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      Board Status   07/20/2018

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Everything posted by Armornv

  1. Not sure if this belongs here or under Big Boyz?? This is going to be a VERY ambitious project for me. A scale I've never touched, scratchin' and fabbin' like I've never done but hopefully... just maybe with some help and guidance, I can create something halfway decent. To show my complete lack of experience (please don't laugh at me...yet) I have a question that I cannot for the life of me find an answer to. Maybe I'm over thinking it but here goes... How exactly do you figure out where to start the "back half" for a pro street car? And how high up to have the frame rails? (the part that goes above the rear end) I hope I'm explaining those questions well enough. Is it just a matter of whatever works? I'm sure it depends at least a little bit on the car your building. Is there any kind of standard or rule of thumb to follow? It's sad that I'm already kinda lost when I haven't even started it yet lol. If anyone could help me out with that part and get me started in the right direction that would be awesome!
  2. Hey Chris, I sent you a reply. Basically, it depends on the part. Size, amount of material, what material you have it printed in etc.
  3. Looks great Chris. I love Magic Sculpt. It's wonderful for all kinds of model related things!
  4. Chris man, those parts look great! Maybe one day I'll get to the point of being able to design such intricate parts, but for now, it's just the basics for me. I especially like the parts for the body cart. those are super cool. I know all to well how it feels to want to shelf something. It happens a lot more when you suck at building. Trust me on that lol! I say push through it, because what you have done here so far is simply incredible, beautiful, and downright awesome! Can't wait to see it with all those new parts on it!
  5. Great work on the parachute Chris! It really does look the part. And that toggle switch.... insane!
  6. Absolutely mind blowing work. Just plain wonderful. Well done sir!
  7. Those grips are the bees knees for sure Chris. Really, really nice!
  8. Good grief that's a whole lotta machined goodness right there. Absolutely incredible.
  9. Thanks Chris. The more stuff I order (it's already getting VERY expensive lol), the more excited I get. Hoping to get some good build time in this weekend.
  10. Thanks Tom. The tires (rear) are modeled after 31x18.5-15's. I could have gone bigger now that I have them in hand and shoved them up under the body but I think they'll do fine. I don't have the actual measurements in front of me at work. I'll take a look when I get home this afternoon. Edit: Tom: looks like about 1.93 inches in diameter and 1.10 width overall.
  11. Hey Tim! Wonderful work as always. It's still so hard to wrap my around the fact that this is all in 25th scale. Even with the reference pics. (pennies, pencils, tweezers) So incredible man.
  12. Looky what I got in the mail today!!! Got the "first draft" of my tires in. I think they look pretty decent if I do say so myself. Time will tell if I stick with these or modify/redesign them. These were done in Autodesk Inventor and printed by Shapeways in the strong and flexible polished. I was a bit weary of that material as I've done a couple of pieced in the un-polished and they are ROUGH. At least for 1/25 scale they are. Anyways, I tried the polished for these and they are pretty smooth. Still will need some clean up I'm sure. I'll try and get some primer on them before I do any sanding to see how they look. Also got the 9 inch rear end, and the dual carb blower. Both from TDR and both in frosted ultra detail. They are absolutely beautiful! I can't wait to start tinkering with them! There are still some parts I need to source before I can really dig into it, but I can at least start planning things out. I should be able to get the rear subframe mostly built... I think. I'll need to whip some wheels as I had to wait till I got the rear end here so I could get measurements off the rotor hub to make sure the wheels will fit. I still need to get a four link from somewhere, the tubing and rod ends to go along with that. Tubing for the axle housing and some coil overs( not sure I could build those from scratch). I at least did get a tiny start on things. I had enough info to tell me roughly where to cut the frame off the kit. I didn't... but I did cut out the molded in floor between the frame rails. My thought is to keep the kit rails in place until I get the sub frame made to the correct length and height so I'll still be able to put the bumper on... Not sure how well that'll all work, but that's my plan for now. I did the cutting with a new toy that I picked up a week or so ago. I knew that the Dremel Stylus isn't made anymore. Tim (Codi) seems to be really happy with his. (2 I think ) I just happened across this one on Amazon for a pretty decent price and it had some decent reviews so I said why not? Never heard of the brand Genesis. This is the first thing I have done with it, but I like it so far. That's enough rambling for now. Thanks for stopping by!
  13. I gotcha. I know exactly what you're talking about now. The info is very much appreciated.
  14. Mark - I'll be using (attempting) a 4 link on it for sure. I did find some instructions on Chris Alston's page that gave me some good info for different measurements that should help me locate things much better than eyeballing it. All the research I've done, pics I've seen of the frame for 55-57 show it as a standard two rail frame with no lateral deviation except for up towards the front, so I'm not sure where you mean the frame tucks back in? There is a curved body reinforcement "strip that is located around that area. No sideways dips to speak of around there that I can see.
  15. Thanks guys. Tom - Great idea. Never thought about using card stock, or anything for that matter for a mock up. Mark - Thanks for the link. I've looked through Alston's and S&W race cars, Haven't looked at art morrison or chassisworks yet though. I have a pretty good idea on how I'm going to go about building it, just can't find any reference on where it's supposed to attach on the 55 frame. Once I get my initial parts in it should get me a better idea at what I need to do. Thanks folks! Keep the info flowing!
  16. I think.... I have a slightly better idea of where to start the back half now. Still can't find more than a couple of pics of where someone has shown it though. I have also come to realize that I need to have at the very least, the rear tires, and rear end before I can start hacking and bending. The rear end is already being printed at shapeways so I decided to whip up some mostly generic rear tires. I'd really like to have Some Mickey Thompson Sportsman Pro's under it, but my 3D skills aren't quite good enough to do that pattern. I instead used a pattern similar to their E/T Street Radial tires. Not perfect but good enough for now I guess. Here's a shot from Inventor. 31x18.5-15 is the size. Might go a little bigger. I'll just have to see how it looks when I get it.
  17. 69 camaro Pro Mod

    Depends on what parts and scale you're looking for. Here is a listing from these forums for aftermarket sellers. It should get you a decent start on looking.
  18. Joe - Yep. It's the old AMT kit that I have. The red and white box art. Chris - Thanks for stopping by. I'm still quietly lurking around your Army Vega build.... Stunning work as always sir! I have zero problems with you or anyone posting pics in my thread. Especially if they help! I've looked through Chris Alston's site and S&W racecars site a bit. Forgot about Art Morrison though. I'll have a look see when I get a chance. From what I've found, the frames were the same from 55-57. I found a couple of pics that appear to show the "hump" in the frame above the rear end don't go much higher than stock, but still can't find any that show much of anything else. My only problem is I can't find a good pic of where exactly the "back half" starts on that frame. I don't want to start hacking the kit up only to find out I cut it in the wrong spot. Just don't want to do more work than is necessary. I knew I would have to scratch the back half suspension. I've got a 9 inch TDR rear end on the way and already have the plastic stock for the 2x3 frame rails. Thanks for the info so far guys. I'll keep digging for more info. Can't wait to get started!
  19. Thanks. I'm pretty excited to get started on it. That's a good idea. I'll have to do a little research to find out what range of years shared the same frame as a 55. I don't recall a 25th scale 55 pro street? I could be wrong. The noggin ain't what it used to be!
  20. Modern Trans Am Series models?

    Hiya folks! I did some searching through the forums here so I apologize in advance if I've completely missed it. I couldn't find exactly what I was looking for, so I thought I'd ask. Are there any models in 25th scale (preferably larger but I don't see that happening) of any of the modern Trans Am series cars? TA, TA2 or TA3 mainly looking for the TA2 or TA3 style cars. I started watching some of the races from this year on youtube and kinda got a bit hooked on it. TA3 might be possible from a stock body with some effort, but thought I'd see if there are any out there already in kit form. Thanks gang!
  21. Modern Trans Am Series models?

    Awesome, awesome, awesome. I'm kinda diggin the Javelins. I really like the two Revell Camaros. I knew you folks could scrounge something up! Never occurred to me to look at touring cars.... I'll have to take a look at that. Thanks again!
  22. Modern Trans Am Series models?

    I had a feeling there wasn't anything. I don't ever remember seeing any. A shame really. What I would be able to come up with would probably be closer to a nightmare that haunts your dreams more than anything that resembles a race car lol! Thanks guys. I guess i'll keep thinking and looking for possible ideas for now.
  23. Ok here goes. I've been really inspired recently just looking through these forums. I'm normally an armor builder but I have done a few cars/trucks/civilian vehicles over the years. This will be the first one that I will actually put all my effort and skill (I'd like to think my skills have improved from all this time) into, but it's likely to still be not so perfect so please forgive me in advance! My plan for this is to attempt to correct at least some of the flaws in this kit and generally try and make it bit more realistic. Whether that will actually happen or not.......I do plan on doing several of these trucks in different versions eventually. The 67-72 Chevys are hands down the best looking trucks ever made! In my opinion of course. It looks as though I may have to perfect my skills at molding/casting unless they decide to reissue one of these because I don't plajn on shelling out 40 or more dollars every time I want to build to one lol. I'm not sure of everything I want to change just yet. I'll just have to decide when I get to it. The one thing I am sure about changing is the one piece chassis... BLECH! Well, that's a big enough wall of text for now. On to the actual work. The first are I going to work on is the frame/suspension. I have the frame measurements and while I'm not really looking to be EXACT, I do want it to be close. I've gone through several attemps so far with the frame rails. From C-channel, to rectangular strips. I couldn't find a C-channel close enough to the right dimensions and even if I did, I don't think bending it on two different axis would work very well. Skipping to where I am now, I made one frame rail from rectangular strip and matched it with my(close to) scale drawing I have. Made a mold, casted a couple more, and then bent them to shape. It was not easy to get the bends to match but I think I got them "close enough for government work" lol Here is one after the bending( sideways bending, the up down bends were carved from the original strip) At that point, I had to try and figure out a way to get the top and bottom of the rails as I really just want that extra bit of realism that a solid chunk of plastic just doesn't give. That, and most of the crossmembers actually are bolted/riveted sort of inside the C part of the channel. This is going to be basically just a ground up resto/slight custom so it would have retained the stock frame. The best idea I could come up with was to just start laying short strips of .030 sheet down the length. And this is the result. It's definitely not pretty at this point, but I think with a little patience, a lot of filler, and a lot of sanding it will turn out ok. It loos too wide I know but only because the pieces of .030 are hanging over both sides. So that's all I've got for it at this point. Still need to get some measurements for a few things, get another one of the kits(hopefully) and try and find a few more parts. I have the 12 bolt out of the Revell 56 stepside 2 n 1 but I'm honestly not that thrilled with it. Detail is really really soft. I'm considering trying to make my own but with my scratchbuilding skills....the rear end and this whole build should be a huge hill to climb lol. I also need to find something that I can use to remake the inner fenders... The kits ones are simply laughable. Not EVEN close to the real ones... Ok, so sorry for the wall of text. I hope you will enjoy my build and maybe even pop in once in a while to check on my progress, offer suggestions, as questions or just say hi! I am a very slow builder and it will take me quite some time to do this, but I want to make sure I do my best on it. Thanks gang! Clint
  24. Man Chris, you are putting a truck TON of effort into this one and it shows! Very, very nice man!
  25. Yep, you are quickly driving me to take up coin collecting Tim! Truly great work. I can't wait to see this one when it's done. Until then, I'll sit back and wait eagerly for every update!