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TITUS' 1956 Chevy Wagon

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TITUS' 1956 Chevy Wagon
Posted by CarModDave on Sunday, February 1, 2004 10:15 AM
One of my favorite shows ( as you can tell by my signature! Big Smile ) was the FOX comedy "TITUS", which was a darkly comedic portrayal of star Christopher Titus' real life.
On the show he owned a custom shop called "TITUS High Performance" and used his own, personal 1956 Chevy 210 "Handyman" Station Wagon as the shop car. It was seen in many episodes in the background. When the show was on the air, I was a member of the TITUS message board. Chris Titus also posted there on occassion. Anyway, he caught wind of the model and we started emailing back and forth - and have been ever since! He thought I really captured the car as it looked on the show. However, since that time he has changed the interior from gray tweed to a white tuck and roll with red piping, removed the logo and tint from the rear side windows and added some cool "Von Dutch" pinstripes to the hood. I am awaiting new pics from Chris so that I can build a scale model for Titus himself!
The model is based on the Revell '56 Nomad wagon. The body is the correct 210 "Handyman" body style from R&R Vacuum Craft. The logos and flame decals were custom one-offs made from my own artwork then printed on a friend's ALPS printer. The motor is the Chevy TPI from R&D Unique, fully wired and plumbed along with a scratchbuilt A/C system.
Hope you enjoy the pics!

By the way, more pics and a better description of the model ( along with the theme music from "TITUS" ! ) are on my website. Just click the "web" icon below and look under "Station Wagons" on the site.




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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, February 1, 2004 11:08 AM
I allways like to see that one Dave. Are you working on a model of the Jester also? Can't wait to see it if you do!
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Posted by hot ford coupe on Sunday, February 1, 2004 11:33 AM
Really really nice Dave. Very high quality. DId you use the chrome pieces from the kit or do you strip them and repaint? If so, what did you use? Also, what type of paint is that? Thanks in advance
I'm hopelessly addicted to building models. Not finishing them, just building them.
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Posted by CarModDave on Sunday, February 1, 2004 11:48 AM
Thanks, Steve! Yeah, this is one of my favorite builds, too.
As a matter of fact, Chris sent me tons of photos of the "Jestter" and I've been gathering kits and parts for awhile so I have enough to do TWO build ups - one for me and one for Titus! I've got to find a way to reproduce those Foose wheels, though. Hopefully I can get started on it soon. It's not like I've already got a half-dozen projects ready to go........Wink

QUOTE: Originally posted by Steve Milberry

I allways like to see that one Dave. Are you working on a model of the Jester also? Can't wait to see it if you do!
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Posted by CarModDave on Sunday, February 1, 2004 11:52 AM
Thanks "coupe"! Big Smile Yes, the bumpers were the kit parts, stripped, seams removed and repainted with Alclad II chrome.
The body color is Testors Chrysler Engine Red, but the actual car's color is brighter. The clearcoat I use is DuPont ChromaClear 2 part automotive urethane.

QUOTE: Originally posted by hot ford coupe

Really really nice Dave. Very high quality. DId you use the chrome pieces from the kit or do you strip them and repaint? If so, what did you use? Also, what type of paint is that? Thanks in advance
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, February 1, 2004 12:07 PM
nice looking car.
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Posted by 1320wayne on Sunday, February 1, 2004 12:18 PM
As usual Dave, another awesome model. I've seen the real car in person and I don't remember seeing the flames on the roof. Is that something that was added later or did I just miss it? Again, a beautiful job!!SmileTongueBig SmileCool
"Those who try, get passed up by those who do" "Life comes at you a quarter mile at a time" http://public.fotki.com/1320wayne/
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Posted by Chris B on Sunday, February 1, 2004 12:28 PM
Dave, I remember waiting every week to watch that show just to catch the cool cars he had on the show or the models of cars he had displayed around the shop.
IT was a great show and I think would do well on Speed or the new Wheels network for syndication. Or maybe start anew!
As for your model, If I wouldn't have known better, I would have thought it was the real car from the show! I cannot wait to see your fresh new buildup for Christopher!
Thanks for showing the pics, truly a stunning build and great story!
Chris
My Fotki page Full of car shows, my builds and some model contests.
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Posted by hot ford coupe on Sunday, February 1, 2004 12:31 PM
Thanks Dave. Looks like I've got my work cut out for me now. By the way, I just got a look at your website and I'm highly impressed. You really build one heck of a model. No wonder you win at the shows
I'm hopelessly addicted to building models. Not finishing them, just building them.
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Posted by vinnietbird on Sunday, February 1, 2004 6:07 PM
Shagadellic!!!!!
"The HEMI turns on where everything else turns off"
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, February 1, 2004 6:34 PM
thats kool!!!!! nice work i love the wireing, it's do small!!!!! it's great, keep it up!!!!!
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Posted by jneace40 on Sunday, February 1, 2004 8:14 PM
Thats another great looking car
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Posted by Slabbedask on Sunday, February 1, 2004 11:17 PM
I haven't seen the tv show, but if it's half as cool as your model, I surely must have missed out on something!! Impressive!!
You're never too old to have a happy childhood...! http://public.fotki.com/slabbedask/
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Posted by Drackopolis on Monday, February 2, 2004 12:49 AM
In a word..........Awesome!

I am still ticked that the show was canceled also.......Grrrrrrr...
Rev. James D. Baker www.bakerministries.org
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, February 2, 2004 7:12 AM
WOW that's another sweet creation, man! Right down to the gasket on the radio antenna!
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Posted by hot ford coupe on Monday, February 2, 2004 7:15 AM
Whoa! I didn't even pick that up. Nice
I'm hopelessly addicted to building models. Not finishing them, just building them.
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, February 2, 2004 1:26 PM
I'm gonna have to look out for that show!

Smart Model!
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  • From: Norway
Posted by woody76 on Thursday, February 5, 2004 4:12 AM
You`re the man !! Now i got two favorite builders you and Juha Ario.
Your models are some of the best i`ve seen, keep up the good work

Thor

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