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    Dax D Wasser

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  1. 47 Chevy Flight-master Jet Car

    Thanks for all the positive comments!!! I have a few more photos with the trunk and hood removed.
  2. I finished my 5th Jet Car today. This was a great model kit to build. I knew when I first picked up the box that it would be a great car to turn into a hover vehicle.There's lots of scratch build items throughout. There's probably half a Gundam model worth of parts on the undercarriage (thanks to my son who donated 2 Gundam kits for this project). All of the pipes and hoses are solid styrene rod bent with heat. The rear fenders/turbines are hinged and pivot downward slightly. Someone forgot to weather the base of the antennae......... I accidentally cracked the rear window last night while trying to rub fingerprints off of it. I'm so upset with myself. Luckily the car is weathered and it doesn't stand out too badly. I hope.. The large landing lights were added last week. Very happy with the results. Here's a good view of the undercarriage. I also painted the window weather stripping black. It really added some good detail. Thank you for looking!!
  3. '31 Ford Model A Pickup Hot Rod

    Love the color. Amazing model.
  4. 47 Chevy Flight-master Jet Car

    Thanks JC! I still have a little more final weathering left to do. I need to go over some of the chrome parts again. They don't all match with rust coverage. I need to dirty up the windows slightly. I need to add soot behind the turbines. This is a scary step for me. I'm putting it off as long as possible. Thanks Tom! I have another base that will work a little better for this. i like the idea of the yellow "hazard" area. I'll give it a try. You'll enjoy it. You get to stretch your imagination and go a little crazy with it. I'm starting to think about my next jet car project. A 50's panel van or a 57 Chevy. This made me laugh. As I stated, I am the absolute worst when it comes to picking a color. I seriously need to get better at this aspect of model building. It would cut my build times down dramatically. This car has been in the Easy Off bath 4 times. I could have easily finished this a month ago if I had picked 1 color. As far as the reassembling, most of the car is built in segments. Both front fenders are one piece. Both rear fenders are one piece. The undercarriage with all the pipes and gadgets were permanently glued. The interior was all one piece. I use many pre-drilled holes and styrene pins to hold some of the parts together during mock up. Loctite makes a product called FunTak. It's a plastic putty used to temporarily glue things together. It's amazing. It's like Silly Putty, but it holds plastic together. It can easily be removed leaving behind no residue. I use this a lot. It's holding the visor, bumpers, and a few of the pipes in the photos below.
  5. 47 Chevy Flight-master Jet Car

    I thought I'd be done this weekend. I wasn't happy with the hood fitment and the pipes coming out of either side, so I started again. I needed something to hold the hood level, and something to bring a little more style to the front end. I fabricated some new heavy steel ports made from square styrene tube. They remind me of the exhaust coming off the side of World War 2 planes. I'm very happy with these. I think it needed the detail and it needed to look more mechanical than just pipes. They don't serve a purpose other than to look cool. I also added two more pipes inside the fender gap. The more the merrier. I have more weathering to do. Not finished yet. I may still add lights to the undercarriage. Landing spotlights of some sort. I removed the visor supports and replaced them with much thinner styrene rod. Details under the hood.
  6. 47 Chevy Flight-master Jet Car

    I changed the fin design that was under the edge of the hood. It was causing fitment issues that I couldn't repair. I added some pipes and a few more gadgets sticking thru the side. The hood now rests better, although not in these photos evidently... Need to add more soot and rust highlights. I also need to even up the weathering on the chrome and paint the chrome strip above the door handle. I should have done that already! I plan to add 2 - 4 spotlights under the car. Hopefully I'll be done by next weekend.
  7. 47 Chevy Flight-master Jet Car

    I've seen a few videos of people using magnets to hold doors closed. Seems like a good idea. Hopefully I can get it to fit.
  8. 47 Chevy Flight-master Jet Car

    I experimented with a contrasting color for the base. I love the way the paint chipping turned out. Unfortunately, I don't like the red against the blue car. I added rust highlights. Still much more to do on the weathering. I plan to hit it with some more highlights as well as streaks. I want the engine bay to have grease and oil stains. Can't forget the layers of soot! I'm happy with these front intakes behind the headlights. They're a little too thick, so I plan to bevel the edges down. The hood has a problem fitting when the car is hovering on it's stand. The chassis flexes and the hood won't sit properly. Hopefully this gets fixed when I final glue the model. The shot below is my favorite part of the car. There's a lot going on with pipes. I want to add more to fill in the dark gap. I'm also not 100% happy with the exhausts on the front fenders. They're a bit too thick as well. I may change these. This will be oily and greasy. A better view of the plumbing. I will add a lever or two from the floor for flight controls. I had to cut part of the rear seat out to make room for the rear engine. I had nothing to cover the hole with, so I added another intake. Why not? I hope to add more detail to the undercarriage. More smaller gauge hoses and pipes. It's close to being done. I work so slow that it might take a few more weeks. I need to start putting on the final chrome pieces, like the mirrors and trim. I need to finish weathering the exterior as well as the interior. I need to make flight controls. Final plumbing. Repaint the base. Install the glass...then it should be done.
  9. 47 Chevy Flight-master Jet Car

    I'm going back to the aqua, single tone. All my hover cars are two tone with one of the colors being white. It's time for a change. Yes, the fender inserts are part of the original fender where it met up with the door. I loved the look of the matte black, but I couldn't envision it as the final style. Clean builds are not my thing. Hopefully this will be the last time I strip the paint. I tried the hairspray technique once again and am happy with the results so far. I still need to add more effects to the weathering. Just wanted to show some progress. I need a lesson on weathering chrome. I made a new set of front intakes. These are recessed behind the headlights, not as aggressive as the last. I think I prefer these, as they are a little more subtle. I tried to get a good shot of the underside of the car. It's by far the most detailed hover car undercarriage I've ever done. There's a lot of stuff going on under there. When the model is complete, I need to mount it to this base in a way where the underside is more visible. Maybe a sharp banked turn to one side.
  10. 47 Chevy Flight-master Jet Car

    I changed my mind on the color again... On the side of the model box there was a photo of this car in gloss black. It looks like a villain's car, very sinister. I kept toying with the idea of flat black and gunmetal. I decided to give it a try. I also like the idea of a red interior. It's going to be tough for me, but I'll be doing this without any rust and corrosion. I will have to do some kind of wash to bring out the highlights. Still not sure where this is going. I'm toying with the idea of adding blue "heat" highlights to the silver pipes on the undercarriage. I'll need to practice on some spare pieces as I've never attempted it before. This kit has a ton of chrome parts to add. I've dulled them down with satin clear and can't wait to add them to the finished model.
  11. 47 Chevy Flight-master Jet Car

    I fit the front jet exhaust deflectors inside the front fenders. Not as I had originally planned, but I like the look and will probably stick with it. I'm having issues lining up the hood with the detailed finned piece I added. I need to do a little more work on the hood before it will all fit properly. Here's a good view of some more plumbing lines. The two front intakes now painted body color. I have temporary turn signals placed below the headlights. I think that I'll use Bare-Metal Foil for the chrome trim. I'll need to do some research on weathering metal foil. Haven't used the stuff in years. Under the hood, working on the fuel tank. I just got done removing the intake fan at the rear from the fan shroud. They came molded as a single unit. Thanks for looking!!
  12. Six for 2018

    Nicely done. Great weathering and attention to detail.
  13. 47 Chevy Flight-master Jet Car

    I painted the top and visor with antique white. I love two tones! Sorry Tom! For the intake at the front. I cut out most of the original grill as shown in the early photo below. I wanted a large intake area to feed the front side turbines. I made a experimental grill out of some thin styrene. I wanted to show that the center design of the slats would continue down the grill. It also splits the grill into a right side and left side separate intake. I liked this idea, I just didn't like the look of the grill. So instead, I made the slats continue down, separating the two intakes. I placed some Gundam mechanical looking parts into the cavities for detail. Still not happy........ I decided to go extreme. I made 2 versions of different intakes. One round and one square. Here's the round intakes. I thought for sure, these were going to be the better of the two. Here's the square intakes. They fit the cavity better and they look like they belong. I'll be using these. I am going to paint the front angled sticking out part the same as the body color. I attached a carburetor to a Gundam piece and it became a Steam Punk turn signal. I'll mount a amber lens to the end and I don't think anyone will know it was a carb. The addition of these two square intakes at the front of the car has got me more motivated. I had lost some steam, but I think It'll move a little faster now that I'm happy with the front of the car. Thanks!!
  14. 47 Chevy Flight-master Jet Car

    As usual for me, I had to try a few different colors before I was happy. I tried red and liked it, but didn't love it. I decided to remove the paint once again and go back to a retro green. I"m happy with the new body color, I will probably hit it with a satin or semi gloss clear coat when I'm finished with the weathering. I'm still debating on coloring the roof a cream color. I'm most likely going to do this. I love two tone as you can see by my previous jet cars. The area behind the front fenders, the jet exhaust port, will have an additional heat deflector as in the first photos. I just don't know exactly how they'll be mounted yet. I've added so many plumbing lines to the undercarriage. They all serve a purpose.....the purpose of looking cool! I have another few mock up pipes that go under the mid section and extend to the rear turbines. It makes the underside of the car look more balanced. They look great but I am fond of the look that this car has now. It appears that most of the weight of the car is under the front. It looks front heavy. I like it. My other jet cars all have most if the weight at the rear. Rear turbine extended. I have some of the engine covers painted body color. The engine bay will be dirty and I plan to add more hoses and wires of course. I love the visor that came with the kit. If I paint the roof cream, I'll integrate cream color into the visor. I'm excited to start weathering the internal parts. I think the slats with the bolt heads will look a lot different when I'm finished. I have a vision of what they'll look like, I just hope I can replicate it. I want them to look like oily weathered bare steel. Tom, I tried chipping when I painted it red. I need definitely need some practice. I ended up using acrylics and sandpaper. My favorite to work with as well. That's probably my favorite part of these builds. Going thru my huge scrap bin and trying to find anything that looks like it belongs. Bend some styrene rod and you have cool looking pipes to connect everything together. Thanks for looking!!!! I appreciate all of the feedback and comments!
  15. Cobraman’s 2018 builds

    I dig the wooden sub. Outstanding!