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« on: October 11, 2014, 09:11:08 AM »
With winter coming, most of us will be working on our Rods OR maybe building scale models of the real thing. I have a buddy who owns a Pro-street '35 Ford coupe and I wanted to build him a model of his rod. The only problem with that is no one makes a '35 Ford coupe.

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« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2014, 09:16:38 AM »
SO, 1. I found a '35 sedan delivery [for the grill and front fenders etc.]  2. a Jimmy Flintstone chopped '36 coupe [for body] 3. AMT '36 Ford Coupe [for frame, running boards, back fenders, interior, glass. etc.]

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« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2014, 09:17:40 AM »
mock-up:

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« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2014, 09:20:11 AM »
Detailed the front, built engine [big block chevy], detailed true interior, etc.

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« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2014, 09:23:54 AM »
Finished rod:  [one more thing... his license plate retracts when rod is off... down when running. SO I made the tag hinge and added a magnet so it can be up or down like the real thing]

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« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2014, 09:26:53 AM »
HOPE you guys will post some of your models too. I'm always looking for inspiration and ideas!

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« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2014, 12:34:10 PM »
Nice build.................thanks

Always willing to look at model builds, hope some others are too!
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« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2014, 10:06:13 PM »
I'm sure that your friend will be more than happy when he sees it . Nice work .
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« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2014, 12:14:11 PM »
THANKS! ... hope to see some from other guys too! I don't want to be the ONLY one that didn't outgrow modeling.  LOL

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« Reply #9 on: October 14, 2014, 01:13:15 AM »
very craftsman like well done

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« Reply #10 on: October 14, 2014, 10:20:41 AM »
Built models since I was a kid.Built this in 83.
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« Reply #11 on: October 15, 2014, 07:02:08 AM »
COOL build! Bet that took awhile to do... lots of detail there.

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« Reply #12 on: November 10, 2014, 08:17:33 PM »
Noel from Austrailia sent me these cause he couldn't get them to post...........but they are really small
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« Reply #13 on: November 10, 2014, 08:18:41 PM »
one last one,  ..............some pretty cool models you have there, Noel.
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« Reply #14 on: November 18, 2014, 12:16:48 PM »
Most rodders are fimiliar with the Danbury Mint California Kid Diecast. Back in the day you rarely saw "the Kid" without Jake's '34. SO I made a Jake '34 coupe to go with the "Kid" :

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« Reply #15 on: November 18, 2014, 12:20:50 PM »
I need to take a photography class!  LOL :

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« Reply #16 on: November 18, 2014, 05:19:46 PM »
Nice work, and two iconic cars of the 70's
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« Reply #17 on: November 21, 2014, 05:12:42 PM »
Maybe not models as such, more like toys but here are a few of my handmade "displacement activities"
These are all about 12 inch wheelbase, combination of carved wood, aluminium and odds and ends from the garage.

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« Reply #18 on: November 21, 2014, 06:21:11 PM »
Maybe not models as such, more like toys but here are a few of my handmade "displacement activities"
These are all about 12 inch wheelbase, combination of carved wood, aluminium and odds and ends from the garage.
Those are beautiful! You certainly are a craftsman.
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« Reply #19 on: November 21, 2014, 06:27:00 PM »
Maybe not models as such, more like toys but here are a few of my handmade "displacement activities"
These are all about 12 inch wheelbase, combination of carved wood, aluminium and odds and ends from the garage.

Those are very cool.  Nice work !

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« Reply #20 on: November 21, 2014, 07:46:58 PM »
Definitely cool art pieces. great stuff!
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« Reply #21 on: November 22, 2014, 07:40:48 AM »
35cab, now that's what I'm talking about! REALLY COOL!    :)

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« Reply #22 on: June 27, 2016, 11:48:57 AM »
Saw this today.1/8 scale 28/29 Ford Roadster body.
I have a few Big Deuce kits.
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« Reply #23 on: June 27, 2016, 11:50:57 AM »
He also makes 1/8 scale 1932 FORD 5 w bodys.
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« Reply #24 on: June 27, 2016, 11:57:20 AM »
DENNY JOHNSON.
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« Reply #25 on: June 27, 2016, 11:58:57 AM »
Built by John Teresi.
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« Reply #26 on: June 27, 2016, 12:00:35 PM »
Maserati Tipo 61.
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« Reply #27 on: September 29, 2016, 08:31:30 PM »
1964 Auto World's catalog
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« Reply #28 on: September 29, 2016, 08:35:17 PM »
ASH MARSHALL'S SCORCHER DRAGSTER
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« Reply #29 on: September 29, 2016, 08:37:44 PM »
Ruby, Gold Model Car Fetches $146,000 at Auction.
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« Reply #30 on: September 29, 2016, 08:39:40 PM »
Ruby, Gold Model Car Fetches $146,000 at Auction.
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« Reply #31 on: October 02, 2016, 12:23:39 AM »
Deuce Victoria
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« Reply #32 on: October 02, 2016, 12:25:00 AM »
Hallmark Christmas tree decs
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« Reply #33 on: October 05, 2016, 04:53:39 PM »
This Is My 1/18 Scale Diecast Rendition Of... The Real 1937 Ford, 2-Dr., Flat Back Sedan, 
I'm In The Process Of Building Now :) ;) :o ::) 8) 8) 8) !!!
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« Reply #34 on: October 05, 2016, 11:21:03 PM »
This Is My 1/18 Scale Diecast Rendition Of... The Real 1937 Ford, 2-Dr., Flat Back Sedan, 
I'm In The Process Of Building Now :) ;) :o ::) 8) 8) 8) !!!
Well John I hope your moving along on it.Dan Olsen's 37.
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« Reply #35 on: October 11, 2016, 03:53:09 AM »
Pete Geoghegans 65 Mustang race car
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« Reply #36 on: October 11, 2016, 12:12:31 PM »
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« Reply #37 on: October 11, 2016, 04:27:15 PM »
One Of My 1/18 Scale Diecast Models :o :o :o 8)
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« Reply #38 on: October 11, 2016, 04:35:07 PM »
Oooops.... It Tried To Get Away!  ::) It's A 49 Ford Convertible 1/18 Scale Diecast  Model :o 8) 8)
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« Reply #39 on: October 16, 2016, 03:45:02 AM »
TS3x65mph, Well done. I see you've done your homework. Those were the days of racing
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« Reply #40 on: November 16, 2016, 10:40:44 AM »
Sprint Car
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« Reply #41 on: December 08, 2016, 05:33:57 PM »
Some of these guy's would give real builders a run for there $$'s.All billet & in 1/8 scale.
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« Reply #42 on: January 27, 2017, 10:23:40 PM »
Built by Jay Moody
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« Reply #43 on: January 27, 2017, 10:25:41 PM »
Built by Jay Moody
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« Reply #44 on: January 28, 2017, 01:19:01 AM »
Corvette Grand Sport
Model, Photos, and Text by Jim Drew
This is a 1/12 Grand Sport Corvette that I have been working on for some time. Most everything is scratch built.

When finished it will represent the "50" car that Roger Penske drove in Nassau.
The frame is made of copper and brass tubing.
Suspension pieces were fabricated from plastic and brass.
There are over 500 parts in the engine alone.
The tire sidewalls were cast from masters I turned. The tread section is PVC pipe with all treadwork hand cut in each tire.
The "correct" gauges and bezels were turned in aluminum and the indicator area is photo reduced from my own art work.
The steering wheel is hand cut from tin plate and rose wood.
The Monogram 67 Corvette lent the basic body. Fender flares were vacuformed over wood carved masters.
The rear end u-joints will function when finished.
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« Reply #45 on: January 28, 2017, 01:20:41 AM »
Corvette Grand Sport
Model, Photos, and Text by Jim Drew
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« Reply #46 on: January 28, 2017, 11:34:29 AM »
Incredible.

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« Reply #47 on: January 28, 2017, 05:43:00 PM »
Incredible amounts of talent out there...............going to be a great Vette!
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« Reply #48 on: January 28, 2017, 09:46:14 PM »
just before and for a bit after I got married, we were living in an apartment in Vancouver and saving for a house, so I couldn't really work on my cars, plus they were in storage 35 miles away. So I took to building models for a while. This has been stuck in a box since we moved almost 8 years ago, I should dig it out and finish it off. The body and wing end plates are made from aluminum printers plate, the front and rear of the chassis are copied from Jerry Ruths 1966 Woody Gilmore car with plastic rod, the only part of the kit chassis I wound up using is the part around the engine.The engine is just sitting in there loose because it needs a mag and plug wires, once its glued to the mid plate, it will have some "dump". The front wheels are hand laced with .010 plastic rod.
One kit part that I used that I really hate now is the front radius rods, they really look like poop. I should make something with some tube and something that looks more like rod ends, those stick out like a sore thumb.
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« Reply #49 on: January 28, 2017, 10:42:49 PM »
Looks great to me!  A few years ago I sold off the remains of my old models.  Since then I bought a couple of kits and need to put them together.

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« Reply #50 on: January 29, 2017, 01:03:04 AM »

One kit part that I used that I really hate now is the front radius rods, they really look like poop. I should make something with some tube and something that looks more like rod ends, those stick out like a sore thumb.
They may have what your looking for.https://www.modelcargarage.com/store/pc/default.asp
&http://www.detailmaster.com/
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« Reply #51 on: January 31, 2017, 05:57:02 PM »
The talent of these model builders are amazing!
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« Reply #52 on: February 07, 2017, 01:01:16 PM »
Jack Ditmars' Lil' SCREAMER Built by Scott Kapellusch.
Model was built as it ran in the 1966 season.

Speed City Parts added:
 * Drag Racing Driver Figure
 * Ford 9 inch Rear End
 * Goodyear Blue Streak 16" Slicks
* American Torque Thrust Mag Wheels
 * Inner Rims (deep dish)
 * American 12 spoke (zero offset) Mag Wheels
 * M/T Small Block Chevy Valve Covers
 * Funny Car Parts Pack- Transmission Linkage
 * 7" Hollow Tube Injector Stacks
 * Parachute (from parachute parts pack)
 * Wheelie Bars (modified w/extra leaf)
 Funny Car Parts Pack- Transmission linkage
 Big Block Chevy Parts Pack- Oil Cap (used for water tank cap)

Modifications to resin model:
 Besides making the original master for this model (shown on the "In progress" Page)...
 Cut out hole for steering arm & grill area, added 4 fastener supports on cowl.
 Narrowed the frame 8 scale inches to fit the headers.

Scratch built features on build:
 Tuck 'n' roll interior panels, 7- blue tinted windows, firewall, torsion suspension,
 front straight axle, steerable spindles, tie rod, steering arms, axles, valve stems, aluminum interior floor,
 roll bars, head rest, modified tranny tunnel, modified seat to better fit figure, hood & body hinges,
 body support hoop, rear torsion long bars, brake handle, brake cylinder, brake line divider block,
 brake lines, foot pedal strap, foot pedal linkage, parachute pull, parachute cable,
 safety tube for parachute cable, post for parachute cable, parachute lines, kill switch & cable,
 seat belts, fuel tank supports, motor mount, water tank & water tank hard lines, headers (from solder),
 oil dip stick, fuel linkage, fuel lines, water lines & chromed canteen (used as a over flow tank),
 Worked with decal artist to help create the Lil' Screamer decals. M&M Automotive decals on sail panels.

Donor parts:
 AMT 1966 Chevy Nova- Engine / Trans.
 AMT Rat Packer- Timing Cover
 Monogram Beer Wagon- Rear torsion shocks (modified)
 Revell '29 Ford Roadster- Front buggy spring
 Revell Miss Deal- Front tires


Parts Box items:
 Steering box, steering wheel, steering arm, pitman arm, Gas pedal, fire extinguisher, stick shift,
 3-gauge cluster rack, ladder bars, rear shocks, fuel tank, clutch linkage, drive shaft (altered to fit),
 front torsion bars (altered), Doug's Header's decals on side windows.

Aftermarket items:
 Pro-Tech- nut & bolt heads, wires, fuel lines, Pre wired Vertex Magneto, throttle linkage.
 Detail Master- Hose clamps, quick turn DZUS fasteners, cam type racing harness (photo etch pieces only).

Paint:
 Body- White Pearl powder mixed into Tamyia clear & House of Color clear.
 Body Interior- "Americana" Acrylic" Flat Black, Ultra Deep Blue, Satin Finish (for blue interior material).
 Chassis & Engine- Testors One Coat Lacquer "De Ja Blue".
 Numerous metallic paints & Alclad Chrome.


Decals:
 *Speed City*
 Blue pearl was dusted over all blue fade away's on decal sheet, then sponsors and lettering was added.
 2- decal sheets were used.
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« Reply #53 on: July 08, 2017, 07:23:36 PM »
Revell kit
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« Reply #54 on: July 08, 2017, 07:24:37 PM »
Hemi
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« Reply #55 on: July 08, 2017, 07:27:22 PM »
Big Drag T
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« Reply #56 on: July 09, 2017, 02:13:57 AM »
Billet Hemi
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« Reply #57 on: July 09, 2017, 02:23:15 AM »
Altered frame
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« Reply #58 on: July 09, 2017, 11:24:54 AM »
Wow! GREAT stuff... I guess I won't be putting any more of my models on here! I'll just burn mine now.  LOL

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« Reply #59 on: July 10, 2017, 09:11:57 PM »
here is a great one
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« Reply #60 on: July 10, 2017, 09:55:51 PM »
here is a great one

Wow, what attention to detail!

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« Reply #61 on: July 11, 2017, 09:20:20 AM »
Saw this at the GNRS. Got to talk to the man that built it. Awesome build!
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« Reply #62 on: July 11, 2017, 09:38:44 PM »
more of the coupe
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« Reply #63 on: July 11, 2017, 09:40:14 PM »
 ;D
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« Reply #64 on: July 11, 2017, 09:41:27 PM »
 ;D
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« Reply #65 on: July 11, 2017, 09:42:37 PM »
 ;D
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« Reply #66 on: July 11, 2017, 09:45:16 PM »
What an unbelievable amount of patience to build this!
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« Reply #67 on: July 12, 2017, 12:32:36 AM »
 That 554 coupe leaves me speechless, I'm in awe .
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« Reply #68 on: July 12, 2017, 10:49:59 AM »
What scale is it? it looks HUGE.
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« Reply #69 on: July 12, 2017, 10:57:52 AM »
Looking at the display card i think it says 1/4 scale............. I would love to hear the story behind it from the builder....
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« Reply #70 on: July 22, 2017, 02:54:32 AM »
Ron Bement’s  1/3 scale Ardun.
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« Reply #71 on: July 23, 2017, 09:54:15 PM »
Monogram
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« Reply #72 on: August 24, 2017, 07:29:46 PM »
As I was hunting around, I came up with this site which sells collectable models and other racing souvenirs...........
well worth the look....if you have some spare change.....

http://www.collectorstudio.com/index.cfm/ID/16/itemTypeID/0?pagenum=1

FYI,  the Ferrari engine is $13,999.00

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« Reply #73 on: September 13, 2017, 08:42:22 AM »
Brass frame in 1 1/8 scale
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« Reply #74 on: September 13, 2017, 08:46:07 AM »
Model A on Deuce rails
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« Reply #75 on: September 13, 2017, 06:27:06 PM »
It's in the details.
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« Reply #76 on: September 13, 2017, 08:21:35 PM »
Amazing stuff.

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« Reply #77 on: September 14, 2017, 11:26:37 AM »
Noel sent me these pics of some cool hot rod models.  Noel, please fill in the blanks.

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« Reply #78 on: September 14, 2017, 05:58:39 PM »
Thanks Tom
they are just cheap model that I modify using ACME / GMP
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« Reply #79 on: October 23, 2017, 01:47:56 AM »
built this modified 30 years ago
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« Reply #80 on: October 23, 2017, 01:49:28 AM »
Changes in sprintcars over the years
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« Reply #81 on: October 23, 2017, 09:57:16 AM »
Changes in sprintcars over the years

That's very cool, Noel.

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« Reply #82 on: October 23, 2017, 10:21:58 AM »
Changes in sprintcars over the years

That's very cool, Noel.
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« Reply #83 on: October 25, 2017, 11:29:32 PM »
Built by Barry Price
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« Reply #84 on: October 25, 2017, 11:31:28 PM »
Hemi
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« Reply #85 on: October 26, 2017, 01:14:55 PM »
Saw this today.1/8 scale 28/29 Ford Roadster body.
I have a few Big Deuce kits.

Superb! Photo shots of the clay model...Really feel 'special' getting to see these. The finished 'glass (resin) body has some weight to it. Hope you're making an aluminum front axle!
My 1/8 scale '32 highboy sat on Grandma's fireplace hearth for 10+ years, finally the Revell/Monogram axle collapsed.
Didn't someone make an aluminum casting of the 4" Dago axle in 1/8 scale?

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« Reply #86 on: October 26, 2017, 07:46:13 PM »
Hemi

Do you know what scale Beppie? This guy goes to extremes, he even crafted head and valve cover gaskets. I see some aluminum and other parts look like they were 3D printed. Pretty impressive.
I know the basement floor is down there because it's holding everything up. I just can't see it anymore.

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« Reply #87 on: October 26, 2017, 07:55:46 PM »
Hemi

Do you know what scale Beppie? This guy goes to extremes, he even crafted head and valve cover gaskets. I see some aluminum and other parts look like they were 3D printed. Pretty impressive.
Think 1/16.
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« Reply #88 on: October 26, 2017, 07:58:09 PM »
I see some aluminum and other parts look like they were 3D printed.
That's what I was thinking when I looked at it. Larry, I got the column coupler today, it still makes me giggle that Canada Post delivers to "Falcon George" ;D I will put it to good use on the T, thanks a bunch. I have been down with shin splints for a couple days, so no shop time, no visiting car guys, hell, I have barely even been on the computer. Seems to be getting a little better, but it will be a few days before I am really back on my feet again. Too old for this sh*t!
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« Reply #89 on: October 26, 2017, 09:30:10 PM »
2070 Mike.. Yes to the axle. Seen them on ebay. Need one myself. Tired of trying to repair my 1/8 resin 32 5 window.

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« Reply #90 on: October 26, 2017, 09:42:49 PM »
Larry,
You might like this.1/16 Beach City Corvette Built by John Teresi.Not quite done.
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« Reply #91 on: October 26, 2017, 10:32:40 PM »
Thanks for posting that Beppie. The talent, let alone the patience some have is astounding.
I know the basement floor is down there because it's holding everything up. I just can't see it anymore.

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« Reply #92 on: October 26, 2017, 10:35:51 PM »
Thanks for posting that Beppie. The talent, let alone the patience some have is astounding.
I know what you mean.
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« Reply #93 on: October 29, 2017, 12:53:36 AM »
A few more of the 1/16 fuel altered.
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« Reply #94 on: November 06, 2017, 07:23:04 PM »
The clamps...Omigawd, the CLAMPS! Simply amazing detail...Extremely masterful work. Prettier than the full size ones...

Falcon George: In 1978, I opened my shop in Campbell, CA.; (a small industrial 'section' 6 miles from San Jose city limits)
My regular phone was unlisted, so I talked to a Bell Telephone rep, explaining that I had a 'heckling' ex wife, etc.
She graciously entered me into the white pages under "Uncle Mike". Shop address was omitted, just the phone number was listed: 379-0442. The Olds guys loved it...
Talking to a very comely brunette at the 'Outlook'...she asked for my number, I said I was 'in the book'...
When she called, she was in awe. "You really ARE 'Uncle Mike'!" Yeah...like Superman or some such...LOL

I was into model cars in 1953. My bud Shannon and I were 'kit bashing' the 'Highway Pioneers' series cars in 1/32 scale. The 69-cent 'Hot Rod' ('32 channeled roadster) and the 'Jalopy' kits were good stuff, 3 or 4 kits led to parts bins for lots of cool stuff: A 1917 Renault Towncar body later got chopped off at the front doors, instant 'T' bucket!
Gradually, Revell came out with '56 Ford, Chrysler, (HEMI was perfect scale) '56 Buick (great scale 'Nail'!) even a Cad Eldorado. (engine also scale)
But when the 1/25 scale '39 Ford Tudor and then the '32 roadster came out? Wow, BIG stuff! (at least to our small hands by then)
AMT, Monogram, Revell...those were the Big Three! (and Paul Lindberg was right in there, albeit lagging in the 'scale dep't.'...)
Friends and self built many models, and were amazed when Rod & Custom magazine sponsored the 'Mail Entry' contest, the mag covered some months of photographing the models, and finally judging them.
The offices at 5959 Hollywood Blvd. were swamped with model cars: up and down the stairs, model cars were displayed on every step! Offices (6 of them) filled with stacked makeshift shelves full of models...Mostly 1/25, but also some 1/32. I say 'Many', but Budd Anderson ("The Kat from AMT") estimated over 2,000.
I sent in my Monogram '32 roadster. (fenders used to be molded to a thin frame, all one piece. I cut it into a highboy. Good job, the tires were sliced to a good scale width, then glued together in the treads...many other features, sadly my '32 was one of the thousand (or more) that wasn't to be returned.
Anybody else ever lose a model car and intend to build another just like it? Ha! Everybody? Right?

Hung the models up for a few years, (always kept a small stash, sometimes bought a new release of something COOL)
 
Opened my shop in '78, some guy waltzes in and asks me if I can do him up a hot rod, car's outside, take a look?
Wow...an aged '32 roadster, full fendered, faded red, nice...Had a SBC, wiring was terrible, '32 steering, '39 box, '40 rear. "Dago" axle looked like it was dropped by a blacksmith...front spring was rusty, car had High Miles!
We stepped into the office, and I drew a 3/4 view of his roadster as a highboy. He couldn't see it...(!) I'm no Van Gogh, but can draw a convincing picture!
He watched as I did a strict side view, but shook his head..."Can't quite see what you're drawing"... he could see it looked like a pic of a soapbox racer.
I told him to drop by in a week, I'd have my bud's '32 highboy for him to look at.
That day on my way home, I stopped by D&J hobbies, (Campbell, CA; my shop was 1/2 mile from there, it was on the way home)
They had a Monogram '32 roadster kit, same as "the one that got away" in the R&C contest.
I took 3 days to trim the fenders, shape the frame rails, (had to double-ply the rails, they were thin from the firewall forward)
Finally, the black paint. (red steelies, '40 Ford caps, black tires...it WAS 1979!)
I had it on a shelf in the office, the guy showed up one day after work...he walked in, and spotted it: "Hey, that's what I want! Exactly!"
We talked a bit, and the job got quoted, a deposit was left, and the guy's wife came and got him.
Thank goodness for Model Cars!
Some folks have a disfunction in one brain lobe that prevents comprehension of 3 dimensional illustration.
It was explained to me by a doctor customer of mine, similar to dyslexia... My chocolate Lab, Annie has a form of that.
If she's watching TV with me, and an animal in a movie 'crosses the screen', she will run to the side of the TV and look behind, to see where it went. Hard as I try, I can't explain it to her! (or she thinks I'm lying...)
 
My first ex wife 'got even' with me by burning every picture of every bicycle, car, and truck I ever had. (1963) Burned all my baby pics, too. Can't remember what she was so mad at, probably just jealous. (she never had a drivers license 'til we were divorced, come to think of it, she wanted my '36 Five window real bad...) By '65, she was gone.

So, I mentioned I was 'stashing' a few kits, for 'posterity'. Even stashed a few during second marriage, my collection was 'impressive'. Revell had gotten into the game pretty heavy by now, so I was buying on a regular basis. The ex was really bugging me now, (1972) and said "That 'new' '55 F100 goes or I do!" Welllll...Still have the F100, so thank God & Greyhound she's gone!

1978, new shop. Hobby Shop built over my 20' X 20' office, and had a new wife, beautiful, smart, great mechanic, and 13 years my junior.
She was blown away by the old pics my friends had of the hot rod years, some survived...but NO pics of my '32 Five window hiboy.
So... I started building some of the models of cars that I'd had. Wife Joey also had model building skills...
Slowly, we found time to sit down and do a little...but both of us worked the shop, me full time and Joey after work.
The Old Time Drags were going at Baylands ('Fremont', CA) so were we. Engines, chassis work, more engines...
Retirement has been a relief. Sort of.
Now we have a garage full of engines, machines, and even model airplanes. (control line; we both build & fly)
I'd love to take a pic of THIS hobby shop. (adjoins my living room) 800 plus model car kits, all 'special interest'...Model T's thru '48, mostly...but also some Shoeboxes, '53 Fords, '56 Fords, '63-1/2 Galaxies, most of the car models of what  I have and have had.

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« Reply #95 on: December 15, 2017, 11:08:11 PM »
Great story.  love to see some pics of your remaining models and collections....Sounds like you have earned that retirement relaxation time...
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« Reply #96 on: December 15, 2017, 11:24:52 PM »
Great story.  love to see some pics of your remaining models and collections....Sounds like you have earned that retirement relaxation time...

Ditto.  I love the tale! 

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« Reply #97 on: December 16, 2017, 01:28:12 AM »
I use to go to the old D&J's in Campbell.1 of the best hobby stores I was ever in.
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« Reply #98 on: December 16, 2017, 01:31:19 PM »
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« Reply #99 on: December 16, 2017, 01:33:13 PM »
The clamps...Omigawd, the CLAMPS! Simply amazing detail...Extremely masterful work. Prettier than the full size ones...

Falcon George: In 1978, I opened my shop in Campbell, CA.; (a small industrial 'section' 6 miles from San Jose city limits)
My regular phone was unlisted, so I talked to a Bell Telephone rep, explaining that I had a 'heckling' ex wife, etc.
She graciously entered me into the white pages under "Uncle Mike". Shop address was omitted, just the phone number was listed: 379-0442. The Olds guys loved it...
Talking to a very comely brunette at the 'Outlook'...she asked for my number, I said I was 'in the book'...
When she called, she was in awe. "You really ARE 'Uncle Mike'!" Yeah...like Superman or some such...LOL

I was into model cars in 1953. My bud Shannon and I were 'kit bashing' the 'Highway Pioneers' series cars in 1/32 scale. The 69-cent 'Hot Rod' ('32 channeled roadster) and the 'Jalopy' kits were good stuff, 3 or 4 kits led to parts bins for lots of cool stuff: A 1917 Renault Towncar body later got chopped off at the front doors, instant 'T' bucket!
Gradually, Revell came out with '56 Ford, Chrysler, (HEMI was perfect scale) '56 Buick (great scale 'Nail'!) even a Cad Eldorado. (engine also scale)
But when the 1/25 scale '39 Ford Tudor and then the '32 roadster came out? Wow, BIG stuff! (at least to our small hands by then)
AMT, Monogram, Revell...those were the Big Three! (and Paul Lindberg was right in there, albeit lagging in the 'scale dep't.'...)
Friends and self built many models, and were amazed when Rod & Custom magazine sponsored the 'Mail Entry' contest, the mag covered some months of photographing the models, and finally judging them.
The offices at 5959 Hollywood Blvd. were swamped with model cars: up and down the stairs, model cars were displayed on every step! Offices (6 of them) filled with stacked makeshift shelves full of models...Mostly 1/25, but also some 1/32. I say 'Many', but Budd Anderson ("The Kat from AMT") estimated over 2,000.
I sent in my Monogram '32 roadster. (fenders used to be molded to a thin frame, all one piece. I cut it into a highboy. Good job, the tires were sliced to a good scale width, then glued together in the treads...many other features, sadly my '32 was one of the thousand (or more) that wasn't to be returned.
Anybody else ever lose a model car and intend to build another just like it? Ha! Everybody? Right?

Hung the models up for a few years, (always kept a small stash, sometimes bought a new release of something COOL)
 
Opened my shop in '78, some guy waltzes in and asks me if I can do him up a hot rod, car's outside, take a look?
Wow...an aged '32 roadster, full fendered, faded red, nice...Had a SBC, wiring was terrible, '32 steering, '39 box, '40 rear. "Dago" axle looked like it was dropped by a blacksmith...front spring was rusty, car had High Miles!
We stepped into the office, and I drew a 3/4 view of his roadster as a highboy. He couldn't see it...(!) I'm no Van Gogh, but can draw a convincing picture!
He watched as I did a strict side view, but shook his head..."Can't quite see what you're drawing"... he could see it looked like a pic of a soapbox racer.
I told him to drop by in a week, I'd have my bud's '32 highboy for him to look at.
That day on my way home, I stopped by D&J hobbies, (Campbell, CA; my shop was 1/2 mile from there, it was on the way home)
They had a Monogram '32 roadster kit, same as "the one that got away" in the R&C contest.
I took 3 days to trim the fenders, shape the frame rails, (had to double-ply the rails, they were thin from the firewall forward)
Finally, the black paint. (red steelies, '40 Ford caps, black tires...it WAS 1979!)
I had it on a shelf in the office, the guy showed up one day after work...he walked in, and spotted it: "Hey, that's what I want! Exactly!"
We talked a bit, and the job got quoted, a deposit was left, and the guy's wife came and got him.
Thank goodness for Model Cars!
Some folks have a disfunction in one brain lobe that prevents comprehension of 3 dimensional illustration.
It was explained to me by a doctor customer of mine, similar to dyslexia... My chocolate Lab, Annie has a form of that.
If she's watching TV with me, and an animal in a movie 'crosses the screen', she will run to the side of the TV and look behind, to see where it went. Hard as I try, I can't explain it to her! (or she thinks I'm lying...)
 
My first ex wife 'got even' with me by burning every picture of every bicycle, car, and truck I ever had. (1963) Burned all my baby pics, too. Can't remember what she was so mad at, probably just jealous. (she never had a drivers license 'til we were divorced, come to think of it, she wanted my '36 Five window real bad...) By '65, she was gone.

So, I mentioned I was 'stashing' a few kits, for 'posterity'. Even stashed a few during second marriage, my collection was 'impressive'. Revell had gotten into the game pretty heavy by now, so I was buying on a regular basis. The ex was really bugging me now, (1972) and said "That 'new' '55 F100 goes or I do!" Welllll...Still have the F100, so thank God & Greyhound she's gone!

1978, new shop. Hobby Shop built over my 20' X 20' office, and had a new wife, beautiful, smart, great mechanic, and 13 years my junior.
She was blown away by the old pics my friends had of the hot rod years, some survived...but NO pics of my '32 Five window hiboy.
So... I started building some of the models of cars that I'd had. Wife Joey also had model building skills...
Slowly, we found time to sit down and do a little...but both of us worked the shop, me full time and Joey after work.
The Old Time Drags were going at Baylands ('Fremont', CA) so were we. Engines, chassis work, more engines...
Retirement has been a relief. Sort of.
Now we have a garage full of engines, machines, and even model airplanes. (control line; we both build & fly)
I'd love to take a pic of THIS hobby shop. (adjoins my living room) 800 plus model car kits, all 'special interest'...Model T's thru '48, mostly...but also some Shoeboxes, '53 Fords, '56 Fords, '63-1/2 Galaxies, most of the car models of what  I have and have had.
I used to build a lot, especially as a teenager. Still have a bunch of unbuilt kits in the cubbyhole under the stairs. Also have an N-scale 1950's Canadian Pacific layout I started, my daughter is on my case about it all the time, before I start digging into old car kits, I should work on that with her.
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« Reply #100 on: December 16, 2017, 08:06:30 PM »
An old one from many many years ago, early Olds/hydro from the Revell Thames with a scratchbuilt 6x2 log manifold



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« Reply #101 on: December 16, 2017, 08:34:51 PM »
I do still occasionally buy and build a model, this is an uber-rare MPC kit, I spotted it as a pretty crappy glue-bomb build in a box of stuff at a swap meet, and totally pulled it apart and rebuilt it, but I still have to make a buck from the original totally fucked up windshield, then vacu-form a new one over the buck, gotta make some new headlight covers too. Lots of work, but you just NEVER see this kit anymore. I plumbed the engine based on some old drawings in a late sixties R&T. It was a HELL of a lot of work to get it to this point. I bought the replacement decals from Fred Cady about 10 years ago, before he died.
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« Reply #102 on: February 08, 2018, 11:09:00 AM »
I don't know whether or not this has come up, but check it out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   

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« Reply #103 on: February 08, 2018, 12:56:02 PM »
I don't know whether or not this has come up, but check it out!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

When you see all of the models in the background, you realize that this is a lifetime's work.  His passion runs deep.   Other than the '55 Motorama display, I liked his 'gomad' '57 Chevy Nomad concept early in the video.

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« Reply #104 on: February 24, 2018, 08:26:08 PM »
Big Drag
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« Reply #105 on: February 24, 2018, 08:31:20 PM »
The Surfer's car coming soon in 1/16 scale.
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