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  1. The next step is to paint the black trim on the body. This required a lot of masking Here is where I did the "fine masking" and then I filled in the rest of the body with tape almost looks like a blue and yellow NASCAR stock car And with the semigloss black applied tape removed, you can hardly see the difference! I still need to apply decals, and detail paint under the hood, things like the overflow bottle, wiper fluid bottle, and so forth and so on. See ya next time
  2. You are right, it looks like I goofed on the top of the console. I consulted reference pictures again and sure enough it is interior color. not sure why I painted it black. I know I got the steering wheel color wrong too. 🤷‍♂️
  3. Hey Guys, I took your feedback, and did my best to apply it to this model, here is the underside of the chassis. I tried to get a few different shades of black and dark gray on the different components. It required some very intense masking. And as a bonus, here is the interior, I looked at a lot of pictures and tried to simulate the different textures and colors of the seats and other parts of the interior Your help is greatly appreciated. All the pictures I found of the underside of G bodies were very good for used and weathered reference, but my goal is a new car for this one. I am still polishing the body, and I will post pictures of the finished model when the time comes. Thanks again!
  4. I have not forgotten this one, I ordred several shades of Tan and Brown paint to have some color choices for the interior. I also had some challenges with the cab, I will make a better update this weekend with pictures.
  5. Can you guys take this somewhere else please? Thanks
  6. I have been focusing on the cab, I spent some time assembling the sleeper, and realized before I got too far I should paint it. Since there is not much to be seen, I just hosed it down with AMMO one shot black primer I also spent time cleaning up the cab. I spot primed the areas where I sanded the mold lines It needs more work, but it is mostly there. See ya next time...
  7. Thanks! And a rolling chassis And the left side rear most wheels do not touch the ground. I noticed when I assembled the chassis one side of the axle had a block where it connects to the trailing arm, which makes the axle sit an angle. I figured it was intentional so I left it, but ... well .. i guess I should have done something about it. It happens, This is not for a model contest, it is mostly for fun and learning, so I am just going to live with it. I still need to decide on a paint scheme. Lots of cool options, I really like the "sunset" stripes which were popular in the 70s .. something like this maybe? Challenging masking but not impossible. I will think of something.
  8. I have assembled the wheel and tire sets And the first set of dual wheels is already on the chassis, I assembled one set of duals as a test As I went to assemble this, I realized I forgot to paint the front hubs. The paint is drying now. So next time I should have a rolling chassis for you. I started addressing the mold lines on the body, but I realized I have no idea how I want to paint this one. I have some ideas, so I will need to figure it out. See ya next time
  9. Since the last time I checked in, I installed the engine and transmission. As soon as the glue dried, I realized I had more things to glue to the frame, which would have been easier before I painted it. Out of frustration, I set the kit aside for a while. I got the kit back out this weekend and installed the stairs and battery boxes Sadly I did not quite align the parts properly. I spent a lot of time with the tanks. They required a fair bit of work And while I was gluing parts together, I assembled these exhaust pipes and the intake pipe. They will require lots of sanding and maybe putty Not pictured, I also assembled the seats, in preparation for more parts painting See ya next time
  10. Thanks Gator. I will get back to this one this weekend, I was away for a week shortly after after my last update and that threw my schedule off after I returned, but I am back to normal now.
  11. This is a welcome reissue. I really like the small pickups of this era, and the desert sunset scene depicted on the decals for the camper shell really look cool to me. I might do something different with the wheels, but that is easy, having the kit is the important part.
  12. The paint work came out nice First is the engine, I used AK real colors "dark dull green" from the US aircraft cockpit colors set It gets the idea across but might not be quite the right color. The fan was painted with Alclad Dark Aluminum, as was the transmission (not pictured) I am also working on those wheel rings .. they are a real pain to clean up And here is the frame, the sheen came out just right, though it is not apparent in this picture I looked ahead in the instructions and see I should have assembled the battery boxes and the steps, as it looks like they are the same color.
  13. I hosed a ton of Mig One Shot (re packaged badger stynlrez) primer on the drive line parts. I ended up snipping off the brake chambers .. they did not fit between the frame and the tires. I sure hope this truck never needs to stop fast ... 😁 After this dries I will paint the frame, probably with Tamiya semigloss black, and I think I have some paint for british wwII aircraft cockpits which is almost detroit diesel green.
  14. Thanks for pointing that out, Now i can see that will be an issue.
  15. I started to primer the frame, and realized I still had to assemble the rear suspension, So I did. I had to fiddle with parts here and there, and got it together So now the whole frame is ready for primer I have the engine ready for primer too I should be able to get to this over the weekend, I need to let the glue dry.
  16. Thanks, every little bit of encouragement helps. 👍
  17. No, I did not abandon this one. After over a week of putting this one aside in frustration, I got the kit out and I mocked up the cab so I could figure out where to put the front axle. I mocked up a wheel/tire assemble to get the best possible idea of how the tire will sit in the fender opening I traced the position of the spring shackle on the frame with a pencil So, now the other front leaf spring has been glued to the axle and the glue is drying. Now I can pick up some momentum on this one in the next few days.
  18. I have a pace enterprises Peacekeeper http://www.pacepaintbooth.com/ I saved up for it, and they used to (and they may still) run a sale around the holidays, so it was something like 40% off, and it was less expensive when I bought it 9 years ago. It looks like you are in the UK so shipping one to you would probably be impractical, but lots of people have built similar paintbooths, the most expensive part is the fan. I learned my lesson about using a respirator when I painted a car white ... then I still smelled paint every where I went. I looked in the mirror and could see the inside of my nose was coated with paint!
  19. There are so many different opinions on spray booths. I like to use enamels, and lacquers, and I have always been of the opinion the fumes really should be extracted from the room. I have a spray booth with a hose that vents out a window. I have not used the second spray booth you linked, which vents outside with a hose, but I have seen generally positive reviews about it. I would be remiss if I did not mention you should wear a respirator while airbrushing or spraying paint so you do not inhale the fumes or the paint.
  20. I apologize for the quality of these pictures, but I think I took them with what was an old camera at the time and before I had a good idea about lighting. This is from 2006. I built an El Camino for a co worker to replicate her husbands car. I had to start with a glue bomb, and I was lucky to find a lot of two bodies with the correct grill on ebay. here was the body I ended up using It had a mangled rear lower fender and a glue rash on the roof. and it came out OK, but my Co-worker's husband loved it, so it was mission accomplished. I used the then recently re-issued El Camino SS for the rest of the build, but I also used the bench seat from the original kit
  21. Work continues but I am stumped .... I started the front suspension, but the unclear instructions strike again. It points to a vague area to glue the front leaf springs to the frame. There are holes in the frame but no pin on the leaf spring shackle I think The best course of action will be to mock up the body and see where the wheel opening is, then use that as a guide to locate the front axle. I also had to use putty on the differentials, there was too much of a step to sand it smooth Once I figure out the front axle, I can assemble the rest of the chassis and paint it.
  22. I am pretty sure that is what it is. I also found I can shoe horn the 8v71 into a monogram squarebody kit for a crazy project I have in mind I could not say any better.... Thanks! Good idea - Thank you.
  23. I have assembled the frame The instructions are not clear, but I looked in later steps in the instructions and got a better idea where the cross members were supposed to go. I glued the parts in place with liquid cement to get a good plastic to plastic welded bond I left it for two days and glued the other frame rail in place tonight One rail was warped, and I think at least one cross member was not quite perfectly straight so hopefully the frame is not too far out of square ... we will just have to see. There is a lot of flash on the parts. some parts only have a little bit of flash, and in that case it is almost worse because it is very subtle and hard to see, and it is hard to tell where the part starts and the flash ends. I think I will get the rst of the suspension together before painting, I want a good plastic cement bond for the leaf springs and diffs, but it will be a bit harder to ensure complete paint coverage in every nook and cranny.
  24. Yeah, there was a bit of flash on many parts. I also plan to use a Detroit diesel engine in another wild project, so this will also serve as a test fit article, to see if the other project is feasible.
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