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SCALE RACING LOBBY > SALT FLAT CARS & LSR > '29 Ford Roadster 1930s Lakes Car


Posted by: Bernard Kron Dec 14 2017, 01:27 AM
For the last several years every winter I try to make it down to the NNL West in Santa Clara, California from my home in Seattle, Washington. Itís a huge show with around 1,000 cars models on display and with some of the finest models you are ever likely to see. Each year the organizers choose 2 themes and reserve feature tables for each. This yearís themes are The Race of Gentlemen and Show Cars.

Iím hoping to build 2 entries for the TROG theme table. I just started on the first of them. Itís a straightforward pre-WWII dry lakes í29 Ford inspired by this box art illustration from the recently re-issued AMT Mod Rod:

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It will be built largely out of the box with detail modifications to improve the detail and authenticity somewhat. For example, rather than using the hopelessly skinny and somewhat crude spoked wheels from the kit Iím using the far nicer early Kelsey Hayes wire wheels from the AMT í34 Ford 5-window coupe kit. The front tires are the ones found in the Mod Rod and countless other AMT í29 Ford Roadster variants, but the rear tires are from the Revell í40 Ford Standard kit. The whitewalls on both types of tires have been finished over in flat black. The whole setup is more like what was seen in the early days at El Mirage in the mid 30ís

Over the years some of the 4 banger hop up parts originally in the í29 Ford/Ala Kart double kit were lost, notably the Riley Type B 2-port heads. Fortunately a very nice set can be found in the Revellogram í30 Ford Sedan kit and the fit is exact on the AMT block. I once did a project where I installed the entire Revellogram 4-banger in an AMT í29 Ford Roadster chassis, but the Revell piece its larger in several key dimensions and it required extensive work to squeeze it in the AMT chassis. This time Iím building up the basic AMT short block, improving details where I can. Once such modification is to reshape the molded in starter motor to resemble a Wilco Magneto. Removing the starter motor and driving a Wilco Magneto off the flywheel was a standard hop-up in the 30ís I havenít finished the work on the magneto but Iím getting close. Hopefully Iíll be able to wire up the motor in the next week or so.

Hereís the status of things so far:

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Overall this is a very simple build, pretty much straight out of the box. As is my habit, Iím making up a bunch of period decals. The sponsor is Gilmore Oil, a famous Southern California oil company of the period. Sponsorship was fairly rare but Gilmore sponsored a fair number of circle track cars, racing airplanes and speedboats, so the theme is not totally out of the question. All the fonts and text are lifted directly from period Gilmore advertising. Below is a Photoshop mockup of the basic graphics. In addition there will be racing numbers on the doors and perhaps some additional Wilco and Firestone trade decals.
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Thanx for lookiní,
B.

Posted by: wisdonm Dec 14 2017, 08:50 AM
More great builds. Luv your decal skills.

Posted by: Bernard Kron Dec 15 2017, 08:49 PM
Thanks! Here's a quick update of a mockup of the side view with the number and Wico and Firestone decals in place:

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Posted by: Brian Conn Dec 16 2017, 10:26 AM
.....I have always enjoyed watching your builds come together...they always seem to have a sense of history involved with them and/or a back story which makes them all the more enjoyable 22639478.gif Your kit bashing and scratch building definitely make your builds one of a kind .....your work with decals is almost beyond compare. Confus_84.gif

Posted by: Bernard Kron Dec 21 2017, 08:31 PM
Thanks Brian! And best holiday wishes to you and to everyone here at SRL!

Hereís what Iím hoping will be the final update. Iíd like to be able to include this one in my 2017 builds. The ďlong pole in the tentĒ right now is that Iím waiting on a 4-cylinder distributor cap for the Wico magneto Iím modeling, as explained below. Other than that everything is pretty much wrapped and requiring a pretty simple and quick final assembly.

It turns out that I was totally wrong when it came to mounting a 30ís style magneto (the big brands of the time were Eisemann, Wico, Edison, and Bosch) to a Ford B-block 4-cylinder. Itís true that on a lot of farm equipment, tractors and stationary motors they were driven off the flywheel, but in 4-stroke applications they were either stepped down to half speed (for example on John Deere tractors), or in low-stress applications like stationary pumps the magneto simply allowed to fire on the exhaust stroke. But in racing 4-banger Ford applications the magnetos were invariably driven off the cam drive so that they ran at half speed. This was usually accomplished using some sort of adapter. In the summary composite picture which follows Iíve included a photo of an Eisemann magneto in a lakes modified with the magneto driven by a short quill shaft off an adapter case. A water pump is mounted to the front of the same casing.

In any case this created a problem for me because, as youíll see below, I had already created a Wico Magnetos decal and applied 2 of them to the painted and finished body. The placement helps balance things out graphically, and besides I wasnít inclined to risk marring the paint by removing them. So Iíve taken the long way around by changing the magneto mounting position. Since I had reshaped the molded-in AMT starter motor into a Wico-shaped lump this meant cutting out said lump and replacing it with a proper starter motor. Fortunately I was able to accomplish this fairly cleanly and it turned out that one of the countless small-block Ford V8 starter motors from one of the equally countless Revell í32 Ford kit leftovers in my parts box fit perfectly. The result is in the second panel of the summary picture below.

On the other side of the block I fabricated a quill shaft drive from some mysterious piece I found in a Revell í30 Ford Tudor Rat Rod kit and various styrene bits. I positioned it on the other side of the oil feed tube in order to preserve that detail. This is further back than in the Eisemann installation and required a longer quill shaft. Itís all painted and installed and simply waiting for the 4-cylinder distributor cap from Morgan Automotive Detail, which Iíll reshape slightly and glue in place. Then I can wire and plum the motor and stick it in the chassis, followed by final assembly.

The last image in the summary picture below is a view of the undercarriage. The AMT í29 Ford Model A Roadster kits have a really nicely detailed floor panel. Itís typical of the great job they did on the stock Model A part of the original double kit, paired with the Ala Kart. Frankly, in working on this project I once again have been reminded why, in many ways, I prefer the AMT kit for my hot rods over the recent Revell kit, as nice as the Revell roadster is. Because the AMT kit is essentially a stocker kit the hot rod modelling experience is more like building a 1:1 Ė big fun in my opinionÖ In any case, I cut out the floor panels from the stock fender assembly and fabricated some small styrene panels to fill the gaps between the panels and the edges of the body. The result is shown below along with the finished chassis, which is straight out of the box with stock front and rear suspension..

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As I said, all the decals and bodywork are completed. The windshield was removed, leaving the stock bracketry and dashboard in place. The interior was also finished, again essentially stock out of the kit. The side panel and seat are finished in a distressed leather effect done by applying multiple thin coats of Testors Acryl paint (the shade is, oddly enough, Leather) and then brushing it in a diagonal cross hatch pattern as each coat dries. Then a light coat of black wash is applied and lightly removed with a piece of tissue to highlight the distressing.

The picture below shows the completed decal application and the completed interior:

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Thatís it for now. Fingers crossed that the distributor cap gets here this year, LOL!

Thanx for lookiní,
B.

Posted by: Bernard Kron Dec 26 2017, 09:11 PM
This is a micro-update, but the distributor cap came today and I was able to finish off the darn Wico magneto. Now to button this baby up and call it a year Ė my last project of 2017. Iíll probably get Ďer done tomorrow and post a completed model in the next day or two.

In the meantime, thanx to all who followed along and hereís hoping youíre having a happy holiday season and wishing you all the very best for 2018!

Thanx for lookiní,
B.

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Posted by: Bernard Kron Dec 27 2017, 04:49 PM
Here are the final "beauty pics":

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Posted by: Another Rick Dec 28 2017, 07:56 AM
Mighty fine looking LSR racer. It has that period look down perfect. 22639478.gif

Posted by: Throback Jan 17 2018, 01:52 AM
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