Dang, now you made me want to get back on my copy of a friend's full size T coupe that was originally built in the '60s, I've got almost everything together in one box, just missing the old top shift trans, but I think the original release '50 Ford f-1 kit might have one, it has the engine from the AMT '34 Ford sedan kit, rear axle is from a Revell model A woody kit, and the body and frame are from the Tall T coupe kit, you gave me the ideas I needed for the chassis, and the interior will be a bench seat with an Indian blanket cover, the original car was shown once way back then as an under construction car, all flat black primer except for the red steelies and the red motor. Keep going, I could use a few more good tips/ideas for this excellent build.
Want to make your money back? A Sacramento area dirt track racer used one of those style bodies to build what was a radical super stock dirt oval car in '76, it even went "down under" as part of the U.S.A. race team that winter and I'd kinda like to build a copy of it. The guy's name was Tony Valente, he was a fairly large rice grower and was president of the California rice growers organization.
I notice a few complaints about what's not in the kit, but I think what we're getting is quite a bargain, we get a set of decals that would probably cost us $15 on the aftermarket, AND we get a pretty good start on a Firebird Trans Am, and an honest one at that, it seems the biggest complaint is the tires, I look at it like we got the model for around $15, after the decals were paid for, so we can afford to pick up some of Round2's excellent muscle car tires and they come two sets to a package so we're getting a good deal there too.
If you get a chance, see if you can find pictures of the # 112 modified known as the "Batmobile" that Gary Balough drove to a dominating win years ago at the Syracuse Mile in New York, that car is credited with changing the division forever and bringing about the current style cars. It willgive you an idea of what could be done for the roof. You can do a search for Gary Balough Batmobile images and get literally hundreds of pictures, including quite a few of some nicely built models of it.
I like the look you have going, it resembles the car that was awarded at the Street Rod Nationals a few years ago, I believe that several of the rodding magazines had different articles covering its construction. But it was a well done little ride.
In reference to the hood change your thinking of, the only thing I would change would be to change the lower moulding section by taking a small pie cut into it, raising the front end slightly and leaving the cowling end as is. I think this would change the silhouette to what you're looking for.
Liquitex® has some really nice looking pearl and metallic colors in their line up, and I know they work well in an airbrush, my daughter and I do model horses, and many people into this hobby use these paints. One of theprofessional ones is Brad Leisure's wife Cheryl, she's also one of the best painters in the hobby.
One of the nicest versions I've seen of a 1:1 '29.A Highboy Roadster has to be the bright red one that is owned and built by Dennis Varney, it looks clean and simple, but close inspection reveals some real innovative details, like the front turn indicator lights that are built into the bobbed ends of the frame rails. There's a lot more, one tip as to how nice it is is the fact that it was picked as one of the top ten rods of all time by Boyd Coddington.
I see that the packaging problem with the chassis hasn't been solved yet, it's nothing really serious, but around half, or a little more, of the ones I've opened, or sold and had returned have at least one of the rear bumper brackets broken, it seems strange, because it's always a rear one. This would seem to me to be a packaging thing since it's so consistent about being only the rear brackets involved.
The top photo is after it had the Daimler installed, because it doesn't have Roger Whipp listed as one of the owners, just a few years ago it was restored for a showing at Kool April Nites in Redding the year that the original Shasta Roadsters car club was honored. The drag strip in Redding is the oldest continuing operational NHRA strip in the country, and Roger Whipp got into a tiff with Wally Parks in the early days because he was the first promoter to pay tow money to bigger name racers, his reasoning was without that they wouldn't come to an out of the way track like Redding, Jim Dunn was a regular show up at our little track. One of the best races ever seen here was between Ivo's Showboat driven by some new kid named Don Prudhomme against the local CP&E dragster that was powered by a 301 Chevy, with Hilborn injection and a Ford three speed transmission with seven inch slicks, if Champ Houston the driver of the CP&E car hadn't missed the 1- 2 shift he would have won, a lot to be said about not smoking the tires the full quarter mile. And Champ was his given name not a nickname, guess he was supposed to be a racer. The Redhead was built by Romeo Palimedes from Oakland CA. he later became known as a jet car builder, the reason the car ended up in Redding was because the original person it was built for backed out and Romeo was wanting some money, I've heard it was a super deal.
I bought one of the Petty versions before they announced that they were releasing the K&K version, would anyone be interested in trading a decal sheet for the Petty car for a K&K set? The wife kind of balked at spending another $50 on a kit for a different decal sheet.
Excellent job, I really like the worked on look you've got going on the front clip. These cars were actually using Packard 440 solid core stranded spark plug wires, before everyone started using bigger wire, probably more like 6 mm in diameter.
this is the first picture I've seen of the old "NASCAR" Holley four barrel carb in quite a while, I've also seen this carb used on racing 427 Cobras, surprised to see it in the competition Cobra kit from Revell.