mad mike

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  • Full Name Michael P.

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  1. mad mike added a post in a topic 1/8 Scale Ultra Detail GT40 Engine   

    If anyone is interested in very good pictures of the kit's contents, check Dominique's kit review here:
  2. mad mike added a post in a topic 1/8 Scale Ultra Detail GT40 Engine   

    Hello Joe,
    their site is and the sell 3d prints of various car model components.
    Since you get 3d prints, bear in mind that you might have to pay a relatively high price and you'll have some surface finishing work to do.
  3. mad mike added a post in a topic 1/8 Scale Ultra Detail GT40 Engine   

    Thanks for the praise Scott!
    Pete, the 427 version is in the works, but you can actually buy a 427FE from TDR in 1/8 scale, so I'm not sure if it would be a good idea to make a kit of it.
    Nevertheless I'm building the GT40 MkII engine for myself, but with a crossram intake system like on the Lola T160.
    Peteski, yeah, I would have done that too, but our customer chose to not plate them, for reasons unknown to me...
  4. mad mike added a post in a topic 1/8 Scale Ultra Detail GT40 Engine   

    Check this out - this is the first finished engine we get pics of, from an Italian customer.
    Very nice build I think, and he was very quick too!

  5. mad mike added a post in a topic 1/8 Scale Ultra Detail GT40 Engine   

    Oh well, I'd really like to do a F40  engine, but it's really hard to get decent reference material on Ferrari engines.
    I thought several times of buying a Protar kit and souping it up, but the low level of quality on it always stopped me cold...
    Those aluminum valve covers were very important for me since no other trick achieves the effect of those polished letters and lines like the real thing.
    Can't wait to see someone from here doing a WIP, building the prototype was something else
  6. mad mike added a post in a topic 1/8 Scale Ultra Detail GT40 Engine   

    Just found this post and I'm glad that this kit gets so much attention, for I'm the one who built the prototype.
    Don't mean to brag though, well, maybe a little bit
    If you'd like to see some more pics of the prototype, look here:
    I think the pics there should answer some questions, especially the one regarding the quality of the parts: They are originally 3d print, yes, but I put in a lot hours to make the surface look right.
    Plus I have to say that the guy responsible for casting the resin parts has done an absolutely outstanding job - I haven't found bubbles or mold flash yet.
    About the pricing let me tell you just this one thing: with all the detail parts this kit is worth every cent. Anyone who says otherwise doesn't know the work of producing something like this.
  7. 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.
  8. 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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  9. 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?!!
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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!!!
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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!