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Chi-Town Hustler

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About Chi-Town Hustler

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  • Scale I Build 1 /24, 1/16

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  • Location Chicago, IL
  • Full Name Lee Hinton

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  1. Chi-Town Hustler added a post in a topic 1/16 Scale Army Vega Funny Car - Updated 5/3/2017   

    I won't even bother to attempt to add any more superlatives to what's already been said hundreds of times in hundreds of ways....But I've watched this build with amazement for several years now and this creation is beyond a mere "model" and truly into the realm of valuable art....That might sound a bit over the top to some but I'd insure that darned thing if I owned it, it's irreplaceable!!
  2. Chi-Town Hustler added a post in a topic 1/16 Scale Army Vega Funny Car - Updated 5/3/2017   

    Glad you remembered to leave enough room between the plug wires for the valve cover breathers!!  Although that may seem like a little thing, I've had many "Doh!!" moments with little things like that over the years....Always gotta be thinkin' 4 steps ahead!!  Fantastic job on the ignition to say the least, this literally can pass for 1 to 1.
  3. Chi-Town Hustler added a post in a topic Ramchargers Duster   

    For anyone interested in Mopars, check out either the Allpar.com website or Hamtramck-Historical.com....When I saw Ed Poplawski's name on this thread, I thought it looked familiar and recognized it from the Allpar site....He was among those who were right in the thick of it during the Mopar heyday of the 60's & 70's and has some fascinating stories to tell....Great stuff!!
  4. Chi-Town Hustler added a post in a topic 1/16 Scale Army Vega Funny Car - Updated 5/3/2017   

    Wow Chris, just checked in on this build after a few months away....That is some INSANE detailing on the fuel lines/barrel valve....All I can say is you must have 20/20 hawk vision and an incredibly steady set of nerves in your hands!!....I can get fairly detailed, but I would go BLIND attempting what you are doing....Incredible to say the least!!
  5. Chi-Town Hustler added a post in a topic Scale Models By Chris (SMBC)   

    Hopefully that's the case, we'll have to wait and see. Thanks for the input guys, it sheds a bit more light on the situation....
  6. Chi-Town Hustler added a post in a topic Scale Models By Chris (SMBC)   

    Hi Jim;
    Thanks much for your reply....Given the circumstances of his health situation, I certainly don't want to be too pushy about something as insignificant as model parts....I was just wondering if anyone else on this board knew of their status or if I should contact PayPal to try and get a refund if they were shut down....Believe me, I'd much rather have that motor because it looked killer, so I think I'll just be patient and wait....Hopefully someone at SMBC will contact me via e-mail and at least confirm the order....Thanks Again....If anyone else has any info, please feel free to respond.
  7. Chi-Town Hustler added a post in a topic Scale Models By Chris (SMBC)   

    First off, thanks much for the info, Very sorry to hear this....Obviously, building models is hardly a priority in light of this gentleman's health situation....Hope he gets well and recovers soon....He certainly produces some fine looking quality workmanship.
    But I guess I'm still unsure as to whether they are still currently attempting to fill orders as the last post in that thread was dated Nov. 2015....Could anyone else shed more light?....
    Are they still doing business as of June/July 2016?
  8. Chi-Town Hustler added a topic in Car Aftermarket / Resin   

    Scale Models By Chris (SMBC)
    To anyone who can provide info;
    A little over a week ago I was searching out "resin pro stock motor kits" online and came across the Scale Models By Chris (SMBC) website and found a real nice 350 pro stock motor kit....So I went ahead and placed an order via PayPal....It looks as if PayPal then withdrew payment from my bank account....Later in the day, as I went back to the site's homepage, a notice came up that said SMBC was temporarily closed down due to health related issues.
    I have sent a few e-mails to both SMBC and Detroit Resins Group (their parent company??) asking about status of this order and if they are still open for business but have gotten no response as yet....As I searched further online, I came across a few modeling message boards that indicated that the owner of SMBC was going thru an unfortunate serious health issue....So I'm not sure if I may have placed an order thru an old, outdated link or something....Was hoping anyone on this forum might know what the status of this company is??....Are they still in business??....Again, so far I have not received any replies to the e-mails I sent them.
    Any info anyone can provide would be greatly appreciated.
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  9. Chi-Town Hustler added a post in a topic Bill Jenkins' Black Arrow 1965 Belvedere   

    Absolutely SUPERB build of a historic drag car....Jenkins' short stint with a hemi and he made that thing hum too!....The Grump would be proud!!
  10. Chi-Town Hustler added a post in a topic 1/16 Scale Army Vega Funny Car - Updated 5/3/2017   

    Just when you think it can't possibly get any better....IT DOES!!!!

    Chris, you keep inching the bar upward....I cannot wait to see you paint/decal and clear that body....Once it's done, would be really cool to have Prudhomme himself sign the inside in an inconspicuous area....On second thought, I wouldn't want anyone getting near that thing with a marker!!
  11. Chi-Town Hustler added a post in a topic 1/16 Scale Army Vega Funny Car - Updated 5/3/2017   

    There are no more superlatives that haven't already been said....Wow, incredible to finally see the body mocked-up on the chassis....What a mean-ass stance that thing has!!....Just like the 1:1 car did....

    Chris, when this is all over and finished, I think you need about a month-long vacation somewhere!!....And don't forget to take out an insurance rider on this thing....Seriously!!
  12. Chi-Town Hustler added a post in a topic 1/16 Scale Army Vega Funny Car - Updated 5/3/2017   

    Yikes Chris!!....Been awhile since I checked up on your progress....STUNNING workmanship to say the least....I think the stencil idea on the rears is a good one....Can you elaborate a bit on what your technique would be to achieve that faded, worn "GOODYEAR" logo so it is not a bright white or yellow color and has more of a "used" look??....Assuming that's what you would be going for....I always use decals on tires and aside from clearing them w/ flat clearcoat, it's hard to get them to look like anything other than bright white decals....Thanks and keep it going!!
  13. Chi-Town Hustler added a post in a topic 1/16 Scale Army Vega Funny Car - Updated 5/3/2017   


    The bummer about not being able to take pics of the actual car is, I'd bet if you bumped into Rick Hendrick himself and caught him on a good day when he wasn't swamped with work, he'd probably say "Sure, go ahead, snap away!!"....Unfortunately you have to go through 20 layers of his organization to make a request like that and his people have probably been trained to shut down such requests when they come up as there's likely thousands of people who'd like to get pics of his cars and facility....Would be great to know someone on the inside....

    On the otherhand, maybe it's better you don't have pics because then you'd REALLY be goin' nuts trying to get all the details correct, haha!!
  14. Chi-Town Hustler added a post in a topic Grumpy Jenkins' '65 El Camino   

    Haaa, that is a really cool modeling topic!!....I have the Grumpy book also and it claims he had that thing for over 30 years!!!

    Have no idea what color the interior would have been but you might want to consider modeling the front seat with a dozen or so cigar burns !!!
    Seeing how much the Grump loved his stogies, I'd bet in the 30 years of running around Berwyn and Malvern with it, he had to have dropped a few
    lit ones on the seat or floor!!!
  15. Chi-Town Hustler added a post in a topic Chevy Vega update 10 Dec   


    That's a nifty little project and your chassis work looks great....

    Always loved small block Vegas as drag cars....Heck, if I was doing it, I'd be tempted to drop a 331 smallblock w/ dual Holleys in it, stretch the wheel wells, paint it white and call it "Grumpy's Toy"!!!....Always loved his Vegas!!