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 6/24/2015 Added Video   

    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!!
  2. Chi-Town Hustler added a post in a topic 1/16 Scale Army Vega Funny Car - Updated 6/24/2015 Added Video   

    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!!
  3. Chi-Town Hustler added a post in a topic 1/16 Scale Army Vega Funny Car - Updated 6/24/2015 Added Video   

    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!!
  4. Chi-Town Hustler added a post in a topic 1/16 Scale Army Vega Funny Car - Updated 6/24/2015 Added Video   

    Chris;

    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!!
  5. 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!!!
  6. Chi-Town Hustler added a post in a topic Chevy Vega update 10 Dec   

    Stan;

    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!!
  7. Chi-Town Hustler added a post in a topic 1/16 Scale Army Vega Funny Car - Updated 6/24/2015 Added Video   

    My gosh Chris, that tin work is a contest winner all by itself!!....Love how the fix came out on the area that cracked...Like it never even happened...
    I don't envy you on those rivets tho', that would make my eyes bleed installing all those but I'm sure the final result will be worth the effort....Out of curiosity, how are you planning to secure the rivets, do you use a little CA or some other kind of adhesive??

    Lee
  8. Chi-Town Hustler added a post in a topic 1/16 Scale Army Vega Funny Car - Updated 6/24/2015 Added Video   

    Chris;

    A mildy humorous thought came to me relative to gasser59's post above about getting it done;

    When it finally does get completed, you might want to consider taking out a small insurance policy on this thing given all the blood, sweat and $$$ you've invested in her!!.... , Heck, people insure their artwork all the time!!

    Glad to see the additional stiffener reinforcement at the joints, good call....
  9. Chi-Town Hustler added a post in a topic 1/16 Scale Army Vega Funny Car - Updated 6/24/2015 Added Video   

    Chris;

    Judging by how many "problem areas" you've already addressed and fixed successfully on this build, there's no doubt you will fix this one too....When it comes to modeling, you've shown yourself to be an accomplished problem solver over and over again....Which most definitely gives me and probably many others on this board encouragement when we hit a snag in our exploits with styrene....Good luck and let the tin reinforcement begin!!!
  10. Chi-Town Hustler added a post in a topic 1/16 Scale Front Engine Dragster Project - Finished   

    Chris;

    Having thoroughly enjoyed following your Army Vega FC build for the last few years, and knowing your penchant for perfection and "getting it right" (i.e., the drive shaft and driveline cover on the Vega FC ), something tells me that you will be fixing that camber, or else it will drive ya crazy, ha ha!!!! ....Although I possess no where near your level of skill, I am the same way, little things like that will drive me crazy!!....And I'll tweak and tweak and tweak....I've ruined a few things that way, BUT I've also done some of my best work because of that....Here's to pushing that envelope!!!

    Cheers
  11. Chi-Town Hustler added a post in a topic Pro Mod "Motown Missile" FINISHED! 4/6/14   

    Great concept for a ProMod and a killer build....The Missile was always one of the sexiest pro stocks on the circuit....
    Ted Spehar, Don Carlton, Dick Oldfield and Joe Pappas would be proud....Mopar rules!!

    Cheers
  12. Chi-Town Hustler added a post in a topic Tommy Grove F/C   

    Awesome work Charlie....Ride stance and height are so important on a drag car and you have this one nailed....Can't wait to see her all dressed up!!

    Cheers
  13. Chi-Town Hustler added a post in a topic More Strip Than Street '95 S-10   

    Great looking build!!....Although with that beefy-looking powerplant, you might want to put some wheelie bars and a 'chute on the back of that thing!!....Super clean work!!
  14. Chi-Town Hustler added a post in a topic 1/16 Scale Front Engine Dragster Project - Finished   

    Chris,

    Top notch, incredible work as always....

    As far as the front wheel camber question, I can recall seeing several photos of older diggers with the fronts cambered outward a slight bit, but can't recall ever seeing any that were cambered inward....That might be a real handful to drive!!....Not saying they couldn't be but my recollections were either outward a slight bit or straight up and true....
    Out of curiosity, how were you planning to heat up the front end without risking damage if I might ask?....
    Or, is there possibly a way of redoing the bolt holes on the top of the "C" joints where they attach to the front axle to achieve a truer vertical camber?....Just a thought....Either way, it's a stunning model to say the least!!

    Cheers
  15. Chi-Town Hustler added a post in a topic 1/16 Scale Army Vega Funny Car - Updated 6/24/2015 Added Video   

    Chris, throughout this one entire masterful build, you have now elevated your game to become the Michaelangelo of Styrene!!....

    Simply incredible and inspiring to witness the planning, precision and execution of your work!!!