Calvin, really nice work on the GT40 roadster. Looks spot on. I have used all my GT40 MKII kits up though. I will keep an eye out for an affordable one, at the moment they are like priced like emeralds on ebay. I'd love to build a roadster sometime.
The frustration is that I have an extra 68 Gulf kit but fresh out of MKII kits. Saw a deal on a lot of 3 kits on the bay last week but passed on them, regrettably. I didn't think I needed any! Live and learn.
Have you ever thought about a kit to convert a Fujimi MKI kit into the 65 car that won Daytona? first win for a GT40 and first time one ever even finished a race. To me that was a significant car and achievement. Driven by Ken Miles, run by Shelby American.
Can't believe EXOTO would make a mistake (besides the Mecom Corvette GS Sebring wrong shade of blue) but you guys are doing good on Miles #2. Always wanted to do this and if the virus drags on, I think modeling will make a big comeback. The Hobby Shops should advertise big time right now. I picked up a metallic green Monogram GT Roadster glue bomb off eBay that I used "Easy Off" to strip. Project is to take the Beautiful "Wick" Holman-Moody 1/24 diecast Mark II diecast and modify. THIS IS THE BEST 1/24 Mark II made IMHO and you can get it on eBay for $35.00 if you look hard. Engine is a work of art. They also make a Great 427 Cobra you can get for under $50.00, again The BEST! Back to "Big Ed": The Monogram roadster has the correct windshield base. There IS an aftermarket clear slot car parts vendor that I bought a windshield from about 10 years ago don't know if he's still in business. Now you made the conversion, how about "Big Ed" at Riverside or Nassau, longer nose, no lights and sidedraft 58 MM Webers! Hope the is a "Corvette VS Cobra" movie in the works, can still use Miles prequel and Dave MacDonald!
I am trying to stay busy working on models, I have plenty. What I lack is some critical supplies. I just went and stocked up on some Testor's Metalizer and sealant and some semi-gloss black, two common needs.
I modded the MKII body that raceparke kindly mailed to me and put the correct Gurney bubble on the roof for the Sebring car and painted it guardsman blue. So, I an stripping my old Revell/FUjimi GUrney car and going to use it for the roadster. It was never assembled, just painted and decaled.
So far on the roadster I have some pre-assembly of chassis and painting of parts. I should be starting the body work this week and I will get some pics and WIP stuff up for yoo guys. I'll start a new thread for that effort. I was never much of a fan of the roadster but I like a challenge and Calvin was thoughtful enough to make this conversion available, I support that
Hi Calvin What is the top molding over the windshield? A part,paint? Dan Parke
It's just paint. I was attempting to do a resin window molding for the top but it was going to be too thin and impossible to do. I'm just letting the model builder decide how they want to do that part.
So far, I have been mostly planning my attack on the roadster conversion. I cut off the rear spoiler first, while the body was sturdy. I will attach the higher spoiler later in the process. I studied the new doors and have decided to do one side at a time, to maintain some body integrity. I was thinking of either Chart Pack tape or small plastic strip for that top windscreen molding. I can try the tape first, no glue required.
I assembled the basic chassis to a point, which is something I do on these kits before I paint the chassis. I also painted the chassis and the various other parts, some will meed a little brush coloring later.
I walk the body down over the chassis using a few popcicle sticks (after tucking the nose in first). I had the same thought about all the glued-on side panels on Calvin's conversion, but then, Calvin is a magician!
That is one reason I glue up most of the basic chassis structure before painting it. I glue the heck out of it. The first time I did one, the parts were carefully glued together after painting and I ended up with lots of parts in my hand when I tried to get it all in the body. So I learned to make it as solid as possible.
I was thinking about those doors and the cowl too. I am thinking I will attache some thin strip plastic behind the edges to give it more strength. That may require some chassis trimming, we shall see. The last thing I want to do after all the body work would be to break some of it loose. especially the cowl area which will require careful filling and sanding.
I have to say, I am having a little trouble focusing on this project at the moment. The whole world is surreal to me. Having to avoid contact, yet having to go to crowded grocery stores for necessities and the way people act right now is strange, not hostile, just odd. I also have a friend that managed to catch this virus, despite being retired, not going out more than necessary and being fairly healthy. He's pulling through, his wife and daughter are not ill and all should return to the new normal for them soon.
My son is an RN and has to work at the hospital daily, so I worry for him. It's just not that easy to sit and try to build a model when the world is so strange on the other side of the door. Hard to stay focused and block out the distractions, I guess. I have to admit, there is some basic fear of this roadster project, new territory with some challenges.
Good Morning Fellows, I Always check this site at breakfast and like to go back on past threads and posts. The Ford GT Roadster Ramble caught my eye and I remembered I checked my stash. I do believe that Shelby HAD to use a already produced and available windscreen for the X-1. The Ford GT Spyders would be a reasonable and ready item but all my research shows one narrower windscreen. Where all the slot car body makers got the wide (which I like) over the narrow I don't know. Shelby had two Spyder's for testing so I think he used one of these or had one made. The only other production windscreen even close would be a Ferrari 275 or 330P derivative, Ferrari made many windscreens and Shelby had connections in England and Italy. A cracked Monogram is placed over the yellow WIX MK II nose. Attaching shots of my Spyder collection, I would go with the Monogram, repops are on eBay for $5.95.A '62 Corvette removable hardtop is also a possibility, I need to get a couple for a Ferrari project, I lost the one I had. Thanx for listening, John.