1/18th Custom Diecasts

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Re: 1/18th Custom Diecasts

Postby Zarana-X » Fri Jul 22, 2011 11:41 am

This is awesome work, almost to the point of showing off :lol:
I've only slightly modified die cast vehicles, they just seem all around harder to work on than plastic kits. And then theres the parts... :(
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Re: 1/18th Custom Diecasts

Postby ramfett » Sat Jul 23, 2011 10:44 pm

Zarana-X wrote:This is awesome work, almost to the point of showing off :lol:
I've only slightly modified die cast vehicles, they just seem all around harder to work on than plastic kits. And then theres the parts... :(


Thank you, I try! :mrgreen:
Yeah, diecast is definitely a tougher format in which to model (I can't tell you how many hours I've spent grinding away with a dremel tool on metal parts that would come right off on a plastic kit). And yes...parts. Enough said.

One last thing, I have to tell you I was inspired by your wastelander '57 Chevy, to the point that I sought out a 1/18 '57 to give the MM treatment to. That one's a work in progress, but I will have some pics up before too long. Still, I wanted to give you credit, seeing your awesome model made me do it ;)
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Re: 1/18th Custom Diecasts

Postby Zarana-X » Sun Jul 24, 2011 6:50 pm

Thanks! All of my models are pretty much works in progress, as I rarely leave well enough alone. I've done some battle damage on the 57, and still have soem work to do on my Roadrunner, and am currently doing a total rebuild on the Soarer. Work is slow, and generally work in spurts here and there.
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Re: 1/18th Custom Diecasts

Postby MFP 2020 » Sat Jul 30, 2011 2:20 pm

I don't poke my head in this forum too often, but I had to say that these are AMAZING!
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Re: 1/18th Custom Diecasts

Postby ramfett » Fri Aug 05, 2011 8:22 pm

MFP 2020 wrote:I don't poke my head in this forum too often, but I had to say that these are AMAZING!


Thank you, I really appreciate that!

Here's a bit of an update: Admittedly, I've been lax on working on my models lately, this is a busy time of year for me. The XA has pretty much sat for awhile, to be resumed when I get more time to put in some serious work. I did win a '69 Torino on ebay, but I'm having doubts as to how well I'll be able to use its wheels on the XA. I've done a little bit on my '57 Chevy this past week, mostly tweaking the suspension parts to accomodate a set of off-road wheels...pictures of that model soon!

For now, I can at least show what the '57 looked like before I started:
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Re: 1/18th Custom Diecasts

Postby Zarana-X » Mon Aug 22, 2011 11:13 am

It's cool that you got a standard 57. I have a few more junker 57 Chevys, but 99% of all model 57 Chevys are Bel-Airs. It's not conceivable to have a squad of post-apocalyptic Bel-Airs. :(
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Re: 1/18th Custom Diecasts

Postby ramfett » Wed Aug 24, 2011 8:43 pm

I hear ya about the Bel-Airs. It's a shame there aren't more of the standard base versions produced as models. I've never been a fan of the fancy trim on the 55-57 chevy's, they look so much cooler without all the ornamental chrome stuff and whitewall tires such. I really prefer them as stripped down racing machines, with more effort put into going fast than looking good...which to me makes them look all the better.

I got a good idea for yet another 1/18 project, this one will be a '71 Hemi Cuda. I've already begun some work on that one while my inspiration is fresh, and I'll be getting a lot more time for working on it and my other in-progress models soon. Pics to come shortly!
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Re: 1/18th Custom Diecasts

Postby ramfett » Tue Sep 06, 2011 8:11 pm

Okay, as promised, here are some pictures of the two in-progress cars I mentioned.

First up is the '57 chevy 150. I was able to snag a cheap 1/18 Hotwheels 57 Chevy drag car off ebay, my idea was to turn it into an off-road monster with pushbars, rollcage and lifted suspension over big tires. The first thing I did after removing the body from the frame was to remove the drag wheels and modify the suspension to accept a big set of wheels and tires I took from a 1/43rd toy monster truck. Its rear axle was used as well. Next I took the ugly air cleaner cover off the engine and replaced it with a pair of cast resin air filters, one for each of the dual 4-barrel carbs. They stuck up above the hood, so I cut a hole and added a hoodscoop over it, which I really like the looks of. The interior was pretty much good to go, already having a rollcage and bucket racing seats. The bumpers got a pair of scratchbuilt pushbars made from styrene tube, one on front and one on the rear. I also added some little guards for the headlights, not exactly sure how well they'd protect, but they look cool. After sanding down the body and priming I airbrushed what was supposed to be a faded green, with darker green as the base with a lighter shade of the same color over that for the faded look. It turned out sort of gray, but I'm okay with it. The hood got a functional flat black treatment. I've done a bit of weathering on it, with more to go. Remaining work is mostly paint and weathering, with a possible revision on the front pushbar. I also have some chain I'd like to incorporate, but I don't yet have any good ideas (suggetions, anyone? :? )

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The second car started off as a 1/18th Ertl 1971 Hemi Cuda. My idea for this one was for it to be stripped down and modified like one would do for racing as a stock car, only beefed up for survival in the post-apocalypse: light, fast, strong in the right places to take a beating. After the usual disassembly, I began by removing the go-wing from the decklid, the chrome rocker panel trim. On the front end, I removed the grille, stock bumper and lower fascia, but I did retain the headlights. Then I filled the open space with a bumper connected to the frame, with a grate to protect the radiator. The bumper I made out of styrene tube, with thin steel rod inside to hold the shape of the bends. I sort of wanted to add an agressive look, like that of the car's namesake, so I made some panels to resemble a barracuda's sharp, jagged teeth. The rear end got a heavy duty bumper as well, replacing the stock one. I filled the space for the rear passenger windows with metal grate, mostly because it looks neat. I yanked the exhaust off from the headers, chopped them apart and rebuilt them to exit from the sides by the rear tires. I also trimmed out the wheel wells for better clearance of the tires. While doing that I also dremeled out some dents and scrapes on the body. The bar on the roof you see in the pictures was the fog lights on the car, I just placed it up there as an idea for some extra lighting, an idea I've since abandoned. Some additional work I'll be doing includes adding a rollcage, detailing on the motor, and of course, paint and weathering. Still thinking up paint schemes for it.

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I will of course post pictures of the completed product for both the Cuda and the Chevy.
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Re: 1/18th Custom Diecasts

Postby raindogs » Wed Sep 07, 2011 12:38 pm

I am ecstatic... :fingerup:

I thinking it is much beter to work on this 1/18 models than real one... it is cheaper, cleaner, working in warm room, faster and easy to storage lots of them... and looks very nice just like realones... cool.. 8-)
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Re: 1/18th Custom Diecasts

Postby ramfett » Thu Sep 08, 2011 8:51 pm

raindogs wrote:I am ecstatic... :fingerup:

I thinking it is much beter to work on this 1/18 models than real one... it is cheaper, cleaner, working in warm room, faster and easy to storage lots of them... and looks very nice just like realones... cool.. 8-)


Oh, if I had the money, resources, space & skills to build real ones I definitely would! But scale models are pretty fun, too. Not to mention slightly more practical.
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