Thanks, guys... some more progress today (it's being on holiday!)
Maserati 3500GT -- Monogram 1/25
Posted 01 April 2013 - 09:45 AM
Posted 08 April 2013 - 10:37 AM
Posted 08 April 2013 - 11:49 AM
I have never been exactly sure how the seats work on the different versions of the 3500GT, but I do know that the cantlievered movement you describe was part of this Allemano version of the car. Just not sure about the GTi. In any case, you still need to add the bottom part of the hinge.
Edited by sjordan2, 08 April 2013 - 11:50 AM.
Posted 09 April 2013 - 06:20 AM
How did you come up with the instrument panel gauges?
Edited by sjordan2, 09 April 2013 - 06:20 AM.
Posted 09 April 2013 - 11:11 AM
Hey, Skip... the panel gauges are the kit decal, painted over with liquid decal film to hold it together, cut out close to the gauges, and then applied using Klear as decal settings solution under the decal, and in several coats over it as well...
Posted 10 April 2013 - 07:47 AM
Neither my Aurora nor my Monogram kits came with instrument decals, so that's still up to me. The tires are a semi-gloss vinyl with paintable styrene inserts for whitewalls.
I would highly recommend reinforcing the door hinges with metal.
Posted 10 April 2013 - 01:15 PM
You might consider casting one of the Aoshima tires, removing the lettering from the casting and making four copies of your modified version. I have a couple (I think) of these kits myself, so your build is quite interesting - especially how you are making it more accurate.
Posted 13 April 2013 - 11:28 AM
Posted 13 April 2013 - 11:56 AM
Matt, this is simply fantastic work. And that color is outstanding.
Very nice job on this!
Posted 13 April 2013 - 01:27 PM
Posted 14 April 2013 - 09:04 AM
Posted 14 April 2013 - 09:13 AM
Outstanding work on a very cantankerous relic of a kit ! I LOVE IT !
The original kit is so basic this build qualifies as a scatch build.
Wonderful eye candy .
Posted 15 April 2013 - 07:17 AM
Various bits and pieces today, but not much to photograph. These are the new tail-lights...I'm shaping them from a piece of perspex that used to be a recipe-book holder! It sands really nicely, and shapes easily.The two lozenges, waiting for paint and metal details...bestest,M.
Those are 3500 GT taillights, not GTi. The kit lights are correct, as shown on the 1:1 GTi below
Posted 15 April 2013 - 10:41 AM
Posted 15 April 2013 - 04:49 PM
Matt, your build looks fantasitc. I do think that your work is better than using the etched wheels tho. I would stick with the Aoshima wheels, or even look into using the existing hubs you have and wire the wheel. Somewhere here in the forums, there was a thread/how to that was done and I wold certaily say that your are up to the task. Fabulous build sir.
These are the K&R etched wheels (left). I'm still not SURE they are better than the Aoshima injected alternative ®, but they do have a wire axle the same size as the Aoshimas, so if I adapt the chassis axle parts to fit, the two options are interchangeable until quite late in the build...The dash completed, with a Renaissance Nardi steering wheel, horn boss printed with Skip Jordan's excellent reference images...The doors will fit nicely. Currently, I'm battling with the replacement windscreen, which needs to have a template cut before I can start with the BMF on the body...bestest,M.
Posted 16 April 2013 - 11:10 AM
Thanks, Mark... yep, the Aoshima wheels are winning at the moment...
Posted 16 April 2013 - 11:27 AM
Thanks, Skip... I'm a bit scared of living up to the billing, now!
And today, I finally made it through the snow out to the workbench...Something else I haven't been looking forward to:Not the greatest pictures (the lighting seemed to confuse the camera), but you can see the effect. I've removed the trident from the original one-piece kit grille, which of course doesn't fit the reshaped nose. A combination of Humbrol polished chrome spray and BMF does the rest.The engine with that detail painting and the last bits attached. Citadel metallics blended in various proportions for those details...I think, looking out the window, that progress will be slow the next few days...bestest,M.
I would be real interested in your choice of colors and layers of their application to get the colro you haev on those pipes. The color looks very realistic.
Posted 17 April 2013 - 07:54 AM
I'm in awe of the crisp Maserati logo you put on the cam cover. The only thing I would add is a teeny bit of chrome strip around the inside lip of the bonnet opening.
Edited by sjordan2, 17 April 2013 - 07:55 AM.