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    • 1/8 Scale Scratch Built Shelby Cobra 427 S/C

      Hello again,

      I guess you could ask why I didn't post this one first...
      The truth is, the Cheetah beat her on the workbench, so I'll follow the sequence here.
      But it was a rather close finish, just like it would have been on the strip

      Sadly, I lost the WIP pics for the Cobra in a harddisk crash, maybe I'll be able to rescue some though...
      But basically it was the same procedure as the Cheetah build. Only this really delicate windshield frame gave me a BIG headache.

      Right, now for the pics... can you hear the sidepipes already? *Thunder rolling*

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      This article was originally published in forum thread: 1/8 Scale Scratch Built Shelby Cobra 427 S/C started by mad mike View original post
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      1. sydeem's Avatar
        sydeem -
        Unbelievable detail right down to the rivets!
      1. Ton's Avatar
        Ton -
        An awesome model! Worth a nomination!
      1. Egon's Avatar
        Egon -
        Beautyful work Michael, where did you get the accessories, wheels and rims and so on, some links perhaps.
      1. hot ford coupe's Avatar
        hot ford coupe -
        Good gravy that's incredible!!! Your attention to detail is uncanny. We gonna have to talk at some point. How did you do the tires? Is that one a curbside also? At some point I want to build a 1/8 (1/6 is not out of the question) 289 Cobra roadster and I'm going to need some help. Thanks in advance.
      1. mad mike's Avatar
        mad mike -
        Thanks for looking! And for the praise

        About the accesoires, like tires and so on: most of these have been made by Rapid Prototyping , followed by Silicone moulding.
        Basically, I make moulds of all parts when time allows. The seats were modeled by hand using magic sculp and plastic wrap for that leather effect. I'll be glad to tell you more!

        And also, have a look at this page: Newsletter - Central Pennsylvania Model Car Club
        I had the honor and joy of writing an article for their newsletter.
      1. Mr.Tin's Avatar
        Mr.Tin -
        That, sir, is incredible. I'm a fussy sod, Heaven knows, but that is as near flawless as I've seen. The finish is quite staggering.
        It almost makes me want to move over to the dark side of 1/8th scale from my beloved 1/12th!
        Whilst I can see the appeal of rapid prototyping , it is only of interest or use to someone who can do the computer leg work. Although I have a copy of TurboCAD, I can't make head nor tail of it!
        I have to resort to good old photo-etching for my tyre treads, but that's getting expensive and computerised too now. I do have a local RP contact. Maybe it's time to ask him what he can do for me and what I need to learn.
        Do you have any part work photos? I'm interested in your radiators and carpet!

        Cheers,
        Mr.Tin
      1. mad mike's Avatar
        mad mike -
        @ Mr. Tin: Always keep your RP contacts happy ;]
        About the computer work: I heard that a lot of non-professionals (no offense) use Google Sketchup, it seems easy to operate.
        And I think you heard about the service TDR is offering on their Shapeways shop, an easy way to get RP parts without CAD work and connections. TDR Innovations by tdr.innovations on Shapeways

        Unfortunately, my WIP photos have been lost in a harddisk crash. Maybe I'll be able to recover them, I'll keep trying.

        The radiators are made from cast-off tiles of the radiator I did for another project (big secret ;) and the original was done by RP , I think I went to the edge of the technology with that one.
        The carpet was done by flock-coating the interior directly. I got the black flocks on ebay, along with some two-component glue. First, get a black primer on the parts that will be flocked. Then, just brush on the glue, drop the flocks in, shake it around a bit and drop out the excess flocks. After curing , get off the loose flocks with a vacuum cleaner - done! I didn't use those electro-static devices they sell for flock-coating (e.g. for grass at model railroading scenes), it worked without that hassle.

        And hey, why not come to the one-eighth dark side?
        Imagine a room cramped full not only with small-scale model boxes, but with two-foot car bodies of all kinds!
      1. Mr.Tin's Avatar
        Mr.Tin -
        Mike,
        thanks for the response. I don't know how Google Sketch-up works either. I think you need instruction on these things and I know nobody who can show me how to do it. I would only need it for things like the tyre lettering. Ordinary components I can make by the normal means.
        I couldn't find anything on TDR .
        Also, I'm in England, so their services are a bit far away!

        I thought the carpet LOOKED like flock, but couldn't believe it had given such a great result!

        If I get round to finishing the McLaren M8F in 1/12th, I might try another project in 1/8th. The old eyes don't last forever at tiny scales!

        Thanks again.

        Martin
      1. hot ford coupe's Avatar
        hot ford coupe -
        A foray into the dark side of 1/8 is a very interesting journey. I've tried the 1/6 scale arena and believe me, that's a real dark side. I always run away screaming but always come back for more. I wanted to do some 1/6 aircraft but I quickly found out that if I build something that large, I couldn't get it out of the workshop. The wingspan of a 1/6 scale B17 is 18 feet!! It's addictive.
      1. kmeaders@q.com's Avatar
        kmeaders@q.com -
        Mike; that's the best model I have ever seen. You have amazing skill. The RP stuff is Vodoo to me but I love what can be done with it. I can almost hear the roar of that motor! Thanks, Ken
      1. PROPELLER's Avatar
        PROPELLER -
        What a lesson...
        Congratulations!
      1. tobaccoleafpie's Avatar
        tobaccoleafpie -
        I'll bet you can spin circles around the folks at the Academy of Arts University.
      1. fuzzy's Avatar
        fuzzy -
        WOW! Fantastic looking car.
      1. Egon's Avatar
        Egon -
        Hey Michael, how about making moulds of 1:8 cars, and cast some bodyshells in fiberglass ?

        I'm looking for a 79 Chevy Blazer in 1:8, the one I'm sitting on.
      1. topher5150's Avatar
        topher5150 -
        no engine or suspension pics
      1. mad mike's Avatar
        mad mike -
        Quote Originally Posted by topher5150 View Post
        no engine or suspension pics
        Hello Kristopher,

        this is "only" a curbside model. Basically, a handcrafted piece of PU foam. So no other details but the ones you see on the pics...
        But actually, I'm working on a 427 side oiler engine in 1/8 at this moment, not for fitting it inside the car, but for a separate display.
        Stay tuned !
      1. topher5150's Avatar
        topher5150 -
        Quote Originally Posted by mad mike View Post
        Hello Kristopher,

        this is "only" a curbside model. Basically, a handcrafted piece of PU foam. So no other details but the ones you see on the pics...
        But actually, I'm working on a 427 side oiler engine in 1/8 at this moment, not for fitting it inside the car, but for a separate display.
        Stay tuned !
        that's foam
      1. mad mike's Avatar
        mad mike -
        Quote Originally Posted by topher5150 View Post
        that's foam
        Yup, that's foam. Special modelling stuff though. For details, look up my Cheetah http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/...s-cheetah.html
        There you can see some WIP pics. The Cobra was made the same way.
      1. skymnky272's Avatar
        skymnky272 -
        All I can say is: WOW!!
      1. Roger Zimmermann's Avatar
        Roger Zimmermann -
        Fantastic looking model! I could learn some triks from you...
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