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After 47 years and some tooling work the Serpent Sho-Go Rod is ready to roll again! The kit has had quite a few variations over its long history. The first appearance was in Pyro’s 1965 catalog as the TeeNT Sho-Go Street Rod and the Gee-T Custom Show Car. The Serpent variation first appeared in 1966 as the Cobra Tee Way-Out Rod.
In 1970 skis where added to the Gee-T and it was re-christened as the Sno-Skeeter, the Cobra Tee became the Serpent, and new parts were tooled for the 4th version – the Laramie Stage Ghost. In 1979 Lindberg released the TeeNT as the Bull Horn Street Rod. Supposedly, it was renamed as such because, when loonies at Lindberg obtained the tooling, they thought that the horns from the Laramie were meant to go with the TeeNT.
The Serpent is a big, fantastic rod at 1/16 scale. It sits at over 8 inches long and 5 1/2 inches tall. The kit features snakeskin textured side panels & upholstery, detailed engine, rubber whitewall tires and slicks, an extra cobra throne seat, antique cowl lamps, custom bucket seats with cobra headrests, seat belts, custom exhaust pipes and twin steering controls. Parts will come injected in blue, black and clear. Alterations to the kit include improving the way the bucket sits on the frame and adjusting the stance of the 3rd seat to better match the box art.
For those wanting a more custom look the Serpent comes with a slew of bonus parts including front & Rear fenders, chrome wheel covers, chrome gas tank, alternate cowl lamps, and chrome air cleaners. An all new feature for the Serpent is a large, snake-themed decal sheet. Slithering your way this May!
Parts are painted, now it is time for assembly.
As mentioned in part 2, I assembled the motor using the “Rear Mill Bucket” instructions. As shown above.
Next I assembled the frame (A1), body (A3+A4+A5+A6), dash (A17), steering wheel (A19), windshield (a9), glass (A25), bed (A7a), grille (A2), tail gate (A8), and interior of the cab (A10) as shown in the Model A Pickup instructions. I replaced the gear shift with the chromed one from the Super Roadster (part R10).
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Above are the parts from each kit that were used. Note that I will reference 1930 Ford Model A Pickup kit part with an “A” in front of the part number, “B” for the Lucky Bucket and “R” for the Super Roadster.
First I removed the fenders from the frame (A1). Cutting along the the red lines as shown above. I discarded the fenders (i.e. set them aside for future projects).
Next I separated the hood from the cowl halves (A5,A6), cutting along the red line. The hood halves were not used on this build, so discard. The cowl halves (A5,A6) and the body sides (A3,A4) were then glued together.
I wanted to shorten the pickup bed (A7). The excess is be used in next step, so you would need to remove at least 7mm, I went with 11mm. I will refer to the halves now as parts A7a and A7b. I also trimmed 11mm off the bed on frame (A1). The excess from A1 is discarded.
The body (A3+A4+A5+A6) is missing a firewall so I used part A7b to create it. I cut it into the pieces shown above and then cut 3 pieces down to fit in the cowl (A5+A6). The pieces were about 7mm wide and A7c was cut to fit the curve of the cowl. Parts A7c, A7d and A7e were glued to the body.
Next I cut a “hole” in interior’s floor (A10) to make room for the drive shaft (R30) from the Super Roadster.
I cut the hood ornament from the grille (A2). I didn’t like it.
I used the motor halves (B16,B15) from the Lucky Bucket. I cut a half circle from the end of the support rods that enable the engine to sit perfectly in place on the frame (A1) with very little modification. Note I had to cut a half circle notch off the frame at the front of the engine to leave room for the belt (B43). For the motor assembly I used the “Rear Mill Bucket” version, option B on the instructions for the Lucky Bucket, but with different exhaust. I will show this in my next post.
Next I painted the parts as shown above. My paint scheme was inspired by the vintage Lindberg Freaky Ford kit. (as mentioned in Part 1) I painted the frame (A1), body (A3+A4+A5+A6), dash (A17), bed (A7a), grille (A2), and tail gate (A8) a metallic grape purple, first hitting them with a dull medium blue then the purple to give the color a little more depth. I painted the wood planks on the bed to look like wood and the grille and gauges chrome. The interior of the cab and the seats were painted tan. The front radius rod (A12), headlight assembly (A18), bumper (A20), windshield frame (A9) and 4 wheel hubs (R55) were painted chrome. The small front wheels (R27,R28), rear wheels (R32,R33) and drive shaft were painted black. The rims on the wheel were painted orange and whitewalls were added.
Look for my next post for final modifications and assembly.
As mentioned in a previous post the Lindberg 1:32 Customizable Show Rod 2-pack will be out soon and one of the cool features is the many parts that can be used to customize the kits – 125 parts to be exact! The kit includes instructions to build the 2 cars in three different ways but with the parts being interchangeable you could customize many more.
Often not seen in 1:32 car kits are detailed engines and the Show Rod kit includes 2. I realized the Lindberg line has many older 1:32 releases that could be kitbashed with the Show Rods. My goal is to use the parts in the new release to customize the Lindberg 1:32 1930 Ford Model A Pickup, item number 72134. For the paint inspiration I will use the 1975 boxart of Lindberg 1:24 Freaky Ford. Check out my next post to see my progress.
We have a 2-pack of 1:32 Customizable Show Rods that will be coming out soon under the Lindberg model kit line. The pack includes a 1930s roadster and a 1920s rear-engine bucket that include a slew of interchangeable parts, so you can customize to your heart’s content. These fun little kits were originally released separately in 1965 as part of a series of 4 kits. The Roadster was released as the Super Custom Deuce, a 3-in-1 kit including Street Roadster and B Altered variations, and as the Blown Buggie. The Bucket was released as the Kookie Contender, a 3-in-1 including Scoopster and Rear Mill Bucket variations, and as the Tuned Tinker. Over the next 11 years Lindberg put out 6 more versions of each kit. Notable releases include the hard to find Glo-Karts in ’72, Rainbow Rods in ’73, and the blue jean themed Jumpin’ Jeans in ’75. Because who doesn’t want their hot rod covered in denim?
Now for the FIRST TIME EVER the new release will include chrome parts! The rest of the parts come injected in bright, bold colors. The kits will each include 2-3 options for grilles, headers, carburetors, front suspension, and hubcaps. Additional parts include a soft top, scoops, blowers, tires, front & rear fenders, rear bumper, tail lights, and roll bars. The large decal sheet is all new featuring funky show rod patterns and multiple options for customizing. Given all the options for these kits I am excited to see what modellers will do with them.