Sprint Car fun!
Posted 21 March 2012 - 12:34 PM
I started with the new revell Steve Kinser sprint car and a good part of the kit is just being "cleaned" and painted.
I have seen a little trick I liked of sanding the back of the wheel until you make the hole between the spokes....It looks much better
The headers come as two pieces so molding them and cleaning up the tubes took a bit of time. With this sprint the flash is way better than the older sprint car from the late 80's.
Posted 21 March 2012 - 12:48 PM
Posted 21 March 2012 - 12:53 PM
The tank comes in two half's which is pretty standard, what shocked me is how well I hid the line on my first try It usually takes a few sand/prime sessions...
The hood is also two pieces, the large main piece and the front bottom half of the scoop...still needs a bit of love. The scoop was also filled in like the wheels and I didn't like that...so hack and sand
Posted 21 March 2012 - 01:02 PM
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Posted 22 March 2012 - 11:19 AM
I am going for the more modern look so the kit supplied seat was not going to work for me. I knew some how I would get a big fancy race seat with the thigh, arm and head restraints even if I had to make one. I removed the headrest padding from the chassis and added a little cross bar. Here you can see it next to the old monogram chassis. After researching I did it pretty accurate, but I should have probably added another one low for the 5 point harness.
I decided on the chassis color the second I saw it on the shelf....model master Fluorescent Red. I agree it does look orange.
I said earlier that the satin chrome in the kit was nice, but It still was not to my liking so i dropped it all in the bath and primed it.
Posted 22 March 2012 - 11:39 AM
Posted 22 March 2012 - 03:43 PM
Back to the build and the seat issue. I asked my good buddy Bill where to get a more accurate seat and he said he had one he would donate to the project. Someone i have never met sent me a little plastic model kit piece just to help my build...pretty cool.
It was perfect and looks like a fighter jet seat, only problem as you see from the pictures is the width. I'm no genius ,but you never want things sticking out past the chassis so I used my spruce cutters and some glue to adjust things.
I also went ahead and made the shoulder holes bigger and added the waist holes to the sides of the seats. I primed and shot the seat with Tamiya acrylic flat aluminum. I will hand paint the black fabric part and add Butler decals.
Posted 23 March 2012 - 08:44 AM
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Posted 23 March 2012 - 11:00 AM
I decided to just go the the hobby shop and pick out one of the testors one shot lacquers. I went with the diamond dust mainly because it makes the chassis pop that much more. Silver goes well with anodized colors also which is important later on.
I thought painting the inside of the panels gloss black would have a nice contrast and look more realistic. Never paint items flat on tape like I do....definitely a no no
I ended up sanding and cleaning all the suspension parts as well as the nerfs,bumpers. The mold lines were kind of bad and little convincing from my friend had me settled...there was not going to be any kit chrome at all. I primed and shot gloss black on everything at once. Spending the extra time was well worth it. I used Alclad Chrome and i am happy with how everything came out.
Posted 24 March 2012 - 03:24 PM
After I shot Alclad on everything I used Tamiya acrylic paints to get the anodized look. Almost all my paint is shot through a Paasche Talon.
I shot model master metalizer magnesium I believe on the rear end and headers
Posted 24 March 2012 - 03:38 PM
I picked up some awesome parts from Charlie at Pro Tech and this 5 point harness was one of them, the Simpson decals are from a Slixx sheet.
over the coarse of a few weeks I have managed to get the gold painted on the wheels, the tires mounted and some weathering has begun. The kit does not come with Good Year lettering for licensing reasons I assume. I didn't have the correct scale lettering for the rear tires and on the real track these guys run many variations including bare side walls so I think its fine. I also dull coated the side walls to loose the shine.
Posted 24 March 2012 - 05:14 PM
For those interested the seat is from Revell's 2007 Tony Stewart Monte Carlo. Also too, the seat was in all the kits from that era. I believe there was a Jimmy Johnson and Jeff Gordon kit as well. Basically you will want to look for Revell 2006-07 Monte Carlo's.
Posted 28 March 2012 - 03:02 PM
I have been working on the engine and fixing a bunch of things I messed up along the way. Here is the block shot in Alclad. I made a modern oil filter out of round stock and I will paint it anodized red. I also managed to get all my braided lines and fittings assembled.
Posted 28 March 2012 - 03:56 PM
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