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Fireball Roberts 63 Galaxie

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Fireball Roberts 63 Galaxie
Posted by glenncon on Friday, December 08, 2006 9:23 AM
Started this post a while ago and left it when I changed cameras. just wanted to let you all know how it came out. AMT body on a Starliner Chassis. Tamiya light red (don't call it pink) spray. Yesterdays excellent decals.

Beginners: note how much construction gets done before the paint brush comes out. Handling is the arch enemy of any paint job.












http://photobucket.com/albums/v242/glenncon/ Glenn Conigliaro

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Posted by trucker_3969 on Friday, December 08, 2006 11:51 AM
It's a beauty ! Is your cage scratch built ? These old Holman-Moody cars look so good. I hope AMT's 64 Galaxie stock car kit is reissued , that would be a great source of parts .
http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n32/trucker_3969/ J-LAW " I don't feel tardy " David Lee Roth "It's all about horsepower and traction"Don Garlits
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Posted by kevracer on Friday, December 08, 2006 12:32 PM
That is one gorgeous model!!

Kevin
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Posted by Space Cowboy on Friday, December 08, 2006 3:06 PM
Fantastic job the paint the detail its all fantastic I like it a lot Cowboy

(I Love It When A Plan Comes Together) Hannibal Smith.

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Posted by markdoo on Friday, December 08, 2006 5:03 PM
Stunning build!!!

Did you use the kit-supplied glass, (as it looks either scratchbuilt from acetate stock, or highly-polished to my eye)?

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On the bench:  '63 Studebaker Avanti.

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Posted by FreightTrain on Friday, December 08, 2006 5:50 PM
WOW and very impressive job! Very nice clean build and excellent job on the details. Good work on the exhaust pipe in frame setup too. Thumbs Up Thumbs Up

Jeff
~ Jeff Scott ~ "Have You Driven A Ford ... Lately?"
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Posted by raisin27 on Friday, December 08, 2006 5:59 PM
Nice work, expecially on the roll cage...........and some sound advice on handling paint.

Raisin
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Posted by webestang on Friday, December 08, 2006 7:11 PM
Best vintage NASCAR model I have ever seen.....!!!!! Smile
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, December 08, 2006 7:38 PM
Glen, that is by far the most accurate depiction of the HM chassis I have ever seen in scale. And Ralph Moody was a friend of mine so I think I recognize an HM chassis when I see one. LOL Now, to paraphrase Rowdy Burns (Days of Thunder), "Now that you've got a car, come out and try it in a crowd."

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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, December 08, 2006 9:10 PM
Man that is nice! It looks very real! I always loved that color on that car.
Freddy
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Posted by 63SplitWindow on Friday, December 08, 2006 9:24 PM
Nice,Very nice.
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Posted by MISTERTWISTER on Friday, December 08, 2006 11:35 PM
Love these vintage race cars..............Beautiful work!
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Posted by glenncon on Saturday, December 09, 2006 9:35 AM
Thanks for the kind words. yes, it's a scratch built rollcage from solid aluminum sculptors wire for the bends and evergreen rod for the straights (you can get the wire at michael's). kit glass with the vent windows cut off (harrowing experience) with a coat of future brushed on. Mitchum is a real expert on vintage NASCAR. I had the benefit of great research material and plenty of good parts (a rarity). I will post some engine comparment pics soon and I'll be happy to share what I know. Most daunting part of the project is removing the trim from the body.

http://photobucket.com/albums/v242/glenncon/ Glenn Conigliaro

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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, December 09, 2006 12:58 PM
Looks awesome. We need old Nascar kits, back when the cars actually were the factory cars.
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Posted by willysfan on Sunday, December 10, 2006 8:56 PM
Awesome job! Great looking stocker! Great advice!
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Posted by lizardlust on Monday, December 11, 2006 1:44 AM
Glenncon - BREATHTAKING - that is museum-quality work!! I applaud your bodywork - I began one about ten years ago and never finished it, mainly because at the time I couldn't figure out how to remove all the trim without turning the body into an ill-defined lump in the process. Thank you for the tip on the paint - Tamiya should be much easier to use than the R/C paint I found for mine way back then. Perhaps I will attempt it again - I wonder if my old JNJ decals are still viable?? Thank you for sharing this with us!!!Big Smile
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Posted by texwardfan on Monday, December 11, 2006 4:54 PM
Simply awesome Glenn!! That is one excellent build!!
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, December 12, 2006 11:41 AM
Hang on to the old JNJ decals as a keepsake but get some of the newer decals for the model. The numbers were taken from the museum car that were done by the same guy that did the stagecoach scene on the side of the "Smokey and the Bandit" semi in the movie of the same name, another old friend of mine from around Rockingham way.

I was working for a distributor that was one of the first to handle their decals at the time. I gave Jack and John such a hard time about the numbers when they released the sheet that they told me that I would have to "sign off" of everything else they did that was from the "old days". They were just picking at me when they said it but it turned out that that is exactly what we did from then on. And that's how we even got the piece of duct tape that said "Tiny Lund" on the Wood Brother's '63 Ford sheet.

If you look closely at the IIRC Cale #27 and Pearson #17 sheets you can see a couple of front fender decals for Ol' Redneck Race Cars on there. They did that as a surprise thank you for me that was based on a logo I was using at the time for my cars, another long story. Just shows what a class act they were.
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Posted by glenncon on Wednesday, December 13, 2006 8:30 AM
Lizard, yeah the body moldings were tough. I used a ball bit in the dremel for most of it. I would recommend the Yesterday's decal set. They are great. Here's the engine pics I promised earlier. Starliner engine with intake manifold and valve cover modifications to make it look more HiRize 427. Air cleaner from AMT 65 Galaxy. I pulled parts from all over the place on this one....









http://photobucket.com/albums/v242/glenncon/ Glenn Conigliaro

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Posted by trucker_3969 on Wednesday, December 13, 2006 12:39 PM
Thanks for the extra info , pics . Now that Fred Cady closed up shop , I hope somebody can fill the void he'll leave for these old racecars.
http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n32/trucker_3969/ J-LAW " I don't feel tardy " David Lee Roth "It's all about horsepower and traction"Don Garlits
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Posted by elwoodz on Wednesday, December 13, 2006 3:19 PM
Wow awesome work. You captured the car very well.

Mike Aylward

The smell of burning rubber and high octane stirs the soul

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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, December 15, 2006 6:55 PM
As a retired road racer, I was amazed at the work you did! I built kits as akid ad would like to work on car models like yours. What are your research and parts sources? I've spent hours surfing for details of how these '60s stockers were made with no luck. Can you please help? johnhoyt88@yahoo.com.
Thank you
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, December 17, 2006 4:06 PM
Check your email from "doolan" and you'll have what you need to start building stuff like this and all the help, hints and tips you can handle. Great bunch of "Darksiders" there.
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Posted by glenncon on Monday, December 18, 2006 9:10 AM
thanks John, Books: Anatomy and Development of the Stock Car, Ford and Lincoln Murcury Stock Cars, Building model Stock Cars by Bill coulter, Google "Fireball Roberts". Kits: AMT Ford Starliner, AMT 63 Galaxie, AMT 65 Galaxie. Tires from Revell (bigs from big and little road racers) with Polar lights NASCAR Wheels. Shabo firestone dry transfers. decals from Yesterday's. Tamiya spray Light red metallic, Semi Gloss, Gloss and Flat Black. Krylon original Chrome. Chrome bumpers patched with Bare metal Foil. More consruction pics on my photobucket link in my profile. ....and Thank You for asking.

http://photobucket.com/albums/v242/glenncon/ Glenn Conigliaro

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Posted by cardz on Monday, December 18, 2006 11:44 AM
Now that is one great looking Galaxie!! Job very well done!
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Posted by texwardfan on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 5:41 PM

Thought I'd bump this one up. Still excellent after all these years.

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Posted by Tom Louis on Thursday, May 16, 2019 10:26 AM

What color did you spray under the light red?

 

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Posted by PatrickW on Thursday, May 16, 2019 1:40 PM

Superb!

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