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  1. This is my More American Graffiti replica dragster model I built. This is not the original model from 1979, it is a replica. I turned a Jaw Breaker model into John Milners dragster. I cut, reshaped, trimmed. and angled the body corners just like the real car. I made my own decals, lines, plug wires, and even detailed the parachute. I made my own decals from a original scan of the decals I found online. I used from that set the red John Milner and blue tail piece. I printed them out using Testors paper, and made my own set of flames. I tried to make the flames as movie accurate in the shape and style. If the flames, didn't look right, neither does the model. I gave the car a modern line, and cut it where it should be orange. This was a replica body, Jaw Breaker model kit, and replica decals with many hours of work. This is my first custom model I have ever built. This goes for building a driver that fits in the car. This model looks like what the fans should have always been sold in the first place. I hope, I didn't disappoint any Graffiti fans out there. One more thing I will point out Jawbreaker's kit has many flaws, and needs a bunch of work. You have to sand, drill out areas, and the frame is constantly coming apart on you. I put a rod into the motor, and used JB Weld in the transmission. This way it is well hidden but gives the motor extra support to stay in place. On the angled areas of the body, I used JB Water Weld to give them a nicer rounded look. This build took me 3 months to do in the winter months for a model contest. Only thing that gets on my nerves is the flash made the colors look lighter than what they really are. I even built the 2003 AMT American Graffiti/reissue of the More American Graffiti Deuce Coupe. Still love how the builds look with the original box art. issue
  2. I have been looking at doing some cars based on 50's to '60's style Hot Rods lately. I found a cool looking '30 Model A chopped coupe in a recent issue of from fall 2014 Rod & Culture that is a funky but rich green color. After reading and re-reading the article gleaning as much as possible about the build, I realized the car was from a car building TV show on cable. I haven't had cable TV in over five years now so I missed it. So Google being my friend and I found pictures and some more info about the car online. At first I was going to build a sorta, kinda looks like the car but now that I know it has some Hollywood glitz to it I may try to do as accurate as I can (within reason) replica of a '60's style rod. I have in my stash an R&D Unique chassis that I wasn't sure what to do with since all of the cool 1/25th scale kits of '32 Fords have been out by Revell stuffing it under a Monogram 30 Model A will do. I also have been having a bit of a parts problem since I liquidated 80% or more of my stash and most 1/24th scale went out the door. I kept some '40 Ford Pickups and '37 Sedans and the "lil Coffin kit. That's it. I sold off my Model A parts and my '32 Monogram Ford Roadster. Fast forward to the March Toledo show last week I went with my shopping list of kits and parts I wanted. I scored the Monogram '30 Model A Phaeton. I will be stealing the engine out of this model and the headlights bar for some other yet not thought up build for the cool custom headlight bar (It was mentioned in the new Revell Model A Roadster kit that these headlights are great '50's parts). So This kit wasn't just bought for a headlight bar assembly, lol. Now for an engine and headlight bar! ( when I got home and opened up the kit I may build a Rat Rod out of the tub with the custom flathead out of the '40 Ford Pickup kit and wheels I traded from a Danbury Mint Classic car. I am trying to be as economical with my cash as possible with the price of kits these days. I couldn't find the Model A kit at Toledo except for one air box for 5 bucks - no thanks. A friend from my local model car club came to the rescue. He has a spare coupe body and some interior parts - Score! I was going to use the wheels and tires from the 'Lil Coffin as well as the engine, but now that I am considering going more Replica I will use just the tires and grab a set of Radirs from my T Bolt kit that were the custom rims from that kit. Now I need to see if there was ever any finned Corvette scripted valve covers on a Monogram kit, and I may need to get the Monogram 1/24th scale Deuce roadster for the grill, grill shell and some of the front suspension components. I think it had a dropped axle and split wishbone suspension and the mid '80's version might of had the Corvette script finned valve covers? I would have to scratch build the air cleaners, chop the body, make a diamond tuft roof insert as well as make the interior upholstery match. The article mentioned they used House of Color Lime Green and I am set. I didn't watch the show, saw online during my research about the "drama" about the show. I am not concerned about the "Reality" TV side of things, just a cool car.
  3. Ok officially started after probably a year of talk and asking around about parts, throwing pictures around, and probably making myself look stupid but here she is. THE STORY- BACK IN 1978 MY GREAT GRANDFATHER CUSTOM ORDERED A FORD TRUCK. NOTHING SPECIAL HE DIDN'T SEE A NEED FOR 4X4 OR AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIONS, OR V8'S EITHER. THE TRUCK WAS ORDERED AS A F250 CUSTOM WITH 300 6 CYL A 3 SPEED MANUAL AND PRETTY MUCH NOTHING OPTIONS WISE, NOW ITS BEEN A WHILE SINCE I LOOKED AT THE INTERIOR SO I CANT TELL YA WHAT COLOR THAT IS. HE PUT MAILBOX LETTERS ON THE GRILL D.E.W "DONALD E WESTFALL" I CALL THE TRUCK DEWY BECAUSE OF THIS. WELL BACK IN 2012 MY GREAT GRANDPA DIED I WAS AT "THE GEAUGA COUNTY MAPLE FESTIVAL" WHICH IS MY HOMETOWNS LITTLE FESTIVAL TO CELEBRATE OUR MAPLE SYRUP. MY MOM ACCIDENTALLY CALLED ME MEANING TO GET A HOLD OF MY GRANDMA AND GRANDPA TO TELL THEM. WELL THE WILL LEFT THE TRUCK TO MY GRANDPA HIS SON IN LAW, WITH NO WAY FOR MY GRANDPA TO GET IT TO HIS HOUSE I CALLED UP MY FELLOW REDNECK CHEVY BUDDY HE CALLED HIS UNCLE WHO OWNED A POWERSTROKE, AND A WEEK LATER WE HAULED IT FROM LEVITSBURG TO HUNTSBURG AND THATS WHERE THE TRUCK SITS AND HAS SAT FOR 2 ALMOST 3 YEARS NOW. MY GREAT GRANDPA HAD PLANS TO PUT DUAL EXHAUST ON IT AND HE HAD 2 DIFFERENT KINDS OF TOW MIRRORS ON IT, MY REPLICA WILL BE SPIN OFF. It will have a 300 I6 thanks to Ken of Kitchen Table Resin, The bed assembly will be a Greg Van Sickle of Facebook resin bed, tailgate, and tail lights, the old faded orange will be replaced with one coat lacquer Fiery Orange, wheels will be MAD Resin 70s truck/van dog dish, the kit Firestone tires will be used, it will have dual exhaust and the mirrors will be the mirrors from the kit. Here's some photos for ya while i get some of my progress.
  4. I bought a Fujimi Mini Cooper this past Christmas, with the idea of building a replica of a stanced out Mini from here in Sweden! It's not going to be a perfect replica, more my own interpretation of it, but most of it will be the same. (These are not my pics, they are borrowed!) Already from the beginning I wanted to keep the front wheels' steering mechanism intact but get a lot of negative camber at the same time, which meant that I couldn't change the geometry in the front easily. So, I decided to go the simple way and make a small piece that would push the wheels out, give me the right camber angles, but keep the rest of the geometry and steering mechanism intact. And since the real car had a set of BBS RS styled rims, I obviously went through my spare parts and found a nice set of rims that where the right size and roughly the same design as the original. Compared o the stock Mini wheels, the new ones are slightly smaller, which is good actually! Here's just a quick mock up of the wheels, angles and fitment. And the steering is still working. The rear has more negative camber than the front. Yup, a lot of weird tire wear going on here...
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