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  • From: UK
Posted by PatrickW on Friday, September 19, 2014 4:21 PM

This looks great Snake45 can't wait to see the rest!

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Posted by Snake45 on Saturday, September 20, 2014 6:02 PM

Gave the basic chassis a squirt of paint yesterday—Model Master Olive Drab. While that dried, I tore the engine apart, scraped hideous amounts of ancient tube glue off it, filed away mold marks and more glue, superglued it all back together, and squirted it black. While all that was drying, I went exploring in the Snakepit and managed to discover the original kit's other two Cragar wheels, and its big sand tires. Amazing!

 

Looks better now in OD than it did in its original black and gold, dontcha think? Those sand tires look almost comically large, like a farm tractor or something. Maybe they'll look better after they're properly painted. We'll see.

 

 

Recovering aircraft modeler. "I can see me bound and gagged

Dragged behind the clownmobile...."

--Warren Zevon, "Hostage-O," Life'll Kill Ya, Artemis Record 2000

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Posted by PatrickW on Sunday, September 21, 2014 2:41 PM

It's lookin' good so far, yes do as I do to, tear it down and start/refurb again. It's amazing how our ideas change, but at least we can take them apart try something else. Like my Manx 4X4 above, I was initailly frightened to put the sand tryes all round but I think it turned out OK.

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Posted by Snake45 on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 8:48 PM

I know it doesn't look like it, but this is another four or five hours work.

I can't seem to get the front roll bar struts to line up with anything, especially working around my scratchbuilt and slightly oversized pedals. Oh well, I have some plastic rod of the same diameter so I can made some that will fit somewhere when the glue dries on what I've got nailed in there now.

Much of the new effort went into the engine. One of the original intake manifolds and carbs was missing, no hope of finding such a tiny part. So I swiped the smallish carbs (with air cleaners) from a Revell '29 A truck, and made manifolds for them with some .045” Evergreen rod and a handy .045” drill. Good enough. Cleaned the old glue and flash and ejector pin marks off the original headers, and remounted them. THAT was a nasty little job, and I said a bad word. Several times. Drilled out the exhaust. When the pipes are good and dry, I'll touch up the “welds” with some more superglue and then touch up the welds with flat white paint. Engine finished, and I'd been dreading it.

 

 

Recovering aircraft modeler. "I can see me bound and gagged

Dragged behind the clownmobile...."

--Warren Zevon, "Hostage-O," Life'll Kill Ya, Artemis Record 2000

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Posted by Snake45 on Sunday, September 28, 2014 9:49 AM

Ever toil away at a model for days or weeks or even months, and then one day, without really planning to, you glue on one last part or do one last little bit of paint touchup or something and then realize, “That's it. It's finished!”

Yeah. It's like that.

Wrapped this little pig up yesterday, finally.

My self-imposed “rules” for this project were as follows:

1. Git Er Done.

2. Use all original kit parts that could be found.

3. If original parts couldn't be found, pirate parts from a reissued Manx kit, as long as it could be done without compromising buildability of the Manx.

4. If #2 and #3 not applicable, scratchbuild, or seek parts from parts box or other kits.

I ended up with the following:

*Original 1969 AMT kit: Chassis pan and “spine,” basic front suspension and brakes, rear suspension and shocks, engine (except intakes and carbs) and exhaust, rear roll bar and braces, front roll bar, seats, shifter, steering wheel, all four wheels and tires.

*Reissued Manx: Steering box, steering tie rod, long steering column, gas tank.

*Revell '29 Model A Truck: Carburetors and air cleaners.

*Scratchbuilt: Front shocks (aluminum tubing), pedals (styrene rod and sheet), hand brake (styrene rod and sheet), front roll bar brace (styrene rod), intake manifolds (styrene rod), seat belts (black vinyl tape.)

  

Recovering aircraft modeler. "I can see me bound and gagged

Dragged behind the clownmobile...."

--Warren Zevon, "Hostage-O," Life'll Kill Ya, Artemis Record 2000

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Posted by Snake45 on Sunday, September 28, 2014 9:52 AM

I don't like the seating arrangement, but it was dictated by the final position of the kit steering wheel. Looks like the shifter is too far forward, and you'd need long legs to reach those pedals. At some point in the future, I might be struck by a fit of industry and shorten that steering column about four scale inches, and then move the seats up to match, which would proportion things much better. But at this point I just wanted to “Get Er Done” and didn't want to risk damaging anything by trying to “fix” that right now. If I'd broken anything loose at this point, the whole model would have ended up flying against the wall, I just knowit (to quote Rick Springfield). Truth to tell, if not for Rule #2, I wouldn't have used either the kit's seats or the small steering wheel on this, I'd have found something more appropriate.

I didn't count but I think I spent somewhere between 30 and 40 hours altogether on this restoration/rebuild, including searching for and cleaning original parts (such as the wheels and tires). I honestly believe that if I had built this all from a new kit, I could have done it in half to one third the time.

As alwasys, thanks for looking, and thanks especially for the kind words of encouragement along the way. They really helped, I assure you! Wink

Recovering aircraft modeler. "I can see me bound and gagged

Dragged behind the clownmobile...."

--Warren Zevon, "Hostage-O," Life'll Kill Ya, Artemis Record 2000

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Posted by PatrickW on Thursday, October 09, 2014 5:17 PM

Great idea and great finish well done.

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Posted by streetrodnut on Saturday, November 01, 2014 1:39 PM

Very nice work Snake.

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Posted by CabDriver on Monday, March 30, 2015 4:37 PM

Love that Snake - very cool bro

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Posted by PatrickW on Saturday, April 18, 2015 2:14 AM

This is my latest attempt..........

See all the pics on Hot Rods/Street Rods etc above.

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Posted by PatrickW on Thursday, May 07, 2015 4:40 PM

The last one of my stash is in the mix!

The famous see through Metalic Purple special edition.......... Body, Wheels N Tyres and Engine........

 

 

 

See the finished article on here soon!!

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  • From: Eagan MN
Posted by hotrod jim on Sunday, May 10, 2015 11:09 AM

Love this thread

I had a manx Meyer when I was younger..Man this brings back memories of riding the dunes at Silver lake sand dunes in Mich.

I'm going to have to build one of these

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Posted by PatrickW on Monday, May 11, 2015 4:47 PM

Lucky man to have a real Manx. I've never had the cash to buy one so I'm living the dream making these!

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Posted by PatrickW on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 10:49 AM

This is my last one off the shelf (sob sob)!

A full report in the street machine/hot rod thread above. See through Purple clear shell.

Many mods, real alloy spun wheels, pin heads as bolts on the front wheels etc. Chrome tape all over.

 

 

I now need to think of more themes to buy some more of these Manx kits!

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Posted by PatrickW on Saturday, May 23, 2015 11:19 AM

Number 7 in my list of Manx builds arrived today from Omnimodels in the USA to me in the UK. I am using this to develop a 4 seater on a standard length beetle chassis/floorpan and a possible 6 wheeler! 

I want to extend my resin casting experience with this project.

 

 

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Posted by PatrickW on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 9:08 AM

Here's my latest take on my buggies, my MK18 Buggy Club Meeting.......................

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Posted by PatrickW on Friday, January 01, 2016 4:55 AM

Hi all and a very happy new year!

This is not a Manx (my favourite) but still a dune buggy. Bought off ebayUK as an 'already started' I refurbed the chassis, wheels and tyres and finding the kit decals to far gone to save added my own on the sides...........

Oh and added my own fine sand!

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Posted by PatrickW on Monday, February 22, 2016 9:49 AM

I don't know if this is classed as a buggy, but certainly a Baja Beetle, in this guise it's a Rock Crawler. Made from an R&MM Transkit, scratchbuilt chassis,rollcage and suspension, and added to large wheels with beadlocks,all terrain tyres and roof rack.

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Posted by PatrickW on Saturday, February 27, 2016 2:03 AM

Another recent purchase, the Revell Glitter Bug, OOB built but added multi coloured glitter!

  

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Posted by PatrickW on Saturday, April 02, 2016 3:57 PM

Here's my latest from the Revell Surfite and Tiki Hut kit. I put on larger wheels/tyres and decals to sharpen it up. I took the three kit surfboards and made some others and scratchbuilt a trailer to carry them in. I also added the kit decals on the boards and added a few more from Firebird Designs.

  

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Posted by PatrickW on Sunday, April 03, 2016 4:33 PM

 

 

 

Here's The Tiki Hut with Ed Roth in attendance............

UPDATE

I went into the garage to play in the sand............................

Printed off a beach scene and............

A bit better in terms of staging to photo.

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  • From: Peoria, IL
Posted by markdoo on Sunday, August 07, 2016 2:36 PM

Here's my Manx, all finished-up!

On the bench:  '63 Studebaker Avanti.

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Posted by markdoo on Sunday, August 07, 2016 2:39 PM

A couple more pics:

On the bench:  '63 Studebaker Avanti.

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Posted by PatrickW on Saturday, August 13, 2016 3:32 AM

Well done markdoo, superb colour and finish.

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Posted by PatrickW on Monday, September 05, 2016 4:53 PM

This is my 7th Manx, made with the standard kit parts.

It looks a little military in the dullcoate 'NATO Green'. I stripped all of the chrome with oven cleaner, assembled it all in two parts, chassis with engine/gearbox and front axle and all suspension and the separate body unit with windscreen surround, bonnet, light buckets and rear light shells and then rattle can spray painted the two 'units', then when dry stuck them together.

The wheels are from an AMT '62 Chevy Bel Air kit.

  

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Posted by PatrickW on Saturday, September 10, 2016 11:23 AM

After taking advice, reading 'How To's' on here and watching, 'How to make a Tarp' on YouTube I made a new hood/tarp. The first one had the tarp folded under, but this one I call a 'Draped Over Tarp'..................So that the water can run off over the body.........

I also added 3 Monster decals...................

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Posted by PatrickW on Friday, September 16, 2016 5:59 AM

I've now got the scissors to the tarp, to make it look more 'Factory Fitted' than just 'Thrown Over'.

My next offering on here will possibly be a Lindberg 1/20th Psychedelic Surf Buggy. Watch this space!

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  • From: UK
Posted by PatrickW on Saturday, September 24, 2016 11:42 AM

Another buggy from me this time in 1/20th scale, the Lindberg Psychedelic Surf Buggy.

I've changed a few things, cut out the tops side panels and put in windows, and changed the front wheels and tyres as the kit ones were too big. Painted in 'Rover Metalic Green' and added my own decals.

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Posted by mini man on Sunday, October 02, 2016 1:18 PM

Wow Patrick,some bug obsession you have.Crying

 Very nice I have the tiki kit myself andwas surprised to find a 25th A series under the bonnet!Big Smile

 

Nigel.

 

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  • From: UK
Posted by PatrickW on Monday, October 03, 2016 1:49 PM

Yes Nigel as you can see I have a thing about Manx's, well any beach buggy! Your right with the Tiki vehicle, I also noticed the mini type A Series motor. Having had two mini's in the family in the 60's & 70's!

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