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  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 9:38 PM

Thanks guys! Not much done on this front. I did get the canopy on the P-38 masked so hopefully cross your fingers I'll get to painting soonish. 

Ferg: Looks cool! I love the Tamiya Corsair. I've build a few of them, it's an amazing kit. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

  • Member since
    March 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 7:07 AM

Gamera

Thanks guys! Not much done on this front. I did get the canopy on the P-38 masked so hopefully cross your fingers I'll get to painting soonish. 

Definitely looking forward to that Cliff.

                   

 

  • Member since
    March 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 9:22 AM

Ok gang. This build is finally coming to a close after right at 10 months. I originally dedicated this one to Tosh and Rigidrider and still will but I have one other special person that liked following my builds from afar and not on forums. I used to send my mother texts with updates on my builds and she really liked this one.....alot.... before she passed a little over 3 months ago from Covid pneumonia. With that being said....this one's for you momma. 

This whole build started last July after I saw the kit re-released by Round 2. I've had visions in my mind for years of building a 1967 Mustang Fastback model as it would have been if I had one. I've had the pleasure of owning three 67 coupes and always wanted a fastback in real life. My last Mustang was the best of the three because it was built from the first two cars and I had managed to score a 351W from a 69 Mach 1. She also had a 4spd manual transmission and 3.55 gears. 

The first car I had I managed to purchase from my home town. It had a 289 2bbl with an automatic tranny and 2.79 gears. It wasn't fast but it was a good lookin' car. On one of my many trips back to Ft. Hood from my home town in North Texas I hit a deer and destroyed the front end of the car. (going off into the ditch is the WRONG thing to do when dodging animals I found out). The deer was only the beginning of the damage....while dodging the deer I didn't look on the OTHER side of it and dove into a concrete drainage system. This car....was done.

Car #1: Acquired 1989-Decommissioned-1990

I found Car #2 in a wrecking yard and rescued it. Man.....that car was rough looking BUT.....it was a GT and had all the options to include tilt away steering which was a very weird option but definitly good on the cool factor. This car also had a standard transmission from the factory. No engine or tranny was in the car when I bought her for $100 but I quickly took care of that. The 289 was carried over from Car #1 and I got a close ratio 4 speed tranny for this one. Later on I bought the 351W I was talking about earlier and freshened it up and dropped it into this car and drove it for a few more years before somebody pulled out in front of me at Ft Hood. I dodged but not before I hit him with my drivers side door in a side skid. Jeez....

Car #2 before the wreck: Acquired 1990--Decommissioned 1991

and after:

The tilt way column that I was talking about. This was supposed to help with driver ingress and egress. Definitely different:

This is where Car #3 comes in. Acquired 1991--Sold 2002

I bought her for $600 at Fort Hood and towed her back home. I had two other parts cars now to draw parts from to make this one the best car out of the three and one that I would have for 11 years. Me and my best friend built this car over a course of 5 days from this at day one:

 

to this at Day 3 moving under her own power.

The next two days involved finish up...bumpers, trim, interior and all the cool stuff to make this car driveable.

The end result:

 After mom passed and while I was still in my home town for the week, my brother took me to the wrecking yard where two old friends reside now. Car #1 and Car #2 are within 15 feet of one another. In the following pic Car #2 is in the foreground and Car #1 is just behind it.

Now....all of this is where the inspiration for my build here came from. I wanted to build a fastback with all of the things that I had in this last car with the only difference being that I wanted factory style wheels on this one. And so, I set out on my venture.

I purchased this kit....and went for broke.

I finished her this morning. Color is Acapulco Blue from MCW Finishes, Wet Look covers the clear coat. The pad printed tires in this kit are a God send and thanks to Eric Oberhaufer at AMT the change out from the Firestone Super Stock tires that this kit came with got changed out to the Wide O Oval tires you see in the following pictures. Model Car Garage covered most of the PE items that you'll see on this car with PE kit # MCG-2032. Joel at Iceman Collections provided the Cobra air cleaner, HGW Models provided this 1/48 scale REMOVE BEFORE FLIGHT tag hanging from the rearview mirror and the CPC 64F (the same tag that was on Car #3) license plate and plate frame were provided by Thomas at Speedway decals. Throttle linkage, air cleaner wingnut & washer, fuel lines and brake lines were all either fabricated or drawn from PE parts bin. Throttle return spring is an element from an automotive turn signal bulb. Plug wires are from Lex's Scale Modeling and the 650 cfm Holley Double Pumper carburetor was from Shapeways.

The hood scoop is from the AMT GT-350 kit and was graphed onto the stock hood. I also cut out the area of the hood where the scoop was to allow the air cleaner to sit up inside of the scoop from proper hood closure/ seating.

Outside door handles are from Fireball Modelworks, Alclad applied to both and pinned in place.

  A good amount of work had to be done to get the front suspension lowered achieve the stance that I wanted and the front wheels had to be moved in ......significantly... to go inside of the wheel wells where they belonged. The rear suspension had to be raised so a light re-aching of the leaf springs is all that took. 

 This kit is a good kit overall but there are some notable areas that need mentioning. Firts off ...the good. The base engine was well represented with only a carburetor change out needed to spice things up a bit. The interior is also well represented with good detail. The aluminum plating on the dash face is a BEAR to replicate on this one as is the door panels. If anyone's interested in how I pulled that off let me know and I'll be happy to tell you how I managed to get through it. 

80% of this build was pretty straight forward BUT....the fit between the nose piece and the drivers front fender on these kits is very hard to get flush. I spent all KINDS of time trying to fix the issue and STILL ended up with a slight gap. Test fit--sand-test fit--file--test fit and MORE TEST FIT is required to get this part right. The fuel cap sticks out way too far because it's thicker than it needs to be. I took sandpaper and stuck it into the contours of the tail light panel and sanded it down to what I felt like was the proper thickness. The front and rear bumpers had little braces going down on either side of the license plate area and I don't care for those so I cut those off of both bumpers, stripped the chrome from them, cleaned 'em up and worked the Alclad magic on both.

 I'm pretty happy with the turnout overall as it's just the look I wanted to get from the build. Thank you guys for following along, encouraging me and helping me get through this one.

Finishing shots:

                   

 

  • Member since
    January 2015
Posted by TheMongoose on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 6:03 PM

STUNNING! Plus I read every word Beer good stuff that. A perfect tribute for mom and everyone here. Loved what you did in 3 days...crazy how the model takes 10 months isn't it lol I could talk all day about Mustangs and yours were beauts, including this gorgeous pony you created.

In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list, we're down to a Monogram 1/72 SR-71 and that Tamiya P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo! And I just got a Trumpeter 1/32 F/A-18F!

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 8:24 PM

That's awesome Mustang! Both the model and the real thing!!! Heart

Love her and a fitting tribute!!! 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 11:15 PM

Great looking model, Joe.  I've watched it come together on several sites and it's been a good ride, except for the sad part about your mother.  Put it in a glass case to honor her memory!

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

 

  • Member since
    August 2020
  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Thursday, May 12, 2022 8:52 PM

Awesome dosen't come close Joe. I read through the background for your 3 real cars and I think I understand some of the words.....Big SmileBig SmileBig Smile, just. Anyone get the idea that I'm not a car person..... As for the model it's simply stunningBow DownBow Down. A wonderful tribute to your mates and your mum. I think I may have to post more than one photo, but I'm going to let you pick em.

Cheers

Ferg

I long to live in a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, May 23, 2022 9:46 PM

Painted and preshaded the underside of the P-38 last weekend. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

  • Member since
    May 2020
Posted by Keyserj on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 12:05 PM

I've been meaning to post final pics for a while now but life haa sort of gotten in the way. Hope I did good Lewbud. Beer


Please use the first photo for the front page dodgy.

"Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?"- Oddball

 

John

On the bench:

 

                     

  • Member since
    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 4:33 PM

Keyserj

I've been meaning to post final pics for a while now but life haa sort of gotten in the way. Hope I did good Lewbud. Beer


Please use the first photo for the front page dodgy.

 

He would definately like it. Well done.

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 8:28 PM

Superb job, I'm sure Lewbud would love her!!! Heart

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 10:18 PM

Nice work on the F-16, John.

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

 

  • Member since
    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Friday, June 10, 2022 10:15 AM

Well, we can add Goldhammer to the list. I'm gonna build a kit in his honor as well. I have a kit he gave me few months back. I will post it up here when I get going on it, which is soon.

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

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