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Justin Dodson

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  1. Nice! I love the color and the choice of wheels. 🔥
  2. Well, I'm calling it done. I could add more detail, but I'm itching to get building my other kits. Overall, I'm satisfied with the result. For a shelf model I think I did pretty good Onto the next one!
  3. Here is a little more progress. I am nearing completion. I decided to use the stock taillight pieces. The '58 T-Bird ones just wouldn't fit. I also decided to use the stock steering wheel and save the nicer looking ones I have for another build. Lastly for this update, the chassis is as complete as it's going to get. I don't want to add any more detail. Like I said before, this will just be a shelf model; nothing fancy. Only a few more things to do for this build. I'm hoping that the next kit I build will turn out better and more detailed.
  4. Okay, finally. Where I live, it's spring at last - which means decent weather for spray painting my model car parts! So yesterday I spray painted the last actual "part" of this build that needed it; the main body piece. I will post pictures of the body's overall outcome, after the rear bumpers are firmly glued on... I spray painted the front bumper/grille piece matte black previously. Now I have given it chrome using my Molotow chrome pens. The short lines of chrome coming from the circular lights (turn signals?) located in the "valleys" of the grille, was an accident on one side; so I decided to make it even on the other side. Overall I'm pleased with how this part came out. Next, I added the chrome trim to the roof piece, again using the Molotow pens. However I probably won't have the roof on very often. Because Corvette. Lastly (for this update), I put both the front and rear axle assemblies onto the chassis. If you've been following this thread, you probably know that the rear axle assembly is completely my design, because the original one broke. The front assembly also broke but I kept most of it and fabricated the axle portions myself. That's all for now. As a side note: I don't plan on entering this build into any shows or contests, it will be a shelf model. If it were a real car, I would use it as a daily driver.
  5. Looking fantastic! If it ends up in a diorama you could have it parked in one of those "green vehicles only" parking spaces because it's "green" Keep it up!!
  6. It's snowing outside, so I can't spray paint anything. However, what I can do is work on the "mechanics" of the Corvette. Here's an update on the spindles... Rather than use my only drill (which is big, heavy, and probably too powerful), I decided to use a body reamer to make holes for the axles. For those who don't know, a body reamer is a tool that has a cone-shaped blade; when you twist it onto a surface it creates a hole. Usually, this tool is used to create body mount holes for radio-controlled cars. But not today! After the holes were snug enough for the axles, I covered the inside ends with Testors putty. Over time the putty will harden, and I'll have a solid fix for broken spindles. Here's a mock-up of the tires sitting on the axles. After I've painted the spindles black, I'll probably put some putty on the axles since the wheels fit very loosely. That's all for now. Stay tuned!
  7. It's fine, it was very informative. My main reason for wanting to use a spray booth is so I don't have paint fumes in my house, I want a way to get them outside, like through a window or something. I know which booth I want to get, I just need to set up an area in my house near a window. Here is some progress. The steering wheel on the left is the stock steering wheel, which I painted with acrylic brush paint. I never liked the texture of acrylic paint, so I got some enamel brush paint. The steering wheel on the right is from a long-lost Maisto die-cast car. I plan to use it instead because I like the look of it better. I will use my new enamel paint to paint the rim of it either black or brown. Here are my new paint sets:
  8. I like the color choice! Makes me think of chocolate Also that paint job is impressive considering the conditions of your painting environment. Well done.
  9. Oh, okay. Knowing that makes it a lot easier now, thanks for the heads up! This project is going pretty slowly, mainly because I'm still figuring out how to set up a spray painting booth in my house. Believe me you'll see more progress eventually lol!
  10. Thanks everyone, and happy holidays! I might have some more progress soon involving chassis work for this car. Stay tuned! I'm pretty sure I know what you're talking about, and my answer is no. I have had only a little experience with these pens though, so don't quote me on it lol!
  11. Okay so here is some progress... I decided that the interior was not detailed enough. I detailed the dash, door panels, etc. with my Molotow chrome pens. I love these pens! I'm currently working on the steering wheel, I'm giving it a "wooden" rim. Anyway here are some pics of the dashboard and interior piece: Stay tuned!!
  12. Hey everyone. Sorry for not responding to these replies sooner, I have been busy with school. I have read all of your suggestions, and honestly they all seem like they would work great. Now I just have to decide on which idea to utilize. More progress soon, I'll probably post an update in less than a few hours.
  13. I don't understand. What do you mean by "paint to roughly 10-11"? How do you know how much water and how much paint to mix with each other?
  14. Good point. Which products do you think are best for this piece? I know what black washing is but I've never done it before.
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