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  • Birthday 09/15/1962

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  1. Hi Tom - Thanks for the reply! I'm aware of these (and even like that they are the actual rear window style I need), but all the other items I've collected for the build are 1/25... If nothing else comes to light when that project comes on deck, one of them will be my "victim", lol... On another subject, what's up with the model club? Are all meetings suspended indefinitely? There's no updated schedule...
  2. Hello everyone...it's been awhile since I've posted any updates: basically, life got in the way... I've also been suffering a bit of a block with regards to the build: the doors have been cut out, and I've cut sub-frame connectors into the floor pan, the Nova has been back-burnered in favor of a "simpler" build that I had been collecting parts for... "SIMPLER" - 🤣🤣🤣...I just can't seem to bring myself to do a box build: one modification leads to another...gotta figure out where I can create a thread for the current WIP, a custom rollback... Anyhow, thank you to anyone who has checked in, (or wondered what happened) the Nova will be back on deck soon!
  3. Greetings everyone...resurrecting an old thread here in hopes of finding new info about the promo, or even better yet, a lead on a resin kit! (I really just don't have the heart to destroy this one: I want to build a replica of my buddy's big tire drag truck) I've had no luck at all finding any info at all on this promo, other than a couple of other pictures of different colored ones... I did track down a company developing a master for a resin kit offering, but, they closed the doors, and will not consider selling the master, a mold, or any prototypes, so the search continues...
  4. They look great Glenn! Sweet builds...
  5. Now THAT is an interesting idea that hadn't occurred to me, especially as I know someone that purchased a well respected resin manufacturing company (that has been inactive for several years). He's been building inventory, and is scheduled to open within the next 30 days... I wonder if the tiny bits of brown clay that are stuck all over it in the nooks and crannies are from somebody doing exactly this...
  6. Please accept my apologies in advance for the long-winded post... I have been (unsuccessfully) trying to find a 58-59 Apache Fleetside pickup w/small rear window for a few years now...I apparently missed the boat on Modelhaus Resins, (as my search didn't begin until after they retired), and those kits rarely come up, and are pricey at best... I had looked to see if there had been any promos made, but wasn't very successful at finding any mention of them, as most of the promos of the era seem to be passenger cars...until I stumbled upon one (at a GREAT price), which I snapped up... And now, my dilemma: I can't seem to find any information regarding this truck, and I'm hesitant to modify it as planned, as it could be quite rare...it's not perfect, but it IS around 98% complete, (only missing the taillights) and only suffers the typical warpage displayed by other promos of the era...I suspect that it is an SMP brand promo, but there are no markings at all...the chassis plate and axles are made to accept a friction motor at either end, but has never had one mounted (the screw holes are unmarked, and the axles have the same patina along their length, so they've probably never had a gear on them)... Can anybody help shed some light on this promo, or point me in a direction that might?
  7. Tim, you are correct that the minimum spec is 1 5/8", although early in the BHRA General Regulations (pg 21 in 2019 - easiest to find on line w/o a rulebook on hand) they state that "All materials must be 1 3/4” O.D. x .118” mild steel or .083” 4130 chromoly tubing, except A, which is 1 1/4” O.D. x .118” mild steel or .065” 4130 chromoly tubing." (specifically in illustration 4:10)...very early on, when the build only required a roll bar (in the intial build before the current upgrades), we stayed with the 1 3/4" spec....The decision was made to stay with the slightly larger material in CM as the build progressed, as the weight penalty was minimal, it was likely stronger, and it eliminated any possible issues in certification regarding interpretation of the specification. As the 1:25 project has progressed, I have considered relenting on the decision to use brass as I learn how to work with it, but I'm stubborn, and think I'll be happier with it in the end. Thanks for the feedback...
  8. Hello everyone, it's been awhile since I've been here...our short shakedown and racing season is over, and Old Man Winter's icy grip is becoming firmer...Our home track (Atco Dragway) is still doing some pop-up test and tune sessions, and our secondary track (Cecil County Dragway) is done for 2019, so our season is done...Traction with a 10.5" tire is at a premium in good weather with this combination, and dicey at best in the 30-40 degree range...The car consistently set ET and MPH bests every single time we had it out, eventually surpassing our goals, and, we're sure there's at least another tenth or two to be found... So, with the Nova hibernating in the shop (probably until April or so, unless we head south for some testing), that means my nights and weekends are pretty much freed up again, and I can get back to the build...I really haven't been able to make any mentionable progress on it since I last posted, but keep checkin' back: it's on like Donkey Kong now!
  9. Thank you Tim! We were aiming for the "looks like somebody cared" appearance, but not excessively so, y'know? So far, it looks like I'll finally get some bench time tonight, as there are no commitments except to go home after work and relax ?
  10. Tom Gieger - I'd love to take you up on that, but probably won't be able to until October's meeting...I'll know better over the next few weeks...probably have to mooch a ride too, (as NJDMV is currently holding mine hostage)...hopefully someone willing to ride share lives close or passes close to me on their way there... _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Well, the 1:1 project has finally been fired up, and it's just a little rowdy, lol...I'd LOVE to post the video for y'all, but can't figure out how to...programming and testing next Sunday...best part is, that means my time will be freed up, and I can get back onto the 1:25 version in earnest... A whole lotta stuff to fab underhood for this 1/25 build.... Already working on a template to make that fuel cell from an empty beverage can...darn near everything here in the trunk will need to be fabbed...batteries, battery holddowns, battery charger (hanging on the right rollcage down tube), shock crossmember, anti-roll bar, and the battery shut-off switch that's just out of the picture by the batteries...
  11. Evenin' everyone...The 1/25 Nova model project has been on a short hiatus for the past few weeks as we have been re-assembling, re-plumbing, and re-wiring the subject of my build...The fresh 565 BBC, custom Lemons Headers, FTI 'Glide, Pro-Torque converter, custom radiator & electric fan are all new mechanicals for the car, so it is very much like building a full scale model: fit - modify - refit -remodify - final fit...We are also installing an ARC 12-switch panel with satellite switch panels in the engine compartment (for valve adjustment & tuning), a RacePak datalogger system and LCD digital dash, and an MSD Grid controller...all the new electronics, modifications to the fuel and cooling system wiring, pretty much predicated removing all of the wiring I did three years ago, and starting fresh...really, the only system that will not require a complete rewiring is the original equipment lighting circuits (it is a street car after all, lol), which I'll have to integrate with the new switch panel and it's fuse/relay panel... I haven't had much time on the bench, but I have made a little bit of haphazard progress here and there...I've been working on a template to bend/build a 1:25 scale, ten gallon aluminum fuel cell with sump that will mount in the trunk (along with the fuel pump and filter setup I'll need to fab), discovered that annealed brass tubing bends MUCH more satisfactorily than non-annealed tubing, and am still trying to develop a bending method that will give me more satisfactory results...the major problem I'm having trouble over-coming is repeatability: I need to create several mirror-image parts for the rollcage and front clip, not to mention the front control arms...many of the aftermarket parts I've ordered for the build have been rolling in...I now have about 80% of the drivetrain collected, including the Fab9 rear kit with PE disc brakes and 3d printed calipers...those items in of themselves will wind up being little "models" on their own...here are some of the things that have come in, the parts they are replacing, and the planned modifications they'll get to more closely replicate the real thing (also pictured if I have them): 1) FAB9 Rear, sourced @ Futurattraction...I need to remove the "rectangular" bracing, and re-brace it with round tubular styrene to match the bracing on the new rear we put in...the rear PE rotors will need to be replaced with ones that more closely replicate the TBM Revolution brakes that we installed three years ago...I need to get the correct rear rim setup before I can begin on this... 2) Monoleafs/CalTracs, sourced @ 3D Model Specialties, these monoleaf sets will be cut apart and spliced together to make split monoleafs with CalTracs...then I can fab a set of rear sliders for them... 3) Front Tires, sourced @ Futurattraction...these are a nice looking copy of a Goodyear DS2 w/o sidewall detailing... 4) Rear Tires: sourced @ Fireball Modelworks, Mickey Thompson 315/60R15 Drag Radial, with amazing sidewall detailing...I'm building the model with these instead of the MT 10.5 Pro Bracket Radials we'll be starting this season with, as the Nova is set up to clear the 315s (if we need them), and I can't find a source for the 10.5s... 5) Weld V-Series Front & Rear Wheels w/beadlocks: sourced @ Futurattraction, these are a beautiful aluminum & PE rendition of the wheels, but through my own inattention, the rears are too wide for the Fireball Modelworks MT315s...I'm looking into custom-machined rim sleeves to fit the tires, and will still use the PE centers and beadlocks...they should look amazing once they're detailed and assembled... 6) Basic "Brodix" Big Block Chevy: sourced @ 3d Model Specialties, I still have a few more bits and pieces to collect (and fabricate) for it before I can begin it's prep, assembly, and detailing... 7) Short tail 'Glide: sourced @ 3d Model Specialties, I'm going to need to fab a flexplate and converter, (there doesn't seem to be anything out there remotely like the ProTorque bolt-together we'll be using this season) along with a trans overflow recovery tank (the black cylinder hanging in front of the trans pan in the photo) and transbrake solenoid...
  12. Deathgoblin And misterNNL, thank you both for your input...I'm obviously gonna have to do a little more research into adhesives...
  13. Not too much progress on the 1:25 project this week...got the second mini tub fitted, and removed the gas tank (along with the "box" Revell had it sitting on)...now I need to create a correctly contoured trunk floor...although the fuel cell, fuel pump/filter setup, and their mounting frame will cover much of it in the trunk, the underside has hydro-stamped detail that I'll need to try replicating...thankfully, there are plenty of pictures of trunk floorpan repair panels available online that should help with this, despite the "artistic license" Revell took with the model in this area...the pic below shows the now fitted mini tubs on the chassis pan I'll end up finishing and using for final assembly (once all the mods are completed) next to an unmodified one... On the other hand, the 1:1 project (my subject) is finally on deck...we picked it up from Ron Rhodes's shop (Rhodes Custom Auto) last weekend, and got her washed and into the shop this Saturday to begin assembly...the white board is at 20 items and growing, lol...the two pics below are at Rhodes's shop, and show the Carl's Aluminum Works wing (finally installed) that we won a couple years ago at a race in Kansas, the custom 'chute mount, and the positively enormous cowl hood the car's owner went with (now I have to figure out how to replicate those Quicklatches)...The front bumper/airdam is currently fiberglass, and will probably stay black this season, and yes, the rear bumper is also fiberglass... We stripped out most of the (now unneeded) wiring, along with all of the Autometer instrumentation...I'll begin the MSD Power Grid, Racepak logger & dash, and ARC switch panels installation, and wiring updates, next weekend...I got to sneak lots of detail pics that I'll need for fabbing stuff on the 1:25 project...the last thing we got done this weekend was the first test fit of the new bullet: it looks gigantic compared to the 421 and 423 smallblocks that lived there for the last five years... Next weekend we'll probably get the couple of minor clearance issues worked out (the oil drain back fittings from the Big Chief heads are super tight to the firewall), the Lemons headers fitted, and the car majorly rewired and plumbed...hopefully we can get the FTI 'Glide in, and get the driveshaft measurements made and ordered too...We need to RACE!!!
  14. Thanks for your input Fat Brian & Dave Van...sounds like there's going to be several CA glues and an accelerant in my arsenal...time to do a little glue research I guess, lol
  15. Hello everyone...having recently "returned to the fold" after 30+ years, I find my options are seemingly endless now...aftermarket detailing options are everywhere, and therein lie the questions I'm posing here...When I was first into this hobby, it was pretty much the Testors Red or Blue tubes, or the small square bottle with the tiny brush on the lid...generally, you were only glueing styrene together...today, the choices are endless, and I'd rather not experiment with the parts for my current WIP...so, here goes: What glues/adhesives are you using for: 1) Basic styrene assembly? Is there something better than the old Testors Red tube for this? 2) Clear parts, like windows and lenses? The one I've read about most often is plain old Elmer's white glue (to keep from "fogging" them)... 3) Photo-etched and/or machined details? I have seen Future polish mentioned many times as an adhesive for photo-etch (perhaps because the glues would attack the painted finish most details would be attached to?)...Has anyone tried Scotch brand double sided clear tape?...most automotive trim nowadays is held on with double sided foam tape... 4) Resin parts? 5) 3D printed parts? There seem to be a myriad of CA glues, in varying viscosities, and curing accelerants: what do you like and why? What if you are attaching resin to styrene or 3D (or some other combination of those)? What are you using to hold/attach small parts to a "handle" for painting/detailing? A lot of items can't be held with an alligator clip on a skewer...thanks in advance for your input and replies...as of now, I remain, a little confused, lol...
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