Here we go. Finished 2010 Shelby GT500 Custom. The first 3 pictures were taken just after sunrise and it was very humid. My camera lens fogged up as well as the windows on the model. The other pictures (next post) were taken late morning and the sun was very bright. Not exactly optimum conditions. Still, I was ablt to get a few good pictures. This was a fun build and I already want to do another one. There are so many different ways you can go with it. Although at first it seemed that I was doing too many modifications the end result was sort of a sleeper. You don't really notice the flared fenders unless you are looking for them and the smoothed body, minus door handles and other items seemed to work. I'm going to spend the afternoon taking some indoor pictures and I will post them later. Those will include interior, engine, chassis, etc. Thanks for looking.
Objects in mirror may appear closer than they are...I've pretty much finished the assembly so I waxed the body with some Meguiar's #7 Show Car Wax. It's supposed to be a nice day today so I'm going to take it out for a spin and get some outdoor photos which I'd like to post first before posting the indoor photos later.
Window glass was taped off on the inside and the edges blackened with a wide-tipped black Sharpie. I would recommend taping off the entire outer (opposite) side also to prevent scratching while doing the Sharpie thing. The kit glass is very thin so be careful. I painted the windshield wipers – which are molded into the body – by hand before installing the glass. Also installed the sub visors/overhead console/rearview mirroe assembly to the body. Now you can see the painted headliner.
I made a license frame from 2 layers of Evergreen plastic sheet. First by tracing around the scale license plate from MINIPL8S.com and the using a standard 1/4" paper punch to punch out the center and then clean up the edges by filing. Then took that piece and glued it onto the 2nd piece of Evergreen plastic and then cut away the outside of both pieces until it was the right size. I drilled out the plate, frame and car body to accept 1mm screws which I used to mount it to the body.
While the paint has been drying between coats I've had a chance to work on the chassis, engine an other sub-assemblies. These parts are being kept mostly stock with a few exceptions. The yellow Dhelby wheel caps are from the 1:8 1967 Shelby GT500. Steering wheel is from the '65 Shelby GT350 (with black rim - not wood). I thought It might look nice to add a little accent color to the matt black interior panels. Since y\the body color I’ve chosen is Tamiya Italian Red so that’s what I used here. You can also see that I’ve removed the part of the rear panels above the belt line where the kit rear quarter windows were. They would have interfered with the ‘new’ ’65 Shelby vents.
In between working on the interior I've had a chance to start applying the Tamiya Italian Red to the body. The temperatures here in Florida have been in the low 90's and my garage (where I paint) is a little warmer. The result is that I'm moving along quicker than expected. Here is the body in red...
I should mention the oversized shift lever is a piece of 1/16" aluminum tube with a black ball-end dress pin inserted on the end. The little neck pads on the Recaro seats are adhesive-backed felt from a craft store.
This is where the fun really begins. The Recaro racing seats are from 3D Specialties and made by Shapeways. You need to build your own seat brackets which I did from Evergreen sheet. The 4-point roll-bar is made from Plastruct tubing and fittings. I painted it Tamiya Gun Metal. The rear deck is made from sheet plastic after making 4 individual templates from card stock. The plastic sheets are held together from the rear by masking tape. After being satisfied with the individual panels I covered them with black velour Con-Tac paper, wrapping the velour under so there is no frayed edges. It’s best if you add masking tape on the backside to prevent the Con-Tac paper from coming unstuck. You can see that I also made seat belt brackets from Evergreen rectangular tube that are mounted to the rear floor panels. The seat belts will mount here with miniature hardware (00-90).