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  1. With everyone recently building the popular S&H Torino, thinking I need to build one of these too, picked one up last week and thought about how awesome everyone's Torino's came out, except they all look the same. I get it, it's a tribute build, but what if the Starsky and Hutch TV show was today in 2016? I thought about keeping the same theme of their car but give it an updated appearance, RESTOMOD style! Honestly I never liked the 74 Torino with the big chrome bumpers and guards, just looked ugly to me. Also never cared for that out-of-balanced design of a "stripe" even as a kid, I didn't think the stripe looked good or worked with the lines of the Torino. So here's my rendition of what maybe a revamped S&H Torino would look like in today's TV show. 1) I did some major mods to the bumpers, removed the ugly guards, shortened and brought them closer to the body and color matched with the body. 2) Redesigned the stripe design to better flow with the lines of the car. 3) Wheels are a modern 20" 5-slot design staggered set up I'm customizing and lower stance. Love this new Tamiya for curves tape! Best lines ever and zero bleeding... Of course I always spray a light coat of clear before color after taping to minimize color bleed. Colors and Paint: Duplicolor Electron Current Red Pearl Metallic with Tamiya white primer base and Tamiya TS-25 White Pearl stripes. Four coats of Duplicolor clear over all of it, then wet-sanded 1500 > 2000 > 3000 then four coats of Model Masters Wet Clear and those will be wet-sanded from 2000 > 12000 and polished. I'll post finished polished pictures later. UPDATE 6/30 Need opinion on chrome Since I "de-chromed" and modified the front and rear bumpers, the question is should I "de-chrome" the grill, headlight bezels and the taillight bezel? Options: 1) tint them with Tamiya Clear black 2) paint them Black 3) paint them dark gray 4) paint them body color Also, window and rocker trim, BMF chrome or black? What's your opinion?
  2. My idea of what a new Striped Tomato might look like if the Starsky and Hutch cop TV show was to come back today. Of course started with the Revell kit, which I will say is an excellent kit, very detailed, little flash, really none, and fitment was excellent throughout the build. I of course made several mods to this build, first was tucking and narrowing the huge front and rear stock bumpers. Added a air-dam effect to the front with plastic and putty. added the Eliminator hood scoop to keep Starsky from sliding across the hood, which of course drove Hutch crazy, you're welcome Hutch... Gave the boys new RECARO seats instead of the cozy bench seat, again you're both welcome... I think... Ha... Did minor engine detail, wires and hoses and basic chassis. Added some different exhaust tips to exit the corners. Stayed with the overall theme but I honestly never liked the look of the huge stripe, it never seemed to fit the lines of the car to me, so redesigned and painted my own. Decided to keep the chrome look, but shaved door handles. Paint is Duplicolor Electric Current Metallic Pearl Red with Tamiya Pearl White for the stripe and lot's of Testors Wet Look Clear cut and polished several times. Updated the wheels to a newer version "5-slot" style, and custom deep-dished the rears for a staggered resto-mod look, and gave them huge disc brakes. Had a lot of fun building this one, thanks for looking
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