REVELL/MONOGRAM STREET FIGHTER 2 CUSTOM
BUILT BY IRA DAHM (11/04)
2ND PLACE WINNER IN 2004
SHOWRODS.COM "THE OFFICIAL TOM DANIEL MODEL CONTEST"!
2ND PLACE WINNER IN THE CUSTOM CLASS AT THE
HOBBYTOWN PETALUMA CONTEST (4/05)
MORE COLOR PHOTOS BELOW!
I designed the HEMI HAULER as a tribute to
Tom Daniel and the many different versions of the Street Fighter we all
have enjoyed over the years. The HEMI HAULER is what I imagined the Street
Fighter to look like if it were released now, as a new product. The Street
Fighter has been dramatically chopped, channeled and sectioned, lowered,
and a Big Hemi Engine was added to make the new HEMI HAULER!!!
Here is how the HEMI HAULER was built. First
I chopped the top about 5/16", and removed the wing windows. The side
windows were then reshaped and enlarged. The rear window was also enlarged
and reshaped by rounding off the corners. Then I sectioned the body about
9/16". The front end was sectioned in 2 places to form the new grill
opening. The grill opening was then reshaped to fit the custom grill from
Revell's new (2n1) 1959 Impala Kit. The wheel wells were then reshaped,
using a Revell 1959 Impala's wheel wells for templates. The area below the
rear fins was carved out to increase the width and length of the fins. I
also added 1/8th" X 1/32nd" strip plastic to further increase
the length and width of the fins. The front fins were removed all the way
to the doors and then the edges were rounded off. Front and rear roll pans
were made from sheet plastic. A new recessed area was cut out for the rear
license plate, and backed with sheet plastic. The new full-width tail light
was made from a red toothbrush.
The interior and chassis were next, I started
by cutting out the seats, floorboard and 1/4" from the interior front.
The interior was then mounted to the chassis and a new floor with console
was made from sheet plastic. Rear wheel tubs were made from a pill bottle.
The new seats are from AMT's 1964 Chevy Impala and a video screen was made
from a large chrome license plate holder. The chassis was also sectioned
to fit in the new custom body. All the suspension parts were modified to
make the HEMI HAULER nice and low! The Big Hemi engine is from Revell's
1941 Willys Kit, it was a tight fit, but I managed to get most of the Hemi
inside the engine compartment! The drilled out distributor cap is from Replicas
and Miniatures, this made wiring much easier. The Low Profile wheels and
tires are from AMT's Prowler Kit replaced the stock parts.
With the chassis and interior finished, I
was able to cut out the hood to clear the Big Hemi! The body was then puttied,
shaped, sanded and primed. The interior and chassis were painted Flat Black
with Black Flocking added, for carpeting, on the floor. Suspension and drive
train parts were painted silver, aluminum, steel with a little red for contrast.
The paint is Testors Lime Gold Metalflake over a base of Testors Gold, highlighted
from the bottom with Boyd's Lime Pearl. A few coats of Testors Glosscote
was then applied. The stock windshield was fitted to the chopped top and
was laid back for a great fit. Excess windshield material was removed with
a Dremel tool and it was then glued in place. HEMI HAULER and flame decals
were then added.