A few years back, there was a really detailed article in "the other" model car magazine about building the polar lights funny cars, and it was profusely illustrated; showing exactly where to make corrections and additions (if you wanted ) to build a very detailed model. The article highlighted fitment problems and solutions - a common complaint about Polar Lights kit instructions is that they are sometimes vague about attachment points of various pieces. This article cleared up alot of that, and resulted in some realistic models.If I recall correctly, this article was done by a father and son. I have it somewhere in storage at the moment, but a search at the other forum or magazine website might be worth your while. I too have a couple of the funny car and NASCAR kits, and look forward to their challenges!
Like these cars, looking forward to seeing how you handle it. Engine is off to a nice start! Bright colors really show of the body lines of this car, I can barely remember my uncle driving one that was BRIGHT orange in the early 70s; beautiful!!!
How about cutting those shapes from Evergreen styrene sheet that replicates small-scale metal roofing/siding? Paint with Alcad and flow a dark red wash into the grooves? My first inclination was to recommend the custom taillight pieces from the AMT 66 Thunderbird, cut to fit, but they only have about half as many horizontal strips; larger and further apart. I can't help but think I've seen a similar pattern in the custom parts from an old AMT 3-in-1 kit...but which one? Maybe 65 Lincoln, or 66 Buick Wildcat, or the custom grille from the 72 Chevy pickup?? Just throwin' out possibilities - most of my kits are in storage for now, and I can't verify anything, just workin' fron memory!
Very surprised at just how well the decal taillights work! Have to agree with many others; it's a HUGE improvement over the kit "pieces". Black with a red office is timelessly sexy! Well done, ol' man!!
Back in the day, my uncles and their buddies all seemed to follow the same approach to hot-rodding on a budget: First, jack it up in the back, usually with Gabriel Hi-Jackers air shocks and/or extended shackles. Second followed closely behind; wider tires on chrome wheels out back. Very common then in my neck of the woods to see new 15x8(or 10)-inch Cragars and white letter tires on the rear with stock steelies up front. ( Just cheaper to buy 2 at a time, as budget allowed ) Thirdly, traction bars; Lakewood brand, please. Fourth would involve exhast, depending what your car had to begin with, you either bought Hooker headers or Thrush mufflers, if not both. Cherry bombs were also accepted. J.C.Whitney provided chrome exhaust tips. By this point, priorities shift and vary, but alot of no-name chrome engine dress-up goodies appear, as do under-dash 8-track players and Jensen Co-axial 6x9s in the rear shelf.
Oh yeah, it was very important to show your colors; that is to apply all those complimentary "stickers" the above manufacturers included with their products to the rear quarter windows of your ride, thus looking "race car-ish" without messing up your paint/primer!
I swear those boys chose Hooker headers just because Hooker had the biggest and coolest stickers!