Thanks guys. I printed some newspapers up yesterday to lay on the ground. Dipped in black coffee to give them that old newspaper look. I'm making a wine bottle tonight to lay on the sidewalk as well. Well, I have an idea, we'll see if it works! Pics tonight after work.
The base is further along than what these pictures show. In fact, it's almost done. But here is what I started with. I grabbed a wood picture frame from HobbyLobby and removed the glass. For the asphalt, I used a roll of cork, also from HobbyLobby. It was cut to size. I took some chunks out and made a few rips. Save the chunks as they can be used for debris later after painting.
I then marked on the backing board where the holes were. I glued RR ballast down to show under the potholes and cracks.
The cork was then glued down and the whole thing painted flat black. It will be weathered later.
Next I created a sidewalk from foam core board. I drew on some lines to show the curb and expansion gaps. I took my Xacto and cut these slits. I then took a ball point pen and ran it along the cuts. This deepened the cuts and rounded them for the next step.
The sidewalk section was glued in place. It was then covered in a napkin soaked in diluted white glue. This gave texture to the sidewalk and also allowed the napkin to settle down into the joints.
And finally you can see my mock up of a streetlamp in the last picture. Yes, it is lighted as well.
I should be able to finish this all up this weekend. Thanks for following along!
Thanks guys. It was a fun build, nice to have another car model on the shelf. Would still like to see a proper, full detail, glue kit come out. Need to finish a vinyl Godzilla and a 1/48 Tamiya Wildcat that are on the bench right now. I might start on the street version of the Fujimi Lotus Esprit next to go with my Fujimi Bond sub. But, I have a stack of Bandai Star Wars kits looming over the desk as well.....!
Finished up this quick build of the new Vette. Very basic kit, light on detail, metal axles, etc. Still, builds into a nice display piece. The only thing not "out of the box" are the custom made dash decals and the front axle was lowered for a better looking ride height.
Thanks for the compliments everyone, they are very appreciated. While Mike did a fantastic job on making this huge resin kit, I did make some improvements. Some areas were lacking in detail. The bridge, nose and two domes on the back just didn't match the level of detail the rest of the kit had. I talked to a designer on Shapeways (Tony aka 308bits) and asked if he would be interested in designing some replacement parts. He said yes and the first part made available was a new more accurate bridge. Other parts followed and are displayed on my build. Some of these parts I believe were also re-sized to be used on the smaller Moebius kit as well. Without Tony's help and Mike's wonderful kit I'd still be starring at my old crappy Monogram kit! Here is a link to the Shapeways parts. http://www.shapeways.com/search?q=galactika&type=
Nice build. I agree as well, tired of seeing red Ferrari's all the time! Yours looks really sharp. Loved these kits from back in the day. I built all of the Monogram versions, 308, Countach, etc. Never realized the Monogram kit was re-boxed under the Revel name. I built the 308 Racer version of this kit a year or so ago. Of all the 308 kits out there Monogram/Revel really nailed the body on these better than the others. Ooops- Just noticed this thread was started 5 years ago!!!