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Everything posted by randyc

  1. Love your builds and the little history lessons that come with them. Thanks - that's a beauty.
  2. Looks good. As you said, it's a shame it is not accurate under the skin. My real 81 doesn't have a serpentine belt either. I'm thinking this may be a glued hood build. Maybe photo reduce my mismatched dash panels (black weave around the instruments, wood grain at radio). Plus I need AC vents. Lots to think about doing.
  3. Thanks. I'll keep that in mind. Actually put knife top plastic the other night. Spent some time cleaning parts, cutting spare off, scribing cowl and fender lines. Started looking at Bronco body to see where it will have to be cut.
  4. Yep, I remember this one. Some folks gave you a hard time over the wide whites and red wheels. I love em. BUT I also decided not to go with that combination on mine from those photos. BUt that is a spectacular truck. I'm on 3 of the bullnose FB pages and Gary's garagemahal site. And just an update - found my old duallie for the front 2wd suspension. And a fellow member has offered to trade kits so I can have a Bronco body. Woo Hoo. Not a forgotten project but still gathering parts.
  5. That dash is what makes the difference in a replicas and models. This is a replica. At least in my world.
  6. Wow! Thanks folks! It is as close as I could get to my wife's. I intentionally went a little light on the paint because indoors paint looks darker than outside. I made several trips to the car to get details as close as I could. Fun to build stuff like that.
  7. Love the bike models. Those are always fun to build. The 57 Mint car is pretty nice. I've flipped several of them. They are pretty easy to sell if you can find dirty ones to clean up for cheap. And they are a good looking model to hold onto. Jag is nice model as well, just not my thing. I've flipped one before. Not a lotta value to them unless you have all the stuffings.
  8. THat's cool! Are you building you real truck? I've seen that truck on FB or Gary's Garagemahal or somewhere.
  9. Pick up a GOOD dehydrator. I was gifted a cheap one that runs at 165 degrees and non adjustable. Way too hot - when I use it, I leave the lid off or adjust the lid to keep the temps down. And never leave the plastic in there unwatched. I used to have one that I'd throw the plastic in and let it go unsupervised for days. I wore it out. New one, no way. Spoons ok, if you trust that the plastic is same enough as kit - good for color testing - I don't trust them for compatibility. I've mixed brands and used cheap paint for years. And yes you are taking a chance there, for sure. Do so at your own risk. Also I've bought a new can of something I've used for years and the mfr might change the formulation, which throws your paint job out the window anyway. And the kits I referred to in the purple pond? One did not strip and other took a long dang time to get all the parts clean. I built the one that paint wouldn't strip as a barn find Morgan and the other I haven't been back around to and it's been well over a year. Nice finish Dave.
  10. Wow! Thanks from a year later. Wish I could find a hyundai Kona to match my real one.
  11. I'm going to move forward with this Revell blob. We'll see what comes out. I'll keep searching ebay, but not much hope. I am not going to spend big money on this project when the real truck needs parts. It's just a big model project to me. Then I get to drive the big one too.
  12. I know that one is out there, but it would be a search and wait and cost might be more than I can justify.
  13. Those are slightly different. They represent the 14" wheels and the trim rings go almost up to the cap. I did look at them. Thanks for mentioning them. Was going to use them if nothing else available, but the MAD resins mentioned above are even closer to mine. Now if I could find a proper bedside...
  14. Earlier this year, I bought an 81 Ford F150 Ranger Explorer Styleside - enough words in the name of truck? Shortbed 302 with 5 spd conversion (M5OD-R2). I am going to attempt to build my truck. I have a junk F350 duallie (I think) that will contribute front suspension and other parts. I have posted in "Wanted" for the F250 bed, whcih would be easier to work with than the duallie bed. The real bodies were pretty close other than wheel openings that went round in 87. I did buy an extra cab for the body sides - it will take a lot of hacking/bashing. We'll see if I can make anything. At the worst, I'll have a completely inaccurate stepsire representation of my truck? Or an unfinished project. But if I don't come up with a flat side bed, I'll try to hack what I have into shape. MAD resins has some van wheels that match pretty close to mine. They have a trans that is similar, but as bad as the engine and underhood are, I may not worry about that too much. I have the Revell TRUCKS issue of the F150 RANGER, which isn't a RANGER at all; it's the "Custom". It's a pretty big letdown when I compare it to the truck in the driveway. This is one of those where the nitpicklers could have a field day with all the inaccuracies. I try not to do that, but this is pretty sad attempt. But I'll work with it and make what I can. Here's my real truck from a couple month ago. This is what I'm going to try to make. Any suggestions for parts that can be had easily are welcome. I'm a cheapskate and not going to wait til the moon is in the proper phase and pay with wolf's blood for parts. lol
  15. Very nice build. I went the easy route and bought the DM diescast. That's my holy grail car.
  16. Here's some stuff from my build - sounds much like yours. I don't have any completion photos though. My photos never go in the right order. I primed with silver of some sort apparently - looks like I had the red body as well. Paint is testors out of can, but I might have decanted it to airbrush. That would be my guess. Basic engine photos - then you hide it all with the body. Interior is nice enough to spend some time on. I found a site with this exact car that had lots of reference photos.
  17. Just as it says - I need a bed from the 91 Ford F250. Non duallie version. I think that will work to cut in some 80s fenders to reproduce my 81 F 150. THe real trucks were basically same except fender opening shapes. I have a junk duallie, but could use the regular bed.
  18. Cool. I found some On Fireball's site for Mustangs which are closer on the actual hubcap, I think, but the ones you sent are closer on the whole deal. And they got a trans that looks close to my later 5 spd. THanks
  19. I am going to attempt to build a model of my truck. I *think* I've seen these before in a kit, but not sure which kit. Anyone have any ideas or any they want to part with? Thanks
  20. Dodge trucks are TOUGH, no matter what. LOL.
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