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  1. While visiting Vancouver, I spotted a 1915 Model T parked on a street in the Steveston area of Richmond, BC.
  2. I got the original kit when it came out, but always felt I could have done better on it. I decided I wanted to get a friend a model as a gift. He had an old 71 Torino and I thought this would be the closest thing to his 71 I would find. I got a new kit for myself and decided to give him my old kit. This new build came out a lot better than my previous build, even though there are still some things I did that I don't like. I also had some fit issues with the tub and chassis that I didnt have the first time around. SAM_1030 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_1032 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_1033 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_1034 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_1035 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_1036 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_1037 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr
  3. This wasn't a bad kit, but it had some issues. The decals are super fragile and a couple disintegrated on me. I lost another after it fell off. The hard top also has a slight fit issue. I also don't like the one piece under side. I feel it should have had a two part frame like some of their other kits. Came out looking alright though. SAM_0931 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0932 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0933 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0934 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0935 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr
  4. Another one started, hoping to get it finished. This is from the 3 muscle car set that includes the 69 Barracuda and 69 4-4-2. This particular kit came with the BF Goodrich tires that are okay but looked to small for this build. So I found a set of F60-15 RWL tires from various AMT kits. The real car came equipped with F60x14 so I an not that far off from stock. I think I have a warped frame because the wheelbase does not align, I will try and fix that later. The wheels are detailed and done except for a little cleanup. Then I got to looking at the interior. I do not know where AMT got this center console from in the kit, because the real one actually looks like ones in the 66-67 Mustangs. I am not sure what I will do about this though, I could cut out the bad console and fill the area in with flooring then put the shifter on. Or I could find a center console from a 67 Mustang GT kit for it. Easiest is to detail what is there in the kit and call it done. I cut away the rear bumper from the tail light area because the area below the taillights is supposed to be body color. I am going to try and not do too much more "adjustments" to this kit as it is very old and to really improve it would mean to replace the frame with another one from a newer kit (maybe a Revell 70 Torino?). Btw, the engine in this kit seems to be based on one from an AMT 61 Mercury kit! I base this observation on the oil pan being molded to the bottom of the engine halves and the way the timing chain cover looks. No matter though, it seems to fill up the engine compartment. No solid plans for a color, but I am leaning towards Tamiya TS-64 Dark Mica blue. Thanks for looking, all comments welcomed.
  5. Just got this the other day. It's not a bad kit, but it shows its age as a Monogram kit. The decals curled immediately and I had to order some new ones. Still, It looks great. SAM_0928 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0929 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0930 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr
  6. Something I never thought they made, my dad had one of these in real life back in the late 70s. It was red with a red interior, six and a three on the tree, and poverty hubcaps. I used to drive it around for him. I remember it was LOW, I pretty much towered over the roof (and I'm about 5' 10"). Even with the six it scooted fairly well so to have a 352 in it would have been very scary. I may have to paint this red in tribute to the real one but it will have a v8. More information at the link below. Thanks for looking and enjoy! Pictures of box, box contents, and instructions here
  7. Got this for Christmas and finally got to build it. It's a very nice kit and builds a lot easier than I thought it would. I'd kinda like to get another one. SAM_0627 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0628 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0629 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0630 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr
  8. Got this with a gift card from work last year. Been meaning to get around to building it. Over all it's a pretty nice kit. However, the stripes are a nightmare to put on and are a little too long. Came out nice though. SAM_0632 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0633 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0634 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0635 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0636 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr
  9. I built this over my Christmas vacation time, finishing it up this morning. The original plan was to get both cars in the 2 in 1 kit finished, building a hot rod coupe and stock roadster pickup straight from the box. After looking everything over, I decided to go this way with the coupe, I will modify the stock roadster into a 60's era street rod with an Olds V8 from the AMT '40 Sedan. More on that as it progresses, but it will be built similarly, without wiring, etc.
  10. Here's my finished version of the Moebius 66 Ford F-100 short bed pickup which is based on the second round test shot. The tooling is about 95% ready to go at this point and final test shots should be available shortly. Colors I used are Rangoon Red over Wimbledon White. Still waiting on the decals which will include some scripts which are missing from my build up. Moebius is shooting for the first release to be before the end of the year, most likely it will be the 66 Flareside version. Look for a display of these kits at the Detroit Show coming up next month. -Steve
  11. Here is a scan of a fuzzy photo from the 80's Some pics of the engine before changing to more "factory" options. Dual quads and manifold removed, going with single 4-bbl carb setup The body is already soaking in the purple pond, but it doesn't seem to be having any effect on thirty-something year old car paint, going to have to use brake fluid. Comments welcomed.
  12. http://www.vanpeltsales.com/FH_web/flathead_partsdrawings_links.htm A gold mine of reference material on flathead Ford V-8s and chassis parts.
  13. The first time I tried to build a NASCAR kit was 1987-ish. At 11 years old and having no idea that automotive spray paint would craze unprimed plastic, it didn’t go so well. Fast forward to five years ago when I picked up a box lot of six of these 1980s vintage Monogram T-Bird kits. After selling off five of them, I kept one and went to work on the build. After a couple weeks I lost interest in it, so it went back into the box as a partial build. A few months ago I was anxious to clear out some old works in progress, and this one was at the top of the pile. A good bit of research revealed how inaccurate these mid-80s T-Bird kits were, but it looked decent on the box art so that’s what I aimed for. After body prep and primer, it got a few coats of DupliColor Ford Oxford White. Having just got my hands on some of the new Tamiya LP range of lacquers, the red sections were masked and shot with some LP-7 Pure Red. The decals were the 35 year old sheet from the kit, but despite their age they finally went down decently with copious amounts of Micro Sol, a plethora of foul language, and many walks around the block to calm my nerves. After that hassle I didn’t want to risk using a hot clearcoat that might react with the DupliColor or Tamiya lacquer, so it was the first time I used Future as a final clearcoat finish. Despite the kit’s inherent inaccuracies, helpfully pointed out by some great model builders who have built these over the years, the end result makes a nice shelf piece. I was so pleased after all these years to have finally finished a NASCAR kit that I’ve already started work on another.. well, maybe two more.. you know how that goes.
  14. Box pics, contents, and instructions here Enjoy 🙂
  15. I just finished this one before the end of the year! ‘78 Courier “Minivan” by AMT. I struggled with the body paint finish on this one and ended up stripping it twice. Still some issues but it looks good on camera at least, and I can call it done 😂. There’s some final fitment issues with this kit, but considering the age of the molds and the multi-piece body, engine bay and front end, it comes out ok. If you have the patience I’m sure you can get this thing square. The body is Testors Extreme Lacquer Turquoise, with primer black interior and Tamiya TS-26 Pure White on the seat, wheels and bumpers. This kit comes with tons of custom and stock part options and three sets of stripe decals. I chose the custom camper shell/bed and the front fender flares, but I left off the goofy snow plow-like custom front air-dam so I had to trim the front flares to go with the stock fascia. All of the options make for a fun kit to design however you want! Thanks for looking!
  16. Starting way too many projects at one time again. I was thinking that I could build a tribute to my cousins f-250 custom that he bought new back in 1973. I remembered 2 Dremel bits that I had that make the job a snap (right?). Well, I quickly regretted starting that. Turns out you need a much mor stedy hand to pull this off. I only finished one side of the cab and now I had to go back and put filler to correct all the inconsistencies in my snap chrome removal. Bad idea.
  17. Got this earlier in the year from Ollie's. Finally got around to building it. It's a nice kit. Goes together pretty easy. SAM_0590 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0591 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0592 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0593 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0594 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0595 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0596 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr
  18. At least I have good front and rear bumpers and a hood for the other one I got recently. This one may turn into a custom because of the dead frame, dead glass, and burn mark on the body. We will see if the old paint comes off or not. Thanks for looking, all comments welcomed.
  19. I got this one a few years ago when we cleaned out my wife's moms house. Her father used to build a few models. Have fun! Box pics, contents, and instructions here.
  20. Box pics, contents, and instructions here I have been trying to get one of these for a long time, but they were always too expensive. This one was about a third of the price of the others. I am getting a new release 65 Modified stocker for the parts I'm missing like a stock 289 engine, radiator support, and hood.
  21. I got this one last year or so. It came with two chrome trees and parts from two kits, but one stock tail light. Enjoy 🙂 Box pics, contents, and instructions here
  22. I think these are annuals because they have the four ribs molded to the tail light lenses, I just have to figure out how to paint them. A bonus with this one is the full set of 1962 Ford Galaxie hubcaps, they will go on my stock build of a 62 Galaxie hardtop I got. Thanks for looking, all comments welcomed.
  23. 1963 Impala convertible annual I have the stock tail lights for it and the convert boot. With some of my spare 63 Impala parts Sitting with the conversion I am doing with parts from the AMT 62 Impala convertible. Thank you for looking, all comments welcomed.
  24. It has been nearly a year since I finished a build, but it’s nice to finally have another lump of styrene for the display shelf. This ‘89 Mustang GT was started early last year and after making quick progress on the drivetrain and interior the work stalled for a while as other builds and shiny objects grabbed my attention. The body was prepped and primed, then doused with some vintage DupliColor Ford Light Gray that I’d spotted for 99 cents at Ollie’s about 10 years ago. It was a color I remembered from the 70s and 80s and just needed a build to suit it. After the color and clear coats, it was sanded and polished before mating it with the interior and chassis. These 80s and 90s Fox platform Monogram kits are rather simple yet I prefer them to the MPC/AMT variants of the same era. I remember buying the first version of these when it was released in ‘87 as The New Monkee’s Mustang. That kit incorrectly had the pre-‘87 interior, engine, and chassis but the body seemed more accurate for the ‘87+ than the MPC version of the GT Hatch that was also just hitting the KMart shelves. Later releases of the Monogram ‘Vert like this one corrected the interior and included a reasonably accurate updated 5.0 HO with F/I. This later version also had an accurate decklid luggage rack that the Monkee’s version lacked. It went together relatively easily without much fuss. The most challenging aspect of these kits has always been the simulated louvered taillights. If Monogram hadn’t penny pinched, they could have molded the tails as two or three piece units with separate lenses and louvered covers. As they are, however, it makes for a tricky and stressful bit of work to get them reasonably accurate. It could be worse, though, as the MPC/AMT kits had the entire lens/louver units molded into the body. There’s a great low mileage example of this car and color combo that a quick web search located, so it became the reference for the build and its details.
  25. Just finished Revell's 1969 Boss 302 Mustang. I used a custom mixture of Decoart Jack O' Lantern Orange and Folkart Lipstick Red for the color ( I was going for Calypso Coral, I think I got pretty close) and cleared it with Tamiya TS-13 Clear Gloss. The same colors, but with a slightly different mixture, were used for the chassis. The interior is just Apple Barrel Black with Pledge brushed on the seats, dash, and door panels for the sheen, while the woodgrain is all kit decals. The hood was painted with Krylon Short Shots Flat Black with a quick polish of Novus #2. I used BMF for the window trim, brushed on Molotow for the grille trim, and added heater hoses, ignition wires, door locks , and valve stems for extra detail. This is a great kit, although I wish the interior were a little more detailed, and everything fit together very well. I may have to buy and build another, lol. Thanks for looking!!
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