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  1. This one is built using the Moebius '65 Plymouth Belvedere A990 Butch Leal "California Flash" kit and a set of Slixx decals. I replaced the 426 engine with stick shift that came with the kit with a Moebius 426 Hemi with a TorqueFlite automatic that came out of the Moebius '65 Belvedere Hemi hardtop kit. I added a Detail Master distributor + plug wires, solder wire fuel lines, seat belts, Fireball Holley 3116 resin carbs and a detail Master tach. I have used the nice machined aluminum Detail Master velocity stacks on previous Hemi S/S builds but they were never period correct so I decided to try making my own scratch-built velocity stacks for this build using styrene sheet and tubing that I think came out a little closer to the original factory stacks (although larger/ taller like the resin carbs!). Exterior paint is Scale Finishes "Tru-Blue" and white base with TS-13 clear coat, everything else Tamiya and a little Alclad metalizer. I was a little apprehensive in attempting to align the Slixx pinstripe decals adjacent to my masking borders but it came out pretty good I think. Shirley Shahan was an amazing super stock driver back in the sixties, shutting all the boys down in the '66 National's and taking home top stock eliminator, all while working at the Gas Company full time and raising three kids. I believe she is still with us (83?), retired and living in the Central Valley of Cal. What a cool woman! Cheers, John
  2. Amazing craftsmanship and creativity! Love the front wheel pods and the rear suspension. You really thought through and sweated all the internal details. The only thing missing are Ferrari logo(s)! Bravo!
  3. Absolutely agree (most beautiful and perfect F1 car ever), probably the one 1/12 MFH model I would consider if $ and my skill limitations were no issue. Fabulous build!
  4. Soldering a brass chassis from scratch looks like quite a challenge. It reminds me of how we use to build 1/24 slot car chassis from scratch back in the 60’s. You might want to do a search on the web for videos on building soldered brass rod/ piano wire slot car chassis for tips on soldering materials and methods, alignment jigs & fixturing, heat sinks, etc. I saw JJ win the night at OCIR in ‘69 in this car. Last drag race I attended in the 60’s, good old days! Looking forward to seeing how you make this chassis come together.
  5. Your masking, painting and foiling look fantastic to me. I love this AMT kit, one of their best. 426 Max Wedges Rock!!!!
  6. Lovely execution on this great Moebius kit. In white, this model reminds me of the ‘56 DeSoto Firedome Sportsman that Jimmy Stewart drove in one of my favorite classic movies, Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” (although I think I prefer the cleaner styling of your Chrysler). Beautiful build and nice photos!
  7. Thanks Michael for posting the Comet -T-Bolt underside comparison photo. I was surprised that the Comet was that much shorter and narrower than the Fairlane, a little more cutting than I expected. Sure hope Round 2 re-pops this ‘64 Comet kit before I get too old and feeble to kit bash one like yours!
  8. Another fabulous “cover car” Michael! This one might just be my favorite of yours. Look’s like the T-Bolt chassis slips right into the AMT body without much trouble? Did you use the T-Bolt interior? I may just have to copy you on this one if/ when the Comet kit is ever re-issued (ultimate compliment, right?). I better start looking for another Revell T-Bolt and a set of these decals!
  9. The body mods, that injected SBC, the colors, the decals, the wheels, the stance, it all just “clicks”. Nice!!!! Your build inspires me to take another crack at this kit which I remember struggling with as a kid
  10. Very nice builds of a wonderful subject. I’m with you on this being one of best SS kits ever released, I’ve built two so far (Dick Brannan’s and Gas Ronda’s) and could easily build a few more if I could find some interesting usable decals. The other SS kits I keep building are the AMT ‘62 Bel Air (3), the Lindberg/ AMT Round 2 ‘64 Dodge (3), the AMT ‘64 Plymouth Belvedere (2) and the Moebius ‘65 Plymouth’s (3). Can’t wait for Moebius to release their ‘65 Dodge kits!
  11. Love these “cover car” builds that you’re posting Mike. Did the ‘66 Galaxie kit that you got the cammer out of to build this Mustang also include the two air inlet conduits? I tried building those from scratch for a Mustang A/FX I posted last year (and gave up!). In my perfect scale modeling fantasy world, Moebius would release an accurate 1/25 kit of the H-M ‘65 Mustang 2+2 A/FX with their 427 SOHC (from their Comet kit), accurate front and rear AWB adjustments, period correct wheels and tires with proper “stance”and the weird front torsion beam suspension and then Slixx or Fremont Racing Specialties would issue sets of decals to build all 10 (11?) of the resulting drag cars….a boy can dream…
  12. Your Pops has impeccable taste! The colors, the lowered stances, the choice of wheels, everything just “clicks” on both of these! The paint, the foil work and overall build quality is first class on both as well. I thought the styling of these ‘59 - 60’s Chev’s with the bat wings were weird (kinda ugly) when they first appeared in my kid days but now they look beautiful to me.
  13. Thanks guys for the encouraging responses. Also thanks SuperDan for pointing out the misspelling on the dash decal -that gave me a good laugh. I can’t promise that there won’t be spelling errors on any future builds I post, my spelling skills suck! One thing I did different on this second go round on this kit which helped was to fully assemble the engine + trans + differential before installing into the chassis (instructions call out installing the trans + diff to chassis first). The rear of the engine still suffered downward angular “sag” off the rear axle pivot point but this was fixed by just pushing the sagging engine back up into the chassis/body and bonding the rear of the exhaust pipes to the body cut-outs.
  14. Fabulous job on this one Randy. I have to echo the compliments on the painted wheel covers, a tough area to get right. Also noticed that you painted the weather stripping on the door openings which really makes these open gullwing doors visually pop. All around sweet build!
  15. Sweet! Love the understated colors and overall sleeper look of this Poncho. So are the tires/ model from the AMT “Polyglass Gasser II” kit? If so, I gotta keep a look for that one, can never build too many sixties Pontiac’s!
  16. This is my second attempt at wrestling a 1/24 Fujimi 356 kit into a presentable finished model with all four wheels nearly touching the ground. This one was no easier than first (a yellow coupe I build a year or so ago). I used ScaleFinishes sixties Ford base paint for the ivory exterior, "Corinthian White", and Tamiya acrylics and Alclad metallics for the other colors. Despite the challenges, I love the look of these Fujimi bathtub Porsches, I think its the fabulous looking wheels that come with these kits that makes them worth building. Cheers, John. (PS - the rear tail lights are wrong, the red should be outboard/ orange inboard....always something!)
  17. Thanks Tim for the detailed clarification on kit options for an early Logghe chassis. Your suggestion of modifying a gen 2 chassis from one of the affordable Polar Light FC kits for a Dyno Don FC is a great idea and probably wouldn’t be all that difficult. Look’s like this subject was well hashed out in a thread here from 2019 that I missed:
  18. Thank you Tim for the this funny car model history lesson and for these wonderful pics of your two beautiful builds. So was the conventional early Logghe chassis that you show in your posting (the yellow one) the one that is supplied in the “Hawaiian” version of this Revell kit? I would love to locate a kit for a chassis doner to use to build one of the early Dyno Don flipper Comets - would this kit be a good candidate or is there another early funny car kit that would be more accurate to use (and an affordable re-pop such as this Revell or a Polar Lights kit)?
  19. Nice build Michael! I like the early funnies where the bodies were nearly stock looking. I am also really enjoying this “building the covers” series that you are posting, you’re doing an amazing job on these and I’m very impressed with the high quality/ standard of each build as well as your fast productivity. So I assume you have a complete or nearly complete set of these Super Stock and FX magazines from the 60’s? Lucky guy!!!!
  20. The blood, sweat, tears and time you put into this build really paid off! What a magnificent scale model!
  21. Beautiful build Jim! This bubble top looks good in Mustard yellow and I love the “local business sponser” decals. Also nice work on the engine details and the stainless trim and window frames (foil?). If you were to apply touches of steel paint to the lug nuts and center hub on the yellow wheels, it would make the wheels really pop!
  22. Thanks for posting the header pic Mike! Scratch-building a pair of symmetrical headers out of solder in 1/25 is quite a skill, yours came out great! The few times I’ve tried it, it gave me a sense of what the custom header builders had to go thru back in the day to fit between them the block and the chassis, a lot of bending, fitting, rinse & repeat.
  23. Very cool model of one my favorite historic stockers Mike. The decals came out great considering they are old Fred Cady. Would love to see what the headers look like from the underside.
  24. Really like that understated two-tone green and your foil work is beautiful! I agree with the other other comments how some car designs start to look better (or at least more “interesting”) with the passage of time. Love the over-the-top tail lights and fins on this Dodge.
  25. Your engine detailing is amazing! I don’t see any area that you did not address, all the way down to the fittings on the heater lines. Wow!
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