tim boyd

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  1. tim boyd added a post in a topic Revell's "Hot Rod Hydro" - What's New and Different with this reissue?   

    Rob...the AMT kit is a replica of the Kindsvater hull, powered by a SOHC 427 Ford.  This comt is a major rehahs of the original AMT  Rayson Craft Trophy Ser es kit of 1963.  
    This version of the AMT was originally released as the "Hull Raiser" in 1968, along with a combo kit version including the AMT Custom 1968 Firebird.  It was again reissued in a combo kit with AMT's Chevy C25 Van around 1975, as the "Aqau Rod" version you mentioned.  It was last riessued around 2005 or so as a Model King kit in combo with the MPc 1970 Bonneville convertible.  
    This laptop does not allow me to post links...but if you go to my Fotki site www.fotki.com/funman1712 and click on "1/25th scale cars/trucks/boats, then  drag asd ski boats, you can see multiple built up versions of both the  Revell and AMT kits.  
  2. tim boyd added a post in a topic History is made - Three of the top four winners of the Dodge/Car Model Magazine/MPC Funny Car Contest Exhibited Together for the First Time Ever   

    Ron....that is beyond cool!  What a discovery!!   Not only that, it is very similar to the final execution of the second place finisher pictured above (the blue car) in the first post. .  
    You may want to take a high-res photo of that, or even possibly donate it if it doesn't have much value to you, and send it to Mark Gustavson at the International Model Car Museum.  He is tentatively planning to do a mini-book for all 2017 GSL participants on the Dodge/Car Model/MPC Funny Car Contest. 
    Thanks for posting!   TIM
  3. tim boyd added a post in a topic First Detailed Look and Kit Commentary - new Moebius '65 Plymouth Satellite   

    Just to reconfirm what others here have said, the main body is fully polished.  You can see the reflection of the polished surface here in the trunk area of the photograph.above.  The hood is even more highly polished (like some of the Lindberg reissues in the 1990's).  
    For those that haven't already looked at it, this would probably be a good time to review my detailed kit preview (53 photos and captions) at the following link...  http://public.fotki.com/funman1712/first-look-at-all-n/new-moebius-65-
  4. tim boyd added a post in a topic Moebius 67-72 Ford Pick-up news   

    One of my first jobs at Ford in 1978 was as a car (and later on) truck Scheduler at a Ford Division District Sales Office. We took dealer orders (submitted via a pencil scan sensing form - remember those?) and cleaned them up, fixing each dealer's compatibility order errors if needed, and then sending them on to the respective factories to be scheduled for production.
    As Schedulers, one of our reference tools was a detailed compatibility and spec guide, comprising a manual over an inch thick and printed on 11x17 computer paper.  
    I never thought to save mine, and I was a Truck Scheduler only for a very short period of time before being move to another assignment, so I can't comment specifically on the subject under question here, but I do recall that when it came to Pickups back then, there was a huge capability to spec and build them to the exact user applications.  So the line of speculation in this thread is certainly possible.  
  5. tim boyd added a post in a topic History is made - Three of the top four winners of the Dodge/Car Model Magazine/MPC Funny Car Contest Exhibited Together for the First Time Ever   

    AC....you've really captured, I think, much of the magic of our hobby in your quotes I recopied above.  It sure summarizes what became a lifetime source of creativity, enjoyment, and pride for me personally.  
    Best Regards...TIM 
    Sadly, based on the feedback that they receive, apparently much of the model car media have concluded that model builders have little to no interest in the history of our hobby.  I'd like to think that they are wrong, but sometimes I think it's just wishful thinking on my part.    
    Still, I find this to be counter intuitive, as the 1/1 scale car magazines have found that reader interest in the history of the car hobby is ranking off the charts and has made for some highly successful publications (e..g., Hot Rod DeLuxe, Rodder's Journal, et al).  To the extent that the model car hobby largely follows 1/1 scale car hobby trends, it would seem to me that interest in the history of the model car hobby (specifically, the model builders and the cars they built) would be tremendously popular with hobby magazine readers.   
    So thanks to all who have posted in this thread (and a similar one on one of the other model car related message boards), you all prove that apparent lack of interest in this topic might just be wrong after all.  
    Cheers.  TIM 
    PS - If you'd like to see model car history related topics in print in your favorite magazine or magazines, it might not hurt to drop the respective Editor(s) of the publications you read a note to that effect.  
    Harry....well said, and like you and many others, I share your reaction.  Jim's Dodge Fever 1 and 2, and the articles on them, fundamentally set a new level of achievement in the model car hobby, as well as model car magazine coverage of the hobby.  
    For me personally, those articles (along with Jim's "unraveling the Snake Pit" series) in Car Model Magazine were big source of education, inspiration and ideas for my next several models that ended up winning several "Best Detail" awards in the 1970 MPC Customizing Contest series...  TIM 
  6. tim boyd added a post in a topic Mack R 700 with lowboy load Cat D.   

    Outstanding models and terrific photography!   Congrats....TIM 
  7. tim boyd added a post in a topic Monogam Untouchables   

    Dennis that '30 Rod is very very sharp!   TIM  
  8. tim boyd added a post in a topic History is made - Three of the top four winners of the Dodge/Car Model Magazine/MPC Funny Car Contest Exhibited Together for the First Time Ever   

    John....thanks for the comments.  
    The Scale Auto feature was on the Dodge Fever II....which was Jim Keeler's mutli-issue build of a second Dodge Fever, a near clone of the first one other than the use of a '69 Charger body as the basis.  It was covered over multiple issues of Car Model Magazine during 1969 IIRC.  That car is also part of the International Model Car Builder's Museum's collection....completed with the one (photo) side lettered and the other side sans lettering.  
    The third place winner was a very young (Age 12) builder by the name of David Guenther, of Davenport, Iowa.  Unlike the others shown here, his car was more kit based, with a windshield/cowl moved rearward atop a much-shortened roof, to make room for the drag engine in the MPC tube frame chassis.  I don't believe I've ever seen his name as an adult buidler, but it would be very cool if he is indeed still building.  
  9. tim boyd added a topic in General   

    History is made - Three of the top four winners of the Dodge/Car Model Magazine/MPC Funny Car Contest Exhibited Together for the First Time Ever
    Thanks to Ranchero Steve, who took these photos, here are the three of the four top winning entries in what was probably the premier model car contest in the country during much of the year of 1968.

    Since this was a mail-in photo contest, this photo from 2015 GSL reflects the first time ever - some 47 years later - that the overall winner, the second place nationwide, and the fourth place nationwide winners have been exhibited together. This exhibition was part of the 2015 GSL International Scale Vehicle Championship and Convention.
    Here's an excerpt from the explanation on the display table:
    DODGE/MPC/CAR MODEL MAGAZINE 1968 Dodge Coronet Funny Car Contest
    The 1st, 2nd, and 4th place overall winners (chosen from over 1,600 entries in the most important national model car contest of the year 1968) are displayed here together, for the first time ever:
    1st Nationwide – Jim Keeler, Age 27, Logan, Utah - “Dodge Fever”
    2nd Nationwide – Thomas Harrison, Age 25, Sunnyvale, CA - “Dodge Performance”
    4th Nationwide – Tim Boyd, Age 14, Ann Arbor, MI - “Dominator”
    The Dodge/MPC/Car Model Magazine contest was announced on the cover of the January, 1968 issue of Car Model Magazine, and further detailed in a two-page spread inside. 
    • Contestants were to build their entry from MPC’s new 1968 Dodge Coronet kit, but parts from other kits were allowed. 
    • When completed, two black and white photos and a 500 word description were to be mailed to the Car Model magazine editorial offices in North Arlington, NJ. 
    • Entries were to be completed and postmarked no later than May 1st, 1968. 
    • The overall winner was to receive an all-expenses paid trip to Detroit, Michigan, to visit the “Dodge Engineering Laboratories” and the MPC factory. He was also to receive every new MPC kit for the next three years. 
    • The top 25 winners were announced in the September, 1968 issue of Car Model, followed by an 11-page spread with full details on each car in the October, 1968 issue (see excerpts from this issue of Car Model posted elsewhere in this display).
    Details on the three winners shown here –
    • Jim Keeler’s 1st Place “Dodge Fever” was an incredibly inventive design combined with unprecedented levels of detailing and accuracy. It remains an icon of model car building achievement nearly 50 years later. This is the original car built by Jim, and restored by Tom Dillion and Mark Gustavson.Jim Keeler’s 1st Place “Dodge Fever” was an incredibly inventive design combined with unprecedented levels of detailing and accuracy.  It remains an icon of model car building achievement nearly 50 years later.  This is the original car built by Jim, and restored by Tom Dillion  and Mark Gustavson.  It is shown here on loan from its permanent exhibition International Model Car Builder’s Museum.  

    • Tom Harrison’s 2nd Place “Dodge Performance” featured dual 426 Hemi engines concealed beneath an extended-front body, yielding an entry that represented a logical extension of then-current funny car design. It is presented here in original, unrestored form, on loan from its permanent exhibition at the International Model Car Builder’s Museum. (Seen here next to Jim's Dodge Fever car):

    • Tim Boyd’s 4th Place “Dominator” was actually his second design, revamped to a radical rear-engine format after the original approach was deemed too conservative to win a contest. Just after completion, it was heavily damaged by heat from a photo studio lighting setup, but later rebuilt for a six-month exposition at the local Dodge Dealer’s showroom. At the suggestion of Steve Perry, it is shown here as originally disassembled in 1970 for a future restoration. Reassembly is planned in time for the 2017 GSL International Scale Vehicle Championship and Convention, just prior to the 50th anniversary of the original Dodge/MPC/Car Model Funny Car Contest in 2018.

    Thanks for looking...and thanks again to Ranchero Steve for the pictures, and to Mark Gustavson and the GSL Board of Directors/Contest team for another terrific model car event that is truly a credit to our hobby. If you'd like to see more of Steve's photos of this from Mark Gustavson's 2015 GSL album, click here: http://public.fotki.com/Mark-Gustavson/gsl-xxv-1/car-model-dodge-con/     Cheers...TIM

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  10. tim boyd added a post in a topic 1/25 AMT '32 Ford Victoria   

    Dennis...that '63 1/2 fastback is gorgeous and also does a great job of justifying why the AMT/Ertl FE engine is among the best choices out there.  Well done!   TIM  
  11. tim boyd added a post in a topic Any reviews of AMT 1965 Pontiac 2+2?   

    The Star Chief (in the early 1960's) was generally a four door sedan and four door hardtop only, using the Bonneville body (longer wheelbase and longer body including extended rear quarters), but generally with the lower-level Catalina series interior appointments.  It was replaced by the Executive series as noted by Bob, which did carry into 1967 at least.  
    By contrast, in some years there was a separate Ventura series, which used the shorter wheelbase/rear quarter Catalina body, but with interior trim more reminiscent of the premium Bonneville interior.   
  12. tim boyd added a post in a topic 1/25 AMT '32 Ford Victoria   

    Del...the AMT/Ertl 1960 Starliner FE and 1966 Fairlane 427 (and the '1962 T-Bird and even the 1958 Edsel, IIRC) tare all from common tooling patterns, which means that they are very similar except for engine-specific details (e.g. induction and exhaust systems, fan belt accessories, etc. .  
    One good point of the 1960 Starliner kit is that it contains multiple carb options....try to find the Round 2 "2 in 1" release if you can.  
  13. tim boyd added a post in a topic 1/25 AMT '32 Ford Victoria   

    The latest SA history lesson involved Big Block Chevrolets.  The early FE Ford V8's (390, 406, 427) were covered in detail in the February 2007 issue.  
    If I had to pick a single FE engine for best detail, it would be the unit in the AMT/Ertl 1966 Fairlane 427 kit.  
    I used that basic engine, with some aftermarket parts (carbs & hats) from Calnaga Castings, for the engine in this model...    
  14. tim boyd added a post in a topic A little bit about "Two Door" stationwagons   

    That rear quarter panels from the '61 Plymouth wagon illustrated above were re-used for the '62 Chrysler Newport and New Yorker Town and Country Hardtop Wagons.  
    Of course, Chrysler only offered four door wagons in 1962, but they COULD have offered two door wagons as well, re-using the two door quarter panel from the '61 Plymouth 2-door suburban illustrated in the sales catalog and reproduced in Greg's original thread above.  
    If so, it might have looked like this.... 
    More pictures here.... http://public.fotki.com/funman1712/tim-boyds-124th--12/boyd-1950s1960searl/
    This model was based on/converted from the 1962 four door New Yorker Town and Country wagon from Modelhaus.  The colors are the two Spring Colors from the 1962 Chrysler model year, as reproduced by special order from MCW Automotive Finishes.   
    Best Regards....TIM 
  15. tim boyd added a post in a topic How did I miss this ? I thought AMT was the only game in town. Revell '58 Chevy   

    Scott...the Revell Impala (at least the version in my kit stash) can be built entirely stock.

    Also, in my view the 348 engine in this kit is probably the best 348 in 1/25th scale these days....particularly if you want to build it with some mild period-correct aftermarket equipment (which is included as a build option).