I have a 1:1 '68 GT Formal in kit form (disassembled in the garage) I bought the Modelhaus kit to build for. I too will be watching this one for tips on when I can get to the little one. I also bought a '67 Fairlane to use for the chassis under it. I bought a '69 formal body before I found out about the '68 kit so I have that one to build too.
Do a search for "G Scale Luggage" as this is the scale most like 1/24-1/25. I believe it is actually 1/22.5. There are some available but most will probably need some repaints or figure/interior painting methods to make them look good.
I have a closable computer armior. It has separate top and bottom doors that have drawers (bottom) or shelves (top) built in. I mounted a florescent light on top, a swivel magnafier light on the desk portion and magnetic tool strips on both door shelves. With the bottom open, my chair slides perfectly under it and with all the shelves, I keep plastic containers full of my tools and paints along with whatever kits I have been working on. Also have a corkboard area on both sides of the doors and a dry erase board for reminders, etc.
After all that, I can shut and lock it to keep the kids/grandkids/animals out of my very sharp, small and delicate tools and caustic chemicals.
Okay, it's been more than a little while since I threw an update at you. Time to work on this car was in short, short supply the last few months but even so, I squirrelled away a few minutes here and there. These are the things I have more or less been working on. I saw a local contest in 2.5 months is going to be a Shelby tribute so I figured if this thing should debut at any show, that would be the one. This gives me motivation and a deadline, so maybe this one will be on the shelf soon...
I worked on creating a better looking radiator for her.
I started working with the doors. Previously I had thinned them more to scale, now I needed to add the missing detail like the door frame. Once it's in place and painted with a latch and working hinge, It should look pretty good.
I then drilled and filed out the lower control arms to look more like the real car.
I did many other little things like the lip around the hood and trunk, cleaned up the firewall which will be skinned in aluminum, thinned down the front fender wells, created the water collector/fuel log, started workin on the footwell air ventilation tubes, fuel tank, deeper rear wheels, and test fit, test fit, test fit and maybe some more test fitting...
HRM (Historic Racing Miniatures) also makes some resin parts for this car. They have more detailed upper control arms and a header assembly that alleviate some of the fitting issues and of course, are cast very well. VRM (Vintage Racing Miniatures) has a wonderful pair of decal sheets for these cars as well. The good part about them is they each can do 5 cars!
I have this same kit and most of the same parts as well on my bench cycle. I chose to use the clear dash from the kit rather than the photo-etched one. I wanted the dash to be more 3-D and the photoetch just didn't look right. I drilled out the guages and then sanded the back of the plate to thin it to scale. The guage faces provided on the VRM decals are so detailed, you can read the odometer and look great behind the thinned kit panel. I also chose to use the transmission from MCG that included the shift linkage and photo-etched shifter. It seemed to be better molded than the one in their GS mulit-media kit. I also got a halibrand and tire from HRM to replace that fugly spare molded with the rear frame parts so it looks much better.
Okay, It's not a long trip type car but how many of us drive under 225 miles on a daily commute and don't spend over 6 hours at our destination. It seems this car is targeted toward luxury car buyers that care about the environment, or at least want to appear as though. It's not everyones cup of tea but it is, according to CR and others, a very impressive car. CR is just saying this is the car that has gotten the highest test scores ever, according to their testing. If I remember right, this is Tesla's first ground up car as their roadster was Lotus based. For a comany to hit a home run first time at bat, that's pretty awesome!
You may have seen a '69 Talladega? The '68 and '69 Torinos had the four-pod guage dashboard and the Talladega had a nose cone on it with a flush grill. It was the car that lured Petty away from Dodge for a year or so.
And this happens often. You just have to explain to them politely that they did nothing wrong but you'd like to talk to a manager. The manager is usually the one with the authority to make the changes or offer solutions. That's what I did with Sony. It won't work every time but it's worth a try.