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  1. Don't you love the Dauphine with flames and chromed fender skirts!
  2. Thanks everybody! I was really surprised to see this thread resurface.
  3. A few of them still are. The Hubley Rolls and Triumph TR3 are still readily available in the Academy/MiniCraft re-releases. It makes you wonder what happened to the rest of Hubley's old tooling. They were very short on detail but good starter material for gassers, customs, etc. and most of the subjects were never available from any other company.
  4. Here's an interesting aside about the 390-406-427 look alikes. In his book "Hot Rods by Ed 'Big Daddy' Roth", BDR says that although he was told by Ford that those were 406's when he checked the serial numbers they turned out to be 390's!
  5. I think you answered your own question with the photo in the initial post. There is no standard carburetor color. The gold anodized carbs are a pretty recent thing and in the day when virtually all cars had carbs the "standard" color was just a sort of grungy, dull gray. Having said all that, there's no shortage of colors available to model whatever color of carb is correct for your particular build and era. Google images can be a great help at finding out the right color for any particular vehicle.
  6. That looks terrific! Somebody should have kitted one of those by now but we still get to see one through your excellent work.
  7. Very cool build. There have been more Studes in racing than you might think. BTW, that's actually a '62 Lark.
  8. The trouble is that they were acetate-bodied promos and by now you could never find one that's not warped beyond recognition. If you did it would just be a matter of time. It's a terrible shame but true. Some of them still seem to bring high prices despite the warping!
  9. Just happens that my two most recent builds are AMT '40 Fords. Very impressive kits despite the age of the tooling. They're a totally different kind of kit from modern ones but they build easily and the end result just has the "look".
  10. This box art looks pretty bad ... ... until you see what is actually in the box.
  11. I just built an AMT '40 Ford coupe and a sedan shortly before that and I was very impressed by both. The part count is low but the look, fit, etc. is spot on. Engine detail seems crude but once again the final product comes across as looking just right. Its one of the very earliest AMT Trophy Series kits and definitely was tooled in 1959 or 1960 (1960 I believe).
  12. Let me start by saying that this is another fantastic build. I've been enjoying seeing all Bob's fabulous builds. Now, forgive a hopeless Studebaker geek for correcting the statement on Fador's box - "Predecessor to Studebaker". Studebaker was actually founded in 1852 and after making wagons and carriages for 50 years made their first car (an electric) in 1902. Two years later they made their first gasoline car. In 1911 Studebaker purchased EMF and changed their name from Studebaker Brothers to Studebaker Corp. So EMF figured in the early history but wasn't really a predecessor. We now return to our regular programming... WOW! These builds just blow me away!
  13. This is AMT's venerable '40 coupe (first issued 1960) but built from the recent Round 2 release. It's not much changed from the original. I plan to post some more photos and text later but the short story is that this is my first attempt at doing the "Winfield fade" type paint job. Thanks for all the great comments, guys! As promised, here are some additional photos. The engine is the 389 Pontiac from the AMT '36 Ford with the Latham blower setup from the '25 T kit. I used the Pontiac engine because I liked the side pipes from the "36 Ford and the headers on that engine were made to tie into them. The front fender coves were made by cutting identical pieces out of each front fender and swapping them from one side to the other. Then I used some half round Evergreen plastic to make the beads. The kit came with a nice set of Keystone mags but I decided to use Cragars that were left over from a '40 Ford sedan kit. The interior has '62 T-Bird buckets and the dash is updated with round instruments using a gauge cluster that came in the kit. A dash mounted tach was pretty common back in the day. Thanks again, everybody!
  14. That's crazy amazing! I have an old Hudson kit (of an International IIRC) but it scares me to look in the box and think about actually trying to build it.
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  16. Thank you, everyone. I don't know if I ever explained the project that I've embarked on lately. Those who commented about early sixties style are right on the money. The Tomkats Kar Klub is my name for a fictional hot rod club like the ones that were so common in the fifties and early sixties. In this case the "members" of the club will be the first six kits in the AMT Trophy Series. I believe all six of them were issued in 1959 and 1960. It's been a lot of fun and it's easy to see why these kits were so popular in their day even if they lack the modern level of detail. It would be impossible to overstate how important the Trophy Series was to launching the hobby of model car building including the idea that the kit is only a start and you're supposed to give it your own style. There will be seven altogether since the '25 T was a double kit that could build a coupe and/or roadster. They're not being built in order - it's just whichever one I feel like doing next. This is the fifth build and the 1940 Ford coupe and 1932 Ford coupe are still to go. Here's a couple of group photos of all the previous members.
  17. That's terrific work. It has that just right look for a '50s car and all the detailing is very crisp. The seat pattern really adds a lot, too.
  18. Excellent work! I built the Matchbox 1/32 MG-TC years ago and was impressed by the kit but my build didn't look as good as yours.
  19. I've been working my way through the earliest AMT Trophy kits and doing my own interpretations. This has been a lot of fun. The customizing possibilities of these old kits are just tremendous. This one uses '53 Vette rear fenders with Caddy taillights, canted '58 Edsel headlights, '63 Imperial wheel covers and '57 Chrysler 300 seats and dash. The engine is the Olds V8 that comes in the kit but I switched to the intake setup from the Pontiac engine in the '36 Ford because I like the look of the air cleaners. Paint is Duplicolor dark toreador red and snow white pearl.
  20. mr moto

    Just a test

    Well that worked! I guess it has something to do with the photos.
  21. mr moto

    Just a test

    I'm having trouble starting a new topic and since it has photos in it I decided trying to do one that is simple text to see if it goes through.
  22. Having worked with polyester resin in boat building and polyurethane resin in modeling, I say that you want to use the polyurethane. That's the standard resin that is sold commercially for the hobby by Smooth-On, Alumilite and others. I've never been tempted to use polyester for models (except certain polyester based putties) and it has even been largely replaced by epoxy for boat building.
  23. Acceptable doesn't even begin to describe it! That is amazing work that has resulted in a truly beautiful model. It's one of the greatest feats of model building that I've ever seen.
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