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    Tim Kolankiewicz

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  1. Superb attention to detail in your typical fashion. Love the wood! Keep it going.
  2. I remember these builds well. Nice stuff. Thanks for making this kid feel old! 😁
  3. Agree with what others have said about this model and it has me shaking my head in delight. Most would have no idea what went into this, but looking back at the WIP thread, this is solid model building. Hats off to you, you made Sonny proud!
  4. I agree with this. I've tried the bigger bottles only to get frustrated with clogging, and dried up guck. Since moving on from that I Iook for the cheapest small tubes I can find and just keep them "in stock". The smaller tubes even dry out before I finish them any way. Nice to have a fresh bottle when time to use it.
  5. Just came across this thread, and a beautiful build is going on here. The interior is quite inspiring! Keep it up!
  6. Yes, more models need mascots! I had every intention of using one in my custom Comet since the raccoon was included with the custom 63 Thunderbird parts I used. I reshaped him to look more like a cat and he's painted/flocked to match the car. He was to sit on the package tray but I decided at the last minute to go with the speaker grille because it fit better and made more sense with the Hi-Fi in the rest of the car. I'll incorporated him into a '60's style display for the model sometime in the future. Back to your build though, I still keep going back to check it out. The gator makes me smile every time. Just. Awesome.
  7. Yes, I know of one in development. Other than wheels and obvious items, what would be on everyone's wishlist? My recently acquired kit from Michaels also had an ill fitting hood. Will try the hot water treatment. Contacted Revell as well.
  8. Thanks Bernard, You can click on my name and there are threads for the others. I just noticed that the Bugatti pix are broken. Some of the '32 in progress appear broken as well. I will see if I can get that fixed. They were built in 2013 & 2014. The lavender Model A was completed in 2020 and those still are there. Hope this helps.
  9. Super clean build. Wheels are awesome!
  10. Thanks again for all the nice comments. Here's a pic with the whole "gang". The Comet was my follow up to the lavender Model A. I didn't want to do another Hot Rod, but the Comet does share some of the others themes. Gearing up for my next one, I think it's gonna be built straight out the box, but I'm unsure if I'm ready to leave the bubble yet... Stay tuned.
  11. Whoa, that is super laser clean. Incredible paint work and photography. Informative video as well. Superb build!
  12. I just LOVE it. Every. Little. Thing. Superb job with theme, parts selection (the Gator is my Fav) and the craftsmanship involved in finishing it. Looking forward to seeing your next “custom” if it turns out as half as nice as this.
  13. Wow, thanks for all the nice comments. It really was one of the most fun builds I have done and the best part was searching for parts that felt "just right" for this model. I'm not very good with WIP's because I can get sidetracked easily. Looking back I started this model on September 9th 2020. I worked a few things in between but that is sort of how they go. Thought I'd share some images of how it came to be. Here is the body after the first couple of cuts. I started by removing the roof then separated the rear at the door lines. I tried to keep in mind how I might cut a 1:1 version during the process. The rear part then had a about a half inch taken out of the middle. This kept the trunk line in tact. The front piece had the fenders separated from the hood and then the hood had about 1/4” taken off each side to match up with what was taken from the trunk. One of the first mockups of the body on the AMT Model T chassis. A 1/24th scale driver figure is in place to ensure an real human could fit inside. The first round of major surgery is complete. The location of the bubble is marked out and that material would be removed with a dremel. The bubble had now been fitted and this is the start of playing with scoops and fins. An unmolested Comet is behind it. The grille shell is in progress here. It was basically a bunch of laminated plastic pieces until the shape was right. The custom coves from the 1963 Thunderbird have been added also. Solidly in the filler, primer, repeat stage the model is starting to look like the final car. A leftover piece from the hood would be grafted into the trunk to give the driver a bit more legroom and the custom scoop could give some airflow. I also like how the peak matched the peak behind the bubble. The grille shell would also be peaked to match the peak in the engine scoop. The interior had to be mostly custom made. The floor from the Model T was used as a base. The center was cut out so the driver could sit lower between the frame rails. The roll and pleated seat, floor mat, package tray and side panels are all separate pieces of cut half round plastic stock. The seat frame was made from solder. Here it is getting close to the start of the paint and finish process. Most of the parts are pinned together allowing it to be assembled and disassembled over and over to ensure the parts fit once painted. Due to reflections in the bubble top, it is difficult to photograph the interior. Here it is prior to final touch up. The floor has custom mixed flocking, a “control panel” cut from the Comet’s custom grille and the custom TV from the Thunderbird. The screen was ground out and a separate piece was created to aid with painting. Several coats of various Alclad pearls were used to replicate the ’60’s style glass screen. A view of the other side showing the shifter (believe to be a Revell parts pack piece) and the reel to reel tape player. 1/64th” Chartpack tape was used for the “tape” in the player. The headrest is carved plastic but the cushion has not been added yet. Hope this model inspires you to raid those parts boxes!
  14. I think this looks pretty cool. This kit is currently on my workbench. I hate the green plastic too, but I think you did a great job making yours Jolly!
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