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CorvairJim

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  1. It took some research, that's for sure! Those chromed hood doors I commented about led me to believe it was a 1932-model GM product, since all GM divisions featured doors on the hood sides instead of louvers in 1932. But the grille/shell weren't right for any '32 GM product! But since I was searching 1932 cars, I found a few with similar chromed hood doors, including the REO and this Nash, which showed me the grille I was looking for. Then all I had to find was the right model. :)

    This has to be one of the most beautiful cars ever to have been featured as the "Mystery Car" - Good work, Harry!


  2. Yeah me too Jim, even when they trash the Minis towards the end :(

    I hear you. I'm a big fan of those little cars. Heck, even though I'm 6'3" and, well, too heavy (and let's just leave it at that, shall we... ), I prefer small cars to big ones, as long as I can fit in them comfortably. I fit in REAL (read: BMC, pre-BMW) Minis just fine, thank you very much! Those little guys are an absolute blast to drive! OK, I'll admit, even the Coopers aren't real fast compared to Corvettes and Porsches, but they're QUICK! The sad thing about the movie is that, although the Miura was just the stripped-out shell of a car that had been totalled, semi-straightened, and reskinned, all three of those Minis were decent cars. What a waste.


  3. I just love how lead bullets "spark" when they hit a car or the ground. :rolleyes: And, cars that get shot up never have bullet holes either! :huh:

    And how about how those bullets cause the gas tanks to explode? Sorry, folks, it doesn't happen that way. It's something called "Fuel-To-Air Ratio". Just like in the car's engine, if the mixture in the tank isn't roughly 14.7:1 VAPORIZED gasoline to air, it won't even burn, much less explode!


  4. One movie mistake I just love is in one of the earlier James Bond movies, where he drive in through a narrow ally on two wheels, and when he comes out of the ally he's driving on the other two wheels... :lol:

    That was "On Her Majesty's Secret Service", thankfully the only film where George Lazenby played Bond... He was TERRIBLE! The only redeeming thing about that movie was that it was where they introduced the DB5 as 007's car of choice.

    I think that possibly the most famous movie car "Switcheroo" was in the final scene of "Vanishing Point", where our hero crashes his white '68 Camaro into the watting bulldozers. That's right, I said '68 CAMARO!!! He drove that white 440 Challenger for the entire movie, but apparently they didn't want to wreck it so they found a stunt double for it... Unfortunately, it didn't survive.


  5. Are any of those old paints still liquid after all these years? My best memory is of the way AMT always used to have the suffix "225" on the kit numbers on the box in the mid-70's - this was for their suggested $2.25 retail price! Whenever I see an AMT kit of that vintage on eBay, I chuckle about how they have the old, original MSRP actually printed on the box!


  6. I did a little Google Images digging and found this "Before" shot of the "JOE DIRT" car. Frankly, I like the one Spade just bought a lot better, but this shot might be an inspiration for someone to build a companion for their Joe Dirt model... :

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  7. Lovin' it! I want to build the CHEZOOOM kit too, but haven't been able to afford one. I understand it's been reissued, so maybe now is my chance. I never thought about using a regular Corvair as a tow vehicle, although it would certainly be up to it if it had the right gearing. I bought my first Corvair all the way back in 1980 from a guy who used it to tow a pop-up camper trailer to take his family of 4 camping - with a week's worth of stuff packed for the trip. 110 gross h.p. will spin the wheels of a 2,450 lb, rear-engined car if it has 3:89 gears!

    Anyhow, my plans are for a late-60's style Chevy ramp truck to get my CHEZOOM from the shop to the track.

    BTW: I couldn't find your Wokrbench thread. Could you please either post a link to it or put up some more pictures of your model? Thanks in advance.


  8. Hey, I'm a Corvair guy, so I know I'd pour every available ounce of blood, tears, toil, and sweat I posess into making this model come out perfectly. Your model, good sir, came out light years better than I'd ever expect to be able to do myself. As I undertstand, the Road Agent is an extremely difficult model in the first place and you did a first-rate job on it. Don't be so hard on yourself. Ed Roth would be proud of having his work so well imitated.


  9. Nice work! There's something about the styling of the 1070-73 Camaro that makes it a real standout, and your car's bright green finish makes it stand out even more.

    I think rebuilding glue bombs is more fun (and rewarding) than building out of the box or kitbashing. It has the advantage of allowing me to build models that I wouldn't be able to do otherwise. I (re)built a rare AMT annual 1970 Camaro SS396, the one with the straight-bumper (non-RS) front end and a vinyl top a while back. It's still the only one of this particular kit I've ever seen in person. My car is triple black with the kit's whitewalls and Corvette-style full wheel covers. I've rebuily numerous Corvair models from really awful glue bombs, although I'll admit to using some chrome and portions of the bodies from donor kits for a few of the later-style cars.

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