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  1. oooo... This looks fun Jim! I would be really tempted to stretch out that front end a quite bit to get that long sleek look. Great start and super clean section job!
  2. Thanks guys! Just a little update, this paint is crazy time consuming, and I'm taking big-long breaks to avoid frustration.. haha. I got one entire side done, so there is some progress... I have kind of re-thought my plan for this, once these shapes/shading is done, I'm going to back mask them and shoot the Mazda Soul red around the perimeter of the panels. Then a couple of light coats of 2K clear, this will seal up all of this hard work before spraying the rainbow kandies. Once its sealed if I mess up the Kandy I can wipe it off with thinner and not destroy the panel shading. Hopefully that works... I like the look so far, its similar to the "endless line" technique but with a twist.
  3. I am also hooked on these... great concept, excellent execution, and honestly some of the most entertaining videos I've seen... I joined their facebook group, and rumors are that 2D and 3D are the same person with a voice filter, which makes this all even more impressive to me. Also #RIPMCLYDE
  4. Outstanding work jim! Ive been following both of these on instagram, but the larger images on the forum really show how amazing this is!! Nice job working the masks and alignment to get that pinstripe... very good idea ill have to borrow at some point! 😁
  5. Now we are cooking! The tamiya black stuck!
  6. Thanks guys! Well this update is a success and a fail... Good news is the shaded shapes look like they will be doable, the bad news is the paint I used for the shading didn't stick to my sanded clear and came off when the mask overlapped. At least its something I found out early on, I would have been bummed if I had already done the entire thing and this happened. The shapes drawn up in adobe illustrator, cutout of Oracal Masking Material with my Silhouette cutter. I didn't want a pure/solid black, so I cut some Splash Paints Beluaga Black 50/50 with the Splash 1k Clear... The look worked, but the chemical/mechanical adhesion failed.. Im gonna try some tamiya black thinned with lacquer thinner tonight, Ive had luck with that in the past. You can see where the paint lifted when the masks overlapped, Oh well...just need to wipe it off and start over..... At least it looks like the basic concept will work!
  7. Thank you guys! I appreciate the encouragement and interest! I got the body all wet sanded and smoothed out over the weekend, then masked off the panels... hopefully tonight I can start on the shading/kandy.
  8. Thanks guys! here are some up close shots/vids of the ... umm.. impala.. I guess? 🤦‍♂️ IMG_2906.MOV In the words of Benny from the Lego Movie....
  9. Yeah its a really clean mild custom this way... 54 headlight and taillight bezels, fender skirts and stainless “bloomers” all this is done with no cutting or major alterations to the body.
  10. Which one? The 1/8th or the 1/24s? .. haha.. i should really help him set up an account on here.
  11. Dads doing well! Retired yet busier than ever.... hopefully we have some shows in the fall, the last few models he has completed have been off the charts cool.. he is making me step up my game. Thanks Martin! I don't know about the home stretch but it always feels good to get some paint on a project... and even better when that paint turns out good and crazy sparkly. That Chevy is one of my dads, a 1953 Chevy Bel-air Hardtop - Straight 6 - 3 on the tree ... It was actually my grandfathers and when he passed my dad bought it off my grandmother. Its a crazy nice car... Since my dad has had it we have done some interior work, replaced and rebuilt the engine with a 1960 model, split manifolds and 3 carbs. He has even made a house number out of a spare fender, with working lights... looks like a buried car.. haha.. Its just one of his crazy collection. That red olds is another one.
  12. haha... yup, back in the basement at 40... haha.. Those are dads and they are fantastic... he is on the home stretch with those.
  13. Thank you guys!!! I officially moved out of my house and back into my parents basement... I'm pretty sure this will be good for modelling until I find something new, hopefully in the next couple months. 🤞 I shot a light coat of Splash paints silver on the body, then my custom metal-flake mix... This is the Painthuffer Metalflake Micro Silver Dry Flake (.004x.004") mixed 50/50 with TCP Globals Ultra Micro Dry Flake (.002 x .002) in some intercoat clear. Dad and I managed to have a little urethane clear session yesterday.. and everything turned out pretty good, After the flake the body looked like 80 grit sand paper, but once it was buried in clear it smoothed out pretty decent and Blings super hard! (Sneak peek of my dads Bronco and Offy Midget project, as well as probably the most expensive paint drying stand ever... 🤣)
  14. That is beautiful Steve!
  15. Nice Work Dann! I love this one!
  16. I took a small lathe pass on the inside of the tires to open them up to more of 15" than a 14".... then added some 1/24 scale wheel lips to the Scenes Unlimited Wheels..Subtle change but this helps give it more of the 70's showrod look. Finally I got the chassis in the 2-stage Splash Paints Mazda Soul Red Basecoat.... it looks a lot like a vintage candy apple red but sprays a bit easier... however just a bit easier, there were a lot of nooks and crannies in this chassis and the candy top coat was a challenge... its not perfect but it is just a chassis. 🤣
  17. Thanks guys! I kinda fell off on the updates with this between all of the strangeness from the COVID19 quarantine, 1:1 cars and currently being in the process of selling my house and moving (picked a great time to do that after 13 years? huh?) Anyway I have been making slow progress in my spare time.. and its really taken yet another spiral into craziness here are some photo updates from the last couple months. I did some detail work on the engines, I used HO scale train dynamic cooling fans to add some detail to the fans... these are the 48" ones from Cannon & Company and really are spectacular. Then I turned pulleys on the lathe for the belt system, ill make the belt out of some electrical tape. Then I needed to finish up the ramps and filling the open areas of the rear body as well as scratch-building a new rear bumper. Then I lost it and decided to put a lithium battery compartment into the tool box and add working LED lighting elements. I found evans designs website and ordered up several LEDS, connectors and battery holders.... Ive decided to use 3 color fade 3mm LEDs to have a colorbar style headlight, some cool white random flickering leds behind the TV's and finally some tiny little red leds on the swing up taillight/gate. Here are some Mockup Videos! IMG_E2836.MOV IMG_E2839.MOV
  18. Thanks guys!! That Falcon is awesome! Im really enjoying all the non traditional stuff I get to do on this one... its crazy fun!! I did a better mockup and added the control levers... they are made from some edgeglow acrylic rod, commonly used in gun sites. Just some trim to add in here and its on to the ramps.
  19. You guys are fantastic! I actually combined a couple of the ideas here... since the vehicle needs to stay 70s period correct, i made the “projector” for the HUD into a tube style tv, in a housing with some traditional gauges on the front all mounted on a swing arm... the cutter made the HUD pattern perfect on some .020 styrene, I cant wait to try it on some clear... all scratchbuilt, still needs some clean up... but I like it!!! thank you all for the help getting over that little hurdle!!
  20. Ya know what... that's a fantastic idea... from some quick research it looks like they were using heads up displays in military and commercial jets in the 1970s.. hmmmm... military surplus HUD... now to try and figure what that looks like..
  21. wait really? how bad is it? I would love one of those.
  22. Thanks guys!!! I absolutely love that boom box! I managed to get some quality bench-time over the weekend to further develop the interior... Filled the seat backs, added tub detail, reworked the floor area, scratchbuilt the base for the hand controls.... Most of this is just roughed in, and needs clean up, but its starting to gel. The dash isn't going to work as I originally was thinking, so I'm gonna have to come up with something new/different... just not a lot of real estate in that area... thinking maybe a floating pod or something. Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy... its a good time to be a modeler.
  23. This continues to be absolutely awesome Jim! It looks like you were able to get your cutter to score some styrene sheet? I love that scoop.
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