The Report function of the forum works well. If you see someone acting up, acting out, or just being an okole, use the Report function. It works! I have it set up so it not only sends me an email, but that email is then marked with a flag, and get's put to the top of my email list. I will try to access/look at the report/topic as soon as possible, but remember, I'm on a six hour time delay, and other mods not only have a life, but a real job as well. k den
Well, I'm throwing in the towel on this one. Sorry for the long winded explanation but I'm a talker. Lol When I started this build, I was replicating what I would have wanted my high school car to look like, had I still owned it today and had an unlimited restoration budget. Part of that was the color. The color/paint I had picked out just would not jive with the Moebius plastic and it became very frustrating. I'm now on my third body! After my second failure, I started testing and I tried different primers, different techniques, even had MCW mix up a batch in hopes that it would be different, and lastly tried mixing up my own using Testors paints. Nothing would work. In addition to that, yesterday, I placed the body on the chassis and noticed that the pass side inner fender is not lining up correctly. GRRRRRRR!!!! The other situation is...after I started this build, the juices started flowing and I got all fired up to find another 1:1 Satellite. Twenty years almost to the day of when I sold my original car, I found and purchased another one. I was going to keep this a secret until this build was done but seems how that's not going to happen for a while, I'm telling you now. I loved my original car but I always told myself that if there was something I could change about my original car or a requirement of a replacement car, that it would have to be 4-speed. Well, through pure luck, I ended up finding and buying an original 426 Wedge 4-speed car! So now, with the 1:1 car, I feel like it's rare enough that I don't want to put a 440 6-pack in it and paint it a non-stock color. So rather than build a model of what I wanted my first Satellite to look like, I felt it made more sense to build a replica of what my new Satellite will look like when I'm done going through it. So, with my frustrations mounting and what's going on with the real car in my garage, it just made sense for me to put this one back in the box. Not all is lost though as I will be able to re-use the interior, suspension, wheels/tires, etc. Also, now I have a 440 6-pack engine for another build. Lol Thank you for tagging along on this build. Stay tuned for the new one some day down the road. In the meantime, here's a picture of my new baby.
Sorry for disappearing on this. My mom had a minor heart attack right after my last update and needed to have a triple bypass done so I had to go help the folks out while she was going through all of that. She is home now and doing well so I'm back at this. I started by spending some more time getting the front end sorted out.
The front frame rails were covered with sink holes (see black marks) so I had to get them filled in and cleaned up.
Then I moved onto the rear bumper. Not quite as much work here but still required some work just the same. In the picture below, you can see that the bumper was too wide for the body and protruded out. No way that would've flown with the real car as this would've created some drag. Before:
I was pleasantly surprised at how little work the body needed in the way of clean-up. Everything else in the box is a different story however. Mold lines and sink marks are in no short order. When installing the nose piece, there were basically five things that needed to be lined up. Working our way from the top...the top of the fender to the top of the nose piece, the body line, the indention line at the lower portion, the lower edge, and lastly the left to right adjustment to the fender so that it was as smooth as possible. It seemed that no matter how I wiggled it around, I was only going to get maybe two or three of the five if I was lucky. So I picked the lesser of the evils, got it as close as possible and attached it with epoxy. As you can see in the first pic, the upper body line does not match up and the top of the nose piece is too high in relation to the fender. What you can't see is that the lower edge of the nose piece hung down too far and didn't line up with the lower portion of the fender but that's because I'd already fixed it before remembering to take the picture.
In this picture, you can see that I have fixed the top of the fender and the upper body line. There's still some work to be done here but I wanted to get it in primer to aid with being able to see where things were.
I wasn't ready to prime the whole body yet so I only sprayed the front.
I wanted to install the nose and rear bumper onto the car before painting it. Problem is, that the nose covers a small portion of the core support (if that's what it's called in this application) when installed and it looked like it would be a bear to mask and paint afterward. So, I decided that I'd paint it now, then mask it off when I go to paint the car's body.
So first, I masked off the body and painted the area flat black.
Then, I masked off the flat black and painted the center section in Model Master's Aluminum Plate
The quality of the chrome on the tree was pretty horrible. Everything on it will be painted or shot in alclad anyways so I stripped it all. I will probably have the wheels replated. I also got the heads installed, all seams sanded smooth, and I got the engine/trans combo and oil pan shot in primer.
Well, we're underway. I cracked open the box tonight. Had a cool little flood of memories looking over everything. Like a good boy, I'm starting with step one. First modification from being box stock is that the oil pan needs to be stripped of it's chrome.
It's nothing special really but it works. It was a lap-style TV tray that my wife was going to throw out. I had an idea and saved it. I made the shelves out of Home Depot yard sticks and installed them in the underside of the tray. It's not quite big enough for what I need but it's proved to be quite handy. I will probably be building something similar but larger sometime in the near future.