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  1. Amazing work! I've been following along since you started this build. This just amazes me and inspires me to build better models. Thank you for sharing your amazing talents with us.
  2. This build is amazing S.M. The level of detail is amazing and spot on. Keep up the great work! Harry P. I have to agree with S.M. on the E-Brake clearance as my Fiero's E-Brake when door is closed has .75" clearance between handle and door and .50" between handle and seat. Granted, I have relatively small hands (especially for a man of 5'6"), but a friend of mine who's hands are like a Giant's has no issue with the E-Brake's clearance (just the leg room but that's an entirely different matter).
  3. Ok, I thank everyone who has been following along this wild ride. This build was suppose to be simple, but quickly turned into a monster. My 1:1 76 Nova wasn't a standard, so the grill had to go. I took some flat stock, round stock, window screen, and some clear sprue to come up with a presentable representation of a Nova SS grill. But then it hit me! Those hideous headlights! They had to go! Too small, and looked like doll eyes. So I routed around and found a pair of lights and second hand buckets to go in their place. Much better in my book! With that sorted, I found a radiator in the spares box, but the shroud was all wrong. So I found a second radiator, but it was too short, but right shroud. I carefully dissected the shrouds from the radiators, test fitted, and then glued everything to the radiator support. Then added a new brake booster and reservoir, and added the side walls. Next will have to be the heater box as after all this, it needs to be correct as well. Also redid the hood latch and support bar. (You can see the grill better in this pic too.) Back to the bench. Gotta make the radiator plate and a new heater box. Enjoy!
  4. Amazingly only one goof! Something I can live with and I'm not going to point it out because if I do, then it becomes apparent. LoL I could fix it but I'm afraid of making a mess out of a good job. So I'll leave it as is. Yes, the tires did come from the '66 Velle Flip Front. I'm still digging for a better set of front tires. I'm sure I got a set, just gotta figure out where. LoL
  5. Thanx everyone for the compliments and comments. Well, y'all were warned. The radiator support wasn't up to my criticism. And to whom ever told me "If you don't like the current mousetrap, then go build a better one!" didn't know me to well. LoL And that is what I did. I made a more reasonable rendition of the radiator support using a few 35mm photos I do have of my Nova. I even scratched out the hood latch support and bracket. Simple, but effective. LoL The hole in the grill is next to be fixed. Mine wasn't a standard grill. And yes the hood still fits and shuts like it's suppose to. Now let the radiator hunt begin!! LoL Enjoy!
  6. Thanx everyone first off! Now down to business. On my 1:1 '76 Nova I had everything tucked in nice and tight. So I took the second axle in the kit and narrowed it down to bring things in closer to the frame. Then I opened the rear wheel arches some so the tires wouldn't be obstructed by them. Did this just like the original car. I had 10 lug/hole aluminum look wheels on the rear. So I wanted to imitate that here. So found some rims with li'l indentations in them and drilled them out with a small bit. Left the lugs in tacked then painted the rims silver/aluminum in color. And then I moved on to sorting out an engine and transmission. But first I had to do something about the plain, faintly detailed firewall. So dug around in the spares box and found the engine from the 70 1/2 B/M Camaro and heater box/brake booster system assembly from the 67 Chevelle. Got them all tidied up and mocked everything up. The brake system is close to what my car had so it'll work. Radiator support needs work and might get changed out. [url=http://s21.photobucket.com/user/Tumbler75/media/In%20Progress%20Builds/76Nova/20140731_163645_zpsnvwtli2l.jpg.html][/url I'm slowly making progress. Enjoy!
  7. With things coming up close to a couple of projects needing paint. I figured I'm pull this one on out of the dust. Well, I bought this AMT/ERTL 1976 Nova Hatchback about 6 years ago along with a couple of other kits for $1.50 at a yard sale. The doors and hatch were already opened, a few fiddly bits were off the sprue but nothing really assembled. So, I'm going to try my best from memory to build the one of 2 1976 Novas I had. One being a Hatchback the other a 2 door Sedan. So lets get started shall we? First Box Shot along with the kit and various parts. Trying to figure out stance. The front is almost spot on, rear needs a tad bit of work. Empty Bay! Lots of potential, now if I can find the right engine in my spares. I dug around in my spares box and found some better tires (front and rear) than the lethargic tires that came in the kit. Something a lot meatier like what I had on my Nova. Enjoy!
  8. David, I'm aware of the roller situation. When I first did them I was planning on putting something on the floor, but seeing how close the floor is being level with the rear bumper I don't want to cut up and ruin another floor. Plus the "Casket Stop Rails" are too thick, but the rollers are level with them. I can easily fudge and say the crank handle has raised them for easier casket removal. LoL I'm still not sure. I do plan on putting some material inside the casket to make it appropriate. I'm still working ideas in my head. LoL Well, thanx to everyone who has commented on this build. I'm getting ever so close to the painting stage and then it'll be on to assembly. Color choice has been narrowed down to two colors: Steel Blue Metallic or Silver Pearl Clearcoat. Either way it'll have a black vinyl top and possibly a tu-tone custom blue interior. Since having hinge issues with the back door it'll be displayed with the rear door open. So here's some mock up shots of how it'll pretty look once completed. As you can see the casket is pretty much done and ready to be primed and painted. Small details on the body need to be done and it too will be ready. I was goofing around with some wheels that I've had in my stash from extra sets some kits came with. I think all and all I'm going to stick with the stock 300C rims even tho they look tiny. Stock: Memphis Blues Edition: River City Jazz Edition: Enjoy!
  9. Continued ................ Then I took .020 square rod and made the decorative trim for the coffin, .060 solid rod for the handle braces, and I'm using paperclips to make the handles. A few posed on the rear of the car. Enjoy!!
  10. Thanx everyone! I'm chugglin' along with this one! LoL Since I am having issues with the rear door hinges. I'm just going to leave the door open to display all the hard work on the interior. And since I have a lot of empty space what is the best way to fill it up. Make a casket/coffin! I got the dimensions online off Google and used a scale calculator to shrink things to size. Then I got some .060 sheet and .040 solid rod, cut everything to length, then glued everything up and left it over night to dry nice and tight. Then I started shaping things to form the casket. Oh, yeah! I made it where the lid is hinged and can open. Using the decorative coffin brake near the door and made a new one for the front. Continued ..................
  11. Thanx everyone for the comments and compliments! Well I had a bit of a hiccup with hinging the rear door, it seems its either open or close but no swing. I tried multiple location points and many different hinges and nothing works. Oh well, I'm going to display it open anyways as the interior is coming along smashingly! I made the Rollers with Half Round glued to .010 Styrene Sheet and then I used .040 styrene strips to make the coffin stop/slide rails. I'll later foil these for some shiny bits in the rear end. LoL I drilled holes in it for multiple location points. I hand crafted and sculpted the rear coffin stop from scrap styrene. I doubt I'm making a front one as this one took me 2.5 hours of widdling and fiddling. Hands are tired. LoL Enjoy! What you see on the divider that looks cushiony .... Well, that's the "crash pad" and I just need to put the trim on in between the two sides. I also made the window larger on the divider. Not sure if I'm going to put glass in it yet or not. We'll see! Enjoy!!
  12. Amazing work Harry! I watch in silence as words can't describe the "In Aww" that I am over the realism and overall craftsmanship of your skills on these wonderful builds. Thank you for sharing.
  13. Stunning work! I've followed a lot of your work and it just amazes me! Even at this scale I'm still stunned by how realistic it looks. Great job!
  14. Thanx everyone! The comments and compliments go a long way with me and keep me motivated. I can say I've never had so much fun killing time and boredom with engineering parts and how they fit. Box stock? What's that??? LoL Ok, We start on the inside since most of the outside stuff is done. I've made the divider and rear door panels already. So now its time to build upon that and make the rear load floor and side walls. I'm toying with a couple of ideas in my head about the floor, not sure if I'm going to execute them or not. We shall see. Enough of my blabbing. Here's where I'm at so far with about 2.5 hours worth of work. I know the divider window is a li'l low, but after doing some research some of the newer cars like this for some reason. Also, pardon the pictures, but I took them with my phone and uploaded via Photobucket Mobile. Enjoy!
  15. That's wild! I love these off the wall Pro Streets! Reminds me of some of my 1:1 cars I built back in the day. Keep up the great work and I'm waiting to see more.
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