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  1. Thanks for the input, guys! I think I will go with a set of them. Will need a little modification but that is what modeling is all about!
  2. I am in Clinton and work in Jackson. How about you?
  3. Are there any aftermarket parts suppliers who offers the Carter AFB (625 cfm) carbs as would be found on the Pontiac 421 Super Duty? The 625s were used for the dual quad set-up. Those included in the few kits available leave a lot to be desired when it comes to scale and detail. Thanks for any suggestions. ---Mike
  4. I am sure some of the older builders here will remember using child-safe model glue that was orange scented. Do not recall the name but remember the smell! Moving on to "real" cement was a right-of-passage!
  5. Just received the Revell 421 SD Parts Paks motor and accessories. All I can say is it is BLAH_BLAH_BLAH_BLAH! Incomplete injection on several parts; sink marks; flashing; and excessive chrome plating. I removed the chrome using bleach and was further surprised to see the poor quality plastic used. It looks like the transparent plastic used in glow-in-the-dark kits and even has a yellow/green tint to it. I will be lucky if I can use any of the parts. Live and learn. I have the gasser video bookmarked as well and will reference it often. As some of you members pointed out, the high nose was NOT the norm. When you consider the larger rear wheels and the lift needed to clear the wheel wells and fenders, and the much smaller wheels up front, it does give the illusion of a high nose. Looking at how close to parallel the rocker panels are to the ground tells the story.
  6. Thanks to all for the warm welcome. I have already received some good tips and advice with regard to my "On The Workbench" post. One bit of my model building history I forget to mention in my introduction was the brief time I got into Hubley metal car kits. I remembered playing with the ones my dad had built and when I saw they were available again, I had to buy a couple of them. Not long ago, I was going back through some old family photo albums, one mostly of my mother's and father's wedding and honeymoon in 1960. Among the photos are shots of the wedding cake and gifts. Wasn't I surprised to see on the table full of gifts the Hubley Packard Phaeton kit! To this day my father still brings up the fact my brother and I damaged the car playing with it when we were toddlers! ---Mike
  7. Bill--- Thank you for your very informative reply. This is what I hoped to learn from the forum. I will keep in mind as I build the suggestions you have offered. I am getting a clearer picture of where I am going with the gasser. ---Mike
  8. Larry--- Thanks for the reply. Your input is most welcomed. The George Klass site is one of the first I bookmarked. Wonderful vintage photos! Will definitely use it for reference. I also have bookmarked PDFs of the 1937/38 Chevrolet shop and body manuals with great drawings and details. Trying to get my research down before diving into the build. ---Mike
  9. As mentioned in my member intro, I intend to get back into modeling with the build of a 1937 Chevy Coupe gasser using the 1965 NHRA Drag Rules as a guide. I am going with the AMT Chevrolet Coupe kit (#6579). Under the hood will be the 421 dual quad taken from the AMT 1962 Catalina. Go Poncho power! The motor will be augmented by pieces from the Revell Pontiac 421 Parts Paks offer. If I have done my math correctly, the Chevy Coupe would be running in Class A. As a backstory, the build will reflect the efforts of one man working out of his own barn/garage with no sponsor or financial backing. Most of the parts will be scrounged from local junkyards or purchased from a small automotive shop in his area. In reading over the 1965 NHRA Drag rules, I came across two that have me a bit puzzled. Perhaps some of the members can clarify. The first is in regard to lifting the body or frame to gain weight transfer to the rear wheels, which is prohibited. Is this not what is typically done with gassers creating the nose-in-the-air look? The second rule deals with the fuel tank, which it is recommended be fit in front of the motor. Safety regulations require those mounted in front of the grille be protected by a bumper, the frame, or the body as a safeguard against low-speed collision. I have seen countless cars, both kit and real, that have the tank fully exposed on the front of the car/truck. Different set of drag rules? I want to be sure my build is correct for the class and year. One last question is about the original gas tank. Would its removal be permitted or does it go against the rule prohibiting the lightening of the car by gutting or cutting body panels? I would surmise the latter since the rules would have one retain the factory weight of the car with only a few modifications allowed. I have begun modification and super-detailing of the factory frame and hope to have some photos soon. Still waiting on delivery of some styrene tubing and other items.
  10. I believe I built my first model when I was about ten, which would have been somewhere around 1970 or so. Would have been a snap-together car kit. I also have specific memories of sitting at the workbench next to my dad, each of us building a model and him showing me how to use glue and to paint details using the point of a toothpick. My kit was a Model A Ford and his a VW Microbus. Somewhere I have his unfinished kit and a few vintage bottles of Testors and Pactra paints! This was back when the paints cost about 15 cents each. Perhaps it was my interest in WWII movies and playing with plastic army men in the back yard that had me transition to US and German armor kits and figures. Over the years, I spent a small fortune on these models and still have multiple cardboard boxes crammed with kits. My building days were halted, however, when my daughter came along. New priorities, little money to purchase, and even less time to build. My daughter is now 21 so you can see how long it has been! I did, oh so briefly, venture into Bolt Action war-gaming miniatures. Only built one jeep and a ruined farmhouse. I do not consider the venture a waste, though, because it had me pull out and dust off my old modeling tools, airbrush, super-detailing supplies, etc. This "romp" also introduced me to painting with acrylics. Love the stuff! Oddly, I seem to have lost my interest in WWII armor, but not in model building. Car kits offer a great alternative. Much of what I employed in assembling and super-detailing tanks and vehicles can be applied to cars. Having once owned a few real muscle cars and old classics, I find the era of the 1960s has a special draw. I was always and still am fascinated by gassers from that time and it is where I will begin this new phase of model building. I intend to build a 1937 Chevy coupe using the 1965 NHRA Drag Rules to guide me. I will soon be starting a new thread on this build. I am thoroughly impressed by the knowledge and skill exhibited here. I have only begun to scratch the surface in reading forum posts. Already, a number of them or the links they contain have been bookmarked. I anticipate asking questions and seek advice and criticisms as I progress. Regards to all. Mike
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