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  1. Once again, lack of updates due to life and such and apologies for the slightly messy work area. In this update report however, we're at the home stretch baby!

     

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    Added mesh in the vents I opened up (I did the side vents as well but in the mock up pic they're kinda hard to see).

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    Got the ride height to where it plans to be.

     

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    Just need to adjust some things and add a few bobs and bits and we'll be finish!

  2. 6 hours ago, espo said:

    I like the wheels even though the tires seem a little large.  

    I do agree the tires seem a bit large, but those were the only ones that the Camaro rims and the backings would fit on without sticking out from the tire. I originally had more larger wheels from Integra spare parts planned, but the only tires that fit those were the super skinny ones that came with it and made it look more like a donk lowrider. I decided for a mini muscle look and the large profile tire with the small wheel size does work better for the Opel.

  3. Earlier I went to the LHS near Hobby Lobby in Bayshore and picked up a can of Tamiya Clear Red. Then made a stop at that HL to look for more $7.49 kits, and in a bizarre case whatever clearance kits left that were on the shelves got strangely brought back to 29.99 MSRP??? And what's even weirder was in the actual clearance section in the back of the store,  there were still 3 Revell 914s marked $7.49. Whats up with that????

  4. Found on Amazon out of all things:

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    And only paid only what a recent Revell reissue goes for. These are quite rare now then they were almost 8 years ago at the craft stores, and I've seen them time to time fetch in the $70-120 range so me thinks I scored considering.

     

    Also went to the LHS near Hobby Lobby in Bayshore and picked up a can of Tamiya Clear Red. Then went to HL to look for more $7.49 kits and in a bizarre case whatever clearance kits were on the shelves were strangely brought back to 29.99 MSRP??? And what's even weirder was in the actual clearance section in the back of the store,  there were still 3 Revell 914s marked $7.49. Whats up with that????

  5. Recent issue AMT/R2 kit. Always liked these as they resembled a mini corvette, but the actual kit and it's overall detail left a lot to be desired. Used some of it's custom exterior parts and added wheels/tires from AMT '97 Camaro convertible. Underneath,  in came a 2.1 Quad 4 motor from an ancient AMT Beretta scrapper and the turbo from the Monogram Olds Aero spare parts with some scratchbuilding. I wasn't able to get in an upgraded transmission in due to the quite narrow bay and interior tub, so the 4 cyl opel transmission was used as that's the only thing that would pair with the Quad 4 motor and fit. Suspension was left as is and the exhaust was reworked with a muffler coming off a Corvette exhaust accompanied by cutting down the aluminum stacks to make as some rather wicked exhaust tips. The kit's chrome taillights were too thick and clunky looking, plus one of them was a short shot and the other half chromed. I ended up making do with pieces of a flat clear parts tree painted Tamiya Clear Red on one side then some Sliver on top, IMO this looks better that using the kit's clunky parts even if they weren't botched from molding defects. Speaking of defects, the glass was a short shot as well and of course only one side of the F/R glass piece was half molded on one side. I found a spare glass set from parts from an old Opel GT I built years ago and while not perfect, I'm happy with using that than relying on trying to have R2 take like 5 months to send a replacement.

    Paint is Tamiya Clear Orange over Rustoluem Aluminum, cleared with Pledge/Future.

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  6. Update 8/3: 

    Now that I finished my Quad 4 Opel GT (coming up in a bit), I got the 98's body parts, 2JZ valve cover, and custom engine bay plate painted Colorplace Fire Red after the 2nd painting attempt (same color I used on the 93 I built in 2009). Though there were some minor imperfections, they were lightly sanded down i a few spots and the front bumper on the chicken emblem thanks to Mr. Teensy fly. Then I applied Pledge/Future and here's how it all looks before I do some toothpaste polish.

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    In some shots, it looks different and kinda pink but that's due to lighting and such in my room. It's a much darker red than what you see in the pics. Drip came down because I had just applied it and still wet.

     

    I plan to paint the chicken flat black or apply the leftover CE bird decal to further break up the reds, but that's all once I get to detail painting. 

     

    Soon we'll be ready for mother road!

  7. Update 8/3: 

    Got the body parts, 2JZ valve cover, and custom engine bay plate painted Colorplace Fire Red after just the 2nd painting attempt (same color I used on the 93 I built in 2009). Though there were some minor imperfections, they were lightly sanded down i a few spots and the front bumper on the chicken emblem thanks to Mr. Teensy fly. Then I applied Pledge/Future and here's how it all looks before I do some toothpaste polish.

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    In some shots, it looks different and kinda pink but that's due to lighting and such in my room. It's a much darker red than what you see in the pics. Drip came down because I had just applied it and still wet.

     

    I plan to paint the chicken flat black or apply the leftover CE bird decal to further break up the reds, but that's all once I get to detail painting. 

     

    Soon we'll be ready for mother road!

  8. Love where this one's going. I've seen LS1 swapped 300zx's on the road and they're sick SOBs lemme tell ya. Superb work and I sooo dig the street/semi-motorcross theme you have. I know everyone's telling you to do the old fashioned drag theme with the big slicks and all, even though you got a modern V8 which is more for street usage than drag standards. It's your project and you decide what YOU want.

  9. I apologize for lack of updates, had to strip the paint job due to humidity causing bubbles underneath that somehow got under a near perfect finish. While waiting for it's purple bath to finish, I was also trying to finish up a Quad 4 swapped Opel GT that was started way before I joined in on the 2018 CB. With the Opel nearly finished (just need to get a moment to assemble it all) I also tried to squeeze in whatever time I had after work and find a less humid day to respray the 2JZ bird's body. This paint job came out much better... aside from a teensy big landing on the chicken emblem on the front bumper, which isn't a biggie as I plan to ether lightly sand it down then apply an leftover unused chicken decal from my 2002 CE build that would likely fit over it. Worst case scenario would be to apply a licence plate over it, making it more street legal since while kinda ugly looking, I've seen 1:1s that have them so option B wouldn't be unusual if so.

    No pictures right now, tired as s and i'll get new pics of the 2JZ Firebird soon when I do my photo batch alongside finished pics of the Opel GT in a different thread.

  10. I apologize for lack of updates, had to strip the paint job due to humidity causing bubbles underneath that somehow got under a near perfect finish. While waiting for it's purple bath to finish, I was also trying to finish up a Quad 4 swapped Opel GT that was started way before I joined in on the 2018 CB. With the Opel nearly finished (just need to get a moment to assemble it all) I also tried to squeeze in whatever time I had after work to find a less humid day to respray the 2JZ bird's body. his paint job came out much better... aside from a teensy big landing on the chicken emblem on the front bumper, which isn't a biggie as I plan to ether lightly sand it down then apply an leftover unused chicken decal from my 2002 CE build that would likely fit over it. Worst case scenario would be to apply a licence plate over it, making it more street legal since while kinda ugly looking, I've seen 1:1s that have them so option B wouldn't be unusual if so.

    No pictures right now, tired as s and i'll get new pics of the 2JZ Firebird soon when I do my photo batch alongside finished pics of the Opel GT in a different thread.

  11. I originally decided not to go with a front intercooler, but why press my luck and have issues during the race so I went with it anyway. Found an intercooler from what seems like an old Revell Impreza STi motor and combine that with a piece of a yellow molded exhaust system, can work with the 2JZ's intake pipe through the radiator and gets me extra insurance. 20180725_012503.thumb.jpg.92684d1819ee868b518848e7682125dc.jpg 

  12. Some updates: moved the position of the radiator again because I still wasn't happy with how close it was to the motor. Molded in piece ended up breaking so I found a painted one from an ancient F-body build, separated it and then trimmed what remained of the existing lower air dam for a more refined fit. Also patched in a very small piece in the engine bay (that must've broke off when removing the front molded in air intake) with a piece of sheet styrene, and did some slight trimming to a teensy section on one of the sides of the fan shroud so the 2JZ's intake pipe will go through to it. I decided against the intercooler under the front bumper since I believe my Ram-Air configuration will be enough to keep that 2J cool. I'll probably end up putting in some screening mesh to put in the opened up vents for posterity.

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    Also got the ride height approx to where it will be. Not going to be doing any serious lowering because I imagine gonna be on some bumpy roads and I don't want any scraping giving any issues. Center of wheels will be painted later once detail painting commences when the sprayed parts are dried. Forgot to mentioned I opened up the molded in side vents as well.

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    Just need to do some final body sanding with lighter grits for a smoother surface and get all the parts not attached to sprues taped up to hold so they won't fly off. Tomorrow will then come body and parts spraying! (weather providing)

  13. Some updates: moved the position of the radiator again because I still wasn't happy with how close it was to the motor. Molded in piece ended up breaking so I found a painted one from an ancient F-body build, separated it and then trimmed what remained of the existing lower air dam for a more refined fit. Also patched in a very small piece in the engine bay (that must've broke off when removing the front molded in air intake) with a piece of sheet styrene, and did some slight trimming to a teensy section on one of the sides of the fan shroud so the 2JZ's intake pipe will go through to it. I decided against the intercooler under the front bumper since I believe my Ram-Air configuration will be enough to keep that 2J cool. I'll probably end up putting in some screening mesh to put in the opened up vents for posterity.20180725_002603.thumb.jpg.2f0226c71dc1900f54bbbe54d418c1d0.jpg 

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    Also got the ride height approx to where it will be. Not going to be doing any serious lowering because I imagine gonna be on some bumpy roads and I don't want any scraping giving any issues. Center of wheels will be painted later once detail painting commences when the sprayed parts are dried. Forgot to mentioned I opened up the molded in side vents as well.

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    Just need to do some final body sanding with lighter grits for a smoother surface and get all the parts not attached to sprues taped up to hold so they won't fly off. Tomorrow will then come body and parts spraying! (weather providing)

  14. Posted this in the CB 2018 thread, but not why post it here as well. 

    What I started with:

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    Quick mock up

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    What's done so far 7/22:

     

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    Did quite a bit of scratch building, trimming, and parts scrounging for the 2JZ and the engine compartment. Quite a tight squeeze in there (won't be able to see the 2nd turbo once the cowl in in) and considering it's 1/24 vs the AMT's 1/25th I used on a eariler 2JZ swapped F-body, that made some things a bit more difficult but was still possible. Used spare turbos from Olds Areo on shortened and trimmed Ferrari Enzo V12 headers and made intake tubes from spare chrome parts trees. The idea for the intake was it to be ram air style for functionality, so I found a old painted radiator from a 80s Turbo FWD of some sort and used that. 

     

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    Exhaust is the old LT1 style from a 93 Pace Car as it's on the same side as the 2JZ's header and easier to intergrate going by experience on a 2JZ'd '93 I built long ago. The 98 strangely had a single exhaust tip setup so a dual tip f-body muffler was scrounged up but was missing the tips. So, on went spare aluminum stacks from the Opel GT as new tips.  Also had to modify the radiator so the fan shrouds don't hit the motor as much.

     

    Also opened up the vents and expanded the snorkel scoops on the hood for better air flow with that tight motor and the turbos.

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    Still have some small things and a bit of clean up to do motorwise as I plan to add in intercooler to slightly show where the lower front lights were, then it'll be setting the ride height/wheels and it's off to paint. Had Walmart Color-place Fire Red in mind to complement my older 2JZ T/A build. Will try to keep posted here and the CB thread.

  15. The story so far....

     

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    Did quite a bit of scratch building, trimming, and parts scrounging for the 2JZ and the engine compartment. Quite a tight squeeze in there (won't be able to see the 2nd turbo once the cowl in in) and considering it's 1/24 vs the AMT's 1/25th I used on a eariler 2JZ swapped F-body, that made some things a bit more difficult but was still possible. Used spare turbos from Olds Areo on shortened and trimmed Ferrari Enzo V12 headers and made intake tubes from spare chrome parts trees. The idea for the intake was it to be ram air style for functionality, so I found a old painted radiator from a 80s Turbo FWD of some sort and used that. 

     

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    Exhaust is the old LT1 style from a 93 Pace Car as it's on the same side as the 2JZ's header and easier to intergrate going by experience on a 2JZ'd '93 I built long ago. The 98 strangely had a single exhaust tip setup so a dual tip f-body muffler was scrounged up but was missing the tips. So, on went spare aluminum stacks from the Opel GT as new tips.  Also had to modify the radiator so the fan shrouds don't hit the motor as much.

     

     

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    Also opened up the vents and expanded the snorkel scoops on the hood for better air flow with that tight motor and the turbos.

     

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    Still have some small things and a bit of clean up to do motorwise as I plan to ad in intercooler to slightly show where the lower front lights were, then it'll be setting the ride height/wheels and it's off to paint. Had Walmart Color-place Fire Red in mind to complement my older 2JZ T/A build

     

     

     

     

  16. No, the 2JZ is a resin motor from a styrene parts trade with local L.I.A.R.S member Anthony G./TheGameBoy56Resins. I also have some spare resin turbos from a older trade with him that I plan on using as well. 

    (psst, you have my name as "RockrollerLT1" on the list, JSYK)

  17. Forgot the last time I entered one of these CBs (may have been on the other site), but since this one here has a perfect theme that's right up my alley i''ll be game. 

    My entry:

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    Quick mock up:

     

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    Color will likely be in the gloss red range, but nothing too crazy and plan to make it street legal as possible.

  18. Finally, someone on here brings up a scenario like this! Least it's the same make and model type and not a totally different car that looks similar but still the wrong kit in the wrong box. 

    Case in point, about 10 years ago my Dad and I went to a now defunct LHS to get the AMT '69 Rivera they had so he could make a replica of the 1:1 his parents drove. The AMT '69 Rivera was the 2005-ish RC2 issue in this box:

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    When we opened it, the entire contents (even instructions) of this kit

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    was in the Rivera's box instead. We were both like ??????

     

    Maybe the RC2 factory packer somehow thought the Buick was the same car as the Dodge? (even though they don't look anything alike) 

     

    Maybe the worker had a blind condition of some sort and though both cars were the same since they were molded in grey plastic??

     

    My dad joked "maybe the General Lees at Michael's are Rivera's in disguise?". There was no way RC2 was going to get a replacement due to the Round 2 takeover, so we then grabbed a RC2 issue GL at Michaels with a 40% off at his insistence to see if his joke turns out to be a freaky coincidence. Opened that one up and yup, had a full '69 Rivera in the Charger box.

     

    Then about 3 years ago I bought a Revell '65 Chevy Stepside 2 in 1 from Michael's

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    and then get this: the contents and instructions were of

     

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    Now talk about bizarre....

  19. I understand this isn't for the faint of heart Mopar nuts and some of ya are gonna spout out "YOU PUT A WHAT IN THAT POOR OLD DODGE?!". But, since the 330 had a slant six on the base models this combo pays a modern homage to those slant sixers with a twist. This was the AMT boxed Lindberg kit i got on markdown for $7.50 at HL, and since I rarely do things OOB I brainstormed some customizing ideas on what to do with it. I found a resin 2JZ and resin turbos that a friend gave me a while back in my stash and that got the spark going for my next project on top of a closet full of kits i plan to chip away at.

     

    Interior is Testors light gray rattle can and basically OOB, added a dash gauge cluster piece (from a Revell pro stock of some sort) and a 57 'Vette steering wheel with a custom stick on the steering column to replicate a shiftier on the wheel type config. 2JZ resin motor has resin twin turbos mounted on modified headers from a Ferrari Boxer 12, plastic tubing as intake pipes, and a custom side exhaust made from a Mustang muffler and Lamborghini exhaust tips. Cadiator from a AMT Dodge Viper, and suspension is pretty much stock but added new drive shaft to go to 2JZ tranny and modified engine mounts on suspension and transmission brace.

     

    Wheels and tires are from a AMT Dodge Concept Car builder (that looked as some child did his/her own "crash testing" as it's body all broken, but wheels were intact for only $1). Paint is Tamiya TS-60 Pearl Green cleared with Pledge, and the frame is Krylon Stainless Steel Finish. I also added a Japanese Licence plate from a Aoshima Skyline of some sort because why not.

    To those who appreciate homages, I hope you enjoy!

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  20. 6 hours ago, echoxrayniner said:

    Yeah, they sure look like mine! Though I did wonder for a brief second, the silver's metallic and all(bit like the taillight center section) instead of white, which was the best I could do for it all given the real one has dark grays and whatnot and the ALPS I had 'em printed on... well it didn't do grays or semi-transparents hah. And I gotta admit, I was sure that the blacks were also less jagged, hell for an example, this is the one I build with 'em:
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    So it's possible its a knock-off, I honestly have no clue. I made 'em for the most part for myself with the secondary idea to just sell 'em to those interested. And for your friend, I have a website with all I've got on offer with contact info/means there.

    Nice! Thanks for the info ill relay it to him.

    Yeah, possible the set i bought was indeed a mediocore copy of yours, but the weird thing is the center taillight decal WAS true slver in the lettering yet the side black stripes where the silver should be are transparent??

    Guess we're gonna have to watch out for such "thievery" even in our modeling community.

    Case in point, many years ago when youtube was sprouting and before the content id elitests, i made an account (very breifly) with some slideshow videos of some of my builds with music. Not only did my videos get flagged by inept rights holders for music (when it was from old video games ala 16 bit and some f zero tunes), but i had dozens of dumb trolls and morons steal my slideshow videos music and all, and claiming them as their own getting away without content id claims like I had (most of whom have dissapeared most likely due to the recent YT copyright perges that have been going on) Instead of getting into wars with trolls that will always win, I said eff youtube and rarely post stuff even today unless its a build i find special to me (because even the trolls could steal my photos and make some dumb claims on my work).

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