Super 7

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Here is a copy of what I posted back when I finished it:

Well, after two years and seven months, it is finally done! Literally thousands of scratchbuilt and machined parts, most of them made of aluminum, but also including brass, stainless steel and various plastics, resin and acrylic materials plus all the decals were drawn and printed by me.

*It's quite possible that over the next few weeks I will come up with some small things to add, maybe touch-up or adjust. I see there is a little dusting to be done... But as of now, it appears to be technically finished! This has been a most rewarding and enjoyable build. Seems like all the frustrating times I put myself through have been forgotten now.

Thank you to all who have encouraged me and expressed interest during this long term project... - Mark

(*Turns out it was indeed finished at that point, no further work was done on it subsequent to these pictures.…)

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These are actually “in-progress†shots:

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Superb is right! Now that is detail work. I love the engine detail and especially the shot of the dipstick. Either that's a 1/25 scale dipstick or those are some HUGE fingers. Thanks for sharing.

Later-

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Wow... May I say.. WOw. Great job oustanding detail on everything. doen know where to start. That is a winner in my books.

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That looks nice enough to get in and drive off, but I don't think it would make it very far with no oil on the dipstick!! :)

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WOW WHAT A GREAT BUILD I LOVE ALL THE DETAIL WORK !

OLD MAN

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I don't think it would make it very far with no oil on the dipstick!! :)

LOL, you should put a little maple syrup or something on the end of it. B)

That is one SERIOUSLY incredible build! When I saw this the first time you posted it, it totally blew my mind! This time around was no different! That is something to be very, very proud of right there.

Edited by NJ-Wayne

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Do you have a real one or plans to build a real one?

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I never even liked these until I saw your buildups of the kit. Another jaw dropper, my good sir!

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I can tell the engine doesn't run, the oil is too clean! :)

I got some good used motor oil to put in it to give it the "raced" look!! B)

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Totally amazing work.

Looks perfect in every way.

Awesome!!!

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Mark - It looks better every time I see it. Absolute masterpiece.

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Yeah! That's a "benchmark" model! Two thumbs up, plus a big toe!

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Yeah, I guess that's sort of good, in a "perfect scale duplication of the real thing" sort of way... I mean, if that's what you're in to and all...

:)

Translation: Holy COW!!! ;)

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That is absolutely incredible! Man, you even have raised lettering on the liscense plate, how the heck did you do that??

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I've seen better...........but not many! :lol:

For the humor-impaired that was flattery. I saw it in person at GSL and it was good to see the pics again. It is so much more than just a super-detailed 1/12 Tamiya. :lol:

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That made me feel totally and completely inadequate just looking at it! I must go huddle up in the corner of the shower and cry now.:)

Absolutely amazing Mark!

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Fantastic! What scale is it? No way it's 1/25.

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That is absolutely incredible!I'm in awe !!!!!!!!!

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Now that's what I'm talkin' about. A masterpiece in every sense of the word!

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I got to see this car in person at GSL a few years ago, and still can't over all the detail! :P

I have this kit, but don't think I'll be matching this level of detail anytime soon! In fact I've been considering getting rid of it at some point.

Still ABSOLUTELY STUNNING Mark, and to think you did a number of these like this is amazing!! :)

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Unbelievable Mark. You gotta be proud of this one !! SUPERB JOB !!!

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It's enough to make you quit building! incredible!!!

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Thank you all very much for the kind words. Here are a few answers/responses/reminiscences:

The oil is representative of the oil in most of my cars, relatively clean yes. Please note the oil filtration and pump system and the context of the rest of the model.

The flash of the camera washed out the tone, but it is visible and at the proper fill level, you can tell by the fill pattern on the dipstick. (It’s synthetic.) The engine is built with gaskets much like a real one, even though it is British in heritage, my Americanized version does not leak.

And if you think that is too much, for a while on the predecessor to this car, (the Red Super 7) the fuel tank smelled like gas when I opened the filler cap. A little sponge and a drop of gasoline wrapped in foil creates an aroma that lasts longer than you may think…

It is 1/12 scale, only about a foot long, these are tiny cars.

No I don’t intend to build a real one, I have had enough experience with real ones to get over the wanting to own one for now. (But then again, I didn’t “intend†to acquire the last few cars I did either…)

I’ve done a few “stamped†or raised lettering reflectorized license plates; maybe I should to do a How-To…? (Note the registration is dated 07/07 and uses reflectorized state seal tags too.)

While I realize it is usually meant as a tongue in cheek comment/compliment to say something like “I give up buildingâ€, and much as Mark & Dave pointed out, I really hope that quality workmanship by anyone (that simply shows what can be accomplished by just practice and effort) would serve to ignite and promote more passion and participation to build to ones desired level instead of creating any kind of negativity.

I am honored and humbled to hear I inspired someone to build something.

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The oil is representative of the oil in most of my cars, relatively clean yes. Please note the oil filtration and pump system and the context of the rest of the model.

The flash of the camera washed out the tone, but it is visible and at the proper fill level, you can tell by the fill pattern on the dipstick. (It’s synthetic.)

I’ve done a few “stamped†or raised lettering reflectorized license plates; maybe I should to do a How-To…? (Note the registration is dated 07/07 and uses reflectorized state seal tags too.)

I am honored and humbled to hear I inspired someone to build something.

I think it would be great if you would do a "How To" on the license plates. Would this be possible on 1:25 scales as well? I think maybe a "How To" on the dipstick, especially the fill area, would br informative as well. I would be tuned in to both!

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Hope you don't mind (cause I'm not changing it), but I copied your pictures and one of them is now the background on my desktop.

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