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  1. 57 Chevy Nomad - revell

    Well the adventure has begun. I've taken a 4 year hiatus from model building but the bug has bit again after dusting off my neglected ones recently. My re-entry is a 57 Chevy nomad which I first built as a young kid. I loved that car so much I used to take it everywhere with me. Eventually it met it's end when I left it on the dash of my aunt's car during a hot summer day. Back then I just assembled the kits without paint but was still deeply upset when I found the twisted/warped remains after a day at the zoo. So off to fleabay and I found this opened kit for a good price and pulled the trigger. For the past 20 years I've built primarily tamiya and fujimi kits because they are straight and require little work to get them to piece together correctly. Having started on this nomad I'm reminded how terrible these older kits are in comparison. Some of the injection molding did not take completely and the chrome is awful with satin mottling everywhere as well as excessive flashing. Then there is the molded trim which is uneven and blends into the body at places. Fortunately I've been able to correct most of the body issues but the engine which suffered most from the improper injections is going in the garbage. Instead I've order a resin kit of a 400 small block chevy from BNL resins. I'm also going to try my hand at re-chroming the trim parts with molotow and an airbrush. I've never used that stuff before so this will be an experience that I hope brings satisfactory results. If not I'm going to black out the car so I haven't yet decided what the paint will be yet. I'm also going to try my hand at building leaf springs for the rear suspension using styrene strips and am pulling out the stops for all the other detailing items I typically skip over. This means it will be a slow build. So far I'm happy with the shell after 12 or so hours of filing, sanding and fitting parts. As a kid I recall it was tricky to get all the opening parts to line up so this time I've spent extra time to ensure I get the gaps even. Getting the headlight trim to sit flush has been a challenge. I'm going to have to fill and my 15 year old tube of model putty is no good so back to the hobby store. Going to toss the hood and get a resin high rise with chrome delete instead. This will allow me to toss the hood hinge and fill in the firewall where the hinge openings are currently. Finally I need some wheels. Don't want to go 20" low profile but would like to get something a little more updated. Haven't decided on anything yet so if there are suggestions please let me know your thoughts. Anyways this is the start of what I hope to be my best build yet.
  2. 57 Chevy Nomad - revell

    Just an update. Paint finish is pretty raw as I scrubbed it with 12000 grit pads and have a few more foil/paint touch-ups before I apply the clear coat. I'm on the fence as to whether I did the right thing with the flames. I really liked the charcoal finish all the way around and the blue flames/front end isn't quite what I was hoping for. Maybe a few more weeks of staring at it and I'll come to like it. A little nervous about final assembly. The frame is twisted and going to take a few glue sessions to get it aligned. I think the first best step is to glue the rear inside panels to the body so that the tailgate is aligned. Then once that is dried/set align, glue and clamp the front of the frame to the body and finally the rocker panels to the pan. The molotow chrome I applied to the bumpers and other plastic trim pieces did not work out well. After 1 month of drying they still dulled to the touch so I've stripped those and am going to try the alclad method.
  3. Lotus Europa

    Yeah, lotus is not known to cater to us larger folk. I did have an elise for a while and almost wore my shoulders out trying to get in and out of that thing. Thank goodness the top came off though... I had to stretch and loosen up to get in it when the top was on although after a while I could ingress/egress with some dignity. I can imagine the europa was about the same.
  4. Lotus Europa

    Nice job Hugh. I really like that green finish. I built one but did it in white and now wish I'd done like you. I still have another sans windshield and decals (I bought it because I buggered up the windshield and decals from the original). Maybe I'll build this one and copy you.
  5. 57 Chevy Nomad - revell

    Thank you everyone for the nice words. David, I have a 1mm molotow pen but it's still too big for that emblem job. Some of the lettering almost blends into the body where it is only bumps. I've foiled the area and dropped paint over it to see if it will darken up the valleys and it looks a little better but still not great. Need to head to the art store to see if I can find a super fine paint brush to help with that. Ruben, I saw a couple of the skip fiesta versions come up on ebay while I was looking for mine. None there at the moment but I'm sure one will pop up eventually.
  6. 57 Chevy Nomad - revell

    A little more work done. Underside is pretty much done. I took liberties with the fuel line since it's a custom build. Final base coat on the hood. Two weeks it and the body should be ready for the flames. Wrapped up the shifter and found a better brake pedal from my leftover metal etched parts. Experimented with foil on the tailgate and super pleased with the result. The only downside is the nomad emblem like a lot of the other emblems wasn't molded well. I wish someone made metal transfers... google search proved fruitless for me. I can save the V but the nomad part may be more effort than it's worth. So now on to painting the seat insets, and fabbing up some floor mats.
  7. my models

    What colors/brand/type did you use for the 365 spyder and f12?
  8. Fully detailed Pagani Huayra..Under Glass

    Beautiful work. Pagani's have been one of my favorite cars since the zonda.
  9. 57 Chevy Nomad - revell

    Thanks for the nice words. Funny now that I review my pics I start to find some little nagging issues I didn't catch in person. Need to thin the walls of the hood scoop to start and that seam in the passenger floor looks pretty substantial. For the latter I think I'll fix that with some floor mats I didn't want to sand down the seam and remove the carpet texture but that is how the seam lines up on the top when the bottom side is lined up. Should have made the top line up and sand the underside but to the naked eye it's barely noticeable.
  10. my models

    Very nice!
  11. 57 Chevy Nomad - revell

    Some more progress. The dash required a bit of work. Was hoping to use the one that came with the 57 couple but it was too wide to work with the functional doors on this model so I built up the thin spots/holes around the gauges with epoxy and fortunately the natural surface tension of the uncured epoxy almost did a perfect job filling in the holes and keeping the contour. I had to drill out the fuel and temp gauges then shape a plastic dowel to go in the holes then applied decals. Was hoping to show a mounted tach but as I was working on the mount from a detail masters kit I walked away while almost done and when I came back the tiny little bugger was not where I remembered placing it. Somewhere in the carpet now I'm sure so moved on to other things. Got the body base coat painted and applied foil to the trim pieces in the interior. Found the perfect bucket seat mounts from leftover parts of a revell 250 gto detail kit. Woo hoo! Then I needed a boot to go around the detail masters hurst shifter kit so I scratch built one by layering gradually smaller and beveled rectangles from a .030" inch styrene sheet. Engine almost ready for install. Dash temporarily glued into place with canopy glue normally used for RC airplanes but works great for glueing windows on models. I'm going to have to swap out the brake pedal with another I have that has a longer arm to get it lower and more to the left as this one sits almost over the gas pedal. These are the wheels that came with the newer revell california 57 chevy.
  12. 57 Chevy Nomad - revell

    Weather warmed up just right for shooting paint so that is what I did this weekend. Primer on the body showed up a few flaws so I need to do a little work there and hopefully be ready to shoot the body color next weekend. I still need to paint the interior panel insets once the brown dries. Thinking a light tan should work and planning on doing the insets on the bucket seats (pulled from a 68 camaro) the same. I also stripped the original chrome and re-shot with molotow chrome. Looks more like polished aluminum but I'm good with that so I'll keep it. Final base body color will be graphite metallic like I used on my Ferrari 360 spyder.
  13. Tamiya Mini Cooper 1275S Rally

    Nice subject and your off to a good start. I have this version in the box still but have built the other two versions by tamiya.
  14. 57 Chevy Nomad - revell

    Cold miserable weekend so a good time to dig into the build. I built the leaf springs for the rear using evergreen styrene strips .030 x .080 for the bottom two and .020 x .080 for the top two. Used some parts trees from a detail masters metal etched distributor kit for the baling. Ordered a 400 CI small block from BNL resins and am getting that ready for paint. Used some canopy glue to temporarily join the transmission to the block so I could test the fit in the car and it looks like it will work well. Did some detailing on the carb as well using the detail masters carb linkage kit and the fuel line kit that BNL also supplies.
  15. Hello from Utah

    Hello all. Every once in a while the bug bites to start another project and now is that time. I've built models since I was 8 but have only built 2 in the last 12 years and those were about 4 years ago. I've got about 40 unassembled kits with the idea if I don't get around to them till I retire then I'll have something to do Lately I've been distracted by R/C airplanes but I have no more room to build and store those things so fly what I got and start building some cars again. I came across this site several times researching detailing tricks to up my game. Have found many wonderful examples of outstanding builds so thought I ought to get in on the fun and join. I primarily build 1/24 cars but am a sucker for any complicated or highly detailed kit that I come across. Here is some of what I've done in the last 23 years.
  16. 57 Chevy Nomad - revell

    Hmm, interesting espo. I was actually looking at getting an "updated" 57 kit just for the chrome. I like the wheels on this but not sure if I'd be buying the same problems chrome-wise or how well the parts would fit.
  17. 1970 Charger

    Great job!
  18. Wow! Love it. One of my favorite subjects.
  19. 1978 Pacer Recon

    I stand corrected David, great job thinking outside the box. I look forward to seeing the final product. Proper way to build a pacer!
  20. 1978 Pacer Recon

    I was going to say jerky dispenser... seems more in line with the manly post apocalyptic theme.
  21. 1/12 Tamiya Datsun Fairlady 240ZG... Under Glass!

    Good idea. I'm not too keen on popping out my windows to do that so I'll live with it for now. Maybe I can get a sharpie in the gap and at least do that part. Did you have a problem with the windshield not matching the contour of the body? On mine the lower right corner tends to pop out more. I need to come up with a plan to fix that somehow. Looks terrible the way it currently is. I like your idea of carpeting using felt. I think I may do that to mine as well. May even try and retrofit a headliner in there. Will be kind of fiddly with the car being assembled but that would clean up the car interior real nice.
  22. Ferrari F12

    Another nice build. How does this compare to the other tamiya/fujimi kits?
  23. 1/12 Tamiya Datsun Fairlady 240ZG... Under Glass!

    Very nice! Your build has inspired me to pull mine off the dusty shelf (built 14 years ago) and clean it up a bit. I too dislike the rubber seals around the windshield and hatch window. The edges of the window appear rough and are not hidden by the seal which I think is the most unattractive part. In retrospect I think I would have sanded the edges then coated with liquid cement to take out some of that look.