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“General Lee” – Part 2

OMG, worst kit ever! I had SO much trouble with this kit, that just thinking about it depresses me. I’ve never been more happy to see the end of a build. But despite that, I didn’t just pay this off. I did the best that I could, which included making some MAJOR mods.

Here’s some examples of the issues that I faced:

The actual car body was NOT the same as the TV car (mentioned in Part 1);

The roll cage sat low (didn’t reach the roof), and didn’t reach the sides of the interior; and

There were pieces missing, as well as pieces that could be used (like the fuel tank that didn’t fit).

The rear window was the biggest mod, followed closely by fixing the roll cage. Here’s the way I fixed the rear window:

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Posted by on February 15, 2013 in AMT, Cars

 

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“General Lee”

About six months ago, I decided that rather than just building random cars, I needed a theme. So I came up with the idea of TV and Movie cars, hence some of the choices in my gallery. Recently, I’ve been building muscle cars (since I enjoy those old cars), but this time I thought I should get back to my main theme. One model I got my hands on recently – from my mate Jim – was the AMT General Lee from Dukes of Hazzard (the awesome TV series, not the crappy movie!)

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I was looking forward to this kit, since it’s both a TV car AND a muscle car. But last night while I was looking for ref pics of the TV General Lee, I discovered that there’s a major problem. And one I’m kind of scared to address, but in the interest of making this car look like the one on TV, I have to step outside my comfort zone and do some significant work to the body.

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Posted by on February 5, 2013 in AMT, Cars

 

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1982 Corvette Snap-Tite kit – Part 5 (complete)

Finally, she’s done. My $10.00 Snap-Tite 1982 Corvette. I started out with some big hopes and dreams for this build, and most of them got all the way to completion. So here’s the details on the mods I had planned:

Gullwing Doors – Yes!

Wire mesh on the grilles – Yes!

Pinstriping – Yes!

Polished paint – Yes!

Lowered – No (but did use better wheels)

Pop-up Headlights – No

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Posted by on February 5, 2013 in Cars, Monogram, Tamiya

 

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1982 Corvette Snap-Tite kit – Part 4

The storms have been raging up here in Brisbane lately, so this build is going a lot faster than I anticipated. I’m also amazed at how well I think this Snap-Tite kit is coming together. I can’t remember the last time I bought a Snap-Tite kit, but this one has rekindled my interest. They’re significantly cheaper than the regular kits, and if I say so myself, I’m doing a pretty good job of this one.

My biggest problem when building models is that I’m not particularly creative. By that, I mean that I struggle to find colour schemes that work, and sometimes I can’t even work out whether to leave a piece chrome or strip it and paint it. Thank God for my wife! So when I was thinking about the colour scheme for this Vette, I was stuck on what colour to do the interior. Sure, there’s always tan which goes well with a black body, but I wanted something special. I even thought of introducing pink as a colour to turn this into a “girl’s” muscle car.

But after looking at some pics on the web, my wife suggested a Richie Benaud jacket colour – white/off-white/cream/beige/bone type colour. I figured that might be a bit plain, so I decided I do a “Tuxedo” paint scheme using black and Tamiya’s Pearl White. Here’s how the dash turned out.

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Posted by on January 30, 2013 in Cars, Monogram, Tamiya

 

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1982 Corvette Snap-Tite kit – Part 3

LOTS of work has been going on with this build lately. The weather in Brisbane has been crap, so that means being stuck indoors. Yay! This kit is a pretty simple build if you do it out of the box. The beauty of Snap-Tite kits is that they don’t need painting. In theory. This kit is modelled in all the same colour – except for the obvious like chrome, rubber tyres, and clear windows. And the colour it came in is, quite honestly, bad.

So I’ve set about sprucing things up a bit by adding some cool colours. I painted the engine red, and managed to strip the chrome plating off some of the parts and paint them the correct colours. Here’s and example of some of the incorrectly chromed pieces:

1982 Corvette Snap-Tite Kit - Part 3 via scalemodelworld www.scalemodelworld.wordpress.com

A chrome fan belt?

1982 Corvette Snap-Tite Kit - Part 3 via scalemodelworld www.scalemodelworld.wordpress.com

A chrome air filter?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by on January 28, 2013 in Cars, Monogram

 

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1982 Corvette Snap-Tite kit – Part 2

The beauty of having time off work means you can spend a LOT of time working on your build. Since writing my first post on this kit yesterday, I think I must have spent a good five hours (maybe more) working on it. I started by removing sections that I’m going to improve – the grille and the doors. The grille sections are really quite small, and detailed well on the body, so getting them out proved a little difficult. But as usual with this kind of thing, you just work slowly and careful and take breaks.

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Posted by on January 24, 2013 in Cars, Monogram

 

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1982 Corvette Snap-Tite Kit – Part 1

Wish me luck! A few months ago now, I joined up on the Model Cars Mag forum, where people with talent I will NEVER have, show their work and inspire others to do their best. I like to think I’m doing a good job with my kits, but it can be both heart-breaking and inspiring to see what others can do during their builds.

My most recent build, the 1970 Mustang Boss 429 was my most adventurous kit thus far. I opened the doors, wired up the engine and polished the paint. And I thought I was being clever! But after reviewing some work on the forum, I’ve decided to go all out with this build. And since it’s new ground for me, I thought I’d share my progress in more depth this time around.

So here’s the kit:

1982 Corvette Snap-Tite Kit - Part 1 via scalemodelworld www.scalemodelworld.wordpress.com

I got the kit from my mate Jim, and he only charged $10 plus delivery. This kit in Australia would retail for over $40. So considering this kit was so cheap, I figured I’d pull out all the stops and see what I can do.

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Posted by on January 23, 2013 in Cars, Monogram

 

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