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    1. Kit: , by (Active Member) mad mike is offline
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      Model Scale: 1/8 Rating:  Thanks: 0
      Started: 10-17-11 Build Revisions: Never  
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      Hello fellow large scale modelers!

      As a new guy, I hope that I can still surprise someone here with my first finished 1/8 build, now about two years old. It's a scratchbuilt curbside model of the awesome, strikingly beautiful and uncontrollable mad cat, the Bill Thomas / Don Edmunds 1965 Cheetah.
      For everyone who doesn't know about this car, some research will produce interesting stories! And I just couldn't resist this beautiful shape; I had to have her.
      So I carved the body from Polyurethane foam using photos and a 1/43 model as pattern. The few detailing parts are mostly made by rapid prototyping Article: 1/8 Scale Scratch Built Bill Thomas Cheetah (3D print), while the taillights are stolen from the 1965 C2 Corvette of Revell Article: 1/8 Scale Scratch Built Bill Thomas Cheetah .
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  1. ScaleMotorcars's Avatar Administrator
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    WOW!!!! NOMINATED!!!
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    Wow! Nominated again. That's b e a yoooooteeeful. The finish is absolutely flawless and the details are incredible. You do great work.
    Sometimes a handful of patience is worth more than a truck load of brains. Have the courage to trust your own beliefs. Don't be swayed by those with louder voices. W.S. Maugham :)
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    Please tell us that you have build photos that you can post. Please :)

    That is awesome!

    Mike
    My website:
    http://www.firesteelhobbies.com/index.html

    Feel free to look around. I have all of my projects on the website.
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    Hey, thank you guys for the warm welcome! And a nomination, too!
    Gotta give something back: Here's for the WIP Article: 1/8 Scale Scratch Built Bill Thomas Cheetah interested:

    At the beginning, just a block of Polyurethane foam:



    Very rough shaping by tree Article: 1/8 Scale Scratch Built Bill Thomas Cheetah saw:



    The rough shape is visible - but I slimmed down that behind a litle too much



    Finished foam chassis, ready for filler painting



    After sealing the foam with 2K filler:



    Messy business: carving the cockpit




    Fresh after painting: Test fit




    If you want to know about something special, just ask. I'm happy to brag and to help of course.
    BTW, there are some more pics on my page detailed models


    Article: 1/8 Scale Scratch Built Bill Thomas Cheetah
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    Guys, check his gallery. 1/8th Cobra. Very nice...

    Is there another build in the works and if there is could you share how you do it with a build tutorial?
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    Hello Daniel,
    I'll be adding the Cobra as a new thread to this forum as soon as I can.
    Currently, I am working on a model which is in its finishing phase, and I'll add that too, but it is "just" a modified Revell Article: 1/8 Scale Scratch Built Bill Thomas Cheetah kit.
    About a build tutorial of a scratchbuild car of mine:
    There are lots of cars I'd like to start right away, but I have not yet made a decision for what's next.
    To head off a possible wave of suggestions : I think it'll be a Mustang...

    I'll have the camera up and running for that one, but it will take it's time. Normally I'm working about a year on a car like that.
    And I have lots of other cars sitting around in various states of build, plus a degree in engineering to make

    But if anyone out there can help me with chassis pics of a 69 Shelby GT 500 (not the "Gone in sixty secounds" one though, just the original Shelby thing), especially of the front end without trim and spare parts, I'd be very grateful!!!


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    Very cool. I suggest a new thread for the GT 500. Im sure these guys will have exactly what your looking for.
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    I'm having trouble finding that 1/8 Cobra. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
    Sometimes a handful of patience is worth more than a truck load of brains. Have the courage to trust your own beliefs. Don't be swayed by those with louder voices. W.S. Maugham :)
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    Jeffrey,

    Just click on 'detailed models' either here or in Mike's post above.

    Jon
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    Here's the direct link. Mike said he'll post a new thread when he can.

    detailed models Cobra 1/8
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    Alright, I've posted the Cobra thread. I think it was worth working late

    But please keep visiting my website, although it's in the middle of refurbishing... argh, lots of work to do!!!

    And thank you all very much for the praise and the attention!


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    Holy Schmoley, what a masterpiece! I'm totally bowled over. Like I mentioned on the other thread, we're gonna have to talk about techniques. I just have to learn how to do this.
    Sometimes a handful of patience is worth more than a truck load of brains. Have the courage to trust your own beliefs. Don't be swayed by those with louder voices. W.S. Maugham :)
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    Can you tell us what type of Polyurethane foam you use? It almost looks like the stuff florists use for flower bases but when I tried that foam it crushed and deformed too easily as I handled it for me to carve effectively.
    Syd
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    Wowwww! Leaves me speechless and in total awe!!
    And California plates to boot!
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