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Handmade 1950 lincoln leadsled WIP - AFTER 12 YEARS THE BEAST IS FINISHED and Pictures Posted!

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Posted by freakintiger on Sunday, April 27, 2008 4:32 PM
Dave do you do contract work on the chroming? Maybe you have an opening in your next batch?


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Posted by crzyhorse on Sunday, April 27, 2008 2:44 PM
HMMM..That's a bit involved for me :) I can imagine seeing the EPA @ your door at some point HAHA
The results...speak for themselves though! AWESOME work

I'll stick with Alclad and Chrometech USA.
Looks like you could charge for that service, for GSL level builders nothing less than perfection will due, amd it looks like you've found it!
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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Sunday, April 27, 2008 8:51 AM
Hi crzyhorseCool
Thanks for the suggestionApprove. Things are just mocked up right now and sittin' kinda loosely. Hopefully in about a year when it's done, things will be a sitting pretty close.

THE CHROME SYSTEM ??QuestionQuestion
This is a pretty intense industrial system that I purchaed about a year and a half ago. It's a water based system - 4 steps/8stages. It takes four days to go from start to finish.
There are thirteen chemicals, a specially processed water, and four single-stage urethane systems. DID I SAY INTENSE?? QuestionIt takes anywhere from seven to eleven airbrushes and small HVLP guns to complete the process, each dedicated to a particular step in the process.
You can see the supplies in one pic and the spray set-up for chroming in the other. There are three other stages not photographed.
As far as I know I'm the only one who has done this with an airbrush.
"IT TOOK ME SEVEN MONTHS TO LEARN THIS SYSTEM"Disapprove and I'm still refining it.
The final stage is three coats of tinted HOK clear-coat that bring out the brillance of the chrome and seals it. If need be it can be polished to a to a glass like appearance.

WHY ??I'm an intense builder and I wanted to step up my game to something better than what's available.EXPENSIVE ?? Definetly! WORTH IT ?? Absolutely !!

These are chromed parts waiting for upcoming projects.

Big Smile


 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by crzyhorse on Saturday, April 26, 2008 11:17 PM
You're doing some GREAT work Dave!! I'm thouroughly impressed, and VERY curious about your Chrome system.

Another minor detail that'll help visually lengthen the proportions, Make the wheel arch trim follow one continuous line. As it sits, it looks like the two pieces aren't inline with each other.
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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Saturday, April 26, 2008 10:14 PM
Hey stevegt738Big Smile
Thanks for the heads-up on the XK SS kit. Just got it today Approve. Beautiful kit.
Looks like funTongue. I love the style of this car.
This is a great hobby Steve - Glad you're enjoying so much.

Happy modeling - DaveSmile

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by stevegt738 on Saturday, April 26, 2008 9:56 PM
Dave, this is coming along nicely. I`m impatiently waiting for the end.

QUOTE: Originally posted by Treehugger Dave

Just bought a Jag XK SS by Revell.


I am currently building this kit, it is not good. I have the wip in the six cylinder cbp if you are interested. Assembling the body is a headache, but doable with patience.
With what i am seeing here, i don`t think you will have too much trouble Big Smile.
But i`m learning a lot Smile.
steve. "i`m not peeling that!!" -quote Hamster-Top Gear in America. http://s112.photobucket.com/albums/n197/stevegt738/
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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Saturday, April 26, 2008 12:56 AM
Thought I'd post some pics so you can see how large this Lincoln is next to a 1949 Merc.







 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Friday, April 25, 2008 8:53 PM
As I started laying out the door shape, I realized this was going to be an important part of bringing the the front and rear of the car together.
The front of the door is a little unusual in shape, but it has a forward thrust at the top, and then sweeps down to the bottom, accentuating the forward sweep at the front of the car.
The rear door line compliments the flow of the rear fenders and widens the door width as it nears the bottom.
The Hirohata Merc has a beautiful sweeping chrome arch that seperates the front and back windows, and I may use that styling theme shown sketched in the lower pic.

Sometimes very subtle styling can make a big impact on the over-all execution.



In this last photo you'll see I sketched in a longer side trim front and rear to give the car more of a "Sweep" and fill in the gap between them. I'll probably make a rubber mold off the originals, cast two each in resin and then combine them for a longer spear.
I have my own water-based chrome system, and will re-plate these as well as some scratch built window trim I will make later.
I also plan to make some photo-etched body script - fun stuff !!Cool








 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Friday, April 25, 2008 7:17 PM
Oldeguy
I've been actually working on the "Linc". I dis-assembled the car and I got the trunk lid and trunk opening lengthened to match the lengthened rear half of the car.
Too short when I originally built it.
I have the hood molding drawn on the front area and will be adding that next.
After that - ????????????





 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Friday, April 25, 2008 5:42 PM
Hey oldeguySmile
I thought you fell off the planetLaugh. Wife's probably got you gettin' the 1 to 1's ready for summer SadDisapproveDeadCoolBig Smile
Great story about your budCool.

I am back working on the Lincoln and a few other projects including the '34. I usually work on 6 to 10 projects at a time, but right now only three. I'm also doing a model of my first car I ever owned, a '50 Merc that I put a 1953 Chrysler Hemi in, back in '60.
This plastic stuff is so fun and so is eBayCoolApprove. Love ebay. Just bought a Jag XK SS by Revell. Very rare and cool. Can't wait 'till it shows up - maybe tomorrow or MondayBig Smile
Never can have enough TOYZZZZ !!!!!Smile,Wink, & GrinThumbs UpLaughTongue

Be cooool and have a great weekend - DaveCool

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by oldeguy on Friday, April 25, 2008 5:21 PM
Dave, had an old bud move to SanFran. in 70, in an old VW bus, close to Haight & Ashbury, morning arrives, after they got there EVERYTHING he and his girlfriend owned was stolen. But they moved to Eugene and he went to wrk. for the Forestry Service. Haven't seen him since. eVilbay is a bad addiction. LOL. I need everything I see. I saw your new project, you really don't have time for it, but it's cool.
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Posted by just-for-me on Monday, April 21, 2008 3:30 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by Lolife

Dave, I thought you might find this "interesting" .
(Yes, it IS a '50 Lincoln! [:0])




i would call that a jag link lol looks good
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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Sunday, April 20, 2008 3:52 PM
Hey oldeguyCool
AHHHHH yes . Welcome to the world of EBAY ADDICTION - LOL. Ain't it great. I love it. Once your hooked, your done forTongue, but it sure is funLaughSmile,Wink, & GrinThumbs Up.
Went to a local model show/swap meet this weekend here in Portland and picked up more kits and display cases, and had lunch with some buddies that are from Eugene. - that's about a hundred miles South of Portland where I live. All day event - had a blast.
'I'll tell ya oldeguy, summers on the way and I'm ready for it - EEEEEEEEEEEEhah Big Smile!!

Be good - Dave

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by oldeguy on Sunday, April 20, 2008 2:18 PM
Dave, You really know how to take care of your stuff too, Cases, I never bought any cases, DUMB, models covered in dust, and you know DUST KILLS. Will be opening a photobucket shortly. Am now addicted to that #***#** evilbay. Have'nt even finished get 1:1's ready for spring summer yet. Wife's a wife,at least mine is.EvilLOLBig SmileBig Smile
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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Sunday, April 20, 2008 7:14 AM
LolifeBig Smile
ShockWOW !!!
That is so COOOOOOOOOOOOOL !! Thanks for sharing.
NOW THAT'S IMAGINATION !!!CoolApproveTongueCool

Thanks again - Dave

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by Lolife on Saturday, April 19, 2008 11:35 PM
Dave, I thought you might find this "interesting" .
(Yes, it IS a '50 Lincoln! [:0])



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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Friday, April 18, 2008 6:21 PM
Hey OldeguySmile
Cooool story about the Biuck?? Buick??ApproveCoolSmile Your project sounds great.
Ya gotta learn to post pics. There's a section here that tells you how. Get a photobucket account and then read the tutorial here on the site.
I'll help if you want me to.

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by oldeguy on Friday, April 18, 2008 12:39 PM
Dave, now I can't stay off eBay, and it's all your fault Big Smile, At least your who I'm blameingBig Smile. Like to post stuff, but I still haven't figuered it out yet. Making frt. trim for Buick out of half round, I guess. Have a few 1/24 scale up tops that I got alonggggg time ago, vacu formed. Trying to pick a couple more Biuck's, I know I spelled it wrong, an old bud in school had a blk. one "no wires though" it was painted at Earl's cheap paint jobs chain shops, they mixed up the letters, soooooooo he just left it alone, said he had the only BIUCK, convert. in town. Boy those days were fun.ClownBig SmileBig SmileBig Smile
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Posted by beyondink on Thursday, April 17, 2008 9:42 AM
Hey dave I wanted to come to you directly and ask for your your blessing in me asking your Lincoln to marry me.. now I need to talk to the wife but im sure she won't mind :) That is a beautiful build! I have never seen one of those kits can i get more info on it? I wish so much I had been alive in the 50's cars where amazing then!
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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Thursday, April 17, 2008 5:55 AM
Hey oldeguySmile
Your Buick project sounds funApprove. Sorry, no extra trim parts to get rid of.
Maybe you could post some pictures of WIP. Be fun to watch as you go. I like the sound of the up top. keep me postedTongue
This stuff sure is fun isn't it??
Got a model show coming up here in Portland this Saturday and I can't wait.
I get all excited like a little kid when it snows.LaughSmile,Wink, & GrinThumbs Up

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by oldeguy on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 6:12 PM
Hey treehugger D; those big tires look just right on you Linc custom. I got one of those Buicks of ebay the other day, the wheels are great. Trying to figure out how to get the thing apart without completly distroying it. Bought a cheap one, if you have a spare pass. side frt. fender trim, I be interested in buying it or your left overs. I think make the part , but if have it laying in your parts box it sure be easier. I'm going to nose & deck it an try to make an up top for it. Just do alittle customizing to it .EvilEvilBig SmileBig Smile
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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Thursday, April 10, 2008 2:30 PM
Hey oldeguyCool

Thanks.
Check out Fotki.com
You'll be there for month's - LOLSmile

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by oldeguy on Thursday, April 10, 2008 1:48 PM
Dave, I'm not tellin' what I'm biddin' on. You'll go in and up the price. Knock off's centers is what kinda gave it away. An old bud of mine had a set on a very rusty blk. Chevy van, that I could never get to sell his to me, they ended up on a 56 Olds. hartp. painted yellow, that car was owned by Sonny Rodgers, It was on the cover of a book entitled, How to paint flames. As you probably guessed it had flames all over the frt. looked great. I liked the one I bought from him in 67, a 57 Olds. mild custom, shoulda never, you get the pic. Sonnys a good friend of Doug Thompson, theysat up the first louver press Thompson bought, by puchin' his tow trks. hood full of louvers. Looked wild, 1 ton Ford , louvered hood, pullin a backhoe. LOL.... Stories I got stories.Big SmileBig SmileBig Smile
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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Wednesday, April 09, 2008 8:29 PM
Hey oldeguyCool
Do you do eBay? If so, check out their diecast models. Lot's to drool over and use for plastic projects.
I've bought diecast for the last 10 years. Cool stuff out there that's not in plasticApproveCool.
As you can tell I like the "BIG" tire/wheel look.

Good to hear from you again - DaveSmile,Wink, & Grin

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by oldeguy on Wednesday, April 09, 2008 4:52 PM
Dave, the 34 is *****in. Guy you have some real talent.
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Posted by oldeguy on Wednesday, April 09, 2008 4:48 PM
I kinda thought the whls. might have been Buick, but didn' know anyone made them or the car for that matter. Buick Skylarks, just happen to be one of my favorites. I'm backing up, i'm sure you know that i'm talking models here don't you. I have to be careful with zedra on, he has a nasty habit of using the,i'm with stupid , sign if i make a mistake.Big Smile
D.Krallman
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Posted by zed on Wednesday, April 09, 2008 9:22 AM
Your merc is fantastic !Tongue I don't really like those wheels, they're a little too big for me ! I 've got nothing again modern wheels, even if i prefer white walls on such a beautifull kemp ! Wink
Never too low ! http://public.fotki.com/Zedskustoms/my-models/
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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Tuesday, April 08, 2008 11:23 PM
Thanks JeffBig SmileGood to hear from you again.

Over the years I've been a pretty prolific builder and a bit of a lightening rod at times, in the style that I build. At times, I like to cross-over acceptable lines and break rules in my building and do things sometimes a bit edgy, risky and un-traditional.
Sometimes it can work for youBig Smile, and other times against youDisapprove.
I like both the traditional building, and builders of the 40's and 50's, but I also like the contemporary builders such as John D' Agostino, Boyd Coddington and others that influence the design and style of today. Troy Treppanoir and his art deco street rods are amazing, as well as "FOOSE" a genius in detail and elegance.
These at least for me are the people we look to for inspiration, and then add our own twist on things with a bit of "RISK", which I think everyone should try.
I try to blend the old and the new with some flavor of "Art Deco" and a taste of individuality as an artist and in some cases elegance.
I love color and contrast, flashy wheels, chrome, and I seem to be always looking for that "bouquet" of color from my Garden of metalflakes, candies, pearls and whatever else I can find.
All of this and more give this hobby for me something to be passionate about that I can love and share.

For me, these pictures say it all !!!






 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by FreightTrain on Tuesday, April 08, 2008 9:34 PM
Beautiful work Dave and sure does have that custom Calif. look too! Theres something about those custom cars like yours that you never forget and it speaks for itself too.
Great job! Thumbs Up
~ Jeff
~ Jeff Scott ~ "Have You Driven A Ford ... Lately?"
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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Tuesday, April 08, 2008 8:00 PM
Thanks for the kudos oldguySmile

The wire wheels and tires that are there for now, are from a 1/24 diecast Danbury Mint 1954 Buick Skylark. I like to mix diecast and plastic to get what I like at times.

A bit of HISTORY On the 1950 Lincoln.
There were two different , but similar body styles of the Lincoln produced in 1950, as you'll see in the photo of an ad brochure I'm including here.
The black and white version at the bottom, was called the Lincoln "LIDO", and was a modified Mercury with a Lincoln front , but retained the Mercury chrome trim, as well as having the famous body "dip" on the side.
The yellow and black car on the top is called the Lincoln Cosmopolitan "CAPRI", and although looking similar, was a totally different and larger and more expensive body style, looking much more like an elegant, yet sporty hardtop. This look was to compete with other hardtop styles that had just come out in other makes of cars.
The model itself will take some time to finish. Big plans take a lot of time. It'll probably take one to two years to finish this, depending on how often I get overwhelmedCool - LOL.
The last big project about four years ago took two years, around 2000 hours and nearly 2000 parts. It takes a big committment for something like this, so I'm taking my time getting to that point. I have a few things still to finish, so I'm moving SLOWLY - LOL - getting there.
Thanks for the interest and I'll try to keep updates posted once I get started - Dave

Some projects just require more "INSANITY" than others - LOL

Click on the photo and it will enlarge.

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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