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  1. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Questions about the new '30 Revell Model A kit   

    Just a note on the nailheads...the suggested one in the Tony Nancy kit is basically the excellent Revell parts-pack engine from 50+ years ago. It's very well scaled.
    Unfortunately, if you want to use the headers from the NEW nailhead engine in the Revell '29 kit on the Tony Nancy nailhead you'll have a little problem.
    The Revell crew somehow got the exhaust port spacing wrong on the new engine, so the exhaust primaries don't line up exactly with the ports on the old parts-pack or Tony Nancy nailheads.
    We've been all through this, and even measured real engines to verify the information. It's not hugely noticeable unless you're very familiar with the real engines.
    And in all honesty, most of the parts from BOTH engines will interchange quite easily.
    If you want to correct it, it's not really very hard either. All you have to do to make the NEW headers fit the OLD engine is to take a small section out of the center of the headers. Be sure to pin it for strength if you do. I did it to this set to fit them to the ancient parts-pack heads I elected to install on the new engine (because I wanted to use the stock-style water pump and timing cover that are very well done in the Revell '29 roadster, but I wanted accurate-looking headers too).

    If the header port-spacing doesn't bother you, you can use the new engine (that fits the incorrect headers) and adapt the Tony Nancy blower manifold and blower drive parts. OR, you can put the heads that fit the new headers on the Tony Nancy bottom end. Lots of ways to skin this particular cat, depending on how much a stickler for accuracy you are.   
  2. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Nissan 240Z Street Racer   

    Cool backstory. She has a very convincing rode-hard-&-put-up-wet street-race look, too. Nice ! (I'm sure you real life, a smallblock Ford is just about the perfect engine to swap into an old Z-car. Better swap than a Chebby, by far. )
  3. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Favorite Fast Food   

  4. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic NEW REVELL '30 COUPE: Serious channel job, first mockup   

      See, here's the real life, I HAVE to stay on pretty much one project all the way to completion, or at least through to the end of my part of it, which is usually when the build becomes a running-driving-living-breathing car. The last one was almost two years. 
    It's part of what I love to do, but it gets a little stifling sometimes. Sure, there's creative work every day, lots of technical problem solving, but a lot of the functional guts of the things aren't much fun to look at.
    Honestly, I'd really rather be designing cars and having somebody else build them, and models let me indulge my design fantasies.
    Starting model projects where I get a visual-creative-outlet-fix is I think the only thing that keeps me relatively sane. Actually finishing them sometimes seems too much like real work, but I DO come back to all of them...eventually. 
  5. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Ferrari 250 GTO, Chevy Z28 powered: July 26   

    Thanks for the interest. 
    I stopped after the pretty awful crazing problem on the hood, but several careful coats of PlastiKote scratch-filler primer have got it saved. I need to do some tests with the stuff on the undersides of some of the kit parts, scuffed like I did the body, to make sire it's not too hot for this particular bare plastic.

  6. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Big Ol' 1/8 '32 Roadster, Channeled   

    Thanks for the interest, gentlemen. 
    Not a lot has happened, because I was waiting to figure out just exactly what I want to stuff under the hood. I'd like to do a blown car, but I didn't know what would fit and frankly, I was just too damm lazy to measure and scale up from a little car.
    So...I scored this. All kinds of goodies for a smallblock Chebby and now I can start fiddling the fit...

  7. Ace-Garageguy added a topic in On The Workbench   

    NEW REVELL '30 COUPE: Serious channel job, first mockup
    Having this new kit on the shelf and having already done some work on the firewall to improve its appearance as well as coming to the realization that it's the right width for a stock '32 hood got me to thinking...
    This is the mod I ended up doing to the firewall, for anyone who hasn't been following the review thread.

    Since the cowl is the right width, more or less, to take a stock-width '32 hood (it's WAY too wide to take a '30 hood), I thought I'd see what I could come up with using a stock-length '32 hood and a chopped '32 grille shell, as well as a more radical channel job than you get with the kit.
    The results so far. The wheelbase is stretched beyond the kit, and a suicide perch would be fabricated out in front of the radiator. Both ends of the new '30 kit "channeled" frame will need to be zeed to get this stance, but it's easy to do the way Revell designed it. Even though the mockup here is a LOT lower than the Revell version, it would still have sufficient ground clearance to be actually drivable.

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  8. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Project Phoenix: Custom '61 Dodge Dart resurrection: The Wall, March 29   

    Thanks for your interest and for pulling this one out of the cobwebs too. The resin engine I was going to use is apparently a copy of the one you mention, which I finally got my hands on. It's crisper than the resin version I have, and of pinholes. There's nothing else other than that really delaying getting this one up again. 
  9. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Radical Chopped '58 Corvette on C5 chassis. Oct 13. Frame work   

    Thanks for dredging this one up. I need to learn to do BMF (!) to do the color separation in the coves justice. I have a very specific idea as to how I want this thing to look, and the chrome around the coves is absolutely necessary. 
  10. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Model car builders are cheapskates, right?   

    I saw a similar table full of $20 Pocher kits in a K-mart sometime in probably the late '70s. I knew they were top-line expensive kits back then, and figured what the big K had were bogus knockoffs or something labeled to "look like" the name brand.
    I'll never know, but at the same store, on the same day, I bought a hand-signed print of a Porsche 356, one of an issue of only 250. I paid $25 for it. It's been appraised recently for considerably more.  
  11. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Mopar A series 318 "Poly" V8   

    I believe you'll find the 273 is a little "LA"  "wedge" engine, and looks rather different from the earlier "A" series "poly" engines, particularly the valve covers.
  12. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic salt flat question   

    You can get it in 1/8.  

  13. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Any idea how to "tint" windows   

    Or if you like a nice yellow-brown tint, just put your plastic windows in the house with a really heavy smoker for about 30 years. Works great!
  14. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic salt flat question   

    Here's one 3rd gen Camaro record holder set up for the salt...

  15. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Auto ID #216   

    No bloody idea. Parts of it look like a lot of different things, but I have no idea what it actually is.