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  1. 1974 Corvette Resto------Update! 11/18/18

    Bill, as a certified C3 freak and former owner, I'm loving this thread. Since you're all about accuracy, I hope you won't mind some input on your build. The rear tray covers on C3s are usually the same carpet color as the rest of the area. The small driver's side rubber floor mat will also generally be the same color as the carpet. Thanks for including all the steps you used to improve the gauges etc. MPC's C3 dashes are notorious for lack of top surface detail, so consider putting in defroster venting and radio speaker grilles at a minimum. This '80 was mine for 20 years, and I still miss it.
  2. Corvette

    My Spidey senses told me there was a nicely done C3 Corvette awaiting my attention in here, and as usual, they were right. Couple questions if ya don't mind. 1) Which Testors red paint did you use? 2) Did you have to make any modifications to get that stance? 3) Any engine pics you'd care to share? Thumbs up on this build!
  3. IIRC, this is a resin copy* of a 1/24 Monogram wheel from one of their B-body Mopar kits. I love everything about the original 1:1 design, and IMNSHO, Monogram captured its essence perfectly. The only issue I have is that it may look a little too big for the 1/25 cars I'd like to use it on. I'm wondering if anyone can think of a 1/25 wheel that looks as close as possible to the picture I posted. Pics would be great. If you've used this 1/24 wheel (styrene or resin) on a 1/25 car and liked the results, post up a pic of that build. *Our friend and fellow board member Casey happens to offer this wheel and several others on ebay under the name forward_resin. Very nice stuff.
  4. 1957 Chevy Bel Air

    Ausgezeichnet! I'm really intrigued by that Jade Green paint. Would you mind telling me who makes it?
  5. MPC 1980 Corvette

    Randy, I'm a huge fan of the C3 'Vettes, having owned this one for 20 years. I've got a dozen or so of the '80 - '82 MPC Corvette kits waiting to be built, so it was nice to see someone post up a completed one. My compliments on your paint and assembly work. Always nice to know which exact paint the builder used. Couple questions: 1) Could you elaborate on the fit issues you had and how you dealt with them? I'm particularly interested in how you got the stance lowered. 2) Any pics of the chassis?
  6. They do have some interesting striations, but again, they look like they're mounted on a photo-etch fret. I can see why you like the site - lotsa neat stuff. That V8 distributor kit has the best looking vacuum advance canister I've ever seen in scale form.
  7. Not bad, but I'm trying to get as close to original as possible.
  8. Unless I'm missing something, it looks like the headlights they offer are either chromed plastic or photo etch. I'm hoping to find clear plastic or clear resin lenses for this build.
  9. I just bought the AMT '65 Ford Galaxie kit and while doing some build research, came across posts from various modeling boards indicating that the clear headlight lenses are oversized and don't fit inside the bezels. I'm hoping some company has a good selection of lenses (with period-correct striations) in various sizes so I can get this part of the build as correct as possible.
  10. I don't have direct access to either paint, so I'm hoping to compare them this way if possible.
  11. What airbrush do YOU use and what's the story?

    My first airbrush was a Paasche VL that I bought from a coworker in the mid-'90s. Got it for a great price, and didn't have much trouble learning how to make double action 'brushes work well. Still enjoy its practicality. Years later I came across a great sale on Badger's 175 (Crescendo) which also works well, but seems to have a greater spraying capacity than the Paasche VL. I could see it being my go-to 'brush for big areas. Lastly, I recently found the Badger Anthem 155 on ebay for a very low price. Don Wheeler, who posted above, gave this 'brush great reviews on his airbrush website. I was intrigued because it's designed to only use one needle instead of the usual three. I'm waiting for life to settle down enough so I can try it out for myself.
  12. Junkyard of 71-73 Mustangs (MPC and AMT)

    What kit is that stuff from?
  13. If You Go To Dallas You Will Enjoy Wild Bill's

    I lived in the Dallas area for 25 years and shopped at Wild Bills countless times. There were so many car kits, they would often be three deep on the lower shelves, while the top shelves could be piled up to six kits high. Me and my best modeling buddy used to basically make a day of it & see what we'd come home with. Every once in a while our diligent searches would be rewarded by an older MPC kit, Poly-S paints, or something equally rare. The owner also used to stash some less common kits in the corner by the airbrush counter, so we always stopped there first. Given the number of kits, supplies, and range of paints, IMNSHO it's probably the best hobby shop in the Dallas area for car & truck modelers.