RancheroSteve

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  1. RancheroSteve added a post in a topic Lola T70 Mk2 Spyder 1/24 scale - body & tub primered -Sept 22   

    Moving along very nicely, Phil!
    Take a look at this when you get a moment: http://autoweek.com/article/car-life/throttle-back-thursday-dan-gurney-gets-america-can-am-board-and-revolutionary
  2. RancheroSteve added a post in a topic 1963 Corvette Grand Sport (update 8/16/16)   

    It's just a couple of coats of Testor's Stop Light Red Metallic on a piece of aluminum rod. That paint is usually pretty thick right out of the jar and easy to build up.  
  3. RancheroSteve added a post in a topic 75 Ford Granada   

    Nice build!
    The front disc brakes on my Ranchero came from a junkyard Granada - a well-known low budget swap for Falcons and Mustangs before the supply dwindled.
  4. RancheroSteve added a post in a topic Carl Casper`s : Phonebooth: Finished Pictures   

    Another home run, John!
  5. RancheroSteve added a post in a topic Adventures in Soldering :Maserati Tipo 61'Birdcage'New Pics 9/10/16   

    If anybody can pull this off, you can. Watching!
  6. RancheroSteve added a post in a topic AMT Piranha Spy Car question   

    Another rattle can color that might be close is Dupli-Color #BGM0539 Light Blue Metallic, which I believe is a GM color. I used it (with a small amount of pearl clear top coat) on this:

    Of course, colors don't always translate perfectly in photos - I think it looks even closer in person.
    As for the drag car, this website (http://www.c-we.com/piranha/page5.htm) states: "The body was painted a fantastic, glistening lemon-gold that flowed into a bronz-tone lower body by Winfield."
     
  7. RancheroSteve added a post in a topic MPC 32 Ford America Graffiti Milner's car   

    And of course, Falfa's '55 is the same car that was used in "Two Lane Blacktop". One of the three anyway . . .
  8. RancheroSteve added a post in a topic Accurate Miniatures McLaren   

    I think you hit on something here: most racing cars are works in progress and always changing, whereas a lot of the good reference photos that can be found (especially online) are of the restored cars, which are not only often "over restored" but upgraded with newer and safer technology. For example, I'm relatively certain that the McLaren didn't originally have those beautifully polished headers as seen in the photo earlier in this thread.
    The great racing photographer Pete Lyons authored a couple of books a few years back: "Can-Am" and "Can-Am Photo History" that are filled with vintage photos. Another good reference book is Karl Ludvigsen's "Can-Am Racing Cars" (photographers un-credited) that is predominantly engine and mechanical shots. Both books show the use of A/N fittings and braided hose during this period.
  9. RancheroSteve added a post in a topic Corvette Grand Sport - Sebring 1964   

    A good thought, but there's not really any need to. As I mentioned in my build thread, they're a pretty tight fit once they have some paint on them - I didn't even use any glue. The other possible reason against that idea is that they need to be painted before they're assembled (as the instructions advise) - I think it would be tough to get a decent finish on them once they're put together.
  10. RancheroSteve added a post in a topic Accurate Miniatures McLaren   

    Looking pretty spectacular already!
  11. RancheroSteve added a topic in On The Workbench   

    Lotus 49B - Heller 1/24
    Now that the Grand Sport is finished, it's time to begin another journey. This is the Heller/Humbrol Lotus 49B:

    Stuff inside the box is molded in red & black and looks like this:

    A pretty decent kit - especially for its day - of an iconic racing car, I can already see a few areas that will require improvement.
    I obtained some better tires from Model Factory Hiro:

    And a new set of decals from Indycals:

    Issue #5 of Motor Racing Replica News should be helpful:

    I'll be getting started soon.
     
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  12. RancheroSteve added a post in a topic Corvette Grand Sport - Sebring 1964   

    I was really hoping for that FIA Cobra - one of my favorite cars ever, as well as one that's never been kitted.
  13. RancheroSteve added a post in a topic 1963 Corvette Grand Sport (update 8/16/16)   

    Finished. "Under Glass" here: http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/topic/116410-corvette-grand-sport-sebring-1964/
  14. RancheroSteve added a topic in Under Glass   

    Corvette Grand Sport - Sebring 1964
    It's done! The Accurate Miniatures kit of the Mecom Racing chassis #003, driven at Sebring by A.J. Foyt and John Cannon to 23rd place.
    Mostly out of the box, with a few aftermarket items and some extra detailing. There's detailed build thread here that should answer most questions, but ask away otherwise. http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/topic/111989-1963-corvette-grand-sport-update-81616/
    It ain't perfect, and there are a small list of things I would have done a little differently, but I'm mostly pleased with it.




    Thanks for looking - comments & questions welcome.
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  15. RancheroSteve added a post in a topic Lola T70 Mk2 Spyder 1/24 scale - body & tub primered -Sept 22   

    That sounds about right - it's obviously of the utmost importance to have the engine positioned correctly for the model to look correct.