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  1. Thank you organisers, a really well run show. I got there before the rest of the club, (Mildenhall) ,watched the show assembling itself from the balcony, and then proceded to have a first class day out. A book from the raffle, a Monogram AC Cobra and a Lindberg Gee Bee came home with me. There were a couple of other tempters but I managed to restrain myself. Tony.
  2. Pictures show OK here, and what pictures! A beautiful model.
  3. Nice to see a bit of progress on the GTO. Monogram did the car proud all those years ago. Tony Dickson, of Money Hungry Camero fame, had a '63 GTO coupe at his shop that he used to race at Santa Pod. The car had sat for some time but I still lusted after it. The bit that made me go proper wobbly at the knees was the Royal Bobcat decal in the window. The devil is in the details. I think the styling of the GTO started really good, and just kept getting better over the years. Right up until Pontiac drove it over a cliff in '71. Fantastic times that we won't see again.
  4. Reading the concern about the rubber tyres performance over time got me thinking. The weight of the model compressing the rubber and possibly cracking it might be alleviated by drilling the ground contact point through to the hub and inserting a bit of plastic or metal to take the weight. I would be more concerned by a possible chemical reaction though. A set of recent Revell car tyres, with red line decals applied, that I had stored in a ziploc bag had stuck together where the decals touched. Something was active there. Thoughts of the dreaded tyre or track melt of old came flooding back at that time. I coat tyre decals with acrylic clear to get a uniform finish and always leave lots of drying time. Something between the decal, tyre and clear reacted, with the posibility of the ziploc bag gassing off to add to the mix. Aftermarket resin may well be the way to go.
  5. Yet another from me. Another Revell Dave Deal kit, the Go Mad Nomad. @Pete in Lincs provided the kit a while back, thanks Pete. I built it, put it away and pretty much forgot about it once yet another Group Build kicked off. I used Molotow ink for the side trims and the result is not so good, with wonky lines aplenty. I really should have another go at them. It got unearthed during a recent sortout and finaly gets its chance for glory, wonky trims and all.
  6. That's a very useful video clip. Cheap as chips and very effective indeed.
  7. He certainly had a huge influence on the way car modelling went in the US. His output was prolific. There's a good thread about him here: http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/topic/121797-dave-shuklis-shamrock/
  8. The new '32 Roadster looks to be an odd one, to my eyes at any rate. It's a mix of old and new. The Duval type screen seems to be based on the Spencer Roadster one, pinched in at the top corners, wheras the originals flaired out a bit. The cowl is also modified to take the new screen and while there's no original screen option, one wouldn't fit anyway. At first glace building the Spencer Roadster would seem the logical choice, and a choice I would love to have. The coilover/airbag rear end and new engine don't help though. The wheels and tires and the new interior look really good but I don't know if they alone will make me go for the kit. Had there been a flathead and a traditional rear end in it I would buy a case of the things! Kitbashing this release with one of the Revell '48 Fords would probably get things 40's/50's correct but things are starting to get expensive at that point. Tempting though... I should add, I am a bit of a rivet counter when it comes to old hot rods, ignoring me is a very valid option.
  9. Just arrived down on the farm are a pair of the new Revell '71 Olds 442 kits. World Wide Shopping Mall discount down to £30 each, including postage, for a pair. That passes as a good deal these days, so I went for it. You get a new coupe bodyshell along with most of the earlier convertable kit running gear. Only one hood option this time, the fiberglass W30 one with the big scoops. The soft top version came with that and a stock flat Cutlass one. Only one front bumper as well. Again, the soft top had the 442 and the stock Cutlass bumpers included. The bodyshell looks really good. The rear fenders have that beautiful crease above the wheel arches that the soft top doesn't have. Auto or stick, with gearboxes, consoles and foot pedal sets to match. The engine is suitably busy looking and there are fourteen decals for the engine bay! Decal number 24 on the sheet shown is a shift pattern for the four speed option. Fitting that one will be fun. I can't even see what decal number 28 is. The rear axle has either the rare option ally cover or the stock steel one. Two stripe color options, tire decals and full interior wood decals as well. All in all, a well presented kit. It's difficult to adjust to £30+ prices for new releases, but I can't see the things getting any cheaper. Get 'em while you can. Tony.
  10. Had the thing been given another name I could give it a glance, but Maserati own that monika. In the same way, the brand new Chevrolet Malibu I followed though Mildenhall recently had me wishing for a Bren gun.
  11. The turtle deck might be from a Lindberg Tall T Coupe, the one you had to wind your own electric motor to. The front tires could be from that source as well, it's not a tread pattern I'm familiar with. @Six97s might be able to shed some light here.
  12. I can't help much with the part ID side of things, the bodyshell and hood look a bit Monogram Little T although the turtledeck would be wrong for that source. The grill has me stumped, ditto the seats. Whatever parts were used, they all flow together really well. You say there are more? Bring 'em on!
  13. You big softy! I fully understand though, the magazines cover a period like no other for a US car modeller. Things are more retro slanted now, with most builders looking back with fond memories and vastly improved building skills and materials. Back then it was all brand new and unexplored territory. Every issue had something to get exited about as a nipper. I'm about to become a pensioner` and they still have the same effect on me to this day. I'm looking at them with a different perspective now, seeing the creativness of young minds at work in some incredible and sometimes bizzare ways. I'll top the thread up with related stuff as I uncover it. Tony.
  14. It is indeed that very car. It also made the July '61 cover of Hot Rod magazine
  15. That's really good to see. A mate of mine works for a brain injury charity. He started a model building club there and it has been a quite amazing success. It's one of the most popular therapies used there.
  16. Flicking through a few of the early issues has been a joy. A big surprise was finding an article on building the Pierson Brothers coupe in the first issue! They recommend using parts from Monograms '34 coupe, Black Widow and Midget Racer kits to build the model. An expensive idea these days. Monograms Big Deuce got a nice review in the November '63 issue, just in time for Xmas. It was on the cover, as shown above, here's the inside article... Each issue that I've gone through so far contains details of a few full size cars and leads as to how to make models of them.
  17. A beautiful paintjob and really clean detail work. Very nice indeed.
  18. That is a very nice model Rob. The build link is well worth a look. The finished model looks so clean and simple, a read of the build thread shows the amount of work needed to achieve that.
  19. My favourite US Car mag, with Car Craft, then Superstock and Drag as runners up. A very close race though. Reading through old copies is like looking way back into another world now.
  20. A catch all thread title, brought about by a recent job lot of Model Car Science magazines that have just turned up here. There are other titles out there, that could also find a home here with luck. Here's what prompted the thread... Fifty six copies, spread from the first issue in April '63 to June '72. There's about half the released magazines here. A job lot auction from that well known site. The price per copy was very reasonable. The total hurt a bit however. When would I ever get the chance at a lot like this again though? The magazine was aimed at 10 to 15 year old kids and it hit the ground running in '63. First year sales averaged over 30,000 a month, dropping to 18,000 by '72. At 35c a copy it was the same price as Rod and Custom. The magazine covered model building and slot cars in the main. No colour pages inside, B+W only for the full run. I'm only just getting to grips with the contents and first impressions are good. The adverts and new kit reviews are worth the price of admision on their own. I'll add stuff here as I find it. There's a first class US Car and Model magazine site that goes into a lot of detail on the subject. I've lost quite a few hours browsing around. Here's a link... http://99wspeedshop.com.s3-website-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/modelcarscience.html Tony.
  21. The Woody got a bit of work done on it today, it's been a while... I'm just getting back to where I was before the supeglue let me down in the post above. Cleaned up mating surfaces and good old tube glue to hold things together properly, I hope. The Sedan body option that also comes in the box got its doors added, along with the body of another Revell Woody getting assembled as well. I have no idea if these two will get done during the GB, but making a start will help. This lot needs to thoroughly dry before anything else can happen as the body parts are rather thin, the glue surfaces are minimal at best. Nice engineering but not exactly the strongest way of making the parts. There's next to no chance of all the working doors actually working for long without falling appart.
  22. A fabulous build. The base really is the icing on the cake.
  23. The plastic card insert got a heavy scoring on the top surface to give a good bite for the car body filler that followed. The undersides got reinforced with plastic beams to make it a much more sturdy structure. The rear panel is quite a simple shape, thankfully. Leaving aside the sail panels for now, the horizontal area gently rolls over the fender top crease into a virtually flat trunk area. One heavy coat of filler got the area bulked out. Once hard, that got sanded back and a thinner layer added that now needs flatting into the final shape. Using what seemed like an enormous amount of filler, along with full size bodywork spreaders and sanding kit made quite a change from the miniscule amounts used on 1.24/5 scale stuff. I'm quite enjoying the change. A couple of tire sizes got tried. All need a bit of getting at. The size, arch fit and height of the front and rear wheels and tires makes or breaks a car for me. Getting things right to my eyes isn't easy. The car seems to ride rather high to me. As I'm building a Street Machine rather than a stocker, I'll be hogging out the wheel arches a bit to help with getting the car to sit lower. The arches will get a bit of a flair as well. Not crazy, full on '70's style, but enough to change the look subtly, if such a thing is possible with this type of build. To make things a whole lot simpler for me, I won't be adding much in the way of detailing on this build. It's all about the overall shape, sit and paint job. The hood will be closed up as there seems to be a bit of a fit issue. Things nearly fit properly, but that won't do on a model of this size. The eye would be drawn straight to any panel fit issues. The plastic on these kits is very thick and somewhat brittle so the scope for bending things about is limited. To give back a bit after backing off with a closed hood, I'll add a dual carb settup poking through the hood, much like the 1.25 Matchbox/AMT C2 I built recently. Very in period. A Supercharger might be better, but I don't have one to hand. If the carb settup doesn't work out for any reason, plan B will be a hood scoop of some sort. Plenty of choices here, maybe too many. I've taken a mould off the carb in the Monogram/Revell Trans Am kit to provide a couple of carbs to work with. Brass tube has also been cut to make a start on building a couple of intakes for the carbs.
  24. A real Classic if ever there was one. I'll enjoy following this build for sure.
  25. The Corvette has had a bit of surgery done on it. That dopey back window had to go and the purer looking tunnelled back light and sail panels substituted. Out with the saws and cutters, and off with a big chunk of the rear... The removed panel has a curve on it that looks familiar. A bit of hacking around sees it not a million miles away from the shape of the old sail panel. It's a start, a more refined shape will come later. A big lump of 40 thou plastic card has been cut and fitted into the rear panel as a base for further work once the glues dry. More later...
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