Art Anderson

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About Art Anderson

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  1. Yes, all Model A Fords have their gas tank in the cowling, the tank actually forming what we always call the "dashboard". In addition, Model A had it's upper steering column mounted in a bracket on the bottom of the tank--which over time often leads to fatigue cracking of the steel tank right there (used to see that a lot in Model A's in my time of owning are restoring them as a college student in the mid-late 1960's--one almost always smelled gasoline inside the car!). Chances are that the crash caused the steering column to simply tear apart the bottom of the tank, the result being a flood of gasoline down on the floor, through the floorboard onto the hot exhaust pipe. Art
  2. The '29 Stutz used a center crossmember that was little more than a sophisticated K-member (For a look at a classic K-member, dig up a picture of the 1932 Ford Frame), that was more like a conventional C-channel crossmember with two parts, riveted back to back (or "web" to "web") with the 4 legs angling out from each other more like a "bow tie" than a really functioning X-member, which would have it's center "spine" (if you will) positioned longitudinally down the center of the frame, as with the Cord L-29 and all subsequent chassis using an X-crossmember. As done by Stutz, it probably did have some torsional resistance, but not nearly as stiff as the L-29--which car did set the pattern for this sort of chassis design for the next 25-30 years. Here's a pic of one: Art Anderson
  3. I've seen my share of scratchbuilt model cars over the past 60+ years, but this one moves the standard way far up! You are surpassing the likes of Gerald Wingrove, Manuel Olive' and Michel Conti for sure. I have never seen any modeler work so diligently to recreate not only the external shapes and contours of a real 1:1 automobile, but ALL the eventually-to-be-unseen details of its construction as well. Art Anderson
  4. Roger! Nice work, in the finest tradition of the likes of Michel Conti, Manuel Olive' and Gerald Wingrove. I will be watching your scale model build of the Continental Mk II with interest indeed. Art Anderson
  5. The shape of the radiator shell is definitely not Model A, nor does the shape of the windshield (particularly at the bottom edge) resemble any Model A. But, what is visible of the front axle is, to me, a dead giveaway--note the subtle upward "S" curve, which is definitely not the nearly constant arc of a '28-'31 Model A, but is typical of the slight "drop" built into I-beam front axles used on cars fitted with parallel leaf spring front suspension. Given the general styling of this car, it's not at all likely that it has hydraulic brakes--I suspect that what some are seeing there is part of the mechanical brake rigging. Last, the upward angle of the inner panel of that front fender, AND the crown of the top of the fender itself are not the shapes of a '28-'29 Model A. I vote for a '27-'28 Chevrolet. Art
  6. Question: Is this an early "blackout" car? I ask, because the grille and its surround are painted black, while the body side trim appears to still be stainless steel. Art
  7. It appears you are building up the excellent (if extremely fiddly!) AMT 1/12 scale '37 Cord 812 Convertible Coupe (Sportsman). As others have noted, that "paper clip-looking" part is the radio antenna, which mounting was actually rather common in the early days of car radios. It's interesting to note that EVERY plastic scale model kit of the 36-37 Cord has that same detail part (the AMT kit, Monogram Models 1/24 scale Convertible Phaeton and the very rare--in the US at least--Bandai Convertible Phaeton out of Japan. AMT's Cord kit, as well as the Monogram kit, was first produced in 1966, at the height of US plastic model kit companies producing 1/24 and 1/25 scale plastic model kits of antique and classic cars. They are still considered very nearly "state of the art" model car kits even with the fantastic model car kits being designed even today. While of course, the hobby of building plastic scale model kits began, here in the US, in 1951, with a series of 1/32 scale model kits of antique cars designed by a pair of British brothers (the Gowland brothers) and molded by a then-new and fairly small toy company called Revell, it was Monogram who pioneered the concept of 1/24 scale (with its close companion 1/25 scale pretty much the standard scale range for model car kits to this very day) with the first of their 1930 Model A Ford kits, a phaeton, in 1961. That Model A was followed, in 1962 by a model kit of a 1934 Duesenberg Supercharged Weymann Torpedo Phaeton, also by Monogram. Over the next 4 years, Monogram introduced two more 1930 Model A kits, the first being a kit with the option of building either the '30 Coupe or the Cabriolet, the second being a '30 Station Wagon, this one having only street rod parts (it can be readily combined with the Phaeton or Coupe/Cabriolet to make a stock Woodie wagon though--and later this had extra panels included to do the VERY RARE '30 Model A Deluxe Delivery, which was based on the Station Wagon). Monogram also produced a very accurately done '34 Ford Coupe/Cabriolet (you could build one or the other from the kit), a '36 Ford coupe with the option of doing a roadster), the Cord 812 I mentioned, a Duesenberg Murphy Town Car (based on the chassis etc. from the Weymann Torpedo Phaeton) and a Bugatti Type 35B. In the mid-70's, Monogram issued a 1935 Rollston Convertible Coupe and a couple of years later, the ex-George Whittell long wheelbase Murphy Disappearing Top Convertible Coupe (boattail), both also using the supercharged chassis from the '34 Weymann. While not on the ACD topic for this particular forum, Monogram added three Packards to the equation in the 70's, a pair of 734 Speedsters, and a '31 Series 840 Dual Cowl Phaeton. Bandai also produced, in 1/12 scale, Whittell's Weymann Fishtail Speedster and a somewhat inaccurately done model of the Figoni Berline, but the real prize, if you can find one (expect to lay out some serious dollars!), Ideal Toy Corporation produced, about 1960, a circa 1929-30 short wheelbase Murphy Roadster in the odd scale of 1/10th. There are many other Classic Cars that have been done in 1/24 scale, both by Heller (French company) and Italeri (Italian company) as plastic model kits, but they really aren't germaine to this topic area. As an aside to the Cord, in 1995, I produced, under the All American Models brand name, three hand-cast polyurethane resin Cord kits, as conversions or "transkits" for the Monogram Convertible: Flat back supercharged sedan, trunkback supercharged sedan, and the Convertible coupe (these are long out of production, show up on eBay every so often though). Here's a pic of my built up sedan: Art Anderson
  8. As noted, laminated safety glass was developed and placed on the market in 1927 (source: Wikipedia) with Ford being the first low-priced automaker to use in in windshields (every Model A was so-equipped), but still used ordinary plate glass in side and rear windows for a few more years. Prior to that, "wired" (wire mesh) safety glass was used in some high-end automobiles for the windshield, it having been developed by Frank Shuman in 1892. Laminated safety glass was invented in France, in 1903 quite by accident by Edouard Benedictus, a french chemist, who discovered a very sticky clear plastic compound that ultimately could be used to bond two layers of plate glass together. Both types of glass apparently were quite expensive back in the day--and the early laminated glass apparently had a tendency to cloud up rather quickly (even the later PVB laminated safety glass as used by Ford (and ultimately just about every other carmaker) starting in 1928 had that problem, as anyone who's ever found and restored a car out of the 1930's and even well into the early 1960's can attest. Tempered plate glass (also called "toughened glass) is a 1950's development though. My first recollection of that is the Thermopane picture windows and patio doors that became popular in the 1950's. This is the glass that when broken, rather than becoming shards or "spears" of broken glass, crumbles into small "pebble-like" pieces (I helped my dad install four panels of tempered thermopane glass, sized for patio doors, in a large family room addition to our house in the fall of 1959, and one did disintegrate into pebbles one day about 1970, all on its own. Tempered glass appears to not have become common in cars until the early 1970's, and is, according to all I can find online, used only in side and rear windows, windshields still being laminated, but with tempered glass rather than the older plate glass. the safety aspect is, of course, enhanced by the development of "pop out" windshields (pioneered by Tucker) which greatly reduces the chance of serious lacerations which could be caused by a human head punching a hole in safety plate glass rigidly fixed into a steel frame. It was somewhere in the late 60's or early 70's that Federal regulations mandated the use of pop-out windshields and tempered glass I think. Art Anderson
  9. I wonder if that 4WD was built by the individual in Kansas City, Missouri who also produced several front-wheel-drive Model T conversions in the early 1920's? Someplace in my books on the Miller race cars of the 20's (Harry A. Miller produced the first successful front-drive race cars for competition at Indianapolis and on the legendary board (wooden) superspeedways that dotted the US in the 20's). Hamlin was the man's name, IIRC. Art Anderson