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The wheels in the SD Rat Roaster kit are nice.  I removed the chrome.  That yellowish  layer is harder to remove that it used to.  This kit has a lot of other nice parts too.  I really like some of the engine parts and the hood with those chrome things.  Has a nice fuel tank too.

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What is the "SD rat roadster" and who makes it?

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It is the Stacey David 32 Rat Roaster by Revell.  I take a piece of cheap food storage bag and force clay in to fill in the back of the wheel and set it on clay.  Then I boxed it in and poured a small amount of silicone in and vacuumed the air out of the silicone so as no tiny bubbles might form in the wheels detail.

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This is the kit Greg is referring to.  Hasn't been available for a few years now, when Revell did not renew its "license" with him.  And, as Greg said, a lot of nice parts in that kit.

 

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Thanks. Now I recognize the kit from when it was on the shelves.

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Hey Greg, I found at least two things that work on the yellow coating. First is 91% rubbing alcohol which softens it up or makes it brittle enough to pick off the yellow with a pin. The second is soaking it in the original Westley's Bleche-Wite, you can find some at estate sales. I made these wheels for my 30 Model A.

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14 hours ago, ScottH454 said:

Hey Greg, I found at least two things that work on the yellow coating. First is 91% rubbing alcohol which softens it up or makes it brittle enough to pick off the yellow with a pin. The second is soaking it in the original Westley's Bleche-Wite, you can find some at estate sales. I made these wheels for my 30 Model A.

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Thanks Scott.  Someone asked about the windshield frame.  It does look nice.

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On 6/8/2019 at 5:26 AM, Greg Wann said:

The wheels in the SD Rat Roaster kit are nice.  I removed the chrome.  That yellowish  layer is harder to remove that it used to.

You didn't say what you used to remove the chrome. I've always had good results, even with the lacquer underlayer, with Castrol Super Clean.

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Hey Greg, I was curious where you sell your parts an how do you deal with smaller parts like mirrors or window frames where labor an shipping exceeds it's value.

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I mostly sell by word of mouth and posting photos of projects on forums.  I would like a site to sell parts on.  I don't know how to do that.  I am working to get my shop in better shape and getting some amenities installed so that work will be easier.  If I were a billionaire, I could book flights and just hand deliver parts to customers.  That would be a different way to see the world.  Then I could see how customers live in Sweden, Germany, Australia, etc. where I have sent my parts to.  I get told I undervalue what I do and how I do it.  Anyway, I drive to the PO down the street in Youngtown and pay the price to mail parts.

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15 hours ago, Greg Wann said:

I mostly sell by word of mouth and posting photos of projects on forums.  I would like a site to sell parts on.  I don't know how to do that.  I am working to get my shop in better shape and getting some amenities installed so that work will be easier.  If I were a billionaire, I could book flights and just hand deliver parts to customers.  That would be a different way to see the world.  Then I could see how customers live in Sweden, Germany, Australia, etc. where I have sent my parts to.  I get told I undervalue what I do and how I do it.  Anyway, I drive to the PO down the street in Youngtown and pay the price to mail parts.

https://www.wix.com/freesitebuilder/hiker-create?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=216486820^10537495660&experiment_id=wix website builder^e^48420866260^1t4&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIgf_3zKfk4gIVAqvsCh1VdADaEAAYBCAAEgIYBvD_BwE

^^ a (relatively) easy way to DIY a website

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Greg do you plan to cast and sell the wheels,tank and engine parts from the SD kit? I would definitely be interested in getting these parts. I missed out on buying one of these kits when they first came out.

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8 hours ago, racer X said:

Greg do you plan to cast and sell the wheels,tank and engine parts from the SD kit? I would definitely be interested in getting these parts. I missed out on buying one of these kits when they first came out.

I plan to do these parts and the windshield frame too.

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11 minutes ago, my80malibu said:

Are you going to Cast the tires too Gregg?

Are the tires good to do?

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10 hours ago, Greg Wann said:

Are the tires good to do?

They are a nice, period-looking set of big & littles that the builders of early Ford hot rods would probably be willing to pay up for.

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7 hours ago, gman said:

They are a nice, period-looking set of big & littles that the builders of early Ford hot rods would probably be willing to pay up for.

I can most likely do them.  I will give them a look.  I presume they are not a common tire?

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2 minutes ago, Greg Wann said:

I can most likely do them.  I will give them a look.  I presume they are not a common tire?

No, this is the only kit they have been available in, to my knowledge. The fronts would prove especially useful to most hot rodders, so you may want to offer them separately from the rears

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Making those front tires available with a set of pie crust slicks that fit the SD Rat Roaster rear wheels would be a good combo as well.

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1 hour ago, Greg Wann said:

I can most likely do them.  I will give them a look.  I presume they are not a common tire?

The tires are Unique to this kit. the entire Revell wheel system is unique as well. But is becoming more common.

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WOW!! OK....I will give them a look, been busy.  I am considering doing the hood and the chrome inserts and the windshield frame.  Perhaps the body itself is good too.  There seems to be a lot of good parts.  There is another thread about frames, what is this part like compared to other kit parts?

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The Engine would probably be a good one to cast SBC, You can't go wrong, plus a modern transmission attached. I  personally don't like the blower setup. I  switched mine to a 3 Duece  intake. The headers are nice, but need a lot of cleanup IMHO.

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2 hours ago, Greg Wann said:

WOW!! OK....I will give them a look, been busy.  I am considering doing the hood and the chrome inserts and the windshield frame.  Perhaps the body itself is good too.  There seems to be a lot of good parts.  There is another thread about frames, what is this part like compared to other kit parts?

IIRC, the Rat Roaster frame has a couple of notches where the exhaust goes underneath from the over the frame headers to the full exhaust system. Other than that I think it is the same as the rest of the Revell deuce line.

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Those Tires and Wheels are almost worth the price of the kit. I'll happily buy them if you cast the Wheel/tire sets.

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