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FROM THE February 2010 ISSUE

Using what's in the box

RELATED TOPICS: BOX-STOCK | STREET ROD | 1930S
Tip of the Month
Whenever expert modeler and all-around-good-guy Chris Roldan stops by the workshop for a visit, he always brings along a great idea. He came up with this one while working on his current  project: a 1932 Ford street rod.  We’ll let Chris take it from here:

“As I sat at the bench finishing up the front end, I wanted to add a ‘final touch’ detail to make it really pop.
I already knew I was going to drill some vent holes in the backing plates, but then I thought about adding scoops on the backing plates to help force out heat and dust that are typical with drum brakes.  

“Looking no further than inside the box, I zeroed in on the box-stock street-rod valve covers. I cut them to size, filed them to shape for a classic ‘scoop’ appearance, brushed on some red paint and Testor’s Dullcote, and attached them to the backing plate.

 “The old-style tooling of this kit gave the ends of the valve covers a nice vintage shape that enhances the model’s “period” look. That was a piece of good luck; there’s no way that modern square-corner valve covers would have looked as good in this application.”

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