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Chuck Most

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  1. This is not the newly reissued Crusin' Van. I built this originally back in 2009, using the 2WD Flareside reissue from 1995. It stayed as built until earlier this year when it got a refresh. Here's how I justified the rebuild. Story is, the truck was originally built by a guy in New Mexico. He was big into flathead V8s, but also into mini trucks, and when he one day struck a deal on a relatively clean Courier with an aftermarket Flareside bed, he had to jump on it. The body and chassis were great, but the 2.3 four was shot, but since our guy had a bunch of Flatheads laying around, the following course of events was predictable. While he was at it he lowered it, swapped in some bucket seats, hosed the thing off in black primer, and slapped on some yellow steel wheels, painted to match the already-yellow 1950 Ford flathead he had laying around. The rear bumper had a very noticable bend, so it was yanked and replaced with a hand made filler panel, itself fitted with '49 Ford tail lights. Our guy... we'll call him Larry... drove the whitewalls off the thing for twelve years, during which time it had begun to show it's age. During his unplanned Covid-19 vacation, he finally had time to get around to that friggin' '50 Ford F1 he'd had languishing in the shop the whole time. Upon finally getting the '50 into a condition somewhat resembling running, he decided it was time to part with the old Courier, so onto ebay it went. When the dust settled, it ended up with a guy in Michigan. We'll call him Kurt, because that's what the truck says. Kurt had always wanted to do a flathead swap in a Courier. He could never explain why... but there it was. Kurt was enamored with the swap, and the overall rundown look of the truck as it was when he got it. But there were a few issues. For one thing, Larry had put nearly 70k on the truck during his years of ownership, and while the flathead had been fresh when he'd stabbed it in, it was showing it's age now. Fortunately, Kurt had a '49 Mercury engine he'd had laying around. It was treated to a rebuild, and outfitted with a twin carb intake and Offy finned heads. The '50 Ford engine now sits in the garage to be rebuilt just in case Kurt blows up the Merc mill. (He'll certainly try.) Other than that major mechanical upgrade, he kept things simple- he did a little bit of 'de chroming', as Larry's discount-auto-store clip on chrome accents for the drip rails and windshield molding were getting a little haggard. He also upgraded the sound system and popped on some '46 Ford hubcaps. Here it is in it's original 2009 configuration, and how it looked up until early this year. I had a thread posted here when I originally built it but I can't find a trace of it 12 years later. Basically the kit is largely stock, with the exception of the engine, seats, steering wheel, shifter, roll pan, wheels, and tires. I did install the front frame crossmember backwards originally, I don't recall if I did this to better fit the Flathead or if I just screwed up. Likely the latter. After 12 years I remember the engine was from an AMT '50 Ford Convertible, with an AMT parts pack air cleaner, and the wheels and tires came from a Galaxie Limited '46 chevy. These were chosen because they had nice six lug hub detail... even though years later I opted to cover up said hub detail. I don't recall the shade of yellow I used back then (if I had to guess it was something from the old Rustoleum American Accents line), but I found a "close enough" match with Tamiya for the refresh. Here's the 2021 incarnation... The hot New Mexico days did a number on the 2009 paint job. The fake phone number is so obvious it amuses me, so I didn't bother trying to photoshop a more legit looking number onto the new door signs, which are internet stock images printed onto Micromark white carrier. Originally the bed wouldn't sit level and the truck looked like it was broken in the middle. I managed to get it to look a little better this time around. I also redid the front side markers with actual transparent orange paint this time, instead of just painting them yellow as I'd done originally. More stickers are about the only change from this angle. And the plate- every model I've finished in 2021 has had the NCC 1701 Michigan plate, as a way to commemorate the 55th anniversary of Star Trek. I didn't have the old yellow Offenhauser decal from the AMT '49 Merc, so instead I robbed one from the Revell Kurtis Midget. The one with the Offy four banger, obviously. In addition to the fresh Flathead, the engine bay was also treated to a new Optima gel-cell battery, which was purchased from Pro Street Hobbies on ebay. I may yet add a few underhood doodads such as heater hoses and the conspicuously absent brake cylinder. Maybe in 12 more years... Now that I think of it maybe I need to getting around to building that Larry guy's '50 F1.
  2. I'm pretty sure I'm not alone when I say I hate doing perfect, glossy black paint jobs. That's why I have several Knight 2000s, a couple of 1966 Batmobiles, and the 1995 Bill Elliot Thunderbat stock car in various stages of non-finished. But I can do a reasonable so-so gloss black paint job, so that's what we have here. It could still stand a polish when the clear fully cures but here it is for now. Base kit is an original '92 AMT/Ertl F150 short bed, with a spare set of buckets and a center console from a Lightning parts kit It also has a parts box floor shifter for the transmission, now a six speed manual. It was lowered and treated to a NASCAR Thunderbird front suspension. The wheels and tires came from Welly and they do a reasonably good job of showing off the Pegasus drilled rotors. Under the hood is a 2014 Ford 5.0, fitted with a supercharger from Iceman Collections. The conical open element air filter also came from Iceman. The same NASCAR T-Bird that coughed up it's front suspension also donated it's electric fan. I had to do quite a bit of fiddling to get the engine to sit where I wanted it- for whatever reason these kit's have either too much engine setback or a firewall that protrudes too far forward. Perhaps a tad of both. I wanted to show off the supercharger. I also tried a blue-to-purple fade effect on the cam covers, to match the Nite graphics. Speaking of- those were the entire reason I had to do a black paint job on this one. They came from Ray's Decals (he shows up here from time to time as @echoxrayniner) and they were well worth the price and wait time... they had to come to the US from The Netherlands given the hellscape that is the combined horror of US customs and the USPS. They're nicely rendered and lay down beautifully. And the sheet comes with a few extra goodies such as F250 and F350 fender badges, Power Stroke markings, and stripes to do two Nites. In addition to the paint, the body also had it's rub strips removed and the forward fuel door filled in, and was relieved of it's molded fender badges (naturally replaced with the badges supplied on the decal sheet). They're molded on one big clear carrier so you'll need to cut each individual graphic, but the carrier absolutely vanished against the paint so it's no deal breaker if your hands arent' so steady. Now if you'll excuse me... I need to get around to another gloss black paint job, because with these Nite decals I also ordered his '79 GMC Caballero Diablo set...
  3. Eddie would have been proud. I've never built this specifically because I don't want to re create that paint job.
  4. Personally I think this car is crying out for a set of full wheel covers (mostly thanks to the padded top and the presence of a Slant Six) but the Mag 500s always look good on these.
  5. Love it! This is a kit I'd love to see reissued. I built one ages ago (lifted with the Mickey Thompson tires from the Revell Rubicon), have another about 30% finished as a "truggy" conversion, and at one point I had one where I'd started modifying the grille and bumper to depict a '97/98 model. Great kit though I never understood the gimmicky working suspension.
  6. I just had to pair up a Hudson Hornet and a Judson supercharger, courtesy of the AMT '64 Cutlass Convertible. The main bulk of the '53 Club Coupe is box stock, with the following exceptions- the Judson supercharger (obviously) and drive belt, the finned cylinder head from Morgan Automotive Detail, a spin-on oil filter, a Replicas and Miniatures MSD ignition box, a floor shifter and steering wheel from the AMT '51 Bel Air hardtop, and some old MPC Polyglas GT tires with the five-spokes from an AMT '69 4-4-2. I wanted to indicate old collision damage, repaired with junkyard mismatch parts, on an originally red car. To that end, the main body was painted red, the fenders black, and the hood aqua. All of this was covered in grey primer, then light blue, which was then sanded away to expose the respective original color coats. The red is also clearly visible on the firewall. Also still getting the hang of my new camera- which is my phone (LG Stylo 6). Not thrilled with the pics but they'll work until I get the hang of the phone camera. I've had a few LG phones in the past and the camera is usually pretty good. Ironically this is the most expensive LG I've had and the camera is only kinda so-so. 🤣🤣
  7. Is it a prototype? Was it build for Oldsmobile's personal use? Or was it an independent conversion? Who cares, here it is. This is a mashup of the new reissue AMT '64 Cutlass convertible and a late '80's reissue of the AMT '65 El Camino. The cowl, roof, bed, and tailgate, along with about 1/8" of the rear quarters, was cut out of the El Camino body, and a comparable area of the Cutlass body was removed, then the two were spliced. A bit of reshaping to the rear quarters and copious amounts of putty did the rest. The interior is the Cutlass tub cut down and capped off at the back with the El Camino's interior tub rear bulkhead. The chassis is from the El Camino, it required a bit of trimming to fit the now-narrower rear quarters at the very rear of the car. I also lowered because the stock axle position would have had the thing sit like a 4x4. The Olds engine pretty much dropped in, but I had to move the axle notch forward. I didn't wire the engine or go too far with detail because the conversion was enough of a project for me. Wheels were pirated from an AMT '69 4-4-2, with tires from an AMT '77 Pacer wagon. Eventually I might put the camper on the back, the version of the El Camino I used only had the topper shell.
  8. My guess is it was a compromise for the upcoming "engine included" version, though even then, they could have gotten away with the good old oil pan notch to clear a wire axle in that case, since the kit is full blown retrorific and all. On the one I built I ended up snapping off a pin. I glued the block into place and drilled out a hole where the pin used to be and used a piece of brass rod to pin the wheel into place.
  9. Maybe I'm weird, but I also never have enough parts for a complete '53 F-100, even though it seems like I always have ten of the kits at any given time. If it didn't have a red interior and were a year newer it would look an awful lot like the pickup on display at the local Ford dealer.
  10. This started out as an idea for a simple junker farm truck with a V8 swap. I even got so far as building the chassis with the push bumper, and plugging in a 283 and 4 speed from a later model Chevrolet truck, along with jettisoning the torque tube for a driveshaft. That chassis still sits there in the box. A while after I started that, I build up the chassis from an S10 Extreme, with the intent of making up a small "bread van" body for it. to that end the chassis was build mostly box stock but fitted with some Hoppin' Hydros wheels and tires. A while later, and said chassis ended up with an LT1 and six speed manual. One day, the '50 cab just kinda ended up on the S10 chassis and I went with it. I might add an air suspension setup to the bed, for now let's say it's under the bed floor and this depicts the truck at "display height". The interior features the S10's floor shifter (despite having the shifter and the box saying it has a 2.2 and a five speed, the S10 Extreme kit contains the same 4.3/auto combo as every other AMT S-truck), along with bomber seats from a Revell Ford Model A. The bed saw the most modifications. It was shortened to go with the S10 wheelbase, and also mounted a bit higher on the body. That solves two things I always thought looked awkward about the Advance series trucks- the beds looked too long and too low. The fenders were also moved higher up the bedsides. The bed floor itself is just plastic painted grey, and the kit decals were applied. This is the 76 issue of the kit, which comes with wood grain decals for the side stakes. But you will need to apply them over a suitable base coat because Round 2 has this weird fixation with semi-transparent decal graphics. Aside from that I more or less went with a subtle "barn find" kind of look, retaining the stock handles, trim, etc. The rear bumper was something I made up for the truck's original "farm truck" theme, I just shunted it over to this project because I liked the look. I even took advantage of the way AMT did the cab corners to make it look like replacements had been fitted into place. And that mostly completed stock-ish chassis? Who knows? Maybe one of these days it'll actually get built.
  11. Just as it appears in Tim's roadster, only with modern bright kit chrome. The sprue attachments are also easily dealt with, which is always startling for a 1960's kit.
  12. In 1924, farmer Loren Heider opened up a repair shop, specializing in all types of motor vehicles, but primarily farm tractors. At least initially. This would lead to his opening of a Case equipment dealer later on. But before that, the repair business proved successful enough that Loren was able to purchase his first new car, a 1929 Oldsmobile F-29 sedan. So impressed was Loren by his stately sedan, that in 1932, he became the Oldsmobile dealer in the sleepy hamlet of Pompeii, Michigan. His two sons joined the dealership as the years wore on, and later on, his younger son would purchase his own Olds dealership, in nearby Sumner. While Loren Heider & Sons (renamed simply Heider Oldsmobile after 1965) stayed Oldsmobile-only due to apathy from GM HQ, Heider of Sumner picked up Chevrolet in 1964, and Pontiac in 1968. The original Pompeii dealership amazingly stayed around all the way up to Oldsmobile's end in 2004, and beyond. Today it is Heider Automotive, a used car/repair/body shop servicing all makes and models. The Sumner dealer was one of the casualties of GM's 2009 dealer jettison. While there was a '63 Chevrolet truck used by the Pompeii dealer, this is not that truck. Perusing craigslist one day, Dan Heider saw an ad for a '63 Chevy pickup. What grabbed his attention was the engine- a 455 Olds V8. The '69 Cutlass buckets and console drew him in further, and by the end of the week, it was parked in front of Heider Automotive. The truck as it stands is a bit of an anachronism. The door graphics are based on the 1969 Sign of Leadership design, even though the logos bear the Pompeii dealership's pre 1965 name. The rear bumper was rescued from a junkyard by Dan years before, it had come from his uncle's Chevy-Olds-Pontiac operation in Sumner. But, the truck is red (a hasty respray over the factory grey), just like the Chevrolet trucks the Heider family businesses used. Aside from the graphics and rear bumper, Dan also jettisoned the stock brakes for front discs and a boosted dual chamber cylinder, and fitted the truck with some Olds Rally wheels and Redline Firestones. By the way, none of that is true! It's just the backstory that helped to guide the project, and/or filled in the logical gaps when I decided to go a certain route. As for the actual model- it is the AMT '60 Apache 10. It was converted to a 63 by using the grille from an original AMT/SMP annual kit and a Revell '66 hood. Now... don't look too close because it still has the '60 torsion bar front suspension. '63 was the first year for coil springs up front on GM pickups. But since most people would never notice I just left the chassis as provided in the kit. This was also my first project to make extensive use of the new Revell acrylics. So far so good on those. The engine, transmission, seats, and center console came from an AMT '69 Olds 442, the redlines (even though now they're more like brown lines) are old Satco parts, and the wheels are even older Scale Equipment Limited resin two-piece units. I'm almost never 100% happy with models I finish, but this one? This one's a rare exception. It's far from perfect but for a vehicle like this, that's kind of the whole point.
  13. And you, Mr. Boyd- it is partially your fault I bought the kit in the first place, because of the article you did for Scale Auto years ago featuring an Oldsmobile roadster hot rod with the Judson superchargers from this very same kit. I figured having the Judsons would be nice, and having the remainder of a '64 Cutlass would be a benefit. My Cutlass won't be as showroom fresh as yours though. But back to the trim, I will say the other stuff is easily dealt with. The scripts took well to the old "foil bare plastic, prime, and paint, then chip/scrape/sand the layers away to reveal the chrome" trick.
  14. Jeez, I was wondering where all the Scout II kits went. Fantastic job on all of them.
  15. That was my plan B, but after thinking I'd developed a system three or four times over I put the Cutlass back in the box for now until the migraine subsides. I'll give that method a shot when the ambition returns. Your model looks amazing, by the way.
  16. Is it good or bad that I'm aware of who the one in the middle is? 🤣
  17. I will say I'm a great deal less excited about this one if the side trim is anything like what's on the convertible body. I piddled around trying to foil that thin, faintly defined molding and gave up after about 45 minutes. I think my eyes are still crossed...
  18. Just got two of the drop tops today and I was hoping for a resin hardtop. So now I'll just wait for this release and hope for a resin Vista Cruiser wagon conversion.
  19. Like when they're complaining about there no longer being photos in the thread? I had that happen to a few of my old Under Glass threads quite a while back. I was fighting the urge to suggest to the member "Well, maybe stop dredging up 12 year old threads". So, I guess I'll indirectly suggest it here and now. 🤣
  20. After the lump of disappointment that was the E-Type Jaguar (glad I wasn't excited for that one), I have to say I wasn't in a huge hurry to get around to the Land Rover Series III I had sitting around on the shelf since the kit came out. I'm glad I finally tore into it, as I think it's probably the best automotive kit Revell has ever done. Well, at least in modern times. Who needs "Tamiya-like" when you can have "Revell Germany on a good day-like"? Out of character for me, I built the long wheelbase mostly box stock, aside from some ignition wiring and a Michigan plate reading NCC1701, to commemorate Star Trek's 55th anniversary. I plan to use the same plate on all of my 2021 builds. Oddly I've never built a Star Trek model... maybe that'll change this year. Anyway- I treated the body to a couple of colors from Krylon's chalky finish lineup- "Waterfall" for the main body, and "Colonial Ivory" for the top and wheels. I think Revell nailed this kit. It looks accurate, packs a pretty respectable amount of detail, and the hinged hood not only opens wide enough for you to actually view the engine bay, it doesn't bind! Pity I missed the ejector pin marks on the underside. Oh, well. I liked the experience so much I figured it was time to do something with the incomplete Monogram SWB Landy I've had laying around for ages. The LWB also gave me a few ideas on how to do a different version, so a second kit (to be modified at a later date) was procured. It quickly donated it's wheels and tires, along with a set of mirrors, to the old Monogram kit. I didn't pay attention to the tires (the spare has a slightly different I.D. than the road tires) so one doesn't fit the wheel too well, but I think I managed to hide the sloppy fit well enough. It was done up in the same Waterfall/Colonial Ivory combo as the LWB kit. My kit was missing a number of engine bits, so for now it has no engine. One day I'll either detail the kit engine, or do something crazy like swap in a 2.3 Ford Turbo, or something. As maligned as the Monogram SWB Landy may be, it's actually not a bad little kit. Aside from the "deep dish" wheels, wide tires, and slightly too-large headlight lenses, it looks great as-is, and the addition of the RoG wheels and tires helps immensely in the believability department. Shame it likely will never be reissued. But hey- you could always cut down the LWB kit into a shorty if you were up for a little work. I might try just that.
  21. Looks good to me. But in the near decade since I've pondered this potential purchase (guy still had the kit as of 2017, by the way), I've managed to accumulate a number of MPC Monza promos, so if my Skyhawk drag car ever gets put to plastic I'm probably going to start from there.
  22. 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.
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