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  1. One of these days I'll hopefully find one of the 1/16 scale AMT 55' Nomads at a fair price. Looks like your 1/25 was a fun build the way you did it. alf in Iowa
  2. Kind of a fun thread so please permit me to take part. Until recently in Rock Island, Illinois, US there was a daily-driver EDSEL station wagon (1958-1960) that was owned and used by a junker. Junker in Midwest American English being a person who cruises the streets and alleys following a route that keeps him just hours ahead of the municipal trash pickup crews. They pick up the metal and what other salable trash they can and that's pretty much how they make their living. Anyway, every time I see him the Edsel is overflowing with junk; steel bed frame rails, aluminum window frame extrusions, bicycle frames and wheels, etc. The car is in its original paint very faded and with a fair amount of deep rust but it just keeps on working for the guy. AND as frosting for that sighting, just last week I saw a lady driving a left hand drive red MG TD, pretty faded so it was probably original paint but not even a tinge of rust. Nice looking 55-60-ish lady and fairly adept at the double-clutching for the non-syncro transmission too. Alf in Iowa
  3. Very nice looking build, thanks for sharing it alf in Iowa
  4. A lifetime or two ago a TC kit in some scale I can't now remember was sold by Monogram. I vaguely remember it and don't remember any of the particulars, but I know I kitbashed a model of Ken Miles' "Flying Shingle" with that kit. Long gone now and stretch my memory as I might, I can't even remember what "Flying Shingle" looked like. Looks like my research project for the day just arose! But back to your build here, very nice indeed. You've given me the urge to go about getting one. alf in Iowa --------- EDIT! Gimminynutz! I just did some easy Googling and found all kinds of stuff on Miles' Flying Shingle and now I tend to doubt that the kitbash I did on a Monogram TC was anything at all like the Flying Shingle. Likely more like just a channeling job and maybe radiator shortening at most. Damn, lousy memory. Oh well, back to the old folks home for me. . . alf in Iowa
  5. Being not oblivious to the overall Mother Country theme and purpose of these forums, I firmly plant tongue in cheek and comment that here on the left shore of the Atlantic the Chev engined Listers seemed to be more prevalent. And besides, they made a lot more and a whole different noise.✌ alf in Iowa
  6. Har! After more than 56 years, my single most vivid memory of attending sports car races still is that of the sound and sight of Walt Hansgen's Lister Chev doing mebbe 150 mph or so down through the forested backstretch valley (aptly named Thunder Valley) at Elkhart Lake Road America, in either Sept '59 or June '60.
  7. ----------- Not wishing to step on anyone's toes who has firsthand knowledge of the car so I will quote merely the probable construction/delivery configuration as given in Pourette's 1977 book. June 2, 1963 - France - LHD - 1962 - Metal Grey - Normal front end, two fender vents, built in spoiler, sun visors, central latch on hood, 1090 kg . . . And then on into annual races and drivers up into 1970. Alf in Iowa
  8. Answering that as if it were really more than purely rhetorical: I haven't now for decades. Never cut open a door and in fact many times I have even glued operable doors closed. Same with canopies on airplane models, always closed. Alf in Iowa
  9. When I was in high school (1956-1960) I built a Revell Austin Healey kit. I remember it was a flat-cast kit, the body assembled from a top front, top rear, and two sides, or somesuch along that idea. Im curious if your kit was that way, or if perhaps sometime in the intervening 55 or so years Revell might have reworked that kit? Alf in Iowa
  10. This topic got me to dig out my Jess Pourret book (The Ferrari Legend) for a refresher. Not a modern "pretty" book with luscious coffee table photography but really juicy b/w period photos of arcane stuff like chassis detail and the like along with many many race specific photos identified with chassis numbers. The cars as they were, not as they are.
  11. Just clicked to follow this one, Roy. I don't have a kit in mind but if it's like your previous builds I know I'll pick up plenty of good technique good for any modeling. Go for it. Thanks. Alf in Iowa
  12. Roy, I have found it very useful. I appreciate that you so faithfully posted your progress from beginning to end. Alf in Iowa
  13. Gimminy! I just created an "Oh s_ _t!" situation in the build that I am doing in parallel with yours. I just finished a battery and battery mounting frame build that took me five days (that's at my usual old guy modeling pace) plus $80 bucks for a really handy tool for working styrene bits. <<http://www.ebay.com/itm/JEWELER-CUTTING-MITER-FILING-TUBING-JIG-SAW-VISE-PERFECT-SHAPE-CUTTER-TOOL-/190584172223?hash=item2c5fb3aebf:g:7C8AAOSwI-BWOUPG>> First off, realizing the Monogram kit battery (I think Roy called it a pyramid) is undersize I researched batteries for early E Jags and made my battery case to the proper scale size. I made the support and hold down frame to fit the battery. With it finished I then brought down the body tub/forward frame assembly to gloat over how beautiful the battery would look in the car. Aaarrghhh!, my gorgeous, proper Jaguar-size, to-scale 1962 DELCO (remember, I'm building a plausible American SCCA car of the period) battery is too large for the space. Can't tell yet but I'd bet the tire ain't going to like the battery being there. I have not enough hair left to pull so I'm stuck sitting here just moaning and groaning.
  14. I see the nose of a Lister Jag?/Chev? sniffing out of that lower shelf. My memories are still vivid of the sound of Walt Hansgen's polished flat black Lister Chev doing 150 or so down thru the trees back in Thunder Valley at Elkhart Lake in either 1959 or 1960. The exhaust dump tubes were the size of well pipe casings and the sound was kind of seismic in a way. Alf in Iowa
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