Well Chris, I was going to say, you just don't stop do you.....but reading thru what I've missed I can see you've had your share of drama and issues along the way mate. So pleased you're over the hump now and are back on it bud. Everything...........EVERYTHING looks just mind blowing, ridiculously over the top, super-duper AMAZING!!! Congrats on your determination and will to strive, to achieve this goal of #1 (which is right where you're heading, trying or not ) BTW, I'll be planning a trip over in about 5 years......I expect to see this sitting in your display case on TOP SHELF!!
Watching and waiting here too Jordan, looks like a beautiful car you've chosen to replicate. I'd be interested in seeing the wheels when you get them done too, I have a "stock" Yenko on the go at the moment. Another guy has made (3D) some similar wheels, but they're not exactly the same as these.... Any chance you could attempt some "period correct" Good Years in F60 and G60 ?? THAT, would look truly amazing.
Binning stuff?? Ok, I can take the Camaro AND the rod for you, will that help? Seriously, loving the Camaro Kenneth, the paint is just enough and doesn't look stock, and I really like your weathering technique...the under side and those exhaust headers look amazing mate. I'm a bit of a Camaro nut and love this build very much. Thumbs up!!
Like it? Um, YEAH!! Great work Kenneth, I see someone said not to sell yourself short.....Man, this is the BEST graphic-paint work I've ever seen on a model, hands down. And just in case no one else tells you, I'll give you a couple of these....
Thank you so much Scott, sorry for being away MIA for so long mate. Where does that time go........While I got you, any more thought to those amazing Dominators in 1/12th scale? Well, in the last 12 months I have given up my day job and become full-time carer for my Mum, she turned 95 in June this year. I thought I might get extra time for modelling, but it hasn't worked out that way so far. LOL In any case, being prepared for when that happens, I have been stock piling some parts. The "new" Camaro body I got from TDR is going to require a complete new chassis, the one I had made is too tall and the main roll hoop too fat.....Consequently, tearing it apart would be to ground level...solution, keep it to hang on workshop wall (1/12). I received an order from Plastruct the other day in preparation for this, so it will begin shortly. Deciding to stick with plastic (styrene) and not brass as I feel it will be easier to work...The motor has been fully stripped down as well in readiness for new paint and detailing. Several new bags of braid from Pro-Tech have also been sourced from Ted @ Teds model market place. New wheels and tyres are due to arrive any day now (newly 3D printed), along with a 3D Mountain motor - complete with tunnel ram and split Dominators. (note -- NOT for Camaro) And I weakened and got another 1/12 ProMod body...... a 63 Corvette. Wheelbase is a tad short at 108inch, but it should work ok.
Nice start to what sounds like a great build John. I hope Joseph @ Fireball can work something out for you regarding tyres. Keep the pressure on, without being a pest. He's a great guy to work with and made some 1/12th Mickey Thopson's for me. Up-scaled from his 1/24 tyres. Cheers Greg
Great work so far Mike. Your attention to the finer details is faultless and encouraging, I like where this is headed. Loving the idea behind the "wider" rear tyres too, I think this is something most of us have tried at some point. I have an idea a mate may actually be casting them? I will have to check with him.
Thanks for the picture link John. I do have those, plus an assortment of others which I've managed to find online. Not the most photographed car ever. lol.
Jeff, thanks for your kind words mate.
The 3D parts are rough, but not unworkable....The trans I left "as supplied", it has a kind of cast look to it, so I was happy to use it as it was.
The main engine block could have done with some smoothing, but again, I was happy to leave it alone. It is painted black and will not be overly visible when everything else it bolted on and around it.
The heads have had minor clean up, but only on the surfaces which would be "machined" smooth (or flat) on a real motor.
For what it's worth, I believe Shapeways have now added (or will be very soon) a NEW material process which is supposed to get the details even finer. Will be interesting to see how much better parts will become.
The tube for the headers is Plastruct 4.8mm which scales up to approx 2.27inch in 1:1. It's a tad large, but still works for me, they are supposed to be a set of "competition headers", so a bit of give and take.
Looking thru some parts lists online, I found some which are tagged as 2.1**inch (on real set), so they aren't that much oversize.
After a few solid hours over several weekends, the headers are almost looking like, well.....headers.
The tube scales out at a tad over 2inch and snaking them around engine components sure tested my mind....starter motor, oil filter, steering box.....all clear.
There is still a massive amount of work to do yet, most of the joints are not yet glued, then I have to make the collectors.......
And we are finally caught up......a long journey continues.......
Thanks for stopping by and feel free to fire away with questions or concerns, critique etc...
Took me over an hour just to track down this old post. LOL
Oh my goodness, how life can be so full at times......been back at the bench with a couple of old builds for a little while and been hanging out at that FB place....
I have had the pleasure of meeting they guy (thanks to Facebook) who found this car years ago in a barn, before it underwent the rebuild. Quite an interesting past, to say the least.
To get the ball rolling I purchased a new TDR 427 BB and 4-speed Muncie rockcrusher box. I rebuilt my own scatter-shield to suit both pieces and mated it all together.
The entire front chassis has been rebuilt (fully removed from main chassis floor), added solid engine mounts to bolt the new motor in place.
Gearbox cross-member now has slotted holes to allow adjustment and was lengthened to enable bolting it to the chassis.
Woah, nearly 2 years has passed.... How life gets in the way sometimes, huh. One day at a time I say......
Well, a few changes and twisties along a bumpy road, progress on the TDR Camaro has regained some pace......still only in low gear.
I hope Dave (Comp) will be pleased to see this resurface, tho I know he will also feel sadness, as I haven't been able to utilize ALL the amazing "parts" which he so graciously provided for this build.
Weakness is a major flaw I have, and not being capable of "making" some basic rubber molds for wheels and tyres, I weakened and laid out some $$ for some from MicroNitro. Tyres I got from Rafael, thanks mate.
The body was the big aspect of this build which scared me the most.....as you know, the surface texture really is quite grainy, and I have had numerous tips and ideas on the best method of attack.
In the end, I chose to just go with paint, or primer in this case. I purchased some automotive grade sprays from my local parts store, some high fill surface Primer-Filler....It was ok, but the graininess was still there.
Back I went shopping and ended up with some Spray Putty. The difference was like chalk and cheese.
The following few picks just give an indication of how things will eventually look.....Bear in mind, all parts need to be sanded, and recoat with the spray putty. The front on shot of the hood has one side sanded, one not.
All coated with the spray putty.....
Still a good ways to go, but at least its a start.
Thanks for stopping by, and feel free to ask Q or post any queries you may have.