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polybius

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    1/24 & 1/24

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    St Anthony's Wilderness, PA
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    Jessiothan
  1. Thanks again everyone! And very nice work on McCall's first Daytona, mangodart! As a bad habit, I typically will build two or more versions of a kit simultaneously. I'm not sure what's appealing about doubling the work and effort for one project, but it sometimes helps me to keep the momentum going. This '87 Shelby Z had co-project car that was originally planned to be McCall's first two-tone Turbo Z. At the last minute I decided on monochromatic white instead. I'll be posting separately about the red one's "other half" shortly, and here's a sneak peek in the meantime 👍
  2. Thank you! Yes, she was excited to receive it and had already picked up a 1:64 M2 Machines diecast to display with it. As my sister often says, "She's definitely YOUR niece!" 🙂
  3. Thank you both! Yes, the red stripe was masked. There was quite a bit of masking necessary for all the trim. At first I thought the striping would be the trickiest part, but it turned out the t-tops required quite a bit of fiddling with the masking because of the curves and odd angles. My '88 MX-6 GT would have put up a good fight against that 5.0 Mustang and Daytona Turbo 😉 There were some really nice (and fast!) cars that came out of that era.
  4. This build started more than a year ago, and it's finally finished. Way back in 1987, Det. Sgt. DeeDee McCall on TV's cop show Hunter showed up in her new flashy red Shelby Z with t-tops and black wheels. It was an upgrade from her earlier 84-86 Daytona Turbo Z. As a teenager in 1987 I built this kit as her car and did the best I could with it, but that childhood build is long gone and I wanted to give it another shot after all these years. The finish is Chrysler Flame Red clearcoated and polished. The kit's sunroof was filled, sanded smooth, and scribed for the t-top seams. The center support bar was grafted in, door seams were re-scribed for the t-top spec doors, and the window sill trim was modified to match the real car's structural modifications. Otherwise the kit is box stock including non-intercooled 2.2L 4-cylinder turbo that, for the '87 Shelby Z, should have had the updated intercooler. MPC eventually corrected this omission and provided an updated steering wheel in the 1988 annual release, but I stuck with what came in the box for this build. These kits also strangely came with Daytona Pacifica wheels rather than what should have been Shelby C/S wheels. Since these ended up finished in black, the inaccuracy is less noticable. These MPC, and later AMT, Daytona kits have some challenging fit issues. Someone at MPC put a lot of effort into making as many tiny obscure parts for the engine assembly as possible, and nothing fits quite right without some modification and fiddling. For example, I finally gave up trying to get the radiator hose to align as it should, so it was necessary to get it as close as possible. The taillights were molded as one piece in clear red, making the detailing process quite tricky. Overall, it was a fun nostalgic build and it was satisfying to relive some childhood model building memories in the process.
  5. When my niece turned 16 last year, I promised to build a car of her choosing if she drove for a year without tickets or accidents. She's turning out to be a good driver so here we are! This is the first kit I've completed in more than seven years. Slow to finish.. quick to start.. you know how it goes. This one got its first coat of primer on 11/4/18 and was finished and delivered to her on 11/3/19 Other than Watanabe wheels sourced from another kit, a set of tires from the parts bin, and mirror relocation to match the left-hand-drive conversion, it is otherwise box stock including a GT-R 2.0L DOHC 6-cyl engine for the 432R version. Since this is destined to be a shelf model I didn't go through the effort and fabrication required to cut open the hood. It's odd that Fujimi incuded such a detailed engine in a curbside. The finish is Duplicolor Graphite Mica with Rustoleum lacquer clearcoat that was wet sanded and polished. She picked the color combination and was excited to see it in person. Finishing a kit after many years of muddling with works-in-progress has been inspiring, and helped to jump start at least one or two other projects that will finally be finished in the coming days.
  6. This Lincoln started as the Prestige Series from AMT that I built as a teenager. After uncovering it from storage several months ago, it has undergone complete overhaul - and has come a long way from its dull metallic brown original finish nearly 20 years ago. Some scratchbuilt details have been added, such as the turn signal and column shifter stalks - trunk emblem and hood ornament - woodgrain interior trim - etc - and the new finish is Hampstead Green Metallic with color sanded and polished clearcoat...
  7. I've been stalking a variety of kits looking for the right pieces to make this kit 'correct'. Fortunate to come across a couple '75/'76 Roadrunner kits for some added excitement, the Mopar steelie wheels with vented cop covers seem to be the most challenging to find. The kit's cop caps are almost correct, but lack the drilled out vent holes. Since the 'wide country wheels' are miserably wrong, the Revell '70 Roadrunner provides the correct oval vented steel cop wheels. Along with drilled out center caps from the Rosco car, the Roadrunner wheels might even accomodate a chrome trim ring for a not-often-seen classy cop look ;-) The Yodel caps have divets rather than circular drilled out holes and look more like a pie plate, and the wheels in those kits lack the correct steelie rims. The '70 Roadrunner kit can be expensive if you're just harvesting its wheels, so a less invasive choice might be early-mid 70s GM rally wheels with the molded-in trim ring - the steel wheel holes are oval, at least, and the Rosco kit center caps fit snugly over the GM wheel center cap.
  8. thanks FordWagonNut!! Ed, I've been mesmorized by a video of a flawlessly working original top on a '65 that sold for $35K - the synchronization is amazing, and the one in the video even had the properly indexing windows when the doors opened - beautiful automobile! :-)
  9. thanks, brokentail! Just a few more details needed to finish the interior, otherwise making progress
  10. WOW! The distinctive lines of the entire Monte line from '70 to '88 carried through each generation. Your memories of your mom's Monte (especially given the holiday) are exactly what inspired the build of my grandfather's. Even though I was a kid, I remember riding in that car and studying the details of it... the chrome flip-out ashtrays in the vinyl covering of the seatbacks, for example. His had the small 267 cid (4.4L) V-8, and the humming whine of the engine and transmission is a sound I've never forgotten. The Revell '77 Monte is a snap kit, and I haven't seen it close-up - there were some great color schemes from '73 to '77, and the Landau versions just added to the mix. There was a breathtaking triple-silver Landau at the recent Spring Carlisle car show, and I couldn't resist capturing several pics of its chrome - And kit bash, I picked up two Wheeler Dealer '79 Monte kits recently - had been thinking about doing the two-tone scheme on one of them - I like the brown/cream combo that you mentioned! I don't know where to source the wire wheel covers, though - the Trumpeter kit has the '78 Landau covers, but where to find the wire wheels? Steve, thank you!! Your builds are top notch!! Much appreciated
  11. MANY thanks for the encouraging comments! Doing the promo first was a helpful way to ease back into the hobby, and considering it has taken a year to finish them both at times the process has been frustrating (as y'all are all-too-familiar I'm sure) The wheels used for the kit build were snagged from the AMT '86 El Camino SS kit, and after detailing they're dead-on for the steelie Chevy rally wheels used on the '80 Monte, even work for the early Monte SS from '83-'85 before the updated aluminum alloy wheel design. And FordWagonNut, I REALLY appreciate your eye regarding the GM ads... I've been using the original Monte brochure for detail references - even down to the body-color door handle inserts finished promo compared to original manufacturer brochure from the brochure used for details If anyone else is building Montes, here's a link to some great reference shots: 1980 Chevrolet Monte Carlo brochure Once this kit build is completed, I've got my eye on the Monte Carlo Turbo (I was suprised to learn that a handful of them were made wayyy back in '80 before the Buick Regal T-Type and Grand National gained popularity)
  12. Back in the early 90s I built this '65 Continental as the Prestige Series kit, and originally it was Testors rattle can metallic brown and painted silver faux chrome. After recently digging it out of storage, it was disassembled and stripped. The first refinish was in a Testors silver-blue and it turned out horribly. It was restripped and then finished in an automotive Hampstead Green Metallic with a few light clearcoats and a couple hours of color sanding followed by a 4-stage compound/polish process. It's a world of difference from the original build nearly 20yrs ago, and getting close to completion. The exterior chrome is nearly complete, and interior details are being added. More pics to come as it nears completion... after polish, chrome details started
  13. This Monte is my first ground-up kit build in almost 20yrs - getting a driver's license turned my focus to 1:1 autos - and around a year ago I got the itch to dig out old kits and builds from storage. A scan of eBay uncovered the Monte promos, and since my grandfather had an '80 Monte before he passed away, I jumped on the promo in the color of his 1:1. To loosen up my rusty build skills, first the promo got a light detail... and then the kit build started. For a few months they were both in-progress, and now the promo is finished and the kit build is 75% done - just interior details to wrap up. In my teens I couldn't afford the luxuries of chrome foil and automotive paints... and now I've rediscovered modeling as a hobby and stepped up to chrome, lacquer and color sanding - the promo's finish is as it came from the MPC factory, with just some Meguiars PlastX polish - and the kit build is GM light metallic blue with a clearcoated/polished finish. More will follow as the kit build is completed... kit in foreground, promo in background promo in progress promo finished promo in foreground, kit in background kit in progress kit in progress
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