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  1. I'll have to check that when I get home. Didn't strike me as unworkable at the time. Cheers Alan
  2. But getting back to Stuarts roadster, if that thing was any tougher it would rust! This is very inspirational because I have an unbuilt Phantom Vicky in the stash as well as a built one on the shelf so I could see producing a model inspired by yours and then swapping the stock cowl and windshield back onto the donor Vicky for a totally different look. Your wheel and tyre selection is to die for - man, that is an evil looking roadster. This is a look you would normally associate with a 3 window but it just flat works for me. Thanks for sharing! Cheers Alan
  3. Wow, I thought it was just me!!! How many times does that happen when you bring the fenders and body of a pre-48 together? AMT 40 fords are shocker for it. My Revell 37 Delivery - I never did get the hood , fenders and cowl to match up just right but it never showed up while I was test fitting! I just finished a rough old AMT 32 roadster that I did as a 3 window coupe based on a Tim Boyd article in Street Rodder magazine and I suffered from the same gap you got here. Just drives you crazy! I am currently close to finishing a long term project in the form of a tribute build of the Buttera 29 roadster, the white one. Even with everything pinned, I keep seeing the gaps changing. Yep, I feel your pain and I guess most other hot rod modellers do as well. Cheers Alan
  4. Casey, I can tell you in about two weeks as I have both the XR6 and the parts pack but unfortunately won't be able to access the parts until then. Hope someone else can help you in the meantime. Cheers Alan
  5. Michael, this is going from strength to strength. A Ridler winner forsure! Cheers Alan
  6. Mate, is was a copy of Model Cars Magazine and while it was by Jairus, it wasn't a normal sketchpad type article. It was two pages, not double but back to back with very clear line diagrams to explain the conversion. Unfortunately I am not at home right now to be able to tell you exactly what issue it was in. I would estimate it was around 10 years ago but that is a wild guess. One thing I did not follow from the article was in regard to the shape of the rear side window opening. Jairus advised to add some extra plastic to the inside of the lower rear corner to make a more sweeping radius but all my research both on the net and with real cars shows the radius on the coupe window to be pretty darn close to the Tudor, if not identical. Now Jairus is no fool and his artwork is alive with beautifully accurate detail so I am not sure where this disparity has occurred but I went for the stock Tudor curve and am happy with the results. Cheers Alan
  7. I've seen a few demo models before but none as accurate as this one. The bumpers are incredible! Cheers Alan
  8. You never see this model built! I have two but unstarted to this day! Nice to see how you approached yours, i especially like that smooth red paint. Cheers Alan
  9. Lookin' good, and definitely a nod to the eighties, in a good way. I am getting close to finishing a long term project in a similar vein - a replica (with a few tweeks) of the first "billet" car, Lil John's white Model A hiboy rollerskate.) they would look good parked side by side! Cheers Alan
  10. We're on the home stretch now. The first coat of primer revealed a few small flaws around the reworked mouldings which will take a few hours of fill-sand-prime-repeat. Overall, I am very happy with the look of my conversion. I still have a trunk lid to fabricate and I think i will scratchbuild one using the same vacform that I used for the whole rear of the gold coupe. At this stage my plans call for an early sixties look with short slicks hanging out the rear fenders, no hole or small hole Halibrands and an injected nailhead. Maybe metallic Rootbeer. But that's for another day. I hope these photos will help you tackle your own conversion, or maybe a similar but different one. I was pleasantly surprised about just how smoothly this want, taking maybe a week of evenings to get to this stage. That's fun modelling in my book! Cheers Alan
  11. It's starting to look like a coupe! Using the remains of the tub, I made a filler piece for the panel below the trunk lid. After it was all glued in place, while rechecking photos I realised that I had made it way too tall so I had to trim it down about 2mm. Frustrating but at least it had a gentle curve it in as per the original and I was recycling and saving the planet! No waste at my place! You can also see where I took those bulkheads and glued them in place to the body, the floor and the rear panel. This thing is going to be solid as a rock. Various strips of plastic were then cut and fitted to the gaps you see her to start to flesh out the quarter panels. Unfortunately I was in the zone and forgot to take photos of this step.
  12. In preparation for the construction of the trunk area, I traced the profile of the wheel arches onto a piece of styrene and cut two pieces to shape and put them aside. In the Model Cars Magazine article there was a template for a floor extension so I created one of those from 1mm styrene and then glued it to the rear of the body I then used magnets to hold everything to my metal alignment plate and let it glue up nice and solid and straight. Next, I cut the quarter panels away from the rear section and then used a set of wide, smooth jawed pliers to gently coerce the original 90 degree bend into a flatter curve to replica the contours of a coupe. From this photo, you can also see where I used my finger and thumb to gently bend the rear quarters towards the centre line of the car. Tudor bodies flair out to the rear while coupe bodies ever so slightly taper in. I used photos of the joint between the fender and the wheel arch to determine just how far I had to squeeze them I then eyeballed the shape of the contour of the rear deck, using photos on the net for reference, and made a cardboard template that was then trial and error fitted to the body. When it looked right I copied two bulkheads from styrene. These two pieces would help me shape up the rear of the car.
  13. Here is where I made a major change in the process. I elected to glue the floor pan to the body. I could see things getting very floppy before long and me and floppy don't play nice! It does mean that I will have to build the interior ship-in-a-bottle style but I don't think that will be insurmountable. Next, I marked up about 6mm from the bottom of the tub and sliced off the panel above it.
  14. After trial fitting the position of the roof, I worked out the best place to cut the window frames. At this point it was time to strip the body. I have never had any success stripping Tamiya acrylic . My favourite, caustic soda, wont touch it and neither will brake fluid. I had read on the net that you could use Dettol antiseptic liquid. Turns out it works! Only thing is, it is very icky and sticky and cleanup takes some extra effort. We can't get Super Clean here in Australia. After reading about it here, many years ago, I rang Castrol Australia and asked where I could buy it. The guy put me on hold and went off to find out. When he came back, he said that if Castrol were to import that into Australia, they would all be locked up in jail! Must be good stuff!!!! In the article, Jairus pointed out that a coupe rear window is 1 inch narrower than a Tudor. I didn't know that when I built the gold coupe and it really didn't show so rather than turn this model into a bigger jigsaw puzzle than it already was, I elected not to narrow the panel. I'm still comfortable with that decision, it is only a milimetre inch difference in scale after all and reduces the risk of wonky window moulds and swage lines. Finally, I rejoined the back of the roof to the C pillar. Here's the bit that drives me crazy. Despite all my measure twice, cut once procedures, it still came out a bit on the wonk. Even with constant checking with my pre-shortened roof, it didn't get my attention until it was glued in place. Some days I wonder why I am allowed to use sharp tools - after all, it's not my first rodeo! Nothing to do but re severe the join on the left hand side, use needle files to create a bit of a tapered gap, and try again We got there eventually.
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