Just like the 30 I just did this one started by accident when I came across something I forgot I had. I was looking through my box of Rodders Journals for a few issues to bring out to reread and there was a roadster body there in the bottom. It’s beat to shit around the firewall area from a years gone attempt to take it apart. It will need some level of repair to look good but it is a welcome challenge for my skill level.
Engine is the flathead from the 37 panel with my attempt at modifying the intake to hold the three carb setup from the 49 Ford.. the front axle was a broken one I found. It was missing one mounting nub on each side. I drilled it and installed a pin, and scratched together a mounting method to some unknown wheel backs, based on the depth maybe from a truck? I think the interior is revell roadster, not sure as it was all in a bucket of randomness. Wheels are modelhaus 29 pu big and littles with modelhaus Steele’s and spider caps, not used on the e0 after all. This is all just roughed in, all parts still need lots of work. This was an attempt to get something on my desk to work on as I am back to work and this can get worked on little by little now.
This is going to be sweet! I love seeing the creativity of a 100% scraps/kit bash build. Nothing really fits together or works. The idea of having to make it happen is the fun! Has a great stance and looks killer!
your '32 is lookin good already Jeff; stay on it !
Duane, glad to see you’re still here cheering everyone on! Thanks.
Jared, I agree. While my fit and finish for scratchbuilding is not as good as most here, I would still rather do a build that needs “work” rather than a box build. Digging for parts and making them work is the part I like the best. Sometimes they fail and end up as a starting point years down the road, case in point.
Skip, I was in the basement looking for Rodders Journals with 49 fords as that was my next build, when I saw the roadster body I thought the same thing. All my previous roadster builds took some damage being packed away and need repair, so I need one sitting out with the other TRAK builds. I only started modeling a few years before I took my family building hiatus, so my collection of completed models is only about 20.
My modeling time was reduced significantly since I was assigned to a temporary 2nd shift at work as we recover from Covid-19. It works out ok for now with a 10% differential in pay and I am able to accomplish a lot at work with less people around. I usually have to dance around other departments to get onto the equipment I need for my tasks. Now the Bridgeport machines and lathes are all mine. But the down side is time away from family and it is harder to dedicate time to hobbies.
That said, I have been chipping away on this build. The interior was not working for me as I went along. The door cards were probably from the 5 or 3 window as they would not fit even close, I added plastic strip where the gaps were to clean that up. I also switched to small buckets from an unknown source as the bench seat is pretty generic looking. Here is the door interiors' one fixed one not to see the difference.
And a quick test fit of everything to see if there are fit issues with the new interior choice.
Thanks B. I have moved a bit farther on this. Attempt #4 on paint is working out so far. Humidity has been messing with me and I stripped it twice. I took a pic after the first color coat before sanding, it has a ways to go I think it should work out. Also detail painted the mystery tail lights that fit the holes I put in this body years back for who knows what reason. The wheels are only primed,but the spyders are painted with a krylon chrome. Pretty good result! I have beet sanded the problem areas and will try a second coat early tomorrow to avoid the humidity.
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Post by Bernard Kron on May 28, 2020 13:09:32 GMT -5
It's all looking great. Can't wait to see more. The spider caps caught my eye, and I was reminded by your current update that I needed to check if Modelhaus Tires was expanding their wheel offerings, which they seemed to be doing a few months back. And indeed they are! To my delight they're offering their spider caps. I'm guessing you must have gotten some because yours were unchromed. While I miss the chrome versions they're small enough to respond well to good paint chrome.* My experience with Krylon chrome has been surprisingly positive and I use it quite regularly. Yours should look very good, I think. Incidentally the white primer steelies photograph almost like pearl white which would look sharp on this car, IMHO. In any case, build on!
*I've ordered a can of Spaz Stix Mirror Chrome, which many modelers swear buy. I don't airbrush so an aerosol solution to my chroming needs has always been something I've sought after.
Duane, thanks again for looking. Paint is still fighting me but it’s coming into it.
B. I have ordered from Modelhaus twice in the last two months, pretty good service times in my opinion. Product is on par with what they were, just wish he had kept some of the other product alive. It worries me that more and more goes “out of stock”, I wonder if as the molds get tired that’s it, I hope not! And please let me know about that spaz stix chrome, as I am a fellow rattle can user exclusively.
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Craig, I think they are something far more nefarious than that. I honestly don’t know but they may be modern tail lights, but since I painted the outside and some of the middle I think they replicate 50 Pontiac well. They were all red on a tree of 6, not sure from where though.
I really need to do the flathead, I was putting it off hoping I had some better heads somewhere I could use. I don’t so I guess it’s time. I usually start there but...