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    1. Kit: , by (VIP/Sponsor) hot ford coupe is offline
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      One of the problems you come up against during a build is when you have to paint an assembly and all the other assemblies that will follow are dependent on that particular part for measurements and fittings. What do you do during the waiting time? Usually, I start something else or I practice my techniques like soldering for example. This time, I've done both.

      I'm starting a new hot The Blue Angel Hot Rod rod for my wife called the Blue Angel inspired by my wife's sister who lives with us. She's mentally handicapped and likes to draw. (She's 52 but had encephalitis when she was 3. Mentally she's about 7 years old.) One day, she drew a picture of an angel for my wife who collects angel figurines and colored it blue. I was going to build a 32 hiboy anyhow and decided to paint it blue and call it the Blue Angel. As time progressed, the body did some morphing and it came up like the following drawing.


      At first, I was going to morph the 32 coupe into a 34 looking thing but decided to go to a 35 hiboy with bobbed rear fenders, front cycle fenders and a 32 grill. The engine will be a 49-53 unblown scratchbuilt flathead. The only thing is that I decided to do it in brass so I could practice my soldering. I have no pictures of it yet but if I do say so myself, it's coming out well. I'm just not going into the internal detail like Ken is on his Jag. This model will be way more scratchbuilt than my Deuce Tribute model and will have a ton more brass. I'll try to make it so the whole thing is virtually brass, maybe except the body and tires. Who knows? I may even attempt the body also. See what you brassaholics have done to me?? Actually, after starting this engine, I find brass much more user friendly than the styrene The Blue Angel Hot Rod and I don't have to wait for glue and filler to set. Hello, my name is HFC and I'm a brassoholic. Good Gravy!!

      Amended Post: Holy Schmoley, after thinking about it for a few minutes, I know why this design popped into my head. When I was about 5, my father gave me a toy hot The Blue Angel Hot Rod rod racer that looked exactly like my design for the Blue Angel. I loved that car and played with it all the time. I think that may have been where I picked up my love of hot The Blue Angel Hot Rod rods in the first place. It's funny how something as trivial as a toy from such a long time ago can influence you later in life. Wow.
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  1. xken's Avatar VIP/Sponsor
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    Jeff, Welcome to Brassoholics Anonymous! I am looking forward to your progress and feel free to ask any question you may have about working with the "BRASS". Daniel may have to make up a badge for us Brassoholics to keep an eye on us.

    When you get to the body work with copper instead of brass in looking at the curves you will be developing. Copper is better for forming in this case and Gerald has good examples on his site of doing this.

    Keep the burn ointment handy!

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    Jeff, this is gonna be a very nice project!
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    That`s going to be a great project, I love the idea and look forward to this special built, especially I am curious about the paintjob for this heavenly ride.
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    Way to go Jeff........bite the bullet big guy and give making your own body a shot.
    I can remember back when we first became acquainted..... kit bashing The Blue Angel Hot Rod was a big deal, then you starting modifying parts.
    That lead you to a little scratch-building and now you're thinking about creating your own body. You deserve a gold star my friend, even though you tossed your hands up in the air and came close to throwing in the towel for a short while, you overcame those personal demons and regained your enthusiasm & passion for the craft.
    I've watched you evolve from a sticky fingered glue sniffer to a genuine craftsman. I'm proud of you bub.
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    Jeff as you know I'm a BIG fan of your work and you've shown me many neat tricks too. I love the subject a ford body and one I always loved most 34- 35. I think you may like my atempt at building my own ford body of a 37 Ford Coupe. Here's a pic for your inspiration Jeff Build on and have fun building in brass too.The Blue Angel Hot Rod-052-jpg

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    Thanks, guys, for the kind words, insiration and much appreciated encouragement. Don, I remember those times very well. Your encouragement has always kept me going and helped me put those demons down where they belong i.e. out of my workshop. Your friendship has always meant a great deal to me and for that, I can't thank you enough but I'll try.

    Ken, by sharing your knowledge and your techniques the way you have, you've show that with sufficient time, desire and perseverance, anything can be accomplished. With your fantastic book, you helped me solve the mystery of a subject I thought was impossible for me. Tonight I worked on the flathead engine block and it actually looks like a flathead engine block. Like I mentioned before, it doesn't have all the internal structures but I wanted to start off simple so I didn't bite off more than I could chew. I'm looking forward to detailing this piece.

    Gary, that 37 body looks fantastic. Looks like we have something in common and that's the love for those old late 30s Ford bodies. Your racer is just a stone's throw from what I will be making. It's just about the same design as that model I described I had as a kid.

    Michael, I'll make sure I describe the painting process for you. I'm still not sure exactly what shade of blue I'll use. The colors I thought about were Tamiya The Blue Angel Hot Rod 's Mica Blue, Black Gold's Stratto Blue or Black Gold's Kandy Kobalt Blue (which may be too dark??).


    Ton, I hope you'll be able to follow this project. I dedicate it to my wife, who is my angel (now a big collective "awww"). Besides, if she likes it, I get to display it in the living room.


    The Blue Angel Hot Rod
    Sometimes a handful of patience is worth more than a truck load of brains. Have the courage to trust your own beliefs. Don't be swayed by those with louder voices. W.S. Maugham :)
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    And now for something completely different. Sorry, but it's not "the Larch".

    Here are a few pictures of my first attempt to scratchbuild an engine out of brass. Please note that the block hasn't been completely cleaned up so please don't think that this is where it will be left. I just wanted to get something to show what's been going on.




    When it's been cleaned up, it will be painted and you won't even know it was in this roughed out shape.


    The Blue Angel Hot Rod
    Sometimes a handful of patience is worth more than a truck load of brains. Have the courage to trust your own beliefs. Don't be swayed by those with louder voices. W.S. Maugham :)
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    Jeff, Looks like you are off to a great start. Don't worry about the excess solder you can clean it up very easily. I have had much worse looking assemblies and in some cases the excess will help keep things together. Just keep your focus on the learning of the process and have fun doing it.

    Keep up the great job and I look forward to seeing your progress.

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    Oh man, you've got it bad. The addiction is never gonna go away if you keep feeding it!
    This don't look like no expressway to me! - Jake Blues
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    Thanks so much, Ken. I really am having fun throwing this new material around. I'm starting to become good friends with my soldering iron.

    Stu, I don't know what to tell you. Last week, my wife caught me secretly buying brass when I was supposed to be paying the mortgage. I find myself waking up at night craving brass chips. My wife found a strange piece of brass in my pants pocket when she did the laundry. I just don't know what to do.


    The Blue Angel Hot Rod
    Sometimes a handful of patience is worth more than a truck load of brains. Have the courage to trust your own beliefs. Don't be swayed by those with louder voices. W.S. Maugham :)
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    I'm putting this on a temporary hold so I can go back to the deuce. Once I get to the stage where I can paint the body, I'll go back to this build. Just a short break.


    The Blue Angel Hot Rod
    Sometimes a handful of patience is worth more than a truck load of brains. Have the courage to trust your own beliefs. Don't be swayed by those with louder voices. W.S. Maugham :)
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    I will be following Jeff and Great work on that Brass engine. It must feel good to acomplish your first brass engine block. I think you did a great job there Jeff. Thanks for the kind words too Jeff and hope it gave you some inspiration. BTW Jeff I want to do a 30's ford coupe in Baby blue that was my fathers stock car when I was just a wee one so this angel project hits home with that as well.

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    Gary, you did give me a lot of inspiration with that body. It gives me a few ideas what mine will look like. I'd love to see what you do with the stock car. I'm glad it's got meaning for you as well as it has for me.


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    Sometimes a handful of patience is worth more than a truck load of brains. Have the courage to trust your own beliefs. Don't be swayed by those with louder voices. W.S. Maugham :)
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