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  1. I have been on a real mission lately to finish some of my ancient UFOs. ( Un Finished Objects) When I built the new release of the Switchers 32 Sedan Delivery that I posted earlier this week, I came across my old Tudor from the original mid seventies kit. With the sedan delivery finished I thought I would have a crack at finishing the Tudor, nearly fifty years later. It was my first ever effort at chopping a top. I decided that the re-alignment would be close enough that I wouldn't have to stretch the roof - instead I would do a stagger cut on the A pillars and blend it all together. And that was as far as I got with the bodywork. I had brush painted the fenders in Humbrol Dark Blue. As the kit does not come with a fuel tank, I chose to bob the rear fenders carefully and touched up the original paint - it polished up like glass! Most of the chassis was already assembled, if not as cleanly as I would have liked but hey, I was fifteen! I added a Moon tank to the front. The typical seventies white letter tyres came from the Coca Cola Sedan delivery kit. The funky MPC headlight bar and lights were replaced with much nicer AMT items. and a pair of 48 Chev taillights from the Revell 29 roadster kit were added to the rear The final colour for the body is Tamiya Pearl Blue with Tamiya Clear. The Switchers Deuce is not the prettiest rendition in our modelling world, but I am pleased with the finished model. It has come out with a bit of a San Diego Prowlers look in my eye. It sure is good to have it on the shelf at last. Cheers Alan
  2. Hey, Dennis, no worries mate! I have done the exact same thing several times before, and you think, how did I miss this? And now that you mention it, I didn't do an Under Glass! The truck is finished but then I decided to do the trailer and the kiddie car. I ran out of paint just as I was finishing the trailer and I thought I could get away with it - but nahhh, it looks kinda milky and patchy. Since then we have had a very cold wet winter and I have avoided doing any spray painting at all. But spring arrived this week so I went down to my LHS and picked up another can of Tamiya Bright Red ($14.95 a can - COVID has a lot to answer for!) and will get those parts finished and put it up in Under Glass soon. Thanks for your kind comments. It was a blast being part of this exercise, even if I did try to resist for a while! I couldn't be happier with the final result - I think I got exactly the Boyd look I was after ( both Tim and Coddington!!! LOL) Cheers Alan
  3. Thanks everyone, great to see the love for these old Monogram classics, Thanks Tim, yes, there is nothing like the satisfaction of getting a fresh build on the shelf. I retired in January and have managed to get 26 models on the shelf since then, doing about five hours every night. Of course, some of those are ten day builds, some are ten week builds and some are ten year builds!!! Doesn't matter, but they only get counted when the tyres hit the glass! Cheers Alan
  4. That works! A real sleeper there, and right on-trend! I too have a black one, but with red steels and white walls and the look is completely different! I have also tackled an Aussie 39 sloper but getting the rear window correct is a challenge. Cheers Alan
  5. Sensational. I have a black version from Hot Rod magazine on my to-do list. I will be coming back to this thread for clues! Cheers Alan
  6. What they said! What an iconic build of an iconoic car! Just takes my breather away. Any minor discrepancy in scale accuracy is completely negated by the feel - and it feels good! Cheers Alan
  7. I still have two more semi complete kits to complete maybe later this year, but this is the last one for now. I never had any intention of building the Groove Boss but I did see on the old Fred's Resin Short track forum that it was actually a real car. The only inaccuracy is that the lowered corners of the radiator scoops should have been curved, not squared off. Anyhow, I had about six sets of these panels and decided I should build one just to see how it came out. I went for an Oswego offset supermodified look, thus the tall square wing. I added extra bar work around the fuel tank that comes in the kit and used Monogram sprintcar wing mounts. All graphics are masked and painted. And blind Freddy can see that I have no front suspension to speak of - just a Monogram front axle. The GK item really wasn't going to cut it! I just couldn't come with a well engineered solution to radius rods and torsion bars on this model so chickened out and just stuck the axle on! I might have an epiphany one day and do something about it, or not. The tyres are Tamiya F1, I think. It came out better than I expected and you rarely see it built so it found a home in my collection. There is a big block Chevy wedged in there (AMT 37 Chevy I think) but after gluing the body panels together to facilitate painting, and fitting the wing, I came to the conclusion that it was never going to be seen anyway! You simply can't remove that top deck! So this is the version that AMT is re-issuing. It remains to be seen if any of the sprint car body panels are inside the box. I hope you have enjoyed my fleet and look forward to seeing the AMT Grant King builds of other modellers added to this post. Cheers Alan
  8. This just might be my current favourite of the bunch. I lowered the V8-60 part of the nose even more this time and filed the lower edges of the hood to make a tapered, sleeker hood line. I think the front wheels are old slot car items while the rears are from early issues of the AMT double dragster kits. The engine is from the ancient Monogram Kurtis Indy car - it is very crude and basic but it fitted easily and gives the right look. The car is too beautiful to ruin those lines by opening the hood anyway! The exhaust is fabricated from K&S aluminium tubing and solder. This to me is what a sprintcar should look like.
  9. I think this was the first GK I ever bought but not the first to be completed by a long shot! I saw a beautiful model build by a Swedish modeller in, I think, the very first SAE Contest annual, the one with the green tinted pages. Immediately I wanted to build it! It uses a flathead from the AMT 50 Ford kit, wire wheels from the AMT 34 Tudor and scratchbuilt aluminium nerf bars, roll bar and exhaust headers. The nose has the front i/4 inch or so of the V8-60 node blended in to it to allow for a lower fitment of the V8-60 grille.
  10. I wanted this cutey to look a bit older so I used much narrower rolling stock. I modified the GK nose to take the beautiful chrome grille from the Revell V8 60 midget. This is a beautiful part that transforms these cars. For accuracy I should make a front nerf bar but I can't bring myself to hide that beautiful grille! The injector stacks are aluminium electrical crimp connectors. Front wheels are AMT parts pack while the rears are from the Revell Mickey Thompson Attempt 1. This car was built from more of the parts sent to me by Fred and I used radius rods from my parts box and extended the headers with K&S aluminium tubing.
  11. I went a bit tougher with this guy! Removed the rollcage, modified the nose, added scratchbuilt nerf bar and roll bar from aluminium TIG welding wire plus rear tyres from thepartsbox.com. The wheels are beautiful resin examples from Fred's Resin Workshop. The injector stacks are crimp connectors with small aluminium caps perched on top. The steering wheel comes from any issue of the Monogram Blue Beetle/Boss A bone/ 29 roadster pickup kit - it is made for the job! Fred once sent me a very generous care package that included a bunch of the major parts of the Grant King kit and this one was built from some of those leftovers.
  12. I've heard that expression before! Thanks everyone for the responses - they mean a lot to me! Cheers Alan
  13. Next, in a similar vein I built this to emulate the first sprintcars that raced at Claremont speedway. Australia had cut down supermods for their V8 open wheel fields, and true American sprintcars did not appear til the late seventies when Johnny Anderson brought one out from the USA. This was purchased by Garry Rush who went on to dominate the Australian scene with it and become the most successful Australian sprintcar driver ever - an Aussie Steve Kinser if you like. The first wings saw a lot of experimentation in size and shape and I particularly liked the multi element style. I have good intentions of scratchbuilding some side pods for this model, much like those that appeared in the Pole Cat or Drifter version of this kit.
  14. First up, the closest I have ever built a Grant King to box stock. I scratchbuilt the aluminium wing and the front and side nerf bars and took wheels and tyres from the parts box. The paint schem is inspired by that of a local racer here in PErth, Bob Currie. The driver is modified from a Monogram sprintcar figure.
  15. Seeing that AMT is about to re-release the old Groove Boss supermodified, a spin -off of the old Grant King sprint car kit, and seeing as how I have just finished a bunch of them over the last couple of years. I thought I would start a new thread. I figured this might be a new kit for a lot of members here and the box art rarely does much to sell this model. As people in other Grant King posts have commented, it is a challenging build. The multi-piece chassis works well eventually but can try your patience. The alignment of body panels, for me at least, seems to have been different on every one! So here are the seven I have built since the early nineties, in no particular order. Plus they put those humongous slicks in the kit that were fitted to no sprint car EVER and the nose ahs a bad case of "wide mouth frog" so there is much room to improve these models. Feel free to add your builds to this thread so that people have some inspiration for the new kit. When I did a Google search, it seems like a lot of the Grant King threads on this year are over ten years old so it would be good to give them a new home. Cheers Alan
  16. I think I am experiencing a similar or related problem. Since about 14 hours ago, I receive notifications that someone has responded to my posts but there is nothing to see when I go looking, no matter what route I take. Some are appearing, some are not.
  17. So nice! The colour really lightens up the bulk of the Lincoln. I have some speedboats in need of a towcar - time to crack the cellophane! Cheers Alan
  18. Now it should be obvious that this model originated from the leftovers of my red coupe project but there was a slight twist. I once scored most of the body parts of the woody kit in a job lot. Someone had done a real nice job of woodgraining the body but painted the sheetmetal in a fetching ( retching?) shade of grass green that had attacked the plastic in places. With a bit of sanding priming repeat procedures I got the plastic into a decent state, painting the fenders in Tamiya black and the cowl and hood in Light Tan. The Kelsey Hayes wires would have been perfect but they had already been fitted to my Bud Bryan hiboy from a few years ago. Instead I used AMT 34 Ford pickup wires and hubcaps on one side and AMT 40 Ford steelies on the other side. Hey, I like ém both! Running gear is mostly stock 30 coupe with an attitude adjustment plus the full hood. Cheers Alan
  19. There have been some nice Monogram Model As on here lately so I thought I would add my build from earlier this year. I wanted to see if I could combine the parts from the last re-issue of the monogram Woody with the last re-issue of the Monogram coupe. Turns out it works pretty well with a couple of cautions. Firstly, the woody dash with multiple gauges clashes with the model A coupe interior trim panels. Would be easier to trim before paint - ask how I know this! Also, if you glue the roof on prior to paint, the interior panels can be a struggle to fit and further trimming was required. And those headers came from the original Red Chariot kit - I had saved them for a project like this! Paint is Tamiya Bright red over Tamiya pink primer and three coats of Tamiya clear straight from the can. I cheated and left the stock rear axle in place but a nine inch would have made more sense. It was a fun build and I didn't want to get trapped in overcomplicationitis! Cheers Alan
  20. I must confess to being too lazy to wade back through 29 pages, but, in case no-one else has said it, what about a 1934 Chevy? Go to any hot rod event in Australia, Canada or the USA and you see a bunch of them. Not sure if the 37-39 versions would edge them out in total popularity but I suspect the 34 would win. All those real car owners would probably like a model of their car, even if they never built it! Using the modern kit design requirements of multi version tooling, you could do a chopped 3W, stock height 5 window coupe, a roadster, a Tudor and a Sedan Delivery. The sedan delivery could be sold as a 2-1, to do a paddy wagon or fire & rescue van, appeasing another segment of our hobby, with stock running gear. The stock chassis would be a straight swap for a modern tube cross membered version for street rods in the other body styles. Or the 5 window coupe could get a stock chassis with a straight tube front axle for the gasser crowd. I am pretty seriously into collecting and to the best of my knowledge there is a small, funky 1/43rd diecast delivery from Minichamps, a Chinese r/c plastic knockoff of that same model, a recent Matchbox 1/64th scale diecast 5 window and a mega expensive and I suspect unobtainable diecast Mint model. Fred's Resin Workshop did a resin 34 3 window short track body of which I have two but it would take a lot of work to build anything like a stock bodied car. That's it! For a very popular revered full-sized car, as evidenced by the amount of fibreglass reproduction bodies on the market, the model world shows little love. Which means there is an unfulfilled demand for such a model. Your thoughts? Cheers Alan
  21. To my mind , the problem with the AMT 33/34 sedan is that it is so hard to pinpoint exactly what is wrong. It couldn't be anything but a 34 Tudor but it still isn't a correct 34 Tudor. I think a very close study would reveal that it is a combination of both line and contour that is aggravating. The front top door corner is too sharp, the C pillar is too upright, the sides are too flat it may be a bit narrow and the Tudor fenders were definitely too narrow. It's not one big problem but a combination of a whole lot of little problems that makes you think Wadaminut...... Cheers Alan
  22. Hi guys, First off, with all due respect to the moderators on this forum , I think you do a great job and can't begin to imagine the work involved to make it such a fun place to visit. But I do have a suggestion that perhaps could suit the interests and passions of modellers on this board. Recently I posted a hot rod pickup in Model Cars Under Glass and it got moved to Trucks, Light Commercials, Pickups, Vans. I always look at hot rod pickups as cars, not trucks, and I think there are some other hot rod modellers out there that think like me. I've done it before and had them moved before and it is simply because I forget that on this forum they don't fall under cars. Rather than re-arrange the categories, which would force extra work on our moderators, could we consider doing this. If a light commercial vehicle has passenger car front sheetmetal, it goes in Model Cars - ie - pre war Ford and Chevy pickups, Rancheros, El Caminos, Aussie utes and Panel Vans, Sedan Deliveries. If a vehicle has truck front sheetmetal only, ie F-100s, Chevy C series, Dodge Sweptsides, Box Vans and the like, it goes in Light Commercials. To my mind this would be more logical - I think of the above vehicles to have more car like qualities than truck-like. But if I am simply having a middle aged rant and everyone else thinks I am crazy, that's fine too and I will try to remember to put my utes and hot rod pickups in the correct place in future. Anyone else got an opinion on this - let's discuss. Cheers Alan
  23. I first built this kit as the Truckin' on Down version from the seventies and as one of my first metallic spray paint jobs, it was a bit rough around the edges. When the Coke version was re-issued I thought I would give it another try, staying as close to the original concept as I could but hopefully removing some of the funkiness. I used an AMT grille and hood and this improved things noticeably. I also cut and re-arranged the windshield frame to remove that overweight bottom section and grafted an AMT fuel tank to close up the rear. I cut the outside edges of the same AMT fender unit to complete the inner edges of the rear fenders that MPC abruptly trimmed for no apparent reason. It still has some proportion issues - too tall/ narrow - but I am much more comfortable putting this on the shelf than my fifty year old rendition! Cheers Alan
  24. The black and white contrast is sooooo sharp! I build a cabrio years ago but it is now in a very dated style - this might be the inspiration for a freshen up! Cheers Alan
  25. Rodney, this really is a complete package. While the engine does sit high and well back, it suits the build - it adds a touch of drag car to a show car. It might not be what you expected but I don't think repositioning it would improve it at all. The colour combo is luscious! Cheers Alan
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