tim boyd

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  1. tim boyd added a post in a topic First detailed look - Revell's '29 Model A Hot Rod Roadster ...   

    Thanks Scott...and to all the rest of you, for your feedback on this review.  Needless to say, it's some amount of work, but something I am happy to do to promote a genre of model car building I really like, and an excellent new kit of the same genre/subject.
    Cheers...TIM  
  2. tim boyd added a post in a topic Revell '29A Hot Rod Roadster QuickBuild UPDATE #4 - Final Photos of Completed Kit and My Final Thoughts   

    Bob...one of my first kitbashes will be to use the body from the AMT Trophy Series '27T Tub/Touring on the Channeled '29A frame.  I'll use the dropped front axle from that AMT '27T kit (which is really sweet, if not overly detailed), and the transverse leaf rear spring/differential/Model A rear crossmember from the Revell Roth Outlaw kit.  Since that has an early Banjo rear diff (not a quick change), the engine will be no bigger than a Flathead Ford V8 (maybe the unit from the Chopped '48 Ford convert, which has those awesome Navarro heads and intake manifold).  If the rear suspension interferes with the rear seat, I'll can the rear seat and put a tonneau cover over the back passenger compartment.  
    How's that sound for a start?  
    Best regards...TIM 
     
     
  3. tim boyd added a post in a topic Revell '29A Hot Rod Roadster QuickBuild UPDATE #4 - Final Photos of Completed Kit and My Final Thoughts   

    Rob...the air cleaners would stick through the hood as well....and the front corners of the cylinder heads would probably impact the hood sides unless they were made of very thin styrene (or brass sheet). 
    Now if you were to swap the six barrel setup for the dual quads in the AMT/Ertl 1966 Riviera kit, and use the stock exhaust manifolds from that same kit, you might be able to get a nearly full hood/hood sides to work (filing down the corners of those cylinder heads just a touch to boot), but you'd still need to deal with the alternator.  Maybe a swap with fan belt in the old AMT '40 Ford Trophy series, which mounts the unit up high (IIRC - did not look this up in the kit box) and out of the way of hood sides?  
    The Revell pickup cab and bed should fit with relatively few changes (primarily, to adjust the pickup bed floor if needed to clear the rear chassis hump/suspension.  
    In any case, good luck with the project, and please share photos when the time comes!  TIM
     
  4. tim boyd added a post in a topic Revell '29A Hot Rod Roadster QuickBuild UPDATE #4 - Final Photos of Completed Kit and My Final Thoughts   

    Bob...I'm not sure I understand the question.  The mating surface between the fenderwells and the body tucks up under the body when viewed from the side, so you don't see itIt would only be visible when looking at the model from the bottom.  In the image below, the mating seam is only seen just ahead of the driver's side rear tire, and for a small section behind the same tire.  If that's a concern, the seam could be puttied and sanded pretty easily before you paint it. .  But I'm thinking maybe I don't see what you are seeing.  Can you explain more?  (Sorry for being so clueless!)   TIM 
  5. tim boyd added a post in a topic Revell '29A Hot Rod Roadster QuickBuild UPDATE #4 - Final Photos of Completed Kit and My Final Thoughts   

    Bernard...I've been particularly interested in seeing your reaction, as I view you to be among the most prolific and creative builders of traditional hot rod models in our hobby right now.  Without reservation, I share your thoughts and enthusiasm for this new kit.  
    That's a very cool aftermarket list.  As for the Deuce grille shell, I like, and regularly use, the setup from Model Car Garage.  Comes with a resin shell and photoetched grille.  Really nice, and not super expensive.  I think that some Nailhead engine accessories may already be under development in the aftermarket.  
    Like you I would love to see a review of the Channeled version.  Depending on how quickly I can get my hands on a second kit, ,I may do this, or hopefully some one else on this Forum will beat me to it!  
    Thanks again for the feedback, Bernard.  Needless to say, we can't wait to see what you do with the kit....TIM 
  6. tim boyd added a post in a topic Revell '29A Hot Rod Roadster QuickBuild UPDATE #4 - Final Photos of Completed Kit and My Final Thoughts   

    Martin....I like the Caddy idea...a great swap given the vibe of this kit.  
    Question 1: For standard exhaust manifolds, go with the AMT/Ertl '66 Buick Riviera kit first tooled around 1999,,,either the stock or low rider kits should work.  As you can see from the picture below, it's a nearly perfect match in terms of exhaust port spacing (meaning it shares the slight inaccuracy in port spacing documented in the other Forum thread on this kit).   
    Question 2:  I didn't try the body on the AMT '29A fenders, but the bodies are virtually identical except for the raised rear wheel wells of the Revell body.  That pretty much means that there would be a big gap between the Revell body wheel openings and the AMT fenders.  (Revell kit on the left, AMT on the right in the image below) 

     More to the point, it does appear that the new Revell Z'ed chassis will adapt to the AMT fenders with relatively minor mods (thin or remove the Revell frame horns, cut a space in the AMT floorboard under the rumble seat to allow space for the Z'ed portion of the chassis.  I don't know how the Revell suspension stance works with the AMT fenders, though.  So basically, a rod with the AMT body and AMT fenders, and the entire chassis from the Revell kit, appears to be a fairly easy kitbash.  Yes, this one is on my build list, for sure!    
    Norm Veber is working on aftermarket parts for this kit, but he is so busy filling existing orders (and that has to be his priority), that he has not been able to devote as much time to developing parts for this new kit as he had hoped.  Patience, patience!  
    Thanks for the feedback...TIM  
    UPDATE - I see Bernard also responded, and his post appeared before mine.  Good info in his as well.  TB 
     
  7. tim boyd added a post in a topic Revell '29A Hot Rod Roadster QuickBuild UPDATE #4 - Final Photos of Completed Kit and My Final Thoughts   

    Dave....looking forward to seeing yours...particularly since you are building the other version.  Cheers...TIM 
  8. tim boyd added a post in a topic Stang-banger - MPC "Style"   

    Ron....you bet it is.  As part of my 35 1/2 year career at Ford, I was SVT Team leader from early 1995-early 1998.  Best Regards...TIM 
  9. tim boyd added a post in a topic Revell '29A Hot Rod Roadster QuickBuild UPDATE #4 - Final Photos of Completed Kit and My Final Thoughts   

    For those that can never get enough (err...that would be me), I've just posted nine new photos of the completed model, as well as my final verdict on the kit. at this link (start at photo #30):  http://public.fotki.com/funman1712/tim-boyd-on-line-mo/tim-boyd-on-line-ho-6/page2.html
    Thanks everyone for following along, sharing your thoughts and studied comments, and so forth.  I hope that those of you who buy and build this kit enjoy it as much as I have.   Best Regards...TIM

  10. tim boyd added a post in a topic Stang-banger - MPC "Style"   

    Adam...that's a great build of the EXP.  You really did the MPC kit proud, and I agree with you that most MPC kits from this era were actually really well detailed and could make gretr models with the hand of an experienced builder applied.   
    I was a zone rep for Ford calling on Ford dealers when the EXP came out. Oh, the stories I could tell....actually....the car was a modest success from what I recall....except for the ones I convinced my biggest dealer to order in the new"hot" color, what my dealer later derisively called "Frog" Green Metallic.  Ooopps.  There was a mid-cycle freshening planned including the hidden headlamps (which made a world of difference) and a slightly more aggressive powertrain, IIRC, but these changes were set aside as there were other, much hotter products to invest the freshening money in at the time.
    TIM 
         
     
  11. tim boyd added a post in a topic Revell '29A Hot Rod Roadster QuickBuild UPDATE #4 - Final Photos of Completed Kit and My Final Thoughts   

    I think I misunderstood Frank's original question to center on why the headers were chrome vs. the non-chrome on the remaining exhaust pipes and mufflers.  Several of you saw past that and got to Frank's real question, with Bill's response above being the most in-depth.  Thanks all..TB
  12. tim boyd added a post in a topic Revell '29A Hot Rod Roadster QuickBuild UPDATE #4 - Final Photos of Completed Kit and My Final Thoughts   

    Thanks Don...hope all is well on your end.  TB 
  13. tim boyd added a post in a topic Revell '29A Hot Rod Roadster QuickBuild UPDATE #4 - Final Photos of Completed Kit and My Final Thoughts   

    Dennis...they are the kit's whitewall decals.  
    I so wish the rear whitewalls were a tad smaller (leaving more blackwall exposed, and less likely to overlap the rear wheels), but with some effort, I think they came out fairly well.  
    And they definitely add to the appearance of the kit.   TIM  
  14. tim boyd added a post in a topic Revell '29A Hot Rod Roadster QuickBuild UPDATE #4 - Final Photos of Completed Kit and My Final Thoughts   

    Dennis...thanks for your feedback. I had to do some really thinking on that color scheme; I really wanted to use real auto lacquer on this build, but the abbreviated build schedule just wouldn't allow that.  
    I agree with you on the rake/stance of the model.  The finished model actually shows just the slightest forward rake. I think I may slightly raise the rear end on my next build....maybe by using a larger OD rear tire so no suspension changes would be needed.  
    Best regards.... TIM  
     
  15. tim boyd added a post in a topic Revell '29A Hot Rod Roadster QuickBuild UPDATE #4 - Final Photos of Completed Kit and My Final Thoughts   

    Frank...there is no such thing as a simpleton question....in this case, I'm not sure I have an answer that makes sense. Other than this is how many 1/1 scale traditional hot rod owners build their cars.  The headers could be easily stripped and painted (I'm thinking a matte black)  ....   TIM