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2013 60th Anniversary Corvette 427 Convertible

28 December 2014 - 02:48 AM


  I had a thread started on this before but it got lost in the server migration. I hope I can replicate the "emotion" of that thread....

      The 6th generation Corvette, or C6, proved to be very successful.  Launched for the 2005 model year with the coupe and convertible, it eventually evolved to a family of models.   In 2006 the Z06 joined the family, followed by the  supercharged ZR-1 in 2009. In 2010 the Grand Sport joined the lineup in both coupe and convertible forms.  For 2013, the last model year of the C6 generation, Chevrolet introduced yet another  model in the lineup:  The 427 convertible. Since the seventh generation Corvette was to be launched as a 2014 model year, this 427 convertible was a one year only model.   GM and Chevy refuse to call it a Z06 convertible, but it is essentially a steel framed Z06 convertible.  The heart of the car is the famous 505hp 7.0 liter LS7 engine.  This roughly translates into 427 cubic inches. Well, it is almost 428 but the number 427 is sacred in Corvette history.  Chevrolet claims this is  the fastest and most capable Corvette convertible ever.  

     But 2013 also marked the 60th anniversary of the Corvette.  So a special edition 60th Anniversary package was offered in all models featuring  Arctic White paint, specific exterior and interior badging, sueded microfiber-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, blue custom stitching, Blue Diamond interior color, gray custom brake calipers,  ZR1 rear spoiler,  full-length racing stripes in Pearl Silver Blue and blue convertible top graced with stitched stripes.

  Combine these 2 and you have a 60th Anniversary 427 Corvette Convertible.  I'm obviously biased, but I have seen one locally and WOW! What a car!


Pictures courtesy of the Internet






  Of course I like it but there are no models of this car. So I will be doing my own.  To keep it simple (yeah right!)  I'll work with snap curbsides focusing on the visual impact of the car.  The plan is similar to the full detail C6 convertible I did back a few years ago: Using the deck lid and conv boot from the snap C6 convertible. But this time, instead of combining it with a full detail C6 kit I'll be using a snap Z06. 


  According to Murphy's law, as soon as I'm done Revell will release a kit of this car so I'll look like a fool. Come On Revell, make me look like a fool! :)


This will be a very slow process as I only have a few minutes a week of workbench time.


The starting points are  Revell Z06 and C6 convertible, both snap curbsides kits....






....which will not stay as they are much longer......

Let the madness begin!!!!





So this is the basic idea.  However, it is not as straightforward as it may look because the fit is far from perfect. The parts are not exactly  identical in size or shape. Add to that the variation of the cutting and if you want it to be perfect you have some work ahead. 




Stay tuned. I hope to have this done before the actual car gets "classic vehicle" plates in 25 years :)

What do you think?



Any recommendations on Hard Drive Data recovery services?

13 December 2014 - 03:27 AM


I just had a hard drive failure on my computer. Fortunately, most of the data was backed up, especially the thousands of pictures. But there is data that haven't been backed up in a few weeks. So, while not exactly an overly critical emergency, I would like to explore the possibility of properly recovering the data on the hard drive. I'm a computer techie but this is beyond the DIY and office/home techs. 
When you google Data recovery services, there are so many options it is mind blowing. However, digging deeper you find most are scams or less than "reputable" outlets.
Does anyone have any experience in this? Any recommendations?


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2010-2013 Corvette Grand Sport (Conversion)

22 November 2014 - 01:37 AM

Hello gang!
  I'm BAAAaaack!!! :)   Well, after 6 years away from the workbench I'm trying to get back to it.  Life has been hectic and "interesting" for me.  The hobby had to be sacrificed for a while.   I'm trying to get at least a few minutes a day on the workbench.  Many stalled projects I didn't even remember starting :)   I feel like a total newbie starting from zero.   So I'll start with something quick and easy.  A curbside snapper just for warming up.... Or so I thought....
  In 2010, Chevrolet introduced a new model in the Corvette lineup: The Grand Sport. Offered in both coupe and convertible, it had wider body cues from the Z06, performance suspension, Z06 brakes, but most importantly,  distinctive side vents in the front fenders.  The Grand Sport was made from 2010-2013.  There are no model kits of this car.  So, the best way to get a model company release something  is to scratchbuild it yourself :)
  To keep it "simple" (HA!)  I will attempt to convert a curbside snap Z06 into a Grand Sport.
First of all: Pics of the real cars.  I haven't decided on a color yet.  Pictures from the internet (ebay motors)
As I said, to keep it simple, I'll just rework a curbside snap Z06.  An all out conversion can be done using the Z06 and base coupe models but that would take a lot of time.
started hacking......  I'm officially back!!!
Getting there, but still some fine tuning needed.
The side vents have been a challenge.  I needed a material that would bend but hold the shape.  I tried brass, but the piece I had  was too thick.  Then I tried styrene but it kept breaking at the bends.   Then I tried aluminum from a soda can and it was better, but couldn't get the bend as sharp as I  wanted.  So I tried clear thermoformed plastic and it worked better than the previous attempts.  I still think thin brass sheet should be the best option but I don't want to wait.
Getting the vents identical in shape and size but mirror image left and right was also a challenge.

And this is where we are as of now....





Both sides look similar but still a lot of tweaking is needed.  I need to decide whether permanetly attach before painting (prototypically correct) or work them as  separate units (easier to work with). 


I hope you like this.   I'll keep you posted on the (slow)   progress.  


Glad to be back!


1/64 Shelby Cobra

27 October 2014 - 05:44 PM



   Well over 10 or 15 years ago, I got this beaten up Hot Wheels Shelby Cobra with a broken windshield. It was pretty banged up.  I took it apart and stripped the paint, and then it sat in a box for over a decade.  I recently found it along with the wheels I planned to use back then. So after over a decade of neglect, I took it out and did a rather quick job on it just for fun.  Nothing fancy. No modifications except for the scratchbuilt windshield and replacement wheels.  

I wanted to do blue with white stripes but it would look similar to the Jet Threat I just did. So I went with black.













Just a fun little project...



Jet Threat II Grand Sport: 1st workbench activity in 6 years

11 October 2014 - 07:10 AM


I know this is not a plastic scale model. But at least is a scale car. For the first time in 6 years there has been activity in my workbench.
About a year ago I started playing with this old Hot Wheels (1/64):


(More details here:  http://www.modelcars...showtopic=94052 )






And it ended up like this:





I added seat belts and a racing steering wheel









Just for fun I made a parachute for it........



Done with Cobra Colors paints that were sitting for over 8 years but after vigorous shaking, came back to life.

Cobra Colors Corvette Admiral blue and Corvette Arctic White

Tamiya tape played an important part here as well.

Still pending, believe it or not, a final polishing and buffing.

I'm warming up!!!!!


What do you think?