Peter Lombardo

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  • Birthday 06/14/1949

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  • Location Morris Plains, New Jersey
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  1. Peter Lombardo added a post in a topic Custom coupe   

    Wow, that is different......nice job, very unique, it is a throwback to the 60's.!
  2. Peter Lombardo added a post in a topic Tyrrell 002 - Cevert's '72 German GP ride   

    Looks great Curt.......I have that kit to build and I finished the 001 version.  These Ebbro's can be a bit finicky, but build up very well. Very clean.
  3. Peter Lombardo added a topic in Under Glass   

    Nissan CIMA Coupe
    Just completed ( so new, the glue on the left front turn signal lens is still not dry and no license plates on it yet ) Nissan CIMA 4 DR / Infiniti Q45 4DR with a Ferrari roof grafted on.  Doors opened, hood opened, Ferrari V12 under the hood.  Photo etched hood louvers installed.  Painted Bahama Blue Metallic on top, with Black on the bottom. Then topped with clear blue with gold metalflake mixed in. Then that was topped with clear with a little gold flake mixed in and then all topped with clear.....rubbed out with wax and a gold vinyl pin strip added at the color break line.

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  4. Peter Lombardo added a post in a topic Post you flame paint jobs!   

    Here are a few of my flame jobs.

    And last, the anti-flame.......bubbles.

  5. Peter Lombardo added a post in a topic Nissan Cima / Infiniti Q45 Y33 coupe UPDATED 7 5 2015   

    After thinking about whether to open the hood on this or not for about 3 seconds, I realized that if I took the time and effort to open the doors, it would be incomplete to not open the last night after we got home from a beautiful fireworks display, I set about opening the hood.

    If was actually a difficult task. One, the plastic used in the Nissan Cima is rather tough and brittle. The styrene used by Revell on the Ferrari ( the roof ) is much softer and easier to work with. So because of the toughness of the styrene, cutting out the hood was a slow and arduous task, especially at 11 pm after a tall Bourbon and soda. And because I wanted to leave some of the hood on the car just in front of the windshield, creating the curved line where the back of the hood ends was very tedious.

    I had to build up under the cowling an "under support" shelf for the top of the future firewall and to make a seamless lower edge for the windshield to butt up against. The radius of the Nissan rear hood did not match up with the radius of the Ferrari windshield so the outer edges need to be we-worked. You can see all of the putty necessary to fill in the side rear edges. Also the lip on the rear edge needs to be cut and sanded down to the height of the hood.

    To complicate this a little more, I changed the side edge and opening of the hood. On the Nissan, the hood open line is out near the edge of the front fenders, but on this model, I wanted to mimic the size opening that the Ferrari has, so I cut the hood open along the strong hood contour lines, very similar to the hood on the Ferrari. I may, or may not have the grille open with the hood......just not sure how this will work and where the hinges are going.....If the hood opens to the forward, then the grille is on the body, if the hood opens to the rear, then the grille can be attached to the hood.

    You can see the doors are taped in place, and still need a fair amount of shimming to get all the seams to line up correctly......note the huge gap below the A pillar and the front top of the door here, that needs to be corrected, as do most sides, but not to difficult to do.

    Once the putty dries, I can sand everything smooth and get the hood and doors hinged and set about dropping the engine in place.
  6. Peter Lombardo added a post in a topic Nissan Cima / Infiniti Q45 Y33 coupe UPDATED 7 5 2015   

    I made some headway on the Cima. I opened the doors, which was rather difficult because of the joint where the top connected to the body, plus, the car was a four door and I had to redesign the cut for a large door two door coupe. And to compound the issue, I added the kit supplied lower body cladding which also was designed for a four door sedan so the cladding needed to be cut and reshaped for a two door coupe.

    You can see the front and rear cladding here along with the side cladding. There is a rather sharp line where the cladding meets the body, which really doesn't bother me, but I did not care for the way the cladding is lower than the top of the wheel opening. I thought that looked odd, so I have added wheel arch extenders and filled the space above the extender with putty. I cut out the excess extender and sanded down the putty so there is a nice flair to the top of the wheel well that sticks out as far as the cladding. I think this gives the car a more uniform boldness.

    Obviously, the sanding is not complete yet on the wheel wells, but it is getting close.

    I have to sand out the doors yet and redo the hinges as I used a different style on this and I am not happy with it. I still haven't decided whether I will open the hood or not....but there is time before I have to make the decision on that.
  7. Peter Lombardo added a post in a topic Nissan Cima / Infiniti Q45 Y33 coupe UPDATED 7 5 2015   

    Okay, you asked for them........this started as a G35 stock.......I did major rework on the nose, hood, wheel wells and rear end. The decals are Studio 27 designed for a 350Z race car, so I did some modification to them also.

    I was able to use some panels from a Tamiya Lexus GT3 car......but this was a major redesign to the stock G35.

    Another "What if" car.
  8. Peter Lombardo added a topic in On The Workbench   

    Nissan Cima / Infiniti Q45 Y33 coupe UPDATED 7 5 2015
    As a young teenager, 1961 thru 1967, I was always blown away by the "big" coupes of the day.......the big Pontiac's, Chevy"s, Ford's, Chrysler, Dodge.....etc..... I just loved the long sweeping lines of the bodies and the sleek two door roofs. Today, with the exception of some BMW's, Mercedes and Audi models, you just don't see "big" coupes any more.

    A number of years ago I dropped a Ferrari 612 roof onto the Chrysler 300, making, if you will, a poor mans Bentley Continental coupe looking car......I loved the look of that car and thought Chrysler could have done well actually building a 2 door coupe based on that look.......but not to be......anyway,

    Many months ago, HLJ was running a sale on some stale inventory and I picked up a Aoshima curbside model of the Nissan Cima ( in Japan) and one time Infiniti Q45 in the US, Y33. This is a customized, of sorts, kit of the Super VIP car ( custom wheels, lower body cladding rear spoiler, along with a few additional touches.) The other day I came across the kit stashed away in my closet and pulled it out. Looking at it, I thought maybe I could do a mindless, simple build of the car since lately, my head is more wrapped up with the new business........but the thought of a simple build just didn't appeal to me.

    Then I remembered that while cleaning up my modeling room a bit the other day, I stumbled across a complete untouched body of the Revell 612 Scaglietti in an old parts box. I have a sealed untouched kit of that car which I always intended to build straight up as the 612 ( I saw one a few years ago in dark metallic blue as it slipped past me on the highway, which looked great, so that is how I wanted to do the model) but the spare body was unaccounted for, so I was free to do as I wished with it. The same light that went on in my head many years ago with the Chrysler 300, lite up again.............why not take the larger Infiniti Q45 model, cut off the 4 door roof and replace it with the Ferrari sleek 2 door roof? I can modify the lower body cladding into a 2 door version, drop the car down a bit and give it a nice two tone finish. Why not, indeed.

    So, here are the two cars prior to the surgery

    The Infiniti without the body cladding and custom bumpers

    And the Ferrari body unmolested. And below is the roof of the Ferrari cut out

    Here the roof is being test fit onto the Infiniti body.

    I used some styrene strips and Tamiya two part putty ( the light green stuff) to fill the gaps and permanently attach the top to the body. The Studebaker in the background is a Jimmy Flintstone resin salt flat car that I picked up at an NNL east a number of years ago.....I am scratch making the hood, and then the chassis and interior for it for a build down the road a bit.

    After a little rough sanding, here is the car with its new top. The red line is where the new door will end.

    front side view

    And lastly, here is the old 4 door roof over the top of the new 2 door roof, just for comparison.

    Since the Infiniti is a curbside kit, I think the spare Ferrari V12 engine, just might find its way under the hood of this car.....if it fits, why not?

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  9. Peter Lombardo added a post in a topic Post pics of your '50 Olds.   

    Completed a few years ago.....current Camaro roof installed with a "crowned" top.

  10. Peter Lombardo added a post in a topic '66 Buick Riviera, my 1st attempt at painting panels...   

    Looks like you have latent low-rider genes in there............great job!
  11. Peter Lombardo added a post in a topic Magic Muffler Fiat - Awful Awful/Fuel Altered   

    Curt, I am really impressed!!!! That is a great looking model....super detail on the chassis and engine, and with all of the scratch building you did, it is over the top......really nice little car. You packed more detail into a small package then most get in a 1/12 build.......really great job!
  12. Peter Lombardo added a post in a topic 1967 Dodge Charger   

    It looks too much like the real thing to be just a model car is somewhere beyond that! Superb..
  13. Peter Lombardo added a post in a topic Mustang II Shelby GT500KR ?   

    That is a really nice version of a Mustang that gets no respect.....I owned a 1975 Mach 1 and it really wasn't a bad car.......but your color and modifications make this one stand out.....really nice job.
  14. Peter Lombardo added a post in a topic Final word on the Norman E. Timbs Streamliner updated 6 17 2015   

    Well, so much for the "Final Word" on this car.....It appears that I can add a little more.....First, thanks for all the kind words from you guys, I really appreciate it, and thanks Curt.....come to think of it, I kind of forgot about it too.....after the car was built, it sat in a box for months and months waiting for me to do something with it. One day, the thought occurred to me that I had seen many, many pictures of the car and they showed the car in various stages of its life. The thought popped into my head that I could actually bring many of the photo's to life by inserting the model into the picture. My brother is a graphic designer and sign maker. He is very adept with computer drawing programs so I asked him if he could "photoshop" a few pictures that I had of the car. My plan was to have the picture of the car removed from the scene and have the model replace it. The more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea, so I knew I had to create two additional models of the car, one being the buck, made out of balsa wood and one being the run down version from the junk yard. And lastly, the finished model would be displayed as it was in the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance in 2010.

    Each base was built from black foam-core material with blow ups of the photos, without the car, glued to the bases.

    In the last post, I mentioned that the car has a motor under the base (of the finished car ) and I didn't have any batteries for the system.....well, I picked up a few and opened the back and took a few photos so the engine, spare tire and gas tank are now seen. You can now see the bracing under the rear body panel and the spare tire behind the fuel tank....also visable is the rod that raises and lowers the back.

    Here is a better shot of the interior with the re-do interior and windshield on the second version of the finished model I did.

    Here is a shot of the back of the car....we created a replica of the actual license plate on the car.

    You can notice that the left side of the rear bumper is a little as-cue..9 leaning down ) was missed in the picture, but is fixed now.,

    Here is a photo of the description of the model that is attached to the finished car. It has all the information you would need to contact the company in Scotland that did my photo etching. They are great to work with, very in-expensive and do fantastic work. I would use them again in a heartbeat.

    So Charles, these are the guys to do the photo etch and here is the actual sheet as it came back to me. We created the artwork in a computer drawing program and sent the file to Scotland. I had a lot of space to fill, so we added wipes of various sizes, '32 and '34 Ford grilles and a few sets of Timbs special parts.

    and finally.....I really mean is a short video of how the rear of the car opens and closes with the remote control motor. ( well, I think the video is here)

    If the video doesn't work, let me know so I can try and fix it.

    Again, thanks for looking guys.......I really appreciate the interest in this build and the idea of bringing the photos alive.