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Phildaupho

'26/'27 turtle deck T hot rod kits requested

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Should be pointed out that, back in the day, many hot rodders who couldn't find a real T roadster body would make do with the front half of a touring. These were easily spotted by the front edges of the rear door jambs that remained after the rear half was cut off. Not elegant, but definitely period-correct! 

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My version of the Monogram Green Hornet kit as per an article in Hot Rod Magazine...............................................

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That would make a very nice model.

Going back for a moment to the iea of a stock '26 roadster, even if there may not be a lot of demand for a stock version by itself, but what about a 2 in1 version?   Model T's are pretty tiny compared to a postwar car, and the stock T chassis is pretty simple, so you could probably do stock and custom options like AMT did way back when with it's '25 roadster in the amount of mould space it would take to do, say, a modern Camaro.  You have something that appeals to both the rod and stock modelers, you can use the extra parts to justify to price, and the box doesn't look quite as empty as it would with just one tiny T version.

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Not sure what all of the Green Hornet pics are about, as that body is a '23-'25 based model, and not that of the more streamline-cowled '26-'27 open car.
If you want to post pics of a '26-'27 Monogram T, you should be looking at the Black Widow.

EDIT:
As far as a new tool kit of the '26-'27 kit is concerned, I would love to see a short, track roadster chassis (Suicide perch in front and Z'ed rear) set up with an optional belly pan, and a more stock-appearing fendered version With clearance for a Model A crossmember/spring in the rear. Use the same buggy-sprung suspension/axles for both versions (split bones and maybe the option of tube or friction shocks). Engine options could include a Model A/B banger with an OHV conversion, and some period hot rod/race V-8 swap that we haven't seen in plastic lately - MEL? Olds? Cadillac?

Remember the old Total Performance Pro-T street rod kits? We could have a nearly-stock '27 Roadster body on Model A fenders with a tubbed rod/race chassis. With a modern 18"-22" staggered wheelset and a street rod-style LS motor, this one could be used to update a myriad of kits to standards seen at present-day rod shows.

Edited by Dirty Dave

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47 minutes ago, Greg Myers said:

But it ain't no turtle deck

True. Earlier posts included the idea of a 2-in-1 roadster/RPU kit, so I went for it.

Edited by Dirty Dave

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