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#1 mad mike

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Posted 21 June 2011 - 09:34 AM

That's the last post this evening, I promise ;)

Currently sitting on my workbench ist a beautiful 'Vette, this time not a scratchbuilt one like my Cheetah and Cobra kits.
I used Revell's C3 model and took it a little back in time, when those chrome bumpers were still in vogue.
Aside from the front, the complete rear deck and bumper have been remodeled too. All the Revell chassis parts still fit.
But I'm not going to use the original wheels, not with those sexy fender flares!
Can't wait to paint that one, but I have to tell all you Vette fans out there: It won't be red. Maybe just a little, though ;]

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More pics sometime soon!

Edited by mad mike, 23 June 2011 - 09:08 PM.


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Posted 21 June 2011 - 03:05 PM

I'll be watching this. You have a good start on it, keep it up!

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Posted 22 June 2011 - 08:04 AM

You were doing good until ...

It won't be red.











J/K :lol: I'll definitely be watching this one. B)

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Posted 22 June 2011 - 09:15 AM

And if you're looking for wheel suggestions, I think this style Halibrand looks fantastic on a flared C3. But I have no idea about availability in 1/8 scale.

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Not a great pic, but here they are on a friend's car:

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 01:40 AM

@ Trae: Sorry bout the "not red" choice, I'll be reserving that color for my C2 project ;]
And true, I'm still thinking about the wheel thing. Got some Halibrands from my Cobra:

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But I also got American Racing Torque Thrusts

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and I'm currently making AR 500s:

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Really a tough choice... What do you think?

And hey, I'm really envious of you guys owning such beautiful cars... here in Germany, we've got to do with Porsches and the like :rolleyes:

Edited by mad mike, 23 June 2011 - 01:41 AM.


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Posted 23 June 2011 - 12:55 PM

Torque Thrusts on the Cheetah please.

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 12:57 PM

I've been a fan of Torq-Thrust wheels since... forever! :P

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 02:25 PM

I am partial to Halibrand wheels for several reasons, but I love torque thrusts on a Corvette. So that's my vote!

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 02:39 PM

Mike,

I would love to see your start on this, but the pic isn't visible to me. Is the link broken, or is it just me?

-Art

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 05:19 PM

@ Trae: Sorry bout the "not red" choice, I'll be reserving that color for my C2 project ;]

Just giving you a hard time. ;)

But ...
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Really a tough choice... What do you think?

Lots of wheels look great on them. If you do a Google search for "Best custom wheels on a C3?", you'll find a fairly lengthy thread on corvetteforum.com - lots of nice ones in there. And you'll notice the Torque Thrust style are very popular on them.

And thanks for the kind words. But I'm thinking having to "deal with Porsches" isn't all that bad. ;)

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 09:33 PM

@ Trae: For that, my Boxster gives you the evil look and says: Black is beautiful! :)

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I saw a lot of black C3s with overall chrome rims, but I think that even with Torque Thrusts (which have less optical impact than e.g. Halibrands)
it's just too much. Guess I'll try some of the "shoes" on when the body is painted and make some photos. We'll see then.

@ Art Laski, Mark Taylor: I'm really sorry about this. Something went wrong with updating the pic, which is in much better quality now.
Since there's so much appreciation of this project, I've got two pics from BEFORE painting the body with filler:

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Posted 24 June 2011 - 02:30 AM

Outstanding work, Mike!

So you've converted the Monogram '78-'79 into a '69? How did you make the rear sections and L-88 hood?

And are you planning on side exhaust?


@ Trae: For that, my Boxster gives you the evil look and says: Black is beautiful! :D

:lol: :lol:
Nice car! B)

Edited by Trae, 24 June 2011 - 02:31 AM.


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Posted 24 June 2011 - 06:04 AM

@ Trae: I used a Revell '69 in 1/24 for reference and carved those sections by hand.
Basically, after cutting the old parts, you glue in a large chunk of modeling foam and model it to fit the body lines.
Of course, I cannot guarantee that my car represents a '69 body exactly, but I like it the way it is... lots ;)

And yes, I'm going to fit Hooker sidepipes, with all those sexy bends.
What do you think about heat shields?
And I'm not yet sure wether to use a Le Mans filler cap or the usual with the emblem...

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Being as crazy as I am, I just finished my first cast of the body a few minutes ago.
To give you a big hint, it's going to be converted to a curbside Phase III... :) ;) :D

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Posted 25 June 2011 - 04:23 AM

Wow, great work so far, and I will be following this one very closely! Oh, and by the way, don't pay any attention to Trae and his choice of colors......he's only had one Vette.......so he's never had any other color! ;) B)

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Posted 27 June 2011 - 04:16 AM

Oh, and by the way, don't pay any attention to Trae and his choice of colors......he's only had one Vette.......so he's never had any other color! ;) :blink:

I can't help it that I got it right the first time! :P

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Posted 27 June 2011 - 04:28 AM

And yes, I'm going to fit Hooker sidepipes, with all those sexy bends.
What do you think about heat shields?
And I'm not yet sure wether to use a Le Mans filler cap or the usual with the emblem...

I think the Hooker style is the best option to compliment the flares. And personally, I think they look better without the heat shields. If that's the direction you go, I wouldn't hesitate to use the LeMans type cap.

To give you a big hint, it's going to be converted to a curbside Phase III... :P ;) :D

Wow, I'll certainly be tuned in for that one! :blink:

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Posted 27 June 2011 - 09:23 AM

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MAN!!! a Cheetah, i haven't seen one since i was a littie dude with my HO road race set. ( I love it ) and torgue thrusts are o so cool on everthing. Like the vette, will be looking in.

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 03:16 AM

Saw this one and immediately thought of your model. :unsure:

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 07:50 AM

@ Trae: Yeah, that's a nice one! those flares look just like mine, with the exception that mine are going to have a sharp edge.
Yesterday, I fitted my Torque Thrusts with those knock-off nuts, and I thought it looks strange. Your pic shows it's being done after all...
I'm about to get the Rapid-Prototyping parts for the Vette, and I'll post pictures as soon as I have 'em.
Did I mention that I'm going to give her movable headlights? :)
By the way, what's the story about the "Stingray" side emblem being on only a few '69 Vettes?
And I'd like to use the Bullet-mirror, like on my Cheetah and Cobra. Hope that's not a serious style flaw...

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 08:42 AM

:)
By the way, what's the story about the "Stingray" side emblem being on only a few '69 Vettes?


All '69s had the Stingray badge......but only a very few, very late model year '68s had them. They came back with the badge to answer complaints from customers about it not being there, created a new one and spelled it different from previous ones (one word instead of two) and planned to put it on the '69 anyway, but put it on a very few '68s. By the way, the pic Trae posted is a '68. (and once upon a time, many years ago, I owned a '68......if only I had known........)

Great work, by the way. Can't wait to see updates!