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    1:25 and 1:12

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    Fraser, MI
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    Michael Thomas Kotwick

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  1. Greetings, Not that I'm a wild fan of old 1:24th Burago diecast models, but I do have a thing for BMW CS coupes, plus a weakness for cool period box art. Spied at an area hobby show, I gingerly inquired about the two models seen in their original packaging, expecting to be quoted maybe $30-$50 each given the boxes rarely live. Instead the price quoted was $5 each, hence the funny box art and neat contents followed me home. Thanks... Mike K./Swede70
  2. They both look very tight and polished. Congratulations on your most efficacious swap... Mike K./Swede70
  3. Greetings and thanks for the kind notice... Tedious to fabricate and fated to be invisible, here would be a pair of exhaust dump floor 'bumps' taking shape and being fitted. Hollow round stock was cut in half and carefully filed and fit to match the irregular contour of the interior floor. Happily everything fits sans interference. Thanks... Mike K./Swede70
  4. Greetings, ...and back together - sometimes a source of drama given new inclusions parts-wise may bring with it surprises. Another ERTL '70 1/2 Z/28 in Citrus Green was picked up as a low-cost dust bunny across the weekend that was for $23, and hence some latitude to play with and/or fabricate flares off the project as-seen has been afforded. Fresh hardware, 'glass' and various new chrome bits are always appreciated, hence a small victory of sorts was registered. Thanks... Mike K./Swede70
  5. Greetings and thanks for the kind notice everyone... Fleshing out the roll cage structure, noted will be the A-pillar bars and the bar furthest across the front tying these together. Fit and symmetry is very important, while know that I opted to cut out the plastic headliner and further chose to grind off the mounting pegs to locate the stock glass/headliner assembly to afford myself a bit more clearance. The odd camera angles chosen are intended to show off the fit achieved to the best effect. Thanks... ...hard to see, but I've built up some structure and fabricated some fill panels where the stock rear seat pad(s) would otherwise be seen. It isn't complete, while it's better than some inexplicable gap remaining for all to see. Unfortunately the dog leg hinges used for the doors are going to prevent the creation of roll cage extensions intended to tie the interior structure into the front suspension pickup points, although I will come up with something partial to afford a semi-complete look in this regard. Thanks... Mike K./Swede70
  6. If it helps, know that the Goodyear Radial GT tires commonly found within the Monogram Challenger T/A plastic kits (amongst a great many others) can be combined with the Yodel stamped steel wheels to come up with a far better look. The Yodel rubber tires are a bit agricultural, while replacing them really helps the kit. Indeed - the box art on these models is really good, while know the contents aren't all that terrible either. Hoping you'll find/source that which you need... Mike K./Swede70
  7. Greetings, A small update this, with work related to fuller elaboration of the roll cage in view. Side bars angling down slightly as they move forward from the main hoop are witnessed, as well as a cross brace just forward of the dash board which has been shaved again just below in anticipation of adding further extensions to tie in the front suspension to the chassis stiffening cage structure. A preview of what I'm attempting to capture in-scale. Note the gauge pod/instrument binnacle on a largely stock dash profile, the side bars of the roll cage angling slightly down as-described above, as well as the cross bar positioned just forward of the dash as-installed. A Karl Ludvigsen image from Lime Rock, CT. '70 then, with Jim Hall wondering if I can in fact pull all this together... Me making a go of it then! The front bumper on the standard nose ERTL second generation Camaro is pretty rough, and given this reality, I've opted to sand and shape every surface consistent with cleaning matters up. The profile of the ends needed help in particular, and here they've been massaged to look considerably better. Moving on, the small bumper overriders will be added separately at a later point, while some surface mounting hardware in the form of pin heads will be added to lend some interest where it might not be expected. In addition to the roll cage taking shape, seen will be a revised seat mount and a discreet head rest pad to flesh out the mount it sits upon. Thanks for reviewing this project update... Mike K./Swede70
  8. Those look nice indeed. Thanks for sharing... Mike K./Swede70
  9. Thanks for the kind notice... Seen is the addition of a coolant expansion tank done with resin castings of this and that combined with some scratch built brace work. The tank is based on a turned aluminum 1:25th part done by S&S Specialties, while the cap is a 1:18th Lane '68 Shelby Mustang GT500KR radiator cap also reproduced in resin. Tedious to do in total... ...and seen just below is a test fit of the new dash roughly matched to the standard but extended steering column. The steering wheel is from a GMP '69 Trans-Am Camaro and will eventually be painted semi-gloss black across the spokes, while a Hwy. 61 '69 Camaro will sacrifice steering column decorative collar/trim to slide over what is made out here. Proceeding slowly then. Thanks... Mike K./Swede70
  10. Just the revised dashboard with the heater vent panel otherwise positioned below cut off, while the instrument binnacle grew along the top and shrunk along the bottom and sides. Tidier in total, although almost invisible to behold. Thanks... Mike K./Swede70
  11. Another mild update to this project... Seen will be the roll cage starting to take shape after first filling in some holes and such across the interior. It only took three attempts to come up with the appropriate dimensions, but is finally looking and fitting as it ought. The soft radius for the top bend on the main hoop looks odd, but nevertheless reflects reality. Also and the cause of much worry, I was happy to discover that the standard ERTL steering column and steering mechanism (such as it is) will coexist with the GMP small block Chevrolet Trans-Am engine as well as the power booster chamber without any modifications required - whew! Thanks for reviewing this most recent project update... Mike K./Swede70
  12. Nicely done. Thanks for taking the time to gather your insights and relating them so. Mike K./Swede70
  13. Sort of a minimal update; i.e. just enough to telegraph that I have a pulse if you will with regards to this project... Most write-ups concerning the Chaparral Trans-Am Camaro(s) will speak of the special fiberglass dash board or pod fitted to the cars, while for review of photographs it seems to me that the instrument binnacle was so-fabricated and fit into a more or less stripped standard dash with the raised sections cut or ground off. Consistent with this impression and needing to fashion such before a roll cage can be made, the photo attached suggests a start. I'll have to fabricate the binnacle again, making it longer front-to-back across the top while tucking it in a bit better along the bottom, but as a start it isn't horrible... ...and a revision of past work here, the duct work forward of the radiator support drooped a bit (it likely still should - a bit) and furthermore, the relief cut into the top panel of the duct ought not to have been there; i.e. the cast-in hood latch assembly extended further down than I'd desire and needed to be finely trimmed out so the contour of the aforementioned top panel might be straight instead. Very tedious to do given how soft the plastic of the ERTL chassis and related parts are. Further updates in this regard include the addition of side tank detail on the radiator core proper, a scratch built inlet/hose attachment point, and an evened up photo etched radiator surface matrix overlay that otherwise wasn't sitting down properly. Sometimes all the trouble just makes me want to reach for a well-engineered Tamiya plastic kit and forget about the fabrication of well nigh everything necessary to get anywhere at all... Sort of a bore in total, but it's what I've been up to! Thanks... Mike K./Swede70
  14. Greetings, I think the color is known as Ontario Orange which is a pleasant and warm tone certainly. Nice work performed consistent with bringing this good tool up to snuff. Thanks for sharing... Mike K./Swede70
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