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Greetings, I thought I'd share this with you, one of the most time consuming builds I've done recently, and it's not the model's fault, it's all the running around trying to find parts that will fit, including the 1961 Ford Ranchero (AMT), a 1937 Ford -chassis, the front clip of a 59 Vette, cut down the middle and glued together into frog-face fashion, and a whole bunch of other parts thrown in for good measure.

I kept thinking of a Frankenstein frog and I think it looks more like a Platypus, but so far it's been slow but lots of fun to cobble together . . . this is what I have so far . . .

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Hands down, it's got to be the funkiest, funny-looking rat I've worked on so far . . . or maybe it's the first signs of incoming dementia! :lol::D:D

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......thought I'd share this with you, one of the most time consuming builds I've done recently, and it's not the model's fault, it's all the running around trying to find parts that will fit, including the 1961 Ford Ranchero (AMT), a 1937 Ford -chassis, the front clip of a 59 Vette, cut down the middle and glued together into frog-face fashion, and a whole bunch of other parts thrown in for good measure.

C'mon Virg, time to just admit that yer parts chaser finally bit the dust, and you's gotta buildem up another one. All that time spent chasing parts in that huge styrene junk yard you got :D .......looks like it paid off ;):D .

Must be one really hot flattie or tranny since you gots the cab so far back :lol: .

This one really has some character. ;)

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UM, OK, what else could I say when I first saw it :D Waaaaaaayyyyyy out of the model box, but thats a good thing :lol:

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:P:lol::lol: actually, I realized I have to build like a fake casing to hide the tranny from a front view . . . always looking for the quickest (not necessarily best) solution!!!

Thanks for the comments, chaps. I am having fun with this one too.

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if this is what happens when dementia sets in then sign me up!

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LOL! :P

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This one just keeps getting uglier and uglier . . . :P:lol::lol:

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Here's a pic of the little box I made to hide the fact that the tranny is short. I still have to paint it and then weld it on . . .

This one is really looking cobbled together, and I have to say I like it . . .

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Hey DC :rolleyes:

That's quite a "Magination" thingy you got goin' on that ol' RAUNCHY-ERO :rolleyes::blink:

I like's it . Mickey likes it too :blink::P

Looks like fun man. Keep up the "COOL DUDE" stuff :rolleyes: - dave

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Eureka! It just hit me!

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This needs a nice old beatup brass headboard for that firewall!!

.....with some old oil and/or gas cans hangin off'n it :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:

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I am wondering what planet you are really from ? Maybe Mars? You have some great wacky builds. Keep it up.

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LOL!!! Hey, CB--I love the idea . . . a headboard and YES, there will be stuff hanging from it. That's a very cool idea, and don't mind if I borrow it!!! :)B)B)

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What? A firewall headboard? HA!!! (Thanks for the idea, CB!) I made a little progress on this short-tranny faux cover . . . we don't want folks saying the body is too far back and the tranny too short, right? :rolleyes:B):D

I like the strange, if not bizarre, look of this so far . . . but in the wacky world of rat rods everything and anything is possible!

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I still have to hang some chains, and it'd be great to have a cowboy hat but the last one I had I used . . . hum . . . ???

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I am wondering what planet you are really from ? Maybe Mars? You have some great wacky builds. Keep it up.

Hey "LOVER" :rolleyes:

I'm wondering the same thing.

CB and DC musta come from the "Same Mold". I HOPE THEY BROKE IT B):D .

This is such a fun build. Can't help keep comim' back to see the next installment of "WHAKKY" :huh::D .

Keep it up man, I love it - dave

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Is it just ME, Virge, or does it look kinda like the old Car Craft Magazine "Dream Rod"? If ya cover the rear bed area an add a lil more sheetmetal to the front end, you'd have you a "Dream Rat Rod"! Just keep pluggin away, caz it looks like yer havin FUN!!! :rolleyes:B)

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I am wondering what planet you are really from ? Maybe Mars? You have some great wacky builds. Keep it up.

Hey Jim, I'm from near Mars (note my profile ifno) and DC may be there--- but as long as we're here........in a sense :D;) ........it's all good.

LOL!!! Hey, CB--I love the idea . . . a headboard and YES, there will be stuff hanging from it. That's a very cool idea, and don't mind if I borrow it!!! :D:huh::lol:

No problemo, Dr D! Strange to see it in my mind :rolleyes: and then...... :blink: it magickally appears here! Lookin' waaaaay fine Virg. I shoulda done that to me Dad's Falcon B)

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And to think that I was never going to build a Falcon kit because they are dear to my heart, both the kits and the 1:1s I've ridden in!

Those suckers were made to last, unlike some of the plastic vehicles on the highways today! :rolleyes:B):D

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Thats lookin cooler by the second.You are one fast builder.Now let me guess,When you get a new model to your home do you empty them out into 1 big box and throw away the decals and the directions?And just start buildin what ever you pull out of there?I love watchin your wips man,Great stuff!

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:):lol::P I love that, Terror. I wish! I do have a large spares parts bin, but I try to keep all my models in their boxes, and the decals I store in a moisture free cigar box . . . or rather cigar boxes!!!

Thanks for the kind words, though. I appreciate them.

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Wow, it's been a while but between the great work of The Michigan Madman (Mr. Chuck Most) and our collaboration, this one is done:

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE:

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awesome guys

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Photos aren't coming up for me, I'll have a looksie later!!!!

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Just saw the video for the first time (my lousy internet prevents me from spending much time in Youtube anymore), and I love it!

I'm just glad those headers didn't shear off on the way back to you. B)

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