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  1. These came in the mail today, a WIX NAPA version of the 427 Cobra and a Motormax 2005 Ford GT. The WIX Cobra is the Elvis Presley Spin Out movie race version without windshield and is up to their usual high standard but I am a bit disappointed in the finish on the side pipes. The side pipes which are prototypically correct for the movie car but look so much better on the blue and silver WIX Cobras. Franklin Mint released the same Spin Out model but with a guitar. The Motormax Ford GT is pretty much standard fare but I wanted to include this year in my diecast Ford GT collection. It is a bit strange that there are no side windows included. I do prefer the Revell Snap Tite version though.
  2. With the release of a Cobra kit by Revell Germany and and others loosely based upon the AMT I thought it was worthwhile looking back at the original AMT. The first AMT was of the 260 V8 series. This shown with Herb Deeks wire wheels and off set gas cap to look like CSX 2000. This model was the cover car of the Feb/March 2002 Model Cars. The first factory racing Cobra was the #98 with Deeks wheels and Cady Decals. The #33 depicts the 289 Cobra as raced by Bob Johnson with the kit Halibrands with some beefier tires. Note the tires are still within the fenders. The Dragon Snake was a 289 supported by Shelby American with a Jaguar XKE hardtop and drag wheels and tires. The fender side vents have been added. The decals were from Fred Cady. The #4 Cobra shows a 1963 Le Mans entry with a vacuum formed hardtop and side vents. The wheels were self-made resin copies from somewhere. The #29 is an AMT kit back dated to an AC ACE as raced at Le Mans. The front grille area was modified and the AMT fender flares were removed. Please add your comments and photos of your early AMT kit Cobras.
  3. The first thing I found to be very different from previous kits that I’ve built is that there are no trees that the parts are attached to, and also the instructions are something that one should get a good nights sleep before delving into.Okay, so before I get started on the build I’m just going to lay everything out for organization purposes and to show all the parts the kit consists of. The parts that I’ve labeled with the letters (A,B,C, etc.) are just intended to be simple reference markers. For example, parts that are exact duplicates will all have the same letter next to them, but if they are right and left side specific duplicates, which sides they go on will be determined when they’re called for during the build process. If I were to say (3E), I would be referring to the big yellow circle with a number “3” in it and the letter “E” would appear next to the part in that photo, which in this case “3E” is the distributor. Seems obvious, but you never know, so I thought I better explain.Whew!... Now that all that’s done I can finally look forward to getting started on the build.? See you next time!
  4. Another one started, hoping to get it finished. This is from the 3 muscle car set that includes the 69 Barracuda and 69 4-4-2. This particular kit came with the BF Goodrich tires that are okay but looked to small for this build. So I found a set of F60-15 RWL tires from various AMT kits. The real car came equipped with F60x14 so I an not that far off from stock. I think I have a warped frame because the wheelbase does not align, I will try and fix that later. The wheels are detailed and done except for a little cleanup. Then I got to looking at the interior. I do not know where AMT got this center console from in the kit, because the real one actually looks like ones in the 66-67 Mustangs. I am not sure what I will do about this though, I could cut out the bad console and fill the area in with flooring then put the shifter on. Or I could find a center console from a 67 Mustang GT kit for it. Easiest is to detail what is there in the kit and call it done. I cut away the rear bumper from the tail light area because the area below the taillights is supposed to be body color. I am going to try and not do too much more "adjustments" to this kit as it is very old and to really improve it would mean to replace the frame with another one from a newer kit (maybe a Revell 70 Torino?). Btw, the engine in this kit seems to be based on one from an AMT 61 Mercury kit! I base this observation on the oil pan being molded to the bottom of the engine halves and the way the timing chain cover looks. No matter though, it seems to fill up the engine compartment. No solid plans for a color, but I am leaning towards Tamiya TS-64 Dark Mica blue. Thanks for looking, all comments welcomed.
  5. It was 1963 and Shelby had purchased a couple of Cooper T61s to enter in the United States Road Racing Championship, USRRC. In the former Reventlow Scarab shop on Princeton Ave in Venice CA the Shelby crew installed Cobraized Ford 289 engines complete with stove pipe exhausts and Webers. Here at the back of the shop it is starting to get dark and the team needed to get loaded up and off to the races. Looking back it seems odd to see the shop truck pulling a single axle trailer. And now the rest of the old school modeling story. No digital drawings or 3D printing, no high end Japanese kits, just a few bucks.
  6. I received this cheap kit yesterday, and I could not resist getting the body out to have a look. This kit was started already, but only a few parts were painted, and everything is still in it’s tree thankfully. The body had been roughly painted inside with alu silver, I’ll probably leave it and go over again with the AB. I’m thinking deep gloss black with no stripes, satin black or metalized gunmetal for the brightwork. Kit chrome is, as always, too bright. I have gone over the shell with scalpel for the shut lines, small files and grit to re-shape and crisp up the slightly flabby front end. I have opened up all the intakes a little, to gain that agressive cobra look that the molding seems to miss. Proportions are excellent though. Next up will be some minor filler detailing, and I should probably then leave it alone and get some other WIPs under glass! I’m loving that naked body!! Thanks for watching Here’s the studio setup for those interested ?
  7. Hi everyone!!😀 this is my 1/24 fujimi shelby cobra 427.. I pass the engine and focus on visible area in this case. I also made some modification on this kit. takes a lot time...I am glad it came out well.. hope you guys like it!!😄 and here is the video build if you are interested!!🙂
  8. Back in the '80s there was a new model magazine being developed and I was asked to do a kit review of the Monogram 427 Cobra. Since it was a review it had to be straight out of the box with no add ons or modifications. I thought I would use the original photos but they were B/W. Oh, the magazine never made it to market.
  9. Have something to add?... add it. As long as it’s related to Carroll Shelby.
  10. Quarantine build - vintage Monogram kit from 1990. This may be on of the finest kits I've ever built.
  11. Hi all, I thought I’d post this build here since it’s a racer and one of the members suggested I post it here. Its also posted on the ‘model cars’ forum with a white background in case you want to see it there. Thanks for looking!
  12. Hi everyone! This is my first attempt posting pics here so I hope it works! This is the first model I’ve built in about 10 years. I wanted to make it look like an authentic racer, but do it with the freedom of my own style rather than copying an actual car from the past. This was also the first model I painted with an airbrush and using waterborne paint and mixing the colors myself, so a lot of trial and error, and correcting mistakes went into this one. I think I nearly had around three heart attacks?... Any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  13. I have a 427 version, but I also wanted the 289 version with the grill and bumpers. It's not a bad kit, but I don't like it in 1/25 scale. It's pretty tiny. SAM_0025 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0026 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0027 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0028 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr
  14. I am posting this Cobra on behalf of Scott Kercher. The model and photos are by Scott and he is known for his very authentic builds. This model is of the FIA Cobra raced in the 1964 Targa Florio by Dan Gurney and Jerry Grant. Scott started with the Revell slot car body and stretched an AMT Cobra chassis to fit. He opened and hinged the hood and added the bumps in the trunk lid, created to allow the required FIA suitcase to fit inside, front of rear fender flairs were rounded a bit to match the prototype. He added an Amt engine with Monogram heads and scratched built the headers. The interior is comprised of a scratched dash with The Wizard's "O"s bezels, Monogram side panels with the Amt tunnel, scratched "Gurney" seat. The paint is Duplicolor Viking Blue, Replica' and Miniatures Halibrands, VRM decals, Monogram Goodyears, and scratched jack points.
  15. Time to start a new project. This is the Model Factory Hiro kit of the FIA Cobra. The kit has a resin body and interior with all the remaining parts in white metal or photo etch. I used a magnetic tumbler to clean and the flash off of the parts . After a quick wash they come out like you see in the photos. The whole kit took about 45 mins to do. It beats sanding !!! Every mounting hole on the kit needs to be drilled open. It's good to have a few pinvises around to put different size bits in them. The main part of the chassis is assembled and ready for paint. The motor has been painted and is drying. I'm looking for help with how to post update photos as I go along.
  16. I started this back when I was 6 years old, incredible it never got destroyed. Maybe now I can finish it.
  17. This is my fully detailed, customized Revell Cobra 427. There is so much that I did to this, so heres a few things; I replaced the hood scoop for a Fujimi one, I made the windscreen frame from aluminum, and SB the mirror Brackets. The side pipes are made from aluminum tubing, and the jack-points are photo-etch. The interior has real black lacquered wood, and the seats are modified Lotus Esprit seats. I put Pirrelli PZero tyres from a Tamiya Ferrari F40 kit, and the wheel centers have real cotter-pins in the spindles.
  18. First time posting here, I haven't been finishing many models the last few years (starting lots of them but not finishing). I thought maybe if I posted a few it might get me going to finish them. Here's the first one I have, probably the closest to being done. Need to finish interior, engine and a bit of detailing. Love to hear your thoughts.
  19. Four years ago our local club lost Jim Thomas, a great modeller and a good friend, to a brain tumor. He was a talented builder who would always share his techniques and encourage you in whatever you were building. His main interest were military subjects, however he built a wide variety of other subjects too. There were several un-finished projects on his bench, two of which I was given to complete, a P-47 and this Cobra. This Monogram Cobra needed only final assembly. Jim had all the painting and detailing done, all that was left was to join the main components. I would like to share his work with you.
  20. Hi all,,got this at a recent DAMM swap meet show,,10$-- 1/2 started glue blob. I ez-offed every thing,,and went for this burnt orange/root beer color ,,testors quik dry spray,,,and decided to change the intake of the big 427. as well. Hardware store nylon step washers/spacers {8 cents a piece} for the injector tips,,scratch built injector tubes,,gonna do a few other "non-normal" things to this one. Well see what happens,,keep up the great woks! S
  21. So being laid up with a new knee (thanks Mr. Arthur Ritis) I actually have some bench time to spend. Now that my GT40 is roaming the great outdoors in Montana, I have a Superformance MK II 289 ("Cobra slabside") and decided to replicate it. I have a stash of Monogram 1/43 289 Cobras from their "Ultimates" series that never progressed beyond the Cobra and a C2 Corvette. So I grabbed one of the 5 unbuilt I have in stock (can't resist every time I see one cheap on eBay) So having done a couple of these in the past, I have learned a few tricks and also wanted to improve a few details. The thick posts that mount the bumpers and overiders are gone to be replaced by two wires to replicate the bumper mounts. Other than that just some detailing, etc. I am adding the door pockets on the inside of the body and some other details such as the tubes that run from the footboxes to the front spring tower. The paint is a dark blue metallic so the Testors Ford Pearl Blue lacquer is a close match. Still working on the reds for the seats and carpets, need to fine tune those colors a little better yet. Also trying to sus out how to do the whitewalls but if I can't get them right they will be a casualty. All comments, suggestions, critiques and brickbats are welcome!
  22. Can anyone tell from the pictures who made this kit? I started it in the early and now want to finish it. I have some parts from two different kits but I don't know what parts to use. The major parts for both kits are gone so that didn't work, and I have a 289 and a 427 motor in the left over kit parts. Thanks for the help.
  23. Well, she's finally done! And finally a couple shot with a different lens that should be a better approximation of what a human eye sees looking at one of these: A really nice base kit, much enhanced by the Fine Molds white metal parts (plus you end up with a spare 427 engine!) bestest, M.
  24. This was posted by a modeler (Chan Rosso) on Facebook. I asked him what the color was and he says it is a Ford color, but he doesn't remember the name or code. I would like this for my Cobra build. Also, how insane is this detail in 1/43?
  25. Hi guys, here some pics of the finished model, hope you like it.
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