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  1. Exotics_Builder, Do you still have the LeMans ragtop kit? I bought a 1;1 car last fall, have been searching for this kit. What would you consider a reasonable trade? Want to attempt a PM? Wick, 74 yoa and still modeling
  2. In 1963, I caught a ride back to Shasta College (Redding, CA) through a horrible snow storm -- in the dark-- in a 1960 Chev four-door crew truck owned by a fellow student's father ( a logger in Alturas, CA) and luckily it was AWD; we made the 150 miles safely. Yes, SHE drove all the way! We called such pickups 'Crummies' in those dear dead days; dunno' if that was a regional thing, or what. My little bro drove one for the Southern Pacific to pick up train crews in the '60s when he was assistant yard clerk. He hates to recall it, but the first dawn pickup he made was at a local coffee shop, and in the icy parking lot he lost her and rammed the side of the building. He was being kidded about that one until he left for a better job... So: if I got a Dodge resin cab, what kit would you recommend that I source for a chassis (2WD dualie) and please, one that's in production currently? Thanks! Wick
  3. 1962 Pontiac Tempest LeMans kit, AMT wanted: just bought a real one! Trade Monogram Rolls roadster kit and/or cash for useable example or new. Wick
  4. I did something similar for an AMT 1/16 '55 Nomad kit that had been on the shelf for 30 years and had a broken w/s. I glued it back, but made a casting from inside (concave side) from Durham Rock Putty, a home repair material that mixes with water. Then I 'drooped' a new w/s using shirt-box plastic (don't know what it really is) using a heat lamp. First try was' close but no cigar', second attempt came out just fine, and helped save the kit. Next is a replacement w/s for a die-cast 240Z w/s, which must be saved because the car is repainted silver like my '71 and is signed by Datsun legends Pete Brock and John Morton! I may add my sig, as I wrote HOW TO RESTORE YOUR DATSUN Z-CAR, a new revision of which is coming out this year! :-<) Aw, shucks...! Wick Humble
  5. I sure could use a '61 Impala grille for original SMP annual kit I've 'restored', if such a thing exists? My original one snapped in two, and what is left looks lousy on the kit now. Very grateful for contribution of nice rear bumper, never thought I'd find one! Wick H.
  6. I still have mine from first issue, but eventually had to glue doors shut... so many tiny parts, and now I'm so old that they're even harder to fit! Decided just last week to re-build it as a basic channeled sedan, use chrome 'fiddly' frame and Olds/B&M for some other build. Agree on Revell Roth cars; have Beatnik Bandit, some of same problems. The '56 F100 kit; worked so hard on it in '63, but doors never fit cab, cab never fit frame, hood never fit fenders --hey, wait a minute; that's authentic FoMoCo; F's hood/fender gaps are almost impossible on 1:1 trucks too, with stock hinges! Well, with Revell: they were trying to go beyond promo type bodies, I suppose. Revell did promos for Chrysler in '62; see two of my 'restorations' in the "Gallery.' Anybody remember building Hawk, Pyro, some old Aurora kits? Hubley? What else? My NOS unfinished Aurora Avanti is nice but tricky -- and of course I had to put a BBS 396 in it. Seriously, I saw a '65 big-block Lark run B/FS in '65; guy brought it from Canada and claimed it was factory proto, NHRA strip bought the act -- but he snapped a rear axle launching against a new BBC Corvette and almost took out the Xmas tree at Redding drags.
  7. I have a Jungle Jim funny car decal set intact but can't recall what car; prob wouldn't work? Swap you if you want it... Wick
  8. My list is olde school: some Studebakers; '62 GT Hawk, '59 Lark ragtop/hardtop, '56 Conestoga 2-dr wagon, and early 'fifties and Champ pickups!s I built my Aurora Avanti with 'Stude' Chevy Big Block and resin Hali's -- pretty cool, but I need some decals for it! My other dream car was done when Mobius did the '61 Pontiac Catalina/Ventura kit. Wick Humble, Class of '63 (but I didn't have a bone-spur, and got my DD214!)
  9. I think I have the orig decal sheet for the Hubley Ford, but someone folded it in the middle. I don't recall ever having had that model, but maybe a friend (c.1960!) did, and I glommed his decals? Interested? Trades? Wick Humble (73-1/2 years young)
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
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