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tim boyd added a topic in Car Kit News & ReviewsNEW! An advance and detailed look at the final production version of the new Moebius Models 1961 Pontiac Ventura kit....Thanks to Dave Metzner at Moebius Models, a package showed up on my porch yesterday, unannounced. Gee...could it be the final production version of the much-anticipated 1961 Pontiac Ventura?
Ripping open the box....yep, sure is.
Fresh from a salon photography session this morning, click on this link for 48 full size images with commentary for each image (use the "Roll" feature to expeditiously review each image and the caption that goes with it.)
I think you guys are gonna really like this one....but take a look and form your own opinion.
Thank for looking....TIM
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tim boyd added a topic in On The WorkbenchNEW 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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tim boyd added a topic in Under GlassNEW 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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