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  1. Misha


    Looking over the stash, searching for the perfect isolation project, just the right kit to be built straight-outta-box (SOB). Something of a slump buster as most of my WIPs are struggling at the mid point of their builds. A simple build is the goal. Bingo! The CheZoom Corvair F/C! The added bonus would be to build a box art version, as I find it a very cool depiction. I must admit that I have been completely unable to build anything SOB for a number of decades now. Looking over the instruction sheet and sprues it appeared quite an easy project... but wait, it didn’t take long to yank out the Mopar and swap in a Rat from the 37 Chevy... from there the complexity grew. Seeing how much of the interior is on view, including the engine through the bubble top rear window, that a few more details wouldn’t hurt. Shortening and narrowing the chassis in the rear to fit the body, positioned the engine/trunk opening to feature the axle and empty space to the rear. (Originally the chassis fit the first Barracudas, particularly the Tom McKuen 65). The missing frame members were easily fabricated to complete the rear. The trunk will house the Moon gas tank and a small battery for accessories, as the engine will have a magneto ignition system. As a result the frame will also have a push bar and chute structure added. Body modifications so far have included de-badging, re-contouring wheel openings, removing the rear lower valence panel, eliminating the molded in wipers, and adding a front splitter plate. The last item has been to draw up templates for the inner trunk lip and deck lid detail underneath to be built from sheet plastic. Overall the recently re-issued kit is well formed with faint mold lines that required minimal clean up. Examining the interior offered another diversion for added realism. The kit provides a simple tub to contain the seat, dash wheel, Moon pedal and shifter stalk. As these were the early days of Funny Cars, before the glass floppers, the Corvairs were, for the most part stock unibodies with a custom frame. In this case the body from the cowl back is steel, with operating doors and the front is fiber glass. In this kit that detail is completely absent, so out with the X-Acto and saw! The plan is to build inner panels for the interior, showing the entire door rather than the existing tub interior. The sides were removed from the tub while the supports for the dash remained. This will also allow for greater detailing. Need to add a clutch and brake pedal, hand brake for front discs, shifter with hardware to rear, and fire suppression system. Plus added switches and wiring to the dash. The doors will have simple upholstered panels matching the headliner. The frame will also come in for greater detail with hardware bits. To fit the Corvair wheelbase the front axle will move one step forward on its spring perch. This will also help lower the nose. A future mock up will indicate how much rake to put in by adjusting the coils on the rear subframe. Overall a simple project that eluded me once again - then again, time is what I have on my hands... Cheers Misha
  2. Some of you regulars know that I used to build box art models for AMT back during the Ertl days. I built display models ranging from mostly cars to even Star Wars from 1990 to 1995. The last three cars I did were for the Chevrolet Classics set shown below. Once they were built, as always I would hand them over to the Ertl Company and I might occasionally see them on the box, in the catalogs, or in the Blueprinter. When Ertl was finished with them, they would raffle or auction them off at model car events, then donate the proceeds to the Model Car Museum in Salt Lake City, Utah. I have no idea where most of them went after their box art days, but one day, while perusing Spotlight Hobby's predecessor, the Hobby Heaven Message Board, I saw a post by the late "Viper" Dave McGaughey showing the 1958 Chevy Impala I built for the box. I contacted Dave a few times over the years, inquiring about purchasing it, but his reply was always "it's in a good home". Sadly, David McGaughey passed away in 2018. I reached out to one of his sons asking about the model, but never got a reply. Then I reached out to mutual friend Ted "Chopper" Lear, who informed me that Dave had sold much of his collection to Richard Geis. So I messaged Richard in 2018 and asked if he knew of the model in question. Two years later, I got a Facebook message from Richard, apologizing for the delayed response, as he had recently just got back on Facebook. He had the model all along, having won a raffle for it, and that he would be happy to sell it back to me for what he had in it, plus shipping. Needless to say, the deal was consummated, and I am happy to report that one of my very favorite builds has returned, and Richard had indeed given it a very good home over these past two decades. And so here it is! You are probably wondering where the glass is. Most box art builds for Ertl were done sans glass, as it induced glare and distortion. Instead, the retouchers airbrushed (and later Photoshopped) the glass in. Box art models can lead rather rough lives during their travels. A sharp eye will reveal that during Ertl's ownership, it had been damaged, and the front hood and grille trim rather crudely glued back on. (It didn't leave my house with those big glue smudges on the hood!) Fortunately that old Krylon Teal paint is pretty robust, and I was able to polish a lot of that out after this photo was taken. At some point I'll be fixing the trim, along with the now glued solid steering. And the missing wind splits will be replaced on the fenders. The radiator hose and oil filler were there when it was delivered to Ertl. They will be replaced. Given the tight time constraints, these were no contest models. I built all three in about a week. So things that didn't show, like drive shafts, shocks, and on this one, even the exhaust were left off. In retrospect, I probably should have added the exhaust. And who knows, that could still happen. I've got a few extra 58 Impalas in the stash. it was a very different world a quarter of a century ago in 1995 when I built this model. My oldest two kids, now in their mid 30s were 8 and 9 years old, my mom and dad were both still alive, and I was a long haired guy going to college for an Engineering degree. Looking at this 58 Impala brings me right back to those days... I want to thank Tom Carter for the creating Hobby Heaven, and now Spotlight Hobbies Message Board for making this reunion possible, Ted Lear for hooking me up with Richard Geis, and especially Richard, for not only taking such great care of it, but being kind enough to reunite me with this bit of my history, one that I will be able to pass on to my son. And I want to thank anyone who took the time to let me share this story with them.
  3. I have always loved this kit back from when I was a kid. I decided to build this box stock and as box art. I did not sweat all of the small details, instead, I concentrated on making a presentable shelf model. The model is actually built but I thought I would share a few pictures, tips and techniques with all of you. This is the kit I used. It is 1991 vintage.
  4. I got this gift for my birthday from my Mother In Law back in the summer, and I've been thinking I wanted to tackle a (mostly) box stock showrod build for a while...so here goes! I'm going for a straight replica of the box art - I think it'll look great with the miniature display box that comes with this kit: This is really nicely done kit, for the most part - a huge sheet of decals, the miniature box, an AMT toolbox sticker and 4 (!) sets of glass in various colors First up, was ordering some supplies, so I got some Tamiya rattle can black for the 'body' and chassis, and spent some time looking for a yellow/gold candy that would match the box art nicely. I think I found it!! First up, gluing the engine halves and prepping the engine parts You can't see the engine in the box top art, but it's on the side of the box so I'm going to replicate that. Candy yellow block with plenty of chrome. Whilst I'm working on the yellow parts I figured I'd prep all of them and paint them all in one go - especially as they're going to be a multi-coat process. Next up was the pontoons - I smoothed out some little imperfections with some putty, and added some thin styrene strips to help locate them good and square One of the pontoons has a little red and white flag on, and the other a chromed speargun. Fun thing to note - the instructions show them reversed, not that it makes any difference to the build. The flag has a locating hole, but the speargun doesn't, so I drilled some holes in the back of the gun, carefully so as to not mark the chrome on the top, mounted pins, and made a couple of holes in the pontoon to help locate it when it's done. Excuse the wonky pin - it moved when I was photographing it as the glue was still drying. Next up, the rear aqualungs. I clamped them together overnight to dry, smoothed them out and primed to check them. Then, I assembled the regulator valve and some of the pipework The headlamps have some little shark fins to attach to the top of them. I was trying to think of a decent way to be able to keep the parts separate so I can paint the lamps black and the fins yellow like the box art easily...but they're too small to pin really and there's no holes or pegs or anything to locate them so I decided to glue them now and mask later. A harder painting job, but it'll look better in the end With them done, I glued up the 'body' and used a bunch of rubber bands to keep it in place overnight. As this will be gloss black, I really want to make sure that seam doesn't show so I'm going to prep this part carefully Whilst I was looking at the body, I came up with the idea of having a little working interior light in thereto illuminate it - kinda like a fish tank has! There's not much interior detail, but I figured it could be a cool detail to have the windows glow a little. I spent some time researching LED lighting kits for trains, dolls houses and stuff like that but couldn't find anything cheap enough or small enough. Then, I was getting off the train the other day and walking past a local grocery store and they had some little 50 cent light up keychains. Perfect! That little light, in the bottom of the pic, will work perfect! Small enough that I can hide it in the 'lid' of the body, but bright enough that it'll look cool and I can mount it in there with some poster tack or similar so that I keep this thing basically box stock. And a quick test...excuse the blurry photo... Perfect! You can see a little filler showing through the body here - there were some sink marks that I cleaned up in there before gluing it. Whilst I was messing with the interior, I decided to mock up the floor (which incorporates a seat and the pedals) with the periscope that also acts as steering in this design. The fit of the periscope to the floor wasn't great - really sloppy...so I found some plastic rod that gave a nice snug fit, drilled out the floor and inserted a short length of bar in there Worked perfect! Now it fits without even needing any glue, although it'll get a tiny drop when it's assembled anyway. So, with most of the candy yellow parts prepped and test fitted I'm just racking them all up ready for primer, then silver, then candy yellow Need to wait for the snow to clear here though, its way too cold to do any painting at the moment. Plus, I ran out of room on my turntable pretty quickly, so I need to find something else to mount them on. More soon though!
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