Post by Jeff the 57th on Jul 18, 2015 15:51:34 GMT -5
Wow nearly 2 weeks between updates.
Sorry for the delay but work, family and house updates have been keeping me away from the bench. Held up a little to by de-chroming parts. Bleach and oven cleaner didn't make much of a dent, but Castrol super clean worked phenomenally.
Got the 426 all wrapped up except one or two small paint touchups needed that I've noticed in the photo.
From the factory the cross ram intake and valve covers probably should be orange, maybe even the transmission. But I'm 95% sure I'm going to model an orange car so I was hoping to break up the sea of orange.
I'm hoping to pick up a little speed on this project from here on out as the part count is pretty small.
Post by Jeff the 57th on Jul 18, 2015 19:04:54 GMT -5
Sorry I forgot that the elephant bit might be confusing to people outside North America.
The engine picked up the nickname on the track because it was big (7.0L) and powerful (nearly 500 ft lbs of torque stock in street trim).
In a way it's kind of scary that an 18 yr old kid in the 60's could buy a car putting out pretty similar power to a $170K 911T (within 5% but not nearly as fast) for brand new Honda Accord money in a car with leaf springs and drum brakes.
I guess I should be thankful I didn't build something with a 440 in it because I have no idea how they picked up this awesome nickname.
Post by Jeff the 57th on Jul 20, 2015 15:21:30 GMT -5
Well, looks like my usual luck has struck again.
Finally caught up with all the hectic stuff going on around here and sat down last night to make some progress on the Dart. I soon realized I was missing the front subframe from the box. I know I didn't misplace it, so I have to assume it came this way from the factory. All I know is I can't test fit the engine accurately or mount the front wheels till I get my replacement sprue from Revell (who were very professional).
I'm thinking I might start a new project and back burner this one till my part arrives since I'd really like to finish before the Oct 1 deadline and I'm a notoriously slow builder.
I have one or two kits in the stash that'll hit the requirements and if not I might find something at the vendors table in Columbus this week. All I can say with any certainty is it won't be another car.
Post by Jeff the 57th on Jul 21, 2015 12:46:03 GMT -5
Ha! Agreed, not the best by any stretch, but it was free which helps a lot. We call DAB lawn mower beer over here. Nice on a hot day after cutting the lawn, but it runs out of charm kind of quick otherwise. I have a couple Paulaner Hefeweizen in the fridge for when I reboot this build log. Maybe it was the mediocre beer that cursed me.
Beer from northern Germany is always kind of weak. The more south the region, the better, especially Bavarian ones. Best choice imho is Czech beer like Budweiser (not the brew from his brother in USA, the original one!), Staropramen or Breznak. If you ever see one of those, theyre really good.
But be aware that German beer is brewed under the Reinheitsgebot (purity requirements), its not the case with Czech beer. Those can include loads of sugar and stuff, its tasty but maybe youll get a hangover.
All I can say with any certainty is it won't be another car.
Well so much for that.
Picked this up in March for $15. Will be building it up on a small base with either 1 or 2 DML plastic figures.
Spent about 2hrs on it last night and ended up here.
I'll have a couple funky seams to fill but otherwise not a bad fitting little kit. Besides the vinyl tires and the inability to open a door without surgery, no huge complaints. Hoping with the low buy in cost I'll be a little more adventurous about trying new techniques.
Post by Jeff the 57th on Jul 28, 2015 7:59:18 GMT -5
I'll have to see how fast the part comes in, but I'm not holding my breath. It might leave the States in a hurry, but once Canada Post gets their mitts on it who knows when I'll get it. Maybe I'll leave it to my son in my will.
The Revell rep told me they carry spares for 5yrs after the production ends. But since the 1/24-1/25 kits are constantly re-released it's usually easy for them to send car bits.