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#1 Empyrium

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Posted 07 March 2007 - 12:51 AM

HI guys

I´d like to show you some pics of my Tijuana Taxi rescue.
It was bought off Ebay, and looked like this:
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I Started to take it apart, and this was the result
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It was a gluebomb....
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A TRUE gluebomb
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Lots of glue, broken, and missing pieces
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Here I started scratchbuilding the missing torpedo plate
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A lot of repair all over...
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Finally it was time for the first mock up...
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Here the body is painted, the engine repainted and the decals on...
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And the final result
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http://i33.photobuck...juanaTaxi03.jpg

Scratchbuild items include torpedo plate, rear shocks, gear shifter, driveshaft, and LOTS of small bits and pieces...

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http://i33.photobuck...taxi/ny/TT2.jpg

#2 ismaelg

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Posted 07 March 2007 - 01:13 AM

Great save!
That's one of the most sought after kits in history, and you did a fantastic job saving it.

Thanks,

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Posted 07 March 2007 - 05:27 AM

Nice save :D

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Posted 07 March 2007 - 06:22 AM

Thats an awesome save...really great re-build......love that shifter grip :D looks super

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Posted 07 March 2007 - 11:56 AM

Hi........Empyrium.....I have the same model in ''o'' scale (diecast). I wiil send you the photo . I got it at a flea market , San Diego, California two years ago..........Barbo.

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Posted 07 March 2007 - 01:06 PM

Wow, you brought that thing back from the dead, not evereybody can do that....... :wink:

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Posted 08 March 2007 - 06:29 AM

I got a Ice-T kit that went south because of a bad paint job. I used Testor white primer then sprayed Tamiya Chrome Yellow. It was my first time using Tamiya and the paint just started to crack.

I'll be willing to trade for something because I don't want this kit to sit in my room and be forgotten. I have only built the rear end and then put it away after the bad paint job.

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Posted 08 March 2007 - 08:48 AM

Nice save, great build!

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Posted 08 March 2007 - 09:31 AM

Wow. That was one extensive restoration job!
You really pulled it off nicely. Great job! 8)

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Posted 10 March 2007 - 12:11 PM

I agree with every one else a great save.

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Posted 19 March 2007 - 11:55 AM

Great job! That might have started out as the one I made as a kid based on the amount of glue that was used...

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Posted 19 March 2007 - 06:33 PM

Hi...empyrium.......Please forgive the delay, I have been promoting our Caribbean Scale Auto in and out of Puerto Rico. Here is the photo of my diecast Tijuana Taxi , 1/32 scale,,as I told you before I got it at a a flea market two years ago in California......Barbo http://s123.photobuc...85/100_1086.jpg

#13 Empyrium

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Posted 20 March 2007 - 06:02 AM

Hi Barbo

That looks really nice.... The colors looks like the ones on my 1:18 die cast Tijuana Taxi. I gotta find this one too....
Thanks for sharing.

And to all of you guys: Thanks for the nice comments :D

#14 Irvin Arter Jr.

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Posted 20 March 2007 - 11:48 AM

I love that thing. Had one as a kid wish they could find that one