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Snagged another HK Sweet 16 car this past week...
Custom T-Bird...this one is really pretty nice. I little of the normale oxidation. But, this one should be a pretty easy restoration.
And here is the casting of the Camaro glass...
The original glass, with the piece missing is on the left and the new, filled in, version is on the right. The sprue is still on the right side of the glass. It looks semi-opaque right niw, but it should polish up okay.
It's a rainy day here, so I did a little work on the Custom Mustang...
I don't have the phosphoric acid to do the electro-polishing, and it's too wet to paint even if I did. But this Mustang is a fun car to work on
These cars are little time capsules, when you take them apart. You can see how vibrant the original paint was on the inside of the body. I leave that in there to try to build up the color to that original depth.
The original paint is pretty tough stuff on some cars. On the Cougar, the paint came right off, but this Mustang is a different story.
The quality of the metal in the Hong Kong cars is not as nice as in the American cars...but, I like the details on the HK over the US ones...the suspension works nicer on the HK cars, so I'll just have to do the best I can with the bodies to try to get them looking nice.
The axles were bent pretty badly on this car...and they were bent up on the inner U-bend of the axle, so you couldn't just straightend out the axle. It makes you wonder how long it's been since this car even rolled...well, it rolls now, and will be looking good as soon as I get some nice weather to do some painting!
Not much to report...I've just been taking the cars apart that I currently have...and stripping off the paint. But I did do a mock up with the Camaro...
The stance is a little weird...the rears were 'jacked up' on these cars, but not this much! I'll mess around with it once it's a little closer to final assembly.
Another shot of the mock up. This old girl has definitely been around the block a few times...but she'll be back in shape pretty soon!
Looks good Man. I might not say much lately, but I like what you are doing!! Keep up the GREAT JOB!!
A lot of what I've been doing is just the same stuff...done to other vehicles. I don't have a spray booth, so I have to wait for nice weather to start painting. So, in the mean time, here is another montage of Sweet 16 cars coming apart and getting stripped down and prepped...
I haven't done any updates lately because I've just been taking cars apart and stripping the paint. But, I've been making it interesting by picking up some pretty rough Redlines...
And, I do mean "Rough"! I don't know what happened to this pour Firebird...either someone lit it on fire or spilled chemicals over it...
But, I continue to be impressed with the toughness of these cars. I, really, didn't think this one was going to be salvageable...
But, once I got the paint off and started polishing, the finish came right back...
There is a spot on the chassis that is damaged, but it will still look okay on the shelf!
I will put some more pics of the Camaro up soon. I was actually able to fill the scratches on the front fender on with solder! I'm learning quite a bit with these projects!
Since I can't do any painting, I'm in a slight 'holding pattern' with the Sweet 16 builds. ..but, it has given me some time to go on a fun tangent.
I've been looking for cars that are 'well played with'...to bring back to life.
I realize it isn't a Sweet 16 car...it is a 1970 Heavy Chevy. The Spoilers cars are pretty cool...just re-tooled Sweet 16 cars with exposed engines and spoilers added
Though, it looked like a mess, the casting wasn't too bad. Just a crack in the A-pillar, that I should be able to fix
There is a lot of oxidation, but she'll clean up nicely
I've been trying to pick up cars in 'lots', so I've ended up with some pretty cool cars...
Thesee two are pretty nice cars that don't, really need that much work. So, I thought I'd juse dress them up a little with new wheels for now...
I want to give a 'shout out' to Tony at Bright Vision Wheels...his wheels are pretty awesome! I had bought some wheels on ebay, but the fit was pretty bad. The Brightvision Vision wheels fit great and look great too! The wheels on the cars above aren't 'correct' for the cars...the wheels are shiny chrome wheels and the US built cars should jyst have the silver wheels. But, heck, they look pretty cool!
It's been a while since I've given an update on the Custom Camaro...
The left front fender has been soldered and JB welded to get it back into shape. I was hoping that I could fix the dings with just solder, but in reshaping the lower part of the fender I went a little too far (even stock, this area is really thin)...so, I had to build it back up.
So, now, I'll have to prime it and paint it in a metalic paint before shooting the aqua. And, chances are, I'll see things I want to fix once it is in primer. But, the long wait is drawing to a close...the weather us getting nice enough that I can start to paint!
Needless to say, I've learned yet a bit from this Csmaro!
With a coat of Tamiya primer on it, you can see there is a little more sanding to do. But, it won't be too bad.
The old girl looks pretty good from this angle. Once I get the front quarter nice and smooth, I will shoot some metalic paint on it...which will serve as a base for the many layers of Aqua which will come next.
I'm off work next week (not this coming, the following)...so, expect to see some finished Redlines that week :)
Just playin' with some Spectra-flame paint today...
These Sweet 16 cars will need haulers, right?
I like how you can keep laying on more paint to get a deeper, more saturated color. And, once this has cured for a few days, I can polish it to get a little more shine.
I'll, hopefully have some finished Sweet 16 cars to post starting next week...weather permitting!