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  1. johnwitzke added a post in a topic 1963 SD 421Tempest   

    Decal update.  For the coupes, I have the M/T 749 car, Arnie Beswick's car, the #50 nascar driven by Paul Goldsmith, recently acquired custom made sets of the Stan Long Pontiac driven by Stan Antlocer and George Delorean's Wynn Engineering car.  I am having the Superior Pontiac decal custom made as well.  That will give me all the coupes.
    For the wagons, I have Beswick's car, Arlen Vanke's "Papoose One" Anderson Pontiac car, and having the Al Hodges Pontiac, Van Winkle Pontiac and Royal Pontiac cars custom made.  That will give me 5 of the 6 wagons.  The 6th wagon was originally delivered to Union Park Pontiac (only wagon that has been accounted for) but sold off to a private racer with no sponsorship. 
    Having to wait for warmer weather to do some painting!! 

  2. johnwitzke added a post in a topic 1963 SD 421Tempest   

    Update........ I will be bring updates throughout 2016 as each of the 6 LeMans 421 SD coupes and the two prototypes, along with Vanke's car will be built.  Additionally, work will begin on 5 of the 6 Tempest 421 SD wagons.  The sixth wagon, the only wagon that survives today and was delivered through Union Park Pontiac.  Unfortunately this cars racing history is not as deep as the other five.  I plan on making a plain white wagon to represent the Union Park delivered car.   .....More to come   
  3. johnwitzke added a post in a topic 1963 SD 421Tempest   

    It is a complete kit with the SD 421 engine, although I may use a different SD 421.  This is basically a resin of the original 1963 AMT kit.   Like all resins there is a fair amount of clean up but I think it will build into a really nice model.   Yes the torque tube is there on the chassis. 
     Andy, I am a Pontiac guy so the Super Duty 421 cars are a natural for me. I have three 1963 Super Duty Tempest, Vanke's Anderson Pontiac, Mickey Thompson's prototype, and Beswick's wagon.  I have two 1963 Super Duty Catalina's, Arlen Vanke's Swiss Cheese hardtop, and Edwards Pontiac 2 dr. sedan.  For 1962 I have M/T Super Duty Tempest, Don Gay's Catalina 2 dr. sedan, Beswick's Catalina HT. , Barry Pontiac (Jesse Tyree) HT and Packer Pontiac HT.  I may buy two more 1963 Tempest, the white Mickey Thompson  coupe (749 A/FX), and another wagon. I have the correct decals for all of these cars. 
    Dan, I know that Dave at MCW is limited on the number of decals that he has. You might check.   The Knafel cars were cool and won a ton of races.    
  4. johnwitzke added a post in a topic 1963 SD 421Tempest   

    Dan, I have the decals for the Vanke/Anderson car.  They came with the kit that I purchased from MCW. 
  5. johnwitzke added a topic in Drag Racing Models   

    1963 SD 421Tempest
    MCW Resin has available 1963 Tempest that can be built into the Super Stock SD 421 cars.  I purchase a couple of these kits and found them to be nicely done.  The versions that I will be building is Mickey Thompson's Yorktown Blue prototype.  This Tempest coupe has markings 755 AF/X on the doors and was driven by KS Pittman and Bill Shrewsberry.  Second version, although not a factory SD421 car, but built with factory support was Arlen Vanke's Marimba Red "Running Bear" sponsored by Bill Knafel's Anderson Pontiac.  The M/T car required modification to the rear glass, as the base Tempest had a larger rear window than the LeMans version.  I have nearly completed the rear window, all that is left is the moldings.  That said, the Vanke car, a base Tempest had the smaller LeMans rear window.      

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  6. johnwitzke added a post in a topic NEW! An advance and detailed look at the final production version of the new Moebius Models 1961 Pontiac Ventura kit....   

    I got my 1961 Beswick decals from MCW Resin.  I also have Royal Pontiac 1961 decals.  If you are doing the 62 Beswick Catalina, be sure to order a louvered hood from Replicas & Miniatures Company of Maryland.  It is a perfect fit for the AMT kit.  The 62 Beswick car was painted Bristol Blue which was a 1961 color and has been documented with factory build documents.
    Other 1962 SD421 Catalina's that I have is a 2 dr. sedan Don Gay Gay Pontiac, Jesse Tryee Bill Barry Pontiac for another hardtop, and Packer Pontiac for another hardtop. 
    For 1963 my SD421 Catalina's are the Swiss Cheese hardtop Arlen Vanke Anderson Pontiac and a 2 dr. sedan Edwards Pontiac
    I also have Mickey Thompsons 1962 SD421 Tempest and three 1963 SD421 Tempest, Arlen Vanke and Mickey Thompson (prototype) coupes and Beswicks Wagon.   
  7. johnwitzke added a post in a topic NEW! An advance and detailed look at the final production version of the new Moebius Models 1961 Pontiac Ventura kit....   

    I have one ordered as well.  Mine will be Arnie Beswick's Bristol Blue Super Stock car as I have a set of decals for that car.  An interesting fact is that Arnie's 1962 SD 421 Catalina was painted the same 1961 color from the factory.   
  8. johnwitzke added a post in a topic MCW   

    I have been prepping all the bodies and parts for my models listed.  The bodies and parts clean up real well.  I am just beginning the two 1963 Tempest coupes, Vanke's car and the M/T 755 A/FX prototype that Bill Shrewsberry drove at the 1963 Winternationals.  The M/T car requires the rear window to be modified to the larger version which I have completed.  Both will have the Tempest taillights added which are included in the kit.  The LeMans taillight are different.  I can update as I move these two project forward.    
  9. johnwitzke added a post in a topic MCW   

    Dave is a great guy to work with.  I have collected a number of his kits, 15 to be exact.  All Super Stock versions.  I personally like his models.  All of mine have been cast very well.  Additionally Dave has a fast turn around time.  Wings Wheels and Waves has also been great to work with and do an equally great job.  They will do non-stock paint too.  I special ordered a 1963 Cadillac color called Fire Frost Silver for my 1963 Swiss Cheese Super Duty Catalina coupe and the color looks great. (12 of the 14 1963 Swiss Cheese Catalina's were painted this color from the factory).   
    Here is my list of MCW models
    1961 Pontiac Super Stock decals Arnie Beswick and Royal Pontiac for the new 1961 Pontiac Ventura's from Moebius 
    1962 Tasca 406 Super Stock Fairlane
    1962 Galaxie Super Stock 406 Dick Brannan
    1962 Galaxie Light Weight Super Stock 406 Dick Brannan
    1962 Super Duty 421 Catalina Sedan Don Gay 
    1962 Super Duty 421 Tempest Coupe Mickey Thompson
    1963 Tasca 427 Super Stock Fairlane 
    1963 Super Duty 421 Catalina Swiss Cheese Hardtop Anderson Pontiac Arlen Vanke
    1963 Super Duty 421 Catalina Sedan Edwards Pontiac
    1963 Super Duty 421 Tempest Coupe Prototype Mickey Thompson
    1963 Super Duty 421 Tempest Coupe Anderson Pontiac Arlen Vanke
    1963 Super Duty 421 Tempest Wagon Anderson Pontiac Arnie Beswick 
    1964 A/FX 427 Ford Falcon Dick Brannan
    1964 A/FX 427 Comet Wagon Don Nicholson
    1965 Plymouth A990 Sedan 426 Street Hemi Black Arrow Bill Jenkins
    1966 Plymouth Belvedere I Super Stock 426 Street Hemi Jere Stahl
  10. johnwitzke added a post in a topic What's the Ko-Motion   

    My Baldwin Motion collection will begin with the only 1967 Chevelle SS427 produced by Motion Performance. This car was originally ordered new by Charlie Mason. This build will start with using the Revell 1967 Chevelle SS396 kit. Scalefinishes Marina Blue paint will be used for the exterior and interior. The car will have a black vinyl top.

    Several photo etch and resin parts have been sourced in order to complete an accurate build when the car was new. Some of parts are Torque Thrust Wheels, Redline Tires, M/T finned valve covers (low gloss), valve cover wing bolts, Mallory ignition coil, photo etch under dash gauges (two originally located on the left side of the steering column), column mount tach, Hurst T-Handle shifter, and photo etch SS427 for the rear panel. I plan on scratch building the custom steering wheel.

    I am getting ready to begin this one and will post pictures as this project moves along.
  11. johnwitzke added a post in a topic What's the Ko-Motion   

    I would like to get a copy of Joe Oldham's book too. As far as a favorite. That is a difficult question to answer. If I had my choice out of all of them, I would probably take the 1969 SS427 Nova
  12. johnwitzke added a post in a topic What's the Ko-Motion   

    Yes. I have Tales of a Muscle Car Builder. Great book with a lot of info about the Baldwin Motion cars.
  13. johnwitzke added a topic in On The Workbench   

    What's the Ko-Motion
    Joel Rosen of Motion Performance built some of the quickest tuner car during the 60's an 70's. His guarantee, they would run 11.50's at 120 mph in the quarter mile. As time permits, and as I take a break from building WW II airplane's, my plan is to build a number of cool Baldwin Motion cars, such as the 1967 Ko-Motion L88 Corvette, the first 1967 SS427 Chevelle, a 1968 SS427 Camaro, a couple of 1969 Phase III SS427 Camaros, a 1969 Phase III SS427 Corvette, a 1969 Phase SS427 Nova, a 1969 SS427 Chevelle, a 1970 Phase III Chevelle, and a 1970 Phase III Camaro. I will post as I make progress.

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  14. johnwitzke added a post in a topic Ferrari SA Aperta   

    Wow! Awsome color. Nice work,
  15. johnwitzke added a post in a topic Fujimi 1/24 Ferrari 250 GTO Chassis # 3505   

    Working slowly on this one. Engine is nearing completion. Next will be the chassis and wheels.