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Your longest build
Posted by zk6216 on Tuesday, March 07, 2017 11:27 AM

What was the longest build you ever built? Did taking this much time make it worth it ? 

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, March 07, 2017 1:26 PM

For the last 15 years or so, all of my builds take too much time. I have a Monogram 70 Mustang that I finished up in 2013. I put a lot of effort into getting things right, but I spent over three years building it. Though I was pleased with the result, which is not normal for me, I still see the faults everytime I look at it. I don't think I ever posted it on the forum.

My current build is a quick builder, a Monogram 1966 Chaparral 2D with about two dozen parts in the box. I started it last March and hope to finish it in early April. Lately, that's quick for me, but I do wish I could turn out builds much faster. I have so many projects that I want to dig in to.

A caveat though; I only build eight months of the year (Oct - May). The warmer months are spent in the garage working on the 1:1 stuff.

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

Trevor

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Posted by Alcopa1 on Tuesday, March 07, 2017 2:36 PM

Hi

      I have one that still isn't finished (it was finished once ) its an AMT 1957 Ford (Kit T-157) I had it completed as a stock build but during a move it recieved grievous damage soooo I took it apart stripped all of the paint , dechromed it , chopped the top , opened the trunk added hinges , built an operating IFS for the front , changed the rear end to a 70's Dodge truck diff with leafs made out of individual strips all this for a full lowered suspension,I customized the front and tail end with full roll pans dual headlights on the front & either a Desoto grille bar or the Meteor grille, Edsel station wagon taillights on the rear recessed license plate in the trunklid , cut the roof for the '56 Ford glass top , added the injected hemi from the Predicta kit  made a resin modern Torqueflite trans for the hemi, snagged the Olds Fiesta wheel covers along with the wide whites from the Revell retractible hardtop kit , I moulded in the quarter panel length "cruiser"  skirts and started on making the separate pipes and mufflers for the dual exhaust which are to exit out the rear roll pan not sure about the interior yet ....its still in primer and still in the box....time so far from when I started around thirty years ..... and Like Bainford I work on the 1:1 stuff when its warm out.

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  • From: UK
Posted by PatrickW on Tuesday, March 07, 2017 4:44 PM

I got a big promotion at work in 1988 so my wife bought me a Pocher Mercedes 1930's Cabrio £220 at the time and about two feet long built.

I built the engine, gearbox, steering and the whole of the metal chassis, brakes, hand brake and the 6 spoked wheels, each having approx 100 spokes, rims, spoke nipples, threaded centres for the knock-off three eared centre caps etc so a complete rolling chassis where all of the moving parts worked. That's when it all stopped. The interior was two seats with a platform onto the floor, seat springs, foam seat padding and leather look upholstery. Those 5 or 6 pieces of trim had to be fitted to the seats and stuck together, but there wasn't enough seat material to turn over the edge to get the proper seat look, it was all rough corners.

Over a period of years the chassis sat in the box, tyres fitted, now flat at the bottom and the foam seat pads and leather-look upholstery has fallen apart.

I have though been lucky to by an interior pack and have seen someone on YouTube renovating a Mercedes like mine and used expanding foam to fill the tyres out to fit correctly, so I might have another go at the interior, paint the body fit the brass door hinges with the brass screws, and also assemble and fit the window winders, and door latches and the brass piano hinge along the two bonnet sides and fit the complete body!

But when that will be is anyones guess. When finished though my wife will buy a hand made wood and glass display unit to put it in and display the model over the fireplace. That's the only one allowed!

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  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Tuesday, March 07, 2017 4:47 PM

I have a Monogram 55 Chevrolet convertible I started in 94, still not completed.

1 Corinthians 15:51-54
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KWT
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  • From: Middle TN
Posted by KWT on Tuesday, March 07, 2017 5:17 PM

midnightprowler

I have a Monogram 55 Chevrolet convertible I started in 94, still not completed.

 

Ahhh... You beat me. I have a GMC syclone I started in 99, still unfinished.

Time well wasted, is not time wasted - John Lennon

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, March 07, 2017 7:19 PM

PatrickW
When finished though my wife will buy a hand made wood and glass display unit to put it in and display the model over the fireplace. That's the only one allowed!

A very well deserved 'pride of place' by the sound of it. That's quite a marathon build, Patrick.

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

Trevor

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    July, 2016
  • From: Podunk, Illinois
Posted by smhardesty on Tuesday, March 07, 2017 11:35 PM

I'm gonna say the one I'm on now. I have my very first build on the bench right now. I’ve been experimenting with different tools to scribe with and different ways of holding the tools as well as types and grit of sandpaper to take out mold lines and other imperfections. I have some trouble with feeling in my right hand and of course I’m right handed. That car has been on the bench for almost a month and I STILL don’t have primer on it. I’m hoping that I can say it at least has a coat of primer in the next week.

Steve

On the bench - Right now, a mess.

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  • From: UK
Posted by PatrickW on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 1:12 PM

Yes Bainford, a marathon is just the word for it!

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  • From: UK
Posted by PatrickW on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 1:14 PM

Yes Sam,there's plenty of time!

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  • From: home of pikes peak
Posted by oldcars on Saturday, March 11, 2017 12:03 AM

I have a AMT 49 merc that I bought and started in 1961. I put dual up and down headlights and a few other custom touches on it. They don't make AMT paints anymore, so not sure what color it will be(if ever). Broke a piece on the front chassis is why I put it back in the box in 1962. Have the piece now but have never quite made it to the finishline.Stick out tongueHave orders to put it in the casket with me.WhistlingRichard

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Posted by FloridaBoy on Monday, May 01, 2017 1:14 AM

I think I can beat oldcar's record by just a few months.  But it doesn't count. In '61, I took a '40 Ford coupe kit and sectioned it, did a lot of Cushenberry type mods, painted it Pacta Candy Apple Red, and outfitted it with an Auto World corduroy interior kit, and replaced the motor with an original Revell Spare Parts motor.

Back then my sectioning on '40's resulted in a flawed connection at where the front fenders connected to the body, and this one had a stress crack there.  Never entered or displayed it, and it sat in the box until my retirement.

I loved the lines of the car, made working doors, and repainted it.  Finished the car except assembly and now it sits today just finished in April's end in 2017.  It did sit in its imprisoned box during all of those years, and plan to enter it in an IPMS contest next March.

So, old cars, you have the legitimate record in my book, I am just a lazy procrastinating, schmook.

Ken 'FloridaBoy" Willaman

Ken Willaman
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  • From: Portland Oregon: Tree Country. Most beautiful area on the West coast.
Posted by Treehugger Dave on Monday, May 01, 2017 11:10 AM

I'm taking this to mean finishing builds, even thogh everyone has talked about projects still stashed away.

I have spent several years on finishing quite a few builds, but the longest to finish so far was 7 years on a scratch-built. I have one now I'm finishing that i started 12 years ago and hope to have this scratch-built finished by the end of this year or sometimes at the beginning of 2018.

Sometime I get side-tracked or just get plain lazy Laugh. I love my naps Thumbs Up

I love Mecum Auctions and Barrett/Jackson auctions.

I bought all the model stuff I wanted for Christmas because no one else would spend that much on me Laugh Laugh

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, May 01, 2017 11:15 AM

Neat stories in this thread, particularly the ones dating back to the 60's.

I guess the longest build I've been on was my Revell '56 Ford F-100 took me 10-1/2 months of being on it almost every day correcting all the flaws and scratchbuilding a lot of parts.

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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