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  1. I think we have found the reason for the worldwide masking tape shortage! That roof panel on its own must have taken a roll or two. Congratulations on a unique and very well detailed model.
  2. Beautiful work. The color really sets the stripes off to perfection.
  3. That truck is putting up a fight for sure. Looking at the last pictures, it seems to me that the decal is maybe a bit too thin, and not having much mechanical strength to it. I've had that with the decals on Revells Hertz Mustang, the decals bind up and wrinkle all too easily. I got around that by paint spraying the gold stripes in the end but that won't work for your decals. What might work is to add a bit of strength to the decals with a clear coat over them before use. I usually do that with any old decals I use, as you never know how they are going to perform. The clear helps a lot in keeping the decals together, and it adds a bit of body to the things. You need to trim clear coated decals before soaking them. Good luck. Tony.
  4. Very clean builds, spot on stance and superb photography. Harbs card is the perfect finishing touch. Tony.
  5. The whitewalls on this MPC Corvette were done by thinning Tamiya white acrylic with Tamiya thinner, about 50/50. The mixed color needs to be like water. Using a small, pointed brush I touched the tip against the groove in the tire. The thinned paint runs around the groove like a slot racer. Let it dry, then do it again until you are happy with the look. Two coats got the Corvette done.
  6. So very sad. I first started reading Pats articles way back in the seventies. He was one of the most dedicated and informed Hot Rod and Custom writers out there. He will be very much missed. Condolences to his wife and son. Tony.
  7. That's a very clean looking build. Leaving the body in bare plastic is a good idea, A real buggy would have been gell coat fiberglass finished I think, so your method replicates real life practice.
  8. Following on from the Spitfire restoration in the post above, I also backdated a 1960's release of the FROG Whitley to resemble a pre war wooden build. The '60's kit was not one of FROGs finer moments, backdating it was the only way forward for me. I used the same cigarette card colours for the build. The early days of model making are a bit addictive for me. It's getting harder to find the kits now, they date back to the twenties in some cases. Monogram followed all the modelling trends as they happened, from solid wood kits in the early days through acetate plastic and wood combined, ending up with all polystyrene kits as soon as the material arrived on the scene.
  9. Here's my take on Daniels Rommels Rod kit. Built from a reissue. I had a lot of fun building it. Not too many shots of it, the skeleton crew take centre stage and they only look good from a couple of angles.
  10. FROG were a fascinating company. Makers of the first injected plastic model kits with their Penguin range. The company made flying models before that. The Penguin name came about as these early plastic kits didn't fly, nor did Penguins! Here's a few early FROG kits I've built over the years. Nice enough in their own way but dated compared with current kits. I like them a lot. Their 1.96 Airliners build into really nice kits. Very simple, but they capture the look well. They tended to stick with Brit airliners but a Boeing 707 crept into the range. The Comet below is one of my favourites. The FROG 1.72 scale range included this P47. The box artwork was typical of the rest of the range. Their P40 had engraved lines for decal placement, much like Aurora and Revell at the time. Panel lines were also engraved rather than raised. Later issues got cleaned up a bit. And to finish up, here's a restoration I did on a 1939 release FROG Penguin kit of a Mk1 Spitfire. The plane was just entering service when this kit came out. I used 1940's cigarette cards for the colour scheme, authentic colours were a few years away yet.
  11. Thanks for the kind comments Guys. Much appreciated. I like the offbeat stuff as an antidote to full on modelling every now and then. Weird Ohs, Finks, Silly Surfers, Dave Deal and Tom Daniel designs, all are pure fun to build. The reissues make building them affordable as well. I have a Rommels Rod nearly finished now, I'll add it once I'm done.
  12. Everything about that restoration is pretty much perfect. A superb model.
  13. Here's my build of Toms Baja Beast VW Van. I added tire decals and a brown flock interior. Paint is Tamiya Camel Yellow with clear pearl over that. The Monkey Bike is Tamiya clear red over gold. I love the stance, it sits perfectly right out the box. It would have trouble driving anywhere as there's no cooling or charging system provided, and the open headers running through the rear cab would get things a bit warm pretty quickly. I guess as long as it got to the beach in around ten seconds or so, non of that would matter.
  14. Killer paintjob. Black shows up every flaw. You nailed it.
  15. I looked at the thread title and was prepared to do a bit of table thumping, old man shouts at clouds type stuff. Wrong again, you really nailed it. The original shines through and your additions and modifications flow so smoothly that they just seem right. A beautiful build.
  16. Beautiful work. Very easily taken for the real thing going by the pictures.
  17. Land Yacht! That turned out really well, the color is perfect. I really like the dark shots, they are very atmospheric.
  18. That's a stunner. The wood and the paintwork look really good together. It kind of glows, like the colors in the period advertising.
  19. Very true. The gold car was nearly red earlier on. Something just didn't look right to me though. In the end I stripped the finish off and started over with the gold and clear orange. The difference was amazing. Using a sheet of red mirror finish art card with the new paintjob got an out of this world effect. I didn't follow that path as the background started to dominate the model. I think it's more suited to a full custom rather than a street and strip bruiser. I'll use it on another build or two later. It sure was bright. If the camera flash had fired I might well have been blinded!
  20. Thanks Guys. The kit gets a bit of bad press but there's a decent model to be made as long as you don't ask too much of it.
  21. I recently built two AMT/Matchbox Corvettes side by side. Both are curbside as the kits are both a bit long in the tooth and rather basic, The suspension is moulded in with the floorpan and the seats with the interior tub. A newer kit, like the Revell '67 would be a better base for a fully detailed model. Here's the AMT version sat alongside the Matchbox UK issue. Same kits inside, different takes on the boxart. I like both. The body shape looks spot on to me. The beautiful Corvette curves are all there and the moulding is still sharp enough to work with. I went for a stock version and a hot street/strip one. The stocker got a Tamiya Pearl Blue spray bomb finish, with a red Humbrol Enamel interior. I like the way the two colours fit together. The bumpers got thinned right down and rechromed with Molotow Chrome ink, brush painted on. If you use a wide brush and don't overbrush the stuff it goes on well. Spraying it through an airbrush is probably the best way to go but I've not tried that yet. Windscreens on both builds are thin clear plastic, cut to size and fitted with tape. They are better than the kit plastic but not perfect as they curve in one direction only. The double curve needed for a really good fit will only come with moulding the clear and I haven't mastered that yet. The wheels are resin cast ones I made from the MPC Mako Shark kit, also chromed with Molotow, with a dark grey wash in the wheel recesses. The background for this shot is a 60's Bridget Riley Opt Art piece, found on the internet and printed at A3. Groovy man. The second build used one of the three hoods provided and got a tunnel ram settuo added. The hood is fixed as the engine bay is a bit basic and I wanted the hood tight fitting. The only detailing is what is on show. Photo etch hood pins were added to the hood, six tail light added and the same bumper thinning as on the blue car. All the chrome detailing it with Molotow ink. Big and little wheels and tires came from the spares box. I might add tire lettering at some point but I quite like the plain look of the blackwalls at the moment. The paint is Tamiya again. Gold base with clear orange over the top. It glows in sunlight! And here's the pair sat together... A pair of basic, shelf models that were a lot of fun to build. I got myself a Revell '67 convertible that I'll build as a proper detailed one at some point. You can't have too many Corvette models.
  22. Thanks for giving the thread a bump, I missed it first time around. The "Little Cars" are beautiful what ifs. Monogram really missed a trick not issuing them. The Little T was pretty cool though. Early Monogram kits are my hands down favourites. There's something about the packaging and the feel of the plastic that stands out for me. Not always the most accurate kits, but soooo stylish.
  23. A beautiful build. The overhead shot is quite outstanding.
  24. I'm using Epic as a browser on a PC. The adverts are there every day, right across the page. No other forum I use has anything like this. It's making this place unusable for me. Tony.
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