CORVAIR POWERED REVELL 1933 FORD SHOWROD
BUILT BY IRA DAHM (11/04)
BEST OF CLASS WINNER AT THE 2005 HOBBYTOWN
NATIONAL MODEL CONTEST!
MORE COLOR PHOTOS BELOW!
I have always liked the "Wedge Shaped",
Raked Hot Rods, Big Tires in the back and Little Tires up Front! The Phantom
shares styling clues from many types of cars; Show Rods, Hot Rods, Street
Rods, Bonneville Racers and Customs. The Phantom is built with parts from
the Revell 1933 Ford, Revell California Dune Buggy and a set of Tim Nolan's
Resin Showrod Tires. The Phantom is powered by a Corvair Engine with 6 Carbs
from the Pie Wagon Kit. The Custom Body also features a full-length "Belly
Pan" chassis with independent suspension in the rear and a "dropped"
front axle. I got the idea for the exposed Corvair Engine from the "Aliens"
Movie, the engine with the staggered Carbs reminded me of the Extendible
Here is how it was built. The front of the
body was shortened 1/4" and both the sides of the Ford body were cut
off from the rear wheel wells all the way up to the front grill area. The
hood area was then Narrowed at the front by removing a "Pie Shaped"
section from the top of the hood. The front grill area was then reshaped
to fit an Ala Kart Double Headlight. The top was already chopped, but I
also wanted to change the windshield angle. I cut out the area around the
windshield frame and repositioned it pulled forward at the bottom. I then
added 2 small wedges of sheet plastic between the body and the windshield
frame section. A section of the trunk was removed to make room for the Corvair
Engine, then the body was fine cut to fit around the engine parts. The body
was then Puttied, Sanded and Primed.
The chassis is made from parts from the Revell
Dune Buggy Kit, Strip and Sheet Plastic. Aluminum tubing was used to mount
the Resin Wheels and Tires. The Fuel Cell and Battery are from the AMT 1932
Phantom Vicky Kit. The seats and steering wheel are from Revell's 1941 Willys.
The rear wing is a highly modified Formula-1 wing shaped to fit. The Megaphone
exhaust tips are from Michaels Jewelry department. Rhinestones were used
for tail lights.
The Graphics are from Slixx decals and the
Custom License Plate is from Slippery Arts. The Phantom is painted with
Testors Silver and highlighted with Model Masters' Turquoise Metallic. A
few coats of Testors Glosscote was applied last.