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    1/24-25, 1/16

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    Chico CA 95973
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    Wickersham Humble

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  1. At age 75 (spelled seventy-five... alas!) I'm still moving on old, very old projects which I still have from 'the day', which for me was about 1959-1965: * A'53 Stude ragtop, with stock frame X-member added based on my old Avanti kit, just need to find colors wild enough, but period corerect. *A 'saved' '60 JoHan Chrysler HT with G-2 Hemi power, done as a CHP cruiser converted to pro-street, on a Duke's charger frame. *A 'rescued' '50 Ford converted to ragtop/kustom; sectioned, molded pans, the works with Cad power; full t 'n r, bubble skirts, and all. *A 'Miller' street
  2. Thanks for the info; I'll try to act on it asap. Re: no responses, my Vintage Chevy webmaster says that my email address has been tagged (quite erroneously) as a 'spammer, or spambot' and their forums won't let me post or even read blogs; period. Also I'm not getting blog comments -- as I once did, maybe 15/day!) from Hemmings Motor News site; I'm old and I don't get it!! Sorry if I seemed indifferent to replies! Casey; are you saying you have those to swap/sell?? Wick, age 75
  3. I'd still like to find a source for the big old Firestone road race (or Bonneville) tires (to fit 1.24 or 1.25 scale) racers. Or, can someone resin cast from some generic 'rubber' tires from my 1959 Stombecker 'Scarab' kit? I want to build a few 'old school' Bonne cars -- and finish the enhanced Scarab as well - and most of the kit tires I can find with my limited contacts are to puny looking. A lot of kits (Strombecker, Comet, etc.) came with flexible 'rubber' meats back in the day; guess I tossed out all I had at some benighted time period! Help? Suggestions?
  4. I want to find a Modelhaus resin kit of the early '60s Dodge wide bed pickup; 'my' fire crew in 1968 had a Power Wagon (318 cu in. 4 speed) 4X4 set up as a USFS Class 4 tanker, and I'd like to make a replica in memorial of those days, and my pals on the Modoc (CA) Nat'l. Forest. It was my fifth summer crewing, and I had been a foreman since '65, rated 'Crew Boss' on my Red Card, which I still have -- along with my helmet, etc. Any one able to put me on the trail of this kit? And out of curiosity; what commercial kit was it based upon, or what would provide a good set of axles, transfer case,
  5. This kit wasn't easy to sourcein 1961; the annuals dried up immediatley the new '61s appeared. In our N CA area, the stores only stocked ragtops in the AMT/SMP lines; JoHand and Revell often were hardtops. Anyhow, I ordered mine from Auto World in Scranton PA, along with a '60 Impala HT, and a '60 T-Bird HT (with the Dave Shulkis Ranchero conversion instructions') which never got built -- I still have the dash, f&r bumpers, and the part of the rear deck cut out to make the hauler!. SO: I just finished my '60 Merc as a very near replica of the Starbird custom shown in CARS Magazine,
  6. I have the '63 annual kit I bought new, but converted to the 421 SD or 'Powershift' S/FX version; I cut down a full-sized top for it so the folded top boot might be around; I'll look. Wick
  7. I have an unbuilt '61 Special wagon kit (in progress since that year, of course -- as a two-door panel now) an I may not use the chrome port holes... originally I filled the holes. I have a nailhead V-8 in it, and was thinking about going with four ports per side, which would of course require one more stick of three to make eight. Trade, or ?? Wick Humble, 75 years of age
  8. I didn't have any responses for the Firestone speedway or Bonneville style tires (1/24, 1/25) that I posted a few months ago; I can't believe that there are no sources for these tires -- somewhere?! On the old kits, they were often real rubber; my Strombecker Scarab, Comet Panther, and numerous Monogram kits offered soft rubber tires (though not particularly accurate to the prototypes) and I seemed to have lost them all! A glue-bomb Monogram Indy roadster kit (PC 12)has fairly nice hard plastic tires that are molded to the rims that might be resin-copyable; i salvaged one without the Hali ri
  9. I have a like-new Hawk brand 1/24 Mercedes-Benz GP V-12 engine that should be resin copied, but I need to locate someone in N CA that has the skills 'to teach an old dog'. I don't seem to be able to find an online tutorial that covers the subject well enough to risk. I also have some Stombecker Halibrands ((1959 Scarab 1/24 kit) that I'd like to duplicate for other models. Is there any interest in making the molds from this disassembled engine (provided by Hawk as a display engine with their GP racer curbside kit in the early 'sixties) out there? It is not elaborately detailed, but a n
  10. I have a like-new Hawk brand 1/24 Mercedes-Benz GP V-12 centrifugally-blown engine that should be resin copied, but I need to locate someone in N CA that has the skills 'to teach an old dog'. I don't seem to be able to find an online tutorial that covers the subject well enough to risk. I also have some Stombecker Halibrands ((1959 Scarab 1/24 kit) that I'd like to duplicate for other models. Is there any interest in making the molds from this disassembled engine (provided by Hawk as a display engine with their GP racer curbside kit in the early 'sixties) out there? It is not elaborat
  11. I have a like-new Hawk brand 1/24 Mercedes-Benz GP V-12 engine that should be resin copied, but I need to locate someone in N CA that has the skills 'to teach an old dog'. I don't seem to be able to find an online tutorial that covers the subject well enough to risk. I also have some Stombecker Halibrands ((1959 Scarab 1/24 kit) that I'd like to duplicate for other models. Is there any interest in making the molds from this disassembled engine (provided by Hawk as a display engine with their GP racer curbside kit in the early 'sixties) out there? It is not elaborately detailed, but a n
  12. Datsun 240Z to 280Z restoration manual "HOW TO RESTORE YOUR DATSUN Z-CAR (California Bill's Automotive Handbooks, Tucson AZ, orig. 1991) by modeler Wick Humble will be coming out in a completely revised text edition in 2021. We have added new and updated information, and digitally enhanced the original photos for greater clarity. I has been in print since 1991, but this is the first update, reflecting the changing resto scene, etc. This is not a modification manual, but oriented, as before, toward an original, factory-fresh restoration, and covers all the basics -- plus it has an appendix o
  13. "Wickersham Humble" is my true middle/last name, I usually post under Wick Humble, FYI. Had lots of trouble with signing in under Yahoo mail. I may be classed as a 'looker' but have been building since 1953, at least!
  14. I'm hoping to finish about six of my kits saved from 1959-65, and/or complete rebuilding some of my small but very ancient collection that have been damaged, etc. I have first release models uncompleted but nearly so of: 1953 Studebaker Starlight converted to convertible, 1960 Chrysler 2-dr HT to CHP-sponsored match racer, 1949 converted to '51 Ford club coupe (one I drove to college), 1956 Chevy 2.dr sedan converted to '55 (one I drove to high school), 1959 Scarab/Chevy (from 'slot car' to near replica; still have original decal sheet!), 1961 Continental convertible modified to 'sports roads
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