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  1. Beautiful! Very nicely done!!
  2. Great build of the Yodel kit as L-56! It'd look right at home next to the L-57 Turbo Z or Shelby Z 👍
  3. Beautiful build of an oft overlooked subject! Very nice work!!
  4. Thanks!! Yes, the aero headlights are pretty tricky but at least Monogram/Revell gives you clear lenses to start with. I found some good closeup shots online to reference. If you look closely at the 1/1 units, while the headlight bucket is reflective like chrome, the bottom (floor) of the bucket is slightly off-white. The clear portion of the sidemarker reflects some of the amber from the corner section of the sidemarker lens. The parking light has a slightly frosty clear lens. With that in mind, I chromed the reflector buckets with chrome tape and Molotow and then some flat white for the floor of the reflector bucket. From there, a small dot of clear amber simulates the parking light bulb. The sidemarker was masked for the amber section and left clear for the forward portion. The parking light lens then got a light dry-brush of pearl white to give it a slightly frosty yet clear look. Some black vinyl tape was trimmed into thin slices for the vertical separations, and then the whole lens got a thin line of black Sharpie to simulate the gasket and shadows. It was all rather tricky and I wasn’t sure if it’d work, but I was pleased with the results. For the tails, since they’re molded in clear red, the housing molded into the body got a strip of chrome tape and the reflector section (under the backup lights) got an additional chrome strip stuck directly to the backside of the clear red unit. The louvers were then hand-painted with primer and the lacquer Light Gray. There was a lot of swearing at this point. After drying, the backup slots were filled with Vallejo white acrylic which made tidying them up a bit easier, and any slipups in the red slots were fixed with a dab here and there of Tamiya clear red. Once finished, the units were clearcoated to match the rest of the body color parts. I appreciate the comments and questions!! Thanks again!!
  5. The first time I tried to build a NASCAR kit was 1987-ish. At 11 years old and having no idea that automotive spray paint would craze unprimed plastic, it didn’t go so well. Fast forward to five years ago when I picked up a box lot of six of these 1980s vintage Monogram T-Bird kits. After selling off five of them, I kept one and went to work on the build. After a couple weeks I lost interest in it, so it went back into the box as a partial build. A few months ago I was anxious to clear out some old works in progress, and this one was at the top of the pile. A good bit of research revealed how inaccurate these mid-80s T-Bird kits were, but it looked decent on the box art so that’s what I aimed for. After body prep and primer, it got a few coats of DupliColor Ford Oxford White. Having just got my hands on some of the new Tamiya LP range of lacquers, the red sections were masked and shot with some LP-7 Pure Red. The decals were the 35 year old sheet from the kit, but despite their age they finally went down decently with copious amounts of Micro Sol, a plethora of foul language, and many walks around the block to calm my nerves. After that hassle I didn’t want to risk using a hot clearcoat that might react with the DupliColor or Tamiya lacquer, so it was the first time I used Future as a final clearcoat finish. Despite the kit’s inherent inaccuracies, helpfully pointed out by some great model builders who have built these over the years, the end result makes a nice shelf piece. I was so pleased after all these years to have finally finished a NASCAR kit that I’ve already started work on another.. well, maybe two more.. you know how that goes.
  6. Thanks so much! I wouldn’t mind parking a real one in the stable, but until I hit the lottery this will do. Here’s its stablemate, “The New Monkees” version but there was no way I could replicate the weird marbled paint scheme for that. The kit’s plastic was a strange marbled light blue, so the easier route was some traditional dark gray metallic for a stock appearance. I didn’t mind the wrong interior and motor since it was a pleasant enough build out of the box. There’s also a later Monogram ‘92 version that’s in the box waiting to be built, but I’m waiting for the right color idea to come to mind. That version has the updated 5-spoke wheels as well.
  7. It has been nearly a year since I finished a build, but it’s nice to finally have another lump of styrene for the display shelf. This ‘89 Mustang GT was started early last year and after making quick progress on the drivetrain and interior the work stalled for a while as other builds and shiny objects grabbed my attention. The body was prepped and primed, then doused with some vintage DupliColor Ford Light Gray that I’d spotted for 99 cents at Ollie’s about 10 years ago. It was a color I remembered from the 70s and 80s and just needed a build to suit it. After the color and clear coats, it was sanded and polished before mating it with the interior and chassis. These 80s and 90s Fox platform Monogram kits are rather simple yet I prefer them to the MPC/AMT variants of the same era. I remember buying the first version of these when it was released in ‘87 as The New Monkee’s Mustang. That kit incorrectly had the pre-‘87 interior, engine, and chassis but the body seemed more accurate for the ‘87+ than the MPC version of the GT Hatch that was also just hitting the KMart shelves. Later releases of the Monogram ‘Vert like this one corrected the interior and included a reasonably accurate updated 5.0 HO with F/I. This later version also had an accurate decklid luggage rack that the Monkee’s version lacked. It went together relatively easily without much fuss. The most challenging aspect of these kits has always been the simulated louvered taillights. If Monogram hadn’t penny pinched, they could have molded the tails as two or three piece units with separate lenses and louvered covers. As they are, however, it makes for a tricky and stressful bit of work to get them reasonably accurate. It could be worse, though, as the MPC/AMT kits had the entire lens/louver units molded into the body. There’s a great low mileage example of this car and color combo that a quick web search located, so it became the reference for the build and its details.
  8. Love it! It'd make Lee Iococca proud, too! This was one of those kits I'd wished would be issued in 1:25 but would be too obscure to be viable. At least Lindberg was willing to take a chance on it along with the Cordoba, Thunderbird, and a few other 70s era barges. You've done it justice!
  9. Excellent point, thanks! I don't have the '87 kit for comparison but I see the battery placement in the '85 is different than the '89, and the Formula has a separate battery to accomodate the intake hose. By the time I borrow parts from two or three different kits it might be best just to drop the bucks on the original '87 kit. I appreciate the insight!
  10. Beautiful build! The original Gone in 60 Seconds is among my favorites, and a few times I got the urge to build one along with some of the other cars seen in the movie. The unmarked Montego police car and the light blue Satellite that got t-boned on the test drive are among some that I thought might be interesting to build and replicate. You've done great work pulling it all together for this build, and it's a delight to see it!
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    Wow, very interesting subject matter and great detail work! I'm a fan of the color choice as well. Very nice work!
  12. Great color choice! The grille detail is very nice and I like the interior details as well. Nice job!
  13. Excellent! I love these full size 1980s sedans and always wished the kitmakers would offer more like them. You've done a great job of capturing the look, well done!
  14. Great color scheme on this and nice details!
  15. Very nice, and great lightbar! The black and chrome trim all around the car can be tricky but you nailed it! These Crown Vics were so plentiful back then but now they're rarely seen, and it's great to see one built so nicely. Well done!
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