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PostSubject: Altered Wheelbase Nova   Altered Wheelbase Nova Icon_minitimeMon 04 Jul 2016, 11:00 pm

..... Because of dwindling support on another forum I subscribe to, they decided to have a "box stock" community build ........... the subject was old drag cars (right up my alley) .............. the only changes we were allowed to make were tires and wheels and decals ................ so I bring you my rendition of the horrible AMT Rat Packer kit ............... I call mine the "Texas Twister"

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PostSubject: Re: Altered Wheelbase Nova   Altered Wheelbase Nova Icon_minitimeMon 04 Jul 2016, 11:08 pm

Nice, I love those original funny cars.

There are a few of those altered kits, I believe they all have the same chassis. What's so bad about them, just old? I've never seen one.
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PostSubject: Re: Altered Wheelbase Nova   Altered Wheelbase Nova Icon_minitimeTue 05 Jul 2016, 12:14 am

That is an oldie, I remember a mate building it in the late '60s as the "Polygasser" Nice job on the old
girl too!
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PostSubject: Re: Altered Wheelbase Nova   Altered Wheelbase Nova Icon_minitimeTue 05 Jul 2016, 12:37 am

Looks good for such a dog.

Was the other Forum Fred's, Scale Racing Lobby or Randy's?

I get around as you can see Altered Wheelbase Nova 1792231099

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PostSubject: Re: Altered Wheelbase Nova   Altered Wheelbase Nova Icon_minitimeTue 05 Jul 2016, 12:43 am

Altered Wheelbase Nova 4233681232 Just worry about getting it done, no sense work on a new technique if you're not going to get it done. That seems to be the technique you have the most trouble with.

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PostSubject: Re: Altered Wheelbase Nova   Altered Wheelbase Nova Icon_minitimeTue 05 Jul 2016, 12:45 am

Plastic Freak wrote:
Altered Wheelbase Nova 4233681232 Just worry about getting it done, no sense work on a new technique if you're not going to get it done. That seems to be the technique you have the most trouble with.

Wrong thread Curt Altered Wheelbase Nova 1792231099 Altered Wheelbase Nova 1792231099 Altered Wheelbase Nova 1792231099
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PostSubject: Re: Altered Wheelbase Nova   Altered Wheelbase Nova Icon_minitimeTue 05 Jul 2016, 2:48 am

Plastic Freak wrote:
Altered Wheelbase Nova 4233681232 Just worry about getting it done, no sense work on a new technique if you're not going to get it done. That seems to be the technique you have the most trouble with.

That's just way too funny. Wrong thread Curt.
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PostSubject: Re: Altered Wheelbase Nova   Altered Wheelbase Nova Icon_minitimeTue 05 Jul 2016, 3:10 am

It was all planned boys, Altered Wheelbase Nova 3887228019Altered Wheelbase Nova 2704104872

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PostSubject: Re: Altered Wheelbase Nova   Altered Wheelbase Nova Icon_minitimeTue 05 Jul 2016, 8:14 am

I built this kit years ago and you are right, it's a dog of a kit.

You made yours look good though!

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PostSubject: Re: Altered Wheelbase Nova   Altered Wheelbase Nova Icon_minitimeTue 05 Jul 2016, 8:21 am

Thats a fantastic result, could never tell the kit is poor. Altered Wheelbase Nova 1705482731
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PostSubject: Re: Altered Wheelbase Nova   Altered Wheelbase Nova Icon_minitimeTue 05 Jul 2016, 1:07 pm

dublin boy wrote:
Nice, I love those original funny cars.

There are a few of those altered kits, I believe they all have the same chassis. What's so bad about them, just old? I've never seen one.

Nearly all of AMT's old altered wheelbase kits shared the same chassis ............ however, the bodies were of differing wheelbases ............ made for some poor fits ............ look at the Nova pictures ........... originally both the front and rear wheels were way too far to the rear ............ I was able to adjust the front axle forward but not the rear .............. the kit also suffers from poor fit and weak attachment points for parts .............. much super glue is required to get this beast to withstand any movement

The original chassis was scaled to fit the '63 Tempest kit ...............

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The rear wheels fit on the Falcon kit, but the fronts need to be moved slightly forward ............

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....... but the chassis won't fit the Nova body correctly without MAJOR surgery on the chassis wheelbase

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PostSubject: Re: Altered Wheelbase Nova   Altered Wheelbase Nova Icon_minitimeTue 05 Jul 2016, 1:23 pm

Originally one of a series of kits for cost conscious buyers, $1.49 instead of regular $2.  We were content even with the white plastic "paint-'em-yourself" tires instead of black vinyl. Probably kit's weakest spot was the simple underside chassis and lack of engine compartment tubing structure.  It was nice to have a semi-real funny car ready to go without the modifications we had to do with other kits.  I still have mine. Correct on most kits sharing same chassis and attaching body to the rest of the model was by gluing to upper edge of interior. Perhaps the only exception on frame was the mid-engine Corvair. I luvved the Olds topless Cutlass. I didn't know the Pontiac was the first of the series, I woulda bought it if we had it here back then.
   Not a bad choice for box stock!
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PostSubject: Re: Altered Wheelbase Nova   Altered Wheelbase Nova Icon_minitimeTue 05 Jul 2016, 3:04 pm

Great looking vintage racer. Altered Wheelbase Nova 1705482731
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PostSubject: Re: Altered Wheelbase Nova   Altered Wheelbase Nova Icon_minitimeWed 06 Jul 2016, 1:09 pm

harron68 wrote:
 Perhaps the only exception on frame was the mid-engine Corvair.  I luvved the Olds topless Cutlass.  I didn't know the Pontiac was the first of the series, I woulda bought it if we had it here back then.
   Not a bad choice for box stock!

The other oddball that shared the mid-engine Corvair's chassis was a Barracuda ................. it actually came along before the Corvair
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PostSubject: Re: Altered Wheelbase Nova   Altered Wheelbase Nova Icon_minitimeWed 06 Jul 2016, 8:48 pm

One of my favorite Kits. I admire your clean and sharp building style!
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PostSubject: Re: Altered Wheelbase Nova   Altered Wheelbase Nova Icon_minitimeThu 07 Jul 2016, 4:37 pm

Super, I remember when these cars raced, Wonderful memories. Super job.
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PostSubject: Re: Altered Wheelbase Nova   Altered Wheelbase Nova Icon_minitimeThu 07 Jul 2016, 8:17 pm

Really great looking cars OC. Sorry about the hijack, not intended.
The Tempest is my fave.

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PostSubject: Re: Altered Wheelbase Nova   Altered Wheelbase Nova Icon_minitimeThu 07 Jul 2016, 10:53 pm

Model King got a few of these repopped by amt, I think the Tempest is red on the box art.

I assume they were limited runs though?
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PostSubject: Re: Altered Wheelbase Nova   Altered Wheelbase Nova Icon_minitimeThu 14 Jul 2016, 12:28 pm

I like those old drag cars too.
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PostSubject: Re: Altered Wheelbase Nova   Altered Wheelbase Nova Icon_minitimeThu 14 Jul 2016, 12:54 pm

Nice builds..! I need to find parts from the tempest one to restore a factory stock original kit buildup sometime.
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