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2000 hours-2000 parts & 2 Years Building-New Pics
Posted by Treehugger Dave on Tuesday, June 3, 2008 11:50 PM

 This scratch-built model is a 1941 Hollywood Graham street rod. There is over 850 pieces in each of the two identicle chassis. One is for display to see what is under the car. I also did it to challange myself to see if I could do it. I finished this model in 2004. Not many have seen it. The interior is covered in Swedish goatskin leather and hand carved Thua burl from Madagaskar. The paint is HOK candy tangerine and white pearl. There are nearly 40 coats of paint.

To see more of this model without having to scroll, got to the Fotki website-click on GSL 2005-click on page 9







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Posted by pitrow2 on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 12:12 AM

Wow! I love it. Doing the display frame is a very cool idea. Awsome details! I think that this is one of those builds you have to see in person to really check it out and smell that leather. Thanks for sharing!


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Posted by Dr Dubois on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 3:20 AM

WOW! That has got to be one of THE most detailed builds I've ever seen on this site!!

Very nice! Thumbs Up

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Posted by bossolani on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 5:16 AM

A M A Z I N G ! ! ! ! ! ! !


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Posted by Jantrix on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 6:13 AM

Wow...................yea that about covers it. Amazing work.

Dave, two chassis? Most people would have just set in on a mirror and called it good. You are something else sir.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 11:52 AM

That is tooooo much!  It looks perfect!  Kudos, Dave!  BowBowThumbs Up

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Posted by Bainford on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 2:40 PM

Well Dave, I don't even know where to start. This is absolutely amazing. Words fail, but consider me most impressed.

One question, though. Do you do most of your chassis scratch building in plastic, brass, or other?

"A common mistake people make when designing something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools."
- Douglas Adams


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Posted by East Coast Customs on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 3:05 PM

So how long until its on the cover of SA!!!!!

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Posted by White-Boy Kustoms on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 3:32 PM

man u put alot of work into this car and u can see it in your work and for being such a great builder i respect u u did a awesome job

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Posted by kevinm on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 3:51 PM

BowBowBow  Wow, that is AMAZING!! Great paint on everything! You have just won the Riddler award in my book. -kevin

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Posted by froghawk on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 4:20 PM

 Absolutely amazing work! I can't even imagine undertaking a project like this. Congratulations!

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Posted by toomy27 on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 4:48 PM

Outstanding! My hat's off to you! That's absolutely beautiful! Truly inspiring! I'm so impressed with incredible work like yours! Thanks!

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Posted by Cycolac Fan on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 4:56 PM


Incredible skills Dave, is it 1/24?


Mike "Good hands, bad taste in cars." Yes I'm a grown up 'playing' with toys but a lot of adults my age drink beer or play computer games - and I've got something to show for the time and money I've spent...
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Posted by burlllee on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 5:11 PM

  Fantastic job Dave.....

  Earl Thumbs UpThumbs Up

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Posted by jlucas79 on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 5:21 PM

I dont know what to say.  That is by far the cleanest and coolest build i have seen.  That thing is Sic.  Cover material.  It looks better than some 1:1 cars that i have seen  

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Posted by Enemy on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 7:14 PM


...a.k.a SeasonsInTheAbyss...
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Posted by freakintiger on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 11:22 PM

 I imagine you apply the leather conditioner with a Q-tip?


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Posted by FreightTrain on Thursday, June 5, 2008 12:20 AM

OK Dave, its not April Fools day and we know thats a real where is the model car hmm? Wink Propeller

All I can do is just sit there and stare at the screen checking out the pics, shaking my head at amazment at your skills and wondering, how in the hell does he do that?....Big Smile Really, its an Exceptional and Magnificent job you did! Thanks for sharing it with us. Thumbs Up

~ Jeff

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Posted by modelmarc on Thursday, June 5, 2008 2:43 PM

Absolutely stunning......

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Posted by ADAMTEP on Thursday, June 5, 2008 4:31 PM

That build is totally amazing, unbelievable effort!!! WELL DONE

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Posted by del austin on Thursday, June 5, 2008 7:14 PM

Wow! WOW! That is incredible workmanship, GREAT JOB. If you feel like posting more pics I promise to stare at them in amazement.

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Posted by ejc34710 on Friday, June 6, 2008 12:25 AM

REE-DIC-YOU-LUS  In an amazing jaw dropping drooling sort of way.  You guys on this site never seem to stop amazing me.  Sigh, maybe, just maybe, if i keep it up, i'll be able to build something like that one of these days.  Keep up the amazing work dave!!!

Eric C.

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Posted by RanVan on Friday, June 6, 2008 4:29 PM

Dear SA staff,

 Are you looking at this? When do we get a photo feature?

It's not what you build, or even how well you built it that matters, but why you build it.
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Posted by Fade39 on Friday, June 6, 2008 7:13 PM

Looks like it! Excellent stuff THD

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Posted by snaponbob on Friday, June 6, 2008 7:47 PM

This build proves some things.

1) There IS an alternate universe.

2) He who builds such things is NOT a mere mortal.

3) Few, if any of us, are worthy!!!!!!!!

4) There is a not a dictionary or thesaurus large enough to contain the proper word(s).

5) Um ................................. WOW.


And to think I am still trying to lay down good top coats. Humbling. 

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Friday, June 6, 2008 8:01 PM

Thanks everyone. Here are some photos of the car after everything was done, but before it was assembled. This was a huge undertaking and everything had to fit, and all working pieces, doors hood, trunk, had to function properly with nearly 40 coats of paint and all the body pieces had to fit properly also. Your constantly fitting, but the real "test" is at this point, during final assembly, one hitch would have been disaster.

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Posted by airbourne on Friday, June 6, 2008 8:35 PM

I am speachless, I was also doin some parts to my new build until I looked at this topic and decided to read it. Now Ihave put all my kit parts and tools away back in box. That build is utterly AMAZING, I could not build after seeing your pics, my hands where shakin and my bottom lop was startin to dribble, I have got a puddle on my work surface. Thanks for shareing your build with us, now I am goin into Bill and Ted mode, "we're not worthy we're not worthy"  Amazing.BowBowBig SmileThumbs UpCool                                                                                                                                                       Davey

Of all the things I have lost, I miss my mind the most.!!!!
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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Friday, June 6, 2008 9:45 PM

 Here's some construx pics as well as "During Assembly" pics. The body was created in one piece and then the doors and trunk were cut out and then the jams were built and then the hinging. The hood, front fenders and the floor pan were built separately. Each piece was created and detailed individually, like a kit. I focused on each piece seperately so I wasn't so overwhelmed, especially at the end.

The inside surfaces of the car were finished as smooth as the outside. All the surfaces inside and out were polished, including the inside roof surface. There are no seams or indication of body work inside or outside of the car. I built it like it was a kit body.

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Posted by pro fleetline on Friday, June 6, 2008 10:00 PM

Sweet build congrats now get to a show and kick some *** with that peice of fine art!

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Posted by del austin on Saturday, June 7, 2008 1:28 PM

Well put! Now if I could just stop being so stubborn and let go of the reigns.


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