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Gassers? (UPDATED 2-24-13 with 3 added models): Photos here of every Gasser model I've ever built....

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Gassers? (UPDATED 2-24-13 with 3 added models): Photos here of every Gasser model I've ever built....
Posted by funman1712 on Saturday, April 02, 2011 5:09 AM

13 different gassers....157 studio-type photos at the link below... and exerpts of the album with photos throughout this string of posts of each of these models....yes it's the Tim Boyd history of Gasser models. 

http://public.fotki.com/funman1712/boyd-gassers

Every gasser has photos of each of the major assemblies, including closeups of those front and rear Gasser suspensions, and at least one of my favorite low-angle shots emphasizing the sometimes exagerated stance of these vehicles.

The album includes street gassers, classic drag gassers (Willys, Anglias), and the modern-bodied gassers with of the late 1960's/early 1970's.

The models were built over a period of 1966 to 2010.  Yes, there are two unrestored gasser models dating from 1966.  Another was started 1970 with an MPC '70 Challenger Annual Kit combined with an MPC Ohio George '69 Mustang kit, and finished around 1987.   Several were built in the last five years. 

I'll try to feature a single photo of each car over the next few days, for those that do not want to go to the album. 

Let's start with this mashup of the Revell '57 Chevy Black Widow, AMT '55 Nomad, and Monogram '55 Chevy "BadMan" kits.  This was a recent Scale Auto cover article. 

Thanks for looking and enjoy.....TIM BOYD   

http://public.fotki.com/funman1712/boyd-gassers    

 

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Posted by james2 on Saturday, April 02, 2011 5:57 AM

I for one would love to go to the album and look around, But I don't see a link!

Is this some cruel 4/1 joke, Tim?

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Posted by willieman on Saturday, April 02, 2011 6:30 AM

HAHA,,,try clicking on his name ,,I figured it out ,,tons of neat stuff !!

Gotta think outside the box !!

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Posted by funman1712 on Saturday, April 02, 2011 6:53 AM

James....sorry the "insert link" function doesn't seem to want to work for my this morning.  I've updated the post manually with the link now added.  Best regards...TIM

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Posted by james2 on Saturday, April 02, 2011 8:03 AM

Smile

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Posted by funman1712 on Sunday, April 03, 2011 6:17 PM

Here's another of the Gassers from my Fotki.com photo album.

This was the basis of a Scale Auto how-to article about three or so years ago.  It's the AMT-Ertl 1956 T-Bird "American Graffitti" car, built with Gasser suspension parts and a dual-carbed Ford Y-Block engine.  As I recall, there wasn't room in the article for a good side view of the finished car that showed the "Hank Borger Inspired" paint fade design. 

There are plenty more pictures of this car, plus 12 other Gassers from the Boyd model car collection, at the following link:

http://public.fotki.com/funman1712/boyd-gassers    

More excerpts from the album later. 

Thanks for looking....TIM

 

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Posted by james2 on Sunday, April 03, 2011 6:59 PM

Very nice Tim, thanks for sharing this.

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Posted by funman1712 on Monday, April 04, 2011 5:44 PM

Today's excerpt from the Gasser album is this Revell '49 Anglia, one of three (if you include the sister Thames Panel) in the album.  Unlike the other two, which were built in 1966 or thereabouts, this one was completed just a few years ago for a box stock buildup in Scale Auto.   Those decals, from the kit, have long been some of my favorites and have shown up on a number of Boyd builds dating all the way back to...well....nearly the beginning.  

Anyway, if you'd like to see a ton of photos of this model, or any of the other ones in this album, and you haven't already tried the link above, here it is again....Thanks for looking....TIM

www.fotki.com/funman1712/boyd-gassers

 

 

 

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Posted by funman1712 on Tuesday, April 05, 2011 8:01 PM

Today's post from the album referenced above....a box stock build of AMT's iconic 1933 Willys kit, painted the correct 1953 Cadillac color with paint from MCW Automotive Finishes.....thanks for looking.  TIM

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Posted by milo1303s on Tuesday, April 05, 2011 9:48 PM

Great kits was bummed to not see the Austin coupe !!!

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Posted by james2 on Wednesday, April 06, 2011 5:33 AM

And a fine build it is, Tim.

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Posted by GASSERS#1 on Thursday, April 07, 2011 11:42 AM

tim -thank you for the work that you have done over the years. your gasser models are very inspiring.Bow

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Posted by 6pkk on Thursday, April 07, 2011 5:29 PM

I agree, and totally dig every article Tim writes for the magazine too!!!

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Posted by funman1712 on Thursday, April 07, 2011 6:24 PM

Thanks Guys!  That feedback is very much appreciated.

Sorry I missed the posting last night, so tonight I'll post two....these are probably my first real kitbashed (as in parts combined from multiple kits) model projects and they date from mid-late 1966 if I recall correctly.  They were both inspired by Don Emmon's articles on the Revell Anglia and Thames kits that appeared in the June and July 1966 issues of Rod and Custom magazine.  These are unrestored survivors....and you can see that the Anglia has lost almost all of its Revell "Blue Plexi" windows.  

 

This Anglia was my first real body modification model, wherein I glued the hoods and fenders together, then cut that assembly from the rest of the body.  The early Chrylser Hemi from the AMT Double Dragster kit was snuggled in somehow, and the front axle setup and wheels/tires came fron the original issue of AMT's '55 Nomad Trophy Series kit.  The paint was Testors Metalflake Jade Green Metallic over gold. 

 After building the Anglia, I HAD to do the Thames kit.  This one used the front supercharged SBC from the AMT Double Dragster kits (pix of the engine install are at the above link), and Testors Metalflake Purple over Gold.  The front wheels and tires were from the Revell Miss Deal kit which has just been released.  The decals were added a few years later, sourced from the MPC Carl Casper Paddy Wagon show rod kit. 

All 13 of my gasser models, with detail shots of each one in salon-style photography, are at the link for anyone who has not already looked....TIM 

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Posted by under the hood on Friday, April 08, 2011 7:41 AM

tim

I really enjoy your collection of gassers,almost duplicates of photo's of Larry davis i do enjoy your articles in scale auto over the years.....thank you again

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Posted by Snake45 on Friday, April 08, 2011 10:51 AM

funman1712

Today's post from the album referenced above....a box stock build of AMT's iconic 1933 Willys kit, painted the correct 1953 Cadillac color with paint from MCW Automotive Finishes.....thanks for looking.  TIM

http://images55.fotki.com/v509/photos/6/998986/9630828/DSC_0052-vi.jpg

Very interesting! That looks quite a bit "bluer" than the color photos I've seen of the real one. In the pics I've seen (and from more than one source), the thing looks almost white, just the barest hint of blue...about the lightest blue I've ever seen on a car.

I'll have to do some more research on this....

BTW, thanks so much for this thread! I LOVE gassers and have not built nearly as many of them as I want to!

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Posted by james2 on Friday, April 08, 2011 4:36 PM

Nice!

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Posted by funman1712 on Friday, April 08, 2011 7:05 PM

Snake...the car was painted 1953 Cadillac Code 7 Pastoral Blue, per several articles on the restoration of the 1.1 scale car that appeared in the mid 2000's.   The color appears a little more bluish in these photos than in reality, but this is one of those colors too that probably bleaches out when photographed outside in the sunlight as the Montgomery gasser was done so often back in the day. 

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Posted by funman1712 on Friday, April 08, 2011 7:15 PM

For today's Gasser post, we have the Hobby Heaven reissue a few years ago based on the original MPC Ohio George Multi-Maverick.  The MPC kit was originally tooled and released in the very early 1970's. 

This one is box stock except for that fade paint job (be watching future issues Scale Auto for how I do this paint fade technique with just model spray paint cans), and decals based on the prior Ohio George "Mr. Gasket" livery.  

While this one looks like a funny car, the dual seats still mark it as a Gasser.  Interestingly, the 1.1 scale Multi-Maverick ended up being quite a bit different than the MPC kit, leading to all sorts of interesting speculation as to why that was the case.  Nevertheless, it was (and still is) a cool kit to build. 

Thanks for looking....TIM

 

 

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Posted by Snake45 on Friday, April 08, 2011 8:21 PM

funman1712

Snake...the car was painted 1953 Cadillac Code 7 Pastoral Blue, per several articles on the restoration of the 1.1 scale car that appeared in the mid 2000's.   The color appears a little more bluish in these photos than in reality, but this is one of those colors too that probably bleaches out when photographed outside in the sunlight as the Montgomery gasser was done so often back in the day. 

Best regards...TIM 

I did that research. Your model is right on the money as per the color chip for Pastoral Blue on Autocolorlibrary.com.

Google-imaged pics of Malco Gasser and every one I found of the real car looked lighter, per the pics I've seen before.

Then I google-imaged pics of '53 Cadillacs. Very interesting--some of light blue ones I found looked exactly like your model and the ACL paint chip. Others looked very much lighter, though not quite as light as the Malco car looks in pics.

So I suggest you are correct that this must be a color that "bleaches out" when photographed in bright sunlight. Interesting, though. Wink

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Posted by funman1712 on Friday, April 08, 2011 8:46 PM

Whew!  Survived that scrutiny intact!  (smile)  Thanks for the followup....TIM

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Posted by Snake45 on Friday, April 08, 2011 9:11 PM

Tim, I'm looking forward to your upcoming build article on the Multi-Maverick. I bought one of these kits a few years ago and have been looking for ideas on what to do with it. It wasn't a kit I thought I wanted until Model Roundup announced that it would be a limited reissue, then of course I just had to have one. (Yeah, I'll bet I'm the only one here who plays THAT game.)

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Posted by funman1712 on Saturday, April 09, 2011 5:39 AM

Snake....it's doubtful that the Multi-Maverick build would appear in SA; the topic is a little too specialized for the broader magazine audience, and the kit, even in its Hobby Heaven reissue form, is not that readily available by now.  If you and others are interested, though, maybe I could figure out something to do here on the SA online site. 

I do have to say, though, it was a cool build project, completed start to finish over a week's vacation during Christmas, 2009. 

Best regards...TIM

 

   

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Posted by funman1712 on Saturday, April 09, 2011 5:53 AM

Today's post from my Gassers album is a two-fer.  The original Revell Stone Woods and Cooke '41` Willys (top) and AMT Trophy Series '40 Willys Gasser (bottom) were built side-by-side for a kit comparo I did for my Street Rodder magazine Modeler's Corner column back in the mid 1980's.  

This was my second build of the AMT kit (I built it originally just after the kit was issued in 1963), but this was my first time building the Revell Willys.  The AMT kit was just as good as I had remembered, while the Revell kit, despite its usual complexities, also yielded a very sharp result.   (For those that are new to the hobby, these are not the newly tooled Revell-Monogram Willys kits first issued around calendar  2000 or so, these both were from tooling introduced to the market way back in 1963.  These kits are not hard to find from old kit vendors or our favorite auction site).  

These kits both featured blown Oldsmobile V8's, which are very nice renderings of that engine when it was a very popular choice in drag racing circles.  

As per the prior posts here, full detail photography of each of these models is at the Fotki web site link above....TIM 

Thanks for looking...TIM

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Posted by Snake45 on Saturday, April 09, 2011 11:00 AM

funman1712

Snake....it's doubtful that the Multi-Maverick build would appear in SA; the topic is a little too specialized for the broader magazine audience, and the kit, even in its Hobby Heaven reissue form, is not that readily available by now.  If you and others are interested, though, maybe I could figure out something to do here on the SA online site. 

I do have to say, though, it was a cool build project, completed start to finish over a week's vacation during Christmas, 2009. 

Best regards...TIM 

Tim, I for one would LOVE to see that! Please do it! And I'll bet I'm not the only one who'd like to see it, either.

What are the major differences between the model and the real one? Anything fixable? Is the body itself pretty much the right shape, and the decals close enough to use? Or is the whole project just hosed top to bottom and side to side, like some of those kits of the day were?

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Posted by funman1712 on Saturday, April 09, 2011 9:17 PM

OK....time to clear out the remaining cars in my "Boyd Gassers" Fotki file....

Let's start with this one....this was a 1970 MPC Challenger annual kit combined with the chassis/interior of the just-released 1969 Ohio George Montgomery Malco Mustang, also by MPC.   The engine block was the 426 Hemi from the MPC Challenger.  The hood was glued to the fenders, then the entire front end unit was cut away from the body.  This project, which was intended for the 1970 calendar year edition of the MPC National Customizing Contest, ran into a major roadbock around November, 1969 when the bodywork/paint on the front end went bad.  Into the box it went, only to be pulled out a few times during the ensuing years, until around 1977-78, when I refinished the front end enough to get the car completed, added the Hilborn fuel injection setup, painted it Testors Candy Blue over gold, and put on the decals.  It's not my best quality model, but it is finished and since then it has prompted interest from a wide variety of onlookers.  

 

13 more pictures of this bad boy, including closeup detail shots, are at the link www.fotki.com/funman1712/boyd-gassers

More in a moment....TIM

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Posted by funman1712 on Saturday, April 09, 2011 9:27 PM

Next up...this is AMT's '37 Chevy Trophy Series kit, built from the "Street Rod Series" reissue in the early 1970's.  My younger brother Robert Boyd was into models at the time, and started building street rod models (yes, it was his interest that eventually got me interested in Street Rod models).  Robert painted the body with Tempo brand automotive touchup paint in 1967 GM Code J Verde Green Metallic (Buick)/Emerald Greent Metallic(Olds).  He then started the engine, then put it all in the box.  I finished it a couple of years later, adding the chrome front and rear suspension parts from the AMT '33 Willys, along with wheels from the same source.  The gasser decals went on many years later, for an article on Gasser kits that appeared in Scale Auto during the early 2000's (true to AMT's dicey quality control at the time (early 1970's), yes you can see the hazing of the decal carrier on some of the decals.  Oh well....     

More Gassers in a minute...TIM

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Posted by funman1712 on Saturday, April 09, 2011 9:35 PM

This was another project inspired by the iconic model car journalist and builder Mr. Don Emmons.  When he did his kit review of the Revell '49 Anglia Gasser in the June, 1966 issue of Rod and Custom,  he actually showed two building versions.  One was a nearly stock kit buildup (similar to my red Anglia shown earlier in this thread), with just a few minor alterations to meet Don's personal taste.  The other buildup was a conversion to a semi-streetified Anglia hot rod.  That version prompted me to do something similar when Revell's Henry J Gasser kit was introduced a few years later around 1969.  Unfortunately, this kit (and its sister kits including the Austin and '43 Willys pickup) were among the most poorly engineered Revell kit of the decade.  Nevertheless, I persevered (as did many other builders of the era).  I added the Olds V8 from the Willys to replace the awful 427 SOHC in the kit, and added chrome reverse wheels and Cheater Slicks, along with the hood scoop, from the JoHan '64 Dodge Super Stock kit.  The paint was Pactra Lime Green DiamondFlake over flat black.  This model is shown in unrestored "survivor" status, reflecting its 1969 completion date.  If you look at the photos at the link, you'll even see an engine wearing black thread spark plug wires and fuel injection lines (that's how we did engine detailing back then!)  TIM

 

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Posted by funman1712 on Saturday, April 09, 2011 9:46 PM

Back in 1982, the model car world was not in great shape.  Part of it was a real lack of understanding of the hobby kit market by the people in charge at the model car companies (Monogram excepted in some cases).   That meant tons of Trans Am and Camaro kits, most not really done that well, and by that time no less than four different 1957 Chevy Bel Air kits.  I decided to do a "kit comparo" and put all those '57's to the test.  The article made the cover of the November/December 1982 issue of Scale Auto, and to my knowledge was the first of its kind.  

Of course, the evergreen AMT Trophy Series Bel Air kit, dating back to 1962, was the overall winner, but the surprise second place went to MPC's mid-1970's tooling of a flip-front Gasser/"Streat Freak".  This is the model that was built for that article, with only the "Gas Master" decals added a few years back.  As I recall, the only other change was the wheels, which came from my parts box.  This kit has been reissued a number of times, most recently just a couple years back by The Model King.  It's a pleasant, fun build.  TIM

 
 

 

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Posted by funman1712 on Saturday, April 09, 2011 10:01 PM

OK., so that's a wrap.  Thirteen different Gasser models, built during a period from 1966 to 2010.  As stated before, there are typically about 10-12 photos of each model at the link www.fotki.com/funman1712/boyd-gassers

Here are just a few more of my favorite photos from this salon photography session.  Thanks for your interest and all your positive comments. 

 

 Best regards, and thanks for looking!  TIM

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