Thanks TJ, yes I spent two and a half years on this Monte ! All chrome is either various kit chrome pieces, alclad, chrome foil or the flat pieces are flat chrome cardboard ! The kit comes with the front suspension already shiny, the chassis was alclad with foil blended in.
Wow some amazing paint jobs......... its hit and miss for me painting, but this is still probably my best. Various layers of nail varnish which changes colour, and then clear with flake. No polishing just Tamiya clear to finish
Thanks guys ! Going slow at the moment but I'm blending in the arches. More filler and smoothing and it should end up in primer soon. All the panel lines, petrol cap, mirrors, rear lights etc are gone, front lights are going to be re shaped at more of an angle. Here's a pic how it looks at the moment !
Been thinking of how to do the extended wheel covers, and ping pong balls were perfect !! Took several attempts and several different shapes before I got this..... Lots of smoothing out to do, I've already covered over the rear lights, and I'm redoing the front light shapes too. More soon........
Now this is not going to be a copy of that car, although it will feature several ideas, but also a few more from my warped imagination ! So first off I started smoothing the body, thinking of ideas......
Then I purchased some ping pong balls, and cut em all up !!
Got a bit stuck with this for a while. The standard VW kit has the windscreen attaching to the bonnet (hood?) so you get no cowl panel . On my bug I want a different dash and windscreen, and also there's no real firewall as such ! I tried all sorts of things until finally I came up with this. Still mocked up, the floor is shortened 350Z, and the dash is from a 1994 Firebird, and it just matches the bug windscreen ! Think I might now chop the screen, and add some small panels for a firewall, but its getting there slowly ! Bodyworks coming along, I like the rear lights smoothed etc.... Its one colour anyway so easier to see how the shapes coming along. More soon....
Thanks Mike ! And Tom glad your following this, let me know if you start your bug build eh ? Ken, glad you remembered it, I just got a bit burned out building , but I'm back on it now !! Always nice to hear from you Shaun, think the undersides done for now, I'm forever changing stuff on this as it is ! By the way, who's Carl ?? And cheers Lloyd, glad you like it so far !
As for the rear I tried something new. Its a scratch built swing arm system with hydraulics , it looks cool so its good enough for me ! Rear is a little higher, giving a tiny rake, With the engine mocked up I'm pleased how its coming along !
Thanks Dan ! Onto the suspension, as with a lot of my builds its all about the Look ! The front 350z fitted but had to have scratch built spindles to get it low enough. It was put together using a 1mm sheet underneath, so this is the height ! I had to scrap a little off the edge of the tyres but it fits now !