Tony wrote:Well Good luck to you Jim, like I said though mate, the proportions/dimensions of the bodyshell were what finally put me off (it is too wide in the body compared to a real one), and I really couldn't see how it was worth all the hassle of making the whole model narrower and leaner looking when I could just go out and buy one of the 1/18 die-cast GLs instead.
I'll keep my eye on your thread though mate, and see how you do it (I have another one of these kits in my loft, so maybe you'll inspire me again???? ).
Tony wrote:No Jim, we're not really 2 different types of builders, I'm just at a different stage in my life, and obviously now have a different opinion about where to draw the line on a build.
I'm still "Mr Perfectionist" when it comes to models, and if it's not good enough, it doesn't stay in my house for long.
The 1/16 "General Lee" was originally going to be built for my own collection, and if I thought that there was ANY way to realistically make that kit good enough I would have gone for it, but it quickly became obvious that I was NEVER going to be happy with that kit, so I did what I could to make it more presentable, and then put it on ebay and got equivalent of about $240.00USD for it.
I suppose my 2 recent close calls with the "Grim Reaper" may have given me a slightly different view on life Jim, and when these close calls happen they make you think about EXACTLY how you spend your time, and you view all time since the incident as a bonus (a precious gift of "Extra time" if you like) and you become determined not to waste it.
I thought I was effected badly enough after the car crash, but then having a Heart attack & surgery at beginning of Sept when I'm only 46yrs old and 83kgs in weight????!!!! THAT'S SCAREY!!!!!
Now I feel like I'm living on "Borrowed time", and I intend to use my time wisely.
It's almost like being in one of the "Final Destination" movies, and the "Grim Reaper" is on my tail because I didn't die when I was supposed to AND HE'S DETERMINED TO PUT THINGS RIGHT
That's when you start to think to yourself "Life's too short to worry about a bit of plastic!!!!"
I really hope that you NEVER find out what I'm talking about Jim,
rdgracer71 wrote:sorry double post....
rdgracer71 wrote:well i cant wait to start this build.....tony your car looks great....don't make excuses for it it looks great. i thought about making a exhaust like that for mine and try and make the mufflers as well...don't have anything to make the back seat with. gonna try and fix the body to make it look more right. kinda upset now though i stored all the pieces in a box saturday including the body, when i took it out sunday to look at it the body was all warped. i dont believe it was that way when i got it...dang now i gotta fix that....it was kinda warm in my room and it was closed up in a box..i wonder if it got to hot....i thought it would be ok it was only in the 60's here that night. anyways thats the only thing i can think of that could of happen to it, so guys watch for that....keep your models in cool places so they dont get messed up like mine.
Tony wrote:Another similar method I've heard of is to heat the warped area with a hairdrier to make it pliable, twist it back into shape, and once you are happy that you have the correct shape plunge the whole thing in a bowl of cold water to harden the plastic back up. (just make sure you keep the hairdrier far away from the bowl of water though ).
M0ParManJimF wrote:Tony wrote:Another similar method I've heard of is to heat the warped area with a hairdrier to make it pliable, twist it back into shape, and once you are happy that you have the correct shape plunge the whole thing in a bowl of cold water to harden the plastic back up. (just make sure you keep the hairdrier far away from the bowl of water though ).
Tony, look's like me and your are on the same page here, what you just said is what I said above also, this is the next level up from warm water is hotter heat, It is tricky to do. I wish I would have photograph mine before I started working on it. When you look at it now you can't even tell where I did the work at on it in the rear.
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