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This is my attempt at "Dyno" Don Nicholson's successful 1962 Chevy Bel Air 409 Super Stock drag car built from AMT's 1/25 kit (the "Northwind" edition) and some old Fred Cady decals that I was able to locate (and that still worked great!). Other than a temperamental hood fit this kits assembled very nicely.  I used Fireball Resin Carter AFB Carbs and a Detail Master distributor/ plug wire kit otherwise built OOB.  I used Keith Marks decals for the various emblems but unfortunately lost the emblem on the front of the hood (no luck finding it after my daily workshop sweep :( ...).

It's been fun building these early/ mid '60's super stockers, this is my 19th done over the last three years.  I'd like to complete an even 20 and am thinking of building Dyno's '65 Comet A/FX to round out my collection.
















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Thanks guys for the kind words. The carbs were airbrushed using Alclad aluminum over gloss black lacquer base and then a very light airbrush spray of Alclad gold (brass) over the aluminum to give it a warm cast aluminum look.  These Fireball resin carbs are so much better than anything I’ve ever seen injection molded. If you haven’t used resin parts before, I recommend investing in a good quality razor saw (Excel or similar brand) to cut the resin base off of the bottom of the cast carb. If you leave .02”-.03” of base on the bottom of the carb, you can easily remove it by sanding the base off using 150 - 220 grit sandpaper while gripping the carb (they are not as fragile as they look). After priming and painting the finished carbs, they can then be bonded into the manifold using epoxy or CA adhesive.

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Beautiful attention to detail on your build. You already answered my questions about the carbs that you used. You had mentioned an issue with the hood fitting. Just an idea on any future builds of this model, it was common to put a stack of washers between the hood hinges and the hood so that it would sit up enough to catch some of the air build up in front of the windshield at the top end. 

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