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  1. I don't remember seeing anyone ask yet, so, is that a Bizzarrini body in the background? Another one you carved out of thin air in your spare time? Looking forward to your build of that one! Oh, as everyone else has commented, it's mesmerizing seeing you create such a homogenous car out of such disparate materials. And you get the fit and proportions just right. Thanks for sharing! Mike
  2. "brass compound punches" Your results on the taillight chrome rings is downright epic! I'd like it if you would be so kind as to clarify what you mean by "compound", though. Are you simultaneously punching the OD and ID of each ring with a single punch? Must be, I suppose, or you'd need four punches total. Any chance you have a photo of said punches? I'm a sucker for tiny, precision, machined parts and tools and I've turned plenty of single, round punches in my years but never attempted a "compound" punch. Would love to see your take on that! Thanks in advance for any more info you care to share! Mike
  3. Very cool build! I enjoyed trying to figure out the engineering that went into the back half of the car. The wing and intake duct through the rear window really caught my eye. I think you're representing a chain drive to the rear wheels (?) but I can't quite make out if you have a differential between the u-joints or if the rear wheels are locked together. Either way, I see all sorts of oversteer at each and every corner this little go-cart encounters! Thanks for sharing. Mike
  4. Variation on a theme. Here's a tool I've used for 30 years, specifically for applying super glue. It's a sewing needle that has half of the eye ground away. Dip it into a drop of super glue and hold it adjacent to the desired joint. Capillary action will draw the glue into the joint. Since these needles are hardened it's easy to scrape clean. Hope Dann doesn't mind my intrusion... Take care, Mike
  5. Hey, car is looking excellent in paint. From my screen, it almost looks like a hint of blue in the paint? Regardless, that engine compartment is really going to pop against that body color. Doesn't look like too much more work before we see this "under glass". Take care, Mike.
  6. Thanks for the explanation! The photo clears it up completely. I'd forgotten how much room there is under the rocker covers... Mike
  7. Thanks for sharing! I'm familiar with the manifold and hat lines but I'd never heard of lines directly feeding the heads. Can anyone elaborate on how these feed fuel to the cylinders? TIA! Mike
  8. Better late than never, I finally found a way to get the running boards and fenders attached. Thought I'd close out this post with some finished pics. I knew going into this that posting these builds was a stretch on this forum and I've since found a more appropriate group on Facebook. If anyone wants to see future builds you can find them in the group "N Scale Vehicles and Trucks". Thanks to all for following along and I truly hope you got some enjoyment out of these builds. Take care, Mike
  9. I have to say you did a masterful job incorporating the throttle body to the inlets of the turbos. I wasn't sure how you were going to pull that off but the final result looks like a factory piece. Well done!
  10. The inlets to the turbos are currently connected to each other with that short piece of tubing. I'm interested in seeing how you route the inlet air to that tube. Are you going to try to match up an inlet tube with the existing duct on the top/front of the rear cover? That will be a cool setup when you're finished! Mike
  11. Cool woodgrain on the dash! Is that a decal? Mike
  12. Yeah, sorry about that if it's making more work for you. That coil on the PS bracket would be easy enough to remove - before the motor goes in the car unfortunately though. It's a detail that the majority of folks wouldn't be able to identify as a coil, but anyone familiar with a 5.0 would recognize right away what it is. Maybe removing the round one from the fender wouldn't be too much of a pain. Other than removing the round coil, the only other thing necessary would be to wire up the front of the square coil, which wouldn't be difficult at all. Regardless of what you do with the coil, the rest of the car is outstanding and I'm looking forward to seeing it "under glass"! Take care, Mike
  13. Hey Steve, just checking out the modern front dress that you added to your motor. It seems a bit strange (for a stock F.I. 5.0), but the coil is mounted on top of the tensioner/power steering pump bracket, the square shaped block just to the left of your power steering pump fill tube. I attached a picture of my 1:1 where you can see the MSD coil in the stock location. Same basic shape as what's represented on your front dress. The two prongs on the front of your coil would be where the wires connect - the left prong would be the plug wire going to the center of the distributor cap and the right prong would be the "power" wire coming from somewhere on the firewall. Just thought I'd mention it since you already have an older, round coil represented on the inner fender. Take care, Mike
  14. Specific to Woods, unfortunately nothing regarding the engine... http://theamcforum.com/forum/roy-woods-71-amx-trans-am-car-canary-yellow_topic24765.html
  15. Some info here... http://www.95customs.com/the-1968-72-trans-am-amc-javelins/2015/3/12
  16. Are you intending to build the Mustang from this movie or does the term "Bullet" refer to something else I'm not aware of?
  17. If your intent was to represent a car that experienced a bit of a fire then you certainly nailed. Very well done, as mentioned above, from all angles! Thanks for sharing! Mike
  18. Bravo Charles! Another outstanding replica finished to your usual, impeccable standards. There's just so many interesting visual elements to this truck that each view offers something new to admire. I really enjoy following your builds and can totally relate how you create a build sequence in your head long before you actually begin work. For me that's half the fun; figuring out not only what to do but how to go about doing it. You have truly mastered that and it comes across in your posts as a seemingly perfect balance of subject matter, materials and technique. I'm certainly not alone wondering when your next build will commence and what its subject matter will be. Take care and please carry on! Mike
  19. Hi, enjoying your build. I did an Amazon search and found two different holders, with leads, for the 2032 battery. Several listings are three packs, each designed to hold a single battery. There was one other listing for a 15 pack, however each holder fits 2 batteries. The 3 packs were in the $3 range - the 15 pack was around $13. Hope that helps you out. Mike
  20. Cool build! I'm assuming the hole in the rear, driver side fender is for the antenna? Is it just the antenna base that's included in the kit and you need to supply the wire? Or are you replacing a molded antenna in order to heighten the realism? I really like the body color! Is that painted also and, if so, what brand /name is it? Take care, Mike
  21. Very nice to see the engine installed. Those are some cool headers. I couldn't really tell from your photo of the raw engine print on page 1 - are the headers printed as part of the engine or are they separate prints? Either way, excellent job on the detail painting of the engine. I applaud you for creating the print with an opening hood and a detailed representation of the engine! Too often models like this are done as curbsides and you miss out on the motive power. In the case of the Supersonic, I'm liking the engine just as much as the body. Thanks for sharing! Mike
  22. I answered my own question by searching the Michaels site. A veritable treasure trove of beading wire. I did a quick scan of 2 of the 9 pages of beading wire and saw diameters ranging from 0.012" to 0.095". Colors were silver, gold, aluminum, etc. Some were 7 strands, some 16 strands. I did notice quite a few that were online only and not available in stores. Hope this info helps anyone interested in finding accurate looking steel cable. Thanks again Charles for making this suggestion! Mike
  23. Hey Charles, any chance you happen to know the diameter(s) of the beading wire, or perhaps a rough estimate? I can think of all sorts of uses for a scale representation of steel cable. Is it really limited to one, maybe two sizes? I'm sure I'm not the only one who's interest was piqued by your suggestion so it would be awesome if you had additional info for us! Thanks! Mike
  24. Cool, that yellow one sure looks like the same trailer as the one I posted. Only difference is they didn't replace the ornate side panels with those cool portholes when they restored it. Kind of hard to see in my picture how many cars are on the lower level but the yellow trailer sure makes it look like you could fit three cars on the bottom, with two on top. Mike
  25. Here's the March photo on my Ford calendar in my garage. I thought I'd share it here because I think it looks so cool. Back when utilitarian items still had style... Mike
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