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#1 Quick GMC

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 07:42 AM

This is another I am working on. It's on the engine and trans assembly so far, but since this turned into a model in itself i figured it would be nice to show. 

 

This is the kit that got me back into modelling after I stopped at about 10 years old. All my models were glue bombs and I specifically remember one Countach I put together while eating skittles, so the completed product was quite colorful. 

 

I was trying to find an auto related hobby to replace RC cars as it as becoming way too expensive. I remembered my dad had a couple of old large scale models he saved. I dug out the 57 Chevy and it was the glue bomb from hell. I still have the kit, but i have bought couple more since then. 

 

Here is the Model Car Garage photo etch kit I am going to use

 

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I am also using Scale Hardware and Micro Fasteners to replace pretty much every bolt on the car. I didn't realize how much this was going to cost until I was knee deep, so this is a long term build. All holes were drilled through the center of each molded bolt, then the molded piece shaved off and surfaces sanded flat. 

 

There are over 120 actual fastners on the engine and trans assembly alone, and about 60 hours so far. I'm stuck on the alternator, I'm trying to figure out how to make a metal fan blade because the molded in one isn't going to cut it. 

 

 

 

 

The beginning

 

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Assembly

 

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#2 Quick GMC

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 07:44 AM

RB Motion spark plugs with porcelain part painted white

 

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Fulie top end assembly 

 

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#3 Quick GMC

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 07:48 AM

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The exhaust manifolds were painted using a two part kit from Michael's. It's an iron oxide paint, then you brush on an oxidizer, wrap in saran wrap and leave it overnight. The manifolds are covered in actual rust, not simulated paint. 

 

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 07:55 AM

I added a little weathering on the valve covers. 

 

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Tranny was painted with Duplicolor engine enamel Cast Iron, then weathered with a wash and Tamiya weathering powders. 

 

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Next up I might mess with the ride height a little. I have started drilling the holes and preparing the rear end. 



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Posted 11 April 2013 - 08:26 AM

I love the bolts!! Detailing a 1/12 scale just takes it to another level. 



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Posted 11 April 2013 - 08:59 AM

''very nice'' the detail is spot on.



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Posted 11 April 2013 - 01:03 PM

Lookin' Great. Keep it coming.

 

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 01:07 PM

Very nice!! Can you post a pic of the iron oxide stuff you used? It looks really good!



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Posted 11 April 2013 - 01:53 PM

Engine looks great !



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Posted 11 April 2013 - 02:45 PM

awesome job



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Posted 12 April 2013 - 05:17 AM

COOL!!! Gotta watch this!



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Posted 12 April 2013 - 10:18 AM

Looking sweet



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Posted 28 April 2013 - 04:39 AM

Excellent engine detail!

 

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 07:09 PM

I took the alternator fan blade from the Scale Details Testarossa PE kit, which is too big for the kit it's made for anyway

 

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I started cutting up an extra generator I had

 

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I chucked it up in the drill and sanded it a bit. Left is original, right is new. 

 

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Nice looking piece once the blades are bent in shape. 

 

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Rough mockup, more details needed

 

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 08:11 PM

Looking real good so far, should be sensational when finished.



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Posted 14 May 2013 - 09:07 PM

really liking the detailing you've done to the engine.<br /><br />one "rivet" to bring up and it's not something you've done...<br /><br />that distributor cap is about twice as tall as real caps are, don't know what the designers were working from but it looks like they never saw the distributor caps that are on the 1:1 cars.

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 06:26 AM

really liking the detailing you've done to the engine.<br /><br />one "rivet" to bring up and it's not something you've done...<br /><br />that distributor cap is about twice as tall as real caps are, don't know what the designers were working from but it looks like they never saw the distributor caps that are on the 1:1 cars.

 

 was actually looking at this last night, it's nearly the same size as the generator. I will see if I can address this. I have an extra one to mess with 



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Posted 15 May 2013 - 07:59 AM

man you brought that engine to life,   looks awesome



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Posted 16 May 2013 - 07:23 AM

Looking great  Love what your doing to this so far!  keep it coming!



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Posted 24 May 2013 - 06:58 AM

This is quite an interesting post as I have recently built this kit 'from the box'. It certainly makes up into a very impressive model, but I found that the fit of some of the parts could have been a lot better in places. I did not like the black colour scheme as per kit and went for a two tone scheme of blue body with white roof instead, that I thought might look a bit more 'Rock n Roll' considering the late 50's era the car was built in. Only wish that I knew about the Model Car Garage Photo Etched parts for this kit beforehand.
Cameron's engine detailing work looks really good and he will certainly do justice to the rest of this popular car model. Really looking forward to seeing how his build progresses.
The kit is showing its 1970's origins now and really cries out to be retooled and brought up to the standard of modern kits. It is such an iconic car that I am sure that there would be a good market for a more detailed accurate new kit to replace this one. Basically it looks like an upscaled 1/24th scale kit when you look at the way the kit goes together. I had a bit of difficulty aligning the hood on the body as it was slightly distorted. Trouble is, looking at it in the box it seemed to be O.K. It may have just been my particular kit that was at fault, but I would suggest that anybody building this model physically check the alignment of the hood to body before doing any painting to be able to sort it out first.