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  1. DaveM added a post in a topic 1/25 Revell Starsky & Hutch Ford Torino   

    Did the builder paint it that way, or was it "corrected" with an airbrush?  Either way, it looks like that kit part should be okay.  The real one was made to mimic the grille segments, so it should just be a matter of painting it differently than the others..   I'll wait and see how the actual kit turns out before buying anything.   I'm a bit, "Meh"  on the subject matter, so I would build one if the kit was incredible, but I will probably pass if it is going to take too much correcting to make it right.  I know the Starsky and Hutch "Striped Tomato" is a cultural icon, but I never really saw the show that much when I was young.  Search "1976 Torino" on Bing, and you get the best part of a page of Torinos painted red with a white stripe...  I think every one of these cars that has been saved has been given the same paint job!  Only the wagons and four door cars seem to have escaped the fate.  If I do build this kit, I will paint it blue, just so I can find mine easily on a show table!  
  2. DaveM added a post in a topic Revell '29A Hot Rod Roadster QuickBuild UPDATE #4 - Final Photos of Completed Kit and My Final Thoughts   

    No damage here.  All three brain cells are still going strong!  I cut and ground the tabs on the channeled interior sides, and modified them to fit the #13 floor pan called out in the instructions.  It was a bit tricky, as I had to grind out the recesses in the bottom of the interior panels, and fill in the gaps in the floorboard where I had removed the tabs.  (I just used material from the cut off tabs to make plugs for the floorboards.)  I was starting to wonder if it would just be easier to take the highboy floorpan, and see how much cutting and grinding it would take to make it fit the over the transmission in the channeled frame!  Turns out, it would have taken none, because that was the floorpan I should have used in the first place!   I will just toss the other floorpan and the interior sides, as they would have no mounting tabs, and are missing a bit of plastic on the bottoms.  Luckily, I plan on building my other kit on the '32 rails and I can spare the other interior sides.
    The really funny part of this is that I was kind of considering my build as a bit of a box stock review.  I was going to review the version you didn't do in a workbench thread that will start in the next day or so.  That's the only reason I even got out the instructions.  If I hadn't done that, this never would have happened.  I would have grabbed the floorpan that fit the interior sides and built away.  Now I know why real men never read instructions.  It gets us into trouble!
    Thanks again for clearing things up.
  3. DaveM added a post in a topic Revell '29A Hot Rod Roadster QuickBuild UPDATE #4 - Final Photos of Completed Kit and My Final Thoughts   

    Just looked back and saw that!  I will grab the interior panels from my second kit and start over on them!  Luckily I bought a second kit.  I was probably composing this and getting the camera fired up while Tim made his post.  (It has been a somewhat leisurely Sunday afternoon here)  Funny, I had double checked the instructions and everything before posting, so I had the posting window open for an hour and a half while I checked, double checked and then modified and photographed my parts!  I was making a tutorial on how to fix the problem...    (Gregg, we really need a "Headsmack" or "Facepalm" Icon here... or maybe a smiley in a dunce cap...) (Or maybe I'm the only one that needs that...)  
    The good news is that it will be easy to decide how to build the second kit I have.  It's going to be a highboy!  
    Seriously, thanks for the heads up, and I hadn't quite cut into the correct floorpan, yet, so I haven't messed up anything I didn't have a spare of.  I will now spend the evening trying to do something actually productive on the build.  At least I haven't screwed up the Nailhead, ... yet.
    I'm still having fun with this kit!
  4. DaveM added a post in a topic Buick Custom   

    Wild looking Buick!  I was going to say that it was great for a first custom paint job, but that's great for any custom paint job!  Nice work!  
  5. DaveM added a post in a topic Revell '29A Hot Rod Roadster QuickBuild UPDATE #4 - Final Photos of Completed Kit and My Final Thoughts   

    I am diving into the channeled version of the kit.  I will be posting pictures soon.  (Not too interesting yet, just a bunch of sanding, trimming and filing.)  Has anybody tried fitting the interior sides into the channeled floorpan yet?  It looks like they were going to key the mounting tabs on the two sets of interior sides to their specific floorpans.  Unless I have this really screwed up, they have the tabs mixed up.  Both sets of interior panels are tabbed the same, but the floorpans are different.  The highboy setup looks like a perfect fit, and the lowboy interior panels fit nicely to the highboy floorpan, but nothing fits the channeled floorpan!   I think somebody made a boo boo doing the CADD.  I am surprised that this never came up in the test shots.  They must not have built up a test shot of the channeled "A" frame after keying the tabs.  Looks like the channeled version just became a skill level 3.5 
    To advanced modelers, it's no problem.  Just file the tabs off, and grind out the end of the recess that the floorpan keys into.  It will take some extra filling, and putty too, plus I might change up the paint sequence to assemble the whole shebang first, then paint the bottom of the floorpan.  The good thing is, it doesn't hurt the look of the car at all.  It's invisible when fixed, and all of the visible stuff still looks perfect.  This is still going to be  a real hot build. 
    The rest of the kit fits nicely, and has some of the best detail that Revell has molded.  Some of the parts on this kit are approaching Tamiya quality.  The motor detail is going to be sweet when built.  I am going to do this one almost box stock.  I might sneak some wiring onto the motor, just because there is no hood.  I'll decide as I go.  I will stick with the nailhead for the actual build, but I might mock it up with a couple of other motors too.  The more I work on this kit, the more I want to buy!  
  6. DaveM added a post in a topic Moebius '65 Mercury Comet Cyclone news   

    I will buy them if they are well done.  I love the old Comets, and I can imagine a few ways to build one.  (Most with the word "Drag" in the description.)   
    If they are not well done, I'm not going to mess with them.  I have too many kits in the pile that don't need major reworks that I haven't built yet.  If an exhaust port is half a mm off, I will buy the kit.  If the wheels weren't available with the trim package depicted, I will still buy the kit.  If there are five pages of debate on the best way to alter the body just to get it looking like a Comet, I will pass.   I will not buy a junk kit under the threat of "If we don't buy this kit, we will never get another new tool."  If a company  makes junk, then let them fail.  
    I know I have said this exact thing many times before, but I do hold new kits to a reasonable standard.  There is no excuse for a new kit to completely miss a major body shape or dimension.  There is no excuse for completely missed roof heights, wheel well shapes, body shapes, major angles etc...   There is no reason to buy a new kit for the very high prices they are charging, if the kit needs to be heavily reworked just to build it correctly.  ('90 Mustang, '70 Cuda, '69 Nova, maybe even the '67 Camaro and '65 Satellite)  All kits have some minor glitches.  They are designed by humans after all.  The '71 Ranger has a couple of smaller problems, and needs a trim change, but it still builds into a pretty decent '71 Ford truck.  The '29 Roadster has a couple of issues, but as Tim Boyd just showed us, it builds into a really nice looking model with no reworking.  
    Hopefully, the Comet will be a nice it, and none of this will be an issue.  If the kit looks nearly as nice as the Pontiac test shots did, I will be stacking them up!  (Hopefully one of the variations will give us a nice A/FX engine variation that can be stuffed into a couple of street machines)  I am looking forward to both this and the Pontiac releases.
  7. DaveM added a post in a topic Moebius '65 Mercury Comet Cyclone news   

    I hope they post test shots of the Comet.  Remember, the Truck and the Pontiac had some adjustments made due to the posting of the test shots.  There might have been a bunch of debate over the Pontiac, but the difference between the first shot, and the latest one we saw was quite clear.  Things got fixed.  The trucks have some small glitches, but not anything that wrecks the look of the model.  The Pontiac looks really close to perfect in the last shots they showed us.  I am looking forward to buying the Pontiac.  Is it a perfect kit?  Probably not.  Is it going to be an excellent kit?  I think so.  We all helped, even if it created a few grey hairs in the process.   If nothing else, look at how much better the wheels turned out!
    The Satellite was pretty much finished up without input.  If anybody had posted a first test shot of that one, they probably would have redone the vents and fixed the roof.   In the end result, the Satellite is a decent model, but suffers quite a bit from some angles.  It's too bad because they sunk a lot of time, sweat and money into something that could have been one of the best models of the last few years.  It's still a good model, but not as nice as it could have been.
  8. DaveM added a post in a topic Revell '29A Hot Rod Roadster QuickBuild UPDATE #4 - Final Photos of Completed Kit and My Final Thoughts   

    Looks great, Tim.  Great job on the build!  I am almost afraid to post my work after seeing this.  I will get back to mine tonight.  I think I will go for a box stock one, but with the "A" chassis instead.  That way we can check out both major versions of the kit.  (I am still going to test fit some  other motors.)  I have the camera working again, and I hope I can bust loose for some time at the bench this weekend.  I do see the slight funkiness in the exhaust, but everything else looks spot on.  
  9. DaveM added a post in a topic Some more Round2 surprizes!   

    That's great to hear.  I will have to grab one of those.   I have two '71 Mopar colors by Scalefinishes; Butterscotch/Bahama Yellow, and Bright Red/ Rallye Red.  (I thought I was ordering the '67 Bright Red for a '67 Charger, but I mistakenly ordered the other one)  I have two kits ready to build, the '71 Duster and '71 Charger.   Right now, I am thinking about the Charger in Butterscotch,  and the Duster in Red, but that may change a couple of times before I actually start building them.  If the DD issue has the correct stripes, then I will use them for this build, and use the kit to make something like a Rod Shop Charger, or a bracket car.  Does it have the black stripes, or the white ones?
  10. DaveM added a post in a topic First detailed look - Revell's '29 Model A Hot Rod Roadster ...updated with photos of completed builds of both kit versions   

    That's great to see Tim.  Really, the cowl fit is the most important.  If the front was a touch off, we could just swap radiator shells between the kits.   I figured the '32 frame was going to throw everything off.  That's they way they work in real life too!  If I want a hood on a '32 frame, I'll have to scratchbuild or modify one.  I would also be thinking about a '32 Grille shell at that point too.  I'll plan on a hooded version of a lowboy.  Now, I've got to see if I can modify or scratch out a chopped uptop!  
    The kit looks pretty nice.  The more I work with it, the better I am liking most of it.  I am building the "A" framed version, which should look  the best with the raised wheel arches.  I think I will take the '32 frame and work it under an AMT kit.  I can adapt the suspensions from the AMT kit, and the stock wheel arches should shine here, even with some fairly tall Modelhaus tires.  If I am really picky, I can put the Revell suspension under the '32 for the more modern car, and the AMT transverse leaf under the "A" frame.One of our local slot car racers, who also builds, is working on this kit.  He thinks it's a hot rodder's dream.  His best statement on the kit was, "If you build this kit out of the box, there's somethin' wrong with your head!"  I think he's right.  This kit just screams out to be twisted to the imaginations of the builder.  That said...  I am sort of going out of the box a bit with mine, but I will be swapping out the motor and wheels.  The nailhead is getting tweaked a bit and will be shoehorned into a '25 "T"  (For now.  all of my plans for this build are transient.)
  11. DaveM added a post in a topic First detailed look - Revell's '29 Model A Hot Rod Roadster ...updated with photos of completed builds of both kit versions   

    I have that kit, and the '31 sedan which shares many parts.  It will take me a couple of days, as I am dealing with a mini crisis here.  I will try to at least hold the parts together and see how they line up.  I may also do this with the AMT '29 roadster.  I am hoping that one of the hoods can be easily adapted to the new Revell kit.  I also have the AMT woody/pickup, and the Revell Woodstock (I think)  to check parts out with.  
    Hopefully, I will be able to post which parts will fit together nicely, and which will take more extensive surgery.  Imagine the sheer number of combinations we can come up with!
  12. DaveM added a post in a topic First detailed look - Revell's '29 Model A Hot Rod Roadster ...updated with photos of completed builds of both kit versions   

    I am starting to sand and glue too.  I won't be able to get much painting done this weekend, but I might be able to duck out and shoot a coat of primer to get things started.  So far, so good.   The kit seems pretty nice.  Too  bad the nailhead missed the mark.  Seems like every kit these days has some throw away parts.  I'll have to try my cylinder head chopping idea someday, but for now, I'll just swap out to a better motor.  The chassis looks nice, and the fit is pretty smooth so far.   It's still a pretty big step up for Revell from the last couple of years.  It's quite buildable, and it will look pretty good to the rat rod crowd.  With a new motor and a body swap, it will look pretty decent to the regular street rod folks.  Hopefully Revell gets it all together on the next release and knocks it out of the park.  This is more of a stand up double than a home run, but it's still a pretty decent kit.  It should build up well out of the box, and the only real miss is the motor.  The body matches some of the rat rods that are out there, and that is the market for this kit.  I will get it posted on the Workbench forum within the next day or two.  (As soon as I can get the camera fired up)  
    I'll see all of you over on the workbench!  Back to building.
  13. DaveM added a post in a topic First detailed look - Revell's '29 Model A Hot Rod Roadster ...updated with photos of completed builds of both kit versions   

    Looking at the pics, the spacing between the outer ports is pretty close to the others, but the middle part of the head seems to be extended a bit.  The whole head is a mm or two longer, causing the too large gap between the two pairs of ports.  That might be tougher to fix.  I was hoping that we could just tweak the headers a bit to correct the gap and cover the slight tweak with the flanges, kind of like a catcher "Framing" a ball so that the umpire calls it a strike.   Luckily, I didn't put much emphasis on the nailhead when I bought the kit.  I might take a very fine razor saw and make a pair of cuts in the heads.  Then I can glue the pieces back together, just like a chop.   I think just removing the kerfs would be enough to tighten the spacing back up.  Since many of these engines will be getting jammed into things Revell never intended for them, most of my headers will be scratchbuilt anyways.  Hopefully a couple of very fine cuts won't end up messing with the head to block fit too much.  Right now, I am trying to locate a single carb manifold that will fit this motor, so I can use a Cadillac air cleaner on it.  That will fit the build I have in my head to a "T".  
    Is it just me, or do the patina decals have blue in the print?  If so, then they will only work on one color of paint?  It might just be my monitor.  They seem to have a blue section in the middle of the rusty bits.  I think I would have more fun doing my own weathering.
    I am going to take a shot with the kit body on one of my builds, just to do a "Mostly out of the box" build.  I was most eager to try the '32 rails and the highboy setup, but I figure that one will benefit the most from a properly proportioned body.  The bigger wheel cutouts would most likely be done in real life on a "Z"ed frame, lowboy setup.  I am thinking of just using the nailhead on the "A" frame with some Modelhaus steel wheels with the chrome spider, and a '53 Caddy air cleaner.   (If I can dig out an appropriate manifold)   I would keep things clean and simple with minimal chrome and gingerbread.  I was originally thinking of gloss black paint, but I might go with a very dark blue or a maroon instead.  I am even thinking of doing a painted grille shell, or swapping in a chopped  '32 shell to carry the paint color further along the car.  (Warning to anybody who has never followed one of my builds before,  These plans will change a few times as the model comes together.  I am constantly trying different parts as I go, tweaking the combination until I get it the way I want it.)
    I hope to get started on the build this weekend.  I cant get much building in, as I have a full time caretaking situation, but I plan to get started on the plastic bits.  I probably won't be able to paint anything until I get some respite.  I really want to have some fun with this build.  
  14. DaveM added a post in a topic First detailed look - Revell's '29 Model A Hot Rod Roadster ...updated with photos of completed builds of both kit versions   

    Just got my hands on one. The parts all look pretty nicely done. The exhausts don't look too far off, although the header design seems to exaggerate the look.   .  I don't have a real block to measure, so I will leave that up to you guys.  The motor and parts sure look nice.  I can see some wicked nailheads appearing in several builds.   It shouldn't be too hard to scratch out a transverse leaf for the back.   The kit looks like a gold mine for rod parts.  I will probably build the '32 frame on mine, as I have always liked that combination.   This is going to be a "Sweep the bench"  project, as all of my other partial builds have been set aside for a week or two.  I have my '29 kit, a huge box of Modelhaus wheels and tires, a couple of other hot rod kits for swiping of various parts, an AMT '29 for comparison and possible body surgery and a bunch of partial and mocked up engines that will be tried out.  I can't wait to see how this one goes together.  I will be working at it for the next few days.  If they still have one left tomorrow, I might pick up a second one.  The only thing I need to make my life complete is a stack of decent bodies to use on these things.  I might dump a Revell '31 Sedan body on one of these, just to see how it would work.  Hopefully resin casters will come to the rescue with some fixed bodies for these.  As for now, I think I can cut up an AMT body and mate it to this one and make the corrections.  I usually build a kit fairly straight from the box for the first time, but i think this kit needs to be bashed up to be its best.  Can anybody say 409!     I'll have to see what engine looks the best and run with it!
    If you really raid the parts box, you could get a good portion of a second build.  Combine the unused frame with a scratched transverse leaf spring and a parts box rear end.  Get an aftermarket dropped or drilled front axle and scratch out a few parts from wire or thin rods.  Toss that aftermarket body on it.  Grab a parts pack motor, or parts box motor... Add in a spare grille shell (or use one of MCG's chopped '32 setups)  We all have tons of wheels and tires lying around.  It's not the easiest or cheapest way to build two models from one kit, but it might be the coolest.  
  15. DaveM added a post in a topic Model King 1971 Thunderbird   

    Awesome to see this kit come back.  I also have the Model King version.  It's an old school tool, but it has a decent body, and with a little attention to detail, it builds into a nice looking car. I had one on the shelf for the longest time.  It was a quick build, with most of the focus being on the paint and foil.  It stayed on the front row of the middle shelf for years because it just looked cool.  I ended up giving it to somebody who had owned a real one.   It is a fun kit, and a bit of nostalgia.
    It would be a riot to see that box art and decal set, though.  Honestly, it looks like a cat threw up after eating the NBC Peacock!   But that's how we rolled in those wacky Seventies.  (If you think the decals are garish, you should have seen the hairstyles!)