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  1. I got this link at this year's SEMA - Motor Trend booth. It truly is free and you don't have to provide any personal information. I LOVE all the photos and articles from the golden age of hot rodding! https://www.motortrend.com/hotrod-archive/ Update 1/10/23: I'm not sure if others are having technical difficulties, but just recently my initial link to the HRM magazines starting acting up. I have been accessing it by going to the main Motor Trend page and clicking on "Magazines".
  2. WIP: GSL Common Kit: [revision] just another Model A Roadster Fresh off the bench. After looking at the pictures, will be cleaning off the fuzz, and add some road trip weathering. It's been decades since I built a hot rod, and never a Model A. The only reason I built it, have entered the Common Kit class at every GSL (they have my Porsche 911 Speedster Turbo in the 'If I Had Designed It' class 😁) that I attended, and have almost always got an award. I don't expect anything this time because I expect everyone and their brother will enter all kinds of awesome builds, so I hope that my additional details that are missing from the kit will make points. I have to admit, this was fun. 🤭 Primary paint is special order Splash paints used on my '69 Chevy pickup THE GREEN BARGE with Model Master pearl clear on the body. My favorite scratch-building material is newspaper printing plate, almost every part utilized it. There are only five parts that are turned aluminum, four turned from Corian®. Added a nitrous system. If there is anything everyone should do when they build this kit, open the trunk so you can see the fuel tank and battery, come on Revell! I should take pictures of the bottom, since many details added are there. Will take glamor "studio" shots sometime.
  3. Saw this awhile back and thought it was a cool little car. I wanted one, but the price just got too high. I ended up finding this one at a good price and bought it with some birthday money. It's not a bad little kit, but I hate that it has the windows up with the top down. So I cut them off. You really couldn't finish the doors without them in there. It's a pretty simple kit that looks great. SAM_1136 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_1137 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_1138 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_1139 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr
  4. I'm back...... My dad restored a real one about 50 years ago, when I was a brat. I sort of recall a drive from Flagstaff to our home at Grand Canyon (he was a park Ranger), riding in the rumble seat. I'm giving this to my mom for Christmas, but I'm sure she will let me enter it in contests. It started as a Heller 170V Berline 1:24 scale kit, that I got by mail prior to 1995, when I sketched what I needed to do. I chopped off the roof and used Corian (kitchen countertop) to fabricate the rear part, including the rumble seat. The windshield is also scratch-built, and folds down. The back seat was modified into the front seat. The steering wheel was incorrect 3 spokes. I turned the spare tire cover out of Corian, using a drill press and wood chisel. I cut up about 80% of the interior door panels for various body parts. The engine and chassis are almost box stock, *had to* use real coil springs on the rear suspension. I used Alclad "chrome" paint, and aluminum tape; Testors custom mix of metallic blue, and 'aluminum' (looks much better than so-called 'German Silver' which looked like steel). I made body mounts and grill mount, to screw together. I even carved his hat that I have, that's older than me. The diorama is another story.
  5. Came across this on eBay and thought it looked cool. Paid a lot for it, but it's worth it. The kit says it's a 1:24th scale, but it's a 1:25th scale. There's also extra parts to make the S500 and 600 versions. The kit isn't too bad, but it has some flaws. Like a lot of models there's not much room for the windshield to be glued in. There's also a major fit issue with the dash. If you follow the directions, there's a huge gap between the dash and the windshield/firewall area. I could fit another dash and a half in that gap. I had to rework the model some to make it look right. I was also puzzled that the underside has the engine molded in and that the hood is molded on, but there's an option to cut the hood off and then have a partial build of the engine. Why not just have the hood off and build the whole engine to sit in there? Kinda weird, but it's nice for a foreign model to even have that option. I gotta go back and paint the emblems on the caps, but over all I think it came out great. SAM_0099 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0100 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0102 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0103 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr
  6. This is a car that I had my eye on 18 years ago. I bought Revell's 32 Ford Highboy kit and wanted to build a replica. Life happens and it was mothballed ...... until now !! I have these flame decals from a Revell '37 Ford Coupe kit that I was thinking of using, either that, or I stencil my own flames on there ? TCB, Adam
  7. Hey all, The ideas have been in my head for a while, so I was glad when I finally made some time last night to get started on a few projects. The first project is the '29 Ford Roadster I'm building for the Mid-Atlantic NNL theme, The Race of Gentlemen. I'll be building it from the AMT Mod Rod / Model A '29 Ford kit. As I've been learning more about Model A's and looking through photos of them online I came across a variation I had not seen before, where the fenders and running board are removed, but the skirt (not sure of the actual name) is left intact as in the photo below. I marked out the areas that would need to be removed with a sharpie and began cutting. The plastic on the newer, Chinese made kits is thinner than the older, USA made kits in my opinion, and was pretty easy to cut through. I used an Exacto blade and scored the straight lines and the curve behind the front fenders. I used nippers to cut out sections so that when I pulled them apart from the main fender assembly it didn't tear off larger areas than I wanted. Based on the photo of the 1:1 '29 Ford, I made sure to cut out the flat vertical areas behind the rear fenders as well. A little trimming and sanding made a big difference and balanced out the appearance on both sides (not shown). I'll trim out the fork area and radiator mount next. I'm happy with the progress I made and it's a good start to this project.
  8. Completed a diorama display of the Mercedes 170V Roadster that I finished last December. It was fun to make the Pinon tree and rockwork. Added some wildlife, a Kaibab Squirrel, Steller's Jay and a Raven. I do wish a limb on the tree was longer, but I would never finish it. LOL
  9. This is a 1:25 Revell Monogram kit of a '67 Corvette 427 Roadster. This is one of many kits generously given to me by a friend from work. It turned out almost exactly as I imagined it. The only differences were the omission of the white hood stripe and the redline tires. The decals were really old and had been stored in a garage with poor air conditions. Some of the decals disintegrated in water. I found a product online, a brush-on film for preserving old decals I can use on future models. Most of the parts under the hood and in the interior have a color scheme based on Corvette part pictures I found online. The Workbench thread is located here:
  10. Just completed this one recently (it may get some light weathering in future, though. We'll see...). This is a project that was started in 2013, sat in the box for years, and then sat partially assembled for over a year before I decided to make a few changes and finish it up. Some notes: -AMT 29 roadster, AMT '34 Ford flathead with aluminum intake stacks and scratchbuilt wire looms. Headers modified from Revell '32 Tudor kit, AMT '34 Ford wire wheels on Johan Mercedes 500k tires out back, and Revell '31 Woody wire wheels/tires in front. Firewall was modified with extra flanges to look more like the 1:1, and it has a flattened front crossmember and AMT '34 Ford coupe front axle to get the front end down. Cut-down steering wheel, '31 Woody door handles, and the windshield frame was chopped and removed from the stanchions then attached to the chopped-down roadster roof--so they can be removed as a unit for that stripped-down racer appearance. The headlights and taillight/license plate are held on with wire clips and are also removeable. Thanks for looking!
  11. Hey guys, here are a few progress shots from my current build. It's a 29 Ford roadster pickup "Gow Job". A stripped down, hopped up, pre war hot rod before they were called hot rods. Something a kid in the mid thirties would take to the dry lakes. This is a quick little build I am doing for a YouTube community build project for Ford Truck Month. The body and bed are AMT. The rest is from the Revell 31 Woody. I scratch built the firewall, inner doors and a few engine details. Trying to keep this one simple and fun. I'll post more pics as I move along. You can also follow the progress on my YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVoU7nzEBSxvHvXYIjRgp8g
  12. Found this kit to be real fun to build. I made a few changes to bring out the 50's feel such as, the spinner caps mounted on wide whitewall tires and a duece grill. I also added some parts box taillights and wired the motor..
  13. I was inspired when I got this new kit and started to look for some possible famous first Gen Broncos. I remembered that Mr. Kimble from Green Acres had a '66 Bronco Roadster. So my search went on for reference pics. I saw the other reviews so far and agree with the wheels are too small. I don't mind the tires, the rim size really is a bummer. I also agree with the sides being too flat / straight. I have attached some of my references. Mr. Kimble's Bronco Roadster with street tires. Note the turn signals Note the front fender badges. Note the top of the tailgate.
  14. Hello Back after some time. Finally could finish and make some photos of my last "creature" ... a Ford Raodster De Luxe from 1936. Scratchbuilt in Balsa, some plywood for stiffening the structure and make steering reliable. Can open doors and rumble seat ... Finishing: natural, scale 1:20 (length around 18 cm/7.1 inches). Hope you like it
  15. I used my 40% off coupon at two locations in the north Phoenix area, got one at each location. I haven't seen them at Michaels yet or I would have gotten them for 50% off.
  16. Well, I guess tonight I have some time, so it is catch-up time on a few things I have done over the past 18 months or so. As most of you agree, the venerable Revell / Monogram 427 Cobra kit is hard to beat. I have built many and I know if I live long enough, I will build many more. This car epitomizes raw unbridled power....what a thrill it must have been to drive one on the track in anger.....wind in your face, bugs in your teeth and huge amounts of power under your right foot. Sports Car road racing at its peak in the later 1960's. As much as I love the kit, I grow board easily with the same old colors and markings....so I thought what if I built a couple in the livery's of cars I loved from the era? First up is the Ferrari 250 GTO.....I love the look of chassis number 4153....in it's classy silver paint with the yellow hood stripe and numberless white rondals.......I built a replica of this car a few years ago and here is a shot of it at the 2014 NNLeast So here is the Cobra roadster done in the same style and color combination.....kind of like, if the team wanted to have a Cobra roadster in their stable......... This is the kit with opened doors and trunk done in colors of the team. Next, one of my favorite team color schemes from the 1960's were the Gulf Racing cars......I have the Fujimi Porsche and Ford GT in these scheme's, I have yet to build them though. I started, but haven't finished the McLaren MP4-12C GT3 The kit is the in the factory colors, but I have the Studio 27 decal sheet to turn the car into the light blue and orange striped Gulf car which I prefer. So here is the Cobra roadster done in the Gulf Racing colors.....Maybe some one raced one in this scheme, I don't know, but this is how I interpret how it would look done as a Gulf Car. I painted on the stripe and had all of the decals except the Gulf logo on the door......the first picture of the car without the hood on was taken before the Gulf logo decal arrived, so it is missing, but the decals arrived from Japan in time for the bulk of the pictures. And lastly, this is a shot of the McLaren MP4-12C with paint and decals, but a long way from complete.....but the colors just look so great on the car Thanks for looking.............
  17. Hey guy's. This kit is from Aoshima. It's the Vary garage demo car. It's pretty box stock except for the wheels which are resin TE37V's. Added some carbon fiber to the rear diffuser and some interior details. The color is bright aqua pearl.
  18. Hey all, so glad to be back here on the forums. Man, I missed them. It isn't much yet, here's my work in progress: A '32 Ford Roadster from an older, sealed 1980's AMT kit I bought for $10 at the Mid-Atlantic NNL in May. I've ditched the fenders and running boards and will channel the body over the rails. I'm going to try to use the kit wire spoke wheels if I can clean them up really well. I ditched the kit tires as well and they've been replaced with the thin stripe Firestones from the AMT Custom & Competition tire set. As you can see, this worked perfectly because the kit's wire spoke wheels would have covered up a good portion of the wide whitewalls. The front tires should be a little smaller than the rear, but they look pretty nice and I can live with it. To get the front end as low as I want it, I used a dropped front axle from the parts box, no doubt from an older AMT 2in1 kit. I would buy 1/25 dropped front axles by the dozen if I could, by the way. On a side note, I highly suggest getting a subscription to some of the car magazines out there. They're super cheap via subscription and give me a lot of inspiration.
  19. Here is a project I have been working on for awhile. I am trying to finish it soon for our clubs big contest coming up. I actually was inspired to build this from a song. The idea here is what if a guy took a 32 Ford roadster and decided to build it to go drifting in. I even have a resin Japanese girl to stand next to it when it's finished.
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