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  1. Hey y'all. I had a plan a couple of years ago to build some old o NASCAR replicas that I couldn't find in kits (https://www.shamblesmodels.com/race-cars-2.html). This 66 Merc is one that I started, messed it up with filler trying to get the 'trim' and emblems off, and decided to just wreck it. So, It's got the race car dash, but the rest is gonna be pretty stock when it slams into that tree. I've had pretty good results using thick gauge aluminum foil over the 'crashed' model panels, but it's tedious. I've reinforced the A pillar so I can buckle the roof a little. The skinny parts on a model have a tendency to shrink or all but disappear when heated along with the larger panels. After years of experimenting on flat tires, I've found that a hot plate works pretty good. It'll stink up the house and set off the smoke alarms, so I do it in my vented paint booth. Remove the wheel from the tire and insert a 7/16" socket. That way, the inside of the tire and the plastic wheel stay round. I keep some aftermarket 'steel' wheels to replace the chrome wheel when the hub caps fly off in the wreck. I use a 1/4" drive socket extension for the 'tree'. I'll add new photos as the wreck progresses.

















  2. Here's a Chevelle wreck in progress that will be added to the salvage yard soon... just a few more details. This was a decently built model I found on eBay. It was coming apart, but all there and priced right. When I took it apart to begin wrecking it, I noticed that it had been built from two kits.... one red, one blue.









  3. Nice work and an interesting subject.  I've considered trying my hand at resin casting, but decided my skills ain't up to the task. I love vintage NASCAR and have done a couple of 1-offs. This one is still on my bench and intended to be Buddy Baker's #87


  4. Since I don't go anywhere anymore, and have now seen everything that Netflix has to offer,  I'm getting a little more work done on the diorama. Still got some "grass" to glue down, and lots of accessories and figures to add.

    The yard next to the shop is where we bring the performance cars to remove their engines and other salvageable parts. Then, if there's nothing of value left on the "carcus" they'll go to that crusher back there.





  5. 1 hour ago, DrKerry said:

    Looks good John, how'd you do the background photo? Just enlarge the pic and print it?

    Photoshop. I take a lot of sunset photos at that golf course in our neighborhood. I photograph the diorama, erase the background (the most tedious part), then size and embed the photo as a background layer.

  6. I'm a long time Corvette enthusiast and have been looking forward to the mid-engine. It's been on and off the drawing board for decades. I doubt you'll ever see a C8 in a dealers "stale inventory". The Chevy dealer here told me they've pre-sold their allotted number of C8s through 2022 and, if I put a deposit down, I could get on the waiting list. I think I'll  stick with my 2016 Z06 3LZ convertible for now. https://www.shamblesmodels.com/real-cars.html

  7. With a little discomfort, I managed to get the rolling work table assembled. I've got a swivel stool to assemble later. I'm gonna take down the fixed shelf in the back of the garage and put the mobile version in that space placing the same board on the rolling table. I also got a little more wrecking and weathering done and adding. some details like the cinder blocks that the cars will set on in the yard.

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