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1930 Ford Model A Hi-Boy - Steve Caballero´s "Coupe de Cab"

Koellefornia Kid

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Hi there,

I was one of the lucky guys who managed it to get one the Revell ´30 Model A Coupe kits for the original price shortly after it was released and I still didn´t build it when it was discontinued. It kept lying on my shelf for nearly two years because I didn´t dare to touch it. It actually started to talk to me. First it said: "Sell me, for a profit!" But I did not want to do that. Then it said: "Build me, it might be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!" And I finally gave in.

But it had to be something special! I remenbered that one of my childhood heroes, professional skateboarder Steve Caballero (member of the legendary Bones Brigade, a skate crew sponsored by Powell Peralta, alongside Tony Hawk) had a Model A some years ago. The Rod was featured in Traditional Rod and Kulture magazine in 2006:



A beautiful Rod, isn´t it? It was originally built in the 50s by Buddy Dughi, singer of the rockabilly combo The Hot Rod Trio. Back then it was blue with copper scallops. Around the Millennium Steve bought the car and had it restored and repainted at Gambino Customs. Later it was sold several times, current owner is german skateboard legend Titus Dittmann. But for now, enough said about legendary skateboarders, legendary model kits and legendary Hot Rods, here is my version of  "The Coupe De Cab":








The build features a wired engine with a scratch built magneto, custom made scallops decals, tires from thepartsbox (AUS), taillights from Revell´s 32 Ford 5 window and a spare parts trunk handle.

I also made a set of Powell Peralta skull logos for the side windows...


...a H.A.M.B. plaque for the rear window...


... a skate wheel topped shifter and, of course, an original Steve Caballero skateboard fort he interior:


The original license plate is framed by a PE part from Scaleproduction:


I hope you like it and I hope that Revell will give us this awesome kit back again someday...

ps: While I was building the coupe I found a Hot Wheels die cast of a ´32 3 window version of "The Coupe de Cab" with a vice versa paint scheme:


I might want to Build that as well someday in the near future...

Greetings from Cologne, Germany

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That's a really nice rendition of the real thing, Oliver.  I especially like the accuracy of the scallops.  I have the Hot Wheels coupe as part of my collection and didn't realise the significance of the signature on the pack - I thought it was just Hot Wheels milking it a bit!  

If you wanted a closer match to the real car's headlights, maybe for the next build, the AMT or Revellogram 36 Ford units might work well.





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20 hours ago, mredjr said:

Great job! a Hi-Boy body sits on top of the frame that one is channeled over the frame. Still a great looking Hot Rod the real one and the model.

Oops, my fault! I always thought the definition of Hi-Boy was the frame itself, being not notched or z´d to lower the car (for I used the original frame, narrowed for the channeling just like the original and not the optional z´d frame from the kit to maintain the slight rake and the correct ride height). Never too old to learn something! Thanks for the rectification!

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On 10/14/2019 at 7:09 PM, stitchdup said:

animal chin?  (skateboarders from the late 80s/early 90s should get that reference)

My brother bought the video in the late 80s from his pocket money. I remember us watching it at a friend´s house. Just before Chin appeared inside the ramp his VCR ate the tape...?

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Oliver....great that you decided to build the kit instead of the alternative!  Great touches too to personalize the design....scallops look really cool.  Congrats!

And let's all continued to convey our wishes to Revell that they figure out a way to put this kit back into production, and to do it SOON!!!!

Best Regards....TIM 


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Very cool model, I especially like the skate board since it's very appropriate to include.

Looking at your town location I thought you might enjoy a place I visited recently....


There is a town in New Jersey USA named Cologne.  Many of the streets in this town have German names too.

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8 hours ago, Rocking Rodney Rat said:

It's good to see you built this one up. Maybe we'll see it again some day? IMHO it's the best kit made in the last 20 years (since the introduction of the '32 series in 1996). I'm on my fourth build of this kit and I have three sealed sitting on the shelf.... -RRR

I’m with you on this being the best kit in years. Unfortunately I failed to stock up on them and sure regret it. 

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On 10/18/2019 at 3:29 PM, Tom Geiger said:

There is a town in New Jersey USA named Cologne

Interesting. Do they have any breweries there? Here in Cologne, Germany, we are very proud of our local beer culture...

22 hours ago, mrm said:

IMHO it's the best kit made in the last 20 years

I agree! The kit has many options and everything fits nicely! Its a pure pleasure to build it!

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