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  1. Rat Fink

    Yes, for about eleven years...
  2. Rat Fink

    Thank you very much for the kind words!
  3. Rat Fink

    Rat Fink is one of the several hot rod characters created by artist Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, one of the originators of Kustom Kulture of automobile enthusiasts. Roth conceived Rat Fink as an anti-hero answer to Mickey Mouse... Rat Fink is usually portrayed as either green or gray; comically grotesque and depraved-looking with bulging, bloodshot eyes, an oversized mouth with sharp, narrow teeth, and wearing red overalls with the initials "R.F." on them. He is often seen driving cars or motorcycles. Roth began airbrushing and selling "weirdo" T-shirts at car shows and in the pages of hot rod publications such as Car Craft in the late 1950s, by the August 1959 issue of Car Craft, "weirdo shirts" had become a full-blown craze with Ed Roth at the forefront of the movement. Rat Fink was advertised for the first time in the July 1963 issue of Car Craft, the ad called it "The rage in California". Also in 1963, the Revell Model Company issued a plastic model kit of the character, the initial run of the kit was from 1963 to 1965, but the Rat Fink kit, along with Roth’s other creations, have been re-issued by Revell over the years. Rat Fink continues to be a popular item to this day in hot rod and Kustom Kulture circles in the form of T-shirts, key chains, wallets, toys, decals, etc. Other artists associated with Roth also drew the character, including Rat Fink Comix artist R.K. Sloane and Steve Fiorilla, who illustrated Roth's catalogs. Rat Fink and Roth are featured in Ron Mann's documentary film Tales of the Rat Fink (2006) and Jeannette Catsoulis reviewed in The New York Times: Ogling fins and drooling over fenders, the movie traces the colorful history of the hot rod from speed machine to babe magnet and, finally, museum piece and collector’s item. Along the way we learn of Mr. Roth’s lucrative idea to paint hideous monsters — including the Rat Fink of the title — on children’s T-shirts. A Rat Fink revival in the late 1980s and the 1990s centered on the grunge/punk rock movements, both in the U.S. West Coast and in Australia (Roth drew Rat Fink artwork for the album Junk Yard by the Australian band The Birthday Party), the band White Zombie had a song titled "Ratfinks, Suicide Tanks, and Cannibal Girls" and the Punk band The Misfits had a song titled "Ratt Fink". Anyway, this modelkit is the Revell reissue from 1990 and I think, I have it since then… … Now finished and painted, here and there with small adjustments to my taste, hope you like it:
  4. Corvettevan, WIP 11.April `18

    I imagined that before a lot easier... It took a long time to put that interior in the bodywork, but now it fits: There was still this thing with wheels... I have the rims, provided for this purpose, already used for another build, now I found the right ones. But to be able to use it, first I had to extend the wheel arches and openings, not ready yet patched, but here's a look: Hope, you like it.
  5. Corvettevan, WIP 11.April `18

    So, the new interior, goes, somehow in this direction: Hope, you like it.
  6. Corvettevan, WIP 11.April `18

    Thank you very much for the kind words! More Progress: This is the original `75er Corvette interior, i made it, in the opinion, it fits in the new body... The dashboard and the side panels do this very well... ...but the rear part did not fit, this can be seen in the right center of the picture, the upper edge of the body is about 10mm higher than the interior... The second consideration was, now it's quite an "van", so more seats can be placed... Stay tuned!
  7. Corvettevan, WIP 11.April `18

    The paintwork is finished, clear coated and polished. Now you can see the different color effects, depending on the light direction... Hope, you like it.
  8. Corvettevan, WIP 11.April `18

    More progress: Everything went well, the colors seem to tolerate each other. It looks so after removing the masquerade: Hope, you like it so far.
  9. Corvettevan, WIP 11.April `18

    More progress. The masquerade is ready, finally. The Pic`s: I hope now, that nothing will go wrong...
  10. Corvettevan, WIP 11.April `18

    Thanks for the nice words, I appreciate this very much! More progress on this one, the silver was just the primer, that's the color now, not yet clear lacquered and not polished, I experimented a bit again and thought first, this color would never dry...
  11. Li'l Gypsy Wagon

    Thank you very much, Greg!
  12. Your approach and execution are first class, Eric, great build so far!
  13. '69 Revell Nova....

    Thank you for showing in the new SA Edition, How to Turn a standard hardtop into a snazzy showcase of vinyl. A fantastic looking build, Marcos, i love it!
  14. This is an amazing job you have done so far, Eric, I am overwhelmed!
  15. Corvettevan, WIP 11.April `18

    Some li`l progress... Well... ... that with the lambostilized ones was the wrong choice... ... I just put it down so fast to see how I wanted to go on, but seen that the wheels were way too small for the wheelhouse openings... ... so here's my new choice: Hope, you like it...