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Scratch Building an Aussie Ford Falcon **December update**


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#321 Agent G

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 10:26 AM

Yup, I'm back to baseball cards, not collecting, just chewing the gum. Not while walking either.

 



#322 htpremier

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 11:43 PM

would be awesome to do a tru blue replica with one



#323 heroncustom

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 11:40 AM

Sorta new too the forum and this just blew my mind! I was wondering if you had any updates on it?

#324 ShawnS

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 10:17 PM

Sorry no new updates yet. I'm just taking a break and trying to recharge my creative batteries, but I do hope to get back to it soon.



#325 Johan020

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 11:15 PM

Good to here from you.

we'll been missing your mad skills.



Cant wait for an update.

Edited by Johan020, 24 March 2013 - 11:16 PM.


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Posted 25 March 2013 - 12:45 PM

Just found this thread...Very impressive Thats the kind of model building I like...all plastic no whip out the unimat  and make stuff.  Very cool!



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Posted 05 May 2013 - 11:39 PM

  Hey guys I am pleased to return with a new update. It's been a while but something clicked and I hit the workbench a few days ago and started some more scratchbuilding. I find the best way to jumpstart myself after a slump is to do some major construction so it's time to do a curbside chassis.

 

 Obviously I intend to do more than one version of this car in the future so I will need to make a resin castable curbside chassis. I thought about it for a while but I couldn't find a way to successfully cast the chassis that I had previously made so I had to start this one from scratch. The plan is to keep the parts count to a minimum so there wont be a separate diff or suspension or driveshaft etc.. but I want the detail to be reasonable without going over the top. Visuallise something along the lines of an Aoshima or Fujimi style curbside chassis.

 

I started by cutting a slab of evergreen sheet to the right width and started to go from there.

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I measured and cut out the main underbody sections and scribed some detail into them and sanded them to shape.

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I bent the front lip of the main flat section the same way I did the interior tub. 

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I put that aside and then took a chassis from an AMT Mercury and cut off the front section. 

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The kit part was too narrow so I had to make it wider.

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I also had to fill in the under cuts to make life easier when I am casting as well as blank off the main engine area.

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I also needed to extend the rails at the rear of the front section. Evergreen to the rescue again. The wheel locating stubs are temporary and will be removed before casting.

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The main rails were added to underbody.

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Everything fits nicely.

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I will be building and casting the chassis in two parts which will give me the option of doing different rear end configurations that the Aussie XD/XE/XF Falcons came with. The next step is to add engine and gearbox detail so I will have to make a resin copy of the 6 cylinder engine oil pan as well as the trans mount that I have made for the full detail version and go from there.

 

It's really good to be back at the bench and I hope to keep it going for a while.

 

Cheers

ShawnS

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Posted 06 May 2013 - 02:52 AM

Glued to this one again mate, you're a true legend to show us the whole process step by step.

The tricks I've picked up from this so far... this needs to be printed into a book for later reference. I would seriously buy it.



#329 John Pol

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 04:08 AM

Hi guys. This little build still occupies a bit of my time so I figure you should see how I'm progressing. My main focus over the last couple of weeks has been the sides of the engine bay. Starting with the usual evergreen sheet cut to shape with bits added to it along the way.
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Shock towers
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The finished product
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The sides still need extra details added to it like the vertical strengtheners and boltheads etc as well as further work on the fronts. The sides will be mated to the firewall at a later date and joined together at the front also.

Still plenty to keep me busy over the next few months.

Thanks for looking
Cheers
ShawnS

Wow can`t believe the amazing work you put into it keep it going. You must have a lot of plastic and scratchbuilding material around to do this kind of work.

 

John Pol



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Posted 06 May 2013 - 08:25 AM

Best. WIP. Ever.  :)  :wub:



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Posted 06 May 2013 - 09:10 AM

DUDE you got some beautiful peace of work there :D

I would love to have the engineering skills that you have!!!!!! GREAT work!!!   keep it up :)  



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Posted 06 May 2013 - 11:44 PM

Thanks guys.

 

Wow can`t believe the amazing work you put into it keep it going. You must have a lot of plastic and scratchbuilding material around to do this kind of work.

 

John Pol

 

Yeah I do seem to have accumulated a lot of different sizes, shapes and thicknesses of evergreen styrene as well as a selection of glues, knife blades, sandpapers, drill bits and scribers in the last few years. I am always on the lookout for new tools to help me along.  



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Posted 07 May 2013 - 12:48 AM

Can you explain how the shock towers came about, I've been needing to do some for a Vega project I have and could use some advise ?

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 01:43 AM

Hi Roger. The shock towers are easy to explain as they are just 5 separate pieces of evergreen sheet.

 

First figure out the dimensions and cut out one large flat part and two sides then glue them together.

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After the glue set I sanded the back side to get the angle that I needed.

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The get the rounded face I cut out a section of thicker evergreen sheet and cut it to be the same shape as the rest of the tower, glued it on and then I rounded it off with sand paper.

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I also capped the top with a scrap piece of styrene sheet and blended that in with sand paper too.

The original on the far left with the resin cast parts.

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Hope that helps you out.

 

Cheers

ShawnS


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Posted 07 May 2013 - 05:42 AM

Beautiful work.....good on ya, mate!



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Posted 07 May 2013 - 05:51 AM

Best. WIP. Ever.  :)  :wub:

 

agreed 100%



#337 Helix

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 08:28 PM

Once again, outstanding work Shawn ;)  B) !



#338 MrModelT

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 12:06 PM

Best. WIP. Ever.  :)  :wub:

 

I'm with Casey........Good Lord :blink: .....I am  TRULY......SPEECHLESS.    A  true master work! :wub:



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Posted 10 May 2013 - 06:17 AM

WOW!!
I am stunned! Beautiful scratchbuilding and detail work!
Keep it comin

Cheers
Bryan

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 09:08 AM

My vocabulary is insufficient to add anything substantive to the well deserved accolades already lauded upon your venerable skills.

 

I have probably bypassed this thread several times since my interests do not generally include late model cars.  I am very glad I decided to, finally, take a look.  This has been one of the most inspiring and illuminating topics I have found here.

I am now emboldened to finally tackle that frame and suspension that I've been timidly putting off.

Thank you for sharing this, and please do seriously consider publishing an instructional book.  You are eminently qualified to do so.