I was going to suggest Polk's Hobbies but they went out of business in December. I use to go there as a child in the'60s when they had 5 floors on 5th Avenue, and began visiting them again in the early '80s because they carried Heller, Tamiya, Fujimi, etc. Oh, well.
The only AC Cobra in 1/25 that I can think of is the AMT 289 (I guess it could have even been the 260) Cobra from the early '60s. Excellent kit for it's day and holds up well today. The first issue included the stock steering wheel and Halibrand kidney beans where as subsequent releases did not include those.
If it's a 427 you're after, then 1/24 scale is all that you're going to find. The Revell-Monogram was a good kit, as stated, however for some reason fender wells are absent from this kit.
Fujimi did a series of 427 Cobras (in 1/24) but I don't know anything about those.
I buy bulk quantites of 30-gauge wrapping wire to use as ignition wiring because I'm cheap and this is just a hobby. The wire is definitely on the heavy side but if installed carefully (cut to prototypical lengths, use wire looms, etc.) it is convincing enough for me.
Like Don Yost says. Although, on the occasions when I have extra heavy orange peel or graininess in the paint I will start with 2400. Go easy with the coarser grits and let the media do the work.
It may be due to my heavy-handedness, but I usualy need to go in with polishing compound to remove very fine scratches left behind from the sanding. The compound is applied and rubbed out in straight strokes perpendicular to the direction in which the sanding was performed.
After sanding and polishing I go in with Novus #2 polish, which really brings the paint to a shine, and exposes areas where further compound polishing is called for (followed by further application of Novus #2). When I'm satisfied with the finish at this stage the wax is then applied.
I use this procedure for finishing clear coat paint jobs as well as naked paint jobs.
Keep a rainbow assortment of Sharpies handy for the inevitable burn-through (not so much of a problem with clear-coated paint jobs).
I often wonder if many people who partake in singular and isolated activities that involve extended periods of intense and creative focus may be "blessed" with some level of Asburgers or autism. It seems that being uniquely or artistically talented is just as symptomatic to either of these conditions as are impaired learning and indifferent social intercourse.
Etzel's Frontenac, and maybe another one of his '25 Duesenbergs (mine was damaged in a fire).
When Lance Sellers releases them: the 1911 Marmon Wasp (1st Indy winner) and the Miller/Ford Indy car ('35?).
The 1st-release Revell Porsche Carrera Speedster. I know, I know, that guy had a case of "new" ones on Ebay last month, and each kit went for reasonable money, but I was too busy preparing for my daughter's wedding to follow the auctions and bid. Oh, well.
I was able to bag the Revell 1/25 VW Microbus (the '67(?) release w/box art that graphically aped the popular BBD&O VW ads of the day) for less than $30.00, including shipping. Box is a 9 out of 10, kit is complete, and there's only 3 tire burns - 2 minor and easily fixed, but the steering wheel rim is totally melted. No biggie.
Another "Grail" that I finally nailed is the Revell '57 Nomad w/Sam Hollingsworth's car on the box. Perfect condition, the box nearly a 10 (the only reason I wanted this kit, really); the kit is just as crappy as I remember it, though, and I won't bother building it. I'm thinking of combining the Revell new-tool '56 Nomad and '57 BelAir to build Hollingsworth's 'Mad and, of course, use the box as a back-drop for the display.
Nice build! I'm in the midst of finishing one of these right now. Was yours molded in yellow? Yikes! It seems like I've been painting this kit forever. Great job on that engine, BTW. I was thinking about adding the smog stuff, but I just want to get this thing off the bench now and move on to some other builds.
I haven't ever posted pics out here, but I'll try to get some up of this car and a Revell '67 'Vette that's being finished up as well.
Very nice Nova. I do my scripts and emblems with the "foil first, paint next" method all the time; don't "scrape" the paint, use polishing compound. Go easy, take your time, and you should see good results.