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  1. A very nice build and good photos as well!
  2. Thanks to everyone for the kind words. Leaving the butterflies was a conscious effort but I can certainly see how a wash would have really brought out some detail and added to it. I will certainly keep that in mind for next time. The lack of plug wires was something that I thought about throughout the build. Who knows- I might revisit that project at a later date but I pretty much hit a point where I just wanted to get it all together and put it in a box on my desk! Thanks once again. The paint for those interested is simply a Tamiya rattle can metallic green (TS20 IIRC) straight out of the can.
  3. http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=47727 A link to the soul destroying Dart should you be interested!
  4. Here is a link to my second build: http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=39986&hl=&fromsearch=1 And my first: http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=35078&hl=&fromsearch=1 (coincidentally posted just over a year ago!).
  5. For this build I really wanted to do a car in the style of an Australian burnout car. Over the last handful of years the scene has really seen a big improvement in the build quality of the cars. It might seem strange to some, but detailed interiors and elite level paint and panel are almost a required part of the cars now- not too many beaters in Summernats burnout comp! And of course, they need to be blown. I had toyed with the idea of getting a whole after market engine but instead decided on some Comp Resins pieces to dress up the 426 Hemi in the box. I'm not too sure I did the parts justice but it doesn't look too shabby on the bench next to my other two completed models. As this is only my third build I am still struggling to come to grips with BMF- or the foil tape I use as a substitute (I'm thinking of giving the real BMF a shot to see if I have any more luck!) and made a lot of errors. Clumsy fingers during final assembly means I did mark the finished paint work on the door but thankfully it's not too obvious once in the case (even though it sticks out like the proverbial in the photo!). I had the same problem with finger prints on glass which I'll look into sorting next time by using gloves. This was also my first attempt at some more serious body mods such as radiusing the rear wheel arches, deleting wiper blade mounts and antenna mounts. It's the first time I tried what essentially became a three toned paint job with spraying the interior roof lining white, engine bay black and the rest of the car green... the decision to omit the bonnet was a conscious decision to fit the theme. Please feel free to share any constructive criticism or ways to make improvements to my builds. I'd love to hear from you guys and I know that I am far from perfect so am entirely open to new suggestions! Thanks for looking.
  6. Thanks to all who replied. I will post a link to the underglass thread hopefully tonight! That Willy's certainly looks like a contender for my next build to be sure!
  7. I have finally completed my Dart (well... I just need to decal on the number plates and then I'll post pics) and to say I have mixed feelings is an understatement. I tried a lot of new things and not all of it went as well as I'd hoped... mainly stuffing up the basics (sticky fingers during final assembly marking the paint job... dirty windows etc). While I'm not at breaking point yet, I want to go back and make kit number four a completely out of the box build. I really want to get back to focusing on the basics because as you could imagine, after three builds I'm certainly no expert! Can anyone recommend a good kit that goes together without a whole lot of massaging and would make a good confidence builder after a bit of an uphill battle on the last one? I prefer the Revell 1950- 1970 American cars but I'm open to any suggestions. Thank you in advance gentlemen.
  8. Gentlemen, given how common it is down here to fit an LS1 into pretty much anything, I'd like to put together a model with this engine conversion. What car exactly I'm not too sure just yet. Obviously the first thing I need is the engine itself. Can anyone suggest which kit contains an LS1 and if there is a number, which one has the best mould? Does anyone know of a resin one or a stand alone engine kit for this? Thanks guys.
  9. And the worst part is an Australian dollar is worth $1.05 American last I checked... there's a lot to be said of buying power!
  10. I'll agree with the cost thing. Here in Australia I'm paying between $40 - $50 for a Revell kit off the shelf... that's too many dollars to destroy!!
  11. I'll admit to being frustrated from time to time but never angry about it. I do build very, very slowly and only have one project on the go at anyone time. As a matter of fact I refuse to buy until I'm ready for the next project. My first kit was enjoyable but it was all new. My next was fantastic as I avoided a lot of the mistakes I made first time out (and the Revell Black Widow 57 Chev is a joy to build). My current build- the Hemi Dart- is giving me fits getting the interior tub nicely in the body. I tried three times the other night without success before putting it away. I resisted the urge to try again last night but tonight I'll give it another crack. When I feel the frustration coming on I apply the three strikes and out rule. As everyone else has said it should be fun but I entirely understand the motivation to do better and the occasional disappointment when we fail. My kids help a lot because at 6 and 8 years old, everything is amazing- including my less than perfect models
  12. Thanks to the mods for moving and apologies- I don't usually venture this far south!! My mistake.
  13. I'm very nearly done with my third build- the Revell 2 n 1 68 Dart. However, the current problem I am having it getting the interior tub to fit in nice and square so the lower part of the fireall (the part attached to the floor) marries up with the firewall that is glued to the body itself. I've looked through those Darts in the underglass section and all seem to fit quite well sO I am guessing there is something I am missing. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I really don't want to have another debaclethat was ftting my 1960 Impala tub!! Thanks in advance gents.
  14. Congratulations. Although surely you have better things to be doing than posting here right now
  15. Thanks to all for the suggestions as well as the good explanations concerning ghosting. Now I actually have half an idea what I am talking about I will give the superglue a go and work from there.
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