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Jaguar MkII Leadsled

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  • From: England
Jaguar MkII Leadsled
Posted by Andy J on Friday, September 27, 2013 2:04 PM

I was thinking to myself the other day that the UK didn't really have a customising scene in the 50's and that got me thinking what if there was a budding Barris in the UK at that time who decided to build a leadsled using  a British car of the period. There's not many cars to choose from in kit form but I thought that the Tamiya Jaguar MkII might fit the bill an set to work with the "torch" & "lead". The body's been converted to 2 door chopped hardtop and the the front & rear ends have been "tidied up" to make them a little less "busy". The fender skirts are from evergreen plastic sheet. together with fender skirts from Evergreen sheet.

Thanks for looking.

Andy

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Posted by I scream for styrene on Friday, September 27, 2013 2:06 PM
I love unconventional cars and this ones already looking awsome

On the bench, under dust.........1/8 scale model T hot rod (fabrication), 1/16 scale shelby cobra 427 (final paint/detail work[body paint soon]assembly), 1/25 scale 1955 corvette ZR-1 (fabrication).

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  • From: UK
Posted by PatrickW on Friday, September 27, 2013 4:45 PM

As a Brit I looked at the thread and cringed at one of classics being chopped etc. but............It looks very good and it seems to be obvious that you should try this. I look forward to seeing the rest of the build.

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  • From: Southeast Pennsylvania
Posted by peanutgallery on Friday, September 27, 2013 4:50 PM

I'm always impressed with people who "look outside the box" for a "what If" idea. I'll be looking.....

Dennis

 

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  • From: New Zealand
Posted by Andre Von Chop on Friday, September 27, 2013 7:35 PM

I'll be keeping an eye on this, great idea!

On the slab: '48 Ford lead sled, '36 Ford taildragger, '51 Chevy, '50 Oldsmobile,'49 Merc, '39 LaSalle hearse.

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  • From: Adelaide, South Australia
Posted by 70CudaTJ on Friday, September 27, 2013 7:45 PM

Yep great idea!! Looks great so far, can't wait to see how this turns out Thumbs Up

It's definitely improved the looks of these unappealing cars

Slow progress is better than no progress!

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  • From: Brunswick Hills, OH
Posted by exesivefire on Saturday, September 28, 2013 6:05 PM
Great idea, and execution!
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Posted by PedroSledro on Tuesday, October 01, 2013 3:50 AM

Wow, nice car to 'sled.

The body looks so much better with that sweet chop, fender skirts & all of the "busy bits" shaved off or filled.

Can't wait for more.

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Posted by mrmadtaylor on Tuesday, October 01, 2013 4:29 AM

What a great idea. It really looks the part so far.

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  • From: Cleveland Ohio
Posted by awhitegt on Tuesday, October 01, 2013 5:53 PM

What a unique concept! Your surgery looks very precise and I'm waiting to see the finished body with some paint on it.

"Those are my principles, and if you don't like them...well, I have others." - Groucho Marx

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Posted by Prankster on Wednesday, October 02, 2013 2:23 AM

This looks really great ! Maybe one should get an Air-Trax Saab and...

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  • From: Caputh, Germany
Posted by modelmarc on Wednesday, October 02, 2013 2:43 PM

What a cool idea - the Jag looks like it was made for chopping now that you've done it!!!

Marc

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Posted by Spex84 on Thursday, October 03, 2013 6:51 PM

Love the idea! If Mercs and Hudsons can be chopped and lead-sledded, why not a jag? The hood is already pancaked, haha.

So far it kind of reminds me of the Muntz convertible, except better looking!

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  • From: Balto. Md.
Posted by CarGuy1963 on Tuesday, October 08, 2013 1:04 PM

I like it. This should be a very unique build. Great start.

Its only plastic until you add imagination! CG63.

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  • From: Chandler, AZ
Posted by del austin on Tuesday, October 08, 2013 5:14 PM

Imagine the stares you'd get cruising something like this into a rod run! Awesome idea.

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  • From: England
Posted by Andy J on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 1:29 PM

Thanks for the interest guys, not much of an update - just a pic of the body in primer.

Cheers

Andy

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  • From: Middle Earth
Posted by dunjuz_wryt on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 2:30 PM

Really nice. Love your imagination.

 Cruising on empty, running into the sun...

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Posted by plastikjunkie66 on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 4:07 PM

man andy that's gonna look nice

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  • From: Chandler, AZ
Posted by del austin on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 4:08 PM

Very nice. The lines on some of these non conventional cars just scream out for this treatment. That is what I love about model building. You can do things in plastic that few in the 1:1 world would dare to try.

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Posted by MIKE1017 on Sunday, October 27, 2013 9:47 AM

Can't wait to see the finished product

The only easy day was yesterday.

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Posted by DocWatson. on Friday, November 15, 2013 4:22 AM

I always thought the 'affliction' of admiring the MkII Jag as a potential subject for some severe custom work was all my own failing! Boy am I glad to know there are so many of you out there with the same 'issues'.

That Jag is just perfect for the sled that has been hiding in my damaged psyche, please update this!!

Doc.

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Posted by I scream for styrene on Friday, November 15, 2013 5:53 PM

Yes I'm with Doc on this one WE NEED UPDATES!!! lol but seriously we're dyin out here!!

On the bench, under dust.........1/8 scale model T hot rod (fabrication), 1/16 scale shelby cobra 427 (final paint/detail work[body paint soon]assembly), 1/25 scale 1955 corvette ZR-1 (fabrication).

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  • From: England
Posted by Andy J on Sunday, November 17, 2013 9:57 AM

Thanks for the interest guys, a small update,  I used the panel line for the front of the rear door as the rear edge of the front door (mainly because I didn't fancy scribing a new line) but looking at the body in primer the door looked too short so I've scribed a new panel line about  3mm further back to try & balance things up. You might just be able to see the old line filled in with plastic.

Thanks for looking

Andy

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Posted by I scream for styrene on Sunday, November 17, 2013 2:04 PM

I think you chose correctly when lengthening the door it looks good!!

On the bench, under dust.........1/8 scale model T hot rod (fabrication), 1/16 scale shelby cobra 427 (final paint/detail work[body paint soon]assembly), 1/25 scale 1955 corvette ZR-1 (fabrication).

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  • From: Myrtle Beach SC
Posted by bob29579 on Tuesday, January 07, 2014 5:06 PM

Looking pretty good.  Anything new with this one ?

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Posted by MIKE1017 on Tuesday, January 07, 2014 6:30 PM

Thanks for the update

The only easy day was yesterday.

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  • From: England
Posted by Andy J on Wednesday, January 08, 2014 1:18 PM

I'm afraid this one's gone backwards in terms of progress!. I did spray it up but managed to polish through the clearcoat and couldn't get a colou match on the damaged area that I was satified with  so there was nothing for it but to strip the paint off with brake fluid which has danmaged some of the putty work but I hope to get back on it soon as the weather allows.

Regards

Andy

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  • From: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Posted by oldscalemodeler on Saturday, January 18, 2014 6:32 AM

Come on Andy, I don't know how I missed seeing this before now but it was most definitely my loss. Now that I've seen what you are doing I want to see more. Give us some more details such as engine, suspension and whatevers, please. Love your Imagineering on this. Don't stop with just this one either. I want to see more of your work.

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  • From: England
Posted by Andy J on Sunday, January 19, 2014 6:05 AM

Hi Oldscalemodeler, thanks for the kind words. The jag will just have the standard engine although I might use the one from the racing version. It'll definitely  be lowered although I haven't worked out how to achieve that yet.!.  At the moment I'm still reputtying areas that the brake fluid messed up. You mentioned you'd like to see some more of my work so here's pics of 3 recent builds.

Regards

Andy

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  • From: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Posted by oldscalemodeler on Sunday, January 19, 2014 10:05 AM

Thanks for the extra pics Andy. Is that top one a '48 Ford? Really nice work on all of them. With your WIP I got to looking at my small stash to see what I have to work with for an unusual leadsled. I've actually never built one before but am seriously thinking about it for my next project. (Right now I'm working on a '50 Ford F1 that I'm building to look like the '49 my Grandpa had back when I learned to drive. His was generally stock but did have a stock rack on the back and bigger tires on the rear. It started life black, but by the time Grandpa had it the paint was faded to more of a combination of satin and flat black with some serious white showing on the top surfaces where the sun had gotten to it. Trouble is, I'm such a notoriously slow builder, agonizing over everything.) I picked out three models I think might make different sleds. One is a '69 Charger, another one is a Subaru WRX STi, and the last one which is really out there is a Ford Econoline van. Laugh if you wish, but I think they all have possibilities. Give me some feedback on your reacts, if you please. I'll continue watching your builds.

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