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Peter Lombardo

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  1. Superb. Just beautiful and period perfect. Love it.
  2. Pretty cool, I like the blending of the different vehicle parts. The green is intense too. All and all, very nice.
  3. My two most recent completions. A 1991 Pontiac Firebird Formula that I picked up for $5.00 and a 2001 Corvette Z06 that has been on the shelf for a long time. The Firebird got wheel well flares and a front air dam and the hood bulge was raised. Doors were opened and hinged as was the rear hatch. Wheels are Aoshima 20-inch RTM. Interior is Tamiya Dull Red, exterior is Krylon Color Maxx Gloss Classic Gray topped with clear mixed with pearl micro flakes. The flams are a hybrid of airbrushed and brush painted Tamiya white, yellow, orange with some red highlights and some dark charcoal smoke. All topped with clear The Corvette is very similar with the same kind of body mods and opening doors and trunk. Interior is black and white Tamiya paints. The exterior is Krylon Color Maxx Satin Jade topped with clear mixed with Micro Blue and Green Micro Perl flakes. The flames are also a hybrid airbrush and brush with Tamiya White, custom mixed light blue, and light pinkish purple with highlights of Violet India ink and then charcoal smoke, topped with clear. Wheels are from a Corvette and the side pipe is aluminum tubing bent to fit. The rear wing and supports are scratch built
  4. Gotta' love it. just beautiful. The orange pearl complements the design perfectly.
  5. Not really, Roger. I thought that too at first, but looking at the model from the same angle, the headlight edge is still visible. It is a minor point, but once again, Chip took a little artistic license here. It is not a criticism just reality. It seems a little strange to me that the price I paid and the comment about Chip drive the responses. I guess if I show any other builds here, I will omit the thought process since that seems to be lost here.
  6. Foose Dodge Coronet I think most of us, if not all of us here, respect Chip Foose’s talent for design. Obviously Revell sees Chip’s name as a huge draw that will help them sell product. He puts his name and a rendering on the box, and here-to-fore old castings get a new life. Such is the case with the 1967 Dodge Coronet. Foose adds a set of wheels and a custom stripe on his rendering and Revell expects his name to carry enough weight to move them off the shelf as a unique version of the same old kit. Note the clearance price sticker. My son stumbled across this kit and picked it up for me because he thought the price was right, and yeah, at $5.00 the price is just about perfect. Notice the box top rendering. Foose usually takes a bit of “artistic license” with his rendering, and this kit is no exception to that rule. If you look carefully, you see that the image as depicted, just looks sharper, and more aggressive. The roof looks a bit chopped, the front windshield looks a bit more raked back. The upper hump on the rear fender looks a bit more heightened and curved. The stance is lower which makes it look sleeker and if you look closely, the quarter window wings by the A pillar and the rear windows at the rear are so vague they almost are not even there. If you look carefully at the rendering you’ll see that accidentally, I am certain, Chip omitted the second headlight on the driver’s side of the front grill. With those subtle modifications in mind, I built the kit with a few additional minor changes. I made a minor chop to the top of a couple of scale inches and laid back the windshield as Chips rendering does. I omitted the A pillar vents and lowered the car down as low as realistic. I added a rear deck spoiler that I fabricated and added a bit of curved height to the tops of the rear fenders as the image suggests, then I opened and hinged the doors. I thought about the turquoise color scheme but rather opted to go with Tamiya light blue metallic topped with blue translucent pearl then clear coated. That’s it, nothing too major, and with a discount from 29.99 to $5.00, I had nothing to lose.
  7. Looks pretty darn good to me. It is a shame the striping paint blead a bit. but short of that, it looks real nice. I have built a number of the Fujimi kits as well as a number of the Revell kits. My only hang-up with the Fujimi kit is the wheel height. I lowered the ride height on my builds and it looks better to me. Well done.
  8. Very well done, not your usual cup of tea, certainly different. I love the creativity and taking up the challenge of doing something different. Box stock is simple, but throwing away the instruction sheet and breaking new ground is infinitely more gratifying. Nice job.
  9. Great execution on a unique design. Very cool.
  10. I have a number of favorite builds. Here in no particular order.This car has a remote control sunroof that opens and closesThe rear section of this one opens and closed by remote control
  11. Chevrolet was getting great reviews in the early 50s when they showcased the new Corvette. Looking to build on the great press, and kind of, spread the excitement around other GM brands, the Corvette chassis was "loaned out" to the other design studios under the corporate umbrella. Buick basically took the rear three quarters of the Corvette with minor taillight changes and dropped on the front end styling from their road cars, and presto, they had a sport roadster to showcase. In the early version of the car, it has a very unique feature in that the headlights were mounted next to the windshield. On the replica versions build well after the original version, the headlights were moved to a more conventional location in front of the front wheels and next to the parking lights. Also, the hood ornament from the original car was dropped. My plan is to build the original version. Looking at the picture with the lady in yellow with the green scarf, it seems clear to me where the inspiration for the two "Dagmar" bumperettes on the front of the car came from.
  12. Beautiful paint! Super clean and crisp. I did one in metallic red, personally, the Miura is my favorite Lambo since it has the cleanest and most flowing lines. Todays Lambo's are amazing, but I find the angular lines rather "off putting" compared to the smooth lines of the Miura.
  13. Completed Testors (early Fujimi kit) Impulse. See WIP post if you are interested in the plan and early build with body modifications. Painted Rust-oleum Matte Citron. Top layered with Jacquard Pearl Ex Pigment Interference gold mixed with Tamiya gloss clear, then topped with Tamiya pearl clear with a final topping of Tamiya gloss clear. Carbon fiber hood decal material is a sheet of Scale Motorsport cut to fit. Window were sprayed with Tamiya smoke on the inside surface and black marker used for the window borders. Hood scoop is to bring in fresh air to the turbo intercooler. Interior is Tamiya Matt Black with brown inserts which were then topped with Scale Motorsport Leopard Hide decals. As the rear hatch is opened the truck cover lifts up with it. (Hard to see with it all being black). Decal markings came from various left-over Japanese race car decal sets. the net 2 builds I have begun will be: 34 Ford Coupeand 1954 Buick Wildcat roadster
  14. Very well done. I did a very similar version with the hardtop from the Corvette Hardtop grafted on into a race car also. Looks great, like the idea of the vinyl paint mask rings. Different.
  15. Very nicely done, I am really looking forward to seeing the C9R kit. Whenever Revell of Germany gets around to it. Nice color. The C8, is the mid engine Corvette that the car magazines have been teasing us with for the past 40 years. Finally here, and Chevy, most definingly got it right.
  16. Very nice. I enjoy seeing different color Ferrari's. Red is nice, but it is getting a bite boring. I have a 250 GTO which I will be doing in moss pale green since there is a real one that color and it is so different looking. But, I do like the metallic moss green you did.
  17. Looks great, I just love the split bumper second generation Camaros, and this looks like a wonderful representation of the car.
  18. Update as of March 12th. First, I am not building a stock representation of this car, but a modified vehicle with a turbo, body mods and a few "tricks" so I will be taking a few "liberty's" with it. The moonroof opening is finished and I have the beginnings of the enlarged wheel openings to allow for a more aggressive look.. Later I will add the lower side skirts between the wheel openings and the front air BLAH_BLAH_BLAH_BLAH. This car is a rear drive vehicle, the successor to the car in the 1990's had a transverse mounted engine and front-wheel drive, but this has a longitudinal mounted in-line 4 rear drive car. They also offered a All-wheel Drive version too, but I am doing the rear drive variant. I needed to fabricate an engine block since the only 4 cylinder engines I have laying around are the very old style 4 bangers from the 30's and 40's. As I mentioned before, my son picked up this kit at a garage sale. Along with this, and a few other complete kits (kits I never would buy for myself) he grabbed a few started kits that unfortunately did not have all the pieces. But actually, they have pieces that can be used on other builds, and this is a perfect example of this. Also, as I mentioned earlier, the chassis on this Testors kit is beyond "toy-like" and really is unsuitable. Upon digging through the boxes I came across a seriously molested Tamiya kit of a Mercedes-Benz AMG 500SL. The body was trashed, but the chassis was untouched and still on the spue-tree. I found that with a slight modification to the front and rear, it fits right under the Impulse, even the wheelbase is dead on. One of the great things about this casting is that front fender inner walls are complete and have a very nice representation of the strut housings and all of the paraphernalia commonly found on the inner side walls. It is not an exact copy of the Isuzu chassis, but it is a far cry better than the one in the kit. Next I needed to fabricate a 4 cylinder block, transmission and head. I have 3D printed turbos and intercooler which along with the new induction system will be added to it. In another of the kits I was given, a Mercedes-Benz 500SEC I found a nice V8 and transmission housing. I modified this into a 4 cylinder engine which will be further modified to represent the engine, with turbo and intercooler as seen in a number of the Impulse pictures I found on-line. Things are beginning to fall in line and come together. The "raw" chassis as it comes out of the box.The basic V8 MB engineengine converted into the basic 4 the chassis and engine under the body
  19. I haven't posted anything to the "On the workbench" section because it is just too cumbersome for me to do it, and because I tend to write far too much about what, and why I did what I did, and I know the bulk of you guys don't really care about my thought process anyway. But having said that, I thought this one last time, I would indulge myself and document some of the work I will be doing to this rather "Oddball" subject. As much as I am a "Car Guy", I must admit, Isuzu vehicles were never really on my radar. At a couple of the dealer groups I worked at back in the 70's and 80's we sold Isuzu products, but it was primarily the Trooper (sold as a Honda also) that got the attention. I never paid any real attention to their "car" products. I was, I guess, a snub. Honda's, Toyota's and Nissan's were the Japanese "cars" I paid attention to back then basically dismissing the rest of their car lineup. The Isuzu Impulse was designed back in 1979 by one of Europe's most heralded auto designers of the day, Giorgio Giugiaro of Ital Design. Giorgio designed cars for countless manufactures. Ferrari, Audi, Alfa, Aston Martin, BMW (M1), Lotus (Esprit), VW, Eagle, Subaru (SVX), even the DeLorean of movie fame and hard drugs, to name just a few. He even designed the Nikon F4S camera. He was rather prolific and in high demand back in the day. Google him, if you want to see all the vehicles he designed. Looking at the Impulse, I see a number of other cars he did rather clearly. The Lotus Esprit, the Audi 80, and the Scirocco (especially) and Rabbit come immediately to mind. A few years ago, my son was at a garage sale and he saw, and picked up a few, what I would refer to as "Oddball" kits for pennies. One was a Nissan MID4 kit, and another one of the few kits was this Isuzu. The Nissan kit still has the original retail price sticker from the hobby shop of $21.00 on it. The Isuzu kit has the same sticker and price before I opened the box. As a side note, I went looking for the Isuzu kit on line the other day and found one on eBay with a starting price noted at $75.00. Seems excessive to me for a basic kit with no motor, a very spartan interior, and toy like chassis. But, I must admit, the body does appear very accurate based on the real car pictures I found while doing a bit of research. This kit is sold by Testors, but it was manufactured by Fujimi. And it really does show it's age. If you have built any of the original Tamiya 1/20 F1 cars or some of the 70's 1/24 sports cars, you will be familiar with gears, electric motor and battery box, and ratcheted steering so the front wheels could be set to hold the direction intended. These were designed to be toys to be played with, so attention to the inner details were nonexistent. These cars, for Tamiya, at least, were the fore-runners to their jump into the RC business. In the case of Fujimi, I think they were just "tagging along" with Tamiya. Anyway, the other night, as I am prone to do, I was going through my rather large collection of unbuilt kits, just to see if anything caught my eye that I had forgotten about, and I came across the Isuzu, and thought "Why not"? This is not a type of build I get into so it would be a rather nice change of pace for me. Right off the bat, it became clear to me that I would need to do a rather extensive modification to bring it up to the kind of build I like to attempt. If I don't challenge myself now and again, I get bored. First off, I wanted to open the doors. This being such an old kit, that posed a challenge as the plastic had become rather brittle from age. Because of that, I had to take great care not to "man-handle" the car too much as I was fearful it would crack in all the wrong places. One of the unique features of the styling was the use of what is referred to as "Aircraft Style Doors" Aircraft style doors are identified by the fact that the door has a ridged frame surrounding the window giving the entire door more strength and less wind noise by going up into the roof area. That design feature seriously complicated the task of opening the doors because it forced me to basically destroy the a-pillars. So, because of that, I had to reinforce the new a pillars on the inside with brass rod cemented in to tie the roof to the front cowling securely. I also had to build the inner structure of the B pillar since it was nonexistent once the door was removed because on the model, it is represented by the one piece glass unit that has all the windows on one modeling which will no longer work here. Next I had to open the hood because I wanted to add an engine to the model, especially since my son made me some great 3D printed turbos and intercoolers. The hood on this car is in the style of the old Saab's where the sides extend down the front fender to the accent indented line that runs the length of the car. I made one little exception from the real car here. One the actual car the back of the hood corners butt up to the leading edge of the front door. I am planning on removing that little section, mate it back up to the hood and build the substructure under where it now sits but this will may not happen as the section below the a pillar is necessary as it anchors the brass security rod under the a pillar, we will see.. Since the hood opens from the front, it will be easy enough. Next, I opened up the rear hatch. This also was a real doozy of a job because it forced me to to rip out the c pillars on the car. So I had to construct in inner c pillar structures to mate the roof back to the rear. The entire process of opening everything up forced me to do it in stages so I could get the roof, which was cut free three different times, to remain in the correct position. It was challenging, to say the least. Next, I have marked off the area where a moonroof will be installed. so of the cars I have seen have one, so why not? Also, the headlights have a rather unique little styling feature which I will complete. There are semi-half hoods over the headlights. When the lights are turned on, the hoods open up to allow the entire light to illuminate the road. Here are a few pictures
  20. Beautiful, excellent build of the highest quality. Great job!
  21. Good eye, it is an old Charger roof added. I never cared for the shape of the original roofline.
  22. The custom 1957 Chrysler 300B was built in 1999. House of Kolor Candy Turquoise with ghosted flames. If I were to build this today, I would build it with opening doors and I would have sectioned the body. I have in the planning stages a 1959 Imperial (new box, but based on the old AMT casting without an engine. I have another '57 that is giving up its chassis and engine for the custom Imperial which definitely will be sectioned. I just finished the 1970 Dodge Daytona. Minor work done to it, just opened the doors. Front seats are from a Viper (and yes, I forgot to touch-up the floor of the interior doors below the door jam. Will fix that. Paint is Rust-Oleum 2X Gloss Seaside which is a solid Turquoise. Topped with Tamiya clear mixed with Jacquard Pearl Ex Interference gold pigment then topped that with Tamiya Pearl clear, and then that was topped with Tamiya clear gloss. Wheels and tires are Aoshima Enkel NT03 19' left unpainted as they came from the box.
  23. No, i carved it out of a hard foam block and vacuum formed upper and lower sections, mated them. It is my own design. Powered by a twin turbo Mercedes V8 and it has a modified Mercedes interior and chassis.
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