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#1 jbwelda

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 06:58 PM

hi folks maybe some of you have followed this build on the workbench forum, well its done and here some final photos! be sure to come see it and its companion at the NNL West coming up in early February, and be sure to tap me on the shoulder and introduce yourself if you get a chance!

for those who dont know this kit, heres what it started from:

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but it didnt stay looking that way for long!

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comments questions criticisms always carefully considered and cheerfully replied to!

#2 Erik Smith

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 07:51 PM

Oh, that's cool. A unique little build. Any better shots of the engine? That looks interesting too. That skull shifter should be looking the driver in the face - can't see the face in the pictures.

Great model!

#3 RodneyBad

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 08:00 PM

Holy Cow!! :o
Ya just made that the Coolest Model Ever!!!

Awesome work..
I love it..
I'd own that....

#4 W-409

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 09:13 PM

Very nice job with it. Can't believe, that Austin Seven can be turned into Really nice Hot Rod. But this proves, that it's possible. Great paintjob, wheel and tire choice is perfect. Engine detailing is incredible too. I'd like to see a picture of the older version too, like two Austin Seven Hot Rods side by side... Is it possible? ;)

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 12:52 AM

what's really cool is how you took a model that didn't look like much and you took it to the max and made it something special-congratulations!

#6 Dr. Cranky

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 01:22 AM

What a beauty of a model. Great job, and that Yellow really makes it stand out.

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 02:47 AM

almost didnt look....and glad i did...that is one sweet roadster....the color...wheels and the standance make it a really "KQQL" model.... B)

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 03:26 AM

I was following this and it's just a pleasure to look at.

#9 crazyjim

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 04:01 AM

Followed the build and not disappointed. SHINY :) :) :) RULES!

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 07:07 AM

Nice to see this finished as I too watched it go together. Looks great overall, just not sure about the knock-off spinners up front though....

Congrats on a real nice job!


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Posted 15 January 2012 - 07:20 AM

You've turned an "ugly duckling" into a swan!!!

Very cool 'lil rod, and great smooth paint too! B)

#12 jbwelda

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 04:34 PM

thanks for all the comments!

heres a few more shots by public demand!

a pair of rods on the shelf:

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and a few closeups of the finished engine. this was a tamiya lotus europa twin cam, which of course was a transverse midships mounted motor (edit: i am not at all sure the motor was mounted transversely in an Europa, now that i think of it!), with a transaxle. stuff had to be moved around and a straight line transmission adapted. turned out looking pretty nice in this context:

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thanks again for looking and comments welcome!

Edited by jbwelda, 17 January 2012 - 04:57 PM.


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Posted 16 January 2012 - 08:30 PM

Pretty awesome !!!

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 05:09 AM

Glad to see this one finished, Bill. that's a mean-looking little sucker.

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 10:09 AM

WOW... very cool looking build. Love all the custom work you've done.

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 09:01 AM

That is wild. Looking at these pictures of yours and comparing it to my kit which was built stock it is hard to believe that they came from the same kit. Well done.

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 09:17 AM

What is the pinstripping from? Can I have a closeup of that cat? I'd love to replicate this on one of my cars.

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 05:50 PM

hmmm...the pinstriping, yeah thats a problem...i had a decal sheet with it on it but i dont recall what kit it came out of. the white version is on the red car and the black version is on the yellow car. and if you look closely you will notice the feet got folded over each other but i kinda liked it like that so i left it instead of straightening it back out. maybe someone will chime in with where that decal came from...i am thinking its one of revells recent 32 fords?

robert, feel free to post a pic here of your stock version, i would like to see it!

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Posted 19 January 2012 - 05:12 AM

What a wild idea! It came out awesome, beautiful work!