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Scratch Building an Aussie Ford Falcon **First update for 2015**


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#261 martiniocp

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 03:23 PM

I've only joined this forum today to ask about sth totally different and opened this thread by accident. Now, I'm reading it like a good book. The skill you're displaying here is mind-bending. How do you work out the dimensions? Engine, interior? Is it proportions only or you're using some othere reference? Oh, what putty is it, they yellow one? Cheers.

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 06:40 PM

I just looked through all 14 pages of this build, and i didnt realize that you scratchbuilt the entire thing!! i dont know what else to say, that hasnt been said.....outstanding work shawn, its unreal what you have done with stryrene, beautiful work!

im still drooling, and my jaw is on the floor.......wow!

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 12:57 AM

that is some beautiful scratch building Shawn! very nice work!

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 01:22 AM

Thanks again guys.

There is only one problem that I can see shawn your next one has to be better than the last one !!!

Cool build where is the next update PLEASE

Doobie

I think I''l go back to the regular builds after this. Ironically I have so many projects that have stalled because I needed to scratch build parts but didn't know where to start. I think this build is going to be a bit of a confidence booster that will allow me to kick start those projects. As for the next update, well I work slowly so you'll just have to wait like everybody else :D .

I've only joined this forum today to ask about sth totally different and opened this thread by accident. Now, I'm reading it like a good book. The skill you're displaying here is mind-bending. How do you work out the dimensions? Engine, interior? Is it proportions only or you're using some othere reference? Oh, what putty is it, they yellow one? Cheers.


Welcome to the forum Martin. The only measurements that I have used have been the wheel base and track width. I also managed to get the dimensions for the bonnet and boot (hood and trunk) to help me figure out the width of the body. Everything else has been done by guess work and what my eyes tell me. I have had to remake quite a few parts because they were too big or too small, It's just a matter of making things in the right order. The putty I use is Tamiya polyester putty which is a two part putty.

Thanks for your interest
Cheers
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Posted 03 October 2012 - 12:37 AM

Hi all. I have finally finished making all of the smaller details for the engine bay. I found some horns in my spares box and added some extra detail and made some mounting brackets out of strips of Coke can.
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I made the air-con condenser the same way that I made the radiator. It gets mounted to the front and covers most of the radiator.
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The air-con drier bottle was the next thing that I needed to do so I made that too.
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The emission regs at the time required a charcoal canister to catch and recycle excess fuel vapours. That will be plumbed into the fuel system later.
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Here are all of the little pieces in place in the engine bay. The engine bay is finally finished... YAY.
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I also noticed that the chassis rails lacked detail so I added some strips to the top and the bottom and some boltheads too.
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I have now turned my attention to finishing everything else in the front end of the car. Stil many hours of work left to do.

Thanks for looking
Cheers
ShawnS

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 02:06 AM

Your skills continue to amaze me!

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 02:21 AM

Wow Shawn, just wow.
Yet again, super clean scratching, it all looks amazing sitting in the bay.

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 02:34 AM

I am speechless. the craftsmanship is outstanding......!!!!awesome!!!!......... B)

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 03:36 AM

You should either cast this masterwork or go to work for one of the major model companies. Your work is beyond words. :)

#270 Tony T

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 04:13 AM

This is awesome to watch...thanks for sharing your build...Amazing!!

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 05:00 AM

Truely a jaw dropping build. You sir have some mad skills.

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 05:38 AM

...just speechless of your skill. Awesome!

#273 Maindrian Pace

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 06:34 AM

Yours isn't the only country he's schooling. This may be the first model I've seen with a plumbed A/C condenser, it wouldn't surprise me if he included the high side/low side schrader valves as well.

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#274 Art Laski

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 08:52 AM

Great work and so fun to watch!

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:44 AM

You should either cast this masterwork or go to work for one of the major model companies. Your work is beyond words. :)


Second the motions!

Your ability puts most of the professional pattern-makers to shame...witness some of the spectacular (near) flops and proven flops of times recent and past.

If you can do this with only two major dimensions and some scaling, the model builders at the kit companies have no excuses.

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 05:41 PM

HOLY COW !!!!!!!!

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 06:07 PM

This is fantastic to watch. With a few more pictures and embellished text it would make a great How-To book. Absolutely a lesson in fabricating. Thank you.

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 12:12 AM

Hi guys thanks again. Time for another update. I have been working on a few things that I needed to finish so I could move on to new areas of the build. First up is the exhaust manifold. I started building this part when I was working on the engine but it went into the 'Too Hard' basket.
I based the part on exhausts from AMTs 67 Mustang.
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It was just supposed to be a cut and shut job but AMT's grey plastic doesn't seem to like being cut and glued and looses strength around the joints. So I resin cast the part and modified it from there. I added flanges and some boltheads and made a heat shield. I also made the hose that goes from the heat sheild to the air cleaner snorkel from fine wire and plumbers tape.
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I also started work on the exhaust system.
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While I was working on the engine I noticed that I hadn't made the dipstick yet so i made one with some 0.5mm brass tube and a piece of 0.3mm wire. I bent the end of the dipstick around a drill bit for the finger handle.
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That's all for now but as usual work will continue and updates will too.

Thatnks again.

Cheers
ShawnS

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 12:29 AM

just went true this topic with a bole of hot steaming soup ....well i forgot to eat my soup several times its cold now !
this is just insane and top of the ladder stuff ..
really love this thread and because you with your skills post good pics and explanations you def. help other people grow in thier hobbt and get awsome inspiration

this thread is a nother > omg thanx for the fact internet exists < moment

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 12:44 AM

That is scratchbuilding at its best! I really like the way this build is coming along. Engine looks fantastic. I couldn't believe that it's scratch built. You do very good job, keep the updates coming.