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Murphy's Law Model A

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I call it such because of all the little things that went wrong during the build.
Revell's '31 Model A Sedan kit (regrets), with a 232ci Studebaker V8.

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Let me start off by saying this model was a LOT of firsts for me. My first time ever using lacquer paint, didn't come out as smooth as I'd like, but I'll be trying it again. My first time ever with BMF and I can see my seams but practice makes perfect. My first time ever using a wired distributor also, was sort of a PITA! Not sure I'll be doing that again. My first time scratchbuilding headers and I think they came out OK. Honestly the whole thing was more of a project than I was anticipating- and probably a bit above my skill level.

Color is Model Master GM Dark Cherry Pearl (rattle can) with 2 coats of Model Master clear. Rear axle and misc silver pieces painted with Krylon Metallic Matte Aluminum- highly reccommended!

Comments, criticisms, tips and tricks all welcome.

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Sweet !

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Comments, criticisms, tips and tricks all welcome.

A few observations that hit me right off... missing radiator cap, and headers with 3 tubes. What am I not getting here? Are the two center cylinders siamesed somehow, like a flathead?

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I LIKE IT , KEEP TRYING NEW THINGS AND IT WILL GET BETTER :rolleyes: ,

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A few observations that hit me right off... missing radiator cap, and headers with 3 tubes. What am I not getting here? Are the two center cylinders siamesed somehow, like a flathead?

Yeah I know about the radiator cap- but yes, actually the Studebaker 232 has siamesed exhausts on the two center cylinders.

EDIT: Interestingly enough, I found a picture of a Studebaker 232 in a Model A: http://www.google.com/search?q=Studebaker+232&hl=en&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=58xuUefxNOWwygGQqoCoBA&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&biw=1680&bih=925#imgrc=EE8bWBw_LLg6kM%3A%3B3Bqc5VYrqWe-sM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fi12.photobucket.com%252Falbums%252Fa238%252Ftrestles126%252FDSC_0157_edited-1.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.jalopyjournal.com%252Fforum%252Fshowthread.php%253Fp%253D4643430%3B1024%3B680

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Didn't know that!

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Decent build, but you really need some sill plates to hold the rear half of the body to the cowl.

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great stance and nice interior. well done

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that kit is a big dud for revell :blink:

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Not bad for all the first's, actually I think it's pretty cool especially with the Studebaker mill. I was just photographing my 3 Model A's and I don't have any room to criticize. :huh:

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Looks good! Good to see an unusual (not Ford or Chevy) engine in a hot rod. Paint looks good, too. Nice work!

Sam

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Good job overall James. Each model you build should get a little better in each of the areas you outlined in your "firsts". We all started out the same way James, so don't sweat it.

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kool

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Looks good to me. I just started back up after around 10 years. I never have used foil need to try it....

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that kit is a big dud for revell :blink:

Yeah I ran into quite a few fitment and otherwise issues. Oddly enough the Studebaker engine fit like it was meant to be there, The front suspension wishbone even mounted up to the mouting point on the transmission. I got the kit off the discount rack at the hobby shop, so I don't feel like I "lost" anything on it. It tested every bit of my modelling skill, in some places it won, in others I prevailed.

EDIT: also wanted to note, I put the radiator cap on ;)

EDIT AGAIN: Thanks for the compliments, comments and critiquing!

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I like it, great wheels and color choice, oh yeah and engine choice

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that kit is a big dud for revell :blink:

You know how old it is right?

Good work James. And good on you for asking for feedback.

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looks great!

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Very nice build James, l like the wheel choice. If they all went together to easy we would never learn anything....Keep up the good work...

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Looks Great!

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That is really sweet!

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Think this is an excellent build... anything that gets you out of your comfort zone and still ends up looking decent is a huge success in my opinion. Great work!

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Think this is an excellent build... anything that gets you out of your comfort zone and still ends up looking decent is a huge success in my opinion. Great work!

Exactly. I've always liked what can be done with all of the Revell Model A kits...with a little patience. Nice bunch of firsts, interesting and unusual engine choice.

Question: Are those the kit tires? I recognize the wheels.

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Yes they are. I wish I had a pile of them, I love '50s and '60s customs and a slew of those rims and tires would make my decade!

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and probably a bit above my skill level.

Your skills have just grown, cool build, don't know how I missed this,

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