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  • Location Danmark
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  1. Mr.Zombie added a post in a topic 1984 Ford Transit by Esci   

    I scratchbuild the wipers out of 9 pieces each. I planned to order photoetch parts, but as you can see, everything can be built from scraps and junk...

    And that's a wrap. It's done:
  2. Mr.Zombie added a post in a topic 1984 Ford Transit / Esci / 1:24   

    And the last bunch:

    Thanks! Have a nice day or evening or whatever, depending on where in the world you are. Greetings from frosty Denmark!
  3. Mr.Zombie added a post in a topic 1984 Ford Transit / Esci / 1:24   


    Sorry for so many pics, but I finish only one model a year, so I also end up making 365 pictures...

  4. Mr.Zombie added a post in a topic 1984 Ford Transit / Esci / 1:24   

    Some more:

  5. Mr.Zombie added a post in a topic 1984 Ford Transit / Esci / 1:24   


    Here is a few more...

  6. Mr.Zombie added a topic in Under Glass: Pickups, Vans, SUVs, Light Commercial   

    1984 Ford Transit / Esci / 1:24
    Hello, welcome to my new gallery!
    It's my first finished model of 2015, the kit is a 1984 Ford Transit by Esci in 1:24. Quite rare, and nowadays very pricey. I was able to get mine from Kingkit in the UK for about 1/3rd of what they go for on Ebay, and though I had in mind how it should end up even before I had bought it, I had my doubts once I opened the box. But then, chances are slim that you'll see one of these on the next modelshow unlike a VW bus. I know of only five of these built, and this is the only one built like that.
    The kit itself is a curbside, the chassis detail is only very rudimentary, and if you'd intend to display the bottom, you'd have to do some serious scratchmods. The interior needs work, and the body is one of the best scale car bodies I have ever seen, and if you spent some time on details (the kit is 33 years old), you'd end up with a fairly correct, very rare model of a very popular* van. 
    *These are still holding the record for the most popular getaway vehicles for bankjobs, no kidding.
    I decided to super detail the kit to a certain degree. Sometimes the changes were just cosmetic, sometimes, they were necessary. My changes are as follows:
    - added visible bolts to the chassis 
    - chromed all surfaces under the turnsignals and rear lights
    - added 4 screws to each turnsignal
    - added screws and modified the grille
    - scratch built the lenses of the front lights
    - added lugs and valve stems to each wheel
    - scratch built mudflaps
    - scratch built the hubcaps
    - modified the doorhandles
    - added door buttons
    - drilled out the exhaust 
    - added the seat piping
    - built the seat posts
    - built the rails for the drivers seat
    - sculpted the floor mats
    - modified the shifter
    - built the missing window posts 
    - added screws to the numberpaltes
    - added headliner
    - added levers for light, turnsignals, and wipers
    - scratch built the wipers
    All in all I managed to add about 182 elements if I count correctly. Here's the link to the workshop section:
    This is the car I was using for reference:

    This is the interior during the construction... I built a fire extinguisher, a jerry can, a tool box, a clipboard with a pencil, a pack of cigarettes, and a bit of junk for the cab...

    The toolbox:

    And this is all of that with the van wrapped around it:

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  7. Mr.Zombie added a post in a topic 1984 Ford Transit by Esci   

    Yea, I thought so too, and passed on one for 140, then a dude I know got a mint Hertz version for 280 bucks and was out of his mind of happiness... I guess for 100 bucks, it was a good buy, given the rarity of the model and the actual quality of it. It would be easier to pass on it if it was junk, like the Revell Mercedes W124 which only looks kind of like a Mercedes...
    However. I began to build the inerior, and I can't stand interiors. I added the seams around the seats, I damaged them, I built the seatposts from scratch and made rubber mats for the floor, built a toolbox...

  8. Mr.Zombie added a post in a topic 1984 Ford Transit by Esci   

    Try Kingkit in the UK, that's where I got mine from. It was 70 pounds, so quite expensive, but still cheap for a Transit kit that was mint. The truth is, this kit is something you won't see twice at a model show. And though it's a curbside, and the chassis detail isn't up to date, the way the body looks like is just nuts. This might be the most acurate rendition of a car that I've seen.
  9. Mr.Zombie added a post in a topic 1984 Ford Transit by Esci   

    Seeing your Escort and the time you've put into it, I wonder why you just don't hunt one of these down. They are rare, but not impossible to come by. Of course you'd have a project for several years, as you'd build it fitting your Escort, and that means basically redoing everything but the body...
  10. Mr.Zombie added a post in a topic 1984 Ford Transit by Esci   

    It's been a while...
    I was buisy with other stuff, and my Transit hasn't been touched since spring. Now, as I was preparing stuff for another project, I needed things painted in trans red, and as I was at it, I thought I might aswell paint the rear lights of the Ford. And I did. As I had that, I painted the frames aswell, so that they are done. But then I figured I could put them right on, and the spare wheel, drill the exhaust, mount the windows, glue on the wheels, prepare this and that, add a wash to the side doors... 

  11. Mr.Zombie added a post in a topic Warszawa M20, 1:8   

    Keeping on keeping on. Dona alot, can't see much.

  12. Mr.Zombie added a post in a topic Warszawa M20, 1:8   

    I got myself a set of colors to build the real car I linked first, and it was a complete fiasko. Therefore I rethought the colors, and that's what came out of it. Of course, this is just the beginning, there will be more grime, dirt, rust and so on...

  13. Mr.Zombie added a topic in Big Boyz   

    Warszawa M20, 1:8
    What's a Warszawa? Well, the Warszawa is the first Polish post war automobile. Built under the license of the Russian GAZ M20 Pobeda in Warsaw from 1951 the first cars were basically the GAZs with very few differences (logos and so on), by 1957 the cars were altered a bit, today you'd call this facelift I guess...
    This is it:

    If you live in Poland, and had some 30 bucks monthly, then you could subscribe to a magazine and with each copy, you'd get a piece of the model, like a wheel, left front suspension, and instructions how to put it together. After 2 years you ended up with a 1500 pieces model that is mostly die cast, which makes it weigh baout 30 pounds when done, with workling suspension ("real" leaf springs in the back!), opening doors and windows(!), opening hoods and lights...
    I don't live in Poland, and got mine from a friend who bought the whole subscription second hand on polish Ebay or so.
    The kit itself doesn't leave much room for improvement in terms of detail, but it was ment to be put together without painting or gluing. The body was laquered in gloss red, a color that I hate on cars, and so I decided to improve the kit where needed, paint everything, strip the body and paint that using the car above as my main inspiration.
    I began small with the carburettor. What you see here is 15 pieces, and an afternoon of painting...

    Then I altered the head, the wiring harness was a mess, so I built my own using the kit pieces and scratchbuild sparkplugs and leads. Now the ignition works exactly like on the real car...

    From there it kind of snowballed, and after three weeks of painting I had an engine bay that would fool people owning the real car... I changed just minor details, like the readiator hoses with clamps, bits of wiring, stuff like that.

    I painted the trunk area too. The car on my pics is this petroleum/aqua greenblue, but it seemed to have been repainted at some point, and you can see the gray underneath. Therefore I opted for gray on the surfaces you wouldn't touch while respraying a real car. Mostly because I wanted to have it more interesting in terms of color, and on the other side I felt the gray gives me more room for painting scratches and damage.

    The mess... I was sent to the garage with the model, as it's big and heavy, my wife doesn't really want me building it in the kitchen.

    This is where I'm at right now. Today I successfully painted the hood and the trunklid, this week bit by bit I will have the whole body done.

    Thanks for looking, have a great day.
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  14. Mr.Zombie added a post in a topic any rust out there   

    That is absolutley fantastic! Great job!

    Here's some of my works:

  15. Mr.Zombie added a post in a topic 1973 Mercury Cougar "barn find"   

    Very convincing, especially the rear quarters.