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  1. rick6343

    Sunbeam Tiger

    Very cool. I recently built one stock. Are those the fender flares from the kit? How did you get the wheels/tires to fit? Thanks,
  2. Just built the Ford Ranger ("Road Ripper", I think) with my 5 year old daughter. Good for the most part, BUT... Wheel/Tire assembly was tricky (it would have been nice if they mentioned fronts and rears were different sizes) and the rear bumper didn't fit without some trimming. Other than that, easy as could be.
  3. I happen to also have a model in that very issue, and take it out now and then to look for ideas. My Junior class-winning model has a lot of flaws and isn't something I'd bring anywhere near a contest today. I like seeing the Pro-street cars, now-dated paint schemes, and the kits popular at the time that one doesn't see very often anymore.
  4. I've been intrigued by these kits, but haven't been able to get one for the right price. I believe decals can be had for some of them (including the 917) from indycals.net. Just be sure to specify the scale.
  5. This is AMT's Mercedes 300SL kit. It's built as an SCCA racer, circa the '50s or '60s. Mostly box stock. A roll bar was added to the interior and plenty of stuff was omitted: bumpers, muffler, wheel covers on stock steel wheels, etc. While researching, I noticed that I never saw a green one and I thought that color would look good. It's from Duplicolor, under Plasti-kote clear. Decals are from a couple of Fred Cady sheets. The time period meant exercising restraint with sponsors. It's a beautifully designed kit: Opening doors and trunk lid, full chassis detail, molded engine wiring and plumbing. And it all fits! Unfortunately, while under construction, I didn't have enough faith in the kit, so the doors and trunk are glued shut. Full chassis and suspension detail is provided, even if most of it is invisible thanks to the belly pan. The instructions in the 1970s release I built were frustratingly vague. For that reason, the front suspension was reassembled a couple of times and a few parts were never installed. My biggest flaw was not sanding enough/allowing too much paint to build up on the leading edge of the hood. It doesn't close all the way... Thanks for looking,
  6. Revell's '67 Corvette roadster. The red plastic taught me a lesson. That color is supposed to be Dupli-color "Pewter" and it looked the part until I cleared it. Now it's kind of copper. Mid-60s racer. Exhaust and side pipes from the last reissue of the '67 coupe. Wheels from the Baldwin-Motion Corvette. Driver's seat from Stars and Stripes Corvette. L88 setup from a Revell '68-69 Corvette. Tires are four of the "little" Revell Goodyear Sports Car Specials, adapted with parts-box wheel backs. Roll bar is styrene. Decals are from the parts box and 100% fictitious. Spent a lot of time working with the wheel backs and axles to get the wheels/tires to sit just right. The kit went together really well. Comparing the body to other '63-67 Corvettes, I'm pretty sure this one is about 3 scale inches short through the doors. Knowing that now, it definitely looks a bit stubby to me. Has anyone else noticed this? Thanks for looking,
  7. A few months late on this one, but here it is. AMT's '95 Mustang coupe. Spoiler omitted, Weber carbs and plumbing added to engine. Extra underhood details from Monogram '94 Mustang kit, exhaust made from aluminum tubing and parts box mufflers. Interior is flocked and has aftermarket seats and scratchbuilt shifter. Paint is Testors Grabber Green (which seems to photograph weird) with Testors clear. This kit built beautifully-until I installed the wheels and tires. The 4X4 front ride height and track ruined the entire look of the car. I ended up cutting the axle pins off of the front uprights and gluing the front wheels on where I thought they looked good.
  8. Haven't seen anyone else post, so I thought I'd put up some of the photos I took at Saturday's Milwaukee NNL. This was probably my favorite model of the show:
  9. Really cool! You're off to a great start. This is one I'd like to build someday. What kit are you using for the body? What decals will you use? Thanks,
  10. I've had one of those for a while now that's complete enough to build. Doesn't look too shabby; I guess I'm just looking for inspiration to build it.
  11. Brendan, Looks great! When was this car developed? I do see some of the later ('98-'99) LeMans prototypes in the shape...
  12. rick6343

    Ford Focus

    Great! Looks like my Sonic Blue SVT Focus
  13. The radical "nike" wheels would be interesting on this car (though I don't think I'd like them on anything else). If I were to use wheels as a design feature like that, however, I would definitely NOT paint them black. The unique design would get lost. If you paint the car red or orange, I'd go with white, yellow, or silver wheels.
  14. Since getting back into the hobby about six years ago, I made it a point to actually finish stuff on a regular basis. Stability has been difficult-since then I got married, had a kid (with a second on the way), moved three times, remodeled a kitchen, built a workbench, etc. I was shocked when I realized that in 2010 I finished a record 6 builds! I try to stay focused, but also remember that it's supposed to be fun. If an unfun project makes me not want to go down to the bench, I shelve it and try something else. One side effect of that is some builds are easy to finish-just pull out one of those half-done models! In the end, though, my favorite part of building models is the building. A case full of finished models is nice, but I really like putting them together. As long as I'm doing that, I'm happy. High productivity is nice, but I won't sacrifice fun for it.
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