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    Misha Koslovsky

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  1. Not to worry Richard, there will be a single tailpipe coming out the back with a set of gates near the end of the headers to divert the exhaust either way. Hopefully the team will know when to switch from the open exhausts! Thanks for noticing this potential problem, cheers Misha
  2. Been spending a bit of time at the workbench massaging the body, especially trimming the inside stock fenders to fit the extended wheel wells. Also opened up the two large openings for air and the two side inlets for brakes. Then positioning the BBC in the chassis to see check the fit of the kit headers and the rather large assortment of accessory belts and would they fit in the engine compartment. It’s a tight fit for sure! Also thinking about the sequence for assembly. Will position the long block then, after the body with inner fenders is on, I’ll position the water pump/front cover with the accesories. After which I’ll add the intake assembly. Not my usual sequence when the engine goes in as one piece. Keeping my 🤞 fingers crossed! Note that even after doing the radius there was a need to provide further clearance for rear meats. Had quite a bit of work getting the headers prepped as they had to be sawn away from the kit engine, having been glued on by the previous owner. Trimmed around the header flanges making room for the plug wires. Had a look at the various references from above to the past actual Cannonballs, found it quite useful in planning for the current build. A lot of the mods dealt with the increased use of technology, most evident in the cockpit. Using parts box seats I enhanced the panel lines, especially on the side bolsters. For the driver’s position I tilted the seat back a few degrees for arms out driving. Both seats had to have a mounting structure to raise them for a better fit in the cockpit. Moving on to the chassis I removed the rear trunk well and gas tank in preparation for a longer range fuel tank making use of the open space and saving time by reducing the number of stops consumed at gas stations. Planning on fitting a differential cooler back there as well. Also needed to trim the rear chassis for it to fit with the rear tail-light panel in place as it is a poor fit as provided. Also needed to finesse the fit of the previous owner’s installation of a race style refuelling outlet allowing it to slide in with the interior. To help the fit of the interior tub I’ve been using the Dremel to smooth out the fit to the chassis plate, trial and error style! A small detail with providing clearance for the side pipes on the passenger side (to avoid notice at a traffic stop 🛑! That’s all for now, all comments, suggestions and hints are welcome, cheers Misha
  3. If I recall correctly the stands are in the 34 Ford pick-up and the 36 Ford. Perhaps others as it was such a generic fit for the flathead motor. Cheers Misha
  4. Great tutorial Kit, the step by step photos along with the description makes it very clear. Also the need for thoughtful planning and proper technique is key to success. My one example is a long standing WIP of using a 5 window on the DD chassis, one day it’ll be complete. Cheers Misha
  5. Great work Dave in achieving a beautiful box art build, very impressive and cleanly built jewel! Cheers Misha
  6. Amazing save Rich! Seeing where you had to start from and to where you finished is impressive. Great colour combo. Cheers Misha
  7. You’re right Mike, we need to get Bruce on board to complete the starting grid! Thanks for your offer of a body, yet this one isn’t too bad and it will work out quite well. Time to get busy! Cheers Misha
  8. “the RUSE” CannonBall 2021 Very interesting theme, a competition car disguised, as much as possible, to look like any other vehicle on the inter-state. As such it would require modifications to bring it into line as a cross-country citizen-type adventure, facing a variety of driving conditions through the month of December. Well, I’m in for this (having bombed out last season...). My entry is based on the AMT #6540 “Curtis Carter” IMSA 1983 third-gen Camaro. My kit is short of being a a glue-bomb, as the previous owner only went so far as to only installing the fender flares, although with an over abundant amount of epoxy! I purchased the kit many years ago from a collection that was bought by a local Victoria hobby shop, Shaver’s; still in operation! It was on it’s second round of price reductions, selling for $5.99. At worst, it was a good parts box find having the cross-ram weber intake with carbs! The kit fits quite well within the this season’s “the Ruse...”requirements. It’s outward appearance requires a rather plain-jane Camaro that is nearly forty years old! A typical six-cylinder, single exhaust, faded metallic Champagne body with a white vinyl top to match. One does need to over look the flared wheels... Underneath will be a combination of Big Block Chevy engine kits based upon Tim Boyd’s recommendations. In this case the automatic tranny with the complete accessory arrangement ( p/s, alt., a/c) from the AMT 68 ElCo kit combined with the triple deuce intake & block from the R/M 67 Vette roadster, would make for a “shade-tree mechanic” fix it any where along the route, except for the triple deuces perhaps. This combination would ensure dependability and simplicity for a dash across America. There are a number of fixes to address in the previous work completed on this model. More of that as it’s encountered along the build. The nearly stock appearance of the kit’s underpinning, especially the engine bay with its stock strut/fender assembly rather than a tube style chassis again lends itself to this event which would require a certain amount of endurance and reliability over the run. To quell the ever present enforcement of highway regs the Camaro will be outfitted with the most up-to-date electronics (much like the AussieBall Blazer from a few years back). The rear deck behind the seats will be equipped to provide the necessities of 24 hour driving, emergency tools and equipment, plus camouflaged luggage to complete the look of tourists. Yet the Camaro, underneath its exterior will feature full comp features beginning with the Rat block fitted with aluminium heads and fed by the triple two barrels with fresh air ram induction. On the other end of business the custom headers connect to a set of pipes exiting on the passenger side for greater stealth. The pipes will connect via flaps controlled from the interior to a stock appearing single exhaust pipe when required. While a hot-rodded big block, the engine will also power a full range of accessories such as air conditioning, not normally found on comp vehicles. More to tell coming along... Cheers Misha
  9. I’ve also used the Tamiya weathering kits D & C for heat and highlighting weathering effects. It allows for a subtle shading without the effort of running an airbrush. Although for larger scales than 1/25 I would choose the Tamiya transparent shades thru an airbrush. Cheers Misha
  10. Great start on a classic build Phil! I’ve always had a soft spot for these Kustoms... amazing variety out there. I’m also amaz d at the difference it makes to have that mid-body character line straightened out; gonna do that on my Merc (it’s near the top of the list now). Eagerly awaiting your build. Cheers Misha
  11. For Christmas I received a 1,000 piece puzzle of St. Nick busy in his shop on his hobby. A way to wind down after the holidays! Spent past three evenings working on it, an irresistible diversion. Cheers Misha, wishing all a good night.
  12. Hi Steve, Have been following your build and enjoying the discussion relating to the body. I favour retaining the “Olds Curve” as it is such a signature line. It really makes it stand apart from the Elco and, as has been mentioned, it is more than changing front clips. This would have been a great option if GM had pursued it. Glad to see you retaining it. The discussion amongst members has great along with the photoshop options, really is a good tool. Your interior work to achieve a lowered or channeled look is very interesting to me. I’ve been concentrating on greater interior modifications and detail. Steven G. Has been a great inspiration with his interior detailing, especially his 442 and your work is carrying me even further with ideas churning in my mind. One of the great advantages of this forum is this type of discussion and input, rather than working solitarily. While club meetings have ended, I find the forum to be very valuable in avoiding the inherent loneliness that our world situation is experiencing. Looking forward to your build, cheers Misha
  13. That really turned out to be a sweet ride TJ! Always a fan of Shoeboxes and that is a fine example, the colour worked out perfectly, stance is kool and the interior is a grand contrast. A beauty, 👏 congrats! Cheers Misha
  14. Now that’s a real sweet ride Kurt! Good thought to plan ahead, gives me ideas as I have never attended a GSL and 2022 may be the last one, so here’s my chance 🤞. I have always enjoyed the common kit theme and the Model A is a grand choice. Your choice would truly be unique and you’re just the one to pull it off. I’ll be following with baited breath! Cheers Misha
  15. Thanks for the kind words Bernard! The WIP can be found at http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/topic/151193-inca-jewel/ , it was also part of the first BOYD thread of the year. I used the kit’s custom front roll pan although it required of massaging to blend it all in. I then stripped the chrome off the front grill and performed surgery on it to creat the floating prop look. The seats are from the 64 Fairlane kit. Connected to the WIP thread is a story of twins inheriting the cherry Shoebox from Grandpa in the mid sixties and deciding to mildly customize and hot rod their new ride. For the Scarab I used the SBC from the AMT 63 Vette as it has valve covers with delicate “Corvette” scripts on a rather unimpressive engine block. I also thin down the plastic on wheel wells and other body openings to achieve a scale like appearance which adds to the overall look in a subtle manner. Wishing you the very best for 2012, cheers Misha Thanks Bill and Carl for your comments. While it is just two builds, I am very happy about how they turned out. Hopefully the Belair will be the first build of many for 2021. Wishing you and yours a happy and safe 2021, cheers Misha
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