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COMMON KIT CLASS:
The Common Kit for GSL-XXVIII is the Revell 1929 Ford Model A Roadster (kit #RMX854463). The intent of this Class is for each entrant to start with the same kit, then display their widest array of individual creativity, craftsmanship, building skills, and technical innovations. The entrant may build the entry in any style or vintage. Regardless, all entered models must be based upon the parts from this kit. Entrants may also: i) swap parts from any other kit(s); ii) use any aftermarket parts (except for complete aftermarket resin bodies); and iii) use any building materials, techniques or technologies without restriction.

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Starting with an original AMT '28 Ford Sedan body & doors sent to me several years ago from another brother from another mother out in Portland, OR.

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The body has been around the block and back!  But way too kool to leave in the body bin, right?

After a couple of weeks in the purple pond (no kidding)

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Lots of scrubbing...

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Kouldn't get the top striped!

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Here's the inspiration:

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4 hours ago, Kit Karson said:

COMMON KIT CLASS:
The Common Kit for GSL-XXVIII is the Revell 1929 Ford Model A Roadster (kit #RMX854463). The intent of this Class is for each entrant to start with the same kit, then display their widest array of individual creativity, craftsmanship, building skills, and technical innovations. The entrant may build the entry in any style or vintage. Regardless, all entered models must be based upon the parts from this kit. Entrants may also: i) swap parts from any other kit(s); ii) use any aftermarket parts (except for complete aftermarket resin bodies); and iii) use any building materials, techniques or technologies without restriction.

Here's the inspiration:

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I’ll follow! This is one cool pickup! 
So you can use any styrene kit body, but not a resin one? Are there any parts from the ‘29 that it is mandatory to use? Just curious.😎

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19 minutes ago, NOBLNG said:

I’ll follow! This is one cool pickup! 
So you can use any styrene kit body, but not a resin one? Are there any parts from the ‘29 that it is mandatory to use? Just curious.😎

Several people have different takes on this subject... I read it as anything except complete aftermarket resin bodies.  I will tell you there's a Model A Roadster in the mix, too! -KK

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This would be a great project, however the judges may give you hard time over the body. Based on your previous builds, I would expect that the frame rails and the front axle are going to be about the only parts left from the ‘29 kit. The way I read the rules is that it has to be more or less a 29 roadster, no matter how modified. 
   Either way, I’m following this one as I have been playing around with the same idea in my head, except on a ‘32 base. 

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3 hours ago, mrm said:

This would be a great project, however the judges may give you hard time over the body. Based on your previous builds, I would expect that the frame rails and the front axle are going to be about the only parts left from the ‘29 kit. The way I read the rules is that it has to be more or less a 29 roadster, no matter how modified. 
   Either way, I’m following this one as I have been playing around with the same idea in my head, except on a ‘32 base. 

32 5 Window PU

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Maybe we should contact GSL to get clarification on the rules (or if someone on this forum is part of GSL and knows Gustavson).  I could be disqualified since my plan is to use only the chassis and wheels, with a different kit for the hood, doors, fenders, plus a totally scratch-built "body" for the back.

I love your idea, club cabs are a popular customization for any era.  I'm gonna take a break, and steal ideas from you. 😏

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WOW!  Yous guys are really a boost in moral!!  Let's not concentrate on if it fits in the COMMON KIT CLASS reg's... I quite building to win trophies decades ago.  Often times, especially our own club NNL, I won't even resister my builds... I find a place on the right table and set it down and walk away.  Over the years judged events have fallen under great criticism, from unqualified judges to overly strict rules.  Oh, and the NNL's have their problems, too!  Stuffing the ballot box to bias or awed crowd response that really misses the craftsmanship and originality of the builder.  True "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder", but Mom always said, "Beauty is only skin deep" real builders notice the insignificant details, even if they will not be seen by the casual viewer.  Don't get me wrong, there's an honest beauty in a well done "Curbside", whether stock or kustom even with shaved-down tires just to get it to sit lower!  On one more issue... if it's not street able, then it belongs in another class than "Street Machine" especially if it has racing slicks out back.

Enough of my rant... 

Spent a little time bracing all of the point cut lines to keep everything in place while cutting up the body:

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I noticed a couple of mismatched door seams, especially between the A-Pillar and the leading edges of the doors:

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Even though the body came out of a fellow builder's junk body box it's the perfect subject for this project!  

Here's a note of future interest: the same day I decided to pull the trigger on this build I mailed @Rocking Rodney Ratthe other '28 Sedan that came with the junkyard dog body featured here.

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If you haven't seen this kit before it's because it may predate many of the forum members.

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I had one minted in the mid '60s that was stored, untouched, in a shed behind the folks house when I left for bootcamp.  Only to return to find all of my kits gone! -KK

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2 hours ago, Kit Karson said:

Here's a note of future interest: the same day I decided to pull the trigger on this build I mailed @Rocking Rodney Ratthe other '28 Sedan that came with the junkyard dog body featured here.

Thanks, KK. It's still sitting in the box. Not sure what I will do with it..... -RRR

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20 hours ago, Rocking Rodney Rat said:

Thanks, KK. It's still sitting in the box. Not sure what I will do with it..... -RRR

Chop it and put a Potvin Blown Hemi in the front seat!  Or, something like the Model A Ford Tudor Sedan Panty Dropper!!?  -KK

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Here are the step-by-step pics of the '28 Ford Sedan De-Construction:

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Cut measured strips of masting tape to create uniform cutting guidelines:

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The same width was used all the way around:

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Started by cutting alternate places to retain as much of the intrinsic strength as long as possible:

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Making sure that the cuts through the C-Pillars are cut all the way through...

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Just about done decapitating the Model A's top!

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Thought about stopping right here and going with a Chopped Model A Sedan!

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...but, NO!  We will be sticking with the plan!!!

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Lining up the cutlines across the first section cut:

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...then lining up the parallel second cut...

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...made sure that the cut lines were made as close to being right angles to each other!

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Let's check...

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Looks close...

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Let's move on with shortening the body...

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Off with the backend...

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Now, let's build the XPU Cab!

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Clear tape will assist in lining up the aft cab...

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Set it together and apply some adhesive...

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Check door fit...

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Rubber band the forward cab to the A & B Pillars!

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How does it look so far?

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We'll leave it here for a little while to let it setup...

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Amazing work. Cutting up a rare body can be scary. But your process really takes a lot of the drama away. Just the way its done for full size cars. Thanks for showing the step by step process.  

Definitely why I enjoy this site so much.

 

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Those are some wicked inspiration photos.  Definitely watching this one come together.  Thanks for the step-by-step on modifying the body.  It is a trick getting body parts to match up, I am doing some similar modifications on a 65 Galaxie.

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This is an amazing job and I think it definitely needs to be done justice in resin copies. Perhaps Drag City can get a mold made pretty quick and you can be back at it in no time. I know I would buy multiples for sure. 

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