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  1. One of the first kits I ever got was this very kit. I used the wrong paint on it and ever since I have wanted to get another. I found one cheap not long ago and decided it was time to get another and build it the way I wanted. It's a good kit, but lacks a lot of decals. Still, it came out great! SAM_0581 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0582 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0583 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0584 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0585 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0586 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0587 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr
  2. I am pulling the remaineder of my hair out searching for info about Testors Car Colors spray paints from circa 1983 - late 1985 . This line of aerosols was replaced in Fall 1985 by the then-new Model Masters line . Am I the only one whom recalls this short-lived line of paints ? If anyone else recalls these paints , please share your recollections here ; and it's even better if you've got photos / links !
  3. Hello, It is finally done! This is an important project for me, as this is the first complex model I finish since early 2009! The 54th Rolex 24 Hours Race at Daytona was held on January 28–31 2016. One of the most popular classes in IMSA is the GTLM, where factory teams throw it all for bragging rights. Corvettes, Porsches, Ferraris, BMWs and Ford GTs started the race hoping to win. That year, after 23 hours and 45 minutes, the 2 Corvettes were up front leading in class when they were told on the radio: "You are OK to Race! Keep it clean, No Risks", setting the stage for an epic battle between teammates Oliver Gavin in car #4 and Antonio Garcia in car #3. The last 15 minutes were basically a close sprint race. The closest it could be without contact. The last lap was a drag race between both cars. At the checkered flag, Gavin in car #4 won by only .034 seconds over a 24 hour race! For 2016 there were substantial changes in the regulations, making the 2016 cars quite different from the 2014-2015 seasons. Why is this relevant? Revell released the C7R model with decals for the 2016 winner, but the model represents a 2014-2015 car. Many modifications were required to update the model to 2016 specs. Unfortunately this model did not cooperate. It fought all the way with frustrating fit issues and many other problems. It is probably the most frustrating and disappointing model I've done. There are a few details I'm not happy with and a few missing details here and there but I just wanted this over! This was also my first time weathering a car. The intention is to represent the car as it rolled into Victory lane. Weathering is easily overdone so I tried to control it. You can see the model's progress thread here: http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/topic/117667-corvette-c7r-daytona-winner/ Some of the modifications include: -Reworked hood -New front splitter with side aero fences -Added dive planes -Added pitot tubes and housing -Replaced rocker panels with updated ones -New rear spoiler brackets -Updated rear spoiler end plates -Reworked rear end with diffuser and aero modifications -Reworked front grille and driving lights assembly -Added camera dome in correct location plus antenna and transponder -Fully detailed engine wasted because nothing fits. Top of the engine had to be removed for the hood to fit. The model is essentially now a curbside. -Tons of Interior mods and details added (screens, wiring, belts, displays, nets, paddle shifters, water cooler, etc.) but nothing is seen from outside -Added position numbering indication panels Here is my story: Before the race, I did the prep of the car and told them to bring it to my shop right after the race to wash and clean it. (Took pictures of it before the weathering in case it was ruined). Before the race: https://media.fotki.com/2v2J4ZcfWxJ21ND.jpg https://media.fotki.com/2v2J4ZcBnxJ21ND.jpg https://media.fotki.com/2v2J4Zc6qxJ21ND.jpg https://media.fotki.com/2v2J4Zc7CxJ21ND.jpg https://media.fotki.com/2v2J4ZckGxJ21ND.jpg https://media.fotki.com/2v2J4Zc4FxJ21ND.jpg AFTER the race: (Weathering) https://media.fotki.com/2v2J4Z1FVxJ21ND.jpg https://media.fotki.com/2v2J4Z1jGxJ21ND.jpg https://media.fotki.com/2v2J4Z1qqxJ21ND.jpg https://media.fotki.com/2v2J4Z1dhxJ21ND.jpg https://media.fotki.com/2v2J4Z15LxJ21ND.jpg https://media.fotki.com/2v2J4Z1rWxJ21ND.jpg https://media.fotki.com/2v2J4Z18nxJ21ND.jpg https://media.fotki.com/2v2J4Z1MqxJ21ND.jpg https://media.fotki.com/2v2J4Z1zFxJ21ND.jpg https://media.fotki.com/2v2J4Zp3LxJ21ND.jpg https://media.fotki.com/2v2J4ZpvgxJ21ND.jpg https://media.fotki.com/2v2J4ZpUWxJ21ND.jpg https://media.fotki.com/2v2J4Z99FxJ21ND.jpg In this link you can see that battle and the finish of the race. Over 2 years later, I still get goosebumps watching it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u06idGnmgDc&t=9608s Hope you like it! What do you think? Thanks,
  4. Here’s my newly finished Revell 40th Anniversary Corvette convertible! This kit fought me for hours during final assembly but overall I think it turned out ok. The windshield did not fit at all so I had to sand down the dashboard a LOT to get the windshield to sit at the right angle. Also, the hood didn’t want to close all the way because I think I glued the radiator and shroud in wrong. So I had to shave down the under hood structure some. The hood has a slight warp to it as well, solved by some sticky tack to hold one corner of the hood down. The actual 40th Anniversary car is more of a plum color (like the box shows) but this kit is molded in a lovely metallic red that I thought would be a shame to cover up with paint. This is the first molded-in-metallic-color kit I’ve seen without molding flow lines so it was a great candidate for bare plastic. I polished the body with Tamiya Fine and Finish compounds, followed by a single heavy coat of Pledge Floor Gloss. The body is slightly transparent in thinner areas but it’s not that noticeable once it’s together. For the movable body panel lines, I used a .05 Molotow Blackliner pen. I think it’s too thick for scale panel lines but overall I like the effect. The chrome trees in this kit were really badly finished so I stripped it all off and used Molotow chrome where appropriate. The wheels are painted Tamiya TS-30 Silver Leaf, which is my new favorite color for polished aluminum wheels. Overall I’m happy with this one. I’m probably in the minority here, but the C4 is my absolute favorite Corvette gen as far as looks go so I’m excited to have one on my shelf!
  5. I built this one back in 1977, when I was 16 years old. I painted it a couple more times over the ensuing years, then got tired of how it looked, and stripped it down to bare plastic (which of course ruined the filler) in 1989. After that, it sat in pieces, as you see it here, but scattered to the wind, until just this year, when I sorted through all my parts, and got all of the original pieces I could find back in one place... The wheel flares and front spoiler were made from the plastic flats they divided record albums with at the stores... That green piece is a leftover bit from a '69 Cougar that was painted with the same can of paint... Originally painted Cal Custom Metalflake Green, I recoated it a few years later with Testors Candy Transparent Green, which made it a good deal darker. I ran the stock hood, but in 1989 I decided to do this 'update' using the scoop from the 69 Chevelle kit. That was also when I reshaped the door windows, painted it red, and then, unhappy with the faint panel lines, stripped the body in 409. That rear spoiler is the front spoiler from the Revell "Jungle Jim" Vega funny car. Got a little rambunctious with the sanding there, didn't I? Sorry, louvers! Considering that it went through the stripper, that automotive spot putty has held up pretty well. (except for this flare...) Here's the motor and the rolling stock (minus the back halves of the tires (had yet to dig these up, still.) Not shown are the side pipes, which I ended up painting black. They'll be replaced with chrome ones. Keep in mind that was 16 year old me that put those plug wires on... The header flanges will hide the ends. I think the wheels were cribbed from the "Iron Horse" Mustang kit, but the Countdown Series 66 Mustang had 'em too. Anybody got 4 good ones like these? A little drilling, filing, and pinning got her back up on 4 wheels, with engine in place. Dig those old school sewing thread plug wires.... Here she is mocked up... First time on all four wheels in 23 years. And after searching diligently, I've found me some Plastikote Metal Flake Green in an old school can! Just like I painted it with back in 1977.... What do you think? Worth saving? You can see more photos of the rebuild process here...http://public.fotki....vette/?show=all
  6. Is it real or model? I have the answer but will let you all guess for a while.
  7. Since a 1/25 scale model kit of the C7 Grand Sport does not exist --this was a major kitbash using the 2016 Revell C7 Stingray kit as the base, cut out the rear fenders and rocker panels of the Revell C7R, for the 'wide body' rear fenders. Cut out all vents, grill openings and used bits from a 1/24 Maisto C7 Z06, cup wheels from Plazmos, spoiler and ground effects from C1 models, 'black' corvette badging from Speedway decals and paint is Automotive Touchup, Arctic White and Carbon Flash Black center stripe, 'hash' fender stripes are Mecha Acrylic Gunmetal, all cleared with AT 1K Clearcoat --rubbed out and polished. You can follow the build chronology on the 'WIP' section. I've also included a picture of the car that was my inspiration. So here's some pictures(I still need to work on my photography skills) of the finished model -- appreciate any comments, thx Al
  8. Started this one a few days ago, painted Testors Fiery orange with wet look clear. Thanks for looking, all comments welcomed.
  9. After five years, it is done! I started this one back on January 15, 2015 and just now got it done August 7th of this year. Painted Testors White Lightening with wet look clear, interior is Tamiya TS-69 linoleum brown, straight out of the box. Thanks for looking, all comments welcomed.
  10. Started back in 2015, I am finally getting around to finishing it. Painted Testors Nassau blue with Tamiya TS-54 light metallic blue interior. This will have the tri power big block in it.
  11. Started back in 2015, this AMT kit is an adventure. The front and rear bumpers did not fit well so there was a lot of sanding and puttying done to correct it. Painted Testors Fiery Orange with wet look clear, interior is Tamiya TS-69 linoleum deck brown. The 454 has the single 4bbl intake. Tires are from the new release MPC 70 Bonneville kit. I still have some fitment issues to deal with. I also have an MPC 74 Corvette convertible painted the same color that I am building as a companion piece to this one.
  12. Somewhat of a partial kit, I started this one in 2015. Tires/wheels and brakes (I think) are from a Revell 59 Corvette kit, painted Tamiya TS-20 metallic green. This will have the "bag of snakes" side pipes and a tri-power 454 big block.
  13. Started in 2015, painted Tamiya TS-97 pearl yellow with TS-69 linoleum deck brown interior. This one has a singe 4bbl big block and kit supplied custom mags, tires are from Model Haus.
  14. Got this one finished Friday, Testors' flame red with Tamiya TS-65 pearl clear, MPC open corvette wheels, parts pack AMT tires. Thanks for looking, all comments welcomed.
  15. Finished today, painted Testors' Hugger Orange with Tamiya TS-13 clear, box stock except for the Firestone tires from an MRC tire/wheel combo. Thank you for looking, all comments welcomed.
  16. Started in February 22, 2015, completed August 10, 2020. Painted Tamiya TS-54 light metallic blue, interior is Testors Nassau blue. Thanks for looking, all comments welcomed.
  17. I started a lot of these back in 2015, this one hit the bench February 22 of that year. Got the engine done, frame modified, then put it in the box. Today I gave it a couple coats of Tamiya TS-54 Light metallic blue and shot the interior with Testors Nassau blue. I'm hoping I'll get this one done in a few days, thank you for looking, all comments welcomed.
  18. I was aware of the Mint 1958 Corvettes but was surprised to find a Classic Metal Works '58 in 1/24 scale. It turned out to be an affordable model with almost all the feature of the Mint cars. It was 1958 at Dusty Rhoads Chevrolet.
  19. Thanks for looking, all comments welcomed.
  20. Started July 24, 2015 and finished yesterday, July 19th. Color is (I think) Tamiya TS-50 blue. Silver interior and a luggage rack from an AMT 70 Corvette. AMT RWL tires with the kit supplied factory rally wheels. Air cleaner is the custom unit from the Revell 64 Impala. This was a fun little kit to put together. A mystery big block, as 1975 Corvettes came from the factory with 350 small blocks! Thanks for looking, all comments welcomed.
  21. Started in December of 2015, I finished it up today. Glad this one is done! I don't remember what color it is painted, I think it was a testors auto lacquer teal but am not sure. Box stock with modifications to the frame to get the suspension sitting a bit lower, it's now almost stock height :-) Simple all black interior, hence the lack of interior shots. Below is a group shot of the ones I've gotten done this month, all except for the 2012 silver kit, that one was done a few years ago. Thanks for looking, all comments welcomed.
  22. After five years, this one is finally off the bench and on the shelf. Painted with Tamiya TS-64 dark mica blue with testors Nassau blue interior. AMT RWL tires from somewhere. I really need to learn how to use those Molotov pens! I know tri-power big blocks were not available in 1975. But, this one had a crate motor 502 installed sometime in it's life :-) Thanks for looking, all comments welcomed.
  23. I have been on the look out for an affordable Danbury Mint 1961 Corvette for quite awhile because it is kind of special for me. My cousin was a draftsman at Molded Fiber Glass Co. in Ashtabula, Ohio where the first Corvette fiberglass bodies were produced. Molded Fiber Glass still had some connection with Chevrolet because well prior to the release of the remodeled 1961 Corvette my cousin was able to draw a sketch for me of what it was going to look like. That plus just like the first Corvette bodies I was born in Ashtabula too. So here is my recently acquired Danbury Mint 1961 Corvette. And here it is with its original plastic SMP cousin.
  24. This is a rebuild of a failed attempt from about 12 years ago. It was so warped and bent on top of the poor hood and glass fit, that it got scrapped and recycled for other projects at some point. A few years back, I acquired a Monogram '92 ZR1 (molded in red) cheap in a club auction that not only had a horribly gluebombed body, but was also badly twisted with a broken section near the trunk area that made it unusable for anything else. However, the rest of the ZR1's contents were untouched and still on it's trees, and that inspired me to locate the body, front bumper, and glass glass of the Callaway for a possible restoration. I didn't have the Callaway's original hood, and the ZR1's warped and messy body had the hood heavily glued shut. But I recalled having a unpainted yellow molded ZR1 hood from a parts box I was given at a club meeting. I tracked that down and added trimmed side scoops from the AMT '69 Covair's custom parts as hood scoops. The Callaway's one piece glass snapped on the drivers and passengers side windows, but the rest was salvageable by making it with a windows down look. I also didn't have the Callaway's original taillights, so I made custom two piece ones cut from sheet styrene and painted transparent red over silver. Callaway's body was still warped, but I did the best I could with correcting some of it's horrible fit it as it would probably break and snap further after it's purple bath. Otherwise, the bulk of the Red '92 ZR1 filled in for the interior, motor, chassis, and suspension stuff. I also did other modifications as followed: Custom twin turbo setup using resin turbos, intercoolers from Mustang Mach II, and styrene scrap trees bent as intake tubes ZR1's exhaust was used with slight modifications to where it connects to the turbos and fabricating the rear exhaust to exit out the center of the Callaway's body NOS tank and steering wheel gagues were leftover parts from a Revell Mathew and Debby Heys Thunderbird Pro Street Mesh screening was used to replace molded rear bumper vents that were broken from storage Revell '09 ZR1 wheels, disc brakes, and rear tires were used with front tires from the AMT F&F Supra Interior paint is Rustoluem Painters Touch True Blue dullcoated with Rustoluem Matte Clear. Exterior is Tamiya TS-52 Candy Lime Green over Rustoluem Silver cleared with Pledge
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