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#1 Mike77

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 09:38 AM

I did this one last year...

 

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 10:35 AM

Was this yellow to begin with? Please describe the changes you made that aren't obvious.

 

The paint is superb -- what brand and color is it?


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Posted 08 June 2013 - 10:38 AM

Mike, when you say you 'did' this one, what did you do? I'm not familiar with this diecast.

 

BTW, I used to watch Joel burn in the slicks (12"-not what the model has) after test tunes with open headers and hit two gears on Sunrise Highway before Chas picked it up.

Great time.... :rolleyes:



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Posted 08 June 2013 - 11:49 AM

The base car was a Franklin Mint red 1/12-scale fiberglass 1967 Corvette roadster. The paint is Marlboro Maroon and it was done by a good friend of mine in Australia. He does outstanding work and my paint skills aren't even close to his so I knew he was the guy for the job. After I disassembled the car I shipped everything that needed paint to him. In the mean time Alan at Whoopie Kat Decals upsized a set of 1/25 Ko-Motion decals to 1/12-scale. My friend painted the body parts and shipped them back to me, at which point I applied the decals and shipped everything back to Australia for clear coating. In addition to the cost of having to ship a 1/12 fiberglass Corvette body and parts to Australia twice, we were both nervous about any potential shipping damage, but everything turned out fine. I got the resin Cragar S/S wheels from Casey and had them chromed. The valve covers were originally orange and needed chroming as well. I added headers from a Monogram 1/12 '67 Vette kit and hooked them up to the sidepipes. I wanted the letters/numbers on the rear window to be as authentic as possible. I found a decent online photo of the ones on the real Ko-Motion, printed it off in the correct scale, taped it to the inside of the rear window, and traced everything on the outside of the window with real white shoe polish.

 

Everything was a lot more work than I've outlined here, but you get the idea. The car made a third and final trip to Australia last year and now resides in my friend's extensive Corvette model collection.

 

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 12:17 PM

Beautiful !



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Posted 08 June 2013 - 01:19 PM

Thanks for the explanation Mike. I didn't know FM made fiberglass models.

Excellent research and workmanship on your part.



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Posted 08 June 2013 - 03:14 PM

I didn't know FM made fiberglass models.

 

 

Yep, all of the FM 1/12 '67 Vettes are fiberglass, and even some of their 1/24 ones.



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Posted 08 June 2013 - 04:05 PM

Mike, That is awesome! 

 

I have two of the black ones. and this is very tempting.



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Posted 13 June 2013 - 11:29 AM

Mike, That is awesome! 

 

I have two of the black ones. and this is very tempting.

 

Go for it Tom!!! :lol:

 

Can you imagine how many FM would've sold had they offered this car?



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Posted 14 June 2013 - 03:44 AM

 

Go for it Tom!!! :lol:

 

Can you imagine how many FM would've sold had they offered this car?

 

My bucket list is a mile long already.  :blink:

 

  Franklin Mint didn't think like that.