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30 Ford Model A Coupe
Posted by Mr Mike on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 10:10 AM

Saturday mid-afternoon, I decided to take a trip down to Hobby Emporium, my local hobby shop.  I looked around and spotted the re-issued Revell '30 Model A sitting on the shelf.  I just had to get it and with four kits on the shelf, this kit came home with me.  The box art really grabbed me and the light blue '30 Model A was the car I had to build!  Once I got home, I opened the kit and was amazed at the beautiful molding of the kit and I had to rummage through the paint can drawers for a can of light blue.  Tamiya TS-23 Light Blue is a close match to this box art and the last time I used this paint was on the Revell Ford Bronco a few years ago.  I was told that the entire run of Revell '30 Model A kits at Hobby Emporium was sold out by 5:00 PM which makes this a popular kit!

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Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 11:40 AM

Cool!  I'm looking forward to this one.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Mr Mike on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 2:03 PM

Thanks John!  This should be a good build like I had with the Revell '29 Ford Roadster I built earlier this year.

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Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 4:03 PM

I have this and the 29 on the wish list.  That's the same blue I did my Bronco in as well :)

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John

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Posted by Mr Mike on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 7:29 AM

I used that blue for my '72 Bronco.  I should have enough for the Model A. 

The '30 Model A has been washed and is drying.  The engine is partially assembled and awaiting primer and paint.  I added the decals to the tires and with a little setting solution, they came out perfectly!

More Model A to come...

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Posted by oldermodelguy on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 9:09 AM

It says 2 in1 kit on the box. What are the two options consisted of ?

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Posted by fotofrank on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 3:29 PM

Mr Mike

I used that blue for my '72 Bronco.  I should have enough for the Model A. 

The '30 Model A has been washed and is drying.  The engine is partially assembled and awaiting primer and paint.  I added the decals to the tires and with a little setting solution, they came out perfectly!

More Model A to come...

 

Do those tires have Portawall white walls?

OK. On the bench: Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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Posted by Mr Mike on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 5:05 PM

The two options are a Highboy and a lowboy chassis setup.

Portawall?  I had to look that one up and they are fake whitewalls for a blackwall tire.  The kit tires give you the option of blackwall tires or adding the whitewall decals for a whitewall tire.

I painted the body, wheels, side panels and frame for the '30 Model A.  Looks great!

More Model A to come...

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Posted by midnightprowler on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 5:40 PM

Great color.  Got this kit coming from a friend.  Going to put a pontiac ohc6 in it.

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Posted by fox on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 8:06 PM

I know this is going to be another great build Mike. You're doing great work.

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, November 18, 2021 8:26 AM

Hmmm;

      Porta-Walls? I didn't think anyone remembered those. They were quite common wherever J.C.Whitney and Warshawsky catalogues were found. The idea was to jack up your car, Lower the tire pressure and insert between the wheel and tire.Then re-inflate the tires to recommended pressure and they were locked in place. Didn't fit bad till the owner hit a curb.Then they would wrinkle up.

 

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Posted by fotofrank on Thursday, November 18, 2021 10:24 AM

I'm old enough to remember when Portawalls were in vogue.

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Posted by oldermodelguy on Thursday, November 18, 2021 12:03 PM

midnightprowler

Great color.  Got this kit coming from a friend.  Going to put a pontiac ohc6 in it.

 

Thats funny, I was thinking anything but another sbc if I got this kit, can't say your choice came to mind though ! I do like something different, that will be different for sure. You're gonna need to do something with the firewall to get the extra length in I imagine.

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Posted by Mr Mike on Friday, November 19, 2021 7:55 AM

Thanks Lee, Jim, fotofrank, and oldermodelguy!  One of the reasons I bought this model was the possibilty of the Buick Nailhead engine being in the kit and there it was!  It is great that this kit has a different engine in it since many rodders build their rods with a small block Chevy.  Interesting though is that the tires decals don't go to the inner edge of the tire, near the wheel like they should.  

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Posted by oldermodelguy on Friday, November 19, 2021 11:42 AM

Mr Mike

Thanks Lee, Jim, fotofrank, and oldermodelguy!  One of the reasons I bought this model was the possibilty of the Buick Nailhead engine being in the kit and there it was!  It is great that this kit has a different engine in it since many rodders build their rods with a small block Chevy.  Interesting though is that the tires decals don't go to the inner edge of the tire, near the wheel like they should.  

 

Good to know there is a naihead in the kit.

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Posted by Mr Mike on Friday, November 19, 2021 4:29 PM

I got the tires assembled, but the whitewalls don't go all the way to the inner edge of the tire by the wheel.  I may have to paint this with some flat white or use my white Gelly Roll pen as I had used on the front tires. I fired up the paintbooth and I painted the engine and the dash panel with Tamiya TS-23 Light Blue.

More Model A to come...

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Posted by keavdog on Friday, November 19, 2021 4:50 PM

Those wheels look great Mike.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Mr Mike on Saturday, November 20, 2021 12:11 PM

Thanks John!  

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Posted by Mr Mike on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 3:48 PM

I have finished assembloing the wheels and tires, but I am undecided about what to do with the gap between the whitewall and the wheel.  The interior sides are in, but they could use a little detailing.  I also painted the interior roof white.  Then I wired the engine and once the body and interior has been added, I'll add the ignition coil.

More Model A to come...

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Posted by JohnnyK on Thursday, November 25, 2021 11:17 AM

That's a great looking color!  I'm looking forward to seeing the finished build.

Your comments and questions are always welcome.

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Posted by Mr Mike on Friday, November 26, 2021 8:10 AM

Thanks JohnnyK!  Almost the same as the box art.

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Friday, November 26, 2021 1:34 PM

I Know, I Know:

     You don't need or want my input. Can't help it! That is just beautiful Clean work. Great job all around. DOC

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Posted by Olezippi on Saturday, November 27, 2021 8:24 AM

Nice looking.  Picked up one of these at the local hobby shop a while back.  

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Posted by Mr Mike on Saturday, November 27, 2021 1:38 PM

Since the paintbooth was fired up today, I painted the firewall and the rooftop with Tamiya TS-26 Pure White.  The rooftop will get a coating of flat or semigloss clear afterwards.

More Model A to come...

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Posted by Olezippi on Saturday, November 27, 2021 4:22 PM

Oops....Double post.

"If you can't fix it with duct tape then it's and electrical problem"

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Posted by Mr Mike on Saturday, November 27, 2021 9:12 PM

Thanks Bob!  

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Posted by mustang1989 on Sunday, November 28, 2021 7:14 AM

fotofrank

I'm old enough to remember when Portawalls were in vogue.

 

Frank: Alright....I'm gonna throw my "old guy hat" in the ring. Didn't JC Whitney sell those? 

 

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Posted by Mr Mike on Sunday, November 28, 2021 1:29 PM

Thanks Joe!  The '30 Ford Coupe is coming along nicely!

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Posted by Mr Mike on Monday, November 29, 2021 9:29 AM

I got the interior floor added with embossing powder for carpet, the fuel cell and battery along with the exhaust system.  I painted the mufflers red to simulate Cherry Bomb mufflers.  

More Model A to come...

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Posted by Mr Mike on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 10:44 AM

More work done on the '30 Ford Model A Coupe.  I want this to be finished on Saturday morning before I head off to the latest meeting of the Classic Plastic Model Club.  I added more of the suspension pieces and then I added the body.  The last picture shows the top added to the rest of the body, but it is not glued on yet.  One of the things I had noticed earlier was that the interior seat would not fit through the open top like the instructions show.  The seat is just too wide and so the top is still loose!  I need to paint the rear interior surround where the top meets the body so that all is the same flat white color.

More Model A to come...

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