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'32 3 window (to be named later) update 11/27/22 -PAINT!!!


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As several of us are, I'm anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Revell '32 roadster based on the Rat Roaster. Perhaps this week, KK? I went to my local hobby shop recently and the proprietor looked up the kit on his distributors' website and it didn't even appear. In any case, I have a few parts from the Rat Roaster, enough pieces to at least get started on my idea.

A '32 3 window body using the bulk of the parts from the new roadster kit.  I plan to have the limefire headers stick out through a slot cut in the hood sides. 
 

I have an old '32 3w build from the original issue in '96 or so with a decent chop. Being lazy, I decided to start with this body by stripping the paint in Easy Off oven cleaner....

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Cleaned off, the body looks pretty good and I must say I did a fine job on the chop some 25 years or so ago...I even impressed myself! 

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The rat roaster frame fits well, the 3w interior tub attaches to the tabs on the floor pan and all looks pretty good. Once I added the wheel wells, there was a noticeable gap between the rails and the wheel wells. 

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Yup, too much gappage....

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The solution is a cut across the frame and floor right past the end of the reveal running down the side...

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so, once again, the one person powered sawzall is put into action.

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Body, interior tub and frame mated back together with a couple of rubber bands and a schmear or two of CA gloo.....

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I'm using the three row louvered hood sides with the bottom row of louvers sanded off. The black oval is an approximation of where a hole will be cut for the headers. I won't know the exact location until I get the roadster kit. 

More later as the build progresses... -RRR

 

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3 hours ago, Rocking Rodney Rat said:

As several of us are, I'm anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Revell '32 roadster based on the Rat Roaster. Perhaps this week, KK? I went to my local hobby shop recently and the proprietor looked up the kit on his distributors' website and it didn't even appear. In any case, I have a few parts from the Rat Roaster, enough pieces to at least get started on my idea.

I’ve had mine for a few weeks - I wonder if they’re going to be in short supply if places are struggling to get them?  Better stock up in case they disappear like some of the other Revell hot rod kits of the past few years…

Great start - always enjoy your builds!

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8 hours ago, CabDriver said:

I’ve had mine for a few weeks - I wonder if they’re going to be in short supply if places are struggling to get them?  Better stock up in case they disappear like some of the other Revell hot rod kits of the past few years…

Great start - always enjoy your builds!

Thanks, Jim. My good friend Kit Karson has an 'in' with a hobby seller and apparently he's getting them in this week. Strange that my local shop couldn't even find the kit on the database of his distributor. All good things come to those that wait.....  -RRR

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13 hours ago, Rocking Rodney Rat said:

As several of us are, I'm anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Revell '32 roadster based on the Rat Roaster. Perhaps this week, KK? I went to my local hobby shop recently and the proprietor looked up the kit on his distributors' website and it didn't even appear. In any case, I have a few parts from the Rat Roaster, enough pieces to at least get started on my idea.

A '32 3 window body using the bulk of the parts from the new roadster kit.  I plan to have the limefire headers stick out through a slot cut in the hood sides. 
 

I have an old '32 3w build from the original issue in '96 or so with a decent chop. Being lazy, I decided to start with this body by stripping the paint in Easy Off oven cleaner....

iubhbouhb.thumb.jpg.a9b03905ef0e2ef0c56fa874d5273538.jpg

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Cleaned off, the body looks pretty good and I must say I did a fine job on the chop some 25 years or so ago...I even impressed myself! 

o8ygh98ygh97gy.thumb.jpg.82d48eac984d8a1191ae9e2041c8e57b.jpg

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The rat roaster frame fits well, the 3w interior tub attaches to the tabs on the floor pan and all looks pretty good. Once I added the wheel wells, there was a noticeable gap between the rails and the wheel wells. 

pijopjo.thumb.jpg.9b05b01fd422fafbef56a76d27299b67.jpg

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Yup, too much gappage....

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The solution is a cut across the frame and floor right past the end of the reveal running down the side...

iuboiboih.thumb.jpg.ae00f72ab1bb4d674f06f4af3c6cc21f.jpg

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so, once again, the one person powered sawzall is put into action.

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Body, interior tub and frame mated back together with a couple of rubber bands and a schmear or two of CA gloo.....

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I'm using the three row louvered hood sides with the bottom row of louvers sanded off. The black oval is an approximation of where a hole will be cut for the headers. I won't know the exact location until I get the roadster kit. 

More later as the build progresses... -RRR

 

Absolutely believe your chop is in fact the best 3W chop you've ever done!  -KK

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It's odd that the Rat Roaster frame didn't fit the three window body. It looks like you used the RR inner wheel wells? You came up with a great solution to the problem. I use a Phantom Vickie chassis under a resin three window body. It fit well right out the box. But, I still cut on the rear of the frame to tuck it up almost out of site. 

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15 hours ago, CabDriver said:

I’ve had mine for a few weeks - I wonder if they’re going to be in short supply if places are struggling to get them?  Better stock up in case they disappear like some of the other Revell hot rod kits of the past few years…

Great start - always enjoy your builds!

I don't think I'd go into panic mode just yet. I got mine from Spotlight Hobbies a couple weeks ago, they must be a preferred Revell dealer (didn't realize that was still a thing since Blitz took over). But they are just starting to hit most retailers right now. My LHS got them last week (picked up two more)

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  • Rocking Rodney Rat changed the title to '32 3 window (to be named later) update 11/5/22

I ordered some front tires from modelhustires.com with super speedy delivery, I ordered them on Wednesday and they arrived on Saturday! These are 100 and 110 sizes, the two smallest street rod tires they make. If you're not familiar with them, great resin tires. They fit AMT/MPC sized wheels, not Revell/Monogram size, if you know what I mean...

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Mockups...

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with the smaller front tires (rear is their slick, part #140, I believe)...

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with the slightly lager front tire...

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I had this tuck n' roll style resin interior panel and seat set languishing in a box, started from another long-dormant build. I stripped the yellowing white paint and will repaint... piuboiiybouyb.thumb.jpg.9ed7aca35aaccae46d357f787b6af512.jpg

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I installed the firewall, got the inner wheel wells dialed in with a few small pieces added to fill some gaps, putty has since been sanded), I got the frame cleaned up with some putty on some sinks on the rails, c-notched the front crossmember (gotta get that front low)....awaiting arrival for the roadster kit that KK is supposed to be picking up today at the ACME NNL in Atlanta...

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I'm futzing around with a few small details, deflated the rear airbags, notched the rear frame rails and what not. I might shoot some primer this weekend to see where I'm at on a few parts, mostly the body....

Stay tuned... -RRR

 

 

 

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On 11/5/2022 at 5:35 AM, Rocking Rodney Rat said:

I ordered some front tires from modelhustires.com with super speedy delivery, I ordered them on Wednesday and they arrived on Saturday! These are 100 and 110 sizes, the two smallest street rod tires they make. If you're not familiar with them, great resin tires. They fit AMT/MPC sized wheels, not Revell/Monogram size, if you know what I mean...

iughhoiyh.thumb.jpg.d58f54ea5c32ec391d7733915eef49a4.jpg

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Mockups...

piouhunhpiun.thumb.jpg.946af6ce959091ee2a080dbf59dc1245.jpg

with the smaller front tires (rear is their slick, part #140, I believe)...

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oyguhygiu.thumb.jpg.c89220281fd5aa89551c37de68827cea.jpg

with the slightly lager front tire...

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I had this tuck n' roll style resin interior panel and seat set languishing in a box, started from another long-dormant build. I stripped the yellowing white paint and will repaint... piuboiiybouyb.thumb.jpg.9ed7aca35aaccae46d357f787b6af512.jpg

iybihbob.thumb.jpg.bc8bb9055e0d9769df07921b622ec210.jpg

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I installed the firewall, got the inner wheel wells dialed in with a few small pieces added to fill some gaps, putty has since been sanded), I got the frame cleaned up with some putty on some sinks on the rails, c-notched the front crossmember (gotta get that front low)....awaiting arrival for the roadster kit that KK is supposed to be picking up today at the ACME NNL in Atlanta...

kjughviugvivi.thumb.jpg.f1de015ad3de35a8678589086b93d3f7.jpg

 

I'm futzing around with a few small details, deflated the rear airbags, notched the rear frame rails and what not. I might shoot some primer this weekend to see where I'm at on a few parts, mostly the body....

Stay tuned... -RRR

 

 

 

Going to use those "flame arresters" on this?

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14 hours ago, Rocking Rodney Rat said:

Thanks, KK!! You're the BEST. I'm waiting for the post.... -RRR

That is cool!!! I can barely wait to be able to afford this new kit.

One of the few kits that I've been truly excited about. 

...back to your regular programming. 

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  • Rocking Rodney Rat changed the title to '32 3 window (to be named later) update 11/14/22

I finally got my grubby mitts on a couple of the new Revell '32 roadsters, thanks to my pall KK! Much obliged! The missing items I needed to source (engine and related items) are now here and work can progress. The idea for this is to have the new headers poking out through the hood sides. I wasted no time in removing the chrome from the headers.

The first step is to temporarily assemble the engine and set it in place....

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yes the headers are too long, they will be shortened...

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Next take some measurements and transfer that to the hood sides...

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Take the plunge and make some cuts.....

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A LOT of fitting and futzing here....

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I added a bead around the openings......

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Both hood sides cut out, bead glued on (Evergreen .020" rectangle), a schmear of putty applied around the openings with some blue masking tape over the louvers to protect them.

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Header has been shortened, cap installed and the piece between the header and the exhaust has been fabricated up. That little piece took a long time to make and get it fitted right. Now I have to do the other side 😬.....

 

One interesting thing I realized in the new roadster kit (and presumably on the original "Rat Roaster") is that the master cylinder/brake booster was omitted. The mounting tab is on the transmission crossmember. I scoured the parts list, it's not on there.

 

More later.  Thanks for playing along! -RRR

 

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