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  1. Thanks for the vote of confidence Claude ! I would certainly have all my chances for the rarest subject of the show... πŸ€” It will be good for my motivation to see you and our friends talking about our common hobby and admiring the hours of passion displayed on the tables of the exhibition. As for the results of the votes, I never take anything for granted, it is the amateurs who have the last word and decide who are the winners, but for the juicy burger, I can see it more clearly and especially in good company ! πŸ”πŸ˜
  2. You hit a home run with this build Joe ! Probably one of the most beautiful examples of this model that we can find, the choice of color, the interior (your specialty as I can see), the stance, everything is top notch ! You had fun building it and it shows, now you have to admire it in all its details and maybe surprise us with another great project ! 😁
  3. Hey Claude ! Another excellent build my friend ! Sorry I'm late to the party, I'm not very active on the forum lately, but I was pretty sure you had another great and tasteful project for us and I am not disappointed. πŸ‘Œ I am very happy to see that you will have a truck at the Quebec show to accompany my only new offering for the occasion. I can't wait to see all your models "in the flesh", as you say so well, because no photo compares to the appreciation of the human eye on site. Not to mention the pleasure of having exciting discussions with good friends that the pandemic has kept us away from for too long ! See you soon my friend !
  4. Thanks David ! I myself sometimes have a hard time remembering everything I did on this model but the 4 years went by so fast that it's hard to realize now that the project is completed. I can't wait to see what people think when it's shown in real life at future exhibitions, it's hard to do justice to all the details with a camera ! First test in October !!! 😊 Francis
  5. Thanks for your kind comments David ! I myself have learned many new techniques and found many good tips on the forum. So I'm honored if my work could inspire you along the way and I hope you will persist in this hobby. I find a lot of satisfaction in it but you don't have to count your hours, everyone does it in his own way, the goal is to have a good time! Do not hesitate if you have any questions, it will be a pleasure to help you if I can. Francis
  6. Thanks Craig ! In fact, it is always possible to do better but sometimes you have to stop and say to yourself that it is enough, I have to keep some inspiration for the next one! 😁 Francis
  7. Great build Tommy, I love FORD trucks of this era. You and many truck lovers in this category are masters at making these resin kits so beautiful and real. It often takes a lot of love to put them together and correct their little flaws but you have obviously found the recipe! πŸ‘Œ
  8. Thanks for the kind words Chris! This truck was an idea that had been in my head for many years, but I think I found with this build the kind of satisfaction I was looking for in this fantastic hobby. I don't think I'll be the type to finish a project in less than 2 years, so I'm going to have to choose my next project wisely because it's going to be sitting on my workspace for a long time! My goal was not to bore people with an endless WIP thread, but to show some of the path I took to create this truck, however I don't know if I'll post as many updates on my next project because it takes so much time. I am always happy to explain or answer any specific questions a modeler may have if the case arises. Francis
  9. Cool shifter Daniel, these Lenco shifters have always impressed me, they scream drag racing and they make a good focal point in any car interior! 😁 I realize you are updating the title of your thread as you progress but I didn't know it was possible to do that.
  10. Thank you for your good intentions and appreciation of my work Ron! Unfortunately, whatever the topic is, at some point, it will slowly disappear to the back pages of the forum leaving room for other topics. I've already received a lot of comments on the WIP thread and I'm going to have to show that I can do something else to deserve the attention of complicated project enthusiasts if I may say so. There are a lot of ideas brewing in my head and the next season promises to be interesting... I think. One thing is certain, it will have 4 wheels and an 8 cylinder engine... πŸ˜‰
  11. Sorry I'm late to the party Ian but you have a very cool project going on here ! All the adjustments or changes in direction you have made since the beginning show the amount of work required to create a custom or non-existent model. Great work as usual, you only motivate me more before my new modeling season starts... 😁
  12. Welcome to the forum Doyle ! Some of the old glue bombs of our youth are worth a lot of money today, I threw several of them in the trash many years ago and would love to still have them today not being aware at the time of the value they would take with time. 😒
  13. Welcome to the forum Ronald ! The great thing about the forum is that you can connect with great guys from all over the world who share the same passion for this fantastic hobby !!!
  14. Welcome to the forum Charles, you'll find a lot of great guys here and answers to any questions you might have !
  15. Welcome to the forum Daryl ! Muscle cars and 1/25 scale are at the top of my model vocabulary and I'm also a big Mopar fan !!! Beautiful B-body by the way, I built a Jo-Han 70 Plymouth GTX a few years ago and it is still one of my favorites in my collection.
  16. Welcome back to the hobby and to the forum Ken ! We share a number of things: I'm Canadian, a big fan of American muscle cars and I'm also, to some degree, the caregiver for my 91-year-old father. The beauty of this hobby is that you can make the same kind of modifications you made to your real Corvette at a lower cost. You can even go further and recreate the cars of your dreams without breaking the bank ! There is a great brotherhood on the forum and good advice or tips to be found there, we look forward to seeing your next project.
  17. Beautiful work Claude ! I think you always had a soft spot for those old AMC cars, at least that's what I remember from some of the comments you made on the old JoHan or AMT kits about that car manufacturer. I myself have a soft spot for AMX, Javelin, Hornet and Rebel, so it's possible that I like the negligees more than I realize ! Great way to give a glue can a second life. Your good hands and vivid imagination are once again on full display here, even the spark plug wires match the body color, not to mention the air valve caps that are now your trademark ! Are you equipped to tow a trailer, it's going to take one for the Quebec show this fall and I hope our friends in the area are ready for THE Thibodeau wave, in any case, I am !!!
  18. Thanks Joe... my friend ! You comment on this project since my very beginnings on this forum and you were the first to send me a PM, I will not forget it soon, I immediately saw in you the passionate person that you really are. Your comments are always intense, colorful and your passion for the hobby is obvious, I am very happy that this one made us cross our paths ! I have learned many good techniques and tips from all the talented members of this forum and I will try to put these new tools to use in my next build, the pleasure of taking and the satisfaction of sharing! πŸ˜‰ Francis
  19. Thank you Helmut, I really appreciate your kind words and I must say that your comparison with eating a cake is rather tasty, who doesn't like cake? πŸŽ‚ As you mentioned, there are many different categories and threads on this forum, so it's almost guaranteed to miss many good projects or topics posted all over the site. However, what surprises and delights me is to see a hobbyist from the other side of the globe commenting on one of my projects thanks to the exposure this site offers to its members ! The beauty of the web is to bring people together and this site does it well !!! 😊 Francis
  20. First of all, I have to say I am so happy to put a face to the good guy you are Joe, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, your son seems as nice as you my friend ! πŸ˜‰ Now, speaking of models, you are not about to disappoint me, your subjects are tasteful and made with passion, you do what you love and it shows! We could make a good team you and I because I hate doing cabin interiors and you are obviously in your element in this field, your interiors are always superb and this one is no exception! I've read a lot of rather critical reviews of this kit and it seems like it's difficult to assemble but the Joe I know shows his talent and skill in every aspect of the build. Even for the Mopar fan that I am, how could I not have a soft spot for the 1969 and 1970 Camaros? (This was the best time for Detroit muscle cars, IMHO). The color is great by the way, I'll be back to check your progress my friend ! πŸ‘
  21. Thank you Joe my friend, you have been a part of this project from the beginning and your comments have a special place in my heart! I don't spend much time on the forum these days but I'll check out and comment on your good work soon. πŸ˜‰ Francis
  22. Hi Bob, thanks for your kind comments on my build. As you probably read in my posts, this build is the result of my love for this body style and the rarity of the subject was also a kind of motivation to try to recreate it from scratch, this was my first attempt to create a complete body from almost zero (the FORD body being the starting point). You may be surprised to learn that I've broken more tools by dropping them on the floor or putting them back in their boxes than by machining the parts, I've learned over the years that you have to go carefully rather than having to start over... I only use small Swiss pattern files and always have a small steel brush to clean it after a few passes. T6 aluminum is pretty hard so it cleans up pretty easily, the Styrene parts tend to clog them up even more and need frequent cleaning. As far as the NHRA rules are concerned, I am not an expert and I don't build with all the rules in mind, it's only a scale model but I try to respect the subtleties as much as possible. When a connoisseur mentions such details to me, I try to correct the situation without making it a priority, I only do this to have a good time and discuss with enthusiasts like you and me. A big thank you for pointing out this detail, I will take it into consideration for my next project as it will most certainly be a "quarter mile" car type and I will try to respect this kind of detail even more. I don't know if you have a project in progress but it will always be a pleasure to discuss the subject, 😊 Francis
  23. Well Tim, as you know all too well, everything is trial and error but extreme caution is the key... ! Since I only work with aluminum and brass (and styrene...), I only have 2-flute cutters, maybe a few 3-flute ones, so I used what I mostly had on hand, the 2-flute ones. As you mentioned, plastic melts in the blink of an eye, so I make thin cuts at a time at a fairly low speed, holding the vacuum hose close to the cutter while cutting, it helps reduce the heat from the air speed it produces. By the way, I love your new scoop, it fits the body perfectly !
  24. Absolutely beautiful work so far on the aluminum panels Daniel ! The Lenco shifter will certainly look great on the transmission tunnel. I know it will be a curbside build, so I assume there will be no transmission visible from below, as the model is meant to be enjoyed sitting on its wheels !?
  25. What an accomplishment, Tim! It inevitably takes time to produce this kind of result and you didn't take any shortcuts, the pictures are proof of that. No matter how many hours you spend on this beauty, they are fully rewarded, at the very least, it puts a big smile on the face of extreme detail lovers! I don't know why but I have a big smile on my face right now...! 😊
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