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  1. Other favorite car at the street fair. This is one fabulous custom Merc, a famous car no-doubt? Saw this driving down our local streets a year ago and wanted to follow it but it wasn’t where my wife wanted me to take her. So nice to encounter it again and be able to study it up close. I do believe it’s the nicest custom car I have ever seen. If I were a very wealthy man, I would make the owner an agreeable offer just so I could park this beauty in my living room.
  2. Love-love-love this ‘65 Plymouth Belvedere 426 Hemi SS/A. I’ve had a fetish for these since the 7th grade and have built a few 1/25 models of these in my old age from the excellent Moebius kit. Think I’ll build some more 🤪! Wish I could have stayed at this show long enough to hear this beast fire up.
  3. Some pics I took this morning at our local street fair in Thousand Oaks, CA, first bunch are movie prop cars from FvF movie as well as other movie, TV shows. I assume the Ferrari, GT-40 and P 910 are all reproductions based on the lack of roped-off barriers and guards….
  4. This light color really shows off the beautiful lines of this timeless classic design and the wide whites really make’s it all pop. I built this excellent kit a few years ago and sprayed it a dark maroon which, in hindsight, muddied the highlights. I also love the cityscape background of your photos, they look like period color photos of classic 1:1 cars you see on the HAMB.
  5. Yes, the AMT instructions related to the exhaust are pretty ambiguous. Stock class NHRA rules in ‘66 required the stock exhaust and muffler(s) to be intact and any performance headers were allowable but they needed to be routed thru the stock exhaust. Open bypasses were allowable so as long as the stock exhaust pipes are connected to the headers up near the engine, it should be legal. In hindsight, I probably should have connected the dual stock exhausts to each header near the header outlets (“the open bypass”), much like the Moebius ‘65 Plymouth SS and A/FX kits. Bill Jenkins was notoriously secretive about his race cars, I was never able to locate a reference photo of the underside of this car so who knows what the headers and exhaust system actually looked like.
  6. Really nice job Ryan on this new-tooled XKE. Love the color combo and those toggle switches are amazing (how did you do those?). I built a red over tan version of this new kit for my wife to replace the ancient Revell 1/25 kit that I built for her years ago (and misplaced). This new XKE kit is the most Tamiya-like Revell that I’ve ever built. I de-chromed and Alclad metallized the wire wheels but If I build another one of these kits, I’ll just hit the chromed kit wheels with a black wash -yours look great!.
  7. I really like the look of the black teardrop hood with the silver and your home-made decals came out perfect. I’m amazed you were able to fit that wide SOHC engine in and still leave the tops of the strut towers and brace. Your scratch-built solder headers came out really nice in your WIP, too bad they’re so hidden. All around beautiful drag car build, thank you for sharing!
  8. Moebius has a history of doing that (Hudson coupe, convertible and fastback) so 🤞. Still optimistic that someday they’ll issue ‘65 Dodge RWB and AWB kits to go with their wonderful Plymouth’s
  9. Thanks Tim for documenting and posting this build, really appreciate all the details. I’m a big fan of Mobius kits, particularly the wonderful Mopar and Comet SS and A/FX kits which have so accurately depicted some actual historic drag cars. Question on this Nova kit: will Moebius be supplying decals in this kit that depict an actual period gasser of the mid 60’s that existed or will they be for a generic/ fictional racer? Would be nice if they could also someday do a ‘64 Nova variation of this kit for the Doug Thorley “Chevy-2-Much” car.
  10. Beautiful clean builds of these classic drag cars. Love the paint colors. It’s amazing how many variations can be built from this AMT double kit. So fortunate for us old guys that this and several other kits from our earlier modeling years are still available as re-pops (Revell Tony Nancy double kit, Monogram Sizzler) to give us a “second crack” at them! Thanks for posting!
  11. Your paint work is absolutely amazing Mr L. You should be painting 1:1 Ferrari’s, you’d make a fortune!
  12. I agree with you Eric on this new tool XKE roadster, it approaches Tamiya quality IMO. I believe this is a series 1 3.8 L which was produced from ‘62 -‘64. You did a beautiful job on your build and I particularly like all the correct paint colors and details you included under the hood and in the interior. I just finished a red one for my wife and am tempted to pick up another one to finish in metallic blue for me, it was that much fun to build. Too bad Revell didn’t get the front windshield height right on the coupe version of this new kit (looks like they used the shorter roadster window on the coupe).
  13. Beautiful execution on one of Revell’s best 1/25 auto kits. The black steelies are a great choice with the dark blue, gives it a realistic understated early ‘60’s super stocker look. The decals and your application of them are very nice - are they a Fred Cady set?
  14. These are some builds I did before the pandemic hit. I’ve been building mostly super stockers since these but I love these “old early days” subjects, gotta build more of these!
  15. Love this two-tone scheme with the wide whites. The chrome wheels are very nice as well -did they come in the kit? Sounds like a less-than-perfect kit which you managed to beat into submission- nice job!
  16. Really impressed with the transformation you achieved on this one - great job! Too bad you couldn’t “clone” the model you started with to park next to your finished maroon beauty. I must admit, I also love the innocence of the “before” one, like a fine piece of folk art, it’s so bad it’s kinda cool! I feel your pain regarding recent metal foil, I just purchase a fresh new sheet but it’s nowhere as good (in thickness or adhesion) as the old sheet I’ve been nursing for years. Another victim of our supply chain challenges….
  17. Very nice job merging the AMT ‘60 Starliner chassis & engine to this old tooled Merc. This car looks good in white & red with the jacked up chassis and teardrop hood. As much as I like the fastback ‘63-64 Ford Galaxies, I think this Maurader has even nicer styling. Beautiful super neat build!
  18. Beautiful clean build of an unusual short-lived model from Lexus. I think The styling is pretty nice when compared with more recent Lexus models (ugliest front ends IMO since the Edsel). I’ve seen everything in the streets here in So. CA including Bugatti Veyrons and La Ferrari’s but I have yet to see one of these LFA’s in the flesh, they must be pretty rare. Thanks for sharing!
  19. Beautiful job Tom! Love the subject and your fabulous execution. The look of whitewalls on early sixties SS’er’s, so nostalgic for me (as well as for other fellow old geezers). I wouldn’t have even noticed the height of the rear if you hadn’t pointed it out. Under hood detail is also really nice. I experienced your BMF troubles this morning in using a brand new package - it doesn’t stick worth a darn! I had to pull out what little foil I’ve been using for a few years to finish the small job I was doing (Revell’s new XKE roadster). I guess we need to add adhesive to use this newer stuff?
  20. Hey Tom, here’s a photo of the Mel Burns SMP decals I bought earlier this year: As you can see they are nowhere near as nice as yours. I think I was another of one of those suckers who bought my set off a vendor on eBay (teresawulf) and not the SMP website, I suspect they were bootlegged. I’ve learned since that there is a number of folks copying and printing other’s decals (and resin parts) and selling them on eBay. The only pics I have of this car you probably already have:
  21. Thank’s guys for the kind comments. Bogger44 - I used Scalefinishes “Dodge Viper Stryker Orange” basecoat along with a white basecoat. Scalefinishes basecoats work great for two-tone paint schemes, I rarely get any bleed thru at the masked edges (I use green Frog tape). I’ve given up trying to use gloss lacquers for two-tones, the solvents in the lacquers just laugh at my masking barriers and bleed right thru!
  22. Nice recovery Tom on the body replacement. I love these early sixties SS’ers so you’ve got my attention. I wanted to do a Mel Burns lightweight 62 Galaxie SS (I grew up in Long Beach) but the SMC decals I ordered were really poor quality (they use fuzzy rastor graphic files vs crisp vector graphics?), hoping yours are better. I ended up building the Jerry Alderman sponsored A/FX car because it only needed monochrome dark blue decals which I was able to print at home. It was my first resin body project (also using the excellent AMT Starliner donor kit) and a “learning experience” for me (not sure I’ll go there again unless it’s a really special subject). Looks great so far! - Looking forward to watching your build!
  23. I love it Bob! Love the fact that you incorporated a blown straight six (a 235 Chevy?), a typical late fifties rail made in some dude’s backyard financed by his Mon-Fri job. Those must have been fun (and crazy dangerous) days. We all must have at least one of these extra slingshot dragster frames left over from the double dragster kit, your build is inspiring me to copy you here! Thanks for posting this very cool subject.
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