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#21 FordRodnKustom

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Posted 02 April 2008 - 11:24 AM

I'm likin' your attention to detail on this Cobra build. The wheels and tin work are exceptional. Looking forward to watching it progress to completion ;)

#22 Darin Bastedo

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Posted 02 April 2008 - 11:32 AM

The Cobra is looking great. What do you use to cut and shape the aluminum? I always get curled edges when I try to cut the sheet and bloody fingers when trying to shape the aluminum.


I've always said that the proper tools make things easier. The picture below shows the tools I use to cut and shape the aluminium. I have a number of different shaped jeweler's files which works well for the final shaping but the rough work is done with a pair of small curved scissors (these work very much like miniature tin snips), and the folding is done with a pair of flat edge pliers (make sure that the ones you buy have a smooth non-textured mating surface). even with these tools you will get a little bit of curling but it can be easily flattened with the pliers.

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#23 Darin Bastedo

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Posted 07 April 2008 - 07:19 PM

I'm learning a lot about the construction of the Shelby Cobra's doing this build. I've built many of these Monogram Cobras but i wanted this to be a super detailed replica. In this installment I'll show you the trunk panel, the tailpipes and the new door panels.

Yeah for Monogram for actually making the interior the correct shape to allow room for the under car exhaust...

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I used aluminum rod for the pipes and bent it using a K&S tubing bender. To the trunklid I added the round tube detail, and incorporated it into the hinge assembly.

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I wasn't happy with the thickness of the doors and their fit in the openings, so I made new door skins out of aluminium sheet.

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I was trying to figure out how I was going to replicate the leather door pockets.

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but i had a brainstorm on the way home. cheap adress books (about $1.99) are covered in paper thin leather textured vinyl, so i will cut them out of this.

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I'm really enjoying this build as it's really making me push my envelope.

#24 Ralph Henderson

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Posted 07 April 2008 - 07:55 PM

I'm liking this build alot!!!!
Here is a couple shots of CSX 3154, It lives at the Towe Auto Museum in Sacramento, CA.
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It's the real deal, was owned by Tony Hogg, a writer for Road and Track in the 60's and the early 70's. And he DROVE it, alot...
I am going to try and get some better pics, but even though my Daughter works there, this is about as close as we can get.

Thought you'd enjoy this...

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Posted 11 April 2008 - 08:06 PM

In this update I'm showing the upgraded front suspension. I'm using scratch built aluminum brackets to mount modified R&D Unique Coil over shocks. These are some of my favourite aftermarket Items as the only cost a few dollars for a set of four, but make a huge difference in the realism of the kit...

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the rear will be getting a similar treatment too.

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 11:47 AM

This update covers more work done on the frame and the improved rear suspension, brakes, and half shafts, as well as more progress on the interior, and steering gear.

Here is the 1:1 Rear Suspension:
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Here is the scale version with scratch built aluminium half-shafts, Arrowhead Aluminium Resin & machined aliminium Cobra brakes.
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Here are a few more frame pieces I've scratch built to replace their plastic counterparts.
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Here is how the various componants are starting to fit together;
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I modified the kit steering rack by drilling out the boots and gearbox, so that when I do the posable steering the tie rod will pass through the tube, allowing the model to have working steering and an accurate appearance;
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Here is the new dashboard. it aslo is formed from aluminium sheet and drilled for guages and switches. The Gauge bezels for the speedo & tach will have bezels made out of sliced aluminium tubing, and the accessory guages will have photo etched bezels from an old Performance Detail Products detail set. The glove box will be hinged and filled with stuff from the Detail Master Interior Junk set.
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The deeper I get into this build the more I'm amazed at the elgant simplicity of the Cobra's design. It had almost nothing that wan't there for performance.

Thanks for looking, let me know what you think.

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 11:24 PM

WOW!!!!....

Great work!

Richard

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 05:55 PM

WOW!!!!....

Great work!

Richard

AWESOME work!!!
man!!
I can't wait to see the rest of it..
That's probley the best way to build a Kick A#$ Model.
See each Part as A Build
Not the whole car as One build..(they way I DID, Untill now)
That makes since,
Right?

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Posted 03 August 2008 - 01:40 PM

AWESOME work!!!
man!!
I can't wait to see the rest of it..
That's probley the best way to build a Kick A#$ Model.
See each Part as A Build
Not the whole car as One build..(they way I DID, Untill now)
That makes since,
Right?

Hi. It's been three months since you last updated us on your Cobra build. How's it coming? We would like to see the projects latest updates. Thanks.

#30 Darin Bastedo

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Posted 05 March 2010 - 04:33 PM

Well I'm back at the bench with this build, it's been almost 18 months sice I've been able to work on models but during that time I've been able to collect a lot of reference material and spent much time thinking of methods to accomplish what I want to do.

I've found great reference shots like these...

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There are a lot more at my fotki site. stay tuned for updates as I am trying to finish this one by summer.

#31 nails3825

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Posted 05 March 2010 - 04:54 PM

I was smiling all the way through this detailed description of your build... and a very detailed model you're making :rolleyes: These are my favorite cars by far, can't wait to see this one finished... take your time!

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Posted 05 March 2010 - 05:04 PM

Darin,

This is looking like museum quality build. And I have to applaud anyone who can build over twenty models of one particular car! I'd say that qualifies you as the resident Cobra expert!


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Posted 05 March 2010 - 06:41 PM

Your fotki site is truly amazing. Thanks for sharing.

Gary

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Posted 06 March 2010 - 06:09 AM

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Now lift this sucker into orbit!!!

#35 Darin Bastedo

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Posted 06 May 2010 - 05:00 PM

I've gotten some more done on this one. Today I finished up the passenger door and tried my hand at some hammer and dolly work to create the compound curve necessary to shape the aluminum hood. I still need to do some filing and polishing on it but it is the right shape and follows the contours of the body.
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In this photo you can see the scratch-built aluminum dash. this was the first chance I've had to mock it up since I built it.
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In this shot you get a good view of the opened fender vents.
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Next step is the new improved windshield frame the aluminum piece is shaped like the glass will be and the frame will be built up around it.
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Hope you guys like my progress so far.

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Posted 06 May 2010 - 07:08 PM

The detail work is awesome, Darin!!

I'll keep following this one until you're done!!

Thanks for sharing,

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Posted 06 May 2010 - 07:09 PM

Darin, great to see you back at work on this, you are truly doing a great job

#38 stevegt738

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Posted 07 May 2010 - 11:08 AM

I wondered what happenedto this build, good to see it back.

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Posted 07 May 2010 - 11:19 AM

You gotta be kiddin' me with the details. Unreal!! Looks fantastic so far.

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Posted 07 May 2010 - 12:25 PM

I truly appreciate this smooth transition from modelling to art every time I see it.