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#21 cruz

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Posted 04 June 2009 - 03:22 PM

I just did a rendering of one for a killer kompact show if you need any paint and body mod ideas.

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Thanks Mike, like I said, all ideas are welcomed!!! :rolleyes:

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Posted 04 June 2009 - 05:15 PM

Managed to do some more work on the Vega! Even though it was pretty tedious I finally opened up the the small vents on the rear hatch door but it was well worth it, with some paint it will definetly look better. :o
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I still have to do a bit more cleaning but it sure looks better!! I had to also add some plastic not only on the hatch but on the body, the fit was pretty bad here.
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Posted 05 June 2009 - 03:12 AM

YIKES on the vents! but they do look great! :lol:

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 04:02 AM

Hey Marcos :lol:
Great start on a nice old kit.
If it were me, I'd paint this "Puppy" a nice pearl yellow and foil the trim. My 2 cents.
Love the plastic color together with your wheel/tire choice.

Whatever you decide, it'll be beautiful when you're done - dave :P

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 06:23 AM

Wow, that is coming along nice so far. I cant believe you got those vents open so nice. Well, here is the rendering I did. I think you can see why I thought of it right away.

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 06:56 AM

Wow, that is coming along nice so far. I cant believe you got those vents open so nice. Well, here is the rendering I did. I think you can see why I thought of it right away.

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WOW!! Between you and Dave's suggestions I might just go w/ the yellow!!! I love this forum, thanks guys!!!! :D B)

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 12:46 PM

MAN CRUZ THIS BUILD IS GOING TO BE SICK ! YOU MAKE ME WANT TO GET OUT THE 62 FALCON AND FINISH IT UP !

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 04:19 PM

I feel like a kid in the middle of Toys"R"us, my Ross Gibson engine came in today and I just can't believe how quick this happened!! Thank you Scaledreams!!!
As promised, I took several pictures of this beauty, needs a little cleaning like any other resin piece but I think it looks very good!! This thing even brought a small sheet of photo-etch, looks like wire looms and throttle linkage material!! It also contains a piece of masking tape and instructions to duplicate the belts at the front. I will be posting the progress on this engine which I will consider it to be a kit in itself so wish me luck. I will consider the advise given to me by my boy Chris Coller, looks like there will be a few fit issues but that's why we are modelers, we have to work around all that stuff.

Now, let me shut up and show you guys the pictures :angry: :lol:

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 04:21 PM

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 08:17 PM

That looks like some pretty cool stuff, Marcos!!

I'm a bit surprised that the transmission came in 2 pieces, given that it's resin...

Please make sure that you take plenty of pics as you go!! I'm interested in these engines, too...but I really don't like working with most resin kits...

Later,

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Posted 07 June 2009 - 10:49 AM

The variety of aftermarket products that we have available nowadays is phenomenal. Things like Bare Metal Foil,flocking, photo-etch and others are simply things we never thought of obtaining several years ago. In the case of photo-etch, in my humble opinion, we have made improvements when attempting to simulate a lot of the kit parts to make them look even more realistic.

With that said, there are still details that are better to work at with some kits even if they require more work. I decided to work on the grille openigs on the Vega. I thought that the depth of the grille looks a lot more realistic than using a photo-etch one. Like I said, it was tedious but with the right tools it can be achieved.

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These are the tools I used to achive this, it was taking way too long with just the sanding stick!! :unsure: The dremel tool helped a lot of course but I had to be very careful not to sand through. I like the one I own, it's battery operated and it also runs at a very slow speed specially when the battery is a little drained. :D
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In this photo I can see the light!! Of course this is when I have to be very careful not to sand through. At this point I stopped using the dermel tool and concentrated on using the sanding stick to help me finish off the job.
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Once you get to this stage, the plastic just "falls off the bone".
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As I said, I really like the depth that the grille has, definetly superior to it's photo-etch counterpart. Next step is to smooth it out some more with finer grits and later shoot my ALclad onto it. Stay tuned!!!! ;)

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Posted 07 June 2009 - 12:35 PM

That sure beats a wash. :unsure:

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Posted 07 June 2009 - 01:42 PM

Wow man I'm missing all the fun to this build, geesh, I would go with the pro star wheels, and I cant believe you got that engine from scale resins, man I'm gonna get me one of those soon, great work so far men, its looking awesome.

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Posted 07 June 2009 - 05:16 PM

While a pro touring look would be cool, The Weld Stars are my pick. Love the grill and vent treatment.

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Posted 07 June 2009 - 06:01 PM

Cruz , that looks like a lot of motor for that little car. If you want to mock up the motor use Elmers white glue. It will be easier to pull apart if you have to make changes. Looking good, that grill had to be time consuming.

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Posted 08 June 2009 - 02:33 AM

Cruz , that looks like a lot of motor for that little car. If you want to mock up the motor use Elmers white glue. It will be easier to pull apart if you have to make changes. Looking good, that grill had to be time consuming.

Yes Chris, it does look pretty big! Once I mock it up I will try to fit it in the engine bay and see how it will look scalewise. If I don't like it I can always use it in another model. I just hope I can get a nice little engine for the Vega that will look good, the one in the kit kinda sucks.... :unsure:

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Posted 08 June 2009 - 03:12 AM

Great start on the Vega, I am sure it will turn out great. Yellow is a nice color choice if you go with it or perhaps hugger orange. If that motor is too big, here is a suggestion. My cousin built a Vega a few years back with a turbo charged Buick Grand National V6, wild little car till a drunk hit him and totalled the car.

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Posted 08 June 2009 - 03:25 AM

Great start on the Vega, I am sure it will turn out great. Yellow is a nice color choice if you go with it or perhaps hugger orange. If that motor is too big, here is a suggestion. My cousin built a Vega a few years back with a turbo charged Buick Grand National V6, wild little car till a drunk hit him and totalled the car.

Again, that's why I love this forum!!! What a great idea Mike, I have about 2 or 3 grand nationals around here, if it all fails I will definetly keep that in mind and since it's a 6 cylinder it will go in there just perfect!!!! :unsure: B) great idea, thanks..... ;)

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Posted 08 June 2009 - 04:06 AM

Wohooo ! A Cruz missile.......... ;)
What a great project Marcos....the Vega is one of my favs (still to build one... B) ) and I just know this will be awesome mate.
I'm voting for Welds......and the opened vents and grill are superb man.. ;)
Oh yes.......go with yellow. :unsure: ;)

cheers mate
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Posted 08 June 2009 - 04:43 PM

Okay guys, I have been doing my homework and yes, Chris was right, the engine seems to be a bit too big! I took several pictures of the mocked engine without the headers and transmission and inserted it into the engine bay. I know that in the 1/1 world some guys have put enormous engines on cars but this one just doesn't seem right. I also took pictures of the engine inside the new Revell Nova so that you guys can see what I am talking about. You tell me how it looks, I need all the advice I can get even though I loved the suggestion about the Buick Grand National engine!
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This is the engine held together with 3M white glue, very similar to the Elmers brand. Looks gorgeous and it doesn't even have the headers and the transmission added!!
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In this shot it just has the intake manifold added and just look at how big it looks!!
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Here you can see how much bigger it is with the rest of the upper part of the engine put together.
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And yes, the oil pan is pretty low and knowing how low this car will sit chances are I will have to play around with the height of the engine vs the hood also.