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  1. "Post traditional" seems as good a term as any for what what was happening past the usual cutoff date for the traditional hot rod style (1963-ish?). It doesn't really tick off the usual traditional boxes, but at the same time, it isn't one we've seen a lot of , those interest seems to be growing. The starting point is a Lindberg '34 Ford pickup, and most of the inspiration is coming from these two rods: So the plan is five spoke mags and blue stripe tires if I can find something suitable, with a cedar (stained basswood actually) bed cover for the Northwest look. Here's a mockup of what I have so far. I was originally going to just use the wheels from Revell's '32 Ford 5 Window Coupe, but I ended up using the frame, running gear and fenders as well. The top has a mild chop, just enough to remove the "Phone booth" look, and the bed has been shortened, though I may shorten it a little more.
  2. So, I lurk here... a lot. I've been busy creating CAD files over the past year to create this 1/10th scale lakes modified roadster. You might ask why 1/10th scale...well, the math to scale is really easy. Take a 1:1 measurement and divide by 10...WAY easier than figuring 1/8 scale...LOL. Anyway, I know to finish the parts would take a ton of sanding, but the idea is just to create an "art" style piece, embracing the bobbles resulting from printing. Think pixel art... the dots make the overall picture. I've had fun creating it so far... I'm working on the suspension parts now and a "full race" 4 banger is in the works. I welcome feedback! And if PLA in a STYRENE forum is wrong, let me know. Whatcha think???
  3. My next build is this hot rod that my daughter picked out for me ! She choose the colour also, it will be Testors (#1629C) Custom Red Metal Flake. I think it looks like candy apple red. TCB, Adam
  4. Hi there, I was one of the lucky guys who managed it to get one the Revell ´30 Model A Coupe kits for the original price shortly after it was released and I still didn´t build it when it was discontinued. It kept lying on my shelf for nearly two years because I didn´t dare to touch it. It actually started to talk to me. First it said: "Sell me, for a profit!" But I did not want to do that. Then it said: "Build me, it might be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!" And I finally gave in. But it had to be something special! I remenbered that one of my childhood heroes, professional skateboarder Steve Caballero (member of the legendary Bones Brigade, a skate crew sponsored by Powell Peralta, alongside Tony Hawk) had a Model A some years ago. The Rod was featured in Traditional Rod and Kulture magazine in 2006: A beautiful Rod, isn´t it? It was originally built in the 50s by Buddy Dughi, singer of the rockabilly combo The Hot Rod Trio. Back then it was blue with copper scallops. Around the Millennium Steve bought the car and had it restored and repainted at Gambino Customs. Later it was sold several times, current owner is german skateboard legend Titus Dittmann. But for now, enough said about legendary skateboarders, legendary model kits and legendary Hot Rods, here is my version of "The Coupe De Cab": The build features a wired engine with a scratch built magneto, custom made scallops decals, tires from thepartsbox (AUS), taillights from Revell´s 32 Ford 5 window and a spare parts trunk handle. I also made a set of Powell Peralta skull logos for the side windows... ...a H.A.M.B. plaque for the rear window... ... a skate wheel topped shifter and, of course, an original Steve Caballero skateboard fort he interior: The original license plate is framed by a PE part from Scaleproduction: I hope you like it and I hope that Revell will give us this awesome kit back again someday... ps: While I was building the coupe I found a Hot Wheels die cast of a ´32 3 window version of "The Coupe de Cab" with a vice versa paint scheme: I might want to Build that as well someday in the near future... Greetings from Cologne, Germany
  5. After a 10 year hiatus, I started building again this year. I am putting this up to get some motivation to stay on target, any suggestion welcome. I am starting with 2007 Revell version of 1932 "big duce". I have combined my love of hot rods and ww2 airplanes, I have seen some on the net and thought I do my interpretation, and try to look a little deferent then the others. This is going to take some time, but I have to finish this one or the wife will kill me, this one is pricy. ( I have a lot half fished kits in the closet ,over the years) So I am building it based on a p-51 mustang " Rebel Queen" flown by four time ace Fred Glover. I building it as if he or his mechanic built it after the war in 1947. It will have shinny paint and some chrome, as if it was going to be a show car or what they fantasized what the p-51 could of looked like if not in war. Channeled body, laid back wind screen, Fighter gages, bomber seats, joystick handle shifter and other goody's. Wish me luck. Laz The first pic, the plane. The second, the nose art with Crew Chief S/Sgt. John E. Wilson The third, is Major Frederick W. Glover. The forth, is the car I started with for photo shop. The fifth, is final rendering.
  6. The Coffin Corner showrod board is having a group build for the recently-reissued Rommel's Rod kit, whereby you have to build a modified version of the kit. I had an idea in mind, and after I finished restoring an original a few weeks ago I was eager to get started on this second version. First up, hacking up the body. A LOT All I'll actually be using from the stock body is the cowl, but I wanted to use the remaining pieces to mock up what I had in my head before making it again from scratch. I'm thinking something like this: Not pretty, but enough to get me started with mocking stuff up anyway...my idea is to keep the long wheelbase of the original, but to have a stretched out front and that little tub body on the back, like so: I wanted to add some detail to the engine, but the kit block has most of that stuff molded in, so I scratchbuilt a new one from styrene sheet, along with a new oil pan: I picked out some wheels and tires so that I could start to make frame, and separated the kit trans so I could use that with my new block: I wanted to use the kit front wheels, but modify them to be skinny little drag style wheels, so I needed some tires: Found this pack of o-rings at the Chinese 99 cent store, which should work great! Then, I used my hacked-together body to make a tape template, which I transferred to brass: Bent it to shape over some round bar to get nice rounded corners: And then attached it to the kit cowl (which I wasn't about to attempt re-making with my limited brass-working skills): And that's about where we're at right now...more soon!
  7. I think I will never get tired to build versions of my favorite Hot Rod subject: ´33/´34 Fords. And after having built an Eliminator and a California Kid, I thought it would be nice to complete the trio of some of worlds´ most famous Hot Rods with a model of Jim „Jake“ Jacobs´yellow ´34 Coupe: The build is based on Monogram´s ´33 Ford street rod kit converted into a Hi-Boy. Up front I used a narrowed Revell ´37 pickup grille with a MCG phoetched insert. Front axle and headlights came from a ´34 snap kit. The wire spoke wheels from a ´30 Ford woody were updated with scratch built chrome rings. A Halibrand quick change rear axle was taken from Revell´s Henry J. Handles and tail lights are items from my parts box, license plates, wish bones and roof insert were scratch built. Jake´s Coupe is probably not my best model build but it was a must-have addition to my Eliminator and California Kid: Thanks for looking, comments are welcome (as always).
  8. Lots of great blog posts regarding Model T related hot rods, customs, parts manufacturers, history, etc.: https://www.tbucketplans.com/
  9. The inspiration for this came from a co-worker who is from Texas. I was showing him some pics of my hot rod models, such as my 32 Ford Baron, and he showed me some hot rods that he liked that were Texas themed. These were not "rat" rods, but might appear at a hot rod show were home built hot rods are more prevalent than say Sema or Goodguys. He said he would like me to build him one someday, and that was about 4 years ago, and the thought rolled around with ideas since then. He really liked the idea of the "come and get it" slogan, and having seen some Texas themed 1:1 hot rods, I ran with it. This started out as the Revell 1931 Ford Model A, multi piece body kit. It is not perfect, but as this is supposed to represent a home built hot rod, I am fine with it. I removed the texture from the roof with lots and lots of sanding, but when I shot the white primer on, it cause some ghosting, but I did not see that until I had already masked the design, and shot the black. (design was created using my wife's Cricket vinyl cutter) Again, as this is not a "show" rod, I can live with the imperfections. I was originally thinking of running a nice flathead, maybe out of the Merc kit, but I had recently bought a Surf Woody kit from Hobby Lobby clearance for parts, thinking the extra slicks and motor might be useful someday. I normally run multiple projects at the same time, usually just 2 or 3, so I started the motor from the surf woody, and thought since it was still from the 60s, it might still work. Not yet sure I will use the motor, but as it is a Ford Cobra motor, the Paxton chargers etc kinda look cool to me. From this point, most of the parts will come from the 31 kit, the recent 29 Model A kit, and the parts box. Still have to add the dipstick and the rest of the plumbing
  10. In 2014, I found this picture of a ´37 Ford Sedan in an older issue of Rod & Custom Magazine: It inspired me to build my Monogram sedan in that style. I couldn´t find any more photos or information about the car, so I added a few personal touches. Like the original it was lowered, shaved, nosed and sits on 19“ custom rims (Pegasus „Daggers“ in this case). A chrome trim bar was added to the smoothed and molded running boards, the rear view mirror was found in my parts box. Exhaust tips were made from copper tubing and I frenched a scratch built license plate into the deck lid. I used the dash board of Revell´s ´37 Roadster and flocked the Interior. Just a little gag: on the front passenger side seat you can find the original Monogram kit box and the issue of R&C in which I found the picture of the sedan: Hope you like it, thanks for looking
  11. Hi there, today I would like to show you the second model car I ever built. It´s an AMT 40 Ford Coupe that I built in 1994 with box parts only but with a lowered suspension, a shaved body and deleted bumpers. After picking up the hobby again in 2009, I repainted the interior and added some details like rearview mirrors inside and outside and some MCG photo etched parts. I also wired the Nailhed engine and topped it with a custom air cleaner from Lindberg´s 40 Ford kit. Greetings from Germany
  12. Hi there, I´m a newbie here and I want to start to show you my collection with my very first model car ever: A 1934 Ford 2-door sedan (AMT/ertl) which I built in 1993. It used to be yellow back then but in 2010, I repainted it to flat black and added some more detail. The Rod features: - chopped top - shaved body and removed bumpers - lowered suspension - steel wheels with ´36 Ford hubcaps and ´40 Ford beauty rings - wired engine - teardrop taillights Hope you like it Greetings from Cologne, Germany
  13. Some years ago I picked up the MPC Jolly Roger show rod and built a screen side delivery from it. I was very impressed by the accuracy and proportions of the Oldsmobile components that harked back to its Beverley Hillbillies origins. When the BH truck was eventually re-issued, I grabbed one, not knowing what I would do with it other than knowing that it wasn't going to be a TV car anymore! Anyhow, as the whole vintage rod and TROG thing started to grow, I started thinking about doing a very early gow job using the Olds as a base. There is a picture that often turns up in discussions of early hot rodding, either in magazines or the internet, of a low slung roadster in front of a shack with the inscription "World's first speed shop". You may know the one I mean. That low slung roadster was the inspiration for my project.
  14. Found this at a local store for $6. Pain to build, but it came out looking alright. SAM_2351 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_2352 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_2353 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr
  15. One of my Flickr contacts takes photos of car shows in California. This custom is incredible, I'm amazed at the craftsmanship of all the cars, but this bare metal finish would be fun to try in scale. Illusion by Rick Dore by bballchico, on Flickr
  16. Hi everyone. My nickname is Joca and I'm of Brazil. This is my first post here, hope you enjoy the photos. Any comments and suggestions are welcome. This kit was a 1/25 Jo-han gluebomb. I disassembled all the parts I could with some brokens in the way. Decided to give a new personality for this classic I have started cutting the fenders and channeling the body. My first attempt to do that. Don't have much time to dedicate to the hobby this will be a very slow work. Thank you for your time and attention. Best regards.
  17. Looking to see if anyone casts/prints/machines a Veda Spec knockoff-style hubcap or similar. Seems as if i once saw these in white metal?
  18. Hi guys and merry christmas for you all!! Here is my last one for year 2017, its Revell 29` roadster.. I did plug wires and exhaust end on rear, then i robbed those flames and pinstripes from 32 sedan kit.. Paint is Tamiya TS-89 pearl blue, paint job came out nice and shiny, only panel lines did run off paint, well better luck next time... Here are photos, enjoy
  19. folks, Any word on the re release of the old Monogram "Black Widow" T truck ?
  20. Picked this up for $8 at a place called Ollies that sells discount goods along with a few other models. Came out really good, I just hate having to make the suspension on these things. I don't have four arms to hold the things down and glue. SAM_2188 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_2189 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_2190 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_2191 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_2192 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_2193 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_2194 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_2195 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr
  21. Just completed this one recently (it may get some light weathering in future, though. We'll see...). This is a project that was started in 2013, sat in the box for years, and then sat partially assembled for over a year before I decided to make a few changes and finish it up. Some notes: -AMT 29 roadster, AMT '34 Ford flathead with aluminum intake stacks and scratchbuilt wire looms. Headers modified from Revell '32 Tudor kit, AMT '34 Ford wire wheels on Johan Mercedes 500k tires out back, and Revell '31 Woody wire wheels/tires in front. Firewall was modified with extra flanges to look more like the 1:1, and it has a flattened front crossmember and AMT '34 Ford coupe front axle to get the front end down. Cut-down steering wheel, '31 Woody door handles, and the windshield frame was chopped and removed from the stanchions then attached to the chopped-down roadster roof--so they can be removed as a unit for that stripped-down racer appearance. The headlights and taillight/license plate are held on with wire clips and are also removeable. Thanks for looking!
  22. I wanted to do a WW2 themed hot rod drawing based on the P51 fighter plane. So below is the completed line art as well as a few progress pic's -
  23. For those that did not follow (albeit not a great one to follow due to slow progress and lack of updates) I present my '32 Ford Pickup. This was inspired by Alexander Brothers' Grasshopper, and was not meant to be a replica. I started with the not so good Lindberg '32, and used bits and pieces from various sources such as a modified suspension from Ala-Kart to include more realistic airbags, Pegasus wheels, 29 Ford bed, Flathead from the 50 Ford pickup, and scratch bits and pieces such as the oil filter and gas tank. This model was picked up and dropped on a concrete floor by my grandson before final assembly so there is a hairline crack in the body/paint on the lower front corner of the driver side, but you almost cannot see it once on the frame. I am just glad that is all that happened because it could have been so much worse. I just finished it up early Sat morning in time for the Modelzona in Phoenix. Sanded off the molded in texture on the roof, Scalefinishes Peterbilt Green. Most all of the chrome is Alclad except the tread-plate in the bed which is foil.
  24. This build is inspired by the very early front engine dragsters such as Dick Craft’s “The Bug” and the HA/GR H.A.M.B dragsters. It will be built as a “barn find” brought back to life in all it’s rusted and dirty glory. The imagined builder was on a budget with limited resources. This build would not pass any current inspection and was inspired by the days when guys risked life and limb in the name of speed. Most parts are from the 31 Revel Woody kit. the rear end is from the 50 AMT chevy truck. front tires from the wild willie borsch kit. Seat, gas tank, break lever and pedals are scratchbuilt The plan is to convert the 2 port Riley OHV head to a 4 port head w/ straight header pipes. A crude, square role bar is in the works. Question/Advice: should I keep the front mounted gas tank? Were there mechanical fuel pumps for these motors? I could feasibly tuck a fuel can behind the firewall to provide a gravity fed fuel delivery. The battery will have to be front mounted since the seat is on top of the rear end.
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