Fairlane was the name of Edsel Ford's Michigan Estate, it was used for full size cars from 55-61 then moved to the smaller chassis in 62-68 (?) A Factory race only 427 big block first appeared in 63 but the most famous were the factory 64s. In 66 Ford offered the 427 in the Fairlane, AMT kitted both the 390 and 427 Fairlane along with the 390 Mercury.Comet.
Agreed, not everyone has the skills to create the files necessary to print the parts. Couldn't you just purchase the software just like computer software? I can't write code, but I can (sort of) use a computer. I can see Mobieus, Revell or Round 2 offering modern " parts packs" on a thumbnail. Including modern engines like 3rd gen Hemis, the LS7 or the Coyote,Tremec transmissions etc. I suppose you could even design the drive so that it would be useless after one printing. The big issue as I see it, would be how to protect intellectual property rights. Could the next, next, generation of kits be printed at home? Or would bring your thumbnail to a 3D printing shop. Shapeway Hobbies anybody?
Bought one of these 1:1 back in the day. Waited for ever as the EPA never really signed of on the 310 hp 455 SD. Enough of us complained and a Brewster Green 1973 Trans AM, Super Duty 455 with saddle interior and "rock crusher" M21 4-speed. Only options were heavy duty everything. Build quality was poor. Dash had a rattle that drove the dealers assigned mechanic nuts, lost a plastic distributor gear(should have been brass) and the paint developed a severe rash. Yup the dealer had the youngest mechanic who was the only one who would touch the car. Got ten mpg sitting still or going 139 mph. (observed!!) Loved playing with SS396 Chevies. Still have bill of sale, paid $3904. Sold it to a "Jet Jock" from out West for what I paid for it. Got through the first GasWar driving a Toyota Corolla 2-dr wagon. Walt O'Brien
Hello all, many thanks for all your terrific responses. Health issues and and the impending marriage of my youngest son have slowed me down but I plan to start later this year. Stay tuned
Yippee, spring has sprung in VT.
We may be little (pop. 500,000ish) but we're fiesty.
One of my favorite kits of all time. I can't remember how many of these I have built over the years. Yours is great, very nostalgic, very real. Great job. Thanks round 2.
Walt O'Brien in snow on the mountains VT
Due to illness I work very slowly pictures are not out of the question, but I am still in the planning stages. Many winters to go.
The book contains " digital ready-to-print plans on scales: 1:5-1:6 -1:8-1:0-1:12-1:16-1:18-1:25-1:32-1:43-1:64-1:87"
this book, and all the books from Sebastian and Ignacio Perez, is quite complete. Book contains full scale drawings for1/25 1/32 1/43 1/64 and 1/87 plans, and more info for other scales in book and on web. Well worth the price of admission. Check out their web site @ MODELJUNKYARD.COM Again thanks to all who have offered suggestions and ideas
Happily snow-bound in Vermont
I'm going to the 26th annual Masscar model exhibition March 15-16 in Taunton MA. Anyone else??
If you,re worried about the center of gravity try laying the engine flat. The beds empty isn't it? Corvair trans axle, IRS, chain drive from tank clutch to trans axle. 3 pedals... I have to leave now the orderly has my meds.
Thanks again for all your help. I visited my LHS and while looking at the bits and pieces section and there it was, most of the wood I will need, just like at least one of you mentioned. Along with coffee stirrers, what about paint stirrers? Combined with the coffee stirrers and split in two, could they be an answer for a board and batten type of siding?
I have an old (60's) R&C that ran a few photos of a Hornet with a 392 Hemi, sporting 6-2 barrel strombergs. I bought that issue on the newsstand and I have never forgotten that car over the many years. I have nearly all the parts put aside and only need to find that R&C to build my very own. Your builds are always first class and fun to follow. As the old saying goes, "there is no replacement for cubic inches." 6-2's goes a long way though.
Wonderful idea. I'm pretty sure the fuel tank is not a structural member. You may have to remove the stock tank and install a trunk mounted fuel cell. Then you can locate the rest of the rear frame of the IRS securely to the remaining stock frame. Too much 1:1 engineering?