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  1. I'm working on a Strombecker Scarab 'slot racer' kit I bought new in the late '50s, and converting it is a challenge! I do have the original decal sheet, however. I'd like to resin copy the Hali's as they are pretty nice -- and one of mine has a damaged rim. Question; where does a modeler find tires to work with these old kits? The rubber tires that came with mine disappeared long ago! Anyone make resin copies? Alas, I used to have 2-3 sets. *I packed up all my original car kits (poorly) in 1968, before being drafted during VietNam, not knowing if I'd return, and the carton took some
  2. I really need a car hood from the thirties/forties to make a boat-tail speedster 'Miller' phantom. Any 1936-48 1:25 or 24 the scale from Ford, Chevy or what have you; not something NICE but from a glue-bomb or salvage/parts'box stash. My trade parts are very old, mostly early '60s, if I can help you out. Please help a 75 year old modeler, veteran, retired teacher/author?! Wick
  3. Exotics_Builder, Do you still have the LeMans ragtop kit? I bought a 1;1 car last fall, have been searching for this kit. What would you consider a reasonable trade? Want to attempt a PM? Wick, 74 yoa and still modeling
  4. In 1963, I caught a ride back to Shasta College (Redding, CA) through a horrible snow storm -- in the dark-- in a 1960 Chev four-door crew truck owned by a fellow student's father ( a logger in Alturas, CA) and luckily it was AWD; we made the 150 miles safely. Yes, SHE drove all the way! We called such pickups 'Crummies' in those dear dead days; dunno' if that was a regional thing, or what. My little bro drove one for the Southern Pacific to pick up train crews in the '60s when he was assistant yard clerk. He hates to recall it, but the first dawn pickup he made was at a local coffee shop
  5. 1962 Pontiac Tempest LeMans kit, AMT wanted: just bought a real one! Trade Monogram Rolls roadster kit and/or cash for useable example or new. Wick
  6. I did something similar for an AMT 1/16 '55 Nomad kit that had been on the shelf for 30 years and had a broken w/s. I glued it back, but made a casting from inside (concave side) from Durham Rock Putty, a home repair material that mixes with water. Then I 'drooped' a new w/s using shirt-box plastic (don't know what it really is) using a heat lamp. First try was' close but no cigar', second attempt came out just fine, and helped save the kit. Next is a replacement w/s for a die-cast 240Z w/s, which must be saved because the car is repainted silver like my '71 and is signed by Datsun legends
  7. I sure could use a '61 Impala grille for original SMP annual kit I've 'restored', if such a thing exists? My original one snapped in two, and what is left looks lousy on the kit now. Very grateful for contribution of nice rear bumper, never thought I'd find one! Wick H.
  8. I still have mine from first issue, but eventually had to glue doors shut... so many tiny parts, and now I'm so old that they're even harder to fit! Decided just last week to re-build it as a basic channeled sedan, use chrome 'fiddly' frame and Olds/B&M for some other build. Agree on Revell Roth cars; have Beatnik Bandit, some of same problems. The '56 F100 kit; worked so hard on it in '63, but doors never fit cab, cab never fit frame, hood never fit fenders --hey, wait a minute; that's authentic FoMoCo; F's hood/fender gaps are almost impossible on 1:1 trucks too, with stock hinges! W
  9. I have a Jungle Jim funny car decal set intact but can't recall what car; prob wouldn't work? Swap you if you want it... Wick
  10. My list is olde school: some Studebakers; '62 GT Hawk, '59 Lark ragtop/hardtop, '56 Conestoga 2-dr wagon, and early 'fifties and Champ pickups!s I built my Aurora Avanti with 'Stude' Chevy Big Block and resin Hali's -- pretty cool, but I need some decals for it! My other dream car was done when Mobius did the '61 Pontiac Catalina/Ventura kit. Wick Humble, Class of '63 (but I didn't have a bone-spur, and got my DD214!)
  11. I think I have the orig decal sheet for the Hubley Ford, but someone folded it in the middle. I don't recall ever having had that model, but maybe a friend (c.1960!) did, and I glommed his decals? Interested? Trades? Wick Humble (73-1/2 years young)
  12. I'm going to attempt to models some TV sitcom cars from the 'fifties, beginning with the nice '40 Ford ragtop from Leave It to Beaver (Wally and Eddie chain Lumpy's car to a tree and extract the real axle) and the ratty Model A tub Bud Jr. drove before he got his '48 ragtop, from Father Knows Best. I'm putting them in the same diorama, for fun. Billy Gray replied to my inquiry as to the color of the hand-brushed flames on the A; gray! Also sent me two nice images of him with a '54 Merc ragtop (Jim Sr. drove a '54 sedan in the first season or two) and his flat-track racer. See below; I rol
  13. Thanks! I'm sorry I didn't score an interior view or two when I wrote the article in 1979; lost opportunity. Probably could have still bought a Powershift Tempest for sane money back then! As Ziggy said: "When my ship came in, I was waiting at the airport!" I imagine I'll just do as suggested and make a generic interior; single bucket with harness, typical roll cage (nothing like today!) big tach, extringuisher, etc. I feel funny messing with die-casts, tho I have two Caddies that I've re-done, one '59 ragtop as a Larry Watson burgundy/silver 'kustom' and one '58 Eldo as an apochrypal
  14. I would like to ask for some help. I got the new 1:12 die-cast (yeah, boo-hiss!) Pontiac Tempest Super Duty 421 racer for Xmas (from self) and it came with a stock LeMans interior, nothing like one would expect/be required for USAC/NASCAR racing. Fool that I am, I'm thinking about besides detailing the engine compartment, re-doing the inside too. Roll cage, instruments, etc. like Paul Goldsmith's Daytona Challenge 250 winning '63 from Ray Nichels garage. Can anyone assist in finding some good photos of the inside of that car? Again, figuring on some configuration of a roll cage from P
  15. I would like to ask for some help. I got the new 1:12 die-cast (yeah, boo-hiss!) Pontiac Tempest Super Duty 421 racer for Xmas (from self) and it came with a stock LeMans interior, nothing like one would expect/be required for USAC/NASCAR racing. Fool that I am, I'm thinking about besides detailing the engine compartment, re-doing the inside too. Roll cage, instruments, etc. like Paul Goldsmith's Daytona Challenge 250 winning '63 from Ray Nichels garage. Can anyone assist in finding some good photos of the inside of that car? Again, figuring on some configuration of a roll cage from P
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