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Chuck Most

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  1. Just got mine today. At the risk of stating the painfully obvious... if you have any of the '72 Blazer reissues, you'll be in very familiar territory. It is largely the exact same kit, aside from the grille. As mentioned before, the grille isn't quite right, it's almost like nobody at AMT actually took a look at the GMC grille. Or maybe a disgruntled former GMC stylist ended up making patterns for AMT? Who knows. A little thin D-strip around the upper edge and sides of the grille will help a great deal with making the grille look a tad more realistic. It has the visible mounting pins for the headlight lenses, but at least the lights appear properly sized, and not all "what big eyes you have" as depicted on the box art drawing. Its almost painful comparing this grille to the Blazer grille- which is actually pretty nicely done. Tires are four of the soft, hollow M&H slicks, or four of those blank Polyglas GT tires Round 2 seems to love so much (they're even in the recent Sonoma reissue 😶)- I'd have preferred the old Firestone all terrains as the stock option, but oh well. Yes, the optional chrome wheels still have a lug mis-match- six up front, five out back. The decal sheet features duplicates of the hood and tailgate GMC badges, as well as sets of decal graphics for the side markers that actually look somewhat convincing. The front lens decals also feature the small "four wheel drive" emblem beneath. The fender badges are on the chrome sprue, or you can use the provided decal graphics instead. You also get two different gauge panel graphics, which is something I love seeing on these old reissues. You also get some punny markings for the drag option- Swamp Gasser for Project Bluebook enthusiasts, Top Jimmy for Van Halen enthusiasts, and Jimbo for Wikipedia enthusiasts. I have to say I'm intrigued by the box-art subject- a 4x4 drag Jimmy is so ridiculous an idea I think I just might build mine that way.
  2. Chuck Most

    Supra Nova

    Here we have the AMT '63 Chevrolet Nova, fitted with the turbo six from a '95 Toyota Supra, SSR Star Shark wheels and low profile tires from Aoshima, and a tweaked ride height. The paint is Testors Pure Gold. I hit it with a Krylon flat clear that I knew would splotch the paint and give it a weathered look. I found out that the Toyota six requires a bit less fitment work to get into the car than a stock six from a Trumpeter Nova. I really wish Round 2 had gone the extra two or three steps and provided a stock six cylinder for this kit, but it is what it is I guess. At least the provided engine bay is reasonably detailed. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to see how well the '66 Pro Street chassis might work under this body...
  3. Exactly what I'm saying. And all of that's before you take into account wear and tear on the mold, something that won't apply to a newer kit for a while.
  4. Love it! My grandfather had a Model TT (one ton model T) flatbed and a couple of old wood stoves like that- he could have done a 1:1 scale diorama of your model. And while this kit may be fragile when dropped, just be glad it wasn't a Heller Ferguson. Those things explode...
  5. Well, I've got a couple. The first are a couple cars I really like from a manufacturer I really don't- General Motors. First off, the '67 full size Chevrolets. I don't care about trim level or body style... Chevrolet's design team got everything right on this design. I'm a Ford guy and even I had one for about a year. Kinda wish I'd kept it as being a four door hardtop I might have been able to sell it for a bit more today by charging the Supernatural Tax. I mean yes, the car itself is hot garbage but... just look at one sometime. And of course there's a car that I remember being everywhere from my childhood... My rule of thumb has always been that the Oldsmobile version of any given GM platform is the best one, though some of the '60s and '70s Oldsmobiles were visually horrific they always had good engines and nice, plush interiors. The G-body Cutlass Supreme is one of my all time favorite GM designs, though I do have to say the facelifted GM10 version is another good one, and before you say "duuurrrrr... wrong wheel drive", wake up and realize we aren't living in the 30's anymore... On the other end of the spectrum, how about a car you love but don't want in your driveway? For me, that's gotta be the FD RX7. It's gorgeous, it's a blast to drive, and that rotary engine makes an oddly enticing sound. But I'd never, ever, ever, ever... ever, ever EVER own one, for a variety of reasons.
  6. Lofty expectations for a fifty year old kit, wouldn't you say?
  7. Some time ago I saw a Forester treated to a 5.0 swap, so it's totally possible.
  8. 2020 was Year Of The Crew Cab for me. This was a Modelhaus kit I got earlier in the year. It represents a worn out old rig, repowered with a late model engine, a 5.7 Hemi from a 300C in this case. I kept it box stock aside from the engine, 8 bolt wheels (from Scenes Unlimited), and the steering wheel from a '78 LRT, as the original wheel was damaged and my attempt to repair it was less than successful. Only bad part is, with Modelhaus gone, I can't go out and order two more.
  9. I wasn't even taking the wind turbines into consideration, but yeah, it works.
  10. I have (possibly) that same brochure, but I can't remember ever seeing a factory 4 wheel drive long bed crew. But again, since it's a Frankenstein monster built I didn't give it much thought beyond that. ?
  11. This started as the 70 4x4 kit. It was converted to a crew cab using a section of cab and interior from a second kit. It was also converted to a leaf spring front suspension with cut down rear leaf springs. The 8 bolt wheels came from Scenes Unlimited, completing the 3/4 ton conversion. The plow came from a Revell GMC, with a flasher from a Lindberg Crown Vic pressed into service as an LED light bar. You couldn't get an 8' bed on a crew cab from the factory in 1970, but since this truck was obviously built from bits of numerous others, I figured I could get away with it. The bed also tilts! The bed was gunked up with dirty powders, pigments, and railroad ballast. I remember seeing lots of old beater trucks with the tall wooden side boards and tried it here. The multi-colored look is another thing I remember on beater trucks from that time, and it's a trend that continues. And always works. The broom holster up front was inspired by World War I submarine tradition- when returning from a mission, submarines would return to port with a broom strapped to the conning tower, signifying a "clean sweep" of the patrol area. For whatever reason I thought that touch would work here.
  12. This is one I finished some time back. I had a '65 utility truck that donated it's utility body to another project, so I combined it with a '66 Flareside kit to create a crew cab. The cabs were cut and spliced along with the interior. Kind of butched it on the floor, but it'll work and besides, it's not visible when the model is sitting on it's tires anyway so I'm not gonna sweat it. The wheels and fifth wheel hitch came from Scenes Unlimited, and the hitch was detailed with some decals from a 1:35 scale military set. Speaking of, the resin cooler is also a 1:35 resin military piece, but I think it looks just fine in the 1:25 scale model. I kept the service truck's FE big block, lost the side trim and chrome plating, and went for a "cared for but definitely aged" look overall. The Massey Ferguson front plate, WITL and 4H stickers are home printed decals, as is the Riverside Ranch door signage. Those might get redone at some point.
  13. The Moebius 67 Ford service truck comes with door decals for a business called Mercury Electric. Morgan Automotive Detail makes a Mercury conversion set for the '65/6 F-100. So I combined these things and thought what if this Mercury Electric built an electric Mercury shop truck? Since I'd borrowed the 4x4 chassis from the '66 long bed kit for another project, I made a new chassis so the truck would have an "aired out" stance. The electric drive motor is rear mounted and is pretty much scratch built, along with the battery boxes and air tanks. The air suspension is controlled by a Play Station controller, which came from an AMT Rides Magazine kit. I used some old Pegasus Center Line wheels, but narrowed them to fit the Toyo Proxes tires from a Revell tuner. The paint is Krylon- I was going for a look similar to my father's '66 F250 Custom Cab Camper Special. The colors on this were basically a test for a future replica of that one. I used the six-cylinder "gear and lightning bolt" hood medallion, to carry the electric theme. Under the hood you'll find a stereo amp and the air tank for the front airbags in lieu of an engine. I went relatively easy on the rust and just tried for a general worn looking appearance.
  14. Chuck Most

    Brat Rat

    Main one is this, with a bunch of parts box stuff....
  15. Next one will be lowered, with a V8 swap. Its been sitting around about 60% finished for at least a year. ?
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