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  • Member since
    June, 2006
  • From: Midwest
Fiat Coupe with Fenders
Posted by mvadrag on Wednesday, June 06, 2018 4:53 PM

Hello all,

I bought a resin Fiat body with fenders from Steve Kolher a few years ago thinking it would make for a neat little hot rod.  After cleaning it up a bit, I tried to mock up the body with some tires and realized the fenders were too small to fit any good size rubber... it is supposed to be a hot rod!

Then I decided to see what I could do to create a body with more fender space.  I started with an old AMT fiat coupe from the Double Dragster and attached front fenders from a scrap Revell Anglia gasser and left over back fenders from a Revell 1932 Ford.  I added the wheels and tires from an old ARII parts pack.

This is the rough mock up after gluing everything together.

The chassis will be shortened from a Revell Willys Pro Street kit.

Drag racing and model building/collecting are my hobbies.

http://public.fotki.com/mvadrag/model-cars/

  • Member since
    June, 2006
  • From: Midwest
Posted by mvadrag on Wednesday, June 06, 2018 5:17 PM

Here it is in primer and compared to the original resin body.

More clean up required!!

 

Drag racing and model building/collecting are my hobbies.

http://public.fotki.com/mvadrag/model-cars/

  • Member since
    February, 2008
  • From: Seattle, WA
Posted by gbk1 on Wednesday, June 06, 2018 6:23 PM

It works! I'll have to look at trying something similar. The rolling stock is a little wide and modern for the kind of stuff I do, but the basic approach is on the money. Nice clean work so far, too. I'm looking forward to seeing more!

Bernard Kron Keep On Buildin'

  • Member since
    March, 2017
  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Wednesday, June 06, 2018 6:42 PM

Love it !! Those wheels ( Turbovecs ?) look so good

I've always loved watching these Altered drag "little mouse's - er mice ..." - Topolino in English !)

I have an idea for the resin -small arch- one for you .

How about a Kemp Kustom one ALA 36 Ford 3 window taildragger ?

Just a set of whitewalls & flipper caps with fender skirts on the rears .

Just a thought ;-))

I've even seen a sedan version of a topolino in a local Suzuki store .... (?) 

Never knew it existed . 

  • Member since
    December, 2007
  • From: Portland Oregon: Tree Country. Most beautiful area on the West coast.
Posted by Treehugger Dave on Thursday, June 07, 2018 10:07 AM

I like what your doing with your project. Here's a few pics of my ol' Girl.

I used an AMT body also and the Anglis front fenders like you. The 1/25 scale tires and wheels didn't look right to me so I used a 1/32 scale set and those looked great to me.

http://s253.photobucket.com/user/treehuggerdave/media/022_zpschd1jy1l.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0

http://s253.photobucket.com/user/treehuggerdave/media/022_zpschd1jy1l.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0

 

Love Velocity channel, Mecum Auctions and Barrett/Jackson auctions 

 

 

                                     

 

 

  • Member since
    June, 2006
  • From: Midwest
Posted by mvadrag on Thursday, June 07, 2018 4:30 PM

Thanks for the comments.  No plan yet for the resin body.

Dave, I am happy you have a similar project going.  I think I saw it in the background of one of your previous posts.  You, of course, are in the advanced modeling class with opening doors and hood.  Nice stance with the wheels.  I need to work on my body work and paint.

Here is a picture of my inspiration for this project. It is from an Oct 1974 Hot Rod magazine feature.  I really liked the way the little car looks with the fenders filled with tires.  I will not duplicate it, but the chunky hot rod look will definitely show up.

Drag racing and model building/collecting are my hobbies.

http://public.fotki.com/mvadrag/model-cars/

  • Member since
    July, 2014
  • From: Roswell, GA USA
Posted by Ergo Proxy on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 8:47 AM

That's a really cool drag car!

Too many models to build in a lifetime.

  • Member since
    March, 2017
  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 10:50 AM

Those BBS wheels are haunting me I'm certain LOL 

1st I saw Gary Davis' Widebody Turbo Capri 

Then the recent F40 Ferrari 

now A Topolino . (which I must say looks awesome 3 wheeling into a bend like a Lotus Cortina !)

Ok . Ok . I'll buy some of those BBS for my IFS/IRS 4 cam V8 Turbo Deuce roadster idea .... I get it . ! YesWinkThumbs Up

  • Member since
    June, 2006
  • From: Midwest
Posted by mvadrag on Thursday, July 26, 2018 8:08 AM

I was happy with the way the added fenders turned out on the Fiat.  Seemed like everything was going right and all I needed to do was clean up the body work.  I intended to use a shortened pro street chassis from Revell's Willys kit, so I cut it to fit the wheel base of my little body.  What I overlooked was how narrow the track of the new front fenders really were.  Now, the big front tires will not fit as planned.

Here is my glued up and painted shortened chassis.

The chassis inserted into the body.

No way the planned wheels and tires will fit!  New narrowed chassis required. Sad

Drag racing and model building/collecting are my hobbies.

http://public.fotki.com/mvadrag/model-cars/

  • Member since
    March, 2011
Posted by gulftarpon on Saturday, August 11, 2018 12:08 PM

I may be in the minority, but I like old Italian cars and would love to have a kit of a stock Topolino, maybe as a 2-n-1 offering a street stock car and a drag option.

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