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Matt Bacon

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What do these bumpers look like to you?

15 September 2014 - 09:28 AM

I'm looking to bring the Tamiya Jag Mk2 up to "Callum" spec. I've got plenty of details to work from. The kit has cut outs for mounting the metal bumpers. I'm wondering if you guys can tell me if the "modern" bumpers on here remind you of anything that I can source?





I think the rear one looks a bit "80s Porsche", but at the front end I'm lost...


Any ideas?




Now THIS is how to "breathe" on a Jag

07 September 2014 - 08:27 AM



...I guess it helps if you're the design director of the company that built it in the first place.


I want one... (and if anyone knows a good source of those wheels, I'm all ears...)




Looking for some kit availability advice...

09 August 2014 - 11:46 AM

I've just been re-reading "Car Design America" as a result of being reminded in the latest Hemmings "Sports and Exotics" that "Car Design Asia" is out. At the risk of being branded a heretic here, it did remind me why, generally, I don't build Detroit iron. However, it also provoked a shopping list of US classics I would like to give a home to on my shelves. So I'm appealing to the collective wisdom of this fine institution -- can you give me an idea of if it's possible to build the following, and if so the best route -- and the most accessible one?


1933 Cadillac Fleetwood Aerodynamic Coupe

1955 de Soto Flightsweep

1956 Continental MkII Coupe

1959 Buick Invicta Coupe

1963 Corvette (Corvair? The caption is a bit unclear) Fastback Coupe

1966 Oldsmobile Toronado

1970 Dodge Challenger

1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1


Oh...and if anyone knows of a model of a 1957 Cadillac Sixty Special Fleetwood hard top sedan -- please keep it as far away from me as possible! ;-P




(I know there are others that should be on a list of great-looking designs, but I already have several Shelbys, and later Corvettes...)




Pink Panther

08 July 2014 - 11:31 AM

Seeing this mentioned in the "iconic cars" thread made me wonder... how did that happen, then? How did an animated character in the credits to an early 60s British take on a French(ish) cop film end up with THE coolest "rod" -- or whatever you guys would call it -- on TV (much, much better than the Monkeemobile...)? Bear in mind that when I was growing up, I didn't see any bespoke cars in the flesh -- they were in TV shows or the catalogues of die cast makers or plastic kit boxes.


Was the Panthermobile an existing special that was "rebranded"? Did Hanna Barbera (I assume it was them -- everything animated that wasn't Looney Toons or Disney seemed to be) commission the thing to be built just for the "live action" credits to the cartoon show? Was it even a real car -- I guess that credit sequence could have been all model work... it's decades since I saw it.


It had a powerful effect, since it's really the only "hot rod" that I have any urge to build, so can someone tell me the full story?




Jaguar XJ220 -- Tamiya, 1/24

07 July 2014 - 07:10 AM

... you know how sometimes a project just seems like the right one to do right now? Well, I've been noodling with the Murcielago SV, but I suddenly got the urge to build an XJ220. Don't ask me why...
The usual start with Zero Paints for the body. This is meant to be "Silverstone Green", one of the exclusive colours for the XJ220. It's NOT meant to be any kind of British Racing Green, and I found some excellent pictures of a car on sale that categorically is Silverstone Green. This is specially mixed by Steve at Hiroboy -- a "Pacific Green" originally found on a Mustang. The colour codes for the original paint are not in the 15 pages of database entries for Jaguar colours on Lechler mixing tool, so I had to get something close. One source pointed to Boyd "Chezoom Teal" which is available in a Testors can, but is not in the DB either, so this is the closest I could get after rather a lot of online research. I wanted to keep the wing painted with the body to make sure it was exactly the same colour -- I learned that lesson the hard way!
As always, the clear coat transforms the colour. I'm quite happy with this, since it matches my reference pictures pretty well. It's hard to photograph! The headlight covers raise and lower, and fit rather well -- these are taped on for effect and came slightly loose before I took the pix.
On to the rather neat engine now...