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About Longbox55

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  • Birthday 08/07/1971

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  • Scale I Build 1:25

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  • Location Danville Il
  • Full Name Bill Burmeister

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  1. Longbox55 added a post in a topic What distinguishes a 1955 1956 1957 Chevrolet truck?   

    It's a '56. Here's the clues that identify it. One, the flat hood. All '57 Chevrolet and GMC trucks have the twin "bullets" on the hood, whether they have the gunsight trim or not. The other giveaway clue is the side trim. That spear, which is 2 piece, is unique to the '56. The '55 2nds have a similar one peice side trim piece mounted lower on the fender, but only on the 1/2 through 1 ton pickups. Big truck, 1 1/2  and 2 ton only have the series number designation in chrome numbers on the fender. '56 got the spear on all trucks, 1/2 through 2 1/2 ton. The '57s have a different side trim, more of an elongated egg shape, with an oval towards the rear of the emblem with the series designation. It mounts in the same location as the '56, though. A third item is the hood emblem. Only used on '56 and '57, the giveaway is the color scheme, '56 is black with a red Bowtie, '57 is reversed, red with a black bowtie.
  2. Longbox55 added a post in a topic Another reason to like older cars!   

    I should be fine, then. My "new" vehicle is an '85, and the daily driver is a '55!
  3. Longbox55 added a topic in Tips, Tricks, and Tutorials   

    New take on an old trick; Tire Sanding Tool
    So, most of us know about the old tire sanding tool made from a bolt trick. For those who don't know about it, basically, it involves cutting the head off a 5/16 or 3/8 bolt to allow it to be chucked in a drill, then trapping the kit tire between a couple of nuts and washers. Well, I was sanding some tires a few weeks ago, and having a little trouble keeping them square on the arbor. Got me thinking "This would work better if there was a good way of centering it. Like if it has a cone like a tire balancer or brake lathe uses". Did a little thinking about how to make a cone, and after a little trial by error, this is what I came up with.

    As you can see, it's not really much different, only replacing the inner nut and washer with a cast resin cone. Here it is with a tire installed.

    Fabrication was pretty simple, once I figured out a good way to do it. For the cone, I used a small funnel for the mold, packing the bottom of it with non hardening clay. Originally, I has intended to simply cast the cone, the drill it, bt decided that casting the bolt shank in the cone would work better. The bolt was centered into the funnel, with extra clay packed around the threads up to the level of the bottom of the taper of the funnel. I also checked the centering with a fender washer placed on the bolt higher up. Once satisfied with the position, resin was poured, then the fender washer was replaced on to hold t centered. Some minor trimming after, and cleaning up the threads, I now have a tire sander that will positively center any 1/24-1/25 passenger and light truck tire. Nice thing is, if I need a larger one, it can be easily made with the same procedure, just higher up in the taper of the funnel.
    It also came in handy for truing up the tire shown in the pic. It is an M&H from an AMT tire set, and I was pretty shocked at how out of wonky it was in the tread. It's now perfectly true, and has a nice even sanded surface.
    I'll add some more pix, as I am planning to make a larger one for 1/16 scale and larger truck tires.
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  4. Longbox55 added a post in a topic Box art errors   

    YEs, AMT actually did make a stock '76. Much of the kit is actually the same as the pro street version.
  5. Longbox55 added a post in a topic 41 chevy   

    That kit doesn't come with a 4 cylinder, it has what, in the 1:1 world, would be the same engine as the '51 kits have, only much better detailed.
  6. Longbox55 added a post in a topic Box art errors   

    That's the one! Just finished building that kit a few weeks ago. I was aware of what was in the box when I got it, though. Had an original issue of it when I was a kid, so I knew what I was in for.
  7. Longbox55 added a post in a topic Box art errors   

    That is correct for Passenger cars. It was dropped mid year. However, the 409 and the 348 were still available in '66 in medium and heavy duty Chevrolet trucks.
  8. Longbox55 added a post in a topic Brakes   

    Neat. Many older Revell kits have a very similar drum brake backing plates, mostly the old opening everything kits.
  9. Longbox55 added a post in a topic Help identifying these   

    They are also identical to the wheels from the PMC '57 Chevrolet passenger car promos.
  10. Longbox55 added a post in a topic Is the '57 Del Rio Wagon the first 1/25 for the Monogram brand?   

    Esso is still pretty common outside the US. However, in order to maintain the rights to it here, they have to put the name on some sort of product sold in the US.
  11. Longbox55 added a post in a topic Monogram from the begining   

    X3. Just for the record, I like these posts from Greg as well,
  12. Longbox55 added a post in a topic engine options / choices ........Ford only   

    Upon further review, you're correct, I was mistaken. Could have sworn I saw that EFI setup in the sedan and 3 window kits (I don't have the roadster). Just checked them, not there.
  13. Longbox55 added a post in a topic engine options / choices ........Ford only   

    No, they all have the EFI. Some of them do also have a 4bbl carbureted intake as well, and may not show the EFI on the box art. But it is present on the trees.
  14. Longbox55 added a post in a topic Some derivatives of Monograms Original Model A kits . . .   

    I have a a pair of the rear wheels and tires shown on this box art from one of these kits. Not sure what became of the rest of the kit, it was one my Dad had back when he was in high school around the early '60s. I'm not sure who did the measurements to scale it, but those wheels almost have to be 1/20th scale, rather than the 1/24 stated on the box. I measured them to check the scale, they come out to be a 19" wheel in 1/24. Did a shrink mold of the wheel, got it scaled down to a 16.5' in 1/25, they make great truck steelies.
  15. Longbox55 added a post in a topic engine options / choices ........Ford only   

    All of Revells '32 Fords, except for the Rat Roaster, have this engine.