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Chris in Berwyn

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  • Location Wilmington DE
  • Full Name Chris Williams

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  1. Chris in Berwyn added a post in a topic Don Garlits supercharger color?   

    Regarding the tires, decals do best over a glossy base.  I've had the best success sanding the tread for a used look, using testors glosscote on the sidewalls, decaling and the. Testers dullcoat over the whole tire. I've used Future on the sidewalls and dullcoted over that too.  
  2. Chris in Berwyn added a post in a topic Round 2 AMT 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS "Fifty" Edition   

    I want to get a 50 - it's really sharp.  I don't understand the molded in driveshaft - it's a reversion to the 60s!
  3. Chris in Berwyn added a post in a topic Round 2 AMT 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS "Fifty" Edition   

    Thx.  BTW R2 did a new tool 60s  Batmobile, NASCAR car of tomorrow, and a few promo-like Camaros and Vettes.  They may have done another one or two but I can't recall.  
  4. Chris in Berwyn added a post in a topic Flying Wedgie   

    Amazing and fantastic!!!
  5. Chris in Berwyn added a post in a topic Revell 30 Model A Ford Production Halted?   

    That is basically completely wrong but thanks for playing.  
  6. Chris in Berwyn added a post in a topic Short review - AMT Trojan Horse Mustang II Funny Car   

    Thanks Casey.  I am going to try just that, and I'm prepared to do some sanding afterwards!!
  7. Chris in Berwyn added a post in a topic Short review - AMT Trojan Horse Mustang II Funny Car   

    Yes, there was a Vega/Astre wagon kit that could be built either way. One just sold on eBay in January for $70.95.   I found a pic of the box on Pintrest and attached it.  
    My biggest issue with the Mustang II I have is not the lack of alignment pins or tabs - it is the fact that the grill casting also includes part of the hood, leaving a big seam that includes two major dips that must be filled and contoured properly (not to mention that the width of the elevated part of the hood in the center is a slightly different width on the body vs. on the grill casting, making getting it looking good hard.)  I am not a mold designer, but if Revell could design a mold, as on their JJ Vega, to have the seam between the grill and body virtually unnoticeable, you would think AMT could have done the same
    AMT just retooled the grill casting to change the depth of the headlights (and maybe do something to the grill too) so I wish they had gotten the width to match the body when they retooled.
    The whole idea I had behind building this was to get everything painted so I could assemble it in a hotel room. My wife and I are relocating back east and I will have some evenings in a hotel by myself and I wanted to be able to work on this.  At the rate things are going, I don't think that will happen, so work on this will probably resume in 6 weeks or so once we are fully settled in to the new place.

  8. Chris in Berwyn added a post in a topic Short review - AMT Trojan Horse Mustang II Funny Car   

    Tim you are right. It's a Donovan.  I was thinking the magneto is where it is on a 426 but it's not.  This has the vertical ribs and the right valve covers for a Donovan. 
  9. Chris in Berwyn added a topic in Car Kit News & Reviews   

    Short review - AMT Trojan Horse Mustang II Funny Car
    I love building funny cars, but wanted something fairly simple that I could build pretty quickly. This kit has a low parts count, will be simple to paint, and is an interesting subject, so it fit the bill.  Here are my comments:
    Pros:  Not much flash, the rear slicks are - I think - the same as in the Connie Kalitta Mustang from a few years back, except they are lettered for M&H. The decal sheet will take care of all the paint except the rear panel, which needs to be painted black.  That will be pretty simple as it is a separate piece.  I will paint the body silver and the rear end black, then glue it together.
    Cons: The rear of the body is an accurate Mustang II (although not the same shape as the real Trojan Horse.)  The front has very wide wheel bumps, and may be a bit tall too.   I think it was first issued as the Schlitz Malt Liquor Bull, which was not a real funny car. In general, I don't think AMT put their top designers on this kit.  Unlike Johan funnys, which had 1 piece bodies, or Revells, where the front end/grill and rear panels followed the seams of the cars, so there was little evidence they were separate pieces, this kit was designed as if the front had been cut off with a sawzall and a new one put on - see the picture.  There is therefore a huge seam across the hood to be filled.  And guess what - no alignment tabs, so I glued some in.  The engine is a 392, whereas I think the real one was a 426.  When you go to glue the block together - no alignment pins!  When you go to glue the heads on - no alignment pins!  The chassis is molded in halves, each half having half of a crossmember or part of the rollcage.  They are hard to get lined up right, because - no alignment pins!  You just butt things together and glue.
    The decals are nice, but the real car looks to be silver, magenta and purple, and the decals are magenta and black (you paint the body silver.)  You will also need to fill in the rear and rear side windows and paint them black to match the real car.  
    If I can get the grill properly aligned and the seam filled well, I think I will enjoy building this, but it will not be the "fairly simple" build I had in mind.

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  10. Chris in Berwyn added a post in a topic Jungle Jim Monza   

    Chris, that is a nice build, and nice use of various paints on the engine.
  11. Chris in Berwyn added a post in a topic Any photos from NNL West?   

    I took a small handful yesterday.  At least it will give you a flavor of the show.  https://public.fotki.com/beldarc99/nnl-west-2017/
  12. Chris in Berwyn added a post in a topic Troublemaker Funny Car.   

    That looks great!!!
     
  13. Chris in Berwyn added a post in a topic The Howard Cams Rattler   

    Very nice!!!
  14. Chris in Berwyn added a post in a topic Cadillac Conv Funny Car .   

    That is absolutely fantastic!
  15. Chris in Berwyn added a post in a topic In-depth first look: AMT's 1968 El Camino Derby II kit....   

    OK, so how do I apply the MEK - sounds like a brush??  I have used Zinsser Bin Shellac Base Primer to block this sort of thing, but per Tim's point, that is getting more paint on the body, so I would like to try this approach.  Thx.  Chris