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Revell 1/24 1978 Trans Am
RussellE
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Posted: Thursday, December 05, 2019 - 08:54 AM UTC

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Beautiful build Russell. Great attention to detail.


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And for those who haven't yet, go see Ford vs Ferrari! Highly recommended!


Saw it on premiere night. Very well played by Christian Bale and Matt Damon. As you say, highly recommended. For those with Netflix, there's a documentary, that covers the very same battle. "The 24 hour war"



Thank you Jesper
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Posted: Wednesday, December 04, 2019 - 06:38 PM UTC
Beautiful build Russell. Great attention to detail.


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And for those who haven't yet, go see Ford vs Ferrari! Highly recommended!


Saw it on premiere night. Very well played by Christian Bale and Matt Damon. As you say, highly recommended. For those with Netflix, there's a documentary, that covers the very same battle. "The 24 hour war"
RussellE
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Posted: Wednesday, December 04, 2019 - 12:03 PM UTC

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The lyrics from an Edgar Winter song comes to mind...

"Drivin' along with my radio on feelin' good..."




Thank you Marc Rockin on!


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Great finish Russ! Glad to see this garage queen make it to the road and I'm sure you had this one in the real garage.

Cheers
Michael



Thank you Michael I'd love to say I have this in my real garage, but it seems only in my dreams for now, at least....
Cosimodo
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Posted: Wednesday, December 04, 2019 - 09:06 AM UTC
Great finish Russ! Glad to see this garage queen make it to the road and I'm sure you had this one in the real garage.

Cheers
Michael
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Posted: Wednesday, December 04, 2019 - 08:46 AM UTC
The lyrics from an Edgar Winter song comes to mind...

"Drivin' along with my radio on feelin' good..."

RussellE
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Posted: Wednesday, December 04, 2019 - 08:26 AM UTC

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Very nice result Russ, lovely finish! Even more impressive considering the battles you fought along the way on this build.

Cheers, D



Thank you Damian Great to have people with your skills along for the ride offering support and encouragement!

Lots of learnings had here on this one. My first experience with Bare Metal Foil, and quite happy with how it turned out. Ready to apply those skills to Anakin's Naboo Starfighter from Episode I


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Russell,
Oh Wow Boy did you nail this one. It's spectacular in it's overall appearance, and the close up pictures really shows off the details that you really nailed. A perfect example is the 2 chrome strips across both tail lights. They really look like the real deal. Even the shaker hood has the look and feel that I remember from many moons ago.

Well done my friend, very well done.

Joel



Thank you so much Joel Very kind words indeed my friend, from someone who's work I admire very much and can only hope to get halfway as good as.

Overall I'm happy with how she's turned out, even if there are little things that to my eye I could do better next time. But that's all part of the fun and the learning process that gets us a little closer to the perfect build each time.
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Posted: Wednesday, December 04, 2019 - 02:09 AM UTC
Russell,
Oh Wow Boy did you nail this one. It's spectacular in it's overall appearance, and the close up pictures really shows off the details that you really nailed. A perfect example is the 2 chrome strips across both tail lights. They really look like the real deal. Even the shaker hood has the look and feel that I remember from many moons ago.

Well done my friend, very well done.

Joel
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Posted: Tuesday, December 03, 2019 - 11:41 PM UTC
Very nice result Russ, lovely finish! Even more impressive considering the battles you fought along the way on this build.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Tuesday, December 03, 2019 - 11:16 PM UTC
Aaaannd: Finished!














Thanks for all your support along the way guys!

And for those who haven't yet, go see Ford vs Ferrari! Highly recommended!
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Posted: Sunday, December 01, 2019 - 08:01 AM UTC
Hi Joel and Marc!

thanks so much for the kind words...

Life got a bit tangled over the weekend so wasn't able to take the final pics, but hoping to put this to bed sometime during this week
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Posted: Sunday, December 01, 2019 - 02:21 AM UTC
Nicely done. Hood looks great.
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Posted: Friday, November 29, 2019 - 12:19 PM UTC
Russell,
Well done my friend. Looking forward to your final update with a ton of pictures. I know how good it feels to put another in the books.

Joel
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Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 10:38 PM UTC
Thanks so much for the words of support and encouragement guys!

Break our the Tonight I was able to attach the rear view mirrors and place the Pontiac badge decal on the front of the car!

Finished!

A quick blast tomorrow with compressed air to blow away the dust bunnies and I'll take some decent pics with the big camera!
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Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 11:55 AM UTC
Great recovery Russ!
The car looks superb with the interior and engine nicely finished.

cheers
Michael
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Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 06:43 AM UTC
Russell,
You really nailed it. I'm super impressed with the clear finish. The interior looks pretty realistic, and you did an exceptional job on the engine compartment.

Joel
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Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 05:04 AM UTC
Looks great Russel. It reminds me of my 77 Trans Am. Glad the respray turned out like it did.
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Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 12:12 AM UTC
So glad it worked. Looks amazing Russell.



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Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 11:14 PM UTC
Looks great Russ, I'm glad the fix worked out so well for you!

It will be really good to see this one cross the line, and won't it feel good to get a completion under your belt!

Cheers, D
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Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 10:57 PM UTC
Hi guys! Good news! It worked!

Some dodgy mobile phone shots...






The panel fit on the Revell kit isn't too good but I figure, neither is the 1:1 panel fit that good, so I'm going to go with it!

Just a couple more items to finish off then we're all done!

Actually, I think it's the first time I'll finish a model in more than a year!
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Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 11:27 AM UTC
Fingers crossed this works!
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Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 08:06 AM UTC

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Russell,
Solid choice for sure. just give the surfaces to be resurfaced a light rub 1st. Looking forward to your update with the positive results.

Joel



Thank you Joel

yep, rubbed down with 2000 grit paper, ready for a respray (tonight, all being well )


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Lots of luck with the respray. the car looks well masked so you should be okay with the over-spray. I want to see the finished product.



Thanks Darrell. Me too!
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Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 03:21 AM UTC
Lots of luck with the respray. the car looks well masked so you should be okay with the over-spray. I want to see the finished product.
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Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 01:45 AM UTC
Russell,
Solid choice for sure. just give the surfaces to be resurfaced a light rub 1st. Looking forward to your update with the positive results.

Joel
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Posted: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 10:30 PM UTC
Hi Joel!

Words of wisdom from the Master!

Well, I'm going the re-spray route, but I need to be careful so as not to spray the windscreens or the satin finishes... so a bit of unusual masking required

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Posted: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 02:31 AM UTC
Russell,
That's good news for sure about the actual paint. As for the fine grades of Micro Mesh emery cloth, you can achieve the same results by using auto body finishes, which is what I use to use. For me it was Meguiars Scratch X 2.0 followed by one or more of their liquid polishes, and then one of their liquid Carnauba wax. The system that I used is their Detailer series. The finishes that resulted were equal to what I end up with these days using the full Gravity system which is crazy expensive, and certainly not made in house by any means. By no means do I use the top of their line on models, which as I said is just for my Coupe.

The key is use liquids, not pastes. Pastes are semi solids and will scratch as you rub them into the surface which takes more force then liquids do. Also, the wax build up on the application rag is an issue as well as it's more prone to grab and hold dust particles. I personally use Micro towels that I cut up into small squares that I buy at a discount auto store, then toss when used just once.

The other option is just mask and re-gloss the entire shell if the damage goes through the clear coat.

Honestly, I've re glossed shells plenty of times and the end results are always better then the 1st time. If you're using a Air Brush, the last Wet coat can be thinned about 10-20% more and applied with an even coat. That really does help level out the finish.

Joel