I hope you do! I love the large scale Corvettes, but hell, any large scale build is great to follow. The detail in the kits, and the ability to add our own detail to them, makes these large scale kits a ton more for fun that the "normal" 1/24 type kits.
This may sound weird, but I just got back from the hospital after a severe aggravation of a Groin Strain. Was just cleaning up around the house when I made a sudden lateral movement to my left, and the pain in my left groin I've been putting up with for the past 6 months just became unbearable. I HATE doing it, but I had to go to the E.R. since at 1:00 A.M. on a Sunday Morning, there will never be a walk-in clinic open. (I was cleaning up around the house as I had moved stuff around earlier in the day and saw all the dust sitting around here. So I tried to clean things up when the incident happened). I was in a ton of pain and couldn't fall asleep, so that's why I went to the E.R. Amazingly, because of Daylight Savings time, I left the E.R. before I got there. I arrived at 1:30, and left at 1:29. Turns out I have a Grade 2 strain of my left groin muscle that I've had since mid May, but aggravated this past night. I was happy when the doctor who examined me said that there's nothing super damaging here and that physical therapy has a 75% chance of clearing this up. But she also said that groin injuries can take over a year to heal since it's a part of the body that can't be fully rested unless you are immobilized. I was able to ensure that I wasn't prescribed any opioid medications since I'm too tolerant to those after so many injuries in the past, and that I'd rather not go to sleepy-fantasy land after taking them. I was only given some Naproxen to reduce inflammation and a muscle relaxer (not Cyclobenzaprine) to release the tension in the area.
It sucks that I'm hurt, but I still have my insurance to cover the E.R. visit. No x-rays, CT Scans, or MRIs were done so the visit will be fully covered. Also, due to the Daylight Savings Time change, I wasn't able to have insurance cover the prescriptions. Thankfully, they were generics so it only cost me $30. I just hope this heals soon. I survived Hurricane Sandy, but don't need some nagging groin injury to keep me out of commission. These things don't feel good.
I've got the images held on imageshack.us so I wonder if their server was temporarily down for a bit. I can still see them and can see them at the imageshack.us site, and they are all set to public viewing. I'd try reloading the pages again and see if they show up. May just be a temporary thing.
Wow. I really can't wait for the day for 3D printing to become cost-effective and efficient so that the manufacturers can start producing kits using 3D printing. Imagine not having to remove mold lines, sink marks, pits, etc. etc.
That engine looks incredible. Great paint job too!
All that work looks amazing. Trust me, once you get the belt material dyed/painted and placed on the seats, it will make you pull back and go "wow!" Happened to me on my '67 Vette. I still look in the side windows and admire how incredible the seatbelts look. What made it feel the most real to me is when my roommate took a look at the belts and the hardware I scratch-built and said "Holy <censored>. This looks just like a real seatbelt to me."
That engine you've put together looks so real it should be illegal.
For sure! The Goodwood Green Metallic will look amazing in the sunlight. I'm VERY happy with the way the paint job came out. So happy I found this site that sells the paint in aerosol cans and they are happy to hear that it works on scale model cars. It's incredible here in the inside lights. Once I get a chance to clear out my driveway (once the leaves have dried out a bit so I can remove them) I'll bring the car outside and take some photos. As it is right now, and pictures can't do it justice, it's remarkable.
Thank you so much for the kind words. Makes the whole post here worth it.
Thanks Dave! Without your assistance in sending me those tail-lights, I never would have been able to finish it. Taking it outside for a photo is a great idea. I'll just need to wait until after I've cleared the insane amount of tree leaves off of my driveway once they get a chance to dry out. Sandy dumped a bunch of tree leaves and junk all over my place. Thankfully, there was no damage and I got my power back shortly after it went out.
Thank you everyone for your thoughts and prayers. Today, I got my power back and the great realization that there is no property damage for me. Today is a calm, sunny, warm day outside and I JUST got my power back about ten minutes ago. I am so happy right now. Last year I went forever without power and it was horrible. Right now I have power while only being out for a short period of time. I am ecstatic. Wow. For any other members here up in the NE quarter of the country, I hope you have been able to survive.
Thanks Don. While the media are really still hyping this thing like it will be another Katrina, what I'm seeing with regards to the rain pattern in the storm and the direction it's still going, I don't think this will be as bad as Irene was for us just last year. All the rain and convection in the storm appears to be on the Westward side of the storm and based on its pattern, it looks like my area is just going to get some good wind and not a huge amount of rain. Another thing is that The Weather Channel keeps talking about all the projected paths showing it coming to New Jersey, yet they forget about the one model track that shows it continuing to head northeast and turn AWAY from land. If that one, still being projected as a possibility, track takes place, then we'll get very little if anything.
It's already a bit windy out there and that's taking many of the leaves off of the trees. Heh. I had my lawn cleared out by landscapers just this past Thursday, and all the leaves that have fallen the past couple of days have it all covered again. (Just had a pretty good wind gust come in right now and this storm is still down by the Carolinas).
I just have a feeling that this isn't going to be as bad as they are making it out to be. I'll likely still lose power, but perhaps not for as long as I did last year with Irene. (10-14 days. I can't fully remember how long I was out).
Didn't get anything modeling related today. Just got, what now appears to be 100% confirmation that things are going to get absolutely horrible out here early next week. Two feet of rain and sustained winds of over 70 mph here in SE, Connecticut. Looks like I'll be without power for at least a week like I was with the hurricane last year, but now I get this disgusting, sick feeling that there will be significant wind damage. Without having a job, I simply cannot afford severe damage to my property. Two feet of rain over a 36 hour period will cause massive flooding in my basement which would likely cause severe damage to my house. Of course homeowner's insurance does not cover flooding, and since I don't live in a flood prone area and it takes once in a lifetime storms like this one to do flood damage, I don't pay the exhorbinantly higher fees to include flood insurance.
Don't know why, but I just feel like things are going to be terrible for me.
Today I finished up this project. The paint job on the exterior has cured, I was able to wriggle the chassis into the body (Though this didn't go quite so well as planned and some fit problems arose making it not look perfect from underneath (as one of the exhaust pipes didn't match up with the engine due to the fit issues, but I don't notice it when it's being displayed so I don't care), and I got all the exterior trim on. This one is now finished and proudly sitting on top of my cable box in my living room right now for a temporary display spot. Now here's the pictures.
Overhead view of the engine bay.
Top view with the headlights down.
View of the driver's side of the car.
Back view with my custom decal of my license plate numbers which I've blurred out of the photo.
Front view with another of my custom license plate decals. This one has the headlights down.
And finally, another front view but this time with the headlights up.
I really enjoyed building this kit, and the paint job turned out amazing. It's rock hard and took the polish so very well. I am quite please with it. My first attempt at some true body work scratch building and it worked. In the future, I will likely build this kit again, but instead of as a coupe I'll chop it and turn it into a convertible with opening convertible hatch, properly functioning convertible top (which I'll be able to make out of fabric and custom made photo-etch hardware), and working headlights again. This time, I'll cut them out a bit better and ensure that the headlights on each side are the same size. Thanks for watching!
Wow. Once 3D printing becomes less costly and more widely available, it will REALLY help out the scale model hobby. Imagine if in the future there are no mold-seams, sink-marks, etc. as manufacturers figure out how to create everything with 3D printing! (This, if it can happen, would be well into the future as I imagine the printing process is quite time consuming. But if it can become more readily available, I can see companies setting up multiple 3D printers to print out multiple complete kits on the same printer, and being able to put numeric part numbers in inconspicuous areas via the 3D printer.)
Thanks guys! Went out today and got some silver spray paint in order to properly paint the bumper pieces as the brush paint just left way too many brush strokes and an uneven finish. While there will be an issue with not all of the "chrome" parts having the same finish to them, I'll just have to deal with that as the work involved in getting everything to be the same sheen of silver would be way too much. Something to put on my list of "lessons learned" when I tackle this project again. (In the future, I do plan on doing a major conversion on this kit into a convertible so that I can reproduce the L89 Rally Red with Black Interior version of the car that is my dream car. That one would included opening headlights, opening doors, and an opening convertible hood with an actually expanding convertible top that I would make using self produced photo-etch metallic frame and fabric material).
But that build will be quite a while in the future.
The only aftermarket parts I know of are the Model Car Garage photo-etch set which includes the pieces for the 1967 build, or if you wanted to do some modifications to the kit, the 1966 model year Corvette as well.