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  1. 1956 Ford truck Goldenrod Yellow, code M0358, faded - or at least as close I could mix!
  2. 1956 Ford pickup by Revell, another of the models I've been building to duplicate vehicles I've owned in the past. I had this 56 F100 in 1974, installed an 8' x 8' wooden flatbed and used it for moving. This is the very first "weathered" model I've attempted, it's a challenge!
  3. Citroën 2CV

    The 2CV was in production 1948-1990. If anyone makes a 1960 or prior version it would have all the correct features, the only real difference is the style of the bonnet.
  4. Citroën 2CV

  5. Citroën 2CV

    Revell Citroën 2CV. Completely stock build, this kit includes a lot of detail. Very well molded, great fit, I enjoyed building this one very much. I'm thinking about buying a 1:1 version, so this was a great exercise.
  6. Citroën 2CV

    Revell Citroën 2CV - A somewhat challenging but very satisfying kit. Lots of detail and fit is excellent. I'm considering buying a 1:1, so this is a good exercise!
  7. BTTF Delorean

    Unfortunately I can't take credit for the stainless. This body is supplied by Polar Lights with this finish, it is excellent.
  8. BTTF Delorean

    Finally done, Polar Lights BTTF Delorean. More painting than I anticipated, I spent WAY too much time squinting at the wet end of a 000 brush!
  9. I'm about to begin the Polar Lights Back to the Future Delorean, does anyone have a link for some high res interior/exterior pics?
  10. Hot Rod, inspired by a very old book!

    Done! Model T Hot Rod: Retro Build
  11. This build was inspired by a paperback book I bought in 1966, when I was 12. It's titled "Building and Racing the Hot Rod", and it's got 384 pages of up-to-the-minute (for 1966) advice and tech info on everything aspect of a DIY hot rod. I spent hours of my youth reading that book and dreaming, and I also spent more hours building model kits. I'm back in the hobby now (at 63), and finding this book among my things brought back those fond memories. I remember too that I didn't have a lot of money for kits, and certainly not for real hot rods. So I decided to build a model faithful to both the real-life parts available in 1966, and the state of my finances back then. This is a "retro build"; it incorporates only 1966 and prior components, and only modeling techniques available to me then. No photo-etched parts, no high dollar scale wires, my only concession was that I did use my airbrush for the body. The basis is a Revell Tweedy Pie and the added parts are either scratch or leftovers from my last two builds (IMC 48 Ford Coupe and Lindberg Little Red Wagon), just like the old days. So what we have here is a 1923 Ford Model T chassis and body (Tweedy) with a Ford 427SE engine (IMC kit), a Spalding Flamethrower (scratch from sprue with .022 brass wire plug leads), a Halibrand rear end (Model T with cut down and ribbed gear housing added, made from LRW pushbutton shifter), and cheater slicks (grooved IMC spares). The engine is set back for more traction, and the body is raised and moved to the rear to accommodate. Exhaust is stock cast manifolds straight into dump pipes under the car (earplugs required). Radiator and shell are raised to match body height, front suspension is lowered, rear suspension is raised. Windshield is cut-down Tweedy, with top trim made from split insulation from 25ga wire. Radiator hoses are also wire insulation. Interior is brush painted to my conception of the perfect 60's color scheme - and perhaps my ambition exceeded my ability slightly, but I like it. Exterior paint is metallic yellow with metallic violet firewall. It's a car you could actually build and drive, though I admit it would be more than a little bit hard to handle. And as much as I might want to build the 1:1 version, I'm going to resist.
  12. I've been editing the same post to test pics, and it made a duplicate every time lol. Mod pls delete as needed.
  13. Hot Rod, inspired by a very old book!

    More progress, but it's amazing how long it takes to turn a Little Red Wagon suspension bit into a shift lever extension. Great therapy, though. Car is slowly coming together, workbench now cluttered with possibilities for lights & windshield. This is probably my longest build ever, but it's very satisfying using not only correct parts and workable 1:1 car design for 1966, but also limiting myself to modeling techniques available then.
  14. Hot Rod, inspired by a very old book!

    Making some progress on the interior. I think my ambition may have exceeded my ability here, lol:
  15. Hot Rod, inspired by a very old book!

    I've tried Parma Faskolor and Createx so far in water based paints, and the Createx works the best - but I'm not at all impressed with either one. I'm very familiar with airbrush/spray gun use (I grew up in a body shop), but only with lacquer & enamel. I thought my talents would transfer to these modern paints, but either they are c r a p or I have a lot to learn!