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Posted 25 November 2019 - 03:25 PM

Finished my last project so time for a new one. The Ford GT from Autoart. In my opinion this is the best retro car ever made. Not so keen on the new one. And even more that Autoart made it in plastic.... no plastic in my collection. Back in 2008 I bought my red with white stripes. The only other color was the yellow with black stripes. Stunning model, but when it was announced in black and white stripes, I couldn't wait to get one. Unfortunately the made it with silver stripes and even more worse those gold/bronze wheels. I have a couple models in black with white stripes and that would match very nicely...but in the end I'm happy with this silver configuration.

I didn't made pictures of the model when it was still in one piece. After an hour I already was busy to take the wheels off, lol.

Another thing what I wanted to do was the deleted rear bumper.

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You can see that I have taken the rear lights out. There are screws behind the to detach the rear bonnet and rear section. I can't tell you what a pain it was to get the screws out. They were glued as well. Screwed one screw up, so I need a new one when I'm gonna put it together again. Anyhow, the reason I will tell under the next picture.

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To take the bumper of is really easy. Sadly Autoart didn't attach them like the real car but you can see that it left to gaps on either side. Now, the reason to take the bonnet off. I thought just to cut off the two middle parts as I thought they were made out off plastic. Yep...they made out of metal, so the saw came very handy, as a file to get it smooth and flush.

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The gitter under need wouldn't fill the gap so some necessary surgery was needed.

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Cut it in three pieces.

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A little fast forward. Fitted and painted the stripes on.

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Now I needed to fill those gaps on the side.

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Cut some new gitter in shape.

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Filled the gaps up with milliput. Thinking of the wholes I filled with my R32 project, I thought those smaller gaps would be easier...NOT!!!

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After sanded it smoothly and primed it and finally the black paint it was still visible. And above all, on two spots the paint wouldn't stick. I must have done something wrong in the process. Ones again masked it and sanded all the paint of till the metal, milliput...primer.

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Finally it looked very good. I only wanted to paint the rear section.

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The results was that the gaps were no longer visible but the only little problem is that the masking didn't went hundred pro cent. But hopefully when I'm gonna wet sand the rear it will look better.

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Also the sides have a thin line were I masked it. But that really doesn't look bad to me. Like I said, it still needs wet sanding after the paint has fully hardened.

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To take the wheels off, I drilled a big hole in the center till the inner center bit was loose. After that I put a plastic tube trough it and change also the offset a little bit. I cleaned up the brakes center so the tube will fit in.

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The wheels I can just push them in place without glue, and take them off again. I want to put bigger wheels under them but just haven't found the right one yet.

Well, all done and now I could put everything together again...

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But instead I took the whole car apart to do something else.(serving on the internet is not always a good idea) Can't tell you what yet, that is for the next update.

Thanks for looking,

Giovanni

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Posted 25 November 2019 - 05:55 PM

Excellent (and very brave) build! Really look forward to seeing future updates.
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Posted 26 November 2019 - 09:58 AM

Thank you, don't get me wrong, every time I take a model apart I get always nervous, just not to break any thing and bring it to a good end. Updates will be there, hope to keep you interested.

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Posted 26 November 2019 - 10:42 AM

This is gonna be good :drool5:
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Posted 26 November 2019 - 01:44 PM

How do you come up with these improvements. I would have never thought of the bumper changes. Great job with that
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Posted 27 November 2019 - 11:40 AM

 T1000, on 26 November 2019 - 10:42 AM, said:

This is gonna be good :drool5:
Thank you T1000, hope you will enjoy the jouney with me.

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Posted 27 November 2019 - 11:50 AM

 StratosWRC, on 26 November 2019 - 01:44 PM, said:

How do you come up with these improvements. I would have never thought of the bumper changes. Great job with that

Lol, I don't know to be honest, I just love cars and personalize/upgrade it. For instance this Ford GT, I search the web to see what modifying has been done to the real car. The deleted rear bumper was one of them. And really enjoyable to watch is Jay Leno Garage with Carmilo Pardo, the designer of the car, starring off course the GT. Soon I will post more progress, thank you Wes.

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Posted 28 November 2019 - 01:55 PM

Well, here is the next update. Even for me an interesting one. Let me explain myself. I really find the Ford GT a sexy looking machine. Here comes the part of looking on the internet. Just want to know what has been done to the car. I couldn't stop thinking and admiring the roofless version of the car, the GTX1. Wow, in my opinion even sexier!! Then the mind had some electric shock...what if??? I meant my just bumper deleted and ready to assemble agian to do the surgery on it? Nahhh, I promised myself, before doing anything to it to buy another black GT. Still the mind wend, DO IT, DO IT, DO IT!!! Ehhhh, yeah, half an hour later without getting another one...

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I made a frame from styreen and then milliput. Left it a night and the sand it.

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To give more strength and to put the rear view mirror and attach sun visors on it.

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After that I build up the frame and started with the rear deck.

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Reach the point of no return,

Thanks for watching,

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Posted 28 November 2019 - 02:14 PM

Oh damn, that escalated quickly!!! Very very interesting
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Posted 01 December 2019 - 01:00 PM

View PostStratosWRC, on 28 November 2019 - 02:14 PM, said:

Oh damn, that escalated quickly!!! Very very interesting

LOL, more escalation:Posted ImageThe front window frame been painted black, then it got a carbon decal. The stripes are silver carbon. Only the ''rollbar'' been painted.Posted ImageA couple of clear coat has been applied. Just drying out to be wet sanded and polished after words.Posted ImageThe top door frame has been cut off. Posted ImageAfter that carefully saw and cutted the window out. Last bit has been sanded.Posted ImageDrivers door window finished.Posted ImageThe reardeck how it looked on the last picture of the last post.Posted ImageBottom part.Posted ImageWindow part been cut out and those air holes. They are the same dimension and form as the one next to the rear lights.Posted ImagePosted ImageBottom part again.Posted ImagePrimer applied.Posted ImagePainted, ready for a couple of layers of clearcoat.While that is drying I started also on the interior.Posted ImageAutoart missed out on those fabulous toggle switches. Was hard to get there but made a grove to test fit photo edge seat belts. I cut of the bottom part.Posted ImageHappy with them. Painted the Tamiya silver T83.Posted ImageAlso detailed the steering wheel a bit more with the same paint.Posted ImageKeyhole from photo edge.Posted ImageIn there there should be a key off course...with key fob.Posted ImagePosted ImageDrivers headrest, behind the seat. Molded the release handle wich was located under the roof. And next to it, the seat belt buckle part what I used for the toggle switches. Never throw away parts...always handy.Posted ImageReady for paint, Tamiya TS29.Posted ImageAutoart also forgot the seat belts holders next to the seats.Posted ImageTill the next update,Giovanni

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Posted 01 December 2019 - 03:58 PM

This is crazy! That rear deck looks amazing
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Posted 01 December 2019 - 04:16 PM

I'm loving the toggle switches and key + fob. Another really cool build, Giovanni!
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Posted 02 December 2019 - 05:28 AM

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Posted 02 December 2019 - 06:13 AM

You sir are very brave and skilled :eusa_clap: :10:
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Posted 02 December 2019 - 11:57 AM

View PostStratosWRC, on 01 December 2019 - 03:58 PM, said:

This is crazy! That rear deck looks amazing

Thank you Wes, after taking care if the small imperfections by wet sanding, it is ready to spray the stripes on.

View Postmcaf123, on 01 December 2019 - 04:16 PM, said:

I'm loving the toggle switches and key + fob. Another really cool build, Giovanni!

Thank you!!

View PostRSIevolution, on 02 December 2019 - 05:28 AM, said:

:eusa_clap: :10:

View PostT1000, on 02 December 2019 - 06:13 AM, said:

You sir are very brave and skilled :eusa_clap: :10:

Thank you guys!!

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Posted 02 December 2019 - 11:48 PM

This build is getting better and better, I like it a lot! Congrats on those skills :danke:
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Posted 05 December 2019 - 03:24 PM

 americanaut, on 02 December 2019 - 11:48 PM, said:

This build is getting better and better, I like it a lot! Congrats on those skills :danke:

Thank you so much Americanaut!

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Posted 05 December 2019 - 03:47 PM

New update, the seats. I think Autoart messed the seats up a little bit. First the passenger is different from the driver side, the holes for the 4 points seatbelts. And second I think they made a mix of the prototype seats and the production version.

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However, I dropped some paint, Tamiya TS83, with a pencil in the holes. The back part of the seats looks like the prototype version.

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After the paint I sanded over it. Give the round finish. After that I took a hand drill and drilled the center of it just when the paint was gone.

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I adjusted the driverseat holes to match the passenger seat and painted it silver.

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The seatbelts slider (?) is molded. I sanded that away.

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To put the seatbelts through it. Made of styreen and ready to be painted. I will use photo edge buckles from Tremonia.

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The rear of the seats has those terrible molded print on it. I didn't want to sand that down cause the rear side will be hardly been seen.

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I did put a decal over it though.

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After that a couple of thick layers of clear. The left is still wet.

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Also missing were the seat adjusters. I found this part from the wheels from a R32 plain body. Those are the center locks.

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Carbon decal, ready to be glued on and clear painted.

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Interior is 99% done. I want to put decals on the doorsills and the it will be completed.

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And made seat adjusters from a metal wire and painted black.

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I am very happy with the outcome of the conversion. I used Tamiya T14 and it match the black of the body perfectly.

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Ready for the stripes to be sprayed on.

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I cut the sunvisors from the original roof ceiling and sanded them to fit. They are glued in place.

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As the rear view mirror.

Thank you was looking.

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Posted 05 December 2019 - 10:04 PM

Some great work here G, using the centre caps from the group A R32 wheels as seat adjusters is ingenious.

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Posted 06 December 2019 - 12:48 AM

Fantastic results :drool5:
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Posted 09 December 2019 - 12:10 PM

View PostBaseGTR, on 05 December 2019 - 10:04 PM, said:

Some great work here G, using the centre caps from the group A R32 wheels as seat adjusters is ingenious.

Thank you!!

View PostT1000, on 06 December 2019 - 12:48 AM, said:

Fantastic results :drool5:

Thanks, new update underneed.

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Posted 09 December 2019 - 12:25 PM

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Stripes are painted on with TS83 Tamiya spray. It is very close to the original stripes on the car.

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The bottom got TS14, the holes been sanded a little bit to get in form again after spraying.

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I'm using the gitter what was behind the rear bumper to glue it behind the four holes.

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This is the front window from a CL w216 which I used the windscreen whipers for my SLR project. I cut a piece out of this because it had the right curve to fit the rear deck.

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As seen on Robsmc's builds, I used also Kristal Clear glue. Really amazing.

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You can hardly see the window, but it is in place.

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And the bottom, the glue on this picture is not completely dry yet.

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Fixed on the rear bonnet.

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Note the rear bumper with the marks of the masking.

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Sanded, polished...painted to finally got a good results to get rid of the masking marks. The rear lights are not fixed yet.

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Painted the stripes also on the roll bar.

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Well, the transformation is done. But the project will continue...find out on the next update. :)

Giovanni

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Posted 09 December 2019 - 12:45 PM

Excellent!
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Posted 09 December 2019 - 01:08 PM

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Excellent!

Thanks Wes!!

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Posted 10 December 2019 - 01:34 AM

Awesome stuff. Can't wait for the next step, it seems like you have something special planned :drool5:
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