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PostSubject: Big Red Rod   Sun 17 Mar 2013, 4:36 am

Well after a year of messing with this thing it is done. I built this model for Don Richardson at Richardson Custom Auto Body. Here is a link to his site. Don is a nationally know car builder. I think the only two he hasn't won are the America's Most Beautiful Roadster and the Riddler.

http://www.richardsoncustomautobody.com/index.html

Go there and look at some of his work. I know you have seen the cars before.

Don found this kit at a swap meet and bought it for 100.00. There was no bar code on the box so we knew it was old. I showed it to Bob Paeth before he passed. He said the kit dated to 1962 or 1964. Lindberg released the kit about the same time that Monogram let there Big "T" series of kits out. The Monogram kits blew the Lindberg kit out of the water so it was never very popular.

The kit it's self was a struggle from the time I started on it. Parts didn't fit right and that made the build long. When I put the rear end together the pinion didn't even touch the ring gear. I made shims out of aluminum foil and it took 3 days to get it right. Not to tight not to loose. The fact that the ring gear wasn't flat didn't help. I finally got it flat enough using weight on top of it and a hair dryer to heat it.

The same program in the building of the steering box. When I finally got it right. the car was so heavy if you tried to steer it the steer would break where the pitman arm hooks onto the drag link. After scratch building 3 pins to hold it together I changed the setup. I built to sets of jack stands to hold the front and rear wheels about 1/8 inch off the ground. Then you could steer it and the engine, trans, rear end and rear wheels all turned.













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PostSubject: Re: Big Red Rod   Wed 20 Mar 2013, 4:43 am

Wow!!! I love this hot rod! A real show stopper from the headlights to the rear tires. Fantastic!
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PostSubject: Re: Big Red Rod   Thu 21 Mar 2013, 11:48 pm

what can you say.....it's big.....it's red......and it's a hot rod
way cool Buck
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PostSubject: Re: Big Red Rod   Sun 16 Jun 2013, 2:28 am

I'm very late getting in a comment, I got the Lindberg kit back in the day and as an "almost teen" had nothing but trouble with fit and strength of plastic on thin parts.  My one came in green and I wasn't thrilled.  If I remember, the batteries went in the brass plated gas tank.
    The later issuing of the Lindberg Fiat drag car was still of weakness and bad fit.  I know when I've sometimes snapped some sprue to get a bit for a project, it breaks where there's an internal bubble in the plastic.  This may be the reason my parts couldn't hold up in building. 
    You deserve congrats for finishing a challenging model.
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PostSubject: Re: Big Red Rod   Sun 16 Jun 2013, 4:37 am

Awesome Big Red Rod    Sounds like a real pain to build but you handled it very well indeed.
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PostSubject: Re: Big Red Rod   Sun 16 Jun 2013, 12:31 pm

LOve it! What an awesome build. Love all the show accessories too. 001
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PostSubject: Re: Big Red Rod   Sun 16 Jun 2013, 5:00 pm

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Buck this build is super slick! You did a great job bud! I love these!
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PostSubject: Re: Big Red Rod   Sun 16 Jun 2013, 5:55 pm

Thanks guys.
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PostSubject: Re: Big Red Rod   Mon 17 Jun 2013, 7:39 am

A truly beautiful result Buck. Your friend Don will be happy.
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PostSubject: Re: Big Red Rod   Thu 29 Aug 2013, 11:54 am

Really like those big Monogram kits and always wanted the 'T' for the steelies and slicks for my Big '32 Ford Roadster.
I built this about 18 years ago and still got it in my loft.

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PostSubject: Re: Big Red Rod   Thu 29 Aug 2013, 5:40 pm

Looks great. The color is spot on.
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PostSubject: Re: Big Red Rod   Thu 29 Aug 2013, 6:21 pm

That's beautiful!
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PostSubject: Re: Big Red Rod   Sun 01 Sep 2013, 11:51 am

Wow man that's a great build, the car looks great the photos look great... Stunning!!!!!
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