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I've been wanting to make a post that contained all of my jet cars. Finally got around to it.

I want to thank all of you who have been following me through the years. It's been a fun ride! You always have such wonderful comments. I appreciate them all.

I have posted all of these in the Work in Process forums as well as the finished model forums over the past four+ years.

37 Chevy Coupe - JetRod - Build 1

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This is where it all started. The front turbines were from a 1/44 scale A-10 Warthog. I cut the front fenders off and attached the turbines directly to the front suspension. I cut the rear fenders off preparing to mount 2 more Warthog turbines, but I didn't like the look upon mock up. I came up with this idea to hinge the back fenders as a unit. I was really surprised that I was able to pull this off.

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This was also my first serious attempt at weathering. I used the hairspray technique. It's supposed to be two tone green and white, but I took too much of the white off in my opinion. I could have also used more variations of rust colors.

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I display the model with the orange windows. It looks more sci-fi. Most of the extra parts on this build were either scratch built or spare parts from other 1/25 scale cars. This was before I started using Gundam kits to borrow from.

Number of windshield visors spotted: 1

68 Volkswagen Beetle - RocketWagen - Build 2

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What inspired me to remove 1/3 the center out of a VW bug? I was thinking about sticking large turbines out of the rear. Where the old engine resided. Taking up most of the back seat area as well. I figured this thing was built for pure speed. A single seat rocket.

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This was back when I scratch built most of my detailed parts. All the turbines, the grilled radiators under the front fenders, the rear window intakes.  It's funny to see your early work compared to the new stuff.

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This is my only jet car that doesn't have turbines on the front suspension. It has front wings similar to a Star Wars speeder bike. Those blue wings are the original seat backs for the driver and passenger. The white inner wings are the seat backs from the next jet car on my list.

Number of visors spotted: 2

68 VW Beetle - Vintage style - Build 3

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The plan was to make a Jetboard that would be carried on the roof rack. Scratch built the roof rack for that one purpose only. The Jetboard remains in my scrap pile 90% complete. Someday..........

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Was going for the Cali style. I accidentally over-tinted the windows. First time using a spray tint. It actually has a cool red interior that I wish you could see.

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The air flaps in the back direct the airflow to the large intakes. Gotta have big intakes.

Number of visors spotted: 2

32 Ford speedster - Build 4

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I was really proud of this one once it was complete. I felt like my weathering had really improved. I really like the color combo as well. This one has a grimy, dirty look. I love it.

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These front turbines were also from a A-10 Warthog, but a smaller scale than used on the 37 Chevy. This is my only jet car that has landing gear. Two skid plates at the rear and two skis at the front.

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There are linkages to the front flaps. Two bottles of Nitrous in the passenger well. A large fuel tank and flight computer under the hood. Lots of little details.

Visors spotted: 3

47 Fleetmaster - The Flightmaster - Build 5

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I used a similar hinged rear as my first build. This car had the perfect @$$ for it. I used a lot of Gundam parts on the undercarriage here. A lot of Styrene rod as well for pipes. I wanted it to have a heavy look.

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I moved the front and rear fenders outward making the car wider. This gave me spaces to add little mechanical details. Not 100% happy with the front view of this car. I do like the side and rear view.

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Instead of placing visible turbines at the front fenders, I went with a more concealed look only showing the exhaust port.

Visors spotted: 4

41 Chevy Pick Up -  Build 6

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I had scratch built two large turbines for a 71 Hemi Cuda jet car I was working on. I placed them under this pick up just to see how they looked. I instantly switched over to this jet truck. The propulsion under the wheel wells make this more of a VTOL type craft. The four wheel jet engines are made from halves of V-8 engines with Styrene tube (2) glued where the heads mount. You can see the transmission housings facing each other under the truck.

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This was one of the most fun jet cars I've built. It came together so easily. I like the side details on the hood. This one has a ton of detail under the truck bed that can be accessed from the middle panel. I'll post more of the detail shots of each car soon.

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One of the few that has the stock grill intact. I attempted to make my own, but none of them looked better than the original. I love this truck. One of my favorites.

Visors spotted: 5

32 Ford Vickie - The Junkyard Dog - Build 7

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This started out as a Vickie. I cut the top off because I wanted to make a cool interior that could be seen. I went a little crazy on the flight controls. the front turbines are scratch built. The rear are made similar to the 41 pick up.

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The mechanical details that stick out from under the hood are asymmetrical. The driver's side is covered, the passenger side is open.

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Another custom grill. The turbine fins are scratch built. Probably my least favorite jet car

Visors spotted: 6

51 Bel Air - Build 8

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This would be the villain's car in some post apocalyptic movie. I originally thought about making it a police pursuit car.

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This car relies heavily on Gundam parts for all the little details, it has the most by far. The tail fins make it look somewhat like a 57 Chevy.

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I made cut outs on the doors to protect from the heat of the front turbines. The undercarriage on this one is my favorite. As well as the four wheel well turbines. They show so much detail and fit the look that I wanted.

Visors spotted: 7

56 Ford FD-100 - Foose Flyer - Build 9

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I found the perfect shaped shoulder thrusters from Gundam Virtue. They fit where the front fenders were. I did have to modify the thrusters to get them to fit. I went without the truck bed, to show off all the mechanical bits.

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I matched the grills from the front of the truck to the side intakes. Then matched the rear intakes to the front. The visor was a good addition. lots of linkages and steel.

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A little detail under the hood. I really like the A arms that attach to the front turbines.

Visors spotted: 8

63 Corvette - Jetvette - Build 10

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This is still a work in progress at this time. I have it up in the WIP section. I went a little different direction with the paint here. I want this to be a race livery. I need to get motivated to make my own futuristic sponsor decals and a race number for the door..

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After I install the race decals, I plan to do a slight weathering. As if it has been in a few races. Some grease, soot and maybe some wear spots on the heavily used areas.

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This one has plenty of Gundam parts as well. Probably the 2nd most. It's the only vehicle with identical turbines at all four corners.

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I like the look from directly above.

Visors spotted 8 of 10 cars. It helps with aerodynamics, trust me.

Which is your favorite?

 

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THis is just fantastic! All I would like to know, to try and build something similar is...are most of the extra parts scratchbuilt?

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Man this is really great work. so many details. Can´t stop looking...i´m not in these Scifi-things but i like the work very much. I hope to see more models from you...

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1 hour ago, Beamerman said:

Man this is really great work. so many details. Can´t stop looking...i´m not in these Scifi-things but i like the work very much.

Just what I was about to say! And I really like the weathering on those models.

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Wow!  I've really enjoyed seeing your WIP's - having all of the builds together in one thread really shows your creativity.  

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What the?! I'm so impressed with your imagination and your "weathering" technique. Everything looks like it's metal. Could look at these models for hours.

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The weathering, the imagination, the workmanship are all amazing! On the Vettejet, don't forget Spaceley Sprockets for the sponsor decals! How about Lucas Junk Yard? Lots of fun possibilities!

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AMAZING!  Such creativity unleashed on unsuspecting model kits!  WoW!

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I think you have created your own genre - space hot rods! And you are the master of them!  The weathering leaves me envious but the creativity is off the charts.  These models make no sense and yet at the same time they are utterly believable!  I am in awe!

Cheers

Alan

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Outstanding! This idea is pretty cool. I can't choose my favorite. The "classic" beetle is sweet but the name for the Jetvett sounds awesome too.

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22 hours ago, Daxman said:

... 32 Ford Vickie - The Junkyard Dog - Build 7 ...Probably my least favorite jet car......

Which is your favorite?

If you're tossing that one out the window, I'll take it!  =)

As for my favorite, I'm split between the red & white '32 speedster and the black '51 Bel Air.  Funny, you'd think in the future folks would have figured out miracle spray-on inhibitors to keep rust from running away on them .... either that, or they know to avoid mid '70s GM vehicles like the plague for hovercar conversions.

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I enjoy the comments. This is what motivates us all to be creative and show off our work.Thank you all so much! ?

 

22 hours ago, PatW said:

THis is just fantastic! All I would like to know, to try and build something similar is...are most of the extra parts scratchbuilt?

Thanks Tom. The first four builds include more scratch built items. It wasn't until the Fleetmaster that I started relying on Gundam kits as my go to source for parts. The Gundam parts are mainly used as filler for the undercarriage and engine bay. The large turbines that stick out the back of most of my vehicles, those are scratch built. I use large 1/2, 7/16 and 3/8 Styrene tube placed one inside the next.

15 hours ago, Paul Payne said:

The weathering, the imagination, the workmanship are all amazing! On the Vettejet, don't forget Spaceley Sprockets for the sponsor decals! How about Lucas Junk Yard? Lots of fun possibilities!

Thank you Paul. I'm procrastinating. I haven't used digital art in ages. I have a free program called Gimp that is very similar to Photoshop. I just need to get the basics down. If anyone knows an alternative program, or a place where I can get 1/25 scale futuristic decals. Please let me know.

2 hours ago, alan barton said:

I think you have created your own genre - space hot rods! And you are the master of them!  The weathering leaves me envious but the creativity is off the charts.  These models make no sense and yet at the same time they are utterly believable!  I am in awe!

Cheers

Alan

I always think as I'm building these vehicles "these would never get off the ground". I just gotta make them look as if they could.

 

Here's some close ups of the smaller details.

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Fantastic work . Something right out of Mad Max genre .

What method are you using to create that excellent rust effect ? I haven't had any luck with that at all.

 I see videos explaining chipping effects on armour but nothing like what you have created here . The Picasso of rust effects .

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I like your first and last builds best Dax! The ‘51 Chevy and narrowed VW are great too....heck, they’re all great! It would be really fabulous to see and animated sci-fi movie made with these vehicles...sort of along the lines of Heavy Metal.?

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Wow! That is some serious fun!  They look like outlaw versions of Star Wars pod racers.  Same planet different culture.  I really like all the subtle details that make them seem plausible.   Stay after it and so me more.  I'm hooked!

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If you ever want to get rid of the ´41 Chevy P/U i´ll take it and i promise to build a suitable starting ramp for it !!   ;-))


 

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Very imaginative work! They are more art than model! They easily could be dropped into the set of Bladerunner (or similar sci fi movie) and fit right in!

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