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#101 beeRS

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Posted 01 February 2014 - 04:34 AM

What did you use to get in all the nooks and tight spots to sand the texture away from the floorboards? I need to do this on a car I'm working on.


That's a good question Jesse. I used a sanding stick as far as possible. To get right into the nooks I used a combination of two methods...

 

1) Cut a pies of fresh 320 grade wet & dry paper with scissors for sharp edge and sand as far as possible into the edge. This is difficult as it is impossible to apply pressure over the last 1-2mm (not with the size of my banana fingers), so you have to rely on the rigidity of the we & dry paper.

 

2) I use a No 17 Xacto blade (flat square head - like a chisel). This is held perpendicular to the textured surface and gently scraped side to side. This is a really good way of getting right in to corners and giver a real sharp edge. I used this method to carve the detail into the underside of the hood too.

 

Hope this works for your project Jesse.



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Posted 01 February 2014 - 04:39 AM

Thanks for sharing those pictures of your Green Monster with us Darryl. What a great story to go with it. Looks like yours is nearly finished - its gonna look really good. I've often thought that I should build some models of my old 1:1 cars, but I don't have anything quite as interesting as yours in my past.



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Posted 01 February 2014 - 05:10 AM

Great work on a great project! I love this kind of work and you are doing it right, great job!



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Posted 01 February 2014 - 04:51 PM

very nice work!  those hinges look great!

 

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 01:30 AM

A little more progress in the form of a scratch built cage. I don't want a full cage in this as it is supposed to be just a hot street car, so I'll be keeping it quite simple. Here are the bolt-down feet which I have cut from flat styrene sheet...

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I made a template of the main hoop from cardboard and used this as a guide to bend styrene rod. The bends were achieved with gentle heating over a candle flame. I haven't used this method for years and forgot how easy it is to over-heat the rod. After several practice runs I got a hoop that looked OK. 

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I found the trickiest part to get the ends of the tube cut with a correctly profiled and angled 'fish-mouth' to fit onto a rod. There was quite a few scrapped attempts before I got this far.


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In the end I have not used all four bolt-down feet. The ones on the main hoop will show, but the two at the front will be under the floor carpet so will not show.

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I've never done a scratch built frame before, but if I can get to grips with the bending method a bit better I wouldn't mind doing a complete space frame for a future project (another ideas for my already over-ambitious list!).



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Posted 05 February 2014 - 03:30 AM

that looks fantastic! A perfect street car cage!



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Posted 05 February 2014 - 08:12 AM

Nice work!

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 09:31 AM

i'm suscribed, really fan of your work!



#109 crazyrichard

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 10:07 PM

brrrr awsome stuff

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Posted 06 February 2014 - 03:55 AM

Real nice work....



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Posted 06 February 2014 - 08:33 AM

engines from a 70 Boss 429 it comes with that intake carbs

BeeRs i like what you have done :) wanna make me a Elenore? ;) aha

sick intake man



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Posted 06 February 2014 - 01:02 PM

Really diggin`this one :D

Those clamps on Jan 30 look perfect .... where get.....É

Sorry my shift question mark is somehow speaking french ÉÉ :blink:  



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Posted 06 February 2014 - 01:46 PM

How about a Ross Gibson 'Cammer' SOHC 427? or maybe a huge cubic inch 'mountain motor?



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Posted 07 February 2014 - 03:27 AM

Thanks for all your positive comments. It can be easy to lose interest or get side tracked with long projects like this, but all your comments help keep me focused.

Bruce: Those clamps were purchased from a local hobby shop about 20 years ago. To be honest they are not very good and I should invest in some better ones!

Rob: I was seriously considering a Ross Gibson Mountain motor. So much so that I ordered one from Meggahobby. It took weeks to get here (I'm in the UK) and by the time it did, I had already invested quite a bit of effort into the Boss 429 engine. I will use the Ross Gibson engine for something else real soon.

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Posted 19 February 2014 - 01:23 AM

Time for a little progress update! I've removed the rear cross member - it was not working out as I had hoped. After the moulded-in exhaust was removed this part never quite looked right. I will scratch a new chassis cross member later on - probably in round section styrene.

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The floor does not quite meet the inner body panels flush, leaving a slight gap in areas - particularly around the rear wheel arches. This seems to be the way with a lot of older kits. I'm pleased to see that this small issue is not a problem with most of the latest kit releases. I'm using some scrap styrene off-cuts to fill the gap...

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Now the floor panels make a nice tight fit with no gaps. I think it looks a little more realistic.



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Posted 19 February 2014 - 01:41 AM

My first major re-think on this project has had me up nights thinking about a new hood. Can you believe it - a rummage through my parts box reveals a Thunderbolt style hood. I think this is from AMT's 1966 Galaxie (below middle) - but I might be wrong. I also found the hood from the first 1965 Galaxie that I built, nearly 30 years ago (below right). Yes - I know - it's pink! I must have had some crazy ideas when I was a kid.

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The 1966 Galaxie hood almost fits the 1965 body. Overall it is a little too long and the front lip seems to be too curvaceous. I put a lot of work into the white hood with 'square scoop', but the Thunderbolt one really appeals. I'm not sure if this style hood was ever used on the 65 Galaxie, but the style seems to be correct for that period of Ford.

 

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Despite the work put in to the first hood - I will give this a shot. I have combined the '66 hood with the old pink hood to get a good fit into the 65 body shell. This way I have the old hood to fall back on if this idea does not work out. I've cut-n-shut the two hoods and added a little styrene strip to either side.
 

I really hope this pays off!


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Posted 19 February 2014 - 05:29 AM

Keep it coming! I love this build, I'm also in the process of trying to convince the wife to allow the purchase of a 1:1 65 Galaxie to replace the one I had when she and I met 16 years ago. The amount of detail is amazing.



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Posted 19 February 2014 - 06:26 AM

Nice touch on the chassis fill in to fit the body.  Looking good



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Posted 19 February 2014 - 09:10 AM

Very very nice



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Posted 19 February 2014 - 09:34 AM

Man, you're meticulous!!  Looks amazing!