1:25 Revell '41 Willys - Stone Woods and Cook A/Gasser

Joined: October 12th, 2015, 3:27 am

May 25th, 2018, 12:37 am #1

A work in progress. The 1:25 Revell '41 Willys A/Gas dragster from the 1960's. The real car was extremely popular and campaigned as a match race car at local drag strips across the USA. Great memories.
This model has special meaning to me as it was the first model I ever built for the express purpose of entering a scale model contest. I saw the advertisement in the local newspaper in 1968 and wanted to enter it as a first time experience. Took first place with it for three consecutive years. It was lost/destroyed at home while I served my time away in the USMC. I always wanted to build it again, and all these years later...here it is. The Revell USA company recently went tango uniform and moved any future operations to Revell Germany. Who knows if this venerable old model will ever again be released. I doubt it would have the same appeal in the European market, but I could be wrong.
I plan to finish it up through the weekend, then move on to something else. Will be using some nice aftermarket decals, and will post follow up photos when it's completed. 
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Joined: December 26th, 2007, 10:27 pm

May 25th, 2018, 2:00 am #2

You're brave to take on this old chestnut. As you said, it is a historically  significant race car. The work you've done so far looks really good.
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Joined: October 12th, 2015, 3:27 am

May 25th, 2018, 3:13 am #3

We had a local drag strip where I grew up that held races every weekend, weather permitting. Actually, there were numerous drag strips in my area, but this one was the closest and most appealing to me and my buddies from high school. We saw this car several times in match races. The pit area was accessible to everyone and I remember watching the owners work on the cars preparing them for the races and eliminations. Then we had the annual Gator Nationals we went to every year and one could see one after another of the most famous cars and drivers on the planet. Non-stop racing for a 3 day weekend. Awesome!
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Joined: November 17th, 2006, 1:18 pm

May 25th, 2018, 9:23 am #4

I think that car (100% authentic restoration or a re-pop I don't know) is now at the NHRA Museum near the Pomona FairPlex in SoCal. It was last time I was there 6-8 yrs ago for the WinterNationals. GREAT museum! A don't miss.

I grew up in the SF Bay Area and in the 60s we had Fremont, Half Moon Bay and Vacaville drag strips. There may have been one up in Wine Country (Cotati?) and maybe even South San Francisco too. But the first two were the ones we went to. Saw Lil' Red Wagon, Hemi Under Glass, Pure Hell (one of my favorites), rocket/jet cars, all the big names like Big Daddy, Sox and Martin, Snake and Mongoose, RamChargers, Color Me Gone, California Flash, Dick Landy, Tommy Ivo, Chrisman, etc. It was a real 'circuit' back then. The stars musta visited 40-50 drag strips a yr across the country (Canada too?) back then. Hard 24/7 life.

Great to be 10-12 yrs old and have Dads (friend's and mine) to drive us to the strip on a Sat or Sun. Lots of fun, autographs, tee shirts, out of focus/grainy Brownie snap shots, Ed Roth stuff, etc. Ed Roth would often be there airbrushing tees for 5-10 bucks.

That SWC's gasser was stuffed into a 'shack' that WAS the NHRA Museum in the late 80s/early 90s, right next to the Pomona strip. 5-6 VERY historic $$$$ racers crammed in. Mickey Thompson's Challenger four engined LSR was in there too!! TIGHT fit. Lots of posters, driver's suits, helmets. That old shack museum was pretty cool too.
 
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Joined: October 12th, 2015, 3:27 am

May 25th, 2018, 6:00 pm #5

Getting there....
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Joined: October 12th, 2015, 3:27 am

May 27th, 2018, 8:26 pm #6

Finished this model up today. Next, I need to build the competition. Maybe the Ohio George gasser?
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Joined: February 24th, 2002, 12:50 pm

May 28th, 2018, 10:54 pm #7

That came out very nice indeed! 

Yes, build the Ohio George '33 Willys. I'm given to understand that the AMT kit is VERY accurate. But I'm not sure that the SWC Willys was still running when the Malco Willys, as kitted by AMT, was (chopped top, 427 SOHC Ford engine). 

Revell's '62 Corvette gasser kit is pretty close to Big John Mazmanian's '61. Or, if you don't absolutely have to have a replica of an exact real car, get the AMT '55 Nomad and do it up your way. Everything you need is in the box, including beam axle front end, Hilborn injected small block Chevy, etc. 
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Joined: May 28th, 2018, 5:34 pm

May 28th, 2018, 11:01 pm #8

Sweet looking car. I only hope that when I get started on one that I have, it will look half that good.
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Joined: October 12th, 2015, 3:27 am

May 28th, 2018, 11:38 pm #9

regarvin 1,
Try to find some Fred Caddy decals to replace the old kit decals. The kit decals are pretty bad. You may also want to consider just polishing up the blue plastic body rather than painting the body. Novus Plastic polish will work wonders and the body is molded in a plastic color that is very close to the correct blue color of the S-W-C car. Have fun and good luck with it.
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Joined: December 9th, 2007, 12:31 pm

May 29th, 2018, 12:07 am #10

Here are SWC back in the day.
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