Scenes from our ninth pseudo-virtual meeting in
Due to public health and safety concerns and Maryland
State restrictions on gatherings aimed at preventing
the potential spread of the Corona Virus the Greenbelt
Community Center where we meet has been closed since
March. We had really good results over the previous
eight months with members and friends sending us photos
and descriptions of the model cars they would have brought
if we'd had physical meetings, or just any model cars
or projects they wanted to share. This month we're doing
This month Paul Lee is back with a bevy of
builds and they are looking pretty racy. This month's
line up comprises a Pro-Street Lincoln Mark VII, Bob
Glidden's Motorcraft Pro-Stock Thunderbird, an AMT 1993
Mustang street racer, a 1941 Willys Gasser, and the
Reher-Morrison Pro-Stock Camaro driven by Lee Shepherd.
JC Reckner has launched a racy new Porsche
project - converting a Fujimi RS 3.0 kit into an RSR
model. He started with a smashed flatnose body like
the one in the first photo and modified the nose (removed
the rubber moldings, filled the light openings, and
enlarged the oil cooler opening) into the piece in the
first photo. The second photo shows the heavily modifed
bumper attached to the RS 3.0 body with brake cooling
ducts opened up. For the RSR's much larger competition
style rear wing, JC massaged a Reji Model resin unit
intended for a Tamiya 934 kit to fit. To the hood he's
added hood pin plates, fuel filler, and gas tank vent.
In the third photo you can see the Hobby Design SSR
Formula Mesh wheels and Scale Productions tires JC selected
for this build.
Rick Martin joins in this month with his 1934
Ford 2-Door sedan that he calls, 'Steam Roller' due
to the wide Pro-Street tires on the back. Rick crafted
the body from an AMT 1933 Ford sedan body, fitting a
Revell ZZ Top 1934 Ford coupe cowl, windshield and some
of the top to get the right chop. He also used the rear
fenders from the 1934 to accommodate the wide tires.
The engine is a 392 hemi from the AMT1932 Ford kit;
the blower & injector came from the AMT Bantam roadster
AA/FA fuel altered kit. The frame also came from the
'32 Ford kit, back-halfed with tubs & suspension
from the AMT '67 Chevelle pro street kit. Rick covered
this racy build with Tester's Extreme Lacquers paint:
Five coats of Icy Blue, followed by four coats of Wet
Rich Wilson starts by showing us his build of the Tamiya
second generation Ford GT which, while it is technially
a sports car, pays homage to its racy heritage. Looking
through the rear window in the second photo, you can
almost see the top of the car's 647hp, 550 ft. lbs of
torque-producing 3.5 liter, twin-turbocharged Ford EcoBoost
Next, Rich shows us a heated up 1964 Plymouth Belvedere.
With its modern 475 hp 6.4 Liter Hemi engine it's ready
for some racy action.
Don Stone just finished this racy Monogram Ford
Thunderbird stock car with Power Slide decals representing
the Chameleon Sunglasses-sponsored vehicle owned by
Junie Donlavey and driven by Dick Brooks. Don built
it pretty much out of the box, but made a lot of body
modifications to lower the stance and fix issues with
the shape of the fenders and front wheel openings.
Steve Buter cheks in this month with an AMT
1953 Ford F-100 that is accompanied by some racy figures.
He calls this one the Purple People Pleaser, in reference
to the old Sheb Wooley song, "Purple People Eater."
Steve radiused the stock wheels to fit wider radial
tires, added the custom "Wildcat" grille option,
and replaced the stock engine with the optinal 1962-vintage
Thunderbird powerplant from an AMT 1934 pickup kit.
He scratchbuilt the bed cover from plastruct rectagular
pattern stock, using lengthened hydraullic lifts from
an AMT 1959 El Camino kit, and coated the body in Testors
This month, Rex Turner started in on a project
that appears to be inspired by memories of how racy
Farrah Fawcett looked as detective Jill Munroe while
driving her 1976 Ford Mustang Cobra II on the Charlie's
Angels TV show.Rex says he's made some progress on it
this month. The kit he started with wasn’t a Cobra II
so he bought decals and some resin parts to make it
a Charlie’s Angels Mustang II. Now, he wonders if Steve
Buter can make a Farrah figure for him to pose on the
hood when it’s done. Rex says he hopes to see everyone
sometime in 2021.
Here's a peek at some of the Hotwheels car sets that
Rex dropped off at his local Fire Station for the Toys
for Tots campaign.
Bobby Reyes has displayed this racy Toyota 86
model at our in-person meetings some time ago, but now
it's time to bring it back out. The drift-ready car
features Rocket Bunny wide-body aero panels designed
by Greddy and low profile tires on Enkei RS05-RR wheels.
MAMA wishes you a safe, healthy, and Happy Thanksgiving!
Now, go eat some cookies.