Thanks for the kind words Brad! I was thinking very carefully what should I do with that nose/grill area and that idea sounded the best after all. Smooth nose piece with no grille at all would have been a bit too boring so this modification makes my Fiat a bit different from most of the others. Now there will be about two weeks before the next update as the next time when I'm at home is on February 19th. Hope to have something done that weekend. This weekend was so busy that I didn't get anything done.
Wow! That is probably the best looking chute that I've seen! Very nice work on it with all of those little details and the color of that chute is just right as well! Excellent work as always. I can't wait to see more!
Very nice work! These Hudson kits are excellent quality, I've built the Factory Stock version and I have one of these Stock Car kits waiting to be built, too. Yours is a great inspiration, very nice and clean work all over. Nice paint job and decals fit very well to the body shapes even if they are placed on top of that side trim. I know that's not easy to do right but here it looks spot on. Only thing I'd do differently would be painting bolts and nuts from those wheels with silver. It would give a bit more detailed look, but don't get me wrong... It looks fantastic like this too!
That's very nice, probably the best '70 Shelby that I've seen in a long time! Really nice and clean work all over, good looking paint job and sharp BMF. Those wheels and tires look just right too. Great job.
Wow! That turned out very nice. Great job with converting it into a Delray, it's nice to see something different. I've never seen that color combo on a cop car either, but it looks really good. Beautiful model for sure!
Uh, 5½ hours? Really? You could have built four models in that 24 hour build off with that building speed! I know I'd have trouble in building one of these this nice in 24 days. Really nice job. Excellent paint job and nice, clean work overall as usual.
Now I decided it was time to do some bodywork while a couple of engine parts were drying. Kit's windows are molded as one piece, but since I want mine to have the windshield only, I had to cut it apart from rest of the windows. Then after a bit of fitting and careful sanding here and there I got it mocked up. It doesn't fit perfectly on place, but it is pretty good.
Another thing I didn't like was the nose clip that has no hole for the grille at all. I wanted mine to have the original Fiat grille on it, so the only choice was to saw a correct size opening for the grille.
Then I started removing mold lines, flash and other that kind of stuff from the body parts to get them in primer. Body had pretty much cleanup to do even if the body is really small, but after everything looked smooth and I had scribed the door lines a bit deeper with Trumpeter's Panel Scriber, everything was ready to go into my "Paint Booth". Note that the Belly Pan wasn't painted yet as it still needs some work.
And then I shot some Red Oxide Primer on this one. It laid down pretty nicely.
When it comes to building these '50s Fords, you're the man! Another fine example of your work. Flawless paint job and very sharp BMF work. It looks just right overall, I wouldn't believe that this nice model is really a box stock build. Fantastic work, as always.
Thanks Walter and Dann! That Wagon was a fun build even if (or just because of that) it needed a lot of work. I have some more Jo-Hans on the bench or waiting to be built... For example '64 Polara, '75 Cutlass, Pinto FC, another '71 Barracuda Pro Stock, AMC AMX and AMC Javelin Super Stocks, couple of Turbine Cars etc. Hope to have them done some day.
Very nice '58 Sedan Delivery! I got two of these bodies myself and they are pretty nice. Yours turned out very beautifully. Great paint job and that tube grille together with those hubcaps fit perfectly to the look. Great job.
Thanks Richard, Dave, Brad, John and Gene! Much appreciated! Brad has a good point and a question that I have no answer in. To be honest I was wondering about the same thing before I decided to go ahead and use that seat. Unfortunately it was the only seat I had that would fit in here so I couldn't replace it with another one. Gene, I've done that same thing with a couple of other builds that had seats with belts molded in them. It's a pretty easy way to add a bit of realism into those seat belts rather than doing the massive work with removing molded in seat belts and then later replacing them with aftermarket parts.
Here's a minor update too. I just got spark plug wires on place. That Scale Dreams' wire is a good stuff and even though it has been a long time since I put spark plug wires on a scale model this was pretty easy.
Wow, incredible work in here, but that's what we expect from you. Very nice work on this one. The chassis looks super nice and your engine detail is fantastic as always. My favorite detail is that blower belt and that Cragar logo in it. It looks just right. I can't wait to see the finished pictures.
Wow! I haven't been able to check your progress for a while but looks like you've been very busy lately! Great work with the body, it definitely looks better than it did before and those steering wheel grips are amazing. Very nice little detail that is usually left out. Great job as always...Can't wait to see what you're going to work on next.