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Cobra 1/16

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  • Member since
    April 2019
Cobra 1/16
Posted by aaronr121 on Thursday, May 2, 2019 8:46 PM

I picked up this kit about 6 years ago from the flea market for $1. It was already built and painted at the time, so I decided to try to strip and rebuild a model for the first time. It's been a long road getting this model to this point and I'm ready to stick it on the shelf. I just realized, as I was organizing the photos, I didn't put the wipers on... so I have to do that first.

But, this was a build of many firsts. Stripping old enamel, trying to see what I could do with scratch building. fixing broken pieces. Modifying pieces from other kits, using future floor polish, painting with Alclad, building 3-d models of pieces and printing them on my 3-d printer.

I did start this kit not long after I got it, so it's been worked on in phases. I've been hoping to find some of the missing pieces, but i never had any luck, or missed those ebay auctions.

Some of the pieces that I 3-D printed were the headlights, the tailights, the front turn signals, the windscreen, gas cap (which explains why it isn't quite the right shape). Those came out alright. I learned the limitations and just how effective 3-D printing is and how well the transparent filamanet works for headlights.

I think with some tweaking, 3-d printing is great for those hard to find and easy to lose pieces.

Overall, it's a fine 5'. It was definately a learning experience and I'm glad it's done. Maybe one day, I'll find another 1/16 kit, preferably that has never been put together and I can build a definitive version (for myself) of this car.

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Thursday, May 2, 2019 11:13 PM

Nice work!  What color is the body?  I have this kit in my stash to build - AMT



  • Member since
    April 2019
Posted by aaronr121 on Friday, May 3, 2019 6:55 PM
I’ll have to check the paint color. I think I got it at Ollie’s for .59. Some kind of automotive touch up paint. It is a nice kit. I would like to find an unbuilt one someday. It is so nice doing nice new kits that have never been touched after doing a few of these smash apart and rebuilds.
  • Member since
    June 2010
  • From: Australia
Posted by OctaneOrange on Saturday, May 4, 2019 4:42 AM

Looks fabulous. the bigger scale helps sell it.


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