Truly excellent work and a very unusual subject. I was an admirer of the styling of these cars back in the day but when you see one in person it is hard to believe just how large they were! Big and beautiful.
Thanks, everybody! I'm glad you're enjoying it but the fact is that I was trumped on all counts by the vehicle that inspired this build. Check out the Studebaker Astral: Here's the secret recipe that I used (please erase your computer memory after viewing this or else the Men in Black will have to do it for you.)
That's the Monogram Mythos kit, R&R Resin 1957 De Soto, Revell "Experimental Turbine" kit and assorted sporks. None of the above, except the sporks, are anything to brag about and are best used for unintended purposes. It went together about like it looks. The engine was assembled with a lot of improvisation and a few bits and pieces from the Mythos' Ferrari mill. The instrument pod is one of those TV's from the old Johan kits. Steering wheel is 1960 Dodge. Here are few random photos from the build to illustrate.
Again, thanks to everybody for the kind comments. I'm glad you all like it because I sure had fun!
I'm a huge fan of Studebaker Hawks - all years. A few years ago I started a '56 Golden Hawk but got frustrated and set it aside. Maybe it will re-emerge (kinda like Godzilla!) in the near future but a kit of any Hawk would be welcome to me. I tried to order the Missing Link '59 Silver Hawk back in December but it was out-of-production due to molds needing maintenance. They were supposed to e-mail me if it became available again but I haven't heard anything. Anyway, I don't think Round 2 will create the new tooling needed to turn the '53 into a Golden Hawk. It's just not what they do. But every time Studebakers are mentioned on the forum there seems to be more interest. I have a funny feeling that it might be reaching the kind of critical mass that gets Moebius paying attention.
That's a great build of an unusual classic. You said that you saw it at Auburn so I assume you mean the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum in Auburn, Indiana. I've been there myself and it's the most mind-blowing collection of automobiles and historic memerobilia that I can imagine. Every car enthusiast should see it.
Thanks, Bill. I'm pretty sure that's a '57 and some owner just added the side grill mesh. The main grill is a '57 and the '57 wheel covers won't fit on the 14" wheels used in '58. I definitely second your request to Moebius (or somebody!) to produce a few high quality Studebaker kits.
Granatelli Racing/Paxton Products developed the R series engines for Studebaker and there may have been things they tried that never ended up in production. Here's a quick rundown of what did go into production: R1 - 289 c.i., single four barrel R2 - 289 c.i., supercharger and single four barrel. This is the engine in both the AMT and Aurora kits. R3 - 304.5 c.i., supercharger and single four barrel. Sounds a lot like the R2 but there were also a lot of differences . The most noticeable ones are the airbox on the carb and the five breathers. Only nine of these rolled out of the factory but Granatelli converted some cars for private owners, there were crate engines that got installed later, some were converted by dealers with parts from stock, etc. Most of those conversions (clones) are not full spec R3's but mostly look like R3's. R4 - 304.5 c.i., dual 4 barrels, NO supercharger. This was going to be their drag racing engine. None were ever factory installed in an Avanti. The only factory R4 was a Lark Daytona. These engines have been cloned quite a bit also. In the pic below there's an R3 crate on the left and an R4 on the right.
"R5" - Okay, there never really was an R5 but Stude guys often use the term to refer to the twin supercharged, fuel injected engine used for Andy Granatelli's "Due Cento" (Italian for 200) Bonneville car. Rumors say it would have become the optional R5 engine but there's no evidence to prove that. BTW, the competition engine in the AMT kit is a dead ringer for this engine. The real engine still exists and has been restored. Here's some pics now and back in the day.