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  1. I have decided to try a build somewhat outside my comfort zone, not a Mustang but a 1974 Corvette. At least this will not be a kit bash and insane amount of scratch building like the Mustangs. There will be some scratch building for some parts that don’t exist or live up to expectations, but it will mostly be out of the kit. I purchased this kit many years ago and started to build it over a weekend, rattle can painted the body, assembled the engine and some other parts. It was not pretty. I have now stripped the paint off the 1975 Corvette body and started converting it to a 1974. The kit came with a 454 and the last year of the 454 was 1974. I can only assume it was a slight retool of the annual 1974 to 1975. The engine had way too many chromed parts so I pulled it back apart and stripped all of the engine parts. I am planning on doing my LED wiring I usually do, I think the hardest part will be finding a place for the battery and making the headlights pop up. Hopefully I can make space where the top would go down for the battery.
  2. In 1964 Revell was promoting their 1/32 slot racing sets and offered prints of their four racers for $1.00. Yes, that is correct $1.00. I rushed to send in my $1 and fell in love with the Corvette. It became my dream car. Of course I had to build a model of my dream car and used an original issue AMT 1963 Split Window. Added some Halibrand Kidney Bean mags and some UMI number decals and there it was in scale. Then in the mid 1970s the dream came true, my own Split Window! It needed a lot of work but I was up for it.
  3. Needing to take a break from the fiddly bits on my 41 pickup build I figured why not start another build, I picked up this corvette kit cheap at the show this past weekend in Columbus. What better way to start it off than by cutting it all up. Kind of going a similar style as my last Mustang build. Cut to make room for some big tires, in this case 19/20 combo from the ZR1 corvette using the cut off flare as the base for the new flares, moving them up and out in the process. Should help keep it looking like a Vette but give it a meaner look and stance. Very early mock-up to see if we are headed in the right direction. I borrowed the front wheels and tires from the 41 to see what it looks like with some wheels under there.
  4. Good evening, Completed and photographed AMT's '63 split window Corvette. I understand it's a bit of a cliché kit, however it was the first go at it for me. :^) This version was moulded in white, had plenty of flash, but went together relatively well. The main issue was the glass - it's one solid piece and I found I had to compromise a little with front-rear fit. With this build my intention was to focus on a decent candy paint job, forego the engine and build it as a curb side. Paint is Tamiya X-27 Clear Red over Tamiya LP-62 Titanium Gold then clear coated with Tamiya X-22. I replaced the kit wheels with Pegasus Daggar's Chrome. What I learned 1. Tamiya tape may not play well with X-22 Clear. I know X-22 has the reputation of taking a long time to dry, but I thought 10 days, including many hours in a dehydrator would have been enough. Not the case as you can see in the photo below. At first I thought it was glue residue left behind but the tape actually crazed/reacted with the paint. There were so many layers of X-27 that I wasn't too concerned with burning through so I sanded it down with a 3000 grit sanding sponge and recoated with X-22. 2. Applying too many layers of paint made it difficult, impossible to dry brush the raised script and use panel liner to fill in the recesses in the 2 hood grills. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!
  5. Harley Earle 1963 Corvette In 1963 GM Design gifted to the retired Harley Earl, the former head of GM Design, a very special Corvette Sting Ray convertible. The Corvette received numerous modifications from GM Design including a new custom interior and sidepipes. The Corvette is easily identified by its independent side pipes which are similar to an exhaust first used on Larry Shinoda’s Mako Shark concept released in 1961. These attach to headers that go right through the battery box so the battery is relocated behind the passenger seat. Other details include 1965-spec chrome trim, body emblems, interior control knobs and four-wheel disc brakes. Inside is the biggest departure from 1963 production specification. The seats are upholstered in blue with white inserts and much of the switchgear is unique and was later used on the 1965 model. Earl’s car has a second instrument binnacle for the passenger-side dashboard which includes a large clock and accelerometer. Floor mats are fitted with a unique aluminum insert and factory air conditioning is installed. Earle, who was instrumental in the release of the Corvette, received his Sting Ray in 1963. It was originally painted red on red and was used by the factory until Shop Order (S.O.) 10323 was handled by GM Design to transform the car. Furthermore, the fuel injected engine was upgraded a 327in³/300 bhp engine. (Corvsport.com) The Franklin Mint 1/24 scale model Only 733 of this D4C LECC Limited Edition were made by the mint. This model has been a long time Holy Grail of mine and last week I finally ordered one from the web.
  6. Hello, Wow, this project took me 9 years to complete. Good thing it was a "simple one". So my 2012 Grand Sport is finally done. You can check the progress thread here: http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/topic/96016-2012-corvette-grand-sport-conversion/ Chevrolet launched the Grand Sport version of the C6 Corvette in 2010 in both coupe and convertible. It features the wider body cues of the Z06, upgraded brakes, suspension and other performance oriented features. The powerplant was the LS3 (6.2L) engine. Visually, the Grand Sport features unique fenders. I started this conversion years ago. A lot of work went into this one. Word of advise: I used a snap kit as a starting point thinking it would be easier, but no it is not. I ran into all the traps that entailed. Using a full kit would have probably been a better choice. What makes this a 2012? The color is Carlisle Blue which is a 2012-only color offered in the Corvette. This car represents the following: 2012 Corvette Z16 Grand Sport Coupe GLF Carlisle Blue exterior color Grand Sport specific 6 speed transmission 3LT Cashmere interior Options: Z15 - Heritage package silver fender hash marks J55 - Cross drilled rotors (Standard on Grand Sport) BA5 - Black fender badges Grand Sport (replacing standard chrome badges) H33 - Cyber Gray Metallic Headlamp Override (headlights different color than body) J6F - Red Calipers Personal touches: Rear spoiler painted body color C7 Z06 wheels Scratchbuilt brakes (rotors and calipers) Puerto Rico license plate Puerto Rico emissions inspection/registration sticker Mesh front grille with supports (which ended up looking like the stock one) one heck of a toothpick Hope you like it. What do you think? Thanks, Ismael
  7. Hello, First of all: This is all #Plowboy's (Roger Hayes) fault! His drop dead gorgeous California Street 'Vette hit me like a freight train! What a beauty! Check his Vette in this link: http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/topic/175154-california-street-vette/ I am mostly a factory stock (and documented replica in the case of race or historical vehicles) modeler. I've done customs, but it is not usually my main subject. Roger's California Street 'Vette inspired me to dig out mine. The back story is that I got this model (and a few others) already built from my High School Art teacher, well over 30 years ago. I graduated HS in '86 and it was shortly after that. To this day, he is a very good friend and one of the main responsibles of me been a Corvette guy. I learned more about Corvettes from him than drawing and painting 🤣 I remember quickly tearing this model apart and with no plan I started fooling around with it. I destroyed the roof louvers by filling them with putty. No idea what I was thinking. Longest shot: anybody has a spare roof louver for this car? Eventually it went back into the box until this week. All major components are there. The original wheels, tires and mirrors are missing which is no big deal. The engine is pretty crude and so is the hood underside. I'll most likely keep the engine in place but glue the hood shut. I thought of adding a modern LS engine but those are 1/25 running on the smaller end and this car is 1/24 running on the larger end. The LS looks really small in there. Anyways, this car is all about the looks. It will take some fixing but the plan is to keep the original look, except for the roof of course. Door handles and key locks are lost. The body needs some massaging but this will be a slow fun project. Color? It will be blue. What shade of blue? I'll get back to you... Thanks, Ismael
  8. Hello, It is finally done! This is an important project for me, as this is the first complex model I finish since early 2009! The 54th Rolex 24 Hours Race at Daytona was held on January 28–31 2016. One of the most popular classes in IMSA is the GTLM, where factory teams throw it all for bragging rights. Corvettes, Porsches, Ferraris, BMWs and Ford GTs started the race hoping to win. That year, after 23 hours and 45 minutes, the 2 Corvettes were up front leading in class when they were told on the radio: "You are OK to Race! Keep it clean, No Risks", setting the stage for an epic battle between teammates Oliver Gavin in car #4 and Antonio Garcia in car #3. The last 15 minutes were basically a close sprint race. The closest it could be without contact. The last lap was a drag race between both cars. At the checkered flag, Gavin in car #4 won by only .034 seconds over a 24 hour race! For 2016 there were substantial changes in the regulations, making the 2016 cars quite different from the 2014-2015 seasons. Why is this relevant? Revell released the C7R model with decals for the 2016 winner, but the model represents a 2014-2015 car. Many modifications were required to update the model to 2016 specs. Unfortunately this model did not cooperate. It fought all the way with frustrating fit issues and many other problems. It is probably the most frustrating and disappointing model I've done. There are a few details I'm not happy with and a few missing details here and there but I just wanted this over! This was also my first time weathering a car. The intention is to represent the car as it rolled into Victory lane. Weathering is easily overdone so I tried to control it. You can see the model's progress thread here: http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/topic/117667-corvette-c7r-daytona-winner/ Some of the modifications include: -Reworked hood -New front splitter with side aero fences -Added dive planes -Added pitot tubes and housing -Replaced rocker panels with updated ones -New rear spoiler brackets -Updated rear spoiler end plates -Reworked rear end with diffuser and aero modifications -Reworked front grille and driving lights assembly -Added camera dome in correct location plus antenna and transponder -Fully detailed engine wasted because nothing fits. Top of the engine had to be removed for the hood to fit. The model is essentially now a curbside. -Tons of Interior mods and details added (screens, wiring, belts, displays, nets, paddle shifters, water cooler, etc.) but nothing is seen from outside -Added position numbering indication panels Here is my story: Before the race, I did the prep of the car and told them to bring it to my shop right after the race to wash and clean it. (Took pictures of it before the weathering in case it was ruined). Before the race: https://media.fotki.com/2v2J4ZcfWxJ21ND.jpg https://media.fotki.com/2v2J4ZcBnxJ21ND.jpg https://media.fotki.com/2v2J4Zc6qxJ21ND.jpg https://media.fotki.com/2v2J4Zc7CxJ21ND.jpg https://media.fotki.com/2v2J4ZckGxJ21ND.jpg https://media.fotki.com/2v2J4Zc4FxJ21ND.jpg AFTER the race: (Weathering) https://media.fotki.com/2v2J4Z1FVxJ21ND.jpg https://media.fotki.com/2v2J4Z1jGxJ21ND.jpg https://media.fotki.com/2v2J4Z1qqxJ21ND.jpg https://media.fotki.com/2v2J4Z1dhxJ21ND.jpg https://media.fotki.com/2v2J4Z15LxJ21ND.jpg https://media.fotki.com/2v2J4Z1rWxJ21ND.jpg https://media.fotki.com/2v2J4Z18nxJ21ND.jpg https://media.fotki.com/2v2J4Z1MqxJ21ND.jpg https://media.fotki.com/2v2J4Z1zFxJ21ND.jpg https://media.fotki.com/2v2J4Zp3LxJ21ND.jpg https://media.fotki.com/2v2J4ZpvgxJ21ND.jpg https://media.fotki.com/2v2J4ZpUWxJ21ND.jpg https://media.fotki.com/2v2J4Z99FxJ21ND.jpg In this link you can see that battle and the finish of the race. Over 2 years later, I still get goosebumps watching it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u06idGnmgDc&t=9608s Hope you like it! What do you think? Thanks,
  9. I always have a lot of Motion projects in the works. Some of them have gotten pushed back quite a bit. Working on the Eckler‘s Can-Am Corvettes recently brought these two Corvette projects to the surface. In 1993 Joel Rosen gave me three pictures of a red Can-Am Corvette built by Motion. I had never seen these types of Motion cars before, but I knew I had to build one. AMT had just released the Eckler‘s Corvette kit, so I grabbed a couple. Started over 25 years ago, as evidenced by the squadron green putty. (I haven’t use that stuff, since at least that long ago!) If it hasn’t cracked by now, I guess it won’t! One was molded in red plastic and the other in white. So it was a no-brainer to do the candy cane car using the red plastic model. I finished up the bodywork and put the car in primer. A couple little tweaks here and there, and it was ready for paint. I decided to use Tamiya Italian red on this car. Since Joel was always fascinated with Italian style sports cars, I figured it was a good choice. The plan was to draw the decals in my artwork program and print them out with my special ghost printer cartridge. It’s a white toner, LaserJet cartridge, that you have to fool the printer into thinking you’re printing black. Works pretty well! I had a couple rolls of automotive pinstripe hanging around and thought I might give that a try. Cutting it to the correct widths and getting it on the car wasn’t too much trouble. But in the end, they did not look right. They kept popping up in corners and you could see the scale thickness was out of whack. So I carefully peeled it all off and set about my original plan, drawing the decals. After a couple test prints on standard paper, I was where I wanted to be. I ran the Decal film through the printer and was on to Decal application. Some of the decals are quite delicate, especially about the back window. That was put on in one piece. I didn’t want any seams between any of the decals. I did, however, end up with three seams on the car. I’m happy with the way. It turned out this time around. Joel Rosen has officially pulled himself out of the automotive industry. At 83 years old, he’s had enough. He was recently in the hospital, so I had a mutual friend of ours, pass these pictures along to him. As for the real car, last I saw it was in the Dan McMichael‘s collection. It may have gone to auction in 2012.
  10. Got this as a Christmas present from Dad. Didn't like the full race version, so I made it into a street racer. It's not a bad kit for a lvl4. Easy as a snap-tite. SAM_1123 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_1124 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_1125 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_1126 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr
  11. A fantastic looking race car but I found the suggested yellow livery a bit boring - even if it is traditional. So I had some custom decals printed at Indycals and made up my own livery based on the colours of Ryobi Power Tools - including some Porsche Peridot Green metallic paint I had left over from a Cayman build. The kit is OK. Some grinding was involved to get it all to sit together properly. It's well detailed in some places (engine, interior) and entirely lacking in others (suspension, poseable wheels).
  12. Finished up my take on the Revell Corvette C7R. This one is done to replicate the #4 C7R ran at the 2019 Sahlens Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen International. Unfortanently, the #4 car didn't make it more than 4 turns on lap 1 before being turned by an RSR... The build - Started with the Revell C7R kit - arguably one of the most frustrating builds I've had in some time!! This kit is borderline terrible in fit and finish. A LOT of test fitting and sanding / cutting, followed by more of the same. Thankfully I was able to glean some tips from those of you that came before me! Used the Classic Racing Resins C7R upgrade kit that upgrades the nose, rocker panels, wing, and rear diffuser. Fit and finish of the resin parts was okay, a fair amount of sanding and profiling had them looking decent. Cutting the nose and diffuser was pretty straight forward and a decent fit. Required some body filler to get the high/low but otherwise fairly pleased with them. The clear pieces on this kit were a royal challenge... ended up cutting all windows and headlights apart and fitting individually. A Dremel with a thin cutting wheel works great for this. Gravity Colors USA paint was used and dressed with Indycals and few customs I made to directly replicate the 2019 Sahlens Six Hours livery. Wheels and brakes are KMP-Scale Modeling which I feel really dress up the car and add realism to the kit. Thanks for looking! Inspiration: IMSA 2019 Sahlens Six hours of The Glen, #4 Corvette Racing C7R.
  13. This is the new Revell 427 Coupe. I really like the kit. It builds fairly easily. The decals are nice and I'd say it's very similar to the roadster kit. There are a few differences and things that I don't like though. I don't like how they did the pipes and I think the exhaust outlets look a little large for the car. I also had some fit issues I didn't have with the roadster. The hood is glued shut because of one of them The back corner would not stay down. It sucks because I did a really nice job on the engine bay. Still, the kit makes a nice looking model. SAM_0936 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0937 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0938 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0939 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr
  14. Howdy folks,,just finished a swap meet 15$ MPC 1/16 84' Vette. S-built : Roll bar,,hood scoops,belts,rear wing, I added the rear tires from a MPC 1/16 Cobra kit. Rims came w/the kit. Used Testors Transparent Grape over dollar store F-Blk primer. Hardware store Autumn Red interior. Neat vintage kit. Thanks for looking,keep up the great works!
  15. One of the first kits I ever got was this very kit. I used the wrong paint on it and ever since I have wanted to get another. I found one cheap not long ago and decided it was time to get another and build it the way I wanted. It's a good kit, but lacks a lot of decals. Still, it came out great! SAM_0581 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0582 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0583 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0584 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0585 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0586 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0587 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr
  16. I am pulling the remaineder of my hair out searching for info about Testors Car Colors spray paints from circa 1983 - late 1985 . This line of aerosols was replaced in Fall 1985 by the then-new Model Masters line . Am I the only one whom recalls this short-lived line of paints ? If anyone else recalls these paints , please share your recollections here ; and it's even better if you've got photos / links !
  17. Here’s my newly finished Revell 40th Anniversary Corvette convertible! This kit fought me for hours during final assembly but overall I think it turned out ok. The windshield did not fit at all so I had to sand down the dashboard a LOT to get the windshield to sit at the right angle. Also, the hood didn’t want to close all the way because I think I glued the radiator and shroud in wrong. So I had to shave down the under hood structure some. The hood has a slight warp to it as well, solved by some sticky tack to hold one corner of the hood down. The actual 40th Anniversary car is more of a plum color (like the box shows) but this kit is molded in a lovely metallic red that I thought would be a shame to cover up with paint. This is the first molded-in-metallic-color kit I’ve seen without molding flow lines so it was a great candidate for bare plastic. I polished the body with Tamiya Fine and Finish compounds, followed by a single heavy coat of Pledge Floor Gloss. The body is slightly transparent in thinner areas but it’s not that noticeable once it’s together. For the movable body panel lines, I used a .05 Molotow Blackliner pen. I think it’s too thick for scale panel lines but overall I like the effect. The chrome trees in this kit were really badly finished so I stripped it all off and used Molotow chrome where appropriate. The wheels are painted Tamiya TS-30 Silver Leaf, which is my new favorite color for polished aluminum wheels. Overall I’m happy with this one. I’m probably in the minority here, but the C4 is my absolute favorite Corvette gen as far as looks go so I’m excited to have one on my shelf!
  18. I built this one back in 1977, when I was 16 years old. I painted it a couple more times over the ensuing years, then got tired of how it looked, and stripped it down to bare plastic (which of course ruined the filler) in 1989. After that, it sat in pieces, as you see it here, but scattered to the wind, until just this year, when I sorted through all my parts, and got all of the original pieces I could find back in one place... The wheel flares and front spoiler were made from the plastic flats they divided record albums with at the stores... That green piece is a leftover bit from a '69 Cougar that was painted with the same can of paint... Originally painted Plastikote Metalflake Green, I recoated it a few years later with Testors Candy Transparent Green, which made it a good deal darker. I ran the stock hood, but in 1989 I decided to do this 'update' using the scoop from the 69 Chevelle kit. That was also when I reshaped the door windows, painted it red, and then, unhappy with the faint panel lines, stripped the body in 409. That rear spoiler is the front spoiler from the Revell "Jungle Jim" Vega funny car. Got a little rambunctious with the sanding there, didn't I? Sorry, louvers! Considering that it went through the stripper, that automotive spot putty has held up pretty well. (except for this flare...) Here's the motor and the rolling stock (minus the back halves of the tires (had yet to dig these up, still.) Not shown are the side pipes, which I ended up painting black. They'll be replaced with chrome ones. Keep in mind that was 16 year old me that put those plug wires on... The header flanges will hide the ends. I think the wheels were cribbed from the "Iron Horse" Mustang kit, but the Countdown Series 66 Mustang had 'em too. Anybody got 4 good ones like these? A little drilling, filing, and pinning got her back up on 4 wheels, with engine in place. Dig those old school sewing thread plug wires.... Here she is mocked up... First time on all four wheels in 23 years. And after searching diligently, I've found me some Plastikote Metal Flake Green in an old school can! Just like I painted it with back in 1977.... What do you think? Worth saving? You can see more photos of the rebuild process here...http://public.fotki....vette/?show=all
  19. Is it real or model? I have the answer but will let you all guess for a while.
  20. Since a 1/25 scale model kit of the C7 Grand Sport does not exist --this was a major kitbash using the 2016 Revell C7 Stingray kit as the base, cut out the rear fenders and rocker panels of the Revell C7R, for the 'wide body' rear fenders. Cut out all vents, grill openings and used bits from a 1/24 Maisto C7 Z06, cup wheels from Plazmos, spoiler and ground effects from C1 models, 'black' corvette badging from Speedway decals and paint is Automotive Touchup, Arctic White and Carbon Flash Black center stripe, 'hash' fender stripes are Mecha Acrylic Gunmetal, all cleared with AT 1K Clearcoat --rubbed out and polished. You can follow the build chronology on the 'WIP' section. I've also included a picture of the car that was my inspiration. So here's some pictures(I still need to work on my photography skills) of the finished model -- appreciate any comments, thx Al
  21. Started this one a few days ago, painted Testors Fiery orange with wet look clear. Thanks for looking, all comments welcomed.
  22. After five years, it is done! I started this one back on January 15, 2015 and just now got it done August 7th of this year. Painted Testors White Lightening with wet look clear, interior is Tamiya TS-69 linoleum brown, straight out of the box. Thanks for looking, all comments welcomed.
  23. Started back in 2015, I am finally getting around to finishing it. Painted Testors Nassau blue with Tamiya TS-54 light metallic blue interior. This will have the tri power big block in it.
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