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Mattblack

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  1. This seems to have been on the bench for ever... built from the gasser/custom kit as a mild kustom shop truck. I built it as a kerbside model as I wanted to lower it and also the kit only has the 409 and that didn't fit with the style (in my head it's running a hotted up six, dripping with chrome...). I pancaked the hood, shaved the handles and emblems and added a frenched aerial, fender skirts and custom rear lights. The wheels are from the Monogram '53 Bel Air. The paint is Rover Nordic blue as I had a rattle can on the shelf from when I owned a 1:1 car that colour.
  2. The only model I've built so far this year... converted from the Heller 1/43 scale kit. Not meant to be factory pick up but something farmer Pierre made from a rear ended car.
  3. This is the Round 2 models re-issue of the AMT 'Vantom' kit, and it shows it's age, with sketchy instructions, no part numbering on the sprues and hit and miss parts location. It's my one and only build of 2018, and I actually started it on Christmas day 2017... but sometimes I don't touch a kit for a month at a stretch, and I rarely spend more than half an hour at a time on building. I added the roof spoiler and hood scoop from the spares box, cut the sides to fit the portholes from the inside and carpeted the floor with craft felt. Colours are Ford Tibetan Gold and Roman Bronze, and it's my first time using the Molotow pen for the chrome.
  4. It's the old Airfix 1932 Chrysler Imperial built as a rat rod, the engine is the stock straight eight with home made carbs and header.
  5. Very cool and different project! I have a 'thing' for stationary engines, was that set up a factory produced thing, a kit or home brewed?
  6. It's about 4 3/4" long overall. According to the decals it's an Empi Imp, but the packaging just calls it a 'VW Buggy'. I'm not sure about the engine... Corvair maybe?
  7. This simple snap-together kit caught my eye in a model shop when I was on holiday in the summer. Built out of the box apart from felt 'carpet'. The paint is Plasti-Kote metalflake, the base is made from a piece of vinyl floor tile covered with builder's sand.
  8. Looks like I need to get building!
  9. Very cool! I love stuff like that, cars chopped into pickups, mobile workshops, wreckers... give me a 'working' vehicle over a low slung sports car any day.
  10. Back in the 80's, a guy in the UK built a lowrider out of a 1955 Peugeot 203. It was featured in 'Street Machine' magazine in August '85. Now I still had the magazine, and I still had a Heller 1/43 203 kit from when I collected model Peugeots... so with a set of wire wheels from ebay I set to work. I had to open out the rear window as the kit is of the earlier model.
  11. Just posting this as a heads up... my finished models have been packed away for about 10 months, all packed in boxes with polystyrene 'chips' type packing. last night I got them out to put back on display and found that the chips had stuck to the tyres on the rat rod I built from the old Airfix Chrysler Imperial kit (ex MPC). I managed to get the marks off with careful use of spray furniture polish, it was the only model affected. So if you have any older models packed away it may be worth checking them.
  12. A few pictures of my latest build... I had had a project like this in mind for a while so I was pleased to find this old Matchbox/AMT 'Budweiser' Model T van kit at an antiques place. There were a couple of parts missing and the engine had been assembled but it was usable for what I wanted to build. The packing case, barrel and sack are model railway parts, the fence posts are cut down bamboo skewers and I made the sledgehammer.
  13. I bought this old MPC snap-together police patrol car kit from a shop that usually only sells old diecasts and action figures. Although it was still sealed the glazing was missing so a roof chop seemed to be the way forward (although I would have chopped it anyway...). I started it some time ago but had to pack all my models and modeling stuff away as we had the house re-wired. For simplicity I did a pillarless chop, lowered it, shaved the trim and door handles, frenched lights and aerials and fitted '48 Ford bumpers from the spares box. The Appletons, Moon discs and lakes pipes came with kit, but I stripped the chrome from the latter two. The paint is some generic metallic blue car touch up rattle can I picked up from a autojumble (swapmeet), over a silver base. It's a bit rough and ready but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.
  14. This kit was a real challenge to build. Vague/misleading instructions, poorly moulded parts, lots of flash, poor or non-existent locations for parts... if hadn't been a Christmas gift from my partner it would probably ended up in the spares drawer. Anyway, I added an aftermarket distributor and leads, fuel lines and carbs and rear wheels from the spares box, the later because I manged to destroy one of the originals (don't ask). The grille is made from Christmas ribbon and the paint is rattle can Ford Purple Velvet and clear.
  15. Absolutely stunning! The 'green stuff' growing under the windows looks just like my 1:1 Cortina (not washed for about 2 years...)
  16. That is so cool, the prizes are very well deserved. I've got the Matchbox/AMT kit in my 'to do' pile, I'm planing a depression-era 'dust bowl' truck.
  17. Some time ago I bought a job lot of part finished models and bodies on ebay, including a couple of these Revell Thunderbirds. I decided there was enough to to make something from the two, and this 'something' is the result! The rear wheels and tyres, seat and steering wheel are from a Dodge Viper in the same job lot. The numbers are cheap self-adhesive stickers. It's a curbside model and there's a lot of plastic card holding it all together...
  18. My Mum bought this kit as a present for me a while ago, and I wanted to do something a little 'creative' with it. I thought it would make a good candidate for a little scrapyard diorama, circa. the mid 70's.. The 'mud' is household filler mixed with sand and sawdust and the fence is model railway scenery.
  19. I've got a bit of a soft spot for 70's British 'Street machines', and I loved the 1/32 custom car kits that Airfix issued in the 80's. So when I got hold of this kit I made a few changes... Rear end is jacked up by mounting the axle under the springs, rear wheels and tyres are from an old friction drive toy, it has real dummy sidepipes, small steering wheel with the rim made from an 'O' ring, spoilers and 'power bulge' made from bits from the spares box and a fur interior (self adhesive craft felt). Paint is Ford Roman Bronze.
  20. Thanks for all the positive comments! There were a few times while building it I felt like hurling it across the room...
  21. I got this kit from my partner for Christmas, just got it finished. I swapped the wheels for the ones from the old Matchbox/AMT 'Snakebite' Shelby Mustang, stripped and painted, added a new bed floor of Obeche strip, homemade seatbelts, plug leads, fuel lines and a solenoid and battery cables. I shaved the hood trim and 'Ford V8' moulding on the tailgate and added the pinstripe decals. The paint is Ford Meadow green rattle can.
  22. Like it! The mismatched plug leads are are nice touch!
  23. Just watch the valve covers... IIRC the part numbers and the illustration in the intructions don't agree on which side is which, mine are the wrong way round, which means the air con compresser bracket is too high, so I had to modify the air cleaner to get it to fit. (Of course, it could have just been me being dumb...)
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