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  1. I have just picked up an old little pages Rod & Custom magazine from April 1957, there is a full 5 page feature on a contest hosted by R&C.

    Was this the 1st national model show? most of the kits seem to be Revell Mercury's, Cadillacs and other 1/32 kits.

    1,135 models were entered, the most popular kit being Revells 56 Ford pick up. Looking at the photo's this looks to be the small scale 1/48? kit

    The winning entry was by Jim Savage with a model of a 56 Ford , customised with other parts from Revell's Mercury and Cadillac.

    If anyone wants me to, I could scan the magazine but the pictures are very small.

    Thanks, John

    Hey, John...I was talking to Tom Medley ("Stroker McGurk" and other cartoons since) who was there in the R&C offices in those days. Tom tried to explain what pandemonium it was with model cars on shelves, temporary tables, window sills, stairs, the floor, desks, and every flat surface! He said they just kept arriving (it was a 'mail-in' contest!) and never stopped, entries pouring in after the cutoff date! There was no way to return them, either...Wonder what happened to all of them! :rolleyes:

  2. that is BAD!!!!

    Heck, Herm! I was waiting for the scratchbuilt '38 Chevy Coupe! Love that 'shortshot' rail! I had a 1:1 built from some 3" conduit, an old flathead digger...gave it to my partner, built a 122" for that flatmotor...with 4130 tubing this time! My Bonneville oartner and I were putting on some weight, and had to Porta-Power stretch the width of the cockpit rollcage 3" to fit us!

    Models can be as thin as when we were young...we don't have to 'put them on'!

    Nice "Stovebolt"!!!

  3. Good to know, I was thinking it was more of a general commercial vehicle section.

    Since I had to go look it up myself...

    Light duty

    Class 1 - 6000 lbs or less (up to 1/2 ton truck)

    Class 2 - 6001 to 10,000lbs (3/4 ton truck)

    Medium Duty

    Class 3 - 10,001 to 14,000lbs (1 ton & dually trucks)

    Class 4 - 14,001 to 16,000lbs (Ford F450, Chevy 3500HD)

    Class 5 - 16,001 to 19,500lbs (Ford F550, Chevy 4500)

    Class 6 - 19,500 to 26,000lbs (Ford F650, Chevy 5500)

    Heavy Duty

    Class 7 - 26,001 to 33,000lbs

    Class 8 33,001lbs +

    Great info, Aaron. I am hyper-interested in 'Medium-Duty' (1-ton) Ford trucks, Late-'30s-Early-'40s.

    Think "Early 'Ironside' episodes" where Raymond Burr used an old 1941 Ford 1-ton 'Armored Car'...

    Not meaning a Thread-Hijack! Thanks.

  4. Yup, Rod & Custom magazine used to have a regular model column!

    Not only that, but they started a periodical called "Rod & Custom MODELS", which ran for about a dozen issues or so....

    In 1964 R&C paid a visit to AMT so lets see what they saw:





    Don't 'cha wish you could go back in time? :D

    Really a shame that the current owners of AMT have let it degenerate from a leading force in the hobby to the shadow that it has become? I fault RC2 and all the stupid greedy managers... but that is another story!

    The same thing goes for R&C! I have taken 1-yr subscriptions 6 years successive now, each time hoping (praying!) it will get back to a semblance of its old self...Hah!

    One night, I took a 2002 issue, and opened it up alongside a 1972 issue..."Rod" coverage (as well as accuracy, choice of cars featured...I'm talking about correct to era stuff) The comparison was laughable. Bud Brian and Jim Jacobs doing the "R&C Highboy". The only thing that compared with that 14-month article was the Oct.1974 "1001 Custom & Rod ideas", where Tom Senter took us through an Old-Time, authentic Hot Rod Buildup. Both of these magazines dedicated months of coverage, perfect for the Car Modellor that wanted authentic coverage one could scale from!

    Rod & Custom has regressed. Hop Up Magazine is online. Try it. Hop Up is right on, so are the car subjects. Archives go back years, and it's all free. GREAT Model subjects! www.hopupmag.com

  5. G'day Uncle Mike, got any pics of your Tudor tub sounds interesting.

    G'Day, Frank, thanks!

    There's another good man on this site that has the way to post pictures...I've got to find that. I have a digital camera now, and have started in on some more of my old projects that sat too long!

    Hey, I really liked that bit of signature you left; it is what I live by.

    "If ya didn't build it, it ain't yours!"

    My '29 Tub has been getting readied for its big bash...It is to be the scale "kookie ll", Norm Grabowski's latest rod...Cad power, long, swoopy Mopar shell, no fenders...

    I wasn't taken by the car, the original one was "it" for me, especially in its original form; but the tub is a challenge to model! Amen: "Anything Grabowski"...

  6. anyone???

    The fuel line on Stromberg carburetors enter the right hand side, at the top of the float bowl. Some models enter the float bowl from the center-right-side wall of the carb. Others have a casting that accepts the hose nipple at the top of the upper top part of the float bowl, at the front corner...

    All the Stromberg carbs' fuel lines enter the carb bowl straight-in from passenger side, at a horizontal angle. Hope this helps.

    One more thing: These Strombergs were notorious for leaks, hence our nickname for them:

    "Fire Pots". I wouldn't put it past these things to LEAK in 1/25th! (just kidding)

    These 4-carb pieces are sharp. Where did they come from???

  7. I have the problem that i have to left hands and no thecnical vieuw ,but it cost my a couple of days to build hood hinges,but i did and i am proud of it

    the body parts.



    detailing the engine



    hood closet


    hood open


    the hinges (dont ask:D)


    When the real 'Eliminator' was stolen from thr late Don Thelan's "Buffalo Motors" shop, I felt such an outrage deserved a diorama. (some small tribute?) But Don passed away, and the diorama idea seemed like a bad omen, that might suggest disrespect for such a fine person. The car was never recovered, nor did any parts ever surface. Anyone here know who did the 'clone'?

  8. I wanted a 29 touring to build a model of one I had when in my early 20's (so long ago). As none of the model companies make one I decided to kit bash one. It is a cut and shut of a Monogram 30 Ford touring and a Monogram 29 roadster pick-up.

    This is what I'm up so far.


    G'Day, Frank!

    I also did a '29 Touring kitbash, but went a different way: Revell '29 R/Pickup and '31 Tudor sedan quarters. (Tudor tub)

    Yours has matched up nicely, with the beltline you scratchbuilt down the sides. Love these Revell 'A's and Deuces! Very scale...

  9. Thanks! I've already started with the preliminaries...gluing together engine block halves, front axle halves, fuel tank halves...basically all parts that are molded in halves! I need to take a trip to the LHS tomorrow and pick up some styrene, aluminum and brass rod and tubing so I can scratchbuild all the fuel system fittings...I can't just leave it at the "stick the tubing on the pin" level of detail! I'm going with a natural cast look to the blower-no chrome-and I'll be using the mag wheels and slicks from the Big Deuce instead of the kit wheels/tires, just cuz I like the look of the Big Deuce "vintage" mags. Not sure if I'll keep the slicks as whitewalls, tho...I haven't seen too many photos of cars of this era running whitewall slicks! (just one, in fact). I've already picked up the paint. I'm going with my favorite, DupliColor. Turquoise frame and engine block, gold (actually GM "Buckskin") body. I think the turquoise and gold color combo looks period correct.

    Thanks to all for your input. This is going to be a fun buildup.

    Hiya, Harry! I also have this great kit...I used to race a C/Stocker, Fremont Drag Strip. (later called "Baylands") My racer was a '56 Ford convertible, 292" Y-Block...a real Chevy eater. 92 mph @14.20, respectable enough to irritate Hillary, the Pits Official, who took it upon himself to honor every protest! (they used to tear you down in those days, $50 would do it! The Chevy guys would cry like babies, "A Ford CAN'T BE that fast!" Well, it was. And they never caught me cheating. They measured it 'til hell wouldn't have it)

    Anyway, the Twin Dragster has Y-block Ford engines. (T-Bird 312's? With Crankshaft Co. OR 'Hank the Crank' strokers, these engines could have gone to 402 cubic inches EACH, which could put yours in AA/FD, or AA/D.)

    Some Ford colors might be novel, as most think these engines to be...ho-hum Chevy smallblocks.

  10. Hey Uncle Mike, does this figure look like your smilin' Irishman?


    Curt, you nailed him! Hair was a little thinner & darker, (but he COULD wear a toupee for those hard sales...) He was actually a nice guy, but 'sinister', like "muscle" in a '40s Film Noir...

    Boy, I wish I had the foresight to have taken pics of the sign, and the lot...There were a couple of "Hot Rod" lots in the L.A. area, and this one was a knockoff of those.

    We just didn't know a good thing when we had it! The Irishman wholesaled a channelled '32 Roadster to a bud of mine, it had a '52 Caddy in it, needed to be wired. Nick Morgado bought it for $300! I wired it.

    Yes, it's being modeled as we speak, Monogram '32 Rdstr body, Art Anderson Resin frame...just like it was when Nick bought it, NOT flashy paint or new chrome.

    I'm doing the "front row" of the car lot...some light poles, the 3/8" chain draped across, right in front of the '40 Coupes and all...

  11. Nice! Put me down for two of them. Looks like great kit-bashing fodder.


    Mine just arrived. Body is nice, frame the same as 3-window and Highboy. Wheels are great, Kelseys are chrome; they strip nicely, if you want to paint them. If they weren't chrome, and you wanted them to be, it would be worse. American Torque-Thrusts have the rough cast spokes, BRAVO! Silver paint on the spokes make 'em real authentic! Windshield area and frame are superb, right on. Flathead is pretty scale, front parts look good; timing gear cover and water pump detail are what make-or-break flathead model engines. I have a large parts barrel, so Lincoln tranny, 3-spoke Bell steering wheel,

    spoon gas pedal,

    O.K., now for the reality:

    The license plate fillers are two versions of "Goodguise", 2 ea. of those. Tires (1 set of 'big & littles')

    are of the '60-series' that are too-low, too-wide, and too commonly identified with lawn chairs and flaming shorts. The carb. 'bonnets' have ridges around the bottoms...their shape dictates a directional removal from the tool. The "Flat-O-Matic" cast behind this flatmotor is another 'goodguy solution' travesty. In my Swap Meet diorama, this transmission will stack up with all the goodguys stuff, in one pile. The BIG Commercial headlights will be there too, right in the flaming lawn chair.

    If I sound like I'm 'bashing' this release, please bear with me. This was to be an 'ultimate' example, with options. Wish it had more Hop Up options, but I have parts...

    I am thrilled with this kit, and have 3 more coming. My Swap Meet Diorama will certainly get some laughs, when you add up all the unused stuff from 5 kits...(plus 'goodstuff' from 4 Hiboy kits)

  12. Here's a link to the MAMA website...scroll down and click on "sponsors" where there will be contact info and pics of Norms stuff.


    Thanks, Fellas! Always lookin' for stuff I won't have to make from scratch...(different front axles and such)

    Still early on the West Coast here, I've been in some old boxes that contain previously started hot rods that got put away when I was working on my 1:1 '27 Highboy. (I built a chassis jig, it got involved, so the model projects got put away! Blow your mind how many I had started!!!)

    But now, I'm BACK!

  13. i was rummaging through my stored models this evening trying to determine exactly WHAT i have, other than a literal PILE of 49 fords (my favorite kit!) in varying styles... i found that i have several near-duplicate builds going on! not to mention left-over donor kits that aren't QUITE ready to scrap. for some reason i have four GT500 kits in one box, sans engines and wheels... don't know WHAT that was about. found my old Watson roadster (wonderful kit!) that i ruined the decals for... and my oldest surviving build, a red Johan 64 Polara... sadly, the chrome is fading and i don't want to disassemble it to repair it.

    i must have modelers' ADD.... wow that's pretty. gotta build one of those....

    Yeah, me too!

    Grabowski & Ivo T's, (both in final shape, but pre-paint and all apart; found in the Laurel & Hardy '25 T Roadster box!)

    My replica of my first Roadster: a '30 Model A Cabriolet, channeled 6" over a Deuce frame (model is a 'Cherry Pie' '30 sedan delivery cowl & doors, upper frames trimmed off. Rear section is a '29 Roadster, as the real one got, for too much rust in the '30 rear. My model got a retrofit '32 Revell 3-window Coupe frame, as the AMT Vicky frame was SO not-'32-ish)

    Three '29 Highboys: Revell '32 frames, AMT '29 Rdstr bodies. All flathead cars...very authentic, as there are Monogram hydraulic backing plates, ("Son of Ford") Banjo rears with Quickies (2 of 'em, the 3rd is just a banjo)

    3 Thirty-Two highboy Rdstrs, 2 are '70s kit Monogram, fenders trimmed off the fender/frame platform, and laminated .006" Evergreen on front rails firewall forward. One of 'em waited long enough for its 'rough-in' to get a '32 frame out of the Revell Highboy! (the seat and body are the '70's release, almost identical to the new release! But the older Monogram seat is much more authentic than the new one. (This one also got the Bell dropped tube, but '40 Ford drum brakes)

    I found some T Roadster projects, too...Blackie Gejian's "Shish-Kebob Spl., Anderegg Rdstr., (both cars shared the AMBR Trophy at Oakland, 1955; (I have the original chassis from the real Anderegg Rdstr, am restoring it to 1955 status) Highland Plating Special, "original Black Widow", (a '25 T Rdstr w/bustle, low with motorcycle fenders, racecar nose, full hood, 59-AB Flathead) "Original Black Widow" appeared in local car shows around Northern Calif. from '52- '56, after which it was sold and street-driven. Chet Carter owned it for awhile, in San Jose.

    Some trivia here: The Black Widow '27 R/PU that Monogram modeled from was owned by a gent who resided in Winton, CA., 7 miles from our door. Anyway, the car was stored in its original garage all these years, discovered in 1999 by Wyatt Bowman, (self-purported Model Guru and President of the Retro-formed 'Pharoahs', in honor of American Graffiti.) (Widow was showable as he found it, now he's talking about having the Y-block Ford replaced with a SBC! Some people's kids) :unsure:

  14. Hi.....Have a Very Merry Christmas with your love ones and friends , and a Wonderful Happy New Year ...God Bless you all.............''Above and Beyond''...........Barbo.

    This has been a great time for me, this year...I am back to building, (actively, I mean...Four projects that were 'back-burnered' are back up on the bench.)

    I found this site, and asked some questions: Bang! Great answers, and I just got a Revell Merc, (which a kind member guided me through, and found me the thread for shimming the 'A' pillar for the proper 'teardrop' shape. Many thanks!)

    I am presently building models of all the cars I have ever had (since my chopped '36 3-window in '55!

    There has been a lot of them)

    Pics to follow, when I get the act down on posting. (found thread, have to study through it)

    Merry Christmas to all, from an old modeler and 1:1 builder. And God bless us, every one. :P

  15. I picked up my first copy of the new Merc kit earlier this week, and Matt T. requested a few pics of the kit's innards. I may have missed one of the small parts trees and the tires(2 full sets to choose from in this kit), but the rest should all be there.


    http://LOOKIE HERE

    Hi, All.

    Two weeks ago, I read a great post on the forum, but can't find it now. The gent that posted had added .050" to the windshield posts (A pillars) and corrected the chop, resulting in a correct "teardrop". Please direct me to that thread, anyone? I got a Revell '49 Merc, but MUST make that correction! Thanks...

  16. Man, how come 4-H didnt have model building when I was in it?!?! :) That turned out great! Very nice job!

    Hey, Wes. Where did that 4-spoke Bell wheel come from??? I need one for my Roadster, so I can show you cats some hot stuff.....Like your bed floor! I like the whole Rdstr Pickup!

  17. My first attempt at a diorama is coming along nicely (see previous posts).

    Settled on the Fast Eddy used car lot facade from scale equipment. The lot has a couple of roadsters, coupes, a corvette, etc...All hot rods.

    There is room for a "reserved parking" space for the manager. Using "Irv" as the manager. Old, bald, fat guy, like myself, with a big cigar in one hand, and outrages choices of clothing colors. Obviously a fast talking used car salesman.

    Here is my question. What car should I build as Irvs' ride?

    Hey Milt! When I lived in Santa Clara, CA in '60, there was a used car lot on 10th & East Santa Clara St., San Jose. Large sign said, "SMILIN' IRISHMAN" In smaller print underneath, it said: "HOT RODS".

    There was always an abundance of '40 Ford Coupes, with flatheads, Chrysler, Dodge Red Ram, and DeSoto hemis, saw examples of them all. There were fendered and non-roadsters, but the '32-'34s got put inside the building at night. The latest model I ever saw in there was a '51 Merc, and it got wholesaled away! There were '46-'48 Fords/Mercs too.

    I traded him a '54 Corvette with a Buick engine straight across for a white '34 Ford Roadster with a Buick in IT! He drove the Corvette, never had it on the lot...Corvette was white, '57 Vette hubcaps.

    He always dressed in slacks and black dress shirt, white tie. 35 or so, he looked like a cheap torpedo in expensive shoes, with a pencil-thin moustache!

  18. Anyone on here have any tips or printed matter to convert a '59 Cad to an "El Camino-type" pickup?

    There was a Coach works that did real-size ones for Cadillac for large funeral parlors, as "flower cars".

    I've seen this done on a Jo-Han model, but no particulars; I'm thinking of doing it to a Ghostbusters "Superior" body, but still need a rear window from a "pancake"-type roof.

    Any ideas? Thanks in advance!

  19. You know you do it too... you get that perfect stance on a model and sit it on your bench and check it out for a day or two!

    Finished up (mostly) the chassis on my Merc... Got the stance I was after! I'm not quite sure how I acheived the taildragger rake, but I'm not gonna question it! All 4 corners lowered by 3/32 styrene shims, modified exhaust (rearend, exhaust and pan can't all occupy the same space!) I still need to start polishing the paint...


    Here's an example of how finicky this Ultraviolet pearl paint is. First pic is available light, no flash (looks this way normally). Second pic is with flash...


    Hi, Steve! Say, are those the Sombreros that came in the Revell kit? The tires too? Man, they sure look right! And, YES! The perfect Taildragger-Tilt! It has been nailed...

  20. For my second Merc (hacked & cut between primer applications of the first, still-unfinished one), I added a .050 shim to the A pillars to correct the forward sloping roofline. These are pictures from two nights ago. Last night I scribed the needed lines in the driver's side with a #11 blade, razor saw and riffler file. It was tough to keep things straight and true, but I think it's done. More pix to come later in the week...




    And here is the custom grille I made using the kit's '54 Pontiac grille bar and spotlights for dagmar ends.


    Thanks for lQQkin!

    Matt, when I got mine, I was admiring the 'teardrop' shape...then, Uh, oh! They cut the front a little excessive...I set it aside, then saw your post. That fixes it! .050"....039" is a 1/25 scale inch, so this .050" equates to 1-1/4" in the real world. I can see that. This is a MUST DO!

    Thanks for the generous tip!

  21. The fastback may be out; I saw it listed on collectablediecast.com. I'm waiting to see if the squareback/fastback get offered w/the stock wheels like the notchback; my Dad had a '66 Type 3 fastback I'd like to recreate in scale, and I also like the squareback. Just not into the "bling" wheels and details. The Jada fastback looks good, but it's about 1/22 scale.

    Hi, Bob! Thanks for the lead on the Fastback. (thought I was gonna hafta scratch-build one!)

    When I had my shop (CA) my young wife had a red '69 Fastback, which was squirrelly in the wind...

    We did lots of VW "Calif Bugs" then, so I dropped the front of the Fastback 4", 1.45X15 tires, and widened the rear steel wheels 1.5", and fitted them with 2.25-70X15 tires, (red rims/black tires, small VW caps) She built the 1776 engine from cases, did her own headwork.

    The car was notably raked, rear tires filled the rear wells like a cartoon caricature! Wife Joey drove it like that for some time, then drilled the rims and added screw-on Moon Discs. What a Looker!

    (er, the car, too!)

    She sold the car in '90, (had it 10 years!) and now has a BMW Coupe, 633csi: lowered, Halibrand Sprints...but Misses Her Fastback!

    As we are now building models of every car we ever had, (!) she will be delighted to hear this one can be had.

  22. Dude that thing is shweet. I love altereds, where did you source the heads from? Also could you please please please post a close up of the blower setup. thanks

    Ron, you certainly have an EYE! This model is exemplary in its realism, and fidelity to scale!

    I'm wondering about the expanded metal floor! Everywhere I look on this project, I discover something else!

    This is inspiring.

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