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  • Scale I Build 1/24~1/25

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  • Location Upstate NY
  • Full Name Bill Spencer

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  1. spencer1984 added a post in a topic Starsky & Hutch Torino - Starting 9/28   

    Engine is now finished aside from the ignition wires and breathers.  Overall the fit continues to be excellent - the pulley shafts lined up perfectly with the holes on the front of the engine, the headers practically snapped into the heads, etc.

    The distributor still doesn't bother me all that much, but I don't care for the way they did the alternator. The belt is molded so that it goes into the side of the fan and the pulley sticks out past that, plus the back is hollow. The power steering pump is better, but overall the belt assembly is pretty weak.  The valve covers are identical, but the way they're attached to the sprue you can put the attachment points towards the back on both sides; nice touch. The carburetors are also nicely detailed, and I like that Revell gave us a decal for the oil filter.

    Work continues on the chassis. Like the engine, the overall fit is pretty spot-on. There was a tiny twist to the exhaust system, but nothing that didn't straighten out as soon as it was glued in place. Revell provided dimpled ends in the exhausts for anyone who wants to drill them out.

    I think they could have done a better job getting the rear axle halves to fit together, the joint here is ugly and could use some spots of filler to clean it up. Other than this, though, no complains on the assembly here.
  2. spencer1984 added a post in a topic Starsky & Hutch Torino - Starting 9/28   

    I'm building this as close to box stock as possible, rather than try to make it a truly accurate '74 model.  I'll just consider anything that's "wrong" as part of the performance upgrades Starsky added to it.
  3. spencer1984 added a post in a topic Mad Max Gigahorse   

    Awesome project, I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with it!
  4. spencer1984 added a post in a topic Starsky & Hutch Torino - Starting 9/28   

    Not this time - my Ford Blue is the darker shade used on earlier engines, so I did this in Tamiya Brilliant Blue over gray primer
  5. spencer1984 added a post in a topic Starsky & Hutch Torino - Starting 9/28   

    Good call, the intake is definitely a little long.  I have a feeling that once the carburetors, air cleaner, valve covers, and wiring is added the extra length should be somewhat hidden.  At least it fits the valley perfectly, so it looks like width is correct.  Height doesn't seem so bad in person.
    I got some paint on the engine tonight - meant to mask off the distributor first but my enthusiasm to see it in color got the better of me.


    I also started work on the chassis. Revell stuck their usual copyright in the space over the rear axle, so that had to be sanded off.  The rear axle fits together nicely, and is drying right now - once the glue is set I'll sand off the seam and paint everything satin black.
    No real surprise, the front end has a fair number of parting lines that have to be cleaned off. The tie rod, stabilizer bar, etc. struck me as being a little squarish, but comparing it to other Fords (AMT's '67 Mustang on the left, Revell's Pro Modeler '70 Torino on the right) makes everything look much finer and sharper.  I'll probably hit the corners of the bars to round them off when I'm cleaning up the parting lines, but otherwise will use this part unmodified.

    I think you may be right - the blocky, angled front of the block looks more like the Ceveland motor.
  6. spencer1984 added a post in a topic Starsky & Hutch Torino - Starting 9/28   

    I tried for an angle as close to what was shown as possible - if you'd like to see a different view, just let me know!

  7. spencer1984 added a post in a topic Starsky & Hutch Torino - Starting 9/28   

    Right now its surrounded by clothespins until the glue sets, but I can shoot a 3/4 view tomorrow morning.
  8. spencer1984 added a post in a topic Starsky & Hutch Torino - Starting 9/28   

    These pics are mid-process: in the first pic the coil tower and the tower at about 5:00 are as they came in the kit, the rest of the towers were drilled out before I took the photo.  In the second pic I drilled far enough that the cap held the drill while I shot it, very quick & easy to do with the way Revell set it up.
    Yeah, not sure how they managed to muck up the orientation like that...the instructions are wrong throughout, too, so when it's time to install the upper radiator hose they just show it kind of sitting in a flat spot, rather than plugged into the socket like it's supposed to be.  The box art got it right, at least.
  9. spencer1984 added a topic in On The Workbench   

    Starsky & Hutch Torino - Starting 9/28
    I took a look at this kit over the weekend, and started work on it this evening.  So far I'm very impressed with the thought that went into it: no, the engine isn't 2,000 parts, but the fit is excellent, the detailing is very well done, and the way they assemble is quite clever in hiding assembly joints and the necessary evils of injection molding. The fine detailing on things like the bolt heads and fuel pump are especially neat, though my award for the Best Idea So Far (Engine Division) is the distributor.  Revell actually has tiny dimples cast into the top of the towers, so if you want to drill it out the drill bit self centers on the tower and eliminates the risk of wandering through the side.  Very, very cool.
    Unfortunately, there is one downside...but it's with the instructions, not the parts. They tell you to install the intake manifold backwards, with the distributor at the rear. Not only is it wrong, it's impossible: the manifold and block are keyed so that they only fit together one way.  Oopsie.
    I have the engine parts gluing together now, and will have it in paint tomorrow.

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  10. spencer1984 added a post in a topic Quick Overview: Revell Starsky & Hutch Torino   

    One other comparison I haven't seen here yet...this is what it looks like next to our only previous option for a '74 Torino, the MCW resin body:

  11. spencer1984 added a post in a topic Back to the Future II Delorean   

    Great job on this!
  12. spencer1984 added a post in a topic THE PAUPER (A Dirt Poor Rat With Personality)   

    Very cool,  they make a great pair!
  13. spencer1984 added a post in a topic THE PRINCE (Pampered & Spoiled)   

    Beautiful work, love the dragon head!
  14. spencer1984 added a post in a topic The Man with the Golden Gun AMC Hornet   

    Thanks, guys!
    My next AMC is going to be a Javelin, but the Matador might be a future project...
  15. spencer1984 added a post in a topic Captain Risky - Kick it or Rip it!!   

    Awesome model, I love it!