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  1. I just wanted to start what has been one of my favorite threads on airplane modeling forums. It’s not meant to brag or prove has the biggest modeling budget; I just like to see what other people are buying... Today I got the ‘50 Ford p/u with the Ardun flathead I’v been lusting over, a Caddy 354 parts pack motor, and some HOK “Burple” candy paint Casey
  2. I’m still recovering from my last chemotherapy so I wanted to do a more “simple“, less modified build to keep my rear end from the couch and to stay engaged. This Johan ‘64 Cadillac kit was in my stash for quiet a while now. Bargained it from eBay as a started and partially painted project with the intention to turn it into mild custom. A few parts were missing but everything essential was there to get it done. It is mostly box stock with a set of Revell Foose Cadillac wheels, lowered suspensions and shaved handles and emblems. And just because I didn’t like rectangular fender skirts I installed ‚67 Pontiac rear fenders. I paced the original kit box on the rear seat bench, maybe the owner of this ride wants to have a model of it in his display case… Thanks for having a look, comments are always welcomed. Greetings from Cologne, Germany
  3. It was August 1963 and Richard Petty had a bundle of cash burning a hole in his pocket. He wanted to do something nice for his mother Elizabeth as he missed her birthday on the 12th of May as he had been too busy driving in circles and needed to make up for it. He decided he would order her a new car. But you see there was one big problem, as I said at the top it was August, Plymouth was between production years, they have shut down the line to convert over the 1964 models. So, he decided he would go see the president of Chrysler, Lynn Townsend. He walked in to Chrysler's main headquarters in Auburn Hills, MI. After all, he was Richard Petty and he could do these kinds of things. He walked into the president’s suite, past Suzie the receptionist on the floor (who had just been hired the week before) and pushed open Lynn’s door. With Suzie hot on his tails as she had no idea who he was. After they got Suzie to clam down and go back to her little corner, Rich (that’s what Lynn called him) and Lynn got down to brass tacks. Together they sketched out a plan to come up with a special model just for Mrs. Petty. As I said, the production line was shut down and the front sheet metal was already updated to 1964 specifications. And even if he was Richard Petty there was no going back. Between the two of them, plus a couple of engineers they pulled off their lunch break at McDonald's, they came up with a 1963 ½ Plymouth Fury, front half 1964 and rear 1963. Maybe the car had an identity crisis but at least Richard got his way and his mother her belated birthday gift. What? You’re not buying that one. Well then how about this one. It was August 1975 and I had a $10 bill burning a hole in my pocket. Sunday morning, into the car and off to West Hempstead Long Island, that’s in New York y’all. East on Sunrise Highway and a right turn one block past the ice-cream stand. Tiny hall filled with vendors selling models and die-cast and well...umm you get the picture. There was a dealer who I’ve bought from before. To me he looked as old as the hills, the reality is I’m probably older now then he was then. On his table he had a JoHan 1963 Plymouth Fury kit, mint in the box. I had built several JoHan 1964 Fury’s as well as some 64 Dodge’s. So, this looked like a good candidate. The box was marked $11, remember, I only had $10. But I, the master of the deal, had worked with this guy before. I made my pitch…and he turned me down. How could he turn me down, he never did before, was I off my game. I turned away rejected. I continued down that row and then turned to go up the next. Then I hear a whisper. It was the dealer, leaning over across the row telling me to come back later. I wasn’t going to argue with that and so 15 minutes, maybe it was 10 as I was a bit impatient, I returned. He told me I caught him in the middle of a big negotiation with someone else and he didn’t want them to see him bargain. True or not, I don’t know. But I handed over my ten spot and walked away with the Plymouth. When I got home and examined my purchase, I wasn’t entirely happy with what I saw. I did not like the front grill one little bit. In my parts stash I had a junk 1964 Plymouth so with that Plymouth and an X-Acto saw I went to work and the two became one. Sadly thought, that is as far as I ever got with the kit. It went back in the box where it has sat for almost 40 years. I think it is high time to get my butt in gear and make something of this crazy mixed-up kit. So, are you buying that one?
  4. This is a box stock johan challenger funny car with testors white enamel and stang 1 forever decals. These old Johan funny cars were so good they pretty much fall right together with very accurate bodies to boot. Until next time thanks for looking. Mike
  5. Hello all, This was a “bucket list” build for me. It has been rattling around in my head for years, and was inspired by a Juha Aurio build from years ago. It’s a kit bash of the Johan 70 Caddy, and a modified AMT nascar chassis. I wanted to maintain the beautiful Cadillac lines while giving it a full tilt aggressive pro touring look. It’s built in a very similar style to the Dutch Boys Camaro I did last year. So…. the body got a “wide body” treatment, rear fenders are flared 2 3/4”, fronts 2”. Most of the trim was shaved, but I opted to keep most of the script. I added the Dutch Boys style door latches again. Front grill was opened from behind, new head lights added, and new turn signals. Front spoiler/splitter, rear spoiler, and nav antenna scratch built, and just for fun, there’s a backup camera in the fuel door. Under the hood got some details added, along with some basic wiring and plumbing. The engine is a 572 from Iceman Collections. I swapped out his valve covers for some Cadillac pieces, and added bootlace ferrule intake trumpets. The wheel centres are from the Foose 65 Impala, with resin hoops, and tires from Scale Productions. The interior has seats from a Ferrari, Lincoln door cards, modified kit dash with nav screen, scratch built centre console and speaker box, paddle shifters, embossing powder carpet, and carbon fibre accents. Many thanks to those of you that patiently followed along and contributed to the build thread. All the comments and input were much appreciated. Build thread : First photo is the build from Juha Aurio. Juha, if you happen to see this, thank you! And my version… Thanks for having a look. As always, all comments welcome.
  6. I know this is a huge long shot but..... I am in desperate need of an interior bucket, dashboard, and glass for a Johan Rebel. I received an unfinished project that was started by a club member who has passed away. I would really like to finish it in his honor
  7. Hi all, This project has been percolating in my brain for years. I finally got the kit about 3ish years ago, and I am now ready to tackle it. I spent a few hours last night going thru my stash and parts bins accumulating a bunch of goodies to mash up. The plan is to use a slightly toned down NASCAR chassis, I will keep the body somewhat stock, but shave some trim. I love the lines of this car! The interior will be a blend of lots of parts from various kits, and some scratch building. I will credit the late Juha Aurio (I hope I spelled that correct) for the inspiration of this. He built a beautiful blue custom that was in a contest cars magazine some years ago. My thought way back then was that I would do a simple curbside build, but with what I have learned since being on this forum, I feel my skills have improved, so I’m going all in. Before I go any further, my sincere apologies to purists, and those who disapprove of cutting up collectable or rare kits. I collect kits, but I collect them to build. I treat any kit the same, and I have almost no knowledge of “box stock”. So here we go! Starting point… The body is actually in very nice condition, so far the only flaw I see is a short shot on the driver side tail light area passenger side.. driver side… Shouldn’t be too hard to fix up. Chassis before any tinkering… The chassis needs to be narrowed and the front of the chassis (forward of the firewall) needs to be extended a scale 10”. Some of the inspiration I have found.. No, it will not be black!! No, it will not be a full roll cage NASCAR build. Man these look good dropped down tho!! It will be low, and will be very aggressive looking, but hopefully still classy at the same time. I already have a colour but not sharing that yet. I have several wheel tire choices, still need to narrow that down. I also plan on ordering some wheels this week, so my choices may actually expand. The engine will be a big block with a modern intake, or maybe twin turbos, regardless, it will have more than enough power to move this beast along. Still need to play with options once the chassis is further along. If it works out, I will use the Cadillac valve covers in the kit. I have all the ideas sorted out in my head, just need to start slicing and dicing to make it a reality. LOTS of details to sort out still, especially with the interior. This should be a fun one. As always, all comments welcome and thanks for having a look. Cheers, Steve
  8. Finished this one last night, the last Johan kit in my stash. Got it off ebay several years ago and it was missing the engine, built it as a curbside slump buster. Tamiya TS-60 Pearl Green. Foiling was a patience tester but I think it came out alright. Comments welcome, thanks for looking.
  9. HI! Those of us who lived the 60's Funny-Cars great expansion will remember three dominant features: 1- cars looked indeed like the cars they represented, 2- They had a "theme" or nickname (Bounty hunter, LA Hooker, The Snake, etc.) and 3- Most could double as show cars, featuring the wild psychadelic "panel painting" & lettering techniques of the day. Meet NITRO MANIAC: a fantasy 69 Johan FC, restored from a glue bomb. The AMC 3 color paint scheme was stipped, the hood scoops shaved, the custom ft & rr ends kept in place but molded, and AMT's modified Trojan Horse M2 FC chassis slipped under the smoothed body (instead of the Logghe chassis of the kit). Scratchbuilt tin work, gas tank, chassis side-panels, barrel valve, wiring & plumbing, shifter, gas pedal and linkage, steering rod, etc. Home-made and parts box decals. Tamya's pure white, Silverleaf, Gunmetal, HOK Passion pearl, Testor's ice green, Mr.Hobby Topcoat clear, fully polished. Metallic gel pen pinstriping. Molotow's chrome. A paint experiment, and hours of fun with styrene! CT
  10. Hi again ! JoHan has never made the convertible version of the 1974 Cadillac Eldorado promo, only the Eldorado Coupe. So, after finding a damaged one for sale a few months ago I thought about giving that poor promo a new life, as a convertible. I have tried to push some details that Johan never did, as to carve on the model the front and rear choc absorber lines on the fenders, and to give the interior some life, with detailed front seats and door panels. The Caddy received a new paint and some new white walls. Don't know how to photo-etch or create decals for scripts and emblems yet but I'll come to that soon. Hope you'll like it !
  11. This is likely the last I'll get done this year. My first try at a Johan classic, it was a pleasure to build. The chrome up-top stanchions were broken so I went with the top down, shows off the interior better anyway. Lot of chrome on this baby, I think it came out pretty good. Comments welcome as always and thanks for looking.
  12. Johan USA Oldies kit. Exterior is Scalefinishes Olds Ming Jade w/ Testors Wet Look clear. Interior is Revell Reddish Brown, thinned and airbrushed with different lusters of clear. Comments, critique, questions, tips and pointers always welcome. Thanks for looking. Namaste.
  13. Hi guys ! Here's my last built of the year. The '76 Eldorado is the last official convertible by Cadillac, and I've made this one from the JoHan's Coupe. New paint, trims, wheels, WWs, detailed interior.... I'll give her a better and more accurate hard boot cover next spring. Hope you'll like it.
  14. Hi guys ! Sharing with you my newest build. Made from a damaged JoHan's 1971 Coupe Eldorado promo, this convertible is starting a new life. New metallic paint and clear coats, new wheels and white walls, detailed interior and dash, soft boot, etc... After a long sleep rusting in a barn, the caddy now enjoys the quite roads of Route 66 . A special thanks for the beautiful diorama made from a talented friend of mine. Times are hard now, so keep safe everybody. Cheers !
  15. Going thru some photos & came across these. I don't think I've posted them before. Built more than 30yrs ago...
  16. This project started back as a replica stock build in 1980 with a mint kit. Now it's finally almost finished as a mild custom! Sometime the roof got broken and I tried to fix it but those thin roof pillars were just too fragile. Junk '59 Fury to the rescue! The Plymouth roof is essentially identical to the Dodge. Here I've also stripped the chrome for a replate and started to shave off the extraneous trim from the body. Here she is in fresh Tamiya primer and fresh Little Motor Kar Co. replated bumpers. Still to be removed were the door handles and the large piece of ribbed trim with the "Custom Royal" nameplate at the leading edge of the fin. I decided to remove and reshape the taillight bezels, then have them plated. Custom taillight lenses came from an original issue AMT '57 T-bird kit. Tailpipe extensions were made styrene rod. The JoHan Dodge is quite accurate except for the rear wheel opening shape. Back when I started the project I reshaped the openings. Here you can see the corrected one compared to an unmodified kit... After sectioning the chassis to shorten the wheelbase slightly for a more accurate look, I added material to JoHan's flat chassis so that the model will have a finished look underneath and viewers won't be able to look inside the body through the wheel openings. Now it's in paint! Tamiya Pearl "Light Red" for the main color and a pink mixed from Tamiya Pearl Light Red and Tamiya Pearl White. Hope you like it so far!
  17. Hi ! Here is my very first Cadillac conversion, made a couple of years ago. JoHan only produced Eldorado Coupes from 1971 to 1976, so I took a old "76' Eldorado Rancher" kit to make this specific version. As 1978 would be the final year for the full sized Cadillac Eldorado, I wanted to make the highest trim level. The "Custom Classic" was very distinctive with its 2 tones exterior body and also a duo-tone pillowed leather interior ( done with clay ). 2000 Classics have been built that year, only 25 with a sunroof, like my version. I unfortunately couldn't get the exact same colours at the time I built the model ( Arizona Beige and Demitasse Brown Metallic ) but I tried to get as close as I could. As she's my first conversion, some mistakes here and there..., like a missing "Eldorado" script on the front edge of the hood. Rear bumper and taillights have been modified, as well as the rear window. Shock absorber fender and trunk lines sculpted. It was so fun to do though , but putting the 1mm black line decals on fenders ?....no so much !
  18. After picking this one up last week, I disassembled and gave it a good soaking in Super Clean. The chassis and interior were coated with the customary model paint smothering. But the body and glass are in great shape! The only thing ever applied to the shell were decals, same for the glass. Lots of ample glue piles under the hood and in a few other spots. I think another soak and some careful cleaning this resto will be under way. I'd like to use these wheels and tires, the extra bumpers, scoop and decals are bonuses.
  19. Picked up this open box model from a widow who lost her husband recently. He had many built and unbuilt, but my budget was just for 5 out of the lot. I have owned a few real caddy's in my day and my dad always had one as a family car growing up. We never had a convertible though. Anyhow, I decided to go with Rustoleum Gloss Berry Pink for the exterior and Rustoleum Candy Pink for the interior. Found some nice felt to use as carpet at Michaels for 33 cents. JoHan's models seem to be well fitting in my experience and this was as well. Was an open box, so a couple things were missing, but I fixed that. The wheels are rollers, which meant that it was easier to drop in the weeds because of the straight axles. Used bigger whitewalls and rims from my parts box. No gloss coat on here. I used Pledge/Future Floor wax and it came out nice. Also, I did the windshield trim with a chrome pen instead of BMF. Did the engine in the same pink as the interior. No awards will be won here, but had fun building another shelver. Thanx for looking.
  20. Hi everyone. My nickname is Joca and I'm of Brazil. This is my first post here, hope you enjoy the photos. Any comments and suggestions are welcome. This kit was a 1/25 Jo-han gluebomb. I disassembled all the parts I could with some brokens in the way. Decided to give a new personality for this classic I have started cutting the fenders and channeling the body. My first attempt to do that. Don't have much time to dedicate to the hobby this will be a very slow work. Thank you for your time and attention. Best regards.
  21. Johan 64 Cadillac kit. Customized the interior with bucket seats front and rear. Paint is Rootbeer with pearl clear and several polished clear coats
  22. Just finished this 1964 Caddy - "Da Cad" If you've ever built one of these old Johan kits, you know of the few pit-fall items to correct, one being the tiny taillights that do not fit correctly and missing the top cap. Did a lot of detailing to the grill/bumper, drilled out the molded-in headlights and installed some very nice resin replicas from Germany. I did update the look of the stock Caddy with pro-tour seats and three round aluminum gauges. Updated 20" wire-style wheels and lower stance give it a look I like. The paint is Testors RootBeer with pearl-clear accenting and lots of polished Wet Look Clear coats, it's one of my favorite paint jobs. The BMF gave me fits on this and isn't as perfect as I would like, but frustration gave way and it is what it is. Drilled out the molded in head lights, replaced with some very nice resin pieces from Germany. Printed a Cadillac emblem and used it on the hood and truck Added some details like handmade accelerator and brake peds. Door pulls and updated the guage pack using aluminum tubing
  23. Showing a Johan kit I put together for a good friend of his real deal '63 Max Wedge Super Stock Polara.
  24. Decided to get this one going. I've been too busy playing with snap-together kits and want to get back into more challenging stuff. What I've achieved so far... Tamiya Gloss Black with Flat Black vinyl top... Burgundy interior... More coming...
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