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#21 Jantrix

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 10:57 AM

People don't realize it until they try it but it takes as much or more effort to make a model look bad, and do it well, than it does to make it look good. Keep up the good work.

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Posted 14 August 2011 - 05:59 PM

Sorry about the break, I picked up a new airbrush and I needed to take the crash course before I painted the Elkie. I used all the rust tricks - salt, hairspray, toothpicks and brushes. The color difference is mostly a reaction with salt residue and partly that some of it is wet from toothpick scraping.

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 02:38 AM

Wow, I am loving the gunk! I like the greasy engine details . . . the tires, etc . . . everything is coming together nicely. Keep it going!

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 07:29 AM

Don't take this the wrong way but it looks terrible! :D

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 08:56 AM

Quite an interesting build, certainly looks like something you'd see sitting in someone's back yard! B)

I did something similar with mine, I built it as a beater El Camino you'd see in like a trailer park down south. :D
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Posted 15 August 2011 - 09:11 AM

I love this project. Keep the updates coming. Can't wait to see it complete

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 12:08 PM

Quite an interesting build, certainly looks like something you'd see sitting in someone's back yard! :wacko:

I did something similar with mine, I built it as a beater El Camino you'd see in like a trailer park down south. :P
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How did you crack the windshield?

@Malard Thanks! That's exactly what I was going for! :o

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 05:53 PM

I noticed that a couple of you implied that this kit has some serious pitfalls that make it less than fun to build. Could someone specify what all is wrong with it? I've got one of these kits stuck away for "someday" but I'd like to know what I'm getting into.

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 04:43 AM

I noticed that a couple of you implied that this kit has some serious pitfalls that make it less than fun to build. Could someone specify what all is wrong with it? I've got one of these kits stuck away for "someday" but I'd like to know what I'm getting into.


For me, the body had a couple of huge chunks missing where someone at the factory had broken off the excess sprue, there was a metric ton of flashing, the detail of the interior was atrocious, and the hood didn't pivot; it had two pegs that met with two holes by the windshield. These are things that could be overcome, for sure, but since I had no emotional connection to this car, I had no desire to overcome these challenges to build an ok-looking Elkie. Hence, destruction. :rolleyes:

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 05:30 AM

I noticed that a couple of you implied that this kit has some serious pitfalls that make it less than fun to build. Could someone specify what all is wrong with it? I've got one of these kits stuck away for "someday" but I'd like to know what I'm getting into.


Same as RHS for mine and I had a he'll of a time with the front bumper, if I had to rebuild it I'd use a better detailed engine as well. Final fit of every thing is a pain too I had file the chassis on several places for it to snap togthere. I'd wished I'd pickuped the Revell kit.

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 05:32 PM


How did you crack the windshield?


All I did was use an Xacto knife and scribed the windshield to look like it's cracked, basically hold the knife backwards (blade pointed upwards).

As far as kit shortfalls, I dislike how they did the front suspension and how undetailed the kit is overall. Better kit is the '79 3n1 kit by Revell/Monogram.

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 03:53 PM

Here's where the Elkie is after a long couple of days:

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Thanks for the glass tip, Jordan! I went for a good solid hit rather than a crack. :lol: I also added some rust streaks on some of the pits in the body and put a nice semi-glossy "wet" spot on the dented in roof.

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I put in three lonely spark plug wires that aren't attached at the other end. One (pictured) is laying on the distributor, and the other ones are settled on top of the transmission.

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Interior shot. I didn't detail the instrument cluster at all on this one Usually that is one of my favorite parts to do, however, I liked the way this came out with just some drybrushed dust and dirt.

Next up, the headlights and bumper need to be painted and the front clip needs to be put on. The clip came out a shade darker than the rest (and nicer looking, too. I think the lack of salt residue and hairspray contributed.) so I'm thinking the previous "owner" may have put on a replacement at some point that he painted himself. B) Thanks for looking!