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LHD Gulf Seven

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  • Member since
    July, 2005
  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Posted by Scale-Master on Saturday, October 21, 2017 3:41 PM

 

The hood and rear panel were painted in similar fashion as the other two-tone pieces; primed in white then masked and the first color applied.  In this case the blue went down first.

 

 

Then the orange was applied after masking the blue off. 

 

 

When I did the sides I found it yielded better results to do the white after the blue and orange so I did it that way on these pieces too.  Here is the rear with the decals for the blue and black applied on top of the paint.

 

 

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

  • Member since
    July, 2005
  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Posted by Scale-Master on Friday, November 10, 2017 11:57 AM

 

The rear fenders were painted the basic same way as well…  Blue and orange.

 

 

The white was applied followed by the dark blue decals, then clear coated.

 

 

Clear has been shot on the rear panel and is ready for final buffing.

 

 

Same process for the hood and cowl except due to the louvers on the hood being so close to the Gulf logo a light intra-clear was applied that will be sanded out to make the logo smooth under the clear before the final clear is applied.

 

 

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

  • Member since
    March, 2017
Posted by Moparlover64 on Friday, November 10, 2017 4:21 PM

Mighty fine work just saw your red box art yenko nova nice n clean you do some phonominal work mold seam article was awsome too learned another way to do it simpler thanks

Moparlover64

  • Member since
    July, 2005
  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Posted by Scale-Master on Monday, November 13, 2017 3:10 PM

 

Rear panel clear coat has been cut and buffed.  Rubber gasket and fuel filler installed…

 

 

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

  • Member since
    July, 2005
  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Posted by Scale-Master on Friday, December 01, 2017 3:49 PM

 

After shooting the final clear on the hood I was quite pleased with the outcome, at first... The graphics came out fine which were my primary focus, but secondarily were the louvers.  I did not like the little fillets of clear on the louvers that I expected to pull in as it dried.  So I stripped it in the solvent tank and with the paint the filler came off. 

 

 

I redid the body work like the first time, but then thought it needed something more…

 

I formed and fitted a fairing to the carb opening in the hood out of sheet aluminum. 

 

 

 

 

I masked off the white and shot the blue.   

 

 

Then masked the blue too and shot the orange.  Ready for decals…

 

 

The decals have been applied.  I added some new Caterham lettering I drew and printed for it too.

 

Still needs to be sanded to fully smooth out the Gulf logo, but I like the louvers better than the last try.  Plus it has the new fairing.

 

 

Clear has been cut and buffed…  I am satisfied.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

  • Member since
    December, 2005
  • From: southeast Texas
Posted by texwardfan on Sunday, December 03, 2017 4:21 PM
That masking and paint work is unbelievable how clean it turned out. Beautiful build in every way.
  • Member since
    February, 2008
  • From: Brookville, Oh
Posted by ejc34710 on Sunday, December 03, 2017 5:50 PM

I've been watching this build since you started.  Absolutly stunning work, sir.  Looking forward to more. 

Eric C.

  • Member since
    August, 2016
Posted by mini man on Sunday, December 03, 2017 5:51 PM

ejc34710

I've been watching this build since you started.  Absolutly stunning work, sir.  Looking forward to more. 

 

X2.Yes

Will build most anything,love American cars muscle etc.Britishvehicles are a buzz too,trucks are great - want to do a jet truck,building parts up...

Nigel.

 

 

  • Member since
    July, 2005
  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Posted by Scale-Master on Sunday, December 31, 2017 2:58 PM

Thanks guys!

 

The rear fenders are done as far as paint and graphics.  I still need to add stone guards to the front, after I decide what material/color I want them to be. 

 

The taillight housings were drilled out to accept clear bulbs I made for them, (they are just loosely set in place).  I used foil for the reflector panels.

 

 

 

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

  • Member since
    January, 2008
  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Tuesday, January 02, 2018 2:00 PM

Don't know how I missed this one, but I just made my way through it.  Fantastic stuff.  Inspiring.  Keep up the great work !! Yes

Just keep picking away at it...

  • Member since
    May, 2017
Posted by Tom Louis on Tuesday, January 02, 2018 8:20 PM

awesome building, looking forward to its completion.

Thunderbass Shufflemaster

  • Member since
    July, 2005
  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Posted by Scale-Master on Sunday, January 07, 2018 11:53 AM

 

I machined the valve stems for the wheels in one piece each including the washer, two nuts, stem and cap (plus a mounting pin).

 

 

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

  • Member since
    July, 2005
  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Posted by Scale-Master on Monday, January 08, 2018 12:52 PM

 

Even though I measured several times and the dimensions were and are correct, they just didn't look quite right when I installed them into the rims.  A more common issue than many might realize when making things in scale, sometimes things have to be made out of scale to look like they are in scale.  So I made a new slightly smaller set of five.  (I already installed one just to see how it looks…)

 

 

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

  • Member since
    January, 2008
  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Monday, January 08, 2018 1:06 PM

Hello scale-master,

It is really interesting that you mention that.

Our pinstripe guy that comes to the dealership was telling me one time that when he does vinyl racing stripes, (the ones that run the length of the car), the stripes that go across the roof are IIRC three inches wider than the ones on the hood and decklid.  He said that if they were the same dimension, the ones on the roof would look too skinny.

I also remember seeing somewhere that those huge temple columns in ancient Greece and Rome are bigger around in the center than at each end to preserve a straight vertical line appearance.

Fascinating.

Just keep picking away at it...

  • Member since
    July, 2005
  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Posted by Scale-Master on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 1:00 PM

 

I found some leftover seats from an older (JPE Seven) model that I didn't use in it to modify for this one.

 

 

First I removed the hump and filled in the resulting hole.

 

 

Then I drilled out and chamfered some holes.

 

 

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

  • Member since
    July, 2005
  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Posted by Scale-Master on Thursday, January 11, 2018 1:21 PM

 

The finish is Tamiya Bare Metal Silver that was sanded out then polished with SNJ powder. 

 

Maybe another round of polishing is in order…

 

 

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

  • Member since
    January, 2008
  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Thursday, January 11, 2018 1:31 PM

Those look super real.  Ace work !!

Just keep picking away at it...

  • Member since
    July, 2005
  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Posted by Scale-Master on Saturday, January 13, 2018 11:46 AM

 

The metal finish wasn't as uniform as I wanted so I clear coated the seats and repeated the process with the SNJ aluminum powder.  It's hard to capture in photos, but I think they look better now.

 

 

 

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

  • Member since
    July, 2005
  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Posted by Scale-Master on Saturday, January 13, 2018 11:54 AM

 

The seat covers were fabricated from vinyl and frisket film.

 

 

The inside has the cloth material for reasons to be revealed later…  

 

 

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

  • Member since
    March, 2017
  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Saturday, January 13, 2018 11:00 PM
Love those drilled seats Mark . I have thought about doing my own "bomber" seats for ...a car... from sheet evergreen (& that's as far as I have got LOL !!) I know I could just buy some etched ones , but I'm creative that way LOL . I will ..eventually draw up plans & ideas and have a look on pintrest ---- for the ' Why do I bother ' influences *cough cough * --- Great stuff as always !

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