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  1. I'm taking a break from the Sci Fi forums for a while as my fancy has swung back to muscle cars & customs. I used to build quite a few about 25 years ago! Before I was even on BM in fact. So I have 'form' as they say. Let's see if I can use some of the modelling tricks I've learnt since I was away from here. Here are some of the survivors.. I've got this one. From around 1980. The box is already on the manshed wall. Yes, that is a Jo Han Ambulance under it. And this one.. Both are from the bay and were described as 'may be missing parts'. They are. I'll see what's in the bits boxes then. We will probably end up with hybrid running gear, but isn't that what customising is all about anyway?. Back soon. Pete
  2. Hello everyone, I made this model kit lots of years ago and just wanted to share it with you. I opened hood/bonnet and trunk/boot, detailed engine, modified a bit suspensions and interior wheel arches to fit wheels. I also added lights to this kit. Sorry for the quality of the pictures, as I said did the kit long time ago and the pics have been rescued from old hard drive backup saves. Hope you like it Regards
  3. "GTO by Pontiac....for those who think young!"....... This is my interpretation of a famous "match racer" S/FX super stock drag car from my childhood, Arnie "the Farmer" Beswick's supercharged 1964 Pontiac GTO. Some claim this car is the first "door slammer" to do a 1/4 mile in under 10 seconds (and some say it was some other car....). The base of this build was Revell's excellent 1/24 kit to which I added after-market 1/25 resin front wheels and a Hilborn fly-catcher injector as well as scratch-built headers, some PE linkage and a few odds-and-ends from my spares box. Decals are from Slixx. I can add additional details on this build if anyone's interested. I'm in the process of building a collection of similar early 60's American super stock race cars which I hope to enter in the "collections" category in a hopefully future post-covid model contest. I have ten completed and another 12-14 in the queue! Thanks for looking! John Exhaust headers scratch-built using 2 mm rosin-core solder. These are easier to do than I thought they would be. Scratch-built ladder type traction bars shown unpainted and dry-fitted which I'm still considering installing or replacing with better ones....these look a little big too big to me....what do you think?
  4. Here is my RFI of the Moebius 1/25 scale 1961 Pontiac Ventura. This is my forth Moebius car kit and, unlike the previous three which fell together ('55 Chrysler 300, '54 Hudson couple and '65 Plymouth), this one exhibited some pretty challenging fit issues on the front bumper and both front and rear windscreens. The rear window upper frame is still not quite flush with the roof but I'm afraid I'll ruin the paint if I tried to do any additional tuning (I'm still learning the fine art of knowing when to stop particularly near the end of a build). Despite these challenges, this was a fun one to paint and assemble. This two-tone green color scheme, Jadestone metallic green with Seacrest green top, was inspired by a beautiful build of this same kit I saw posted on another auto modeling forum last year. Basecoat paints for these original factory colors were ordered from Scalefinishes.com and the finished body clear coated with Tamiya TS-13. Tamiya acrylics and Alclad polished aluminum were used for other painted surfaces. I've always thought that these early sixties "bubble top" coupe designs from Bill Mitchell's years running GM styling were/still are very futuristic looking. I have the Catalina version of this kit which I hope to build as an early super stock drag car. Thanks for looking. Cheers, John
  5. Another one of my novice builds from 2005 - this time a 1964 Pontiac GTO. Looking back, it's quite a basic kit with a tub interior (rather than seperate side panels) and exhaust molded with the back axle but I do remember it all fitted together well. The only problem I recall was that there were no positive location points or pins for the bumpers, so those needed very careful cementing to avoid damaging the paint on the body. Again, built completely box stock with just a rattle can for the body and brushed enamels for the rest, with sections of window frames cut out as per the instructions to turn it into the hardtop version. I chose this car as my grandfather had imported a new '64 GTO convertible and I'd seen pics of it in one of my father's photo albums, but I wasn't feeling brave enough to remove the roof! I still managed to mess up the headlights as I had yet to discover Clearfix at this point but for this one I had worked out how to wash the grille & wheels to make them look more realistic. If I had known about BMF or Molotow Chrome pens at the time, I would have used them instead of silver paint for the window trims & badging. This one has survived without damage aside from a couple of lost wheel spinners but needs a lot of careful cleaning as it is very dusty. A while back I picked up another one very cheaply to use as spares to replace the spinners and to redo the fogged headlights, but I may instead use it to make a replica of my grandfather's convertible, and leave this one as it is. Anyhow, my later work (& also photography...) does get better...
  6. Built in a little over three weeks from opening the box. That isn't me showing-off, it's simply a reflection on how well this wee kit goes together and how much I enjoy the subject - Hey it's a first generation Firebird, what's not to love !! Enough words, here's some photos: Thanks for taking the time to look and/or comment. As ever all criticism, comments and questions are welcome. Next, a refurb... Jeremy Mayfields' '98 Taurus. Ian.
  7. I appreciate that NASCAR projects aren't too plentiful here on Britmodeller, but I thought I'd post my current build anyway: Started this around eight weeks back, it's a typical Revell/Monogram late 1990's kit, with quite soft detail and thick plastic, a generic chassis/cage/suspension and engine, just the bodyshell, transparencies and cowl over the dashboard are unique. So here's where I began: With the air-dam glued in-place and filled/sanded, I sprayed a couple of coats of Xtracolour ADC Grey on the insides, then masked the window appertures and shot a coat of Tamiya acrylic grey primer straight from the rattle-can. I then rubbed that back with fine grade wet'n dry and lots of water so it was glassy smooth. I then took a new bottle of Tamiya acrylic lemon yellow, added a couple of tiny drops of orange to warm the tone a little and airbrushed three medium coats. A week later I rubbed it back again and applied to heavy cats of good old Humbrol Gloss-Cote: With that all done, it went into the cabinet to dry/cure and I made a start on the chassis/cage etc. (In the pics it's sitting on the rolling chassis of the Kellogg's Chevy I posted here a couple of weeks back). Stay tuned. Ian.
  8. Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, pics thanks to Rich.
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