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Rat Rod for NNL West 2016 - Completed; Lots of final pics added
Topic Started: Feb 15 2016, 08:40 PM (526 Views)
Bernard Kron
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The NNL West this year is on March 12th and one of the two theme tables will feature Rat Rods. That means this project needs to be completed within the next 4 weeks, so I’m trying to keep it simple. Of course almost everything about it is either kit bashed or scratch built, but much of the more challenging stuff has already progressed a bit so I think I’ve got a shot at it. Anyway, it’s virtually a tradition with me to have a last minute thrash to get something done for the NNL West each year.


The basis for the build is the modified Ala Kart body included in the later series re-issues of the AMT ’29 Ford Model A roadster kits. This body lacks the hump in the middle of the cowl included in the genuine Ala Kart shell, so it can pass for a kind of cross between a Model A RPU and a T-bucket. I suspect this will be the shell you’ll find in the upcoming Mod Rod re-release from Round 2, as well. I’ll use the Ala Kart windshield and dashboard, too. This is the kit I got the parts from:

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The only other source kit used to any degree is the AMT ’34 Ford 5-window coupe kit, which provided the Kelsey Hayes style wire wheels and the skinny front tires, as well as the rear axle. The rear tires are from the Revell ‘40 Ford Standard kit, adapted to fit the AMT wires. The front axle is from a Monogram ’37 Ford Panel Delivery Van, heated at both ends to create a dropped axle. Otherwise most all the other parts will come from the proverbial parts box, which is to say their origin remains somewhat vague. This includes the rear cross member and buggy spring and the eventual motor for the car which will be a nearly stock small block Chevy with plain stock valve covers, a single four barrel carb and basic air filter, with only a set of resin lakes-style exhausts sourced off of eBay, to hint at any hop up.

The door decals are homemade and the white lettering was achieved by printing to white decal paper on a purple background to match the purple Krylon paint on the body shell. The main body was weathered using weathering powders and Testors DullCote.

The chassis is scratch built with an AMT Ala Kart cross member and ’29 Ford rear cross member. I scratch built a gas tank out of styrene stock sanded to shape. The back of the tank is curved to conform to the shape of the main body. It will be painted body color with weathered chrome straps across the ends and towards the middle. The wheels and frame will most likely be finished in weathered matte metallic rust red.


Below are pictures of where I’m at so far. Updates should come thick and fast since time is tight.

Thanx for lookin’,
B.

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Bernard Kron
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:))) Looks like it is going to be another killer build. Keep those updates coming, especially any hints on weathering.
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:))) rlr :)))
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Bench or buckets? A piston shaped shifter would go well with those graphix. :))) :))) rlr
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Bernard Kron
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Thanks guys!

Buckets, I think. I'd like to show the lightly rusted interior. The piston shifter hadn't occurred to me... Duh! There's one in the Revell Deuce 5-window kits, but I've had zero luck getting it off the chrome tree in one piece - bizarre....

I did a test run on the paint and weathering I'll use on wheels and chassis and it's got the look I'm after, so I think I'll be posting pictures of that in the next few days.
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While I'm not one to be into the whole "rat rod" thing, what you have going here Bernard is looking pretty awesome so far!!!!!! Can't wait to see more!!!
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Bernard Kron
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Thanx Doc!

The clock is ticking for NNL West but progress is being made. Most major parts constructed so far have been painted and weathered. The motor is built except for some small details like ignition and fuel system. The chassis was finished in Testors Gloss Custom Red Metalflake enamel and then weathered with Testors Dullcote and rust and dirt weathering powders. The fuel tank was finished in the same manner as the body, using the salting technique over red primer, then a coat of Krylon Gumdrop purple and Testors DullCote followed by weathering powders. The motor came from my parts box. It is a largely stock Chevy small block finished in Chevy Engine Orange. The 4-barrel carb is from a Revell Deuce kit, the air cleaner from my parts box and the headers are resin items purchased from the eBay Sci Fi Movie Props. They are very high quality and were delivered quickly. Highly recommended. I drilled out the ends and finished the headers in Krylon Premium Chrome, then gave them the Dullcote and weathering powder treatment. I used this technique on all “plated” parts, first stripping any kit chrome where there was some. The firewall, windshield and dash are Ala Kart pieces from the AMT ’29 Ford donor kit. The firewall was finished to match the frame and the windshield and dash received the same weathered chrome finish as the headers. The wheels were finished in the same manner as the frame and the tires weathered along with the wheels.

The major work left to do consists of completing and installing the suspension, wiring, detailing and installing the motor, chopping, painting and installing a ’32 Ford Grill, fabricating an interior and adding lights. So, still quite a bit to do but I think I have a shot at making my self-imposed deadline.

Thanks for lookin’,
B.

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It's coming along very well. Looks like you have done some real nice weathering on the body. Motor looks good sitting between the rails like that. :))) :))) rlr
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Your welcome Bernard!!!! Still looking good there!!!!!!!!
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Thanks!

I’m on the home stretch! I got the chassis completed including the suspension, drivetrain and the radiator and grill. I made a bench seat for the interior and a bare metal floor (actually styrene sheet finished in Metalizers, steel for the undercarriage side and gunmetal for the interior side). The seat was made from styrene quarter round and styrene corrugated siding sheet. The seat is finished in Testors British Crimson and weathered to look like distressed leather. The grille shell is cut down to about half size and comes from an AMT Phantom Vicky kit. All that’s left is the lighting system, a steering wheel and the steering linkage, some windshield glass and a shift lever. I should have final assembly done sometime this week. I think this car will actually make it to the NNL West.

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All done, and in time at that! Thanx to all for following along. Here are some "beauty pics" of the final result. Hope you dig it!

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Wow, what a great looking rat rod. Outstanding attention to detail. brvo
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Thanks so much, Kevin. This is not a style I generally do. Not in my comfort zone, at least when I started out. But I used techniques and approaches I understood and in the end I think I came up with a credible Rat Rod.
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Great looking rat rod.

Fantastic weathering on this build. jsm jsm jsm

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Cute little bugger...Nice built
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Thanks!

Broken Photobucket links repaired. For now I'm only updating completed model pics. Updating w.i.p. links is just too huge a task! I'll update them on request...
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