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I enjoyed the Impala part of this project, but I'm REALLY excited to see the Vette part! 😁

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I wanna build that red ‘Vette too😍, but I don’t have a clue how to go about it....or the skills. But if you are going to do it Eric, I guess I can get my get my thrills vicariously.🙂 I’ll be watching in anticipation!

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I am pretty sure that someone made the narrowed body in a 3d print. I did see one of those bodies at the last Heartland Nationals I attended. I am pretty sure that just recently I saw it available, perhaps on shapeways. 

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Thanks guys!   I havent found that 3d printed narrow vette yet, but i have looked a couple times... for now I tossed all the vettes back in the boxes to keep concentration on the “impala” 

i made lots of progress on the records and record player, even made that superfly album.. also moody blues and abby rd. then a random yellow motown record.  i used the silhouette cutter for this, and .005 colored film from hobby lobby. I scored the records then cut the perimeters.  Then i made a mask and painted the center white, followed by ink jet printed clear decals for the labels.

 I finished up the HUD with some printed gauge faces, googly eye bubbles and some etched .015 clear.  The evans  micro flickering LED light is bright and shines nicely. 

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I really like how you did the records. The setup with the picture, I'm guessing, of the band on the screen reminds me of a player that used to be in some "drinking establishments" that I may have visited long ago. What they had was a larger Juke Box with a TV type screen mounted on top. I think they used to call it a Scope a Tron or something like that. You would play a selection and it showed a music video of the artist that was playing. Great idea here, along with everything else you've done on this build. 

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Love the record player, and the tiny records. That tone arm is in the right place but on the wrong side of the record.

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On 11/11/2020 at 7:37 PM, mrm said:

I am pretty sure that someone made the narrowed body in a 3d print. I did see one of those bodies at the last Heartland Nationals I attended. I am pretty sure that just recently I saw it available, perhaps on shapeways. 

I saw possibly the same car on the table at5 a Toledo NL a few years ago. It was printed in a translucent material.

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Thanks guys!!  I made a little progress on the engine(s) today... still needs some work to be a finished assembly, but I like where this is headed...  those plug wires were all sorts of fun..   I feel like ive said this before... but no more dual engine model cars.. 😆

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No pain no gain Eric!  In the end, your hard work will be rewarded and those hard working moments will be just another memory while waiting to jump on a new project.  Those engines are beautiful as for the rest of the build!

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On 11/21/2020 at 3:47 PM, Impalow said:

I feel like ive said this before... but no more dual engine model cars.. 😆

Was just re-enjoying the bubbletop Comet thread from 2017...and yup, you said that before 

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Glad you’re not sticking to it though 😂😂🤪👍🏻

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Hahhaa.. i knew i said that before! 
 

thanks a bunch guys... wrapped up the engine assembly today! 

The belts are made from electrical tape, and boy was that fun.. as well as the imagineered transmission linkage.  The HO train fans/grills really bring it to life, and actually look better in person than in photos because of the depth. 

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Thanks guys!!!  

Got the chassis/drivetrain/interior all assembled and wired last night.... I'm about "done" on this thing except the rainbow candy and clear. 

I'm going to pivot off this one for a little bit, and back onto my RWB Myers Manx.... I think I can get it in basecoat and clear them at the same time.

Here are a couple of videos of the screens working:

And a photo of the HUD all illuminated.. just because it is way cool.  Thank you all for the inspiration and ideas on that!

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I love this thing so much, so much awesomeness! 

As usual with your builds, I wish I'd thought of it all first :D

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