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Re: 1/18th Custom Diecasts

PostPosted: Sun Dec 25, 2011 9:05 am
by ramfett
Neat. Hey, I've gotta give you props on at least trying to sculpt the front bumper, the back one looks awesome! I wasn't as ambitious, I nabbed a cheap 57 Buick Roadmaster on ebay to harvest the front bumper for the Landau I'm planning. Gonna go with a '71 Torino as a base car. Just gotta finish up the XA now!

Re: 1/18th Custom Diecasts

PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2011 1:30 am
by weelz
:o jelous! all the ones ive seen on ebay are from usa and like £45 up, i cant pay that for a cheapy made model, if it was sunstar or something half decent then fair enough. at a time when im out of work too, ive gotta look after what i spend. my mate should be able to do a good job, he can make some pretty cool stuff with milliput so..

lookin forward to more progress

Re: 1/18th Custom Diecasts

PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 8:00 pm
by aussie muscle
ramfett wrote:I nabbed a cheap 57 Buick Roadmaster on ebay to harvest the front bumper for the Landau I'm planning. Gonna go with a '71 Torino as a base car. Just gotta finish up the XA now!

i bought a 57 buick front bumper from modelhaus for mine (1/24 scale). never seen any 57 buicks in any scale.

Re: 1/18th Custom Diecasts

PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:31 pm
by ramfett
Yeah, Motormax makes one in 1/18th scale.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/1957-BUICK-ROADMASTER-RED-1-18-DIECAST-CAR-MODEL-MOTORMAX-73152-/400244427869
I got one just like this ^, only mine is blue. The white paint at the bottom was all cracked, hence the bargain I got on it. I'm thinking I want to build the rest of the car into something post-apocalyptic somewhere down the line.

Oddly enough, the 59 Bonneville is also made in 1/18 for the Landau's rear bumper, but for the price, I doubt I'll be buying one just to steal one part from.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/1959-Pontiac-Bo ... 43ac6b453e

Funny though, this might be the ONE case where building a car in 1/18th is actually better for sourcing parts, lol. ;)

Oh, and although life's been a major distraction from my models as of late, I'm still getting work in here and there on the XA. The hood, intake manifold and velocity stacks are my focus right now. Update with pictures coming soon!

Re: 1/18th Custom Diecasts

PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2012 10:52 pm
by ramfett
Update, but it's not the XA...I'm calling my 57 chevy done. I finished modifying it by redesigning the pushbar, adding part of the frame and trailing arms from a NASCAR truck I had lying around to beef up what I felt was an inadequate setup on the rear suspension. I also added a driveshaft. The motor got spark plug wires and I painted and re-installed the interior. I also detailed it a bit. Finally I weathered everything. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

Rebuilt pushbar
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Detailed motor
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The underside, with improved suspension and driveshaft added, plus weathering
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Exterior weathering, plus some of what I detailed on the interior
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Rear end. Weathering was the only real changes here.
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More of the weathering. All done!
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Re: 1/18th Custom Diecasts

PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2012 8:00 pm
by otherunicorn
Cool!

Re: 1/18th Custom Diecasts

PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 8:49 pm
by ramfett
Thank you :D

Re: 1/18th Custom Diecasts

PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 5:32 am
by Zarana-X
Sweet job on the Chevy. The only thing that gives away you're working with diecasts are the mounting holes that held the car in the package and the hinges.

Re: 1/18th Custom Diecasts

PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 6:17 am
by weelz
you know i love it mate, looks awesome. trailed around 3 car boot sales yesterday looking for some diecasts and there wasnt one! pain in the ass lol.

keep up the awesome work mate, looking forward to seeing more as allways

Re: 1/18th Custom Diecasts

PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 4:40 pm
by ramfett
Thanks, guys!

Zarana-X wrote: The only thing that gives away you're working with diecasts are the mounting holes that held the car in the package and the hinges.


Lol, that's why I generally display my models rightside-up with the doors closed. :P I may dremel those screwholes sometime in the future, though.