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  1. I am waiting for some ordered parts for Salt Shaker and the custom decals I am making for the Riviera, and then the motivation to finish the decals on my Ford GT, so why not start another project? This is the AMT Pontiac Catalina. I purchased this many years ago and it has been on the storage rack just staring at me for years so the other day I picked up the box, opened it and figured, why not? So, first thing I did, which seems to be the first thing I always do with these cars is I started opening the doors. But since I planned on removing and replacing the top, I only did the doors up to about 90% since I needed the strength of the doors to hold the body together once the top is removed. Removing to the top was a snap. 4 quick cuts with the electric rotary saw and the top was gone. The only tricky part was rebuilding new "A" pillars because the curved ones would not look correct since the new roof is significantly lower than the original. I glued and puttied the new roof in place and sanded the joints smooth. Then I opened the rear window and finished the side window area. When I finished opening the doors and built hinges for them I moved on to the inside door panels. Once the hinges were secured, I cut out the inside door panels from the kit supplied interior "sides" and glued them in place. I then added plastic strips around all of the windows to represent the chrome molding which will be BMF after the car is painted. Next, I will use bondo to make the door jams and finish them. I decided to add rear wheel opening skirts. These were cut out in two layers because of the body contours and then glued and puttied in place. I am planning a light pale yellow "pearlish" flat paint and maybe some painted on white scallops to accent it. of course, the colors are always subject to change as I may see another car that inspires me to go a different color direction, but as of now, the light pale yellow is looking good in my minds eye. . This door actually fits perfectly, it is just not closed properly here. Obviously, the doors and trim still need a little work to clean them up and align the doors exactly, but all is pretty close to finished on them.P.S., that is Max who came into my workroom to annoy me to give him, and his buddy, Dexter some treats,I dechromed the front and rear bumpers as they will be molded to the body and obviously paint body color. I am planing a slightly modified air-cleaner for the engines 2 carb's and a very lowered stance. Not sure if the door handles remain or get shaved yet. Thinking of using the custom wheels from the 1965 Riviera since I have them just laying around on the workbench since I have different wheels for Riv, when I get to finish that car.
  2. Havent done a wip in this section of the forum before, so I will start of with a simple build. I love the Impala's not matter the year. Whilst searching for some other things came across this and thought yep thats what il do to one of the kits I have. Simple and clean. So with that as a base for some inspiration.... Grab the kit and some wheels and set it up to see where to go from here, umm lots sanding ahead. The wide whites only come on the Crossbars that im aware of, changed them over to a set of Chrome Reverse Will be a curbside build.
  3. Looks like many of us are building the recent release of the Rivera. I am also but I didn't want to do the same old thing with it, so mine is going to be unique. First I began opening the doors while the body was still in-tacked so I could be a bit rough on it as I was working the doors free. When they were almost free, I shifted my attention to the roof. As with the 1962 Buick 225 and the 1965 Pontiac Grand Prix, I am not a big fan of the squarish formal style roofs on those cars. I changed the roofs on those two cars, so why not on this one too since I am not happy with the look of the stock roof, I cut away the roof and molded in a vacuum formed roof I made reminiscent of the 1965 roofs from most GM 2 door coupes. I think it just flows better and in doing so I am able to "lay down" the "A" pillar for a much more streamlined look giving the new roof a 4 inch chop from the original roof setting.. I set the roof so it flowed more to the rear making the cabin area longer and lower. Because of the look of the longer lower roof, the rear of the car looked too short to my eye. So I cut the rear end off behind the rear wheels. I then reset it 5 scale inches further back to give the rear a better flow with the new roof. I filled the gap with strips of polystyrene and Tamiya putty to fill the gaps. Then I completed opening the doors and added the custom front and rear fascias. I really like the longer rear quarter panels with this lower roof. This car will be lowered down and get a unique paint scheme...... I thinking maybe "Satin and Lace" maybe, maybe not. So, tell what you think about this.
  4. Hey guys, I just wanted to share another build I completed a few weeks ago for a customer
  5. Custom, one off, gull-wing coupe. Vacuum formed over a hand sculpted buck. Ferrari 360 Modena engine. Tamiya Mica Blue on top, Tamiya Light Metallic Blue in middle and a custom mix light grey on the bottom Pegasus wheels and parts box tires..... This was a bear of a build hand forming all of the interior panels and opening the doors. It is different, but I like it...... shark nose, shark mouth, shark eyes and shark gills, be careful, she bites. Thanks for looking.
  6. About five years ago, there was a lot of activity in the "What if" thread here (if you haven't gone through it, you should check it out here: http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/topic/61461-what-if/). While participating in that thread, I decided to apply some of the body mods to a '67 Ford Galaxie that Chip Foose had done to the '65 Chevy Impala (2015 Ridler winner) that is called The Imposter, below is the resultant PhotoChop: Here is the original for comparison:
  7. Attached are pictures of the three CAR MODEL cover/article cars I was able to obtain last month. The condition of the three varies: -The '57 Chevy is in quite decent shape. The bumpers have "silvered" a bit, but they're better than equivalent parts in some unbuilt Revell kits from the period that I have seen. The paint on the car still has a nice shine. The seam between the original kit roof and the balsa extension piece is visible, but not obtrusive. A detailed build article appeared in the July 1964 issue. This model was entered in the Revell/Pactra contest series in 1965 (the third and, I believe, last series). I don't know how it did. Probably for the contest, the wheels and tires used in the original build (from the base kit) were replaced with AMT '55 Nomad wheels and tires. A custom grille bar from an AMT '56 Ford kit was also added. And no, I don't get the Ford oval decals on a Cadillac-powered Chevy. -The '49 Mercury appeared on, and in, the May 1966 issue. Two Mercury kits were used, the second one donated body sections for the custom front end and to stretch the chopped top. The Hurst mag wheels and tires appear to be from the '66 Mercury annual kit. The chop is incorrect compared to a 1:1 Merc, in that the top is stretched and the rear window area is cut. Good 1:1 Merc chops shift the roof forward without extending it, and tilt the rear window area forward to close the gap. The tempered glass backlite can't be cut anyway. Plans are to clean this one up, reattach the loose parts, and then build a clone with another two Merc kits. I'll do the "wrong" chop but will cut the two bodies so as to have fewer seams to fill. The original build stretched the roof with a piece added in at the center, with the B-pillars being spliced in towards the end of the job. I'll do it differently but it will look the same. The paint on this car is Testor's metalflake blue, from the Ed Roth color line. One of the newer Testor's custom lacquers should approximate the color. I might even use the custom wheels from a reissue '66 Merc, just because. -The '65 Coronet appeared in two issues (November and December 1965) and on the December cover. My November issue doesn't have a cover, so I don't know if the Dodge appears or is mentioned on it. The November article outlines the wheelbase alteration, with December allocated to paint and hand lettering. Different themes were used on opposite sides of the car. This model is in one piece but isn't in great shape: the paint is on the heavy side and exhibits a lot of cracking on the hood, roof, and deck. I wanted to get this car in particular, as I thought someone not knowing what it was might tear it down and strip the paint for a rebuild. I'd like to build a new one of these (or more likely two, each with the same lettering on both sides). Maybe two Polar Lights Coronets, or possibly an original MPC for one car and a Moebius Plymouth Satellite for the other....
  8. Hello all! This is one of my first model car builds in a while, mainly because school is out and summer is here. So now I have more time to grow my skills in this wonderful hobby. Here it is so far, I'm still working on the chassis and little things here and there. I decided to make this a sleek and custom Corvette. I want to use the taillight pieces below, which may look like they are from a Corvette, but no. They are from a '58 Ford Thunderbird. A custom spice! This is the first model car I've done with a flat-color interior. All of my previous builds have gloss black interiors, which I will admit is not very realistic. That's all the pictures I have for now. I will gladly post more in this thread as I progress through this build. Thanks for viewing!
  9. Hello! So this one is a ´67 VW Pick - Up ( or pritchenwagen in Deutsch ) kit from Hasegawa. I decided to sand away any excess detail from it and to give it a typical 90´s custom show car look; clean appearance with semi gloss pearl white paint and modern wheels.. Those 13" BBS wheels and tyres came from Scaleproduction, paint is from Tamiya and seats are resin Volvo P1800 units from Air - Trax. Finnish custom ordered licence plates. glass is made from Raboesch smoke tinted PVC- sheet. pics:
  10. Here is some pics of my Impala on the bench. Started it couple years ago and just got back to it after major life events. This is a practice model to since it's been so long. Trying out the wash technique that I've never done. Thanks for looking in.
  11. Re-Issue of the 1965 kit. Lowered, engine detailed and doors opened Two-tone of custom mixed 1966 Ford Mustang Emberglow Poly on top and black on sides. Custom mix Interior color with Leopard skin decals on the seating area and doors.
  12. Were the three 1961 model year kits listed in the below ad the first of AMT's Sytline kits? Looks like SMP joined the party at some point, too, at least with Plymouth Valiant kit:
  13. I used the front clip to make a '41` coupe years ago, on Revell's '48 body, so I had this AMT woody body left over. Here it is totally stock, I don't want a 4 door! So I removed the B pillars and tried to scribe the lines back in for future development. I thought that if I removed the roof and "sectioned" it about a scale 3 inches it might look sleeker. Then I removed the other pillars, the roof has been sanded down 1/8th of an inch, approx 3 scale inches but it's not glued back on yet. I'm not sure of where I'll go with this, IF I decide to chop it, now is the time to do that! I do want to make it into a 2 door with modern chassis and interior, wheels etc. All suggestions and wild ideas are encouraged to be posted, please!
  14. An experiment with tape and nail polish. I plan to do more. It was great fun to play with colour and patterns. Parts box wheels, shod with Modelhaus tyres. I hope you like it
  15. Some of the crazy projects appearing on these pages lately have inspired me to share this one here...the general idea is to create a '60s custom-rod referencing a bunch of 1:1 1960s hot rods and customs, like the Invader, Asteroid, Manta Ray, Strip Star, Cosma Ray, and others. There will be a mild "surf" theme, but nothing super outlandish. The plan is for Indy-style independent suspension front and rear, and hopefully an opening gullwing door. This project has been creeping along for about 3 months now, so I'll post a few photos to bring things up-to-date. The victim: After pushing the cabin back, filling in the nose, bracing the body: Front fenders cut out and replaced with concave sections of sails from a model sailing ship: Hood roughed in, passenger-side A-pillar removed in anticipation of creating a partial wrap-around window, custom taillight made from Edsel grille and CD jewel case plastic: There are a few more details not shown here (ie, chromed headers will exit from the fender cove), but that pretty much covers it so far!
  16. I was thinking of improving my airbrush skills and wanted to build something more or less OOB, and concentrate on trying out paint techniques. This popped up on eBay for £20. 38 years old and stil in cellophane! The box interior had that 'old' smell. The Barris decals are rub-on transfers and there's a sheet of self adhesive prismatic sticker material. I'm not going to use either of these, as I intend to paint designs on the body. I removed all the scripts and door handles. The mould seams n the body were feint but there were a few sink marks to deal with. I used the custom rear window and filled the gaps After a fruitless search for Pegasus wheels online, I opted for some nice rims from the AMT 60 Starliner kit, shod with narrow whites from the sorely missed Modelhaus.. A big canvas for some creativity!
  17. Hi guys, here is another iconic custom car that I tried to rebuild in scale, John D´Agostinos Golden Starfire. Here the original car: And my scale version: It was built from a Jimmy Flintstone resin curbside kit of a ´61 Oldsmobile Super 88 with a few retouches and additional parts: All trim, emblems and handles were shaved. The hood was cut from the body and I inserted the engine bay of an AMT ´62 Chevy Bel Air along with the front part of the frame/chassis and the engine. The Bel Air also donored its window glass. The suspension was lowered and I used wire wheels from my spare parts with custom hubcaps and AMT parts pack´s wide whites. The ´60 Mercury grille with the Lucas headlights came from AMT´s ´59 El Camino kit. The interior tub and seats are ´63 Impala parts and I scratch built a center console and tuck´n´roll upholstery, he steering wheel is a Modelhaus item. A scratch built trim bar was placed between ThePartsBox custom bullet taillights. Thanks for looking, hope you like it.
  18. fizi

    Ferrari Enzo

    Hi Guys, I built this Enzo a while back. Had a detail kit I think it was Hobby Design plus a number of scratch built parts. Total part were 550+ I changed the wheels out, I wanted a firmer look with the Bugatti Veyron as an inspiration. I was never mad keen on the Enzo but I thought with a more modern colour it was actually a really nice car Let me know what you think
  19. I wanted to build one with the Edsel tail lights and Desoto front bumper, so I started this one. I also found some fin extensions and a set of wild fender skirts. What do you all think? I got lots of sandingin my future!
  20. I have an original issue 57 Ford that I have the style line parts from and I wanted to use them, so here is the result so far. I am using the "Kandy Kart" front and the extended rear on this one. Lots of gaps to fill! I found someone on ebay selling the older chrome trees for this kit, the one with the chrome suspensions so I got that. I also ordered a set of double stripe AMT tires for it. I'll be using the deep dish wheels and baby moons on this build. Thanks
  21. In 2011,that was my first try of replicating a custom car that really exists in scale. The original is Billy F. Gibbons´ 1950 Ford phantom 3-window coupe called Kopperhed, built by Pete Chapouris. I used AMT´s 49 Ford for my model of that beautyful custom rod. I chopped the Top 2 scale inches, lowered the body, extended the doors, slanted the B-pillars and filled the rear quarter windows. Then I removed the bumper guards and rechromed with BMF. A ´56 Ford steering wheel was added to interior and on the passenger side of the seat bench I placed two issues of the Custom Rodder and Rod & Custom magazines, which both featured the Koppperhed in 1996. Under the hood I swapped the flathead for ´55 Thunderbird Y-block with triple carbs, according to the original car. Hope you like it Greetings from Germany
  22. I just bought from my local hobby shop the flat box of the '65 Poncho. I had one as a kid in the late '70's and never finished it. I had trouble with the custom parts and old tube cement was not the best thing for this project. I got rid of it and now I have a fresh new one to screw up, lol! I always loved the cover box art. As I remembered, the custom front clip and hood have a horrible fit. Engine has an axle hole through it and some flashy parts. I got my trusty Zap A Gap out and accelerant and had at it last night and this morning. I trimmed 1mm off of the back of the hood to make it line up with the slant of the front clip. I glued the hood in place in the front and tacked it in the back. I plan on pancaking the hood. I smooth the fender tops to follow the artwork, dechromed and shaved the sides. I am not sure f I will use the skirts and I also shaved the handles. I removed the crease on the trunk declid and emblem. I used the custom rear pan and full tailight. both the front and back pins have a awful fit and a lot of super glue was used for filler.
  23. One of my Flickr contacts takes photos of car shows in California. This custom is incredible, I'm amazed at the craftsmanship of all the cars, but this bare metal finish would be fun to try in scale. Illusion by Rick Dore by bballchico, on Flickr
  24. I'm building a kit bash camaro. I am wondering if anyone makes resin car seats. Does anyone make camaro seats? Is there a site I can go to and find custom interior for models? Worst case if anything let me know what kind of model kit to search out for these parts. I'm trying to find these exact seats/interior for my build. I believe these are from a 73 camaro.
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