Trae

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  • Birthday 07/19/1975

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  • Scale I Build 1:24 / 1:25

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  • Location Bristol, TN
  • Full Name Trae Larkin

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  1. Trae added a post in a topic Midnight Marauder   

    As I recall, there were many poorly-fitting parts on it. Those headers are an example, and I agree, they should exit the side.
  2. Trae added a post in a topic Midnight Marauder   

    Modellpularn, I have been forwarded your emails, and will respond soon.

    I built this model around 1994 or '95, I was approximately 19 years old at the time. During those years, I was attending many model car shows in the Southeastern USA, and I know I took it to several of them. Once I was finished showing it, I donated it to one of the area model clubs, probably in 1996 or '97. As a fund raiser, they auctioned it off at their annual show. If I recall correctly, an acquaintance from Knoxville, Tennessee, won it, and that was the last time I saw it in person. And yes, it appeared in an article written by Pat Covert for the April 1996 issue of SAE.

    I am quite amazed this model is still around, and that it is currently in Sweden is just astonishing! I have no idea how it made it's way to you, but it must have a very interesting story.

    Here's a few old photos I found. I used dry transfer lettering on clear decal film for the decals, and the skyline paintjob was simply masked and airbrushed. Other than that, I built it straight out-of-the-box.

    Please keep us updated, I am very much looking forward to seeing your work on it!





  3. Trae added a post in a topic 1969 Corvette C3 WIP   

    Naturally, I'm not quite as knowledgeable on the C2's, but I'll help as much as I can.


    Nope, I really didn't notice. I'll pay more attention next time.
  4. Trae added a post in a topic 1969 Corvette C3 WIP   

    Sure, the "early" C3 (1968-'72) emblem looks like this:



    It appears the one you've modeled is the 1977-'79 version:





  5. Trae added a post in a topic 1969 Corvette C3 WIP   

    Looks like I was AWOL when you updated this thread.

    Mike, it's looking fantastic!

    Did you 3D-print the Stingray emblems as well? Even in 1/8 scale, that's some intricate stuff.

    And I especially love those bumpers and grilles, they look perfect!

    But I have to ask . . . did you intentionally use the late C3 crossflag nose emblem instead of the early one?
    It looks great regardless.
  6. Trae added a post in a topic 1969 Corvette C3 WIP   

    That's just beautiful, Mike! Keep it up!
  7. Trae added a post in a topic CKM Summer Classic is getting Closer !   

    I'm planning on it!

    Not gonna have my street rod finished, but I've already got a Vette ready.
  8. Trae added a post in a topic What do you see as the most common problems or errors in our model builds?   

    On a factory stock or race car, I agree completely.

    But on a custom, street rod, etc., I wouldn't be too quick to judge. In 1:1, that look is easily achieved with an aftermarket distributor cap, such as an Accel 8141R. Been thinking about picking one up myself.


  9. Trae added a post in a topic 1969 Corvette C3 WIP   

    Yep, all '69 through '76 had the Stingray badges.
    And yes, that pic is a '68. The doors give it away - only the '68 had indentions at the lock cylinders.
  10. Trae added a post in a topic 1969 Corvette C3 WIP   

    I don't know why those would be a style flaw, they would probably look great!

    And FYI, the sport mirrors from the Monogram kit didn't become an option until 1977, I believe. So if you're trying to keep it 'period correct', I wouldn't use those.
  11. Trae added a post in a topic 1969 Corvette C3 WIP   

    Saw this one and immediately thought of your model.


  12. Trae added a post in a topic 1969 Corvette C3 WIP   

    I think the Hooker style is the best option to compliment the flares. And personally, I think they look better without the heat shields. If that's the direction you go, I wouldn't hesitate to use the LeMans type cap.


    Wow, I'll certainly be tuned in for that one!
  13. Trae added a post in a topic 1969 Corvette C3 WIP   

    I can't help it that I got it right the first time!
  14. Trae added a post in a topic 1969 Corvette C3 WIP   

    Outstanding work, Mike!

    So you've converted the Monogram '78-'79 into a '69? How did you make the rear sections and L-88 hood?

    And are you planning on side exhaust?




    Nice car!
  15. Trae added a post in a topic 1969 Corvette C3 WIP   

    Just giving you a hard time.

    But ...





    Lots of wheels look great on them. If you do a Google search for "Best custom wheels on a C3?", you'll find a fairly lengthy thread on corvetteforum.com - lots of nice ones in there. And you'll notice the Torque Thrust style are very popular on them.

    And thanks for the kind words. But I'm thinking having to "deal with Porsches" isn't all that bad.