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#1 nate47

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 12:39 PM

This will be my first build in a long time. I'm building this as a replica of my dads 2002 Z. I'm using the Monagram 1:25 Dream Rides car. I'll need to have the 2 year only electron blue paint mixed for me at the local Car Paint store. Its been obsoleted at the dealerships. The car will be a chrismas gift, so I'd like to go a little over the top on the quality of the build. I've been learning a ton here on the board and look foreward to learning more from you guys. I doubt there will be too much custom work on this build other than some work on the hood, but I've got a few other builds in the planning stages that might be a little more entertaining.

I was also wondering if you guys have used Plasti Dip on your kits before? It leaves a really nice finish that I think might be cool for chassis and maybe interior parts?

I used the search function looking for another C5 Z06 build and didn't see any...if you have any tips I'm all ears!

I'll try to attach a couple pictures of the inspiration for this build!
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Posted 27 October 2012 - 06:38 PM

That's a wild color should be a real beauty. on the modern cars under hood area may be cramped for wiring but if you think and plan ahead you should be okay. If thats what you meant by over the top lol. Anyhow, Good luck mate.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 01:48 PM

Try going to Rogers Corvettes (Maitland FL)... you can Google the name and you will find a number of good photos of the real thing in his C5 section.....

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 04:11 PM

plasti dip? what is it? ive never heard of it before.......

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 10:58 AM

Bryan plasti dip is a product designed to be used to coat tool handles, its a liquid product that you can dip something in and let it hang dry and it turns into a rubber/plastic coating. Over the last few years I have noticed its available in spray can form. I ran accros some youtube videos and realized its huge among the import and tuner crowd, because its available in multiple colors, and you can spray it directly on paint, chrome, steel, plastic, etc. and if you don't like it or want to change a year later you can just peel it back off with no damage to the surface below. These guys are using it to black out their wheels, and spray stripes and graphics cars. I used it on my 1:1 hot rod on a few items and I've been pleased with the results. Its available at most hardware and auto parts stores. I'd think it would make a good masking as well. I'm going to try to use it to black out the edges of my windows in the Z06. Check out the link below.

http://www.usplastic...CFexFMgodggcAIg


Duntov

Love the avatar, I've got my dads C5 at my disposal he only lives about 5 min. away so I've got all the upclose detail looks I need!

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 11:16 AM

I've been working nights this week but I did manage to get a little work done when the kids would cooperate! First I seperated all the parts, trimmed and sanded all the flashing. There were some pretty ugly mold lines on the body so I got rid of those. I've got most of the drive train installed. I'm wanting to get to a hobby shop to get some flocking for the carpet, and I need to get some flat red paint for the engine covers. I would really like to prep, paint, and polish this body out very well as my dad prides himself on the condition of his paint so I'll be reading any tech articles I can find. If you have any suggestions please let me know!
I've got to strip the chrome off the wheels, I was thinking oven cleaner?
Anyway thanks for looking!

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 11:18 AM

I also opened up the body lines a little bit, and I'm wondering what the correct way to detail those out would be? I was thinking about painting them black before spraying the body and seeing if the lines looked darker?

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 11:31 AM

I've got to strip the chrome off the wheels, I was thinking oven cleaner?
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I never had luck with oven cleaner, but purple power and a plastic container with a lid. Just drop it in there, lid on and come back tomorrow.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 11:36 AM

looking good so far

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 12:00 PM

I've got some purple power in the garage I'll have to try that tonight!

Thanks!

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 12:17 PM

No problem, it works really well.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 01:16 PM

WOW...I dropped the wheels in some Castrol Super Clean (I left my purple power at my dads when we resto'd the engine compartment in a 68 Vette last year) right after I read Scuderia's tip. I just went back out there about 10 min ago, and found the wheels perfectly cleaned! Now I've just got to de-burr them and get some wheel argen paint I've got out there on em!

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 01:22 PM

Glad to hear it was efficient for ya. Some kits take a few mins some take a few weeks it seems lol.. Sounds like a good colour plan can't wait to see.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 04:16 PM

Nate:

Thanks for the reply.... the Avatar is my 66 Big Block coupe.... 48K miles... I have owned since 1998.... 3 rd owner and unrestored in all aspects.... goes like a bat out of hXXX.... Nassau Blue, black leather... all options except A/C..... does not really need it.....

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 05:45 PM

Duntov...thats a dream car man! Ive always said a 66 or 67 is the best looking vette of all time! My dad had a hunter green 427 4spd w side pipes and the BB hood! Awesome cars!

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 05:51 PM

Nice project!! I haven't been to Dayton in a few years (born & raised) but last I heard, The Hobby Shop is still out by the Dayton Mall. They usually have a good selection of supplies and can order pretty much whatever you need for your project. Take care.

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 07:16 AM

Yeah I used to go out there every other weekend when I was growing up they are still there just moved down the road a bit! I'll probably get started on the interior today.

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 01:41 PM

Does anyone have any tips on how to make the body pannel gaps look better (deeper and or darker)?

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 04:44 AM

I got a little more done over the last few days. The wheel argent looks about the right shade, so I'm gonna clear em this afternoon and try to knock out some more detail on the engine compartment. I was a little dissapointed to see the heater controlls don't match the real car. I can only assume they may have been different on the 02 than the 04, I'm not sure if I'll try to fix it or not. I need to start on my hood soon, thats gonna be a real challenge for me. I'm hoping to get the paint for the body Saturday so I'd like to get the body primed soon too. Hopefully I'll have some updates this evening!

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 02:53 AM

Made a little more progress last night. I still don't have the flocking for the carpet so the interior is just mocked up for the time being. The shifter looks too large but my dad has a Hurst short throw shifter and shift knob in his car so its not that far off. I'm plannin on engraving an H into the top of the shifter. I need to get to the hobby shop and get some flocking, and flat or semi gloss red paint for the engine covers. I'm probably going to start the primer on the body today. Oh and these tires suck! No lettering at all, I'm going to have to look around to see what I can find.
Thanks for looking.

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