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tim boyd

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  1. What Brian said, and I heartily endorse Daniel's suggestion above. Last I raised this idea to Round 2 (maybe a year or two ago???) there was a licensing related issue (may have been that a parts pack release somehow lied outside the terms of the existing kit licensing agreement with the tire manufacturer???) As of right now, the only Round 2 kit I know of that contains both the Polyglas F-60-15 and L-60-15 tires was last reissue of the AMT 1966 Mustang hardtop, and it is pretty expensive to buy that kit again and again, just to get the tires you need for muscle era model projects. If anyone knows of another Round 2 kit containing both these tire sizes in the same boxx, please respond here! TIM
  2. Wow....here is some fresh thinking! The article referenced here is probably the "Classic kits" column in Scale Auto, which included a column on this AMT kit.... Personally, I don't think this is likely to be the 2022 "surprise" Round 2 is planning, but what a cool idea for Round 2's list of future "cloning" kit project candidates.....TIM
  3. Yeah...one of the best things about engine swaps in 1/25th scale vs. 1/1 scale factory applications.....with models there are no worries about engine compartment packaging issues (well, possibly a few, but those can be addressed by cutting away styrene where it can't be seen in the finished model), NVH tuning issues, upsetting chassis balance, passing crash testing, and negative impact on Corporate Average Fuel Economy.....TB
  4. Jim.....super glad that article served as partial inspiration for your new project. Of course, looks like you are going WAY beyond what i attempted. Looking really good so far. Is this the model that you recall seeing in the mag? In any case, best of luck with your project. Needless to say, will be watching on this end! TB
  5. And so did Missling LInk. Both it and the Sean Carpenter version were, as David said, excellent. TB
  6. The AMT '64 Wildcat was recently featured in the "Classic Car Kits" column in the you-know-what all-modeling magazine ....TB
  7. James and Patrick....."eeehhhhhhwwww"....can't believe I let that one pass. As I commented on another thread a few days ago, this large format high res digital photography shows things (and undesirable things, too) that you just can't see by looking at a model car through a camera viewfinder lens.... Wonder if that "curb feeler" is still on the model.... maybe I better dig it out and check... Anyway, thanks for the comments and also for poking a bit of fun at me - model building is all supposed to be about having fun, right? Best....TIM
  8. John....tanks for your comments, and really enthused to hear your plans. One idea here would be to use the front cycle fenders in the Revell Rat Roaster Deuce kit ....these were not available when I built my drag racing Street Roadsters and i suspect these Rat Roaster parts would fit well and save a bunch of building time.... Of course, if the updated Revell Deuce Highboy Roadster kit hits the market in the next month or two, presumably that will still have the fenders you need (hope, hope!). Best of luck with your build and please share your progress with us here if you are so inclined.....TIM
  9. Truly spectacular work, Steven. And a really good 1/1 scale subject to replicate in scale. Congrats....TIM
  10. This is the last of my current collection of Mopar C-Body model cars (though I hope to build more at some point the in the future). As background, up until the 1966 model year, the Chrysler brand offered wagons in two trim levels, both called "Town and Country". There was the lower priced, volume series Newport Town and Country, and the very luxurius and exclusive New Yorker Town and Country, which was without compare as the most luxurious wagon in the domestic auto industry in the 1950's and first half of the 1960's. Don Holthaus offered a resin conversion of the 1962 New Yorker Town and Country, which I bought for this project. The second piece of this background was that as Chrysler struggled to extract itself from the very odd early 1960's design language on offer, they ended up producing the 1962 Town and Country four door hardtop wagons by reusing the doors and rear fenders of the 1961 Plymouth wagon (only the taillights were different). And (third piece of background), not only was the 1961 Plymouth wagon offered as a four door, but also as a two door. Thus, many if not most of the physical stampings already existed at Mother Mopar had they decided to do a limited run, sporty two-door hardtop wagon version of the 1962 New Yorker Town and Country. That became the inspiration for this model. Further, I wanted a model to show the two exclusive spring 1962 "mid year colors" added to the Chrysler showroom, code LL-1 Limelight and code VV-1 Seascape. Finessing the resin body from a four-door to a two door, and cleaning up some of the casting bodylines that were not exactly 1/1 scale correct, proved to be a bit of a chore (I covered the bodywork steps in a how-to article for the other model car magazine sometime in the mid 2000's). I do not recall having ever shown the completed project at a later date in that mag, but.... Finishing the project included adding an annual-kit based 413 big block with dual quads on crossover ram tubes and the killer bigs-n-biggers from the Revell Thom Taylor Alternomad kit. Two complimentary surf boards finished the project. Here are some images of the finished project...and thanks for your interest. Happy to answer any questions....TIM PS: Surf's up....just sayin'! TB
  11. Thanks James....I recall your project very well. For a model car author, nothing beats knowing that one of your articles inspired a project by another talented model car builder! For others reading this thread, be sure to click on James' link as there are three pages of drag racing Street Roadster models from a variety of very talented builders, as well as additional images of James' car. Cool, cool stuff. Best....TB
  12. The multi-kit possibilities enabled by the many distinct flavors of 1/1 scale new Broncos was one of the key points I made in several private notes to our Round 2 connections about the business potential of a tool based on the new Bronco. Glad to see this now actually playing out in reality. TIM
  13. Ron....my research at the time confirmed BB/SR class designation for what I would characterize as blown small block racecars, so either my research was faulty or...??? Perhaps both situations are correct, depending on the specific year of the rulebooks being consulted? Unlike the A/SR model, I didn't go back and add detail after completion, so no, no windshield on this one. This model was always intended to be the compliment or accent to the other one; that was more fully kitbashed and detailed from the very start, whereas this one was the companion model built at the same time to show the differences in the /SR drag racing genre. This one was also intended to be a little earlier in the decade (such as the wheel/tire configuration). Thanks for the compliment on the paint and such. Much appreciated. As for the fuel line, thanks for catching that. I've been frustrated at times about photographing my models, then finding something wrong in looking the photos that I did not see in real life. Fortunately, this one is a two-minute fix. Other ones, not always the case. Thanks again, and I do appreciate you fly-specking my photos. Gives us more to talk about! Best......TIM
  14. Steve....the "Flower Power" series (and several other "series" genres) were all reissued around 1968-69 (going from memory here, did not check definitive sources) and my understanding is that tooling for many of them were scrapped following those production runs. They were scrapped for both the value of the tooling raw materials as well as the tax write-offs, from what I was told my AMT insiders so many years ago. I covered a number of these AMT "reruns with fresh box art merchandising" offerings in an article called "AMT After the Trophy Series" (or something similar) in the mid 2000's in the other model magazine. Represented best available info on these kits at the time the article was written.... Best...TIM
  15. I'm with Steve on this. Personally, I much prefer the '69/'70 front and rear look over the freshened '71/'72 version, especially given the contrived (in my view) configuration of the '71/'72 headlamps. But, to each his own....cool thing though is that we had model car kits of both designs back in the day, and that they can still be found (albeit at a price) even today. A 1/1 '69 or '70 GP Model SJ with the upgraded 428/455 engine and a four speed is one of those dream cars I would have bought by now if I was an active 1/1 scale collector.... TB
  16. Here's an image of the prior generation ('78/'79} Holiday Coupe exterior and interior. Very seldom one of those would be built without a vinyl roof. This image taken at the 2018 Oldsmobile Reunion in Lansing, Michigan. Extensive Olds Reunion event pictures at this link for any Olds fan who might be interested....TB ...
  17. This is the other drag racing street roadster I built at the same time as the A/SR model also shown in this section of the MCM Forum. It was also featured in the two-part story in the other model car mag showing the concurrent buildup of both models. The basic buildup used the AMT Trophy Series 1929 Model A Roadster body, and the blown 283 along with wheels and tires from the old (and at the time, recently reissued) MPC 1960 Corvette kit. The paint was (IIRC) Tamiya Pearl White aerosol with decanted/airbrushed Tamiya Clear Blue heavy panel fogged accents. The headers were from the MPC 1932 Chevy Cabriolet kit if I am recalling correctly. Suspensions were kitbashed to an appropriate BB/SR configuration. The "Panella Brothers" livery and the quarter eliptic sprung quick change rear axle setups were from the most recent reissue (at the time of the build) of the Revell Austin Gasser kit. As the build was for a magazine article, I kept the parts sourcing to a minimum number of kits (reader feedback over time had indicated some level of frustration when I used parts from too many other kits for magazine projects). Happy to try to answer any questions you might have....and thanks for checking this one out. And finally, here's a look at this one along with the A/SR model (in its first form, before the updates shown in my thread below) beside it. Thanks again for looking....TIM
  18. Ron, you were right all along.... Adding a fuel pressure gauge is not in my usual repertoire of tricks when building a detailed drag racing model engine compartment, so it may have been inspired by studying some of my 1/1 scale references - particularly the Hugh Tucker and "Rudy's Beauty" cars.... Thanks again for your insights and comments. ..TIM
  19. Paul and Tim: You guys are both just killing it with these models!!! Onward, gentlemen! Best...TB
  20. Claude, that is just TOO COOL!!!! This is the kind of originality in model car building that otherwise seems largely missing in today's world. Back in the day, this type of 3D "free thinking" was duly recognized and encouraged with the "Best Originality" awards in the MPC Contest Series (1969-79) and resulted in Denny Johnson's "Zingers" and trike models winning those awards and eventually becoming MPC kits! The use of the Revell Buttera suspensions and those killer wheels/tires are a great add here. Big congrats! TIM
  21. Ron...my guess is WWalls both sides....not very many things slip by Dennis....he's a really accomplished/knowledgeable builder in my view.... BTW, one of the things I liked best about the NNL Nats - especially the earliest ones (1980-85 or so) - was the practice of displaying two models of the same automotive topic side by side and then doing comparisons just like the one you did here. Cool Stuff!'' Thx again for the observations....TB
  22. Ron, sure looks that way on the gauge. Still need to dig it out and make sure. Thanks for the compliment, too. o Meanwhile, found some more images with Dennis' car....it too is non-supercharged, it turns out... Looks like an injected Nailhead, no less! And that would, of course, also make it an A/SR.... Best....tB
  23. There was also an ad that Revell ran in the mags (probably 1963-64-ish Car Craft and Rod & Custom) showing a kitbashed Fiat Altered using parts from the various Parts Pack offerings. I'll see if I can find that .....TB
  24. Ron...here you go. I believe the gauge on the cowl was intended to be a tach. (It was wired so I can verity next time I dig out the model). Hoods were typically run on drag racing Street Roadsters but I'm not completely clear on whether they were required during all years depicted here. I based my model on a number of real cars; some ran with the windshield posts and I thought that was a cool detail to add to my project. My car was an A/SR as it did not have a blower; I believe Dennis' car was blown, so depending on the engine size, his would have been either AA/SR or BB/SR. So the sign is not correct for my car. (Oops, you know how it is when people are lined up behind you and you are trying to put your models on the table....). Unfortunately, I believe I only have one other image of Dennis' car and it is from a similar angle, but i will go look and see if there are any more. The headers are adapted from the Mopar B-Body fenderwell headers, tweaked to match up to the different exhaust port spacing of the 427 FE engine. The model as originally completed and shown in the mag had zoomie ground duster headers, but those were more typical for blower cars while carbed engines typically ran headers with collectors. At the time I was making additional tweaks to this car, I was still working 13+ hours a day with very frequent overseas travel and those were the best ones I could in my pars box given the time I had available to look. If I were building it today, i would most likely go a different route (but still with headers and collectors), to avoid any confusion with Super Stockers or a header design so closely associated with Mopar. Great questions, thanks for giving me a chance to answer them! Cheers....TIM
  25. Here are some images of the 1960's era A/SR model I built about 15 or so years ago. The build was the subject of a two-part article in what at that time was the "other" model car magazine. These photos reflect some after-the-fact refinements and additions to the model that took place after the magazine article appeared. It was also very similar in appearance and concept to a model build near the same time (but before my article appeared) by the highly talented Dennis Caudell of Indiana (you may recall seeing pictures of the two models posted together in coverage of one of the NNL Nationalls events). Enjoy the pix....and will be happy to answer any questions if I can remember the specifics of the project all these years later :)! Best....TIM PS - the upcoming Revell reissue with revisions of the old Stacey '32 Roadster tool would be a great starting point for a project like this, and it would eliminate a number of time-consuming steps I had to take on my model project. 🚗 PS - I found it! Here's a picture of Dennis Caudell's A/SR model pictured next to mine. Remember, he built his before my article appeared in the mag. Note the many similarities! TB
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