Wow! I've visited on MCW website for many, many times and I've found tons of resin kits / bodies and parts that I need. But somehow I have missed that Malibu every time. Looks like I need to place an order to them while they have the correct 2D Sedan I'm looking for. The reason for that is that my dad bought a 4D Sedan '64 Malibu here in Finland in the '80s. Then American Cars were not very common in here and most of the US cars were the poorest versions (which often meant 4D Sedans with straight six and manual trans). His car was quite rusty, but he was going to turn it into a 2D Sedan with a powerful 327 SBC and 4 Speed. It never got finished, though, as rules for importing old cars changed critically and all the sudden it was cheaper to import old cars from the States as it was before. Soon there started to be some good looking '50s cars with lots of chrome, Hardtops, Convertibles etc. Then my dad imported a '60 Impala 2D HT from Texas in '88 and the car is still in our family. Malibu project had to be sold to get the money for that Impala, but I'd like to build a model that looked like his Malibu when done. Cool story on the Dirt Track cars! Creativity is always a good thing!
Thanks! It feels good to be back building this. The trip was a lot of fun, too. Lots of cool places to see and no need to go in those massive shopping centers as it was just me and my dad there. Instead we were shopping in places like Classic Industries, So Cal Speed Shop, Mooneyes, Barris' Shop etc...And of course in many Hobby Shops, too ! Cruising Nights, Drag Racing etc...Couldn't get much better! Today I started filling the hole that '56 Chevy rear axle has on its upper side. Hopefully tomorrow I'll get that thing done so I might post a couple of pics then.
Sorry guys I'm a "little" late with the thanks, but better late than never I guess? Thank You Gene! Just as you said it's starting to take form the progress stalled for some reason. Just kidding, but for some reason this project got stalled back in January. I'm happy to be back with it though. Thanks Carl! I like how they look, too. And when I get those valve stems added, I guess they'll look a bit better.
So I'm happy to say it... I'm back building this Fiat. I got inspired after seeing Ratican - Jackson - Stearns' Nitro Burning Fiat Topolino at NHRA Finals pit area. They fired it up and gave some RPMs to the engine. It looked and sounded fantastic, plus that Ron Stearns, the guy who had been driving it back in the day was a real nice guy. I have to disagree with him a bit though as he said that the car is a little beat up and needs some work... I couldn't see a single spot that needed work in it, that car was very nicely done and very close to what it was in the '50s when they built it.
This is a tiny update, but you get the idea that it's back on the bench. Today while waiting for my gluings on my Street Altered Cortina I decided to do a little work on this. I got rear axle assembled together. Center piece is painted with "Chrome" spray paint, otherwise it's just Humbrol Metallic #56. Bolts and nuts are painted with Revell #90 silver that's a bit brighter than that Humbrol paint and I added minor black wash with The Detailer on where those bolts are to bring them out a bit better.
I was already hoping there would be a full detail kit on one of these. I've had one of those Jo-Hans in progress for a long time and I've done lots of modifications to the engine, interior and chassis. Inner fenders in front are a bit of a trouble for me as they're very different from anything I've seen in 1/25 scale. Oh well, maybe I just need to continue banging my head to the wall with that one.
Yes, a '64 Chevelle / Malibu would go on to the top of my list for sure. I'd prefer a 2 Door Sedan though, but I'd be happy either way. But as far as I know there are no kits made of a '64 in decades. All I know is the Revell 1965...Have I missed something in here?
Very nice work on this Funny Car. I can't remember seeing these built before, but while I've been looking for those Polar Lights' FC Kits and wondering about their quality, it's nice to see that these can be turned into very good looking models. Really nice paint job and fine detailing. Also I like the color of those wheels, they look very realistic to me.
Another masterpiece from John's workbench as always. You did an excellent job on this Wheelstander, it's great to see these unique subjects being built. And with the amount of work required to create one of these, I'm sure not many people attempt to build this car. Extra points on that. Very nice job overall...Incredible detailing!
Wow, how is it even possible to cover whole body in BMF without getting major wrinkles to the foil itself? I sometimes have problems with small chrome trims and that's definitely nothing compared to this. Very nice job with the BMF and that wood looks very good inside the body, too. I can't wait to see how it will look on that super nice chassis, keep it coming.
Well (unfortunately) I'm back in Finland again so it's time to continue this project. I accidentally found another rear axle for this one, it's from the same Monogram '56 Chevy as that white one I was going to use. Someone had already removed leaf springs from this axle and it was wide enough...Actually even a bit too wide so I narrowed it a little. This was much easier solution to use this axle, plus that when these resin bodies are much heavier than regular plastic bodies, I'm not sure if that widened axle and especially its glue joints could have handled the weight in long run. This new axle is a bit rough, but I will have to smooth it out.
To make rear wheels fit with that axle, I had to drill bigger holes to backside of them. After a fast mock up, looks like the tires fit just right and stick outside the bodylines a little, just like many of these cars did back then!
I guess next step will be figuring out rear springs and Ladder Bars...
This is what I call a Sleeper! It has pretty much the same idea than my Trabant was going to have, a small car with a big engine and looking factory stock outside. Too bad my build got stalled, though. You did a fantastic work with this one. I'm not a fan of those LS engines, but installing one of them and that driveline to a Smart makes me to take my hat off. The best part are those stickers on the back.