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ShawnS

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  1. ShawnS added a post in a topic Scratch Building an Aussie Ford Falcon **New update, Slump busted**   

    Hi guys.
    One day a month and a half ago I was looking through some cupboards trying to find something when I came across a box containing the third body, chassis and parts that I cast a couple of years ago. All of a sudden a switch flicked in my head and I commenced an attempt to bust my slump. I wanted to build a Falcon that didn't de-value any of the work that I had done on the other two and that I didn't have an emotional connection to so if something went wrong it wouldn't be a major issue. I also figured that I would use it as a practice run to iron out any bugs that may occur during assembly. I also wanted to keep it simple Out Of Box style with minimal extra added detail. So armed with that I made a choice to build a model that was not only box stock but a model of a base model spec car.
    So there will now be 3 Falcons;
    1.A base model box stock OOB no extra detail.
    2.The beige model with added detail and a trailer.
    3.The super detail version.
    Lets start with the body. Plain white with black outs. Still a little work left to do on it with some more black needed around where the window rubbers should be and some BMF on the trims over the windows.

    I also finally got around to polishing the beige body and painting the blackouts after it had been sitting in a cupboard since 2015.


    I also did the bumpers.

    The new model spec dictated a new interior spec to differentiate it from the other two. I also opted for a front bench seat.

    and some new base model steel wheels.

    I couldn't resist doing some mock ups. I used the wheels and interior from the beige car because neither the wheels or interior were ready yet.




    Still plenty of work to do on both cars but I'm feeling like I getting close to finding my groove again and I'm very happy with how both builds are looking after being unsure for the last 6 years.
    Future updates will be patchy as most of the work will be minor stuff for a while but I'll keep you posted.
     
    Thanks for your support.
    Cheers
    ShawnS
     
  2. ShawnS added a post in a topic My 1:43 1967 Mustang notchback conversions.   

    Thanks guys, Ted, that video has been a main point of reference for my models of various scales for several years now and even after seeing it several dozens of times I never get sick of it.
    Car 6 is Bob Jane's '67 GT from the 1967 ATCC race at Lakeside which would become Chris Brauer's car in 1970.  The orange #7 car in the top photos is Bob Jane's ex-Shelby Trans-Am Mustang that he raced in the '69-'70 racing seasons.
     
    CheersSS
     
  3. ShawnS added a post in a topic Scratch Building an Aussie Ford Falcon **New update, Slump busted**   


    Go for it guys you wont regret it.
    Thanks for sticking around guys. Here's the deal.
    When I started this project I wasn't in a very happy place in my life, there wasn't anything drastically wrong ( I've always had a roof over my head and food in my belly so I'm not complaining) it's just that I was in a very dark and unhappy mind set (definitely no thoughts of self harm and I don't ever use the 'D' word ). Over the course of my 43 years I have found that when I feel like that, I am at my absolute creative peak. To deal with it when I was young I would spend hours making all sorts of things with Lego, when I was a teen I would pick up a pencil and spend hours drawing and now I build models. The real problem is that I can not turn on my creative side like a switch no matter how many times I pick up the model or some styrene. The period between starting this build in 2011 and last doing anything on it in 2015 was creatively intense and I think I just burnt myself out. Even though I still dabble in the hobby with modifying 1:43 diecast models and drop by here to see what's happening there is still no sign of inspiration striking anytime soon. I guess I (we) will have to wait it out.
    Thanks again,
    CheersSS
  4. ShawnS added a post in a topic My 1:43 1967 Mustang notchback conversions.   


    Sorry David, I'm not offering any for sale. I have cast just enough to finish my planned projects plus 2 spares (now down to one) and now the mold is past its best and I'm not willing to make a new one.

    Thanks Bill I agree with you 100%. You would have figured someone would have wised up by now.
    Hi again guys. I have just recently finished some more Mustangs so here they are.










    Thanks
    ShawnS
  5. ShawnS added a post in a topic My 1:43 1967 Mustang notchback conversions.   

    and finally this car was driven by Niel Allen also in 1968.





    I used the chassis, dash, windscreen, grille, bumpers, tail panel and tail lights from the Greenlight '67 and the wheels, brakes, rear window, steering wheel, photoetch, door handles, wipers and rear 1/4 windows from the Apex '65 model. The interior is mostly scratch built with various modified parts from another Mustang.
     
    Thanks for looking
    Cheers
    ShawnS
     
  6. ShawnS added a post in a topic My 1:43 1967 Mustang notchback conversions.   

    The first one finished. The 1967 Australian Touring Car Championship winner Pete Geoghegan.





    This car was driven by Fred Gibson in a couple of races in 1968.




    Part 3 coming up..
  7. ShawnS added a topic in Diecast and Resincast Models   

    My 1:43 1967 Mustang notchback conversions.
    Hi guys,
    I have been a collector of 1:43 Australian Fords for years but recently I have been into modifying them just to get a modelling fix while I am waiting for my Mojo to return to 1:24 Falcons.  This is what I've been up to lately.

    After years of waiting in vain for someone to release a decent 67/68 Mustang coupe in 1:43 scale, I was stoked to see Spark finally bring one out but after closer examination of the Spark model I noticed that it had a 64-66 nose and interior on a '67 body. It was not good enough for my tastes so I decided to take action and make one myself.

    I used the same trick that I (and several others) have used in 1:25 to take the roof from a '65 Mustang coupe and put it on '67 Fastback body. I started with a '65 coupe from Apex and a '67 fastback from Greenlight.




      



    Because I wanted to make a few I had to resin cast the body. Here are three bodies prepped and waiting for paint.

    part 2 coming up.
     
     
     
     
     
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  8. ShawnS added a post in a topic Scratch Building an Aussie Ford Falcon **New update, Slump busted**   

    Sorry no updates yet. The whole project seems to have gone into a permanent stall. I did try to do some paint and texture work on the curbside chassis but after that failed to work out well it killed any motivation that I had. It seems that any time that I try to get momentum up something happens and I'm back to square one.  At the moment I'm modifying some 1:43 cars to try and re-ignite my love for models and building that I seem to have lost over the last couple of years. So if anyone finds my Mojo please return it to me as soon as possible.
     
    Cheers
    ShawnS
  9. ShawnS added a post in a topic Scratch Building an Aussie Ford Falcon **New update, Slump busted**   

    No updates at the moment. It's winter here in Australia and it's a bit too cold where I am to paint anything and I've not been motivated to do the remaining building and modifying that I had to do. The cold weather is killing my motivation for anything model related at the moment. I'll get back on it soon enough- hopefully.
    CheersSS
  10. ShawnS added a post in a topic Scratch Building an Aussie Ford Falcon **New update, Slump busted**   

    Thanks Jim. I'd trust my gut any time My camera doesn't seem to take good pictures of beige but in the flesh it looks scale perfect.
  11. ShawnS added a post in a topic Scratch Building an Aussie Ford Falcon **New update, Slump busted**   

    Here's how I fixed that. I stuck some Tamiya tape underneath the tail light cut out and mixed up some talc and superglue and slapped it on to the damaged area.

    When the glue set I removed the tape,

    and shaped the area to suit.

    Good as gold

    I hit the body with Tamiya TS-46 light sand for the base coat.

    Mixed up some beige using Tamiya TS-7 Racing white tinted with TS-16 Yellow and AS-22 Dark earth to make a pale caramel colour. Done only by eye without taking any notes about how much of each that I used.

    The first coat was sprayed today.




    This are some samples of what the real Bahama beige looks like.




    So with the first colour coat on the body I will work to get it nice and smooth and hopefully the next update will include a fully painted body.

    Cheers
    ShawnS

  12. ShawnS added a post in a topic Scratch Building an Aussie Ford Falcon **New update, Slump busted**   





    The clear styrene window pieces shaped and ready to go. I decided to have both rear passenger windows fully wound up, the front passenger window wound down 2/3rds and the drivers window fully wound down.





    Even after 4 years things still turn bad. I had to strip and re-spray the primer on the body after it went soft when I had to handle the body frequently during the work on the interior. All went well until an unexpected gust of wind (on a calm day) sent the body on a 3ft downwards trip to the cement path causing damage to the rear trim around the tail lights.



    To be continued.........

  13. ShawnS added a post in a topic Scratch Building an Aussie Ford Falcon **New update, Slump busted**   

    Happy New year all.

    I've finally got the first coat of paint on the body but before that there was still a little more work that needed to be done here's how it went.
    Lets start with the interior roof.
    I made the sun visors, light and grab handles.

    It's been a long time since I showed you a how-to for anything so here's a quickie for making many of the same type of flat part.
    Cut the styrene pieces to slightly larger than the final size.

    Using small drops of super glue, glue the pieces to each other.

    Carve, grind and sand the block to the required shape.


    Separate the parts with a sharp blade then clean them up as required.

    I did the sun visors in the same way.


    The next challenge was to get the window glass to sit closer to the outside of the window frame. The only way to do this was to alter the thickness of the pillars around the inside of the frames. I also decided to add a filler piece inside to create a channel for the clear styrene sheet to sit in.


    Ditto for the rear windows.


    To be continued....
  14. ShawnS added a post in a topic Scratch Building an Aussie Ford Falcon **New update, Slump busted**   

    Thanks Andrew.

    I wish you good luck with your Caliber build. If you have any questions on how I did something please don't be afraid to ask.

    Cheers
    ShawnS
  15. ShawnS added a post in a topic Scratch Building an Aussie Ford Falcon **New update, Slump busted**   


    Thanks guys, thank you Bill I'm trying my best