Hello! I removed the whole area where the molded exhaust was. I then machined a set of exhaust tips. Had a hard time but was able to get them slanted consistently like the real one. Had to make 5 tips because I moved then with tweezers and one flew into oblivion straight to another dimension, never to be found.....
Will most likely mount in a flat piece and mount from the back. This is the only modification. everything else will be box stock. That's my story and I'll stick to it...
Hello and Happy New Year everybody! Started the year doing the Happy Dance! The 2013 Corvette 60th Anniversary package mentions the stripes are silver blue pearl, but I couldn't find anywhere a reference for the color code. I'm not even sure they are painted. Could be factory decals. I've seen it in person and it looks more silver than blue. I'd call it "blueish silver" Anyways, I mixed my own silver blue from Cobra Colors Argento Nurburgring Mettalic and Azzurro California Metallic, both Ferrari colors, and a touch of MCW Corvette Marina blue. It better work because I won't be able to duplicate it again.
The paint went on very smooth and before removing the tape, I airbrushed a light coat of Cobra Colors Giallo Midas Pearl top coat and a mist of Cobra Colors Hi-Gloss clear. Too bad after maybe 8 or more years of been out of business, I only have enough Cobra Colors Clear left for maybe a coat or two.
Looks silver in the pics but it does have a light blue tint to it. The tape was carefully removed. Minor overspray to cleanup but no big deal. After cleanup, I'll apply a coat or two of clear before final polish. Ohh wait, I have the rest of the car to work on! Very happy as to how it is going so far.
Happy 2016! Let the masking begin!!!!! I've never claimed to be normal. That been said, I hate decals. There are no decals available for this, but even if they were, I'd rather mask and paint than using the dreaded, stupid, evil, and hated decals. Did I say I hate decals? Just to be clear, I HATE DECALS! Anyways, after painting, clearcoating and a light polish, I started the painfully slow process of masking for the silver blue stripes. With the limited modeling time, you are looking here at 3 days of work. It may still need a tweak or two but it is almost there. Particularly proud of the very thin lines on top of the hood. Going out for New Year's celebrations with family so I won't be back for a few days. See you next year!
Hello everybody, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! After 4 months, I got a bit more time. After mold lines were addressed, more primer was applied. I now started polishing the primer. This will also reveal creases and high spots where care needs to be taken. Those areas will be addressed and painted first to buildup a bit more paint thickness. Have you ever polished a paint and rub thru the bare plastic? UGH!
What's this? weren't there molded exhaust tips there? I Couldn't help it. I drilled them out..... Thanks,
Hello everybody, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!! Finally had a few minutes after months of inactivity. Finished with what I think is the last coat of paint. Cobra colors Arctic White lacquer. Lost count but I think this was the 5th or 6th coat. It is so smooth it doesn't need to be touched before clear. Love that paint! My plan is to clear the body before masking and painting the stripes. then a bit more clear over the stripes. But that is still far away.
And yes, white is very hard to photograph. Looks better in person.... Thanks,
Hello Bernard! Sorry I've been away so long. Almost no progress in this project (or any other) since September. Thanks for the link! I immediately was about to order a set (or 2) of those wheels but they are out of stock. BUMMER About the stripes, I plan to mask and paint them, since I don't like to work with decals. Ok, I HATE decals. As for the emblems, I haven't got that far yet but I used to "design" and print my own way back when. As of now, I'll be happy just to finish the white base..... Thanks!
It is FINALLY FINISHED! This was supposed to be a simple wheel improvement job and ended up with a life of its own and controlling me for a while. Just in time for the upcoming Caribbean Scale Auto Expo show next weekend. A few tiny details I'd have liked to come out better but overall I'm happy it is done. I originally intented the scratchbuilt clear canopy to be hinged but it would have taken way too long. Hope you like it!
The parachute is made out of paper and wire. What do you think? Thanks!
After a serious mishap during clearcoating, the whole thing had to be sanded down and repainted, including masking the scheme once again. But anyways, it is back to where it should have been a few weeks ago.
In the meantime, I made a parachute for it.....
The driver's cage was painted in the same Atomic Orange:
And that's where we are now. Stay tuned as this approaches completion... What do you think? Thanks,
OK! So, this was supposed to be a simple repaint / wheel straightening job, right? WRONG! It has taken a life of its own and it is now controlling me! I machined a parachute tube with a built in aerodynamic bullet shaped front section. Wouldn't it be easier just to use tubing? Yes, but what fun would that be? Now I need to make a parachute.... hint, hint..... The scratchbuilt styrene spoiler was painted black to simulate carbon fiber. Of course this is just a mock-up. Nothing is fixed in place yet. The spoiler will be straight. Not sure if you can see it but the center section of the spoiler is actually curved.