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  1. You're not wrong Tom, that is off the scale! Cheers Alan
  2. O.K., got sidetracked a bit this week as I had to submit my hot rod for its annual inspection and even though I didn't leave it til the last minute, I still found a worn tie rod end at the last minute that started a domino effect all its own! Any how, she finally passed, 37 years on the road, and we are good to go for the next 12 months. I did get some work done at night though and the boat got its second coat of bog and its first coat of primer. I like where it is going but there is still some finessing required, especially on the bow. I have also started on the 56 Crown Wagon ( "Squire of the Crown"?) I don't want the Crown trim to protrude from the roof as much as the kit parts do so first job was to file a recess across the roof, without breaking anything! I then decided to keep going and reduce the thickness of the next 5mm or so to help provide a mating surface for the new roof extension. I also sawed off the trunk area and then glued a strip of styrene across the beaver panel to ensure it didn't break during surgery. At this stage I am trying to graft a roof from the unbuildable Revell 57 Nomad. I know, I know, everything is buildable but I still have nightmares from my teenage attempts to build my first one. 50 something years at this hobby and it is the ONLY model I never finished and actually parted out so it would never happen ( some of the "sheetmetal" wound up in my Bel Aqua). What a shocker. The body was so warped when it came out of the box that I couldn't imagine how I would ever straighten it.' I did upholster the seats in velvet and I did detail paint the chassis. I also brush painted the entire body, fairly smoothly, in Humbrol yellow. On the other hand, they hadn't invented superglue yet! The first step was to trim it down to size, followed by a section of 2 mm down the middle. I glued the two halves back together and once they were dry and I removed the fins. This is where we are today.
  3. I really enjoyed seeing your model, Robert. It is so rare to see a showroom stock model of this Bill Mitchell design and you have certainly made it look sharp. Cheers Alan
  4. Janos, this is an amazing tribute to your decades of commitment to achieve your goal. Rather than saying "I can't make that", you used your hands, your brain and what you had available to manufacture the car of your dreams. I think most of us on this forum would be looking at your finished model with all the amazing details and thinking, "Wow, how did he do that?" Your description hides the amount of difficulty you must have experienced. Congratulations on an amazing effort! And yes, I too had ( and still have!) the metallic red Matchbox Lamborghini Marzal toy - it was a favourite toy of mine and is still in fairly good condition for being over fifty years old. Cheers Alan
  5. Great original and looks like it will be a great model. Will you be doing the swage line around the number plate opening? It's a great styling touch on this era rod. Cheers Alan
  6. Hi guys, I am happy to share some photos of Bully's 32 frame with you here. In the interests of full disclosure, he is a friend of mine and has been doing this for about a year. He is from a family of hot rodders with a hot rod business so he is in the right place to get ideas and he is also very open to other people's ideas to develop his product. He gave me this frame, one of his first, to trial and get some feedback from. As suggested above, there are some lines and ridges in the surface. I did a very quick scrape of rough edges with an Xacto, followed by a sand with 100 grit and a quick smear of Tamiya putty. I gave that a rub down with 32) and fired a shot of primer on it and this is what you see here. In total I would have about 20 minutes work in it at this point. So, here's what you need to know. I can still see and feel a few ridges, typical of 3D printing, but I don't think it will take long to correct them The frame has simplified flat crossmembers and will require some extra fabrication with thin styrene if you want to mount a transverse spring. If you are using an independent front or rear end, or a coilover rear end, you are half way there already. This first frame has a 32 style centre crossmember but Bully already has a frame with a 40 Ford crossmember and a street rod industry style tubular crossmember ( which is going to save A LOT of fabricating work!) on his list. I haven't got to see these in the flesh just yet. The frame does not have the characteristic reveal down the lower edge of the frame rail. However, the good news is that this frame is very near a snap fit onto the Revel fender unit. When I took the photo below, I had one little bit of tape in the centre of the running board and a bit of blu tac underneath Its that good! Cheers Alan ,
  7. Good points there Tim. Mind you, an outboard hangs off the very stern so maybe they favour a rear mount? Dunno, never owned a boat and probably ridden in maybe three! Looking at your two photos, the windshield really visually shortens the boat styling. Maybe bring the top edge of the windshield height down to nearly level with the headrests? The side cut would be at a lot flatter angle - the box-art of the Monogram Calloway speedster springs to mind. Proportionally, I think you nailed it as a runabout but that top photo just oozes sex appeal - seems a shame to lose it! Cheers Alan
  8. Wow, Tim, there are a lot of similarities in concept there. That is a great choice of a donor vehicle because the lines of the 62 really lend themselves to the marine styling. That is going to be one very pretty boat. If it was mine, and at this stage where you are not ready for paint just yet, I would be very inclined to remove the interior and slide it back to the existing upper trunk cut line. I love how it looks right now but to my eye any form of windshield could be a massive barb as your eye flows from front to rear. Your eye would hit it a bit too early! But that side profile, just wow. That is sooooo slippery! Imagine it in the water! Cheers Alan
  9. Thanks everyone, I didn't expect such a response. I have applied more putty and also started on the conversion of the Crown Vicky to a Crown Wagon.. The scale of the undersized T bird used for the boat suits it perfectly - I will post more pictures tomorrow. Les, your XJ220 bot is stunning - I love the flow! That is one menacing looking piece of water equipment, Please, keep working on it, please! Mike, you are dead right about finding hulls. I always have one eye open scanning for these things if I am in a toy or hobby shop but haven't found more than two other than what the kit manufacturers occasionally give us. From my trips to the USA in the past< I reckon antique malls would be a great place to start looking - they are full of toys and if it falls outside collector status ( ie, Hot Wheels, Matchbox, Buddy L, tinplate) there are bargains to be had, I don't know if they have a Brass Armadillo in North Dakota but these places are a treasure trove! Gerald, if you can cut and glue plastic you already have the skills - you just haven't tested them yet! Looks to me like the old Miami Vice hull would be a great start for this one. MArk, the lifebuoy ring is genius - that might just happen! Cheers Alan
  10. Wow, that is a nice colour - it suits the car perfectly. Thanks for the sunshine shots - glad the cloud break gave you long enough to grab them! Cheers Alan
  11. With the glue drying firmly overnight, this afternoon I mixed up a decent batch of bog and started shovelling it on. To prevent damage to details on the car side of the join I put two layers of masking tape over the blue plastic. This worked really well and I will use this idea again in the future. The photo below shows the rough shaping that I completed this evening. Obviously there will be a few more applications of putty/sanding/putty sanding routine before we start looking at primer but I do like the proportions so far. I should look neat tucked in behind the 56 Vicky 2 door wagon! Cheers Alan
  12. Was looking for some parts last night for my other boat project and figured 2021 could be the year of the Thunderboat team. First I had to get rid of all that air. Again, not pretty! If you are looking for finely honed craftsmanship then you are on the wrong thread. I used strips of flat styrene to form up the sides towards the bow and then used a large flat peice to fill in the front deck. Finally I glued soem strips of styrene to try and guide my sanding efforts when I get the bog out!
  13. Turns out it is at least three years since I worked on any of my boats but this time I want to do a full combo from the get go. For ages I have wanted to do a 56 Ford "Nomad" for want of a better word. It will use the Crown Vic roof and tiara and yes, I know it has been done before but at least I can say I thought of it BEFORE I saw pictures of a real one! I will also scratchbuild a classy trailer to tie it all together. The idea is that the combo will be the counterpoint to my existing 57 Chev Bel Air/ Bel Aqua combo that has been on here before. I can't remember the last time I worked on the boat you see here but I'm sure it is longer than I remember. For some reason i didn't take photos of the early stages so i will have to paint you a picture instead. The 56 Thunderboat started off as two toys. The boat was a cabin cruiser in what I would estimate was around 1/32 scale and I bought it at least thirty years ago for the sole intention of using the hull to make a 1/25th scale speed boat. The 56 T-Bird was also an undersize toy, approximately 1/28th by my uneducated guess. It had a little tab in the continental kit and when you pulled it out on a string and released it, it shot off across the floor. The details and proportions were pretty good and I purchased it intending to use it to build a 56 T Bird Pro Mod on a Charlie Carpenter chassis. Didn't happen but one day I thought of the possibly of doing a blue oval version of my Bel Aqua set and it all came together! After removing the superstructure, I had to radically cut down the hull to a speedboat kinda depth. It also needed to be narrowed to match the width of the T-Bird. Predictably, I also had to saw off the bottom of the T Bird, about 1/4 inch below the body line. The next problem was the front end of the car. I made a vertical cut across the front to remove the whole grille/bumper/ headlight area. I also made two pie cuts up along the side hood cut lines and used hot water to pull the fender peaks in towards the centre of the car. I really didn't expect the model to cope with these sort of stresses if I glued it together so instead I used a soldering iron to weld it together. Not pretty but man, is it strong. Here's where I got to before putting it away several years ago.
  14. I can't believe I missed a Tim Boyd boat thread! I am working on two boats today, both long stalled projects that have floated to the top of the queue. I did a Google search to revisit MCM forum boat posts and found this one! Unreal. All the hot rod nerves in my body are screaming NOOOOOO but I must confess, top of the pick as many others have said is the Firebird combo. That colour is so rich! I too like to colour match my tow vehicle when I can and on several occasions, I have built a new tow vehicle dedicated to the job. Today's work was on a narrowed Hemi Hydro which turns out I painted in 2017 ( thought it was last year LOL!) and another totally off the wall job that I will start a new thread on tonight. Keep on floating! Cheers Alan
  15. I would go with the Tudor door line. I don't hate the Brookville bodies but there is definitely a conflict between the sloping door line and the straight cowl line. That should mean that I don't like 32 3 windows and I love them so go figure! The value of my opinion plus $2.00 will buy you a Coke! Love the wooden peg idea! Have looked at those many times and thought, eh, I've got heaps of clamps. Didn't think of their resistance to styrene cement - better get some! Funny, i was just doing swage lines on a 32 roadster today, just on the opposite of the world to you - great minds think alike! Cheers Alan
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