also sent me two nice images of him with a '54 Merc ragtop (Jim Sr. drove a '54 sedan in the first season or two) and his flat-track racer. See below; I rolled up my jeans cuffs in that era, too! I was wondering if anyone else had done something similar to 'preserve' those old crocks in replica, or had any tips; after sixty years on-and-off playing with plastic kits, I've never tried a model scene. I'm trying to keep it very modest, btw; first effort at diorama, and weathering model cars at age 73 -1/2. Ever wonder what else those kid actors drove? Apparently Tony Dow had a Corvair Monza; still exists, and I recall Paul Petersen in what I think I recall as a Siata roadster (beautiful V-8 car; I've judged on at concours!), which may have been his -- but what else?? Bet it wasn't a tired '51 Ford club coupe, like I had, huh?! Any interest? Wick Humble
  5. 1963 Pontiac Tempest SD 421 interior pics

    Thanks! I'm sorry I didn't score an interior view or two when I wrote the article in 1979; lost opportunity. Probably could have still bought a Powershift Tempest for sane money back then! As Ziggy said: "When my ship came in, I was waiting at the airport!" I imagine I'll just do as suggested and make a generic interior; single bucket with harness, typical roll cage (nothing like today!) big tach, extringuisher, etc. I feel funny messing with die-casts, tho I have two Caddies that I've re-done, one '59 ragtop as a Larry Watson burgundy/silver 'kustom' and one '58 Eldo as an apochrypal "Stray Cats" semi-rat (flat black, moons, and decals/guitar, etc.) to add some small creative input. Laugh: the '58 engine came with a beautiful set of 12 plug wires! Good for my phantom V-12 Hemi in a restored JoHan '61 Chrysler (with transplanted Mono Trans-Am roof and glass!) that I bought new and customized Barris-style; awful! I have a d/c Datsun 240Z which I re-did to match my own resto-mod '71; it has been signed by Pete Brock and John Morton -- wish I'd had it when I spent two days with Mr. K (Katayama; Datsun legend) 15 years ago!! Wonder what to do with the remainder of the Tempest interior? Any needs out there? Thanks again! Wick H
  6. I would like to ask for some help. I got the new 1:12 die-cast (yeah, boo-hiss!) Pontiac Tempest Super Duty 421 racer for Xmas (from self) and it came with a stock LeMans interior, nothing like one would expect/be required for USAC/NASCAR racing. Fool that I am, I'm thinking about besides detailing the engine compartment, re-doing the inside too. Roll cage, instruments, etc. like Paul Goldsmith's Daytona Challenge 250 winning '63 from Ray Nichels garage. Can anyone assist in finding some good photos of the inside of that car? Again, figuring on some configuration of a roll cage from Plastruct rod, fire extinguisher, safety harness, etc. I don't even know if it ran the stock bench with a kidney pad, or a bucket seat. Sure didn't have carpet, etc.! I figure my task won't be too bad if it is gutted, minimalistic, and I'll have some surplus large-scale interior if any one could put it to good use? Any help would be appreciated, I wrote the first Tempest driveReport (for SPECIAL INTEREST AUTOS) on the Pontiac Tempest, including about 4K words on the '61-61 racing program which I was paid for but didn't see print, back in 1978 or 9. I interviewed Mickey Thompson, Bill Collins of PMD (who built the SD 421 LeMans 'in-house', believe it or not) and a number of other Pontiac movers and shakers. Hemmings, owner of SIA, much later published a Tempest article that was based on mine, even to using the same photos of a '51 sedan, without credit to me. Well, it was their property, but... ! Oh, the Goldsmith car outran some GS BB Corvettes, Ferrari GTO's, and Jags, and immediately after was bought by Mercedes and taken to Stutgart Unterurkheim to analyze; never seen again!! I sort of lost interest in USAC/NASCAR GN stuff after GM pulled out of racing and Fireball Roberts died in a F.O.R.D. Wick Humble
  7. I would like to ask for some help. I got the new 1:12 die-cast (yeah, boo-hiss!) Pontiac Tempest Super Duty 421 racer for Xmas (from self) and it came with a stock LeMans interior, nothing like one would expect/be required for USAC/NASCAR racing. Fool that I am, I'm thinking about besides detailing the engine compartment, re-doing the inside too. Roll cage, instruments, etc. like Paul Goldsmith's Daytona Challenge 250 winning '63 from Ray Nichels garage. Can anyone assist in finding some good photos of the inside of that car? Again, figuring on some configuration of a roll cage from Plastruct rod, fire extinguisher, safety harness, etc. I don't even know if it ran the stock bench with a kidney pad, or a bucket seat. Sure didn't have carpet, etc.! I figure my task won't be too bad if it is gutted, minimalistic, and I'll have some surplus large-scale interior if any one could put it to good use? Any help would be appreciated, I wrote the first Tempest driveReport (for SPECIAL INTEREST AUTOS) on the Pontiac Tempest, including about 4K words on the '61-61 racing program which I was paid for but didn't see print, back in 1978 or 9. I interviewed Mickey Thompson, Bill Collins of PMD (who built the SD 421 LeMans 'in-house', believe it or not) and a number of other Pontiac movers and shakers. Hemmings, owner of SIA, later published a Tempest article that was based on mine, even to using the same photos of a '51 sedan, without credit to me. Well, it was their property, but... ! Oh, the Goldsmith car outran some GS BB Corvettes, Ferrari GTO's, and Jags, and immediately after was bought by Mercedes and taken to Stutgart Unterurkheim to analyze; never seen again!! Wick Humble
  8. CA fires Horror

    I understand legendary customizer and restorer Joe Cruces lost his entire collection at his place in Butte Creek canyon from the Camp Fire... hope this isn't so. I would say it was a terrible loss, but compared to the almost 100 casualties that might be over-stating: still.... !!! Wick Humble, Chico Ca
  9. Pics of amt Allison engine detaill

    Excellent! Thanks for the tip. I wish my favorite shop, Paradise Hobbies, was still in business. It was in Paradise CA! Roger England had closed and sold out his shop and RC track; but I think still resided in that area -- which of course just suffered the Camp Fire holocaust! Hope he and his collection of beautiful models -- and troves of unbuilt kits -- are okay. So much was lost! I'll look online for the Allison kit. Hope for a better year in 2019!! Wick
  10. 1:12 Tamiya Datsun Z432

    Looks super, Greg. I'm eventually going to build my big scale ZG as an N.American car (LHD, stock front bumper/h-lites, etc.) I've had the kit for over thrirty five years, anticipating. I'm going to paint it 907 green, like my '70 Z, which I restored for my book HOW TO RESTORE YOUR DATSUN Z-CAR, originally done in the late '80s, now coming out in a revised edtion (which it needed!), later sold back to Nissan. I need some 8-spoke alloy rims, and maybe wider tires, if you have any good leads? My friend Steve P. has a 432 project in the oven (long process, as he is building another '70 to replace the restomod L-28 5-speed one burned in the Camp Fire in Paradise/Magalia CA last month) and he has some exotic bits, like a direct port FI setup.. Luckily, his resto shop isn't located there, only his 'best of show' 240Z that was crisped! He has a Tamaiya 1.16 kit, and would prob be interested in buying a copy of your 432 engine, if for sale! Pls let me know! I'm 73 years old, and trying to finish up my collection of very old kits -- most early '60s -- before arthritis and peripheral neuropathy stop my ability to do small work! Luckily, I finished my '71 restomod Z two years ago. Wick Humble
  11. Pics of amt Allison engine detaill

    Vince, Thanks for your help on my parts needs recently! Re the Allison V1710 V-12 engine: you can't do better than Graham White's book ALLIED AIRCRAFT PISTONS ENGINES OF WORLD WAR II (c.1995, SAE Pubs). It has over 40 pages on the engine and its applications, many of them wild! Also, Hershel Smith's A HISTORY OF AIRCRAFT PISTON ENGINES (c. 1981, Sunflower Univ. Press) has 5 pages; both have numerous illustrations. In either book, be careful; you can get sucked into the history of wild IC engines. There is a national organization for enthusiasts of aircraft engines which publishes monographs and illustrations on-line, also. We have some cool a/c engines at the Chico Air Musuem: P&W R-4630, C-W R-3350, and a Ranger V-770, among others. I bought the P-39 Aircobra kit back in the 'fifties that had a removable small scale Allison; long lost -- darnit! Are the AMT engines still available anywhere? I have the Mono Wright Cyclone, unbuilt. Also, the old customizable Chevy 283 with all the parts, bought 'in the day'. Wick
  12. CA fires Horror

    The Paradise (not Pleasure, POTUS!) Camp Fire was shocking, even from Chico, ten miles away! My friend Steve lost his home (his wife's parent's 'ancestral' home in Magalia), and his restomod 1970 Datsun 240Z, which had at least on Best of Show award, and was a real rocket. All his wife saved was the cat and some photos/papers. Some shops/garages did survive, however, with 1;1 cars intact, even when homes burned! I am not in contact with modeler (former owner of Paradise Hobbies; excellent model and RC shop) Roger England, who lived on the ridge. I sure hope he and his were not hurt, and his huge collection of beautifully crafted models and unbuilt kits survived. He had sold out, and was selling on eBay. I wish him luck! From our friends accounts, the blaze spread so rapidly through the built up sections that it was unstoppable. Most fire-fighters (used to be one, in the 'sixties; five seasons) were trying to establish a perimeter, and not committed to the interior of the town, so building protection per se was not adequate. Initial attack crews for wildfires are not extensively trained or experienced in urban fire fighting, nor are they really equipped for that, a specialized application. Being in Paradise/Magalia during the first day of the blaze was just about suicidal, according to survivors, whether you had a tanker truck or not. Residents of the ridge towns were probably the most aware of their vulnerability, in reality: my daughter who had sold and moved out to Chico 15 years ago said that neighbors talked about 'their BIG ONE' fatalistically, knocking on wood. Both her and my son's old digs burned completely; glad they had come down to the valley. CalFire has been letting residents return for the last week or so. Not much good news! Getting an insurance settlement on your house/shop is not like selling it; you don't get compensated for the dirt it sat on! Very tough times! Wick
  13. How about considering a category in the forums specifically for Bonneville/dry lakes/LSR/beach, etc racers? The venues are hotter than ever (despite how the surface is) and I am considering building a few salt shakers from the apocryphal old days. I realize that the kit offerings are limited, but not barren. And, there are so many types and styles of cars in classes going for records, to say nothing of bikes! Endless possibilities! Easy dioramas, too! The biggest problem I have now is the availability of accurate scale high-speed tires, as are run on the salt -- my phantom twin Cad V-16 car* can use the original wires, since it's a period piece, but now I'm wishing I hadn't discarded all those old Indy and ?? tall, skinny rubber Firestone-type skins from Comet, Mono, and so on! We'd need lots of Halibrands in resin, and more belly tanks to work from, among other things. I'd like to build Tommy Milton's Stutz/Miller, or the Keech Triplex special (three Liberty V-12's!), or one of the Brit record holders; think how much fun it would be if those famous engines were released (3D printed?) for us. M/T's Challenger, the Goldenrod, and Breedlove's car(s) are okay; the Arfons Boys 'Monsters' would be nuttier! What do you think? Wick *Calling it "The Catholic Comet"... vs. Ab Jenkins' "Mormon Meteor"
  14. Paint recommendation needed

    I do a lot of 1:1 restomod work, so I inevitably use all body shop materials on my lil' collection (1959-65, mostly); I like PPG, as I worked for the local store as a retirement job, but virtually any 1:1 material is useable, I've found. However, mixing types of paint/primer/filler can by disaterous. Sorry MCM advertisers, but I haven't used much kit paints (tho I may eventually -- live long enough!) so I'm not sure about the critical issue of sensitivity between primer/basecoat/clearcoat between suppliers like Tamiya, Testors, Pactra, etc. (See how old I am?) I try to keep with one make; I use PPG epoxy primer/surfacers, then use acrylic enamels, urethanes, etc. with PPG 661 Spot Panel clear, catalyzed and reduced with the proper (expensive!) formulas, of course. However, I just did an ancient build-up Revell '57 ranchero kit and painted it Rustoleum 2X Ultracover turquoise, with the PPG clear, and it turned out marvelously! Ya never know, I suppose. My biggest problem is occasional fish-eye probs; I use denatured alky to wipe down (cheaper and easier than DX330 or other wax and grease removers -- an insider tip!) Contaminants are everywhere! Also, the heavy-bodied epoxy primers with cat can be shot 'thick' and provide a neat surface for the 'angel-hair era' Kustoms, try it! I wouldn't advise young folk to try it, but grown-ups can often source some really outstanding and cheap products from a 1:1 retailer, from their mis-match and sample (sometimes obsolete paints, too) that work great. Tips: get to know the counter folks (buy some solvent, or the like), wait until they aren't busy, and then ask about what's available and at what cost. 50% off is a minimum, usually, but often the stuff is free to folks they like! I got Hemi orange (a free gallon!), UltraViolet, Monster Green, (a gallon of red Zolatone, too!) and a lot more exotic hues this way. Just be sure to get a spec sheet on it, and keep like with like. The lost paints, esp in lacquers, are regrettable, tho. Good luck, Wick (73 years old; modeling since the mid 'fifties)
  15. Need '61 Impala r. bumper,

    I replied on the trade forum; still need the part to finish my kit! Thx! Wick