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Fireball Roberts '57 Ford---Revell kit

 
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JWVD5953



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:47 pm    Post subject: Fireball Roberts '57 Ford---Revell kit Reply with quote

Been a few years, I re-registered, forgot my old PW anyways. I believe I used John53 but wasn't sure so I am JWVD5953. Is Bill from N.C. still around? Mongo? He use to help me on dark side builds. Anyways I am starting the Revell kit of Fireball Roberts, pretty much OOB but I am going to
run the exhausts through the trunk and out the tail lights. I know it's not a totally accurate kit but it'll get me back into the swing of things. So far the engine is built. Here is what I have done.---John


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More engine pics.---John



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

More work done. I have the engine on the frame and exhausts cut where they will enter the trunk. What color is the floor pan-trunk area on the undersides, black or red?---John



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great start, yet to get this kit and this build helps me think itís a must have
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now I want one of these, too!
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think that's one of the best, if not the best kit Revell ever did. Definitely a must.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chassis all glued up and drying.---John

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I reattached the exhausts and they are cut off to enter the trunk. Now to make the stubs coming out the tail lights' bezels.---John


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I started the interior. I'm not sure how accurate this is
but I really don't have time to investigate it thoroughly.
So it is what it is. I have the seat built and decaled plus
the door panels painted and decaled.---John

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am very suspicious of the colors. Revell calls out for the
interior as semi gloss black, the box top shows it red. I
have a strange feeling it was red, but have no real proof.---John
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I contribute this with the necessary warning that this is a latter-day replica of the real car. However, I post it because I can't find any decent color sources for the real one, and the guy appears to have done some homework:

https://www.hotrod.com/articles/ctrp-0711-fireball-grand-national/

Click on "View All 18 Photos" for detailed images. He interpreted the dashboard as red, the seats as white or cream (with the gray patterned inserts), and the floorboard as black.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, been there. What bothers me is his exhaust is wrong!
The original went through the trunk and exited through the tail
light bezels. On the old board here someone explained it to me.
They had images of another '57 done that same way.---John
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like this. The rest of his replica looks believable.---John

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Revell Ford is a great kit, even with a few errors. I think they based the kit on that replica that was in the Hot Rod article. Which would be why the car model has mufflers and the wrong exhaust outlets.

All that is fixable. The one thing I did not at all like about the kit is the seat. They made the seat to look like one half of the seat back is removed. The thing is, the seat back was OVER the seat, not behind it, so taking half the seat back off would result in the actual seat still being the same width as the other side, if that makes sense.

Adding Mike's decals really helps this car and gives some other driver options as well.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks. I knew of most of the errors and can live with them. I do remember it mentioned about the mufflers, luckily this won't be a contest car, pretty much a "curb model" close enough for me. I have way too many other half completed models and not a lot of time to do them. I still want to do his purple car, Bill was helping me with that but it got side tracked years ago.Thanks again.---John
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tub mostly done, just need to add the dash. I think my red color is
too orange. I need to change it to a more red and darker one at that.---John

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2018 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bill J wrote:
...The one thing I did not at all like about the kit is the seat. They made the seat to look like one half of the seat back is removed. The thing is, the seat back was OVER the seat, not behind it, so taking half the seat back off would result in the actual seat still being the same width as the other side, if that makes sense.

Adding Mike's decals really helps this car and gives some other driver options as well.


I built my first one from the stock kit and I modified it just that way. I was disappointed that the race version missed that obvious detail. It was pretty simple, I cut off the passenger seatback then cut the top of the seatback off to extend the seat bottom. You also have to add the clearance for the driveshaft tunnel in the part that is added to the seat bottom. I used extra seat upholstery decals for the passenger seat back to extend the seat bottom upholstery.






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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2018 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That came out nice Tom. I did the same on my 55 Chrysler and my 57 Chevy Black Widow.

I did build one showroom stock 57 Ford and was pleased with the kit. I painted it the grey and white like your racer. I was shooting for the simple transportation look Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2018 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info and pictures. Is that roll cage what Revell
should have in their kit? The kit one looks awful skimpy.---John
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2018 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It builds out to a reasonably good local bullring car from the 60's.....I like the kit.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2018 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The chassis and engine are done. On to the body.---John

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2018 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All masked up for the white.---John

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2018 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The white's all done, looks like a snowball in a blizzard! Red next.---John

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the red done.The masks screwed up the white paint on the trunk
so I have to wait till this dries then remask and fix a spot on the trunk.
I won't use Model Masters Custom Lacquer spray again, I'm very unhappy
with the way it went on, I coudn't find the right red in Tamiya spray. I'll
live with it. I also need to do the chrome trim, looks ragged after the masks
came off.---John

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking greT, very nice work.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I still have to do the chrome trim and fix the bad spot on the
trunk lid. The kit gives you 2 metal exhaust tips for the exhaust
where it exits the rear under the bumper. I ran the exhaust through
the trunk as in the real deal so I drilled out the tail light bezels and
super glued the metal exhaust tips as per my reference photos. In
the picture you can see the bad spot, right above where the FORD logo
will go on the trunk, the trim around the rear window needs fixing
also as well as the chrome trim done.---John

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LOVE watching this build! I keep meaning to pick up one of these soon. Keep
em coming!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, I haven't gotten crap done in a week. The
weather here in sunny Gulf Coast south central Florida
has been bone chilling! Barely made it to 60 today, went
for a bike ride and wind chill was 50ish!!!!! The good news
is the next couple days will be 70s so I can sand the trunk
and repaint. I did get the wheels on.---John


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