I have been absent from the hobby since 2011, with a few false restarts here and there. Recently, like many, I found myself with a lot of time on my hands. I guess the silver lining of the stay at home stuff is we get a chance to reconnect with our families, and our hobbies. I dragged a kit out to look at while “teaching” the kids their lessons as schools here are closed. That was a 34 p/u with a less than TRAKable V12 from the Ferrari gto. That build was started 10 yrs ago. Anyway, that lit the fire. Looking for something in the basement I came across a started Buick mill, so i started to gather parts for something. I’m running pretty low on hot rod kits and parts so I’ve had to scrape together what I can. The engine is from the Stevens International competition parts pack, the body is a monogram 1/24 model a, frame is revel 32 and the wheels will be modelhaus, but I just ordered them so that may take a while. I am using another set of modelhaus tires on the rear and an unknown front tire for mock up. My skills are returning but this is very much hacked together so far, hopefully it will come together.
Well it feels nice to back here posting after so long, I have been lurking a bit though.
Great start, it's almost like learning some of these skills all over again it will come back. A whole lot of us have had to relearn some of the things that almost came natural as a kid or maybe we just picked up stuff quicker back then!
I like your channeled, no chop look, reminiscent of the early '60's East Coast, East of the Rockies look that was so prevalent. A whole lot of builders seem to neglect the "East Coast Look" for the "Kalifornia Kustomized Look" forgetting that there was a great deal of Hot Rodding going on in the east. You're starting with "Great Bones". Keep it going even if it's baby steps, it looks good. Don't hesitate to ask for assistance if there is something you need help remembering how to do.
Thanks Ed, today is really nice here so we have been outside a lot. I did take a stab at making the rumble seat work though. The kit parts are muc( to big to fit with the channeling, so I just scabbed it together from half round. In black it should be convincing enough.
The color will be reminiscent of the “Blue Diamond” model A, Tamiya TS 58 is kinda the same feel so I ordered a can.
I have been chipping away the list of needs for this one, and got an email from modelhaus saying my goodies shipped. So with the tires on the way I I feel like I’ll be able finalize things soon. Here some pics of the interior beginning to take shape. I have just a bit of fiddling to do to eliminate some clearance issues, but it is minor stuff.
This is moving forward at a good pace; must mean you're keeping those kiddo's on task with their schoolwork! Good job there! My wife is a Teacher (5th grade) so I get the difficulties parents are going through right now, from the Teacher side too. To all the parents out there who are being Dad (& Mom), Teacher and all the other hats parents wear Thank You! I'd say you are or should be right up there in the front of the line for a well deserved pat on the back for keeping your kiddo's (and yours to an extent) lives in the "normal" as it's become right now.
Now back to that '30 Coupe, it's shaping up rather well, the thought and parts you're putting into it assure that this one is going to turn out to be a rather tasty example of what a "Traditional Hot Rod" looks like. When it comes time for paint, don't be afraid to settle for what your talents deliver at this point, imperfect maybe, perfect hopefully.
I can tell you from being around my both my Uncles and their friends Hot Rods when I was a kid, ('61 - '66 time frame) that their paintwork ranged from good to ahem,,, interesting! Compressors weren't always available, nor was the school's Auto Shop and it's compressor during summers when a lot of work took place, so unless someone worked at a shop or had access to a friend of a friend paint work wasn't always sprayed out with a paint gun. Both from my reading and observation during my formative years, there were still cars being brush painted and rubbed smooth(er) or (never seen in person) fogged with either insect foggers or using the reverse end of a vacuum cleaner! Even a car that was painted using a paint gun wasn't "Show Quality" either. Not all cars were of the big name of the day shop quality either, they were done to the best of someone's ability, for the most part they were pretty proud of their work too! Many times our "perfect paint" is just that, too perfect for what we are trying to replicate.
I like some of the paintwork that Bernard K. is doing, where he goes to great efforts to replicate distressed paint surfaces that look pretty plausible for some of the cars running around during their day. In todays recreation of the "high school Hot Rod" we often see at car shows or in magazines their paint work is light years ahead of what it really was. There is tons of documentation out there in print showing that fact.
Overall point is, "Don't Worry be Happy" do the best you can with what your experience and expertise level delivers. We are all doing this as a hobby, not building museum quality replicas or someone's fantasy of what a Hot Rod or Custom might have looked like, you know what that's pretty cool too! (A whole lot of us could learn from setting our perfectionism aside and having fun modeling again!!)
Skip, thanks for the reply. My wife teaches as well, and yes the kids are on track under our watch. Leaving lots of time for enjoyable activities. The weather has been pretty good here so there was lots of work to do outside in the gardens, but I did have time yesterday to paint the body and tinker with some minor things. The color is Tamiya TS58, pearl light blue.
Ed, it funny when I ordered it it looked more blue. After I sprayed it I noticed it was, in some light, close to the testors purple on my 49 merc in the background. In better light it has more blue but is still quite blurple, but I love it anyway. It captures the same “feeling” as the color I thought it would be.
Chris, thanks for the compliments. I am trying to move along quickly now that the wheels and paint arrived, as I think I will be returning to work soon (Vermont is slowly opening back up after covid19). My plan is to finish this by next week and then set myself up with a few builds that will allow me to continue to build after returning to work with the little free time I will have.
Great project and color choice. I just sprayed that same color on my 32 Fordor project last week and couldn’t be happier with it. If you haven’t hit it with Tamiya gloss clear yet you should, it’ll make it even better. Below is mine the day after clear out in the sun. I can’t wait to polish and wax it!