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  1. tim boyd added a post in a topic NEW Build of Revell's '29A Roadster - a more appealing Channeled version...   

    To Everyone that responded here....Guys...thanks a bunch for all the comments and feedback.  Much appreciated.  
    Just remember to share the credit here....as a number of you inspired this build with the changes you did on your own projects involving this kit.  I would have probably ended up somewhere like this on my own, but your ideas and suggestions helped me focus my thoughts and certainly egged me on to get on with it and start/complete this project.
    Specific comments back at 'ya... 
    * Chris...I agree that the orange/bronze metallic and all-black interior might be even more period correct for a build started/completed in the early 1960's....might I suggest 1961 Chrysler Cinnamon Metallic as one choice back when hot rod builders picked their colors from the latest OEM color chip manuals...(All: watch for more on this topic in your favorite model car mag (Model Cars) soon...)  
    * Bill...yeah that low angle rear 3/4 might be my favorite view too....I need to re-shoot that with the corrected exhaust tip alignment...
    * Aaron and James...let me see on those photo requests....keep your eyes on this thread.... 
    * Dennis....this one might be my favorite of the Revell kit roadsters too so far...either the favorite or tied with the original turquoise build of the box stock highboy version back in August...
    * Bernard....needless to day I am highly eager to see what you do with this kit.  Bring it on, Man!   Also...my next build of this kit will also feature an increased Z.  Cool thing about this kit is that with both those chassis designs in one kit, the extra parts stack up quickly, making that Z operation a breeze without scratchbuilding or having to buy yet more kits.  
    As regards the sectioned Deuce grill vs. the stock Model A grille, I actually mocked up the A grille on the nearly-completed model, and it looked very cool too. (This is the way the 1/1 scale Hammond car, pictured in the Andy Southard book and mentioned in John's note above, was configured).  Of course, the non-sectioned A grille was nearly touchin' the ground, but that's OK too!  
    * All.....glad you guys like the Miss Deal wheels and tires.  I've used this combo on a whole number of builds over the last 15 years or so, but mostly on drag fuel altered or gasser-themed builds.  .But after looking at all my old car mags from the 1960's, this style of wheel and rubber combo started to come into play on (semi-) street driven hot rods as well.  And as you noted, the rubber rake helps the overall stance, beyond the suspension lowering.  
    To bring this model to the shelf actually required more work than I expected.  Much of it, though, would have been avoided by sticking to the kit Nailhead (maybe with the tri-power manifold and spark plug covers from the old AMT Trophy Series 1932 Ford Custom/1940 Willys Double Kit) rather than jamming in that FE V8. The FE swap actually fit surprisingly well as a basic swap without mods/kitbashing, but lots of little tweaking was required to make it fit 100% the way I wanted.  Again, going with outside the frame rail headers - instead of the factory exhaust manifolds - would also have avoided the frame rail tweaking and steering gerar box relocation, further easing the swap, but the inside frame rails exhaust setup was much more common on 1//1 scale hot rods built during the early-mid 1960's, so that's the way I did mine.  
    Again, thanks guys for your enthusiasm and comments.  And keep posting your own work, be it just-started or well underway projects, or completed models,  It inspires all of us.  
  2. tim boyd added a post in a topic AMT Prestige '63 Corvette convertible   

    It has been very well documented that Chrysler was developing other versions of the 426 Hemi for street use.  Specifially, for use on the Mopar C-Bodies (Plymouth Fury, Dodge Polara/Custom880/Monaco/Monaco 500 and the entire Chrysler lineup)  A 1966 Chrysler 300 "M" letter car, with the 426 Hemi, was in the approved 1966 production cycle until it was cancelled in the middle of 1965, and a similar Dodge Monaco 500 was also in the plan (with, at one, point, the "fastback" C-pillar treatment lifted from the '66 Chrysler 300).  These were both to be limited in production (500 units each), but were to be more broadly available in 1967 when the Hemi engine was to be modified to add A/C availability, as well as a tri-power carb setup to replace the dual quads for these C-Body applications.  That program, too, was cancelled before production started.  There are a few 1/1 scale prototype parts floating around that were cast up to support these applications, in particular, driver's side exhaust manifolds modified to fit the C-Body application.  Oh, what might have been!    Cheers...TIM    
  3. tim boyd added a post in a topic NEW Build of Revell's '29A Roadster - a more appealing Channeled version...   

    Walter...yes I dug out that kit and looked at it.  I didn't like it that much for this application due to (hope my memory is correct here) the very short split wishbones, and again, if memory serves correctly, the layout that placed the transverse leaf spring atop the axle (Model T style) as apposed to behind the axle, which lowers the ride height accordingly.   .  
    What I am going to do soon on one of my kitbashed of this kit is to use the Replicas and Miniatures Model A Highboy/Halibrand Quick Change kit which has its design roots in the early 1960's Revell Roth Kits and Revell Parts Pack componentry  .
    Also, in my earlier kitbash of this kit into a chopped '30A Five Window Coupe, posted here a couple of months ago, I used the entire transverse leaf spring/Halibrand Quick Change layout from the old Monogram "Little T" (reissued many times including just this last year).   This is not the complete "transverse leaf spring behind the axle" layout that I prefer, but it was a quick-to-build adaptation to get a QuickChange/Transverse leaf spring execution using parts in most builder's stashes.    

    Thanks for the idea/suggestion, though.  Cheers...TIM 
  4. tim boyd added a post in a topic Billy the Kid Stepp Pro Stock 'Cuda - Decals finished   

    One of my all time favorite 1/1 scale pro stockers....very, very cool to see your adaptation here.  Will be watching for updates....TIM 
  5. tim boyd added a post in a topic NEW Build of Revell's '29A Roadster - a more appealing Channeled version...   

    Thanks Mark.  I had great inspiration (e.g., the \builds already posted by other forum members here and in the "on the workbench" sections) to add to my own thoughts....TIM  
  6. tim boyd added a post in a topic NEW Build of Revell's '29A Roadster - a more appealing Channeled version...   

    Thanks Tom....yes, the color is a bit unusual but it is a period/historically correct choice. In looking again at the photos here after reading Scott's comments, this is one of those hard-to-capture-accurately-in-photography colors... the real color has a bit more orange than it appears with the images here.  It's similar to, but slightly less chromatic, than the 1964 Mercury code L "Bittersweet" color, for those of you familiar with that color.     
    I've actually assembled a comprehensive article on this topic (e.g., period-correct color choices for traditional hot rod era projects) that I sent to Gregg/Harry/Darryl a couple of months ago, hopefully it will appear in the mag sometime early next  year.  
  7. tim boyd added a topic in On The Workbench   

    NEW Build of Revell's '29A Roadster - a more appealing Channeled version...
    My most recent project was a build of the Revell '29A Channeled Roadster version, with some changes to deliver what I view to be a more visually appealing execution of the early-mid 1960's channeled hot rod roadster genre.  
    I also swapped in a different engine - the outstanding Ford FE replica in various AMT-Ertl kits tooled in the late 1990's.  This one came from the '60 Ford Starliner kit (actually, the Round 2 reissue from a few  years ago that contained two complete FE engines in the same boc - a restored stock version, and a street machine-esque version with a choice of tri-power or dual quad carbs, along with other period aftermarket goodies).  But the basic kit engine tooling is also used in the AMT-Ertl '58 Edsel, '66 Fairlane GT/GTA, '66 Fairlane 427, and '67 Cyclone kits.  
    The image below shows the box stock build of the engine (left), alongside the second build that I used for this '29A Roadster project (right).
    Beyond the obvious differences in paint finishes, the engine on the right has a:
         * Plated oil plan from the AMT '34 Ford Pickup (the AMT '32 Vicky just reissued also has a plated FE oil pan)
         * Two "Interceptor" valve covers, which were found in the original issue of the AMT Trophy Series Ryason Craft kit, and the subsequent reissue of the Hull Raiser had one of these still left on the chrome tree - they were not used for the SOHC engine in that kit, meaning if you have two of the Hull Raiser kits, you can steal a set of these valve covers and still have a complete Hull Raiser kit to build).   The Ford FE390 Marine engine was "THE" hot ticket in early 1960's drag and ski boat applications - essentially unbeatable if you read the old hot rod mags.   Since my hot rod build is intended to be "dated" between 1963 and 1966, I reasoned that an FE 390 was more likely to have been junkyard-available/affordable then the later/newer 406/427 FE engines, and the marine "Interceptor" valve covers would have been a super-cool addition for hot rodding purposes.  
         * The single tri-carb air cleaner from the AMT Trophy Series '49 Ford kit (it was used for the Cadillac V8 option in that kit).  
         * Pre-wired distributor from Morgan Automotive Details.  
         * Note the separately-molded transmission linkage and the complete fuel-pump to tri-carb fuel line plumbing, which are both indicative of the spectacular work being done at AMT-Ertl in the late 1990's by the John Mueller/Dave Carlock product development team...
    As of today (Thanksgiving 2015), the project is completed.  A full explanation and three photos, plus a link to my photo album with more pics, is posted in the "Under Glass" section at this link:  But here's a glimpse of the completed project, compared to my box stock build of the Channeled version back when the kit first came out in August/September.

    Thanks for looking!  TIm 
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  8. tim boyd added a post in a topic 1/25 Revell '72 Hurst/Olds Cutlass Kit   

    Robert....my thoughts exactly on the model year....but I did like the choice of the convertible (which of course, used the angular Cutlass Supreme rear quarters instead of the curved 'hump';rear quarters of the 442 hardtop).   A '70 442 or Cutlass Supreme 455 convertible was near the top of my "replica stock kitbash" build list for years....now we are oh-so-close to a kit-based version....keep those fingers crossed....I know I am.    TIM 
  9. tim boyd added a post in a topic 66 Bonneville Convertible restored   

    A great choice for a model project, and a very clean and convincing assembly.  Congrats...it rocks.  TIM 
  10. tim boyd added a topic in Under Glass   

    NEW Build of Revell's '29A Roadster - a more appealing Channeled version...
    Yet another kitbash, this one takes the [ in the view of some of you ] aesthetically challenged box stock Channeled Roadster version and applies some tweaks to deliver a more visually appealing result.  
    Changes include a vertically sectioned radiator shell to reduce 50% of the kit width (thereby relocating the grille shell rearward vs. the kit location), and chopping the kit's windshield and frame.
    A sectioned '32 Ford Grille Shell and insert from The Model Car Garage. a 390 cubic inch Ford FE engine from the Round 2 AMT '60 Starliner kit, and wheels and tires from the Revell Miss Deal Studebaker Funny Car kit, cement the design vibe to the 1963-67 hot rodding time frame.  (Some details of this build are inspired by an Andy Southard photo of the Paul Hannon channeled '29A Roadster leaving the Monterey Kar Kapades on March 4, 1962 (source: p. 32, "Hot Rods and Customs of the 1960's, Andy Southard, Jr, 1997, Motorbooks International)   
    Chassis changes include a further lowering of both the front and rear suspension, along with a Halibrand Quick Change out back. The steering gear box is relocated rearward, requiring a refashioned, longer drag link with a cowl mount location.  A flush firewall was fashioned and covered with BareMetal brushed aluminum foil.  
    The color is MCW Automotive Finishes special order '56 Lincoln Island Coral (rubbed out and waxed without clearcoat, which is the period-correct treatment for exterior paint), and the interior upholstery is Testors Model Masters Lacquer Ford Wimbledon White and Tamiya Matte Black, with Tamiya Flat Clear.
    Those of you that have been following the Revell '29A Roadster builds on the Forum will note that I've used some of the same changes already shown by the several of the highly talented builders who post here.  You guys know who you are - thanks for the inspiration!
    Check out the photos at this link, starting at image # 22 for the latest details, and a few photos comparing this version to a box-stock build of the channeled roadster version.

    (a front three-quarter bird's eye view showing the changes described above)  

    (note - that exhaust tip on the driver's side was repositioned to match the other one after this photo was shot!)  

    (one of three photos at the link comparing the box stock channeled version on the left with the revised version on the right.)  
    Thanks for looking and Best Regards everyone....>TIM .
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  11. tim boyd added a post in a topic Anyone have a review of the AMT '64 Impala 'Super Shaker'?   

    Mark...you mean the original '63 annual kit?  (Don't have one of those in my stash...).   Thanks...TIM  
  12. tim boyd added a post in a topic Anyone have a review of the AMT '64 Impala 'Super Shaker'?   

    There's a very good Larry Greenberg review of this kit in the latest issue of Model Cars mag.  You guys need to check it out.
    Larry also points out that it includes a Hilborn-style fuel-injection intake manifold sized for a 409 "W: motor; this is the only one in scale I can think of, and it was not in the earlier reissues from what I can tell.  It would be perfect for a 1960's Gasser running a 409....
    Also...if you check the box art, the new kit has the Cragar S/S wheels inserted in place of the ugghhh baby moons that were in the c. '74 reissue that otherwise shares its box art with this reissue.....TIM 
  13. tim boyd added a post in a topic Turning AMT's Disparaged Modern-Tool Ala Kart Into Something Acceptable   

    Wow Dennis, that is mega-cool.   Great creativity....TIM 
  14. tim boyd added a post in a topic '74 Barracuda   

    The new-for-'74 Mopar code E58 360 high-performance small block in the '74 'cuda was a super-sleeper....and yes, reportedly the E58 engine was also available in the non-'cuda base Barracuda model (which omits the dual scoop hood, as reflected on the promo-style body in this kit).  In some ways I preferred the non-cuda version back then, as I was never a fan of the "gee how big can we make a [tasteless] flat black tape stripe across the side of the car" 'cuda graphics during  the '71-'74 model years.  
    I showed a buildup of the '74 E58 in the other model magazine in a summer 2014 article on Mopar Muscle V8's.  I used the excellent 360 four barrel in the AMT-Ertl '71 Duster 340 kit (the 340 and E58 360 appeared essentially identical on the outside).  The correct engine block color is Chrysler Engine Blue.  Air Cleaners were painted in both Orange and Gloss Black, with Orange being the more prevalent color (my own factory-ordered E58 installed in a '74 Road Runner, built in November 1973 at the Windsor plant, had the less-seen Gloss Black air cleaner, so that is the way built my scale E58 engine). 
    This MPC body, with the Revell '70 'cuda chassis/suspension, and the Duster-based E58 engine conversion, would be a simply killer model car project.  
    But Mike, however you decide to proceed, good luck with the build and i will be watching your progress along with many others here!  Cheers...TIM ,  
  15. tim boyd added a post in a topic Reissue of Warren Tope's '73 Trans-Am Mustang   

    Luc is exactly correct here.  The '71-'73 Mustang (for me, speciifically the '71-'72 as it is the most pure execution of the design theme) has been ignored in 1/1 and 1/25th scale WAY too long.  It is a unique generation of its own....and the Boss 351, 429 Cobra Jet Ram Air, and the late '71/'72 351 Cleveland Hi-Po derivatives were all extremely fast cars whose performance stats were largely ignored or misrepresented by the automotive media at the time.   It's truly a car whose time has come.  At the time it was designed (c. 1968-69), it was a logical extension of late 1960's design themes, and incorporated perhaps the most pure ("fastest") fastback roofline ever put on a volume production car.   Regrettably the world changed between design and intro, and the car did not sell well, one of the primary reasons it is discredited and largely ignored today.  
    Several years back now I heard a very credible piece of info that one of the model manufacturers was well into a project with fresh tooling of the '71 Mustang.  This info did not come from a source inside the company, but from someone outside the company whose track record on this sort of topic is largely bulletproof.  But I have never heard anything further, either from inside or outside the supposed company involved.  Still...it would be a great topic for a full detail 1/25th scale kit - in at least three versions, a '71 429 CJ Ram Air Mach 1, a '71 Boss 351, and a '72 Mach 1 with the 351 Cleveland HO..  There are probably also some stock or super stock drag versions that would be worthy of a kit variant.  Of course, since we are (apparently now) dreaming here, a convertible spinoff version would be ultra cool, including the '72 "Sprint" (white/blue) mid-year special trim.