mad mike

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  • Full Name Michael P.

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  1. mad mike added a post in a topic 1/8th 1965 Corvette   

    I was planning to do a Prostreet C2 one day too, and I have an almost finished '69 C3 with a lot of scratchbuilt parts on the bench
    (see her here ).
    One of these specials is a Hooker sidepipe system which will look good on a C2 too, so if you want one, I probably have some spares somewhere...

    Same goes for a Talbot mirror, a Le Mans filler cap and several Rim/Wheel combos
    (Kesley Hayes Strippers, Cyclones, Mag Stars, Halibrand, Lola T70) .
    I'd really like to post that Vette in a finished state here, but I am working on another car right now...

    On top of that I'm working on a Chevy 327 small block engine with several intake options: Single Holley Quad, Quad Dual Webers, Crossram Dual DCOE Webers, Rochester FI.

    I really don't want to brag about my bits box just wanted to give you some more options for "spares"...
    And I'm really glad for every nice 1/8 project I get to see (especially Vettes!) and I'd be glad to support fellow modelers with parts.
  2. mad mike added a topic in Big Boyz   

    ebay offer: 1/8 Lambo Miura project ?!?
    Hello guys,

    fo anyone who wants to built something European for a change, just found something interesting on ebay:

    Article number 170736603337 on

    This Italian guy offers an interest in a Miura project he is about to start. Seems you pay 100 Euros now, and when you get the finished kit sometime in March, you pay the remaining 1100 Euro to the full price.
    Problem is the somewhat strange translation of his offer. If you want the original Italian text, go to:

    This offer seems a bit strange, but his ebay credentials seem to be ok, and his homepage checks out too.
    What do you think about it? I'd really like to have a Miura
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  3. mad mike added a post in a topic 1969 Corvette C3 WIP   

    @ Trae:

    You're the man to ask. I'll rely on you when I start that '65 C2, ok? She'll be red, I promise maybe with a little black, though!
    I'll check if I can change the emblem on my C3 to the correct one, I think it would look better on her.
    But first I've got to get her some kind of chassis finally
    Soon, there will be some new pictures with the final changes I hope...

    By the way, don't tell me you actually didn't notice the missing chrome strips on the side window frames?!!
  4. mad mike added a post in a topic 1969 Corvette C3 WIP   

    Hello jbwelda,

    Colin Chapman is the man, and I can only quote a German motor journalist when it comes to the Elise: "Sexy, just like a miniskirt." The one on the avatar was just a test drive, sadly. One day I'll own one for real. For now I have to do with the 1/8 model of a 111R I've got lying around here somewhere... You'll see her on this forum one fine day
  5. mad mike added a post in a topic 1969 Corvette C3 WIP   

    Hello Casey,
    those wheels are actually only temporarily installed. I don't have the hubcaps or bolts ready yet, and the chassis needs some work too.
    Basically, I use a modular method of combining one-piece tire and wheel rim parts with interchangeable center spokes. On my Cobra
    there are the same tire/rim parts, with different centers. And I changed the rear tire writing from "Eagle" to "Blue Streak Speedway Special" by hand.
    The master pattern of the parts was made via Rapid Prototyping (3D Printing), and I made silicon moulds of all the parts afterwards.
    Right now, I'm making some BF Goodrich Radial TAs for my next car, don't want to use Goodyears all the time.
    And the painting was done after assembling the wheels, with gloss black primer and Alclad II.

    And about those headlights - I have prepared them to have LEDs installed, let's see when I get to that
    If you want some too, they should fit on any Monogram C3 Vette in 1/8 with a little work, and I've got moulds of all the parts.
  6. mad mike added a post in a topic 1969 Corvette C3 WIP   

    Hello Trae,

    always nice to hear from you!
    Yep, the Stingray emblem is 3D print, shows what can be done if you know some tricks...
    The bumpers are actually handmade from acrylic glass, no RP at all.
    The nose emblem was a makeshift solution, having to finish the car at three o'clock in the morning in time for an exhibition
    Actually, I don't know what the correct emblem would have been... can you tell me? (Surely

    And to all you guys looking at the car and telling me those nice things: Thank you!!!
  7. mad mike added a post in a topic 1969 Corvette C3 WIP   

    Oops, I really should've mentioned it in the title. It's 1/8.

    Thanks to all you guys looking, and thanks for all the praise
  8. mad mike added a post in a topic 1969 Corvette C3 WIP   

    Hello Bill,
    apart from the sills which are made with chrome foil, all other chrome parts are painted with Alclad II, no cover paint.
    The windowframe, top grilles, rims and the sidepipes were primed with th same glossy black 2K as the body,
    while all the other parts have no primer underneath - I molded them glossy so that primer wouldn't be necessary.
    I make my silicone moulds always like that to avoid the primer work.
    Actually, it's possible to mould the parts in shades of grey to achieve an effect range from silver-looking to steel-looking chrome with Alclad paint,
    which is translucent.
    I think you can't tell from the photos, but this difference can be seen when comparing the sidepipes with the bumpers.

    Oh, and I hope the PM I sent you made it through? That Camaro of yours ROCKS!
    Greets, Michael
  9. mad mike added a post in a topic Jaguar E2A Prototyp 1960   

    @ Cato: that's because we 1/8 builders help each other out once in a while, right Karsten

    Really beautiful finish on that one. And I'm sorry for the delay with the engine parts!
  10. mad mike added a post in a topic 1969 Corvette C3 WIP   

    thanks a lot for all the praise, it's nice to hear it after putting her together at one o'clock in the morning, with shaky hands and a head full of spray fumes.
    The joys of modeling

    @ Len: The headlight housings are CAD designed and 3D-printed, while the reflectors and the glass are copies from my Cobra parts.
    And hey, she can blink

    Oh, and one more thing: ALCLAD II chrome paint ROCKS!!! I really like the stuff, worked great right from the spot.
  11. mad mike added a post in a topic 1969 Corvette C3 WIP   

    Hello folks,

    finally, i'm back from China, back from Mallorca, and back from the US Car Model exhibition in Frankfurt last weekend.
    Guess what I did in the days and nights before the exhibition... Are you ready? Let's roll!

    Ok, first of all: she's still WIP!
    There's no chassis, no door locks, no antenna, the rear lights are not correctly fitted and the wrong version.
    But worst of all, the windshield got damaged while painting the interior, with solvent bleeding through the masking tape.
    I have to exchange the windshield now, because it's not possible to polish it any better than this.

    Ah well, I still like her XD
  12. mad mike added a post in a topic 1969 Corvette C3 WIP   

    Hey folks,

    sorry for not posting any news or pics lately.
    I have embarked on a business trip to China, and I won't be back til September, so please keep watching my Vette thread.
    I promise I'll be stepping on the gas once I'm back, with all the pent up energy from doing no modeling for several weeks...
    It will definitely rock and I'm looking forward to it!!
  13. mad mike added a post in a topic 1969 Corvette C3 WIP   

    Hey guys, thanks for all the nice comments! I like Z06Bob's nickname for my Vette most
    Here's another little teaser pic for you, the hood sanded prior to clearcoating,
    with a test fit of the raw printed magic numbers... those are only 3mm high!

    As I told you Trae, there's a little red on my Vette too
  14. mad mike added a post in a topic 1969 Corvette C3 WIP   

    Hey guys, I'm really glad you like the paint job!
    Can't wait to show you the other parts of the car.

    @Monty: I use two-component car paint to do black, grey, white and clear, and one-component water-based car paint for the colorful stuff.
    The 2K-paints are from Endlendt Color and Mipa. Biggest advantage of 2K paints: they can be sanded and polished.
    But without my trusty SATA Minijet paint gun, I think I wouldn't be able to get those results.
    It doesn't come cheap, but painting with this gun is a real breeze - with all the little stuff (bumpers, headlights and so on) I was spraying black nearly an hour without getting the cramps.
    I would never paint a car body in this scale with an airbrush or even spray cans.

    @semijoe: For taping, I use TESA type 4334 tape, which is similar to Tamiya masking tape. I never had any bleeding with those tapes, but it may depend on the viscosity of the paint you're using. My paint is relatively thick compared with airbrush stuff.
  15. mad mike added a post in a topic 1969 Corvette C3 WIP   

    Alright, instead of learning for my exams, I got some paint on my Vette.
    Those pics are taken right after removing the masking tape, and the boundaries are not finished yet.
    Just a little update in between... now I will add some striping and seal the whole car with clearcoat.

    A day after painting, the paint still looks wet