Hi everyone, my name's Adam. I'm pretty new to this forum, however I had a chance to introduce myself to a few of you in the past few weeks. I live in Chicago, IL and I'm a sophomore in high school. I love cars since I can remember. And not just some kind, all kinds! I love Challenger's, Camaro's, Mustang's, Lamborghini's (Aventador mmmm), Ferrari's, Mercedes (E63 AMG <3), Kenworth's and more! I dream of cars everyday. While I'm sleeping, while I'm walking 2.5 miles to school, while I'm in school, and while I'm going home. I really want to learn programming, especially making iPhone apps. I'm not sure if you've heard of him, but Allen Wong (here is a great interview with him, it's long, but worth it!) is probably my biggest inspiration. If you don't know who he is, let's just say he's a 25 year old entrepreneur (app developer) whose daily driver is a 2012 Lamborghini Aventador. I'm interested in programming, but I also know that if I developed a decent app, I could get my dream car *cough* Aventador *cough*. Unfortunately, I'm pretty busy this year, and don't really have time to learn programming (I know nothing about programming by the way, I just started learning HTML, languages like Objective-C or C++ seem like Chinese to me), so for now I'm just playing Powerball lottery and hoping for luck
About the project (Shelby GT500):
Okay, so you might wonder why I decided to put this kit together. Well.. There is two answers. First of all, I like it. I like cars and I like modeling. A few years ago I "put" together a car, a ship, and a locomotive. But I knew nothing about modeling. So they were sloppy and not painted. This summer, I tried to put a Kenworth K-123 together, but I used a wrong type of primer and paint spray and it's all messed up. The paint is basically like powder when you touch it and it started cracking! But now I know more, I researched a lot, therefore you could consider this Shelby GT500 my first (real) car that I'm going to put together. Alright, now time for the second answer. Like I said, I'm a sophomore. I'm not sure if it's like that in every school, but in my high school, every sophomore needs to do something called "personal project" in order to graduate. It's due in May (near the end of the school year). It can be literally anything. Anything you want; your hobby, but it needs to be approved by a teacher first (so you don't choose anything too easy). And the process of the completion of this project is supposed to last a few months. It's not supposed to be anything you do now and finish next week, or anything you do in March. I really wanted to create an iPhone app, but first of all I would need a Mac to create it. Then, I would need to learn Objective-C and create an app. I think that would be pretty impressive, but I'm afraid I wouldn't have enough time. I will still try that (after getting a Mac), but what if I won't have enough time to create the app? What if I won't learn the programming language? This is why I chose this model to by my back-up, however it turned out to by my priority, since I've realized it'd be pretty hard developing an app in such a short amount of time (for me of course, it would take an hour for Allen Wong to develop it). So yes, I'll be working on this over this school year and post my picture updates in this topic.
For those, who would like some examples of personal projects, here are some projects last sophomores did:
- (My favorite) A guy with his dad bought a Chevrolet Chevelle and they repainted it, changed the interior, changed the engine, and made it look like new. Unfortunately I didn't get to see it, but apparently it was stunning, as you can imagine.
- A girl created a model of her house out of wood and some fabric.
- A guy baked bread. Yes, he baked bread. I'm pretty sure it was a last minute projects. I mean.. I hope he didn't work on it for a few months, otherwise I feel sorry for people who tried it.
- One student create a model of our school in Minecraft (interesting, huh?)
I've noticed that most of you guys make models of cars/trucks from 60's - 80's and I hope that a 2010 car will be something unique (in a good way) and you will enjoy it!
I bought this model in Forever Timeless Hobby Shop for $69.99 (I think). I really recommend this store, if you live in Chicago you should definitely check it out. They probably have everything you are looking for. Well.. Except for paint sprays. It's prohibited to sell paint sprays in Chicago, so I either go to suburbs or order them on eBay.
Edited by Aukoue, 21 October 2013 - 03:41 PM.