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And now for my next trick, I'll pull out of the hat a.....

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....... 2004 Special Edition C5 Z06 Grand Sport Corvette!

This car is so rare there were actually..... NONE!

The idea is to do a 2004 Z06 (Last C5 model year) in the '96 Grand Sport paint scheme. The idea is not new, as there have been several 1:1 GS schemed clones.

Anyway, first law of modeling on my bench: Decals and me do not mix.

I hate decals.

I Hate Decals.

I HATE DECALS

I HATE DECALS!!! :x

Have I mentioned I hate decals? They hate me as well so the feeling is reciprocal :x

I can't even lay a small decal on a mirror without problems. That's why I stay away from building race cars. :cry:

Sooo, the center stripe and the 2 thin lines on the sides HAD to be painted.

Here is the story in pictures:

First: The body was painted Cobra Colors LeMans blue.

Then masked and painted the center stripe with Cobra Colors Arctic White

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I was not sure about how to do the 2 thin stripes. So after much consideration I was convinced the best way was to paint them as well. So I masked for the 2 thin stripes and painted them. Yes, it would have been much easier doing it all at the same time, but this was my first time...

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This is how it looks now. Not bad for been my first time masking a second color!

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So now I'll wait 1 or 2 days t do a very light wet sanding with 6000 grit pad, then clearcoat.

The other change on this build is that I will replace the kit's automatic tranny with the correct 6 speed.

As always, your comments are appreciated. Sorry for the long post.

Thanks,

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Hey Ismael

What are you using for Masking some sort of clear plastic???

Nice Model by the way

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Nice work, great subject! I would have probably painted the white all in one step; using thin strips of precut BMF to cover the separation lines between the narrow stripes and the wide central stripe. When I did a GS Tahoe years ago I didn't even do the narrow stripes, and I had to use white decal strips to border the painted center stripe because my masking job didn't turn out too well.

I saw a 1:1 version of this car back when the Z06 was brand new, it was nighttime and I was driving through a parking lot, told my friend "hey, there's a Grand Sport over there" and we realized when we got the headlights on it that it wasn't what we expected! It looked like a factory job.

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Nice paintwork Izzy!! Your masking method might have solved my '70 Torino issue....

Brian

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nice job on the stripes

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Thanks for the nice comments.

Mal, the clear plastic is actually the bags where the parts come. Beware, some of them have holes. Don't ask how I know :wink:

Thanks,

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WOW......that sure is purty!! 8)

I betcha you used the Tamiya masking tape for the stripes right? :wink:

I have used painted decal paper for the separation stripes and it looked very convincing. :wink: Also the Cobra Colors seem to have very tight pigments because I don't notice any bleed through to the white from the blue paint underneath.

ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!

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Speaking of "alternative" sources of masking materials like using the kit bag, I remember hearing about using Glad Press 'N Seal. While I don't recommend it for doing the fine masking of Tamiya tape, it's a great overall mask that has kept me from using torn strips of newspaper combined with tons of regular masking tape to do the finish masking on a model. The fact that it sticks to itself and to the surface is great, saves time/tape and makes for a good seal to guard against overspray. Give it a try!

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Next time I need stripes I will give you a call. How many coats of white did it take? Decals hate me! :(

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Richard,

Welcome to the decals haters club. Our motto is "They hate us, we hate them" :(

I used Cobra Colors lacquer. I did about 2 medium coats and a final heavier (wet) coat. Since lacquer dries very fast, it was all done within 30 minutes or so.

Thanks,

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That is the starts of another fine Vette model from you.

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Hey Ismael, I'll send some decals your way....

:twisted:

Your mask job is excellent! You've done a great job on the painted stripes.

I've gotta ask though, where's the Ferrari touch here???? :D

Chris

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