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Dennis Lacy

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  1. Many of you should know the name Tim Boyd @tim boyd by now as he has been a regular contributor to model car magazines for decades. One of his biggest focusses in the hobby is scale Hot Rods and Street Rods and the pages of those magazines have been filled with his how-to projects. He also used to do a monthly column for Street Rodder Magazine called "Modelers Corner". One particular issue, the May 1990, left a huge impression on me and remains one of my favorite scale Street Rod how-to articles of all-time. I was 10 years old when this issue came out and actually didn't discover it until I was 13 when I spent a summer reading through my Dad's entire back catalog of Street Rodder. I ended up keeping the May 1990 issue aside and over the years read it until the binding came apart. Not only did I love the scale Street Rod that Tim created and the detailed how-to that he provided, I also loved that the Editor saw fit to print the article all in one shot rather than break it up over 2 or 3 issues as Tim has stated was the original plan. Here is the intro to the article. Note that with this being printed in 1990 this means the model was actually created in 1989 using the best Street Rod kit bashing parts available at the time from such kits as Monogram's 1937 Ford Sedan and ZZ Top Eliminator Coupe, as well as, AMT's controversial 1933 Ford Sedan Street Rod - Not to mention Revell's 1929 Pickup kit as a foundation. Current pictures of this model can be found in Tim's Fotki account and today it still looks to be in pristine condition: https://public.fotki.com/funman1712/tim-boyds-124th--12/boyd-street-rods-ra/boyd-closed-cab-hot/ When I was about 16 I finally felt decent enough at model building to set out and build my version. While it wasn't an exact copy it borrowed heavily from Tim's ideas and parts sources. my version turned out pretty nice but, unfortunately, didn't stand the test of time and no longer exists. This new version isn't going to be an exact copy either but, like the first one 24 years ago, will be heavily influenced once again by Tim's article. Starting out with an initial mock up I decided to deviate on the wheel selection. Tim used the Boyd Coddington "billet" wheels from Monogram's original '37 Sedan release. I am going to be using these equally 80's correct 3-piece style wheels from AMT's (not so great) 1957 Corvette Flip-Nose Gasser. I've been hanging onto these wheels for about 25 years now(!) and I've finally found the just-right model for them. I stripped the chrome and they will be treated to a satin finish down the road. I'm using the same rear tires as Tim, the FAT BFG radials found in many of Monogram's kits in the 80's and 90's. The front tires are from AMT's Gasser wheels and tires parts pack of a few years ago. The wheels were a loose fit in those big rear tires so I wrapped them in 1/8" wide strips of .015" Evergreen sheet to tighten them up. I then took a pair of front inner wheels from Revell's '32 Ford kits and cut the spokes and hubs out to create the inner wheel halves. Up front I thinned down the inner wheel halves from AMT's 1949 Ford Coupe. I also took care of the engine set up today. In Tims article he has a close up of his finished engine and states, "Now get bust on your version of a small block Chevy...", encouraging you to have your own ideas. Tim used the engine block, trans, heads and front cover/water pump from AMT's '33 Sedan Street Rod. I am using the same pieces although in reissued form from the 5-Window Coupe follow up to the Sedan which used the identical chassis and engine. This engine was great for fitting into early Ford hot rod frames because of the easy to use mounts coming off the front corners of the oil pan. My version uses the Weiand valve covers and tunnel ram intake set up from AMT's 1966 Nova Pro Street along with the same engines timing cover / water pump. The belt drive, accessories, oil filter and headers are from the original issue of Monogram's 1937 Sedan. The air filters are from Revell's Stacey David Rat Roaster. I also added separate breathers to the valve covers which come with the '34 5-Window engine. I modified the header flanges by thinning them down to a more realistic appearance. I also cleaned up the radius' of the pipes that this exposed. Prior to doing this access to the inner spark plug locations were obstructed so that was my main motivation. Also note that originally the oil filter was molded together with the oil pan. I cut that away so a separate, better detailed filter could be used. That's as far as I got today as I didn't have the full day at the bench I usually do. Definitely more to come soon!
  2. This is awesome, Tim! I remember the black and white shot from Modelers Corner showing the group of bodies you were working on at the time, this one among them. You definitely nailed the old hi-tech look with the finished model. All the body modifications I remember seeing on the full scale feature cars in Street Rodder, in particular the hood top and sides blended into the grill shell. It also makes me extremely happy to see the “Posies Two-Tone” roadster. I fondly remember that Modelers Corner how-to and how you showed sinking the springs into the cross members to get the slammed stance. You better believe I dig into one and built it just like yours, wheels, tires and all except mine was solid red. At the time I wasn’t confident enough to mask and spray the upper half black. My model is long gone but this makes me want to build a modern version.
  3. Thanks, Alan! The exaggerated scrub radius is partly my fault because of the way I built the back side of the wheels. If you read my previous chassis post you’ll notice I plan to correct it, mostly because the track is too wide keeping the wheels and tires from fitting up into the fenders properly. Keep in mind I modified the spindles with the mounting stubs and disc brakes from the Revell 32 kits whereas the 37 kits have simple flat wheel back.
  4. UPDATE! Over the last few days I was able to spray color and clear on this project. I dared to be different. A couple friends and I joked that I should put Taxi Cab decals on it, hahaha. Love it or hate it, though, this is it! Tamiya TS34 "Camel Yellow" with their black and clear as well. Still need to foil the windshield frame and black out the rear window rubber seals. Let me know what you all think!
  5. UPDATE! Today I was able to sit down and assemble the entire chassis. For the most part things went good. I was expecting to get frustrated by the fiddly front suspension but it turned out to be no problem at all. Two problems I did have was that the drivers side exhaust pipe connection came up a bit short where the two pieces are supposed to overlap. I obviously got it wrong during the fabrication phase. I don't care to redo the pipes so it is what it is. The other issue is that the front track is a bit too wide and the faces of the tires are up against the insides of the fenders. This is actually keeping the fenders front going all the way down over the tires. I have a plan to modify the wheel backs so they will go on further and free everything up. Anywho, here's some chassis shots and a mock up showing the car up on all 4 wheels for the first time ever. The body is in its final primer coat and ready for color.
  6. @larman @alan barton @krassandbernie One of my 2 surviving childhood models is a Monogram 1:24 ‘32 Roadster (Built around ‘93 and very telling of the street rod trends back then!) so I pulled it out and offered up a top. As you’ll see the shape of the top follows the shape of the body (curves and arch) really well but the body in this example is just a touch too wide to let the top sit all the way down. A little relief work on the body, inside edges of the top or both would be needed but are easy enough to do. Then, of course, the windshield would need to be chopped.
  7. I don’t know about that but very kind of you to think. Thanks!
  8. UPDATE! Got a little more done on this project. The frame is now painted and clear coated, the interior pieces are in color just needing some detail painting and the body and related pieces are in primer. Forgot to take pictures of the body but everyone here should know what primer looks like by now! If you take a second look at the interior panels folks who are familiar with this kit will note the I removed those God-awful molded-in 80's Lincoln Town Car looking door pull straps. I also removed the God-awful giant head rests from the front seats leaving them looking more vintage. I kept the stereo and speakers, though, because this is a retro-rod after all, not a hard-core era correct traditional car. Hoping to have the body in color soon...
  9. Everyone, Ed at Drag City Casting is at it again! This all-new offering is a resin chopped and stylized 1932 Ford Roadster up-top For Revell's 1932 Roadster HiBoy and Stacey David Rat Roaster kits. The top is a direct fit to the Rat Roaster but use on the HiBoy kits will require chopping the windshield 1/8". Ed is one of the best resin casters in the business and you won't be disappoint. I recently received 6 of these tops and below are a few pictures of one test fit to a couple of my previously built roadsters. Ed does not have a formal website but can be contacted by email at: "lowcab36@epix.net", by phone at: (570)-289-4345 or through his Facebook business page "Drag City Casting".
  10. I never would have thought to combine these two kits but it works surprisingly well. The weathering looks excellent, very realistic!
  11. Thanks, Steve! We are a couple of miles south of the San Gabriel mountain range / Angeles Forest that are currently engulfed. Not in harms way so far as catching on fire but heavy smoke that looks like fog rolling through our neighborhoods making the air quality bad.
  12. Thanks! Fuel lines are #1 line and #1 fittings from Detail Master. The “T” at the first carburetor I made from Evergreen .040” square rod.
  13. Thanks a bunch! If I had this in my garage I’d be in jail 🤣
  14. Thanks stopping by, Roger. Glad you like it so much!
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