Being addicted to Monster Jam on Speed channel and after going to a few events at Angel Stadium I can say with some sense of knowledge on the subject that there ain't too much wrong with your build. Great job! You've given me motivation to start on mine. Thanks for sharing it with us.
I've gotta agree with AgentG. The idea behind building any model is to have the viewer, at least for a moment, think that they are looking at the real thing. It looks like you have achieved that so far Allen. Who cares if the rear seat back matches the one I saw on TV? For those of you that do and wish to criticize a project because a Vector wheel has 12 fins, not 13, I say you have way too much time on your hands. Good job, Allen.
In regards to the twist ties in the vegetable department, I would imagine if you soaked the twisties overnight in water the paper would peel off rather easily, then running the wire through a paper towel soaked in paint thinner or acetone would get rid of any remaining adhesive. BTW I would never condone stealing these from a grocery store. However, when I am paying over $3.00 a pound for tomatoes I will usually twist one of the ties around the bag to keep thing from falling out and put another dozen or so in my pocket just in case the one on the bag falls off.
I don't think it is a Torque Thrust wheel. They have the center caps screwed on and have fingers extending out from the center to accept the screws. However, if you look at the Cragar SS rim you will see that the center is a pop in unit (as I recall that is the case. I have broken more than one on a Coats 20-20). The center cap and/or wheel can be from any number of of manufacturers that copied Cragar's SS rim during the 60's through 80's. By the way, the rim looks fantastic. Give us more information on your product line.
While doing some spring cleaning in my garage today, I picked up some Christmas ornament boxes that had been on a workbench since...well, Christmas. Guess what I found under them? Two 46ml bottles of Tamiya acrilic thinner! I thought I hit the jackpot! I hooped and hollered, my wife thinks I need help. Don't care, I've got the last two bottles in the US.
Thanks for your thoughts. It is true a kind word goes a lot further than thoughtless criticism when trying to help somebody. It is also true that once something is posted on the internet it becomes public domain. From what I have seen, many members who ask for opinions are really looking for praise. I have always lived by the motto, "If you're afraid of the answer, don't ask the question."
PS...And I am sure I speak for others, Spellcheck, Please!
I just received Tony Stewart's Burger King decal set for the COT from Mike's Decals and it looks good. That would solve the decal issues with this kit. I don't know if there are any for Junior's car, though. As far as donor kits go Mike carries quite a few of those, all at a reasonable price. I was quite pleased with my transaction. I am glad to see the Car of Tomorrow (or as I call it, "NASCAR's Edsel) is fading into the sunset.
Great model! A fine replica of back in the days when it was "Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday." I followed the link to your Fotki page and ended up spending an hour or two admiring your work and picking up tips, thanks.
This year has been one of ups and downs. I believe life is what you make of it, not what it makes you. After being cancer free for almost two years my oncologist noticed "something" during a routine visit. After a month of appointments and tests it turned out to be nothing! So I am still clean and in remission. After being unemployed for over a year and a half I returned back to work in October. Yes, this can be seen as a good year....ooops, forgot to mention. I clocked out of work last Friday and while walking to my car in the rain stepped into an 8 inch hole resulting in a broken hip. I'll be recovering until February or March. Gotta remember, life is what you make of it.
Back to Oversteers original question. I have been involved in automotive repair for over thirty years. I am ASE certified. I am currently employed as the service manager in a ten bay shop with six mechanics reporting to me. Now that I have tooted my own horn I would like to offer some criticism and advice. Model companies and contributors to this forum many times do a very poor job of depicting details in the cars they are building, especially when it comes to a car's suspension. I have seen lower control arms that lead off to nowhere, highly detailed engine compartments with no hint of a steering gear box, and beautifully done wheels missing any brake detail, or worse yet, period correct '40's Buicks sporting 4 wheel Brembo disc brakes. The best way to learn about how a car works is to start with the basics. Pick up the Round 2 rendition of the 3in1 1925 Model T. Investigate its various components online. Then build. It is a lot easier to add a detail when you understand not only what it is but why it is there. For instance on a carbureted vehicle the fuel line runs from the fuel tank (normally from close to the top of the tank) to the fuel pump. It is located close to the inside of the frame rail for safety reasons. The fuel pump does two jobs, number one it has a suction stroke which draws fuel from the gas tank. Secondly it has a pressure stroke that supplies fuel usually to the front of the carburetor. Between the pump and the carb there is a filter that looks somewhat like a small Pepsi can that traps any impurities in the gas. I hope this helps, and answers your question.
I'm glad that your wife is home. Though it does't sound like she's out of the woods just yet, things are going in the right direction. I'll keep you two on my prayer list and continue to believe in the power of prayer.