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  1. It's good to see this tool getting some attention, and I like you're street-custom approach. I can't wait to see your progress! Despite this tool's body's flaws, it looks closer to the real thing than the Revell 240Z. The US-Spec bumper hides a lot of the blockiness on the rear end, but your rear valance modification is a great solution - especially if you're building a bumperless car. I wish Revell/Monogram would reissue this kit and the others in this series of curbside kits. Here's one I built a couple of years ago. Unfortunately, I didn't correct the front clip fitment problem as
  2. I like the color and the "before they were classics" early-70s mods you're doing to this Maserati. I'm looking forward to seeing it come together!
  3. I'm enjoying the detective story, and a great build of a kit I've never seen before. It looks good in red.
  4. Thanks for your encouragement and accuracy tips along the way. The finished pics are over in Under Glass.
  5. After posting my progress in On the Workbench, this Land Rover is finally complete! I made some detail compromises as I put this together, but I’m very happy with how it turned out. Best of all, I finished a long-abandoned Holy Grail kit that lay broken and partially built in a succession of attics for nearly 40 years. I’m still working on the hardtop with a factory-looking rear hatch to match this build’s tailgate – but that’s a low priority because I plan to display this Rover in open-top mode. Sitting assembled and on display is a better fate for this kit than resting in unbuilt
  6. The Rover is coming along. Here, the almost-finished truck sits with some touching-up and detailing yet to do. Decals scanned and copied from Revell’s new kit helped liven up the interior. I committed to an open-top build, and so I scratchbuilt a factory-looking tailgate. I’ve seen Land Rovers with pickup-style tailgates and others with gates that swing to the side. I went with the latter. I should have made in-progress pics, but the 1/1 example’s straight simplicity made this doable for my scratchbuild-greenhorn self. I used masking tape to copy the shape of the door handle opening from
  7. I dropped a small bottle onto the body, and the build took an unwelcome turn. Fortunately, the support structure made this an easier fix than before. The challenge lies in keeping everything intact through the build process. The broken area was small, straight, accessible, and separated by a panel line convenient for masking - advantages that got me quickly through the repair stages. The pictures below skip a lot of sanding, but the fix took less than a day, and most of that time was to allow for substances to dry. In retrospect, I probably should have strengthened my i
  8. Clean, impressive detailing - especially the foiled badges and the black detailing on the rear quarter panel's simulated vent. The fender flares and those camera angles make the car look a little like a Renault A310. I remember seeing the Datsun F-10 on the road, and I thought the wagon had a quirky appeal. This non-USA precursor is better looking than the F-10 fastback.
  9. That finish looks great! It's smooth but not too shiny. I can't wait to see how this one turns out.
  10. Sub-assemblies got some attention while I worked on the body in stages. Several missing parts kept me scrounging the parts box. The kit’s instructions and 1/1 photos show a disk at the back of the transmission. I have no idea what the disk is for, but I fashioned a replacement from a wheel backing. My kit was missing the carburetor, and I cobbled together something resembling reference photos, using a cut-down exhaust manifold and half a custom carb from an AMT 57 Chevy. In the 1980s, the frame and suspension were painted a single shade of black while the engine was painted silv
  11. Great start! I love the "trail-tested" look of the undercarriage, and I can't wait to see your progress. This is my favorite post-CJ body style, and the orange sets it off nicely. I didn't realize Revell reissued this kit with the stock parts. I want one!
  12. This build is looking fantastic, and it gets me looking forward to starting mine. I appreciate your efforts to create a smooth, realistic finish that's not too shiny. I'm finding that's hard to do!
  13. The build really takes off when it changes color! Most Land Rovers I’ve seen have the color palette of an L.L. Bean t-shirt display, and I’ll probably paint my 4-door the same way. Anticipating my future 4-door build led me to a different color for the Rover at hand. A half bottle of Nissan Safari Gold left over from a recent Skyline build looks close to 1970s Rover Bahama Gold. At this distance (Internet, space and time, etc.) whether Nissan Safari Gold is a close match to Rover Bahama Gold depends on the photo. It's close enough for me and helps me put some leftover paint to
  14. That was the place! I bought a "Kenmeri" Skyline there. Alas, one kit was all that would fit in my carrry-on. I didn't notice the country decals until you mentioned them. I'll make my 4-door a UK version. The 2-door will be from an LHD country. The molded-in license plate frame is wrong for a US vehicle, and I don't think my chosen color was available on a LR over here.
  15. Before painting, I went over the body not with a fine-toothed comb, but a toothpick to remove stubborn bits of old paint from the exterior and other areas likely visible on the completed build. I also scraped underneath to point of diminishing returns. On the underside, the remaining grayish-turquoise from a long-forgotten 1980s source will get painted over and lend to the weathering texture for the “well-preserved daily driver” look I’m going for. In the meantime, my first painting step was the black mat molded into the rear passenger area. A single coat of DupiColor black primer did the
  16. I'm missing my carb, that means some ingenuity is in order not far down the road. You mentioned Burnank. When I was there not long ago (but before the pandemic), I visited a fantastic hobby shop. That's like pickup trucks in the US. In the rural area where I live, pickups make up the majority of the vehicles on the road. Lots of people love them, and they're so ubiquitous to me that I tend to look right past them unless they're at least 20 years old. As for Jeeps, it's not uncommon to find an old CJ7 with a small-block Chevy under the hood.
  17. I use craft paints all the time! I have several shares of black I use to create subtle variations in interiors, suspension pieces, etc. I thin the Iron Oxide color (from Ceramcoat, I think) and use it as a wash over Testors Steel to create a realistic, slightly-used effect on exhaust systems. I stick with Testors and Tamiya for metallic colors, and I use a variety of solvent-basted paints for body colors, but I use acrylics for most everything else.
  18. I'm glad you pointed that out. My kit is missing one of its headlights, and Monogram LR's pieces are molded larger than most. In fact, I can't find anything that size in my parts box. I was planing to make do with smaller replacements, and now I can see smaller may be better for this build. Thanks for the good words, above. The Land Rover may be as common in the UK as Jeeps are here in the US. Land Rovers are rare and exotic over here, and the sight of one conjures up images of adventure in a vaguely "Indiana Jones" style. The Defender came to the US in the 1990s, and even then it was sca
  19. It's time to catch up on what's been happening with this build since the pandemic hit. As I mentioned before, this kit survived uncompleted in my stash because I kept thinking Monogram would reissue it. Also, whenever I began a project over the years, starting fresh with a pristine kit always sounded more fun than dealing with the old paint, broken body, and inevitably fragile repairs involved in this Rover build. Those obstacles probably worked out for the best because it preserved these pieces for a time when I have a glimmer of hope to do it justice. If I'd finished the Rover in the 19
  20. My first build of the year is done! A series of paint mishaps led to multiple repaints and even a body replacement on this Impala. If you can name a paint problem (crazing plastic, sputtering rattlecan, overzealous polishing), it happened on this build. Each time I had to restart the painting process, I set the project aside to recharge my patience and focused on other pastimes, including (but not limited to): Fixed the turntable and recorded some old vinyl into digital form Got the family's four bikes ready to ride Watched the latest season of Luther Read Stephen King's
  21. I polish through the paint on almost every project: a corner here, a body crease there. Most paints are more forgiving of little touch-ups than this silver with a sublte purple tint I chose for this build. I finally powered through using the technique described in the latest SAE issue. While waiting for the final body paint to cure, I tried my hand at this woman figure. She's wearing a 1960s mod outfit and looks like she might have stepped out of an episode of The Monkees or I Dream of Jeanie. We'll see how she looks standing beside a 65 Impala. I took advantage of having multi
  22. The body needed major work to remove the crazed paint and smooth the plastic, and I wound up getting a Foose Impala from Hobby Lobby. This is not my most efficient build! Still, I have an idea to use the new kit's A/C parts on a future 66 Chevelle wagon build. It turns out the Foose kit has decals for a 409 engine, although the kit contains a 396. I'm not familiar with the 1/1 Foose car - does it have a 409? In any case, The decals are a welcome silver lining to getting the extra kit. Speaking of 409, I finished the engine, apart from some touching up and de-sloppying yet to do.
  23. This diorama is absolutely brilliant! Did you plan such a project from the start, or was it the result of having built so many Impalas over the years? I'm not sure what WPCD means - are they promos? Are they all based on the AMT kit? I'm also impressed with your figures. Are you modifying the driver/mechanic figures that come in kits? You probably have already answered these questions in an On the Workbench post somewhere. Forget my asking, and just look at this as my way of appreciating your elaborate creation.
  24. Great looking build of an often overlooked part of automotive history. I don't remember this kit well enough to know if the vinyl top came with it, or if that was your doing. Either way, it looks great, and so does the dashboard!
  25. Clean build and smooth finish on a cool car - Fantastic work!
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