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  1. Mike, on the Lotus 33 headers, leave the bond joints between headers and block to the very end, after you’ve aligned the header extensions and wire support thingy that’s attached to the rear of the chassis. If you follow the instructions and pre-bond the headers to the block earlier on, you’ll regret it. Almost took a hammer to one I built after following the instructions!

  2. On 6/25/2022 at 9:28 AM, Mike C. said:

    Shipment arrived today. Lotus type 33 and some paints. Never built a formula 1 car but this one captures the era of racing I really like. How does the old saying go. When sex was safe and racing was dangerous.  The Lotus looks a bit of a daunting task with tons of small parts and I still have tons of stuff on the bench before I ever get to it. 

    Funny thing about the Tamiya model, no plastic shrink wrap. No attempt to seal it at all. I suppose they're going green  or something. 


    Hi Mike , I built this one recently which includes some of the molded parts from the Tamiya Lotus 25 along with new tooled parts from Ebbro. The best part of this kit is the machined aluminum injector stacks that are included, wish these were available aftermarket. I had a bear of a time getting the upper cowling and engine cover to fit/ fully seat onto the lower tub. I recommend doing lots of dry-fitting and tuning if your kit parts fit like mine did (hopefully yours will fit better!). The assembly and alignment of the exhaust headers was also a test.  It’s a beauty when completed and I hope someday to build another one of these along with a Lotus 25. Good luck! John



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  3. Great job Mike on another legendary super stock cover car.  These T-bolts look good in this two-tone gold over maroon. I agree with you on these Revell Thunderbolts, I’ve built two which were both a joy and could easily build a few more as well as horde a few extra kits for the nice parts (427 FE engine, headers, chassis, traction bars, two nice wheel sets….)

  4. Very nice build execution of an awful kit. I’ve seen these Protar kits at model swap meets and am glad I resisted buying despite the wonderful classic F1 subjects. The wheels/ tires on this 196 are just so wrong.

    I got to see Juan Manuel Fangio drive this one while chasing Moss in the 300 SLR at the Monterey Historics Laguna Seca in 1986, a wonderful memory. 

  5. Beautiful job on the paint and detailing on the bright work trim and front and rear ends. 

    I had a full size one of these in ‘76, the first new car for me after driving $300 beaters thru college, mine was the metallic green with tan interior, the  performance was mediocre (like most 70’s cars) but the build quality and reliability was rock solid. It was the first car I could take stress-free road trips in. Also my first car with an FM radio and a 5 spd stick. I still love the downsized Mustang styling of these.

  6. First one of these I’ve ever seen with gangster white walls - amazing how those WW tires change the appearance of this car - I like it! Also love the weird French styling, especially the weird roof and steering wheel! Beautiful job on the paint, engine and interior detailing. You’ve inspired me to keep my eyes out for one of these Ebbro kits (rare these days?)

  7. Scott @ SCR - please count me in for at least two of these cammer Hilborn Fi manifolds if you ever offer them in resin. 
    I have no knowledge of/ experience with the AMT ‘69 Galaxie SOHC but IMO the AMT Mustang funny car engine parts are like cartoon toy parts compared with the Moebius SOHC. I’ve bought two of the Moebius Comet A/FX kits just for the engines. Love that engine!

  8. Beautifully built and painted! The metallic blue, white trim, steelies+dog dishes + black walls, interior color choices all just period perfect. The Revell kit I assume? 

  9. That “marblized/ psychedelic” paint work is amazing! How did you do that? Paint mask? Skillful manual brush splatter? I’m also impressed with your homemade “Rushin’ Hippie” decals, they look “store-bought”! When I first looked at your pics, I just assumed that this car actually existed it’s so appropriate looking for the period. Great job!

    I think a lot of us modelers here like building these older drag subjects because we all miss those wonderful years of innovation, craftsmanship, creativity, variety. It’s understandable to me why most forms of auto racing (NHRA, NASCAR, Indy, F1) are fading in popularity. 

  10. Very nice, especially that shade of green metallic with the light green dash and wheels and white upholstery and top, beautiful! I also like the slightly raked stance and that you used the stock steelies and hub caps, both gives this build a very 50’s -60’s “period correct” mild street custom look. I can see this car cruising the streets of LA of my childhood.

  11. Nice job Jim, the blacked-out chrome on this titanium/black two-tone looks sweet. I love love love this Revell kit, one of their best, wished I bought more than one when they were still cheap!

  12. Great job Jesse on painting/ re-chroming/ foiling this ancient AMT (promo?) kit. This green is perfect for this car/ period and the finish and workmanship is first class. The front and rear grills/ bumpers and wheels/ WWW tires all make your build much more realistic looking. Wish Round 2 could/ would re-issue this kit, it’s so weird it’s cool. Thanks for posting!


  13. Thanks Michael for posting these two builds. I grew up in So. Cal in the 50’s-60’s and Hayden P. was one of many local drag racing legends. These two all-red beauties are a fitting tribute to his very successful 409/ Z-11 racing period.

    Thanks also for describing all the details to kit-bashing the ‘63 Impala Z-11 using the ‘62 Bel Air chassis, all your efforts really paid off, especially in the period correct front “jacked-up” stance on both cars.  You’ve inspired me to build these two in the near future to add to my growing super stock collection.

    The one criticism I have is not with your build execution but with SMP’s decal graphics. They offer a wonderful selection of early super stock drag subject decals but unfortunately most of them appear to use really large litho rastor graphic files instead of vector graphics like Slixx uses. You can really see the difference if you zoom up and compare the clean sharp decals of the ‘62 Bel Air (Slixx?) with the fuzzy ‘63 Impala (SMP) graphics. Sure hope SMP can eventually address this issue.


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  14. Beautiful funny, particularly love the chassis with all the linkage and plumbing eye candy.

    I feel your pain on the “old decals over dark paint” challenges. I’ve been able to minimize this a few times by 1) removing all the decal adhesive from the old decal after wetting and separating it from the paper backing by rubbing it off with a soft paint brush and water and then 2) applying a thin mixture of Micro Set (blue bottle) and white glue between the decal and paint to provide adhesion and fill voids to prevent ghosting. If you use this method, be sure to remove any excess MS-white glue from the decal area before it sets up, otherwise it will leave a un-glossy film.

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  15. R. Thorne - I left the stock exhaust system (muffler) in place per NHRA rules for S/S in ‘65.  I’m not sure when the 1:1 photos were taken (’66?) but in that time a lot of these cars were morphing into match racers/ pre- funnies so it’s likely they removed the stock exhaust. I believe Shirley replaced the dual cards with Hilborne FI sometime in ‘66.

    MADmodelDOCTER - I used Tamiya acrylic tan (FX-55 deck tan I think), airbrushed on the interior.

  16. Thanks guys for the “at-a-boy’s”! Compliments here are very flattering (and encouraging!).

    17 hours ago, Nitrobarry said:

    Great engine work! Great model! As a side note, I wish Slixx would have done the side decal as a solid white "band" which would make application easier. There might be some bleed through of the blue, but careful masking could make that go away. Anyway, well done!

    I thought the same thing when I first saw the pinstripe decals on the Slixx sheet so I photocopied the decals and used it as a guide when cutting my tape masks. Slixxx prints a thin white boarder on both sides of each pinstripe which really helps maintain an even gap between each stripe and the masked blue edge on the final two-tone painted body. If Slixx had just made the pinstripes a single blue line, I think the final mounted decals on the masked painted body would have looked much sloppier and uneven.

  17. Cool build Fish! I think you did a great job capturing the "no-frills guy with a day job in the sixties" look on this build.  Love the color, love the rear black steelies, love the minimal decals, love the stance. Sweet!

    I feel your pain on the fractured Moebius door handles, I broke the left one on the '65 Ply I just posted and re-aligning the pieces and re-bonding them together  using CA was an exercise in micro jewelry making.  It look's ok from 18" away.....

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