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29 Ford Model A Roadster Lowboy
Posted by Mr Mike on Thursday, December 9, 2021 12:36 PM

I had once mentioned to others about combining the leftover '29 Model A Roadster and the '30 Model A Coupe parts and combining them into one model. That was until I did my research and found that there is no second body in the Roadster kit like I thought there was. Club member John Davison offered me his '29 Ford Model A Roadster parts kit for this build and I thanked him for it! But, what I got was a nearly complete kit for nothing! Thank you, John!!!

John used 3 parts out of the kit and those pieces wouldn't affect to outcome of my build. A lowboy '29 with a SBC and 3 deuces, interior pieces from the '30 Model A Coupe such as the bucket seats, open back interior and cut-out interior panels. My paint will be Dupli-Color Stellar Blue Pearl with a light tan interior and emobssing powder for carpet. Let's see what I can do with this.

More Model A to come...

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Posted by oldermodelguy on Thursday, December 9, 2021 3:46 PM

Given your track record on these builds it should be awesome !

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Posted by Mr Mike on Thursday, December 9, 2021 3:51 PM

Thanks oldermodelguy!  I wasn't sure of what color to paint this.  I picked up a free can of Stellar Blue Pearl at a Club meeting and I thought I would give it a try.  It should look great with the light tan interior I am planning for it.  I think it was a color combo from a early to mid '70s Lincoln Mark that I keep thinking about. 

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Posted by fox on Thursday, December 9, 2021 9:00 PM

Can't wait to see this one Mike! You are knocking these builds out of the park.

Jim Captain

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Posted by oldermodelguy on Friday, December 10, 2021 4:43 AM

Tan interiors always go well with maroons, darker blues, mid to dark greens imo. I'm doing a 1/16 31 Ford and the interior is more saddle colored ( hint of red in there, the convertible boot is a tanish buff and the body Washington blue. The whole project is on hold because I'm not charged up over the Washington blue finish.itself. I shot it in acrylic lacquer and the buffing is tenuous, no end. I don't know why MCW doesn't use a slower thinner in their lacquer, should have bought enamel anyway ! I always win with enamel.

Some of your builds are dead on to my tastes in hot rods. Although I would like to do a full fendered A or B with a hemi. Did one when I was a kid in a teal green and that was a might long time ago lol. Haven't done one since. This A I'm doing is stock.

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Posted by Mr Mike on Friday, December 10, 2021 8:28 AM

Speaking of Hemis, I once did a '32 5 window hot rod with a 392 CI Hemi.

 

Lately, I avoid using a paint I am not familiar with unless it is to experiment with it.  I use spray cans exclusively unless I have a need for a specific color, then I use my airbrush.

 

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Posted by Mr Mike on Saturday, December 11, 2021 4:41 PM

I have finally finished the Small Block Chevy with its three deuces.  I wired the engine and added a ignition coil since Revell never included one.

More Model A to come...

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Posted by Mr Mike on Monday, December 13, 2021 2:51 PM

I primered and painted the '29 Roadster today, but the results were not what I had hoped for.  This hot paint crazed the plastic inspite of the primer I used.  I guess some sanding is in order for this hot rod.

More Model A to come...

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Posted by oldermodelguy on Monday, December 13, 2021 6:23 PM

Mr Mike

Speaking of Hemis, I once did a '32 5 window hot rod with a 392 CI Hemi.

 

Lately, I avoid using a paint I am not familiar with unless it is to experiment with it.  I use spray cans exclusively unless I have a need for a specific color, then I use my airbrush.

 

 

Nice !!

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Posted by oldermodelguy on Monday, December 13, 2021 6:56 PM

Mr Mike

I primered and painted the '29 Roadster today, but the results were not what I had hoped for.  This hot paint crazed the plastic inspite of the primer I used.  I guess some sanding is in order for this hot rod.

More Model A to come...

 

I hear you on this but then I find myself pretty much never happy with hot lacquers on plastic models. Not that thrilled really with hot acrylic lacquer when I shot 1/1 for that matter. Now nitrocelulos lacquer is another matter or the new hybrids.

Just fwiw over in MCM forums there have been a lot of complaints about Duplicolor of late crazing plastic right through the primer. I should have said something before you shot it, I'm sorry this happened.

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Posted by Mr Mike on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 8:25 AM

I have shot Dupli-Color paints before and I have never had this problem.  So the issue must be with this particular paint.  

oldermodelguy
I should have said something before you shot it, I'm sorry this happened. 

It is not your fault that this paint was too hot for my primer.  

I have been assembling the chassis and the wheels and tires. 

More Model A to come...

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Posted by oldermodelguy on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 10:03 AM

I'm starting to think you work 24/7 on these things !!

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Posted by Mr Mike on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 8:32 AM

I'm retired and with the Covid-19 Pandemic hitting us, it seems like that is all I do.  But, I do other things, so model building is not 24/7.

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by Mr Mike on Thursday, December 16, 2021 9:16 AM

I've been working on assembling the chassis.  I sure hate these spindly front suspensions!  Anyway, the chassis is up on its wheels and tires and it's level, too.  Now, to figure out what I am going to do about the body...

More Model A to come...

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Posted by oldermodelguy on Thursday, December 16, 2021 9:35 AM

That rolling chassis looks great !

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Posted by Mr Mike on Friday, December 17, 2021 8:03 AM

Thanks oldermodelguy!  

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Posted by Mr Mike on Saturday, December 18, 2021 9:28 AM

I had this vision of using the Coupe's inner structure and it just doesn't fit.  So I took the Roadster's inner structure and placed inside the Roadster's body and, of course it fits better.  I took my hobby knife and scored the interior panels and removed them and I liked the look a whole lot better.  I am moving forward and using these side panels instead.

More Model A to come...

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Posted by Mr Mike on Saturday, December 18, 2021 4:55 PM

A mockup to check my work.  This is looking great and I wished I thought of it earlier!  I sanded the body and now to take it apart for a bath.  The firewall will be primed and painted, but I don't know if it would be white or body colored.  John took the original dash and I had a spare from the AMT '32 Ford Phaeton.  Now to primer it, paint and detail it.

More Model A to come...

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Posted by keavdog on Saturday, December 18, 2021 9:58 PM

I kinda like the patina of the body after your sanding and whatnot.  Maybe a rat rod?

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Mr Mike on Sunday, December 19, 2021 8:24 AM

Thank you John, but if it ain't shiny, it ain't mine!  I don't do patina or rat rods.

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Posted by oldermodelguy on Sunday, December 19, 2021 2:25 PM

Just to me, firewall body color. You're on your own with the top /boot lol.

You gonna take another crack at the lacquer you shot the first time ?

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Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, December 20, 2021 5:29 AM

Coming along nicely Mike. Looking forward to the repainting efforts.

                   

 

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Posted by Mr Mike on Monday, December 20, 2021 7:44 AM

Thanks oldermodelguy and Joe!

oldermodelguy

You gonna take another crack at the lacquer you shot the first time ? 

I have decided to use Tamiya TS-53 Deep Metallic Blue which is close in color and shade to the Dupli-Color Stellar Blue Pearl.  The Dupli-Color paint seems to be too hot chemically.

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Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, December 20, 2021 7:52 AM

That's going to be a good looking color on that car.

                   

 

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Posted by oldermodelguy on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 6:02 AM

Mr Mike

Thanks oldermodelguy and Joe!

 

 
oldermodelguy

You gonna take another crack at the lacquer you shot the first time ? 

 

 

I have decided to use Tamiya TS-53 Deep Metallic Blue which is close in color and shade to the Dupli-Color Stellar Blue Pearl.  The Dupli-Color paint seems to be too hot chemically.

 

Great choice !

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Posted by Mr Mike on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 7:59 AM

Thanks Joe and oldermodelguy!  I had forgotten that I had this paint in my paint drawer.  I should take an inventory of what I have in there.  As you get older...the memory of...what was I talking about? Big Smile

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Posted by Mr Mike on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 2:32 PM

I took a piece of wide masking tape and masked off the grille so I could paint the grille surface flat black.  When I removed the tape, I was left with bleed-through and tape residue on the chrome.  Now to figure out how to remove the bleed-through and the tape residue.  The seats have been painted.  I sanded the body, but the side panels need to be repainted since they fell victim to my dropping my small bottle of paint thinner for brush cleaning.

More Model A to come...

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Posted by oldermodelguy on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 4:12 AM

I used to spray my grills with a really cut back #2 or 2.5 tip and needle so fine a spray you caouldn't really see the mist but if I got in to about a 1/4 inch of the surface paint started to collect. I moved to a brush thoughand just hand paint those items these days. especially for washes where you want the chrome bars showing. That A I'd probably do with the #2 and lacquer. I say that and then probably would grab the hand brush anyway lol ( getting fickle in my 70's here, or daffy !) What I do is vasoline the chrome, just a fine film that wipes right off with tissues and 50% mix of alcohol.

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Posted by Mr Mike on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 8:54 AM

Thanks for the tips oldermodelguy!  I took a piece of wide masking tape and burnished it down and sprayed my flat black paint for a uniform covering.  Apparently, my burnishing was not good enough and I had some bleed-through.  The bleed-through doesn't bother me as much as the tape residue and I don't want to damage the chrome plating when I try to remove the residue.

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Posted by lurch on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 8:52 PM

Thats going to be a fantastic looking car when you are done. Cant wait ti see it finished.

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