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  1. Another brief update for everyone. Now that I have the body squared away, I started working on the interior tin. Although I know why it was molded the way it was, I have never been a fan of how th cockpit tin looked after it was assembled. I've been fortunate to know several tinsmiths, a couple of whom worked extensively in the circle track world, and they are meticulous craftsmen. So, I invest some time and effort to clean it up and make it look like it would have been something they crafted. It's not a lot of work, just some filling and sanding and smoothing of the seams. I also detail painted the seat. I have tried and tried to use the photo-etched seatbelt hardware that is available and I've tried using medical tape, cloth, and about everything else I can imagine for the belts, and in the end all it does is frustrate me because it ends up looking like BLAH_BLAH_BLAH_BLAH. So, I paint all the cast in details on the seat. At best, it looks "okay". Would it look better if it were hardware?? I'm sure it would if someone other than me did it!! But, trust me...this looks WAY better than if I used photo etched hardware and seat belt material!
  2. Very nice build! Beautiful collection of funny cars!
  3. Continuing the saga of the body..... After hours of soaking the body in very hot water and lots of time with a heat gun, I FINALLY got the body pretty true, and after gluing, sanding, filling and repeating far too many time, I FINALLY got the body ready for paint. Two coats of Tamiya fine white primer were applied sanded down smooth, then 2 coats of Tamiya AS-12 were applied to all the window trim and bumper areas. Those areas were then masked off and 3 coats of Tamiya TS-16 was applied to the body. I am REALLY happy with the results. IMO, a funny car body from the 70's should not have any visible seams on it, so I try really hard to have my funny car boys appear as a single unit. BTW...The color is much more yellow than it appears in the photos. In daylight the color is close (though certainly not exact!) to the photos I've seen of the Pisano and Matsubura Vega.
  4. Okay all, another update. I got the body out to start working on it and found that unfortunately not only was the body severely warped about 1/4", there was also a significant crack in the hood, probably the worst place it could be cracked. Although this was a Revell kit and not Atlantis, I could have contacted Atlantis and they may have allowed me to purchase another body, BUT i decided to see If I could salvage this one. The first picture shows the warp in the body with my fat finger as a reference. The second picture is the crack in the body. I used a #2 pencil to highlight the crack, which is why it appears so dark.
  5. Yeah, it's not a big change but it seems to have a really nice impact to the stance of the car.
  6. Very nice!! Should be fun to watch!
  7. As I said in my original post, I've been working on this for well over a month, but I'm just getting around to posting. So Here is update #1: While I think the Revell kits were exceptionally well engineered for their time, there are some things that drive me crazy (it's a VERY short drive, I know!) with the kits. The first thing I attack is the stance. TO ME it just doesn't look realistic if you don't adjust a few things on the build. The first thing I do is relocate the rear differential/axle mounts. It's not a big deal to do, but it lowers the rear of the car almost 3 scale inches. I reinforce the new locations with some strips of plastic on the backside. The white makes it bad, but once painted, the reinforcing strips are barely noticeable.
  8. Hello all, Several years ago, I acquired a re-isssue 1/16 scale Revell Jungle Jim kit from a hobby store that was going out of business, even though I already had a built Jungle Jim in 1/16. I have considered selling it, building another Jungle Jim or building it as something else. I finally decided to build it as the Yellow Pisano and Matsubura Vega. I've actually been working on this off and on for about a month, but thought I'd post where things are and how we got here. I'm going to get up to date over several posts. So we are starting with the Revell Jungle Jim kit . and hoping to end up with this
  9. Farmboy, your work on this Ivo Showboat is fantastic!! It turned out beautifully! Great job and congratulations.
  10. No, I have not. I have some friends that have used dirt LM and dirt Modified tires from a company called Plastic Performance Parts. They seem to like them, but I have no experience with them. Part of the problem is the AMT Grant King kit actually scales out closer to 1/24 than 1/25 scale. So 1/25 scale tires look slightly too small and the kit tires are a little too wide, although they got the diameter appropriate for the scale of the rest of the model. Honestly though, with all it's flaws, I'm just glad AMT and Monogram made the sprint car models they did!!
  11. You've done a nice job on this kit so far. This kit is known to be a finicky kit to build and has tested the patience of builders on a regular basis. The Monogram winged sprint kits are also patience testing but IMO somewhat less so. FWIW, the tires on this kit are slightly out of scale for what they ran back in the 70's. This car ran primarily in USAC from 1972 until about 1976, and was driven initially by Sheldon Kinser and then by Jerry Weeks.
  12. You did a great job on that midget. That kit can be kind of "finicky" and yours looks great!
  13. Very neat!! Such a unique take on Petty's temporary defection to Ford!
  14. This is looking great. Nice work thus far. Extremely nice paint job too!!
  15. That is fantastic!! Beautiful work!!
  16. Outstanding!! I was a huge fan of Ramo Stott. I watched him come up through ARCA and race at Salem. Watched him crash HARD one day at Salem. He and the crew took the front drive and radiator out of his tow vehicle to rebuild his engine and front of his race car and he started last in the feature. Took the lead and then blew the motor with about 10 laps to go. Pretty impressive.
  17. That is SO COOL! I was a huge fan of Jim Hall and his Chaparral race cars in sports car racing and esp. in Can-Am. Nice work!
  18. Beautiful paint job on the model and what a beautiful dog too, even if she does have a taste for plastic! LOVE those eyes!
  19. You are doing an amazing, fantastic job on this. I LOVE how the exhausts turned out. The seat belts detail is amazing too!
  20. BEAUTIFUL!! The paint on that is PITA to mask off esp. at the nose. Fantastic job!
  21. That turned out really well! Great job!
  22. WOW!! Very nice! I have this one built. It was the very first "cement" model I ever did, with a lot of help from my Dad. It is now 60 yrs old. Not near to the quality you are building but still one of my most cherished models!
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