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  1. That is one sweet looking build! Just to reiterate what others have said, the paint is spectacular! Love it!
  2. Essentially built straight from the box. Painted with rattle cans – Tamiya TS-28 and TS-6 for the main colors. Hull masking was done with Tamiya masking tape after tracing a template made on the computer onto the tape and then cutting it with scissors. Turret masking was done with poster putty. The kit design for mounting the side skirts was nothing less than brilliant, and they went into place so easily it almost felt like cheating (unlike other kit manufacturer’s products that I could mention). The few modifications include: vision port “glass” made from clear plastic and painted Tamiya metallic blue; antennas made from thin wire painted flat black; and scratch built tow cable brackets for one side. Tamiya black panel liner was used on lower and upper hull, road wheels, drive sprockets, idler wheels, the main gun barrel, and turret details. After masking off the view ports and fire extinguishers, everything was sprayed with Testors Dullcote.
  3. WOW!!! (Just imagine that in neon lettering 100 feet tall.)
  4. Gorgeous job in all respects! Especially like the interior!
  5. I took these some years ago at a car show held to benefit a local charity. I desaturated the backgrounds and created the graphics in Photoshop to create a sort of "collector card" look. "chromeatose" is my favorite.
  6. After watching it collect dust on the shelf at the local hobby store for several years, I finally bought the Hemicuda. The Dodge 426 I built a little while ago. (These are die-cast and plastic kits.) The fuel linkages from the fuel pump to the carbs required a lot of work. I used hot water baths and a hair dryer to bend them and shape them so they would fit around the other components and meet up properly. Each is a little different in that regard. The spark plug wiring on the Dodge 426 is correct, but I took some liberties on the Hemicuda as some of the wires were just not long enough to fit on the distributor properly. The Hemicuda’s power steering pump didn’t fit very snugly, so I glued a thin strip of sheet plastic around the mounting post and then sanded that down until the fit was snug. On the Dodge 426, I didn’t really get the angle and fit of the choke control body correct, as I had to fudge it in order to get the choke control tube to line up. I fixed that issue on the Hemicuda by extending the attachment post on the choke by gluing on a piece of styrene rod of the same diameter. There were four types of screws (which I believe were self-tapping) supplied to join the die-cast parts, and most of them proved very difficult to get in. Overall though, very neat looking (and heavy) kits when finished!
  7. Very nice build indeed! The overall design reminds me of the baking powder subs we had as kids (actually, I still have some!).
  8. This is my first attempt at a camouflage paint scheme and I did it entirely with rattle cans using poster putty and Silly Putty for the main masking material and Tamiya tape for some details. I found a single online reference that indicated that this paint scheme was within the realm of possibility, so I sized that reference art to scale and used it as a painting guide. It’s pretty much out of the box, but I did scratch build a simple hinge for the hatch behind the turret machine gun and fabricated some detail for that hatch cover interior from Evergreen plastic. I replaced the kit antenna with wire mounted in a base I made from brass tubing. The headlight lens was from the spares box. This was my first attempt at painting any kind of figure and I don’t consider the little feller finished, but I put him in a few photos anyway. I used some dry transfers to add some interest to the fuel drums (“P” for petrol). Overall, I’m pleased. Someday I may even get around to putting in the “correct” track sag and attempt some weathering on it.
  9. 16 years old, uh? Guess there are savants in every field, including kit building! In 1971 I was still glue-bombing tank kits together and blowing them up with firecrackers whilst filming them with a Kodak Super-8 camera! (When my folks weren't home, of course!)
  10. I used to have an Olympus 8-track recorder with level line ins and outs. You could buy blank 8-track Memorex tapes at almost any department store back in the day. I used to record tracks from my turntable to 8-tracks and then go cruising with my pal in his Mach 1 with 8-track player and homemade speakers in the back blowing out our minds...and ears. "Running With the Devil" by Van Halen cranked up near (but not past) the pain threshold will transport you to a new reality...along with everyone else in a 10-block vicinity. I have exactly four 8-tracks left, including one pre-recorded one by "Molkie Cole." The 8-tracks with the felt pads were the only ones that lasted - the foam pads disintegrated over time. The real fun came when the splice broke and you dis-assembled the cartridge to re-splice it. Without magnetic splicing tape, the heads never switched, so every time a section ended, you had to manually advance to the next track section (there were four in all). All in all, 8-tracks had lousy audio quality, better than an Edison wax cylinder, but not by much.
  11. I'm waiting for 8-tracks to make a come back.
  12. Amazing work! By any chance were these little fellas born from the teeth of the Hydra?
  13. Fantastic job! Really sharp looking build!
  14. Outstanding hardly begins to cover it..an exceptionally fine build!
  15. Really nice! Makes me thirsty...
  16. Impressive build! Love the engine detail and the body paint/decals look great to me!
  17. Very nice! Great looking build!
  18. Amazing build! When I was a kid, I had a distant relative who drove a Fury, but it looked nothing like this one! (If it had, he'd have been the most popular old guy in the neighborhood - at least with us kids!)
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