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#1 DanielG

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Posted 06 March 2010 - 09:50 PM

I decided to rod up a Studebaker truck and a '40 Ford was victimized! The Studie got the V8 and wider profile wheels and tires and some chopping and detailing formost the rag-top and suicide-doors.
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#2 RodneyBad

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Posted 06 March 2010 - 10:25 PM

Some Really Great Metal work
Paint looks Awesome..

Excellent work..

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 02:33 AM

Very nice work. I like it a lot

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 03:20 AM

Very, very cool. Since it's 1:18, is this diecast? If so, that's some seriously good work on chopping the top.

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 04:50 AM

Very sweet!!! Love the color combo!

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 06:04 AM

Very, very cool. Since it's 1:18, is this diecast? If so, that's some seriously good work on chopping the top.

Thankyou, yes it is the Road Legends Studie and the paint is Tamiya TS spray.

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 09:46 AM

Beautiful! :lol:

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 09:52 AM

So what tools and supplies did you use for performing what modifications? I've got a Bburago 1/24 metal kit of the Bugatti Atlantic, which needs some serious help just to make it authentic (cutting off air vents, opening the side mesh on the hood, fixing the seams on the fenders, and adding the signature rivets, etc.).

Also, I understand that aircraft stripper from a hardware store is the way to get rid of the baked-on paint. Or did you just paint over the metal finishes?

Your beautiful creation would make for a good build journal.

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 08:23 PM

I completed this before any thought of documentation on a web site so I have no pictures of the build. I used a Zona saw to make the cuts. I rehashed the suspension to give a bit of a rake and widened the rims to accommodate the GMP tires. Added some brass and rubber brake lines and gas line. I was able to hack and chop the thing to get the Ford V8 mounted, no easy task! The folded rag-top cover is leather glued over a wooden base and then painted and 'tacked' to make it look like it has snap fastenings. I have pretty much given up on trying to remove the factory paint from die-cast and just sand and primer over it (it is baked on solid and supplies a good base). The doors were altered to a rear hinge just because I think it looks cooler on older cars and I really hate the large hinge that die-cast cars come with. The box cover is plastic. The rest is just little details that came to mind at the time and I could probably have done more but I was anxious to move on to something else (I am thinking it was a front pumper fire truck (converted from the HWY61 mid-pumper) which is now at the local firehall and I would like to get some pictures of it and post them here).

Edited by DanielG, 08 March 2010 - 08:36 PM.


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Posted 08 March 2010 - 08:49 PM

I might also add that as well as the saw mentioned above I used a battery of small files and what seemed like reams of sandpaper! If you are going to make any serious mods to a die-cast car then you pretty much have to disassemble it and remove all the plastic bits. If you are lucky you can do this without trashing the paint (if you plan on retaining it). I have a '58 Impala on my bench and watching this build will pretty much show any of the methods employed in previous builds.

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 08:30 AM

Nice customizing job. Working with diecast metal must be a lot of work. Well done.

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 08:52 AM

Perfect paint and build.


Nice to see your stuff here.


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Posted 14 March 2010 - 10:46 AM

Great colour combo, and tasteful mods as well!

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Posted 15 March 2010 - 01:43 PM

Killer! :(