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This is my show rig finished up. I’ve had the Corvair built for a while and I posted it on here when I had Photobucket, but it got sunk in the vast sea of watermarks. It has a new life as a trailer queen, being hauled by my 84 GMC pickup. The trailer is an MPC piece my late brother in law gave me back in 1988. 

The Corvair was built using a set of IROK wheels and tires from Pegasus, along with their disc brake set. I added some aluminum exhaust tips, some engine wiring, with scratch built license plates and shifter. It was painted with Dupli-Color medium Maui blue metallic that I found at Ollie’s for $1.59, with some clear that was cut and polished. 

The trailer was given to me by my late brother in law back in 1988, and I’ve saved it until now waiting on just the right project to include it in. It started out, when I got it, with dark blue enamel paint and all the cross braces were broken. I stripped the paint and fixed the cross braces, then scratch built the ramps and the trailer hitch, along with the safety chains. It was painted using Plasti-Kote Ford silver metallic, that I again found at Ollie’s for a $1.99. I covered the running boards and ramps with craft paper, trying to get everything uniform. The wheels came in the AMT Dodge D50 pickup with parts box tires. 

The 84 GMC is the MPC Deserter 4 wheel drive that I converted to a 2 wheel drive. It took quiet a bit of work to get it there, but it was worth it in the end. I used a Foose pickup for all the front and rear suspension. I had to c notch the frame and the bed floor to get the stance I was looking for, and scratch built coil over shocks for the front end. The wheels, tires and brakes came from the Revell Concept Camaro snap kit. The engine came in the kit, with parts added from an AMT GM NASCAR kit, along with the headers from an AMT 55 Chevy Stepside pickup. The rest of the exhaust is a combination of soldier, Foose pickup pipes and mufflers, and aluminum tube for tips. The interior has scratch built door panels and trim, along with armrest and window cranks and a few other tricks. It was covered with Tamiya dull red and matching custom mixed flocking. On the exterior, I added headlight lenses from the parts box, and modified the front bumper. Windshield wipers were added from the Lindberg Chevelle, door handles from the Foose pickup, and side mirrors from a Saleen Mustang, along with the rear bumper from an old Bigfoot monster truck. The tonneau cover was scratch built, along with the tags on both ends. It was painted using Dupli-Color pure white from, yes, you guessed it, Ollie’s for a $1.29. The kit decals were used for the stripes and cleared and polished. 

I built these in memory of my brother in law, David Wood. He passed away from cancer in 1994 at the age of 36. I tried to build this as outstanding as he was. He’s the only person I ever met that loved model cars as much as I do. I still miss him. 






















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