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    Dax D Wasser

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  1. Thanks! I just started adding hoses until I filled all the empty spots. Not yet. I'd really like to show them all in one forum post. I said I was going to do it after I finished my last jet car. It's something I've been meaning to do. Maybe I can get to it this weekend.
  2. Thank you! Here's a few more pictures. Better shot of the grill
  3. Hello everyone. Here's my 51 Chevy Bel Air jet car. My wife picked this kit up for me on clearance for $11.She knows my taste in jet cars. The side tail fins came from a 59 Chrysler Imperial curbside kit. I was looking for a cool way to mount the tail lights when I stumbled upon these. They give it a 57 Chevy feel. The body lines on this car made it easy for me to mount the front and rear turbines. I was able to cut large sections away by following the panel lines. I angled the lower door panels to give the front turbine exhaust a place to go. Unfortunately since the car is flat black and I added soot to the recessed area, you can't really see that it was modified. The recess wasn't very visible so I added fins near the turbine exhaust to help give it some depth. It was really difficult to find a color for this car. Ultimately it was a sinister looking car, so I decided to go with black. I really like how the chrome trim line on the center of the door looks. Since the power sources are at all 4 corners of the car, I'm always left with a big empty spot to fill under the hood. I just filled this one with random parts and hoses. Here's the build:
  4. Thanks David! Yes, I'm glad that I did this modification. The trim line running down the middle of the doors gave me a perfect section for pulling this off. Looks much better than the metal plate I was going to use in the first photos.
  5. My 51 Bel Air jet car is almost done. A couple more rounds of weathering are needed. I'd like to add a few streaks of rust and grime down the sides. I also will add soot to the lower door panels. I will probably add the final details this week. The door handles, side mirrors, antennae and glass. I was trying out different colors for the tail lights. I'll probably stick with red for the final.
  6. Thanks guys! Your comments are always welcome and appreciated. I made a few changes. I'm pleased with the results so far. I removed the tail lights and added flaps with linkage. Placed the new tail lights on the end of the side fins. Looks much better. I added individual fins to the grill. The other two gizmos are some kind of flight control from the undercarriage. If you refer to the earlier pictures, I had heat plating bolted to the bottom half of the doors. I figured this area would need some protection. The plates were too large and appeared to be an afterthought. I decided to cut a relief that followed the same lines as the front fender reliefs. I attached the one end and left a 3/16" gap at the hinged side of the door. I cut 4 pieces of styrene at a very sharp angle to fill the voids. I'm really happy with this addition. Gives it a more finished look. Just a cool shot from above. Thanks again! Dax Here you can see
  7. Thanks Mike! You've been following me a long time friend. I appreciate it! The Kansas City scale model show is in June I believe. This kit has been 95% done since November. I've known that I have a few spots left to weather and get the final details done before the show. Gotta say, I do love how it looks with the bed removed. I like your idea. I'm going to seriously think about this. It would give me an excuse to build the hover chopper that I've been wanting to make for years now.
  8. My son had quite a few Gundam kits that he wasn't interested in building. He donated them along with the grey plastic bases that I use to show the cars in flight. In total he gave me 6 complete kits and a few half built models as well. I use anything that looks like it fits the ascetic of the car. Many times I modify the Gundam part to fit the model as well. I did a fast count and came up with around 30 Gundam parts on the undercarriage alone. Looks better with a coat of black. Hovercar 101 - it can always use more hoses and pipes. Working on the undercarriage of these hover cars is one of my favorite parts of the build. You can get really creative. Unfortunately it tends to get overlooked when the kit is complete. I should start displaying the cars like this. I added new winglets? to the bottom. I may move the location slightly. I need to do something to the grill. I feel that it needs to be more of a focal point. I may cut out the center horizontal bar for a more open look. Not sure yet. I really like the tail lights, just think something more 50's is needed. I'll probably end up changing these out. If you've seen my other builds, you'll know that I change a lot changes from start to finish. I'm going to start the body color paint this week. I may not go with the police vehicle theme. I really need to think this one through. I'll keep posting pics. Thanks for the support from everyone!!
  9. Thank you Dave. I went to the local hobby shop today looking for that 57 Del Rio today. I had seen it there every single time I went into that store. Of course, now that I want to buy it, there were none on the shelf. I'll probably order it online. I was thinking about how cool that station wagon would look as a jet car. It might be a future project!
  10. I am pretty sure that I'm going to make this into a police vehicle. Next time I'm at the local hobby shop, I'm going to see if I can find a 50-60's police cruiser that I can kitbash. I figured that since it's a 2 door, it would be a pursuit car. It will be weathered, but not as rusted and faded as my other jet cars. I cut a relief for the front turbines to tuck into. I'll need to fill the gap with styrene. I removed part of the backseat because I was going to mount the rear turbines in a slightly different location. Things changed and now I need to find a way to rebuild the backseat, or find something that'll cover my mistake. Front turbines fit into the relief. These photos the turbine is not attached in it's final position. . Gundam parts, large diameter styrene tube, and wheel rims make up the turbines. Then I found these really cool tail-fins. I love the tail-fins. Makes it look more like a pursuit vehicle......at least that's what I tell myself. Heat shields on the doors. I'm thinking that I'll make the roof and the doors white. The turbines will be dark steel and black. I like how the side trim remains above the front turbine. I'm so impatient that I had to rub some AK Interactive True Metal on the steel parts, just to see how they'd look. Thanks for looking! Dax
  11. I'm blown away by that color. Very nice paint job. I like the matching headlights as well.
  12. Well done Rob. Good job on the weathering. That truck is a beast.
  13. Thanks David! The Karma Bug has come along nice! Keep the side intakes, I love them. As a wasteland vehicle, are you adding any weaponry? My son gave me approximately 10 of these bases. He purchased them online from a Chinese retailer a few years ago. It's basically an interlocking set of tiles, used to pose Gundam models. They've come in handy! Thanks!!!
  14. Thanks Steve! I've tried the salt or hairspray techniques before, but the results are a little too random for me. I think both look great on weathered cars, but I prefer have a little more control over it. I do all the body modifications first then spray with a dark rust colored primer. I prefer darker rust so that I can later lighten up the areas that would see the most sun. After the primer is dry, I use Vallejo Latex airbrush paints to create highlights. Spraying lighter colors of rust towards the top of the vehicle. I usually use 3-4 different shades of brown/rust. Ending with a very light coat of orange rust to simulate sun damage. Latex paints are great since they dry so fast! After the latex paint dries, spray with a few coats of Dullcoat. I put it on pretty thick because I'll be sanding off the next few layers of paint. I let this completely dry. If it's not dry it'll gum up when it's sanded. It's tough for me to wait since I use Latex 90% of the time. Then paint the vehicle with your color. I use Vallejo Air latex for this as well. A few thin coats. Thicker coats on the sides and bottom since I'll be sanding the top of the car. I sand the areas that get the most human contact and the spots that see the most sun. Using different grit sandpaper can give different end results. Fine grit gives a nice fade from body color to rust. Rough grit gives it a more scratched, chipped paint look. After I'm happy with the amount of body color removed, I'll go back with a light wash of light rust colors on the exposed areas. Here's a link to the build. The paint in the 1st photos was an experiment. Disregard the first few. Later in the post I repaint it like I described above. You'll see where the sanding starts out light...then a few pics later you'll see that I sanded a lot more of the red off.
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