Charles Carpenter 1955 Pro-sportsman

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This is my favorite build. I knew Charles and built this kit back in the late 80's. I had access to his shop basically anytime I wanted, and took 100's of pictures to use while building. This is the most detailed model I have ever built. Took 8 months from start to finish. The scratchbuilding was challenging to say the least, but the most fun I've had in building a model car. A few pics......and thanks for looking.

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Amazing, amazing details! One of the finest Pro Mods I've seen to date. That's a build you can certainly be proud of, Matt.

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Perfection! Great great work! im in awe..thats no BS feeding line either..i love that engine, and the nitrous setup..front to back. Ive seen some detailed builds..but this one..and being a carpenter fan myself..takes the cake. well done :)

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Does insanity run in your family? Seriously, this is probably the most incredible detail job I've ever seen.Are the AN fittings scratch built or after market pieces? Well done!!

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Perfection! Great great work! im in awe..thats no BS feeding line either..i love that engine, and the nitrous setup..front to back. Ive seen some detailed builds..but this one..and being a carpenter fan myself..takes the cake. well done :)

Thanks!

This was a "passion project" for me. When Charles told me the kit was coming out I couldn't wait to get started. I used pics taken in his shop to get the wiring and plumbing right. I even mixed custom Metalizer colors to match the engine colors. I would walk in the front door and ask Charles if I could take a few pics and he would remove body parts from the car to let me get pics for detailing the model. Truly one of the nicest, genuine persons I ever met. This model is my favorite, and, the last kit I built.....scratch..scratch..got the itch again.

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Does insanity run in your family? Seriously, this is probably the most incredible detail job I've ever seen.Are the AN fittings scratch built or after market pieces? Well done!!

:):D;) Some of the AN fittings were aftermarket (the ones that look good ;) ) and some were scratchbuilt. I decided that this was the kit I was really going to let loose on. If Charles Carpenter wasn't the man he is, I would never been able to do what I did. 8 months of I can't wait till I see this finished.

On a tip from Kenny-http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=9834.I built a light box to take the pics in this post.

I had a box and tissue paper, spent $1.06 for a sheet of white posterboard. Worked like a charm.

I did a lot of searching on different groups/forums, and this is the place to be. Some classy stuff here.

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WOW!!

Excellent workmanship, craftsmanship and dare I say "attention to detail"!! That's a pice to truly be proud of!! :)

Let me know when you get tired of that one. I've already made room for it in my display case!! :D

Regards,

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I did a lot of searching on different groups/forums, and this is the place to be. Some classy stuff here.

Oh...and welcome to the forum!! :) Yes, of all the ones I've seen out there, this is the place to be.

Regards,

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Matt, Utterly amazing. Fantastic work and realism. My gawd man, the details are incredible.

Welcome aboard and again, Great Job!

Chris

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all I can say is... WOW!

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One of the nicest detailed drag racing engines I've seen in scale. Great work!

Chris

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Matt first let me say welcome to the forum and what an incredible build.You left no stone unturned on it.I have the Soft Seal '57 Chevy kit that I keep opening the box and put it back in the box 'cause I feel a little intimidated by it.But one day I'll get started on it.Once again great job on the detail and the photo shoots.

Thanks guys!! When building the car I tried to make sure everything was detailed properly and "looked right". I had the car almost finished-engine in and plumbed, wheels and tires on, brake lines on, when I realized I had the front directional wheels on the wrong side B) What's worse is that I used epoxy to set them in place. I had to literally tear them off and rebuild part of the front end to fix it. Not a good day.

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First welcome to the forum! Great build, with awesome detailing!! Not only returns springs on the carbs. but springs on the throttle shafts, very nice!!!

Charlie

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:huh::huh::blink::blink: WOW..... I've got to build this one!!! :lol::lol:

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Irender, do you live in the Charlotte area? If so, you are more than welcome to visit my resin casting shop any time you want. I live on Hipp Rd.

As far as Charles Carpenter goes, I have the same attitude towards the man as you. When I started casting resin I visited his shop on several occassions and took about as many photos of his '55 Chevy (the one he just sold). I don't know if any of the other members of this forum have met Charles but he is the most cordial person you will ever meet. He will go out of his way to show you what is what on one of these complicated Pro/Mods. I can't wait to visit his shop and see the new '55.

As for you build of his Pro/Sportsman car. That is by far one of the best I've ever seen. Would love to include those photos on our website "Outlaw Gallery". Drop me a line at resinslinger@msn.com if you are interested. WOW does not do this build justice. You are a true craftsman.

Chris.

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Hi Guys

Great work Matt, I have meet Charles as well I was on holidays in America and was staying with a friend that works for Lonestar Racing in Tyler Texas, one night he said jump in the car I want to show you something, he took me to Harwood fiberglass and there in the car park is Charles Carpenter rebuilding a lenco in the back of his trailer, he was busy so I just stood and watched, my friend knew him and started chatting to him and called me into the trailer Charles took about half an hour out from what he was doing to talk to me and show me his car, through him I meet Wally Bell, Robbie Vandergriff (soft seal 57) Jeff Littleton, Kenny Bernstein and just about every pro mod driver at the superchevy Sunday the following weekend, truly a Gentlemen

Regards Mal

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nice detail bro it inspires me alot

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Very nice build and GREAT photography too! Charles should do a thread on taking pictures..... :rolleyes:

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wow that car looks so real GREAT JOB best i have seen yet THANK YOU FOR POSTING oh ya welcom to the fourm

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Wow.... incredible detail. This takes "out of the box" to a whole nother level.

Any chance of some "how tos" on the engine detailig?

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Wow.... incredible detail. This takes "out of the box" to a whole nother level.

Any chance of some "how tos" on the engine detailig?

Thanks. As far as a "how to". What part of the detailing would you be interested in.

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Awesome build. Do you still have all the pics you took for the build? Would love to have them for reference on building that kit later.

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Awesome build. Do you still have all the pics you took for the build? Would love to have them for reference on building that kit later.

I have them tucked away somewhere. I'll try to find them and send you a few scans.

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###### bro can it start too

it looks really sweet and your killing the competition with it

hopefully i can do a build that can keep up with that beast

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Matt... any chance of some detialing tips on the engine? Chassis? Nitrous lines etc?

Thanks much!

DrewC

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