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#41 FASTBACK340

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 12:27 AM

Thanks a lot John.  What else are YOU working on now..??



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Posted 22 March 2013 - 01:14 AM

making quick progress Richard, looks great!



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Posted 22 March 2013 - 03:58 AM

That interior looks plush and comfy.



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Posted 22 March 2013 - 09:22 AM

Thanks a lot Bill and David.  Yeah David, I was going for the plush and comfy look.  Glad you like it.



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Posted 22 March 2013 - 05:51 PM

Only a little bit of additional progress today.  Mother Nature just won't lighten up and give us a good dry day here for painting.  We get some snow showers every day from the Lake effects BLAH_BLAH_BLAH_BLAH...

 

The steering wheel & shifter are attached and the entire interior assembly is installed in place.  I put a Caddy crest decal from the Revell '49 Merc in the center of the steering wheel.  I also used a cowl light from my parts stash to replicate the sensing unit on the dashboard that lowers the headlights when there are oncoming cars.

 

 

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The firewall is attached, a brake line put in, and all hoses are connected.  The battery has also been put in place and the cables have been connected.

 

 

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Now I'm sort of in a holding pattern waiting to paint the body pieces.  I've got all the chrome pieces cut off the tree, cleaned up and touched up.  The grille is blackwashed, the parking and backup lights are detailed and installed, as are the license plates.  I drilled out the exhaust tips and put some flat black in the holes.  The wheels & tires are all assembled and ready to be attached.  

 

If this snow BLAH_BLAH_BLAH_BLAH keeps up I may have to start in on another model just to keep busy...LOL.   Let's see... should it be the '58 Corvette or the T-Bird..?? 


Edited by Ramfins59, 22 March 2013 - 06:00 PM.


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Posted 23 March 2013 - 01:44 AM

Go for the T-bird. Corvettes make me yawn.... ;)

Inteior & engine detailing look really good! Nice job replicating the A/C plumbing, an often over looked detail. And as for the weather, at much effort & expense we have tickets for opening day at Citi Field next Monday. We're hoping for an improvement too Bro! This year may be the fist time I get to dress for all four seasons going to see the Mets aggravate us......

Looking good buddy, looking good!

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 03:06 AM

Thanks John.  This was my first attempt at trying to do A/C plumbing.  I just tried using bits of wire, tubing and hose line to replicate what was shown in some googled pictures that I downloaded.  I'd be at a loss doing a lot of detailing if it wasn't for the Internet and reference pics... an invaluable resource...  since I'm not a mechanic although I have a general knowledge of older cars, having owned the Dodge.  I find that models look so much better with the added detailing of wires, hoses, etc., although it can get tedious and overwhelming at times.  If you plan it out in advance, predrill all the mounting holes in the right places, and attach things in the right order, overall, things come out usually looking pretty good.  Of course being neat and clean with the glue helps a lot too. 



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Posted 23 March 2013 - 04:25 AM

Looking good so far Rich! B)



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Posted 23 March 2013 - 05:46 AM

Real Nice Detailing!

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 09:37 AM

Thanks a lot Jeff and Ira.  I was hoping to be able to get some paint on the body today since it's NOT snowing, but, as fate would have it, today is my daughter's day off, so she of course decides to sleep in...!!  She bunks down in the basement where my workshop is.  I could go down and "disturb" her, but the considerate part of me (good angel vs. bad angel thing) says leave her alone on her day off..!!  Tomorrow into Monday we're supposed to get another storm... I can't win..!!  



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Posted 23 March 2013 - 01:12 PM

OK, I'm correcting what I posted above.  My daughter woke up as I finished posting, and the warm sun was still shining.  I was able to paint the body (YEAY...!!) and it came out great.  I'll give it time to gas out and then I'll probably clearcoat it tomorrow.  .



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Posted 23 March 2013 - 01:29 PM

It looks like your doing a great job as usual Rich that engine bay looks great as does the inteior keep it up ! I would do the Tbird too much more interesting than the vett



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Posted 23 March 2013 - 03:06 PM

Looking forward to seeing the Caddy with paint. Dude... your like a machine. Your inspiring me ! ;)

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 05:57 PM

Thank you David and John.  John, I'm glad I can inspire you.  If YOU could spend 4 or 5 hours each day at YOUR workbench, you'd probably be like a machine too..!!

 

David, I pulled out the T-Bird kit and I'm not thrilled with the opening doors on it.  I think I'll just glue the doors shut as it's a convertible anyway.  I misplaced the instructions, but I'm sure I can get the model together without them.  I also must have robbed the whitewall tires for another build somewhere along the line so I'll have to search through my stash for replacements.  Here I go again with another project.  I think I need a vacation... LOL.



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Posted 25 March 2013 - 06:47 AM

A little bit of a setback on this project.  I painted the body parts and the paint came out great.  However, I noticed that when I sanded off the mold lines on the body,I was a little too aggressive on the tops of the fenders just above the headlights, in front of the fender trim spears.  I sanded a bit of a depression into the fenders and it is very noticeable.  Both my wife and daughter noticed it, and they feel, as I do, that with all the nice detail work that I put into the interior and the engine compartment, that I should fix it.  That means stripping the paint, filling in the dips, sanding it smooth, repriming and repainting...  Grrrrrrr..!!  U didn't notice it earlier because the plastic is white and I shot it with white primer.  Once I hit it with the Gold paint, it stood out like a sore thumb.  Ahhh the joys of modeling..!!

 

In the meantime, yesterday I added one more detail of a windshield washer reservoir and line in the engine compartment.  Now there's no more room for anything else in there, yet it all still looks neat and clean.  I also added Caddy crest decals to the center of the hubcaps and then covered them with clear epoxy.  I also added valve stems and sanded the tire treads.    



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Posted 25 March 2013 - 07:00 AM

Dont you just hate it when that happens . Been there done that lol you would'nt be happy if you left it coz you would see it every time you looked at it ! better to sort it out now ;)



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Posted 25 March 2013 - 12:16 PM

Awe man! That blows.....

How's the T-bird coming along? :)

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 12:52 PM

Yes David and John, I DO hate when stuff like this happens, and it REALLY blows cause I was on a great roll with this model..!!  The "joys" of the hobby right..??  The Caddy is sitting in the stripper at the moment.

 

John, I just can't get into working on either the T-Bird or the Vette.  For some odd reason neither kit does anything for me.  I know they are '58 cars, but I'm just not into them at the moment.  Maybe that will change when I'm fully done with the Caddy...  I don't know.  Maybe I just need a little break since I've been on such a building streak for the past few months.  I'll be picking up a '58 Olds resin kit at the NNL East that I pre-ordered from The Modelhaus.  I'm sure that will get the juices flowing again, but I won't be starting in on that until probably sometime towards the end of May.  I'll be going down to NC from the NNL to visit with Tom V. and his family for a few weeks.  Then on May 12th our family is taking my grandson  to Disneyworld for his birthday.  I'm hoping that he won't be too overwhelmed by it all since he is only turning 2.  From there I'll be going back to NC for another visit and then back home to PA.  I'm sure that after all that travelling and running around I'll be more than happy to get back to my nice, quiet workbench.



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Posted 26 March 2013 - 04:27 AM

Man, I feel your pain...but you'd hate it worse if ya DIDN'T repaint it. Every time you looked at it would make you crazy, wouldn't it?



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Posted 26 March 2013 - 04:30 AM

Richard , i feel your pain ,,,,,,,, that happens to my face every morning when i put on makeup :lol: