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#1 cruz

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 02:34 AM

Finally got this thing done! It is a comission build for a friend who was an owner of a real one. The kit weighs a ton since it is also made up of a lot of metal parts. Color is Tamiya Racing Green w/ Testor's Wet Look clear. I would have preferred not adding the clear but the client likes shiny...... :rolleyes: The kit is curbside.

 

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#2 David G.

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 02:35 AM

Very cool and very well done!

 

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 02:49 AM

Nice job! Looks like the real deal!



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Posted 20 February 2013 - 02:56 AM

A clean and cool build...



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Posted 20 February 2013 - 03:41 AM

Very nice build.



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Posted 20 February 2013 - 04:45 AM

Looks fantastic!  Great to see the completed model, btw is the rear badge a PE item from the kit?



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Posted 20 February 2013 - 05:12 AM

Beautifully done, Marcos! The client ought to be real happy!



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Posted 20 February 2013 - 07:05 AM

Simply beautiful ....



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Posted 20 February 2013 - 08:32 AM

Looks fantastic!  Great to see the completed model, btw is the rear badge a PE item from the kit?

Thanks guys, I really appreciate your comments!! Yes Paul, the rear badge as well as the front one between the "eyes" are photo-etch items. Also, there is a very small P/E emblem in the center of the steering wheel.



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Posted 20 February 2013 - 08:38 AM

Beautiful model.



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Posted 20 February 2013 - 09:07 AM

Wow man, what don't you build? This is awesome man, I have one and I am not even attempting to build it for a while, looks kinda difficult but you make it look so easy. Love what  you did to the steering wheel. What paint did you use for the interior? Looks very good with the body color.



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Posted 20 February 2013 - 09:24 AM

Hey Cruz, now that you have the curbside under your belt your ready for a full detail build :)


Edited by afx, 20 February 2013 - 09:28 AM.


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Posted 20 February 2013 - 09:27 AM

JC, you know very well the answer to that one and it's not a pretty one, I don't want to make you my enemy.... :angry:  :angry:  :angry:



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Posted 20 February 2013 - 09:28 AM

Wow man, what don't you build? This is awesome man, I have one and I am not even attempting to build it for a while, looks kinda difficult but you make it look so easy. Love what  you did to the steering wheel. What paint did you use for the interior? Looks very good with the body color.

Thanks Jay, the interior paint is Tamiya Sand Beige.



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Posted 20 February 2013 - 09:39 AM

Excellent all around, and very nice work on the grille wash. Just perfect.



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Posted 20 February 2013 - 10:41 AM

Excellent all around, and very nice work on the grille wash. Just perfect.

Sorry Skip, it's a P/E grille, I cheated... :lol:  :lol:



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Posted 20 February 2013 - 10:55 AM

It turned out really nice, your client should be happy.  Nice pictures too!  :)



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Posted 20 February 2013 - 10:56 AM

Very very nice Marcos! I love it. The wooden finish in the steering wheel looks great! Saludos!



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Posted 20 February 2013 - 11:01 AM

Sorry Skip, it's a P/E grille, I cheated... :lol:  :lol:

 

Not cheating. Just another example of how carefully chosen PE parts, expertly applied, can make for an extraordinary piece of work.



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Posted 20 February 2013 - 11:26 AM

I own an all-steel, left hand drive, 1960 Frogeye Sprite. Although heavily modified (116 hp 1380 cc motor, Datsun 5 speed, lowered suspension with progressive rate front springs and Heim joint struts and Panhard rod in the rear, Minilites, deleted front bumper and tilt-forward front end), it looks pretty stock from the outside and we tried to preserve all the original parts and/or engineer it so they could easily be re-installed. This is a superb replica of the stock version. Beautiful! :)


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