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1953 Chevy – Monogram – Rework

I always like they way this project turned out. It was my second custom project, after my ’39 Chevy. From what I remember of the original build, I really struggled with the putty work but in the end, blending the front grill together, frenching the tail and head lights along…

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1979 Z28 Camaro – Revell

I originally built this kit some time in the early 90’s. There was a little paint work done with paint markers but otherwise, it was plain. I remember having to repair broken wheels and other miscellaneous issues over the years. I had been eyeballing this kit for a rework for…

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Ferrari F40 – Tamiya – WIP

The Ferrari F40 is by far one of my favorite cars. As everyone likes to point out, this car represents Enzo Ferrari’s final effort before he passed away. I’m also pleased to share that I had a chance to ride in one on a race track! What a ride! I…

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1/32 Scale Split Window Bug – LS

While pondering life’s greatest mysteries, I realized that I really wanted a model of the VW split window bug. I searched the internet and discovered that there weren’t many options. There is a large scale version and this 1/32nd scale LS kit. I don’t collect larger scale model kits which…

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The Bench – September 2017

Having taken on several projects that were not related to building models, it was a few months before I touched any of my projects. I did mange to wrap up the detail work on the Split Window Bug’s body and finished the Buick GSX. Towards the end of the month,…

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1970 Buick GSX – Monogram

I have to start this by saying this isn’t one of my favorite cars. I honestly don’t know why I bought it back in the ’90’s. I tried starting it in 2007 and after grinding off the door handles and painting the chassis, I tossed everything back in the box.…

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The Bench – June 2017

Progress through June was slower than I would prefer but I did make progress! I finished sanding and polishing the clear-coat on the 70 Roadrunner, 79 Camaro and 69 Corvette. Using my new best friend, the Molotow chrome pen, I was able to make quick work of detailing the bug’s…

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The Bench – May 2017

As summer approached, the time I had to work in my shop dwindled. I still managed to move forward with chassis work in the ’53 Chevy and “hemi” charger. I sprayed clear coat over the decals on the Roadrunner and the Camaro. Not much of an update, but some progress…

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The Bench – April 2017

Through April, I made progress on several kits. I finished the interiors for both the 70 GSX and the 70 Roadrunner. I will continue to sing my praises for the Molotow chrome pen! Using the 1 mm pen to pick out interior detail generates amazing results! With the interior completed,…

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The Bench – March 2017

I managed to find the time to make good progress on a few projects this month. I ordered a set of 1/32 scale slot car tires for the bug. They were wider than I needed but had the correct overall diameter and hole for the wheel. A little trimming took…

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The Bench – February 2017

I had the sad opportunity to purchase a stash of kits at my local Hobbytown USA which closed this month. I worked for this shop, on and off, from 1994-2004. It was a part of my youth and I continued to shop until the end. I was able to purchase several…

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The Bench – January 2017

I had a great sense of satisfaction having completed two long term projects as well by the end of 2016. I had hoped to finish my Buick GSX and Superbird by the end of the year but I realized that there was more to do than I had time. After…

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The Bench – December 2016

December tends to be the time of year when I push to finish projects. I have a “goal” of trying to complete five kits a year. In the past, I’ve rushed through simple builds or going with a rat-rod satin finish that doesn’t require a lot of effort just to…

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Honda CRX 1st Gen – Tamiya

When I visit other cities, I always try to visit a local hobby shop. While in Vancouver, I found a fun little shop and while I was there, I found this CRX. I wanted to add to my Honda Civic/CRX collection and I didn’t have one of this generation. Naturally,…

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The Bench – November 2016

Moving along! Although I didn’t need to start MORE projects last month, doing so reignited my motivation to build. Not only did I make good progress on new projects, I also moved forward with old projects. I even dusted off a very old project that was started some time in 2005!…

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VW Bus – Hasegawa

The Build: Back in 2007, I watched a video of a VW bus with a 911 engine and suspension running competitively on a race track. I immediately knew I had to build a model of one Porsche engine and all! When I bought this cargo version of the bus, I…

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The Bench – April 2016

Motivation and time to work on projects has continued to be slower than I would hope. I still managed to paint the VW bus as well as paint several of the smaller parts on the 70 Superbird. I needed to finish some minor body work on the body of the…

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The Bench – March 2016

March followed the trend of last month. Still reeling from having to strip the VW bus, I continued working on other projects. The 70 Superbird chassis and engine were completed. I dusted off my wildly long term diecast Civic project by grinding off the last of the previous paint attempt…

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The Bench – February 2016

Through February, I started digging into my full scale car hobby and didn’t spend as much time on models. I also ran into a problem where Tamiya spray primer had become scarce. After reading about using JB weld for filler in Scale Auto, I decided to give it a shot.…

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The Bench – January 2016

After bombing the paint on my VW bus in December, I really had a hard time moving forward with anything significant. My intent has been to finish every car that is currently in progress and I’m sticking to it. There are a few that have been sitting for years simply…

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The Bench – December 2015

Having wrapped up a few projects, I started attacking the VW bus. I started that project in 2007 and having figured out how I wanted to paint it, I really wanted to hammer it out. For the most part, the paint work was going well until a mishap to the…

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1955 Ford Rat F100 – Monogram

Here is a truck that started out life as a parts donor. My friend Greg bought it for the the wheels for another project. I believe this happened in 2000 or 2001. He let me keep the rest of the kit. Shortly after, I used the hood to test paint compatibility.…

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MKI VW Golf Racecar – Tamiya – WIP

I always like earlier Golf’s and this kit being a race car version influenced me to build it. The four tone color scheme will be very challenging however I will do my best! Interestingly, other than the body, the color call-outs in the instructions are very simplified. The entire chassis…

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The Bench – November 2015

I’m happy to say that I’ve been fairly productive this month! I was able to finish the ’65 Corvette and 928 Porsche projects.  I was made progress on the ’68 Corvette. I finished detailing the engine including plug wires as well as set the ride height and attach the suspension. Wrapping…

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