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ImpalaBoy

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MPC 1/16 '63 Corvette Stingray "SuperVette"

11 July 2014 - 04:13 PM

I just got this off of Ebay so I figured I'd do a review in case anybody's interested. It looks like it will be a pretty decent kit with enough work put into it. As far as mold quality and flash goes, this is the worst kit I have yet encountered. However, with  A LOT of cleaning up, the shapes seem to be pretty accurate and I hope the parts fit will be okay as well.

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I didn't take any 'before' pictures, but here's the body after quite a bit of work cleaning up mold lines and deepening panel lines. It seems to be straight and accurate and pretty nicely done overall.

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Chrome parts are a bit lousy, but fortunately the bumpers are pretty good. Most of these parts will probably get stripped.

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Comes with optional side pipes or rocker panels.

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Two choices of steering wheels.

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Very nicely molded stock rims that look much better in person.

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1/12 '69 Camaro Z/28 (New Foose Kit) BMF Done 6/2

27 January 2014 - 12:14 PM

I'm kind of surprised I'm the first one to start a thread with the new Foose kit, but I won't be doing the Foose version anyway, so I guess it doesn't really matter.  This is just going to be a stock Z/28 (well, about as stock as a 302 Cross Ram can be, anyway).  The long-term plan for the car is metallic blue (I'll be using Duplicolor Perfect Match Medium Quasar) with white Z/28 stripes which I'll have to mask and paint myself (wish me luck!).  Interior is going to be black and white with houndstooth upholstry. Recommendations on ink-jet-printer-compatible decal paper would be appreciated.

 

I've been working on this kit for just over two weeks now, starting on the day it came in the mail, and the engine is just about finished. I'm looking forward to getting the ignition wires in there, but I can't do that until after the headers are installed, but they aren't painted yet. It took a while to get just the right Chevrolet engine red/orange color, but I think I nailed it. I used a bottle of Model Master Chevrolet engine red and added a fair amount of yellow to it until it became the ideal shade. As I've done on my last few builds, I cut the belt assembly apart and made the belt out of masking tape. I also spent a good deal of time filing the grooves into the belts, but once the belt is on there, you can't really tell. Oh well.

 

I have had a blast building this engine and I just love how big it is! I'm adding details I never would have attempted with a 1/24 kit. Hoses and fuel lines and such are just bits of spare wire from around the house, mainly telephone wire

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Shifting linkage was kind of fun. The kit piece was pretty sloppy, so just cut it apart and made my own.

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I spent all last night working on the air cleaner. I wrapped masking tape around the foam seal to give it texture. I drilled through the wing nuts on the air cleaner and added the posts to the carbs for added realism so I can proudly display it with the air cleaner off.

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It took me forever, looking at tons of reference photos, to figure out where that hose that comes out of the right rocker cover goes, but I finally realized that it goes into the air cleaner, so I drilled the appropriate hole into the air cleaner base.

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That's it for now, let me know what you think! I don't know when my next update will be, but that depends on if it gets warm enough in the garage to spray paint any time soon.


AMT Pro Shop '57 Chevy Bel Air

30 July 2013 - 11:08 AM

This is the Pro Shop version of the AMT '57 Chevy that was released in 1998. I know some of you will probably agree with me when I say it's such a good kit it's almost hard to believe it was made by AMT. It has over 160 parts and includes a photoetch set, ignition wire, a small sheet of BMF (which doesn't look like it would be enough to do the whole body, but it doesn't matter because I used the Bare Metal Foil brand Ultra Bright Chrome, which I found surprisingly different from the regular chrome), and a sprue of hoses, which also containes the bumper bullets, molded in soft vinyl, which I think is awesome! I think that's about it for extra goodies. I know a lot of people complain that it doesn't have any custom parts, but I really don't care since I think they looked too good out of the factory to customize. I actually started this about 3 weeks ago, but just now decided to put it up here.