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    Bill Geary Jr

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  1. It's nice to be off for a few days over this holiday because that means I get to spend some time at the work table and get some things done with this Shelby! I don't go back to work till Sunday night, so I can get to the downside of getting this one done. Recently, I went to our local fabric shop to see if I could find some type of vinyl material which came close to the "Burtex" pattern seen in Mustang trunks (and other Fords) of this era. This is what I came up with and while it's not an exact match, it's better than the primer colored trunk floor which to my eyes doesn't appear right. Now on to detailing the engine a bit and these ignition wires are WOEFULLY incorrect. No. This simply will NOT do. I ended up cutting off ALL the wires on the distributor and found some wiring which to me looks better. I did save the ends of their wiring which I can use as "spark plugs" and I had some wiring which had large enough insulation to make the boots. Here's the complete engine..........I'm not going to add every nut and bolt as I didn't want to run into later interference with other assemblies down the line. This will be fine as a bit of it will get hidden in the pretty crowded engine compartment. Engine is now bolted on the chassis mounts and it's there to stay. I figured it's time to take the body out of its box permanently and start test fitting it to the completed chassis and interior. Here's where things start to get tricky. They supply you with the circuit board and wiring diagram. I had to really take my time with this as the wires I had to make sure were NOT in the way as far as getting them smashed or pinched when it came to routing them. The circuit board............. The circuit board mounts just under the driver's side inner fender. Once the body is on, this will be pretty cleverly hidden. The wires just before I plugged them all in and routed them where they should be. Now on to the front end. After a quite long rubbing out and polishing session with both fenders, I got the front bulkhead now mounted to them. At this point, I'm about to mount the front end on to the main body shell. Not long ago, I got a HUGE length of chamois cloth to use for this purpose. They recommend using some soft cloth (or towel) to have underneath the body during this phase. I like the chamois cloths as they won't leave any scratches when polishing and they'll last almost indefinitely. I will have to spend some time and rub out/polish the body. While the paint job isn't bad, there's still a bit of orange peel to the clear coat and a model of this size to my eyes it's more than noticeable. One of the things I wish DeAgostini had did was to make the rear end out of solid metal and not plastic. Just before I posted the pics to Fotki, I was trying to take a pic of the bolted on front fenders to the body and had that mounted on the chassis/interior. I'll be darned if the driver's side rear wheel snapped COMPLETELY off the axle! The part that broke off I have that setting with thick super glue and shouldn't be anymore problem later on. Just one of those things you have to keep in mind as the weight of this thing is NO JOKE. I also highly stress that anyone attempting to build one of these, make sure you got PLENTY of room. This sucks up a LOT of space as it's being built and I literally had to clear off a quite a bit of things on my table just to get this to not be in the way and have more issues. That's it for now..............next update I hope to have the body totally on the chassis and fully screwed on. On my issue #85 out of 100 so this is definitely nearing its end. Thank goodness!
  2. I don't necessarily go by exact size and measurements when doing something in a particular scale. I'll go by what looks correct to my eyes and go from there. Case in point: The 1/8 scale Shelby I'm working on has what looks to me HORRENDOUSLY oversized ignition wiring. Add to that the way they want you to route the wires, it looks like a GIANT spider sitting on top of the engine. It may in fact be the correct size for this particular car, but to me looks grossly out of place. I'm right now fixing all of that to something that looks more suitable to my eyes. It's never a one size fits all when it comes to things like this and what might seem "correct" in the specific measurements may not look all that great when it's put on a particular model or part. Just my 2 cents worth when it comes to this.
  3. OK Bruce...........I couldn't stand it any longer and I just went and ordered one of these on a subscription! This IS one of my favorite road racers out of the '60's and it'll go well with the Shelby as I'll have that one done long before this one is finished. Just to have somewhere to display these, I just bought off Amazon the other day a couple short three level bookcases which are definitely large enough (and sturdy) to put these on once done. So, that makes THREE of these beasts I'll have going on pretty much at the same time. The Shelby, this GT40, and the '55 Mercedes 300SL which I'm FINALLY getting parts again from Eaglemoss starting this week.
  4. Funny how time can have different perspectives. For example, I can remember when my Mom was 25..........she's now 80. My Dad who was a car guy, I can remember him in his early 30's. He passed away back in '13 and he was 80. He loved just about everything Chrysler and one of his favorites was the '57 Plymouth I've mentioned here from time to time. Yet another reason I cringe whenever I see the AMT '58 Plymouth as I can remember that car VERY well and knew it was wrong the millisecond I saw it. I have an Uncle (Dad's much younger brother) who'd appreciate that '63 Chevy II wagon as he had a '62 four door. VERY clean and rust free until one New Years Eve about 20 years ago, someone plowed into it while it was sitting in front of my aunt's house. BTW, I plan on buying that kit whenever it comes out. For no other reason than just to have it. I have the original Craftsman built up in its original box. Nice and cleanly built with no paint. I'd like to take the newer '66 Nova chassis and kitbash it with that. That would be a fun project as I don't have any other wagon kits I've built except for the Dodge Magnum years ago.
  5. Good point James. I'm at the tail end of the Baby Boomers (staring at 60), and with all the kits I have, many of them stuff from the '60's........there's no way I'd live long enough to build them all. Like you said, there will come a point in time where no one will remember a '57 Chevy, '32 Fords, or a '69 Camaro. Just like I wouldn't remember cars out of the '30's and '40's like my Dad did. That's how time works. Generations come and go.
  6. If all else fails, I could always paint the whitewalls on its tires using a special pointer I have. Then there's the option of using vinyl decal paper and very carefully cutting the whitewalls out. 1/16 is an oddball scale these days with 1/18 being the predominant scale in that range. Not much out there aftermarket wise for 1/16.
  7. Hi Frank! Yes, I've seen his things on eBay. I've checked his site out on FB, but I didn't see the type tires and whitewalls I'm looking for. I do see some other things though that are VERY interesting!
  8. Ones that represent something like what's on this '63 Stingray Casey.......
  9. Bruce, she's lookin' absolutely FANTASTIC! I know how you feel when it comes to not enough hours in the day. As a third shifter, there's just some days I don't get past "groking" parts before it's time to shelve things for the day. BTW, I talked to someone from Eaglemoss the other day about the delay in getting further parts for the 1/8 '55 Mercedes 300 SL I'm doing. Indeed she said that COVID caused major delays in getting things out and I should start getting parts again any day. Haven't received anything since June. Sometime down the road I'm going to break the bank and get one of those Cobras. Just the parts layout alone in the kit is a marvel in itself to see as I have their 250 GTO and the Daytona Spyder.
  10. That's what I'm looking for. I got a certain 1/16 scale '63 Corvette on my mind as a future WIP and to my eyes it looks best with the aluminum knock offs and narrow band whitewalls. Does such an animal exist? I tried the 1/18 scale from a junk diecast...............too small. Any help or leads appreciated!
  11. Rex, I'm on Issue 63 with the steering wheel linkage and wiring so at least I'm more than halfway done now! Yes, over the winter I should be totally done with it. The one issue that's going to take some time is rubbing out the body. Not bad, but the clear coat is a bit too orange peeled for me. I'll also need to clear out more space on the table. This thing is simply sucking up a lot of space for working on it!
  12. Some more progress. I gotta tell you even though this kit is mostly screw together, there are some tricky bits and one suggestion I have for anyone that's going to be building one of these is to "pre screw" the holes before putting your parts on. Doing that saves the hassle of getting the thread started and makes for a more positive location for things. Finally down to the last wheel to strip and get mounted on the tire. I have to say this is one of the more annoying parts of this build. Thank goodness for the dehydrator as I was able to turn the wick up to high and let the tire sit for maybe 10 minutes to soften it up enough to get the wheel in. After a bit of a struggle (still) I got the wheel in the tire and went ahead to scuff up the tread like the other ones. Here it is now mounted on the rear axle. More of the chassis now attached with some overspray, along with rearmost part of the exhaust. Driveshaft and "transmission" now in the car with its brace. I kinda wish they would have made an entire transmission casting....but as I've mentioned before, I'm going to be loath to turn this thing over to show the underside. Each step I go makes this that much more heavier. Front wheels/tires now on with front suspension and steering linkage. She's finally on all four tires! Chassis pretty much done with exhaust in place now. You can see definitely see the size of this thing as it's literally taking up all the space inside my paint booth. Dashboard partially done.............. For grins, I decided to take the main body shell out of its box and rest it on the chassis to get an idea of how it'll sit. Far from the final fitting, it's looking pretty neat. This won't be the final display place. There's no room in the bookcase for a display case which this ultimately needs to be in . The driver's side door I have just placed there for the moment. I don't think the hinges get fastened in until pretty much at the end. Interesting enough, there must be some sort of magnetized material in the door jambs as the door literally "grabbed" shut when I put the door in. Interior all done now. That was a bit tricky as everything had to be built in sections and then attached with the screws in a sequence. Now it's time to get the steering wheel and shaft together with its pinion gear for the steering linkage. There's wiring involved as the horn is supposed to blow after it's all said and done. I forgot to take a pic, but the rear seat does flip up and down like the 1:1 and the front seats move forward, but you have to move the seatbelts first as they don't move with the seats. Thanks for looking!
  13. Ha! That's one of those detail items I bought along with the KA photoetched set! A resin spare to go in where it's supposed to. I also got blue line decals for the tires to dress those up since they seem rather "plain". That's one of those kits that literally has a huge canvas to do so much to it. My issue is time. With so many other projects I want to do in the pipeline, I have no idea when I'd ever get to it.
  14. Well, if it was the '69 Le Mans winner I'd be all over this! I already have the Trumpeter one and the KA detail set with all the bells and whistles. When I'll build it is another story, but I don't see much difference between this one and the Trumpeter. At least not much difference in detail that I can either add myself, or get an aftermarket item if it's something way obvious.
  15. Happy Birthday Bill.  You do some amazing work! Best wishes on your special day.



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