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05FCDE59-3DEC-4892-8777-D2473999DBC6.jpeg.c85d1b3f772d22cfe373f812c89f8ffb.jpegE90EE416-ED2B-46B4-90B2-4D4AC1DD9B79.jpeg.1859997deabd05b2c64232f2c500f4a4.jpeg722DBF01-2859-4937-944A-FE37F453F16F.jpeg.cd40266a4a0d652355cd5a3a8f727ad4.jpegThe first thing I found to be very different from previous kits that I’ve built is that there are no trees that the parts are attached to, and also the instructions are something that one should get a good nights sleep before delving into.9C2B0223-8C04-49A1-8573-AA8F04ADDF01.jpeg.2e37016dd607a2cc599c4d5d55184597.jpegC79C9B71-C02C-4DE1-9213-EBE8ACD12499.jpeg.3c689ff10dc366215339c70dd59a38b5.jpeg45B35783-546B-4C3E-B0EE-9A53B47F7583.jpeg.2009c0cf1d3364bff0c06cf85aff6f52.jpeg9B761FD7-8A09-41BB-931E-B87A51BC8404.jpeg.67dcd09761b6d092f6aca202c25e45bf.jpegOkay, so before I get started on the build I’m just going to lay everything out for organization purposes and to show all the parts the kit consists of. The parts that I’ve labeled with the letters (A,B,C, etc.) are just intended to be simple reference markers. For example, parts that are exact duplicates will all have the same letter next to them, but if they are right and left side specific duplicates, which sides they go on will be determined when they’re called for during the build process. If I were to say (3E), I would be referring to the big yellow circle with a number “3” in it and the letter “E” would appear next to the part in that photo, which in this case “3E” is the distributor. Seems obvious, but you never know, so I thought I better explain.97F4D7D5-1357-4617-8144-5BC74F43DBF3.jpeg.601395b3529f2edc00ceadbdd4a00619.jpeg407EAD4D-2EF6-4E2E-BD39-567CC4F47696.jpeg.147c492e3233b24d165bfcf1d542e20c.jpeg5A4B7E1A-F534-48AB-8ADD-46E63AE6EF82.jpeg.110d9b729665fdaefc7ca8643b398ec9.jpeg8FD1E9E9-73E7-47D0-85CE-010750222BEE.jpeg.8b905c1dbdaec3ec707399e0dd8f0b87.jpeg9E0290CE-0C58-42C3-B452-EDCC208E7D97.jpeg.b81e597e7d67ba65f0f8ec061b0727fe.jpeg95B0E9C0-370F-4853-9146-95BE2C9470BF.jpeg.39a3a926eafa4e1627ad2988371ec5b2.jpeg3B9959E7-839C-44AA-9AAC-D300ED9B64CC.jpeg.8b6cb6bb93e9e962030e354fb7acfe9e.jpeg4DEFD112-7831-4543-9764-E5ECB19A6F7C.jpeg.55ef94717db2d359f3316920746476d5.jpeg9FCFDBC6-D893-498D-987E-AA3E25A712FA.jpeg.e42883f38491b30db9c4aaff8a920707.jpeg72AB49C6-6389-454D-8886-A6CB74D43094.jpeg.ca0ce611977f548d0c37bf6d13a3d343.jpegWhew!... Now that all that’s done I can finally look forward to getting started on the build.? See you next time!

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Looking  forward to your  build.    I   have a few different  HRM  kits  but not the Daytona Coupe.  the  Grand Sport corvette is the only   HRM kit i have finished (well almost done)  and really impressed with kit and how accurate it was to the real race car.    Your builds have looked fantastic  and this should  be a good looking finished product'

 

Bill

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4 minutes ago, 65slotcar said:

Looking  forward to your  build.    I   have a few different  HRM  kits  but not the Daytona Coupe.  the  Grand Sport corvette is the only   HRM kit i have finished (well almost done)  and really impressed with kit and how accurate it was to the real race car.    Your builds have looked fantastic  and this should  be a good looking finished product'

 

Bill

Thank you Bill, and yes, the detail is impressive as well as the overall mold quality. Some parts are incredibly delicate looking.

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I have this kit but haven't tackled it yet. I have built the HRM LeMan Hardtop Cobra kit along with several other Cobra roadsters.  Also built the HRM Porsche 914/6 GT.  I will be following.

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For those forum members who don’t know - I think most of you do - the kit is all resin cast - thus no parts trees - I happened to speak with the “factory” yesterday.  Brad is prepping some more kits for Randy D.  He is one of the last of the Mohicans -  the effort required to mold and cast these parts is fantastic - and the quality of this kit rivals MFH - soon this will all be overtaken by 3D printing - But we can leave that debate for another time - for now - this will be really cool to watch - the Simeone museum in Philly has one of the first Daytona Coupes - in dented and chipped unrestored glory.   

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3 hours ago, absmiami said:

And Brad stubbornly doesn’t blog, or trawl forums, do we can all heap praise on these pages and he will blissfully have no clue ...

I have no issue with that as he has more time to make these fantastic kits. ? Same goes for Norman Veber.   Unfortunately we have not had any MAMA meetings in almost a year due to COVID but I pass along to him everyone’s comments to him via old fashioned snail mail.  I’m sure JC (aka AFX) talks to him regularly as well and I cannot wait to get back to normal life to see Brad and Norman and all the rest of the awesome craftsmen in this area.  I did notice Mary Veber (Norm’s wife) is on Facebook if anyone wants to say hello to Norm or Brad.

Update:  I just spoke to Brad two minutes ago and he is doing very well under the circumstances and he is laying low due to COVID and his health but he wishes everyone well and he will keep making his world class kits and hopes everyone keeps building model cars.

P.S.  I bought the Daytona Coupe kit from Brad about ten years ago and hopefully following along will motivate to start on mine.  ?

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3 hours ago, absmiami said:

For those forum members who don’t know - I think most of you do - the kit is all resin cast - thus no parts trees - I happened to speak with the “factory” yesterday.  Brad is prepping some more kits for Randy D.  He is one of the last of the Mohicans -  the effort required to mold and cast these parts is fantastic - and the quality of this kit rivals MFH - soon this will all be overtaken by 3D printing - But we can leave that debate for another time - for now - this will be really cool to watch - the Simeone museum in Philly has one of the first Daytona Coupes - in dented and chipped unrestored glory.   

Hi Andrew. Thank you for mentioning those important facts.?

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Hey everyone... thanks for your interest and kind comments. Still a bit nervous about the WIP since it’s my first,  but eager to get the build started!? 

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1 hour ago, absmiami said:

Wyoming?  Well your winters must be Like my summers ...  you’ll have enough time to start and even finish this !  Let me know if you need a photo of something ...

Yes, I imagine it being just like Miami summers... long, nearly unbearable, and hurricane force winds. ?

...minus the girls.

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Hello everyone! I got a little bit of headway made so far.

The instructions that come with the kit start to become more easy to digest once you get the starting point established. From that point it’s basically a read-along and you have to keep finding where you left off in the paragraph. I recommend using a highlighter marker to mark over the areas that you’ve finished so it’s easier to jump right back where you left off.

One thing I haven’t been thrilled with so far is how much cleanup is required for some of the parts. For example, the frame/chassis part (12B) had a lot of residue on it that looked kind of like glue and caused bumpy uneaven spots. It would have taken notable time to sand all the round tubing to make it look real nice... something I simply wasn’t willing to do for a piece that will likely never even be looked at by anyone except on this WIP. The carb parts, which are quite tiny also required cleanup on a micro scale with the #11 blade on every piece. It’s difficult to see what you’re doing on such small bright white parts.

I opted to hand brush all of the engine/suspension parts so far, and they turned out looking quite well, however the camera has a magnifying affect which makes the inconsistencies appear more exaggerated than how it appears in person.

Anyway, I decided to go into detail to get a starting point established. Now, with something tangible to work off of, I’m thinking I might be able to simplify things a bit more going forward... We’ll see.0F94EA42-B10E-4F64-93E2-7E48DDF81050.jpeg.4e99c70c382f50eed9c9cbbaf4c57ecc.jpegCF6A81EC-543B-4ED8-B9AF-2A29431924F4.jpeg.53af8ff5892239d7860757a67f36394f.jpegBDF0BC5D-DE9C-4F28-ACA2-268CA088CF80.jpeg.9415701af48513e60184fc95a11b371a.jpeg014A14F3-A2B9-4AA7-82B9-FE976A724336.jpeg.6192511057e1027f606267dcca85d9c6.jpeg2F807F39-D52A-42FB-854B-CB41805CC804.jpeg.e8c984b83cba69316654d6b73bf8d847.jpegB2CF20F4-FF04-40F1-B934-4C084FE4FCAE.jpeg.7f9693770d53c15518d8140acb506ed7.jpegBE275E4B-F96D-4714-A3A4-691994EA2DE8.jpeg.f83a661d6047ef903744511aa0ef690d.jpegFC130901-9F47-4A72-A070-FA484DFC9A05.jpeg.c0118b21c337c80ea172696a323f44c5.jpeg2DF67E00-2FAE-4C25-9AC1-5D1785CF9C77.jpeg.ee94aca1c597a3b2db57fa8c618dab71.jpegB52F383F-1B88-439B-BE60-5C15E14907A9.jpeg.8465855c942b3e76e558b09e4ca9602a.jpeg07C93DEC-F295-40F6-AABB-1B474CD44C7A.jpeg.f53aa68724c16f174c3629dfcd426ab9.jpeg02A96108-DEC2-4BAF-AC8B-2DB195E76BED.jpeg.5141d5c3da96ee251363e5641ecc67e7.jpegFCA49688-CDE0-4896-ADDA-50DF33D71B86.jpeg.560d58a19fc74b872e47e6ba7fbdf2aa.jpeg4904F3F0-5421-4CB7-B2C0-E8E040F88A86.jpeg.bb245fcc25248b8c81c68406e93a3f82.jpeg9EF3BEFB-9F2A-4542-B37C-B2B737C1224E.jpeg.8143ac5cf735d33fa53da2f0ea349e81.jpegBE0241F4-56A0-44F5-BAB1-DEF2D518A877.jpeg.0f4b7ae1b5e9e886498b41cf1befa1b0.jpeg

See you all next time?

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7 minutes ago, cobraman said:

I like how you are presenting this. Very interesting. I use that same glue. Do you ever find the glue joints brittle ?

Thanks Ray.

No, I have never noticed any brittle joints with this glue. I do have a bottle of it that’s over 10 years old which has yellowed with age, but has never, ever clogged inside the applicator nozzle. That made me a believer.

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16 hours ago, cobraman said:

I like how you are presenting this. Very interesting. I use that same glue. Do you ever find the glue joints brittle ?

Second that about the step by step build pictures and comments.  I need to get off my duff and start mine.

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11 hours ago, vamach1 said:

Second that about the step by step build pictures and comments.  I need to get off my duff and start mine.

Thanks Rex... It certainly is a lot more work doing all the pictures etc. for a WIP,  pretty much doubling my overall time in this build and caused me to get a little bit anxious about getting some more progress posted. However, now that I’ve posted the first part of my build I’ve realized I just need to relax. Nothing good’s gonna’ come out of rushing through something right?

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16 minutes ago, Venom said:

Thanks Rex... It certainly is a lot more work doing all the pictures etc. for a WIP,  pretty much doubling my overall time in this build and caused me to get a little bit anxious about getting some more progress posted. However, now that I’ve posted the first part of my build I’ve realized I just need to relax. Nothing good’s gonna’ come out of rushing through something right?

Take your time.  I have found good preparation pays off and building a new kit always take a little longer than expected.  I have put off looking thru a 30 year Ford and Mustang magazine collection and am slowly going through them and keeping selected articles and purging the rest as they are taking up way to much space in the garage.

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57 minutes ago, vamach1 said:

Take your time.  I have found good preparation pays off and building a new kit always take a little longer than expected.  I have put off looking thru a 30 year Ford and Mustang magazine collection and am slowly going through them and keeping selected articles and purging the rest as they are taking up way to much space in the garage.

Oh yes... good preparation is the key to good results

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