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


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#381 Gipper

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 09:42 AM

This is the first time I've responded to any subjects on this forum , but the craftsmanship exhibited is just amazing. I was not all that inspired to with the type

of car , seeing that I like muscle & drag subjects The techniques you have applied made it difficult not to write and say awesome work.



#382 ShawnS

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Posted 23 September 2013 - 12:32 AM

Hi guys. Even though updates are getting scarce as life continues to take priority, work still goes on for my Falcon build. Here is where I'm up to.

 

  In the 80's, rear window louvres were a very popular addition to all shapes and sizes of cars here in Australia.  They weren't factory supplied but they were aftermarket items made by Aunger that were easily available for most makes and models. The two Falcons that I am building both had them so I had to make them too. Evergreen to the rescue again.

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I decided to make some reflectors for the tail lights too.

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They fit nicely in the body.

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And a tow bar was required. I put a piece of sprue into my Dremel and used various blades and chisels to machine a towball.

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Everything in place.

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I wasn't happy with the tail light lenses that I made earlier so I remade them and I also remade the lower roll pan panel and tweaked the bumper to fit better.

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Here is a real one.

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I still need to cast the tail light lenses in clear resin. I think there is no more major construction left for the curbside version so I need to switch back to the full detail version to get it up to spec with the curbside car.

 

Thanks for following. Thanks for looking.

 

Cheers

ShawnS



#383 Modelbuilder Mark

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Posted 23 September 2013 - 09:11 AM

Glad to see more updates on this one!  Those louvers were used a lot here in the states in the late 70s through the mid 80s as well. I and my brother had them on Chevy Monzas, heck the kits for the Monzas even included them! LOL 

 

Your work looks really impressive. Looking forward already to the next update and at some point the finished project.



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Posted 06 October 2013 - 08:26 PM

Hi guys.  To counter the fact that the curbside version of this build lacks that something extra I decided to build a box trailer for it. It's modelled on the one that my grandfather owned at the same time as his Falcon and will be finished with a fair bit of weathering. It's mostly Evergreen with Revell '68 Mustang tyres on some sort of Chevy wheels. It also has T2M nuts and bolts and some chain from an unknown source. The tray is diamond plate from thepartsbox.com.

 

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At the moment I am in the process of moulding and casting the chassis parts and the other parts that are yet to be cast. I think its pretty darn close to being ready for paint.

 

Cheers

ShawnS

 

 

 



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Posted 07 October 2013 - 08:08 AM

I'm so glad that school is back in session here.  Anytime I need education and inspiration, this is where I come.

I really appreciate the thoughtful engineering and superb craftsmanship that has gone into these models.



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Posted 07 October 2013 - 04:16 PM

Shawn, just wanted to say that I have been building models for the past 35 years and have won many awards at model contest. But, after seeing your work, I may never build again. Thanks you crazy Aussie!


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Posted 09 October 2013 - 09:50 AM

Wow!!!talk about excellent styrene scratch-building! VERY nice indeed!

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 10:16 AM

Very fine work indeed.



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Posted 09 October 2013 - 10:27 AM

Great work! Can't wait to see more.

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 10:36 AM

You just make it look so easy! Fantastic work. Keep those inspiring updates coming.



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Posted 09 November 2013 - 10:41 PM

Hello again.

 

I have finally managed to get around to casting the chassis sections and they turned out well. There was a little clean up to do but nothing too drastic.

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I added extra detail to it by removing the molded in diff cover and replaced it with a copy of the one I made for the full detail version. I also added springs that were cut up pieces from a spares box part and added brackets and nuts and bolts to the chassis and rear suspension.

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I made the exhaust too.

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When I cast the rear bumper I added some black colour to the resin.

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I cast the tail lights in clear resin and painted a set for effect to see what they looked like.

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I am happy with the way that things turned out and once I have finished with the rest of the details on the curbside chassis I can finally move on to painting the whole thing. 

 

Thanks for the comments and the kind and encouraging words. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel for the curbside version so I will keep swinging away at until it's done. 

 

Cheers

ShawnS

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Posted 09 November 2013 - 10:56 PM

This is frakkin' awesome !!! Amazing work !!!



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Posted 09 November 2013 - 11:19 PM

soo awsome , i saw one of these cars last week and thought about you and this build thread > means your doing a perfect job :)

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 03:53 AM

When this started, I never imagined that it was going to end up looking like a kit coming out of a steel mold ... one beautiful piece of work!  (your resin casting looks flawless!)



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Posted 10 November 2013 - 03:55 AM

Sunday morning, coffee and a bagel. I see this thread. Read ALL of the pages.

 

 

 

Going back to collecting comics.

 

 

 

 

The underhood panels with their complex shapes kept me coming back to them over and over yet again. For the life of me i don't have the patience for that nor the skillset.

 

 

I was complaining about parts on my Enthusiast Dino build and after seeing this I'm simply going to build it as best i can and pack it away for none to see.

 

 

WOW, and Awesome are words that simply  DO NOT describe what has been accomplished on these pages. They fall utterly short. I'm not certain what words do apply but I'm not going to try.

 

 

 

BRAVO MATE!

 

 

 

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 05:38 PM

Are you using a vaccum/ pressure pot type set up for your casting? Maybe even a vibration table of some sort? Those casts look fantastic! (not to mention the ENTIRE rest of this project) Well done!



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Posted 10 November 2013 - 06:01 PM

Wow it's hard to know what to say after seeing this build, your craftsmanship is amazing, I will be watching for your next update.



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Posted 10 November 2013 - 07:31 PM

Thanks again for the support and the kind words guys.

 

Are you using a vaccum/ pressure pot type set up for your casting? Maybe even a vibration table of some sort? Those casts look fantastic! (not to mention the ENTIRE rest of this project) Well done!

Hi Clint,

No I'm not using a pressure pot or vibration table. It's all done by being careful and patient with the mixing and pouring of the resin although I do need to start researching info for either one of those because I'm getting too many air bubbles (and rejected parts) with the clear resin that I'm using.

 

Cheers

ShawnS



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Posted 23 December 2013 - 04:11 PM

Shawn, your work still continues to inspire me mate, the trailer is very nicely done!
Cheers
Ray

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Posted 24 December 2013 - 06:18 AM

I've been following since near the start and must say what a fantastic job of engineering as well as building you are doing.

I've seen injection molded kits that don't look anywhere near as nice in regards to parts in general and overall fit.