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Cuda Chassis Celebrates Completion!

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Cuda Chassis Celebrates Completion!
Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, February 26, 2004 6:50 AM
Man, I can't believe this: after two months of cobbling together over 150 parts to make a more detailed chassis for the JoHan Cuda, eating up 78 photos worth of Fotki's server space, and writing 8 pages of (sometimes hypnotically boring) text, I've completed the chassis build-up. Here's a picture of the completed new chassis next to the original JoHan pieces:

The whole story is here:

Hope you enjoy!

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  • From: Denmark
Posted by ThomasA3D on Thursday, February 26, 2004 7:18 AM
Thats incredible!!!
I cant belive how much work you put in to this, often overlooked, area.
If the rest of this build holds the same incredibly high standard you are bound to have a contest winner on your hands Thumbs UpThumbs UpThumbs Up

ThomasA3D –
Recently finished: Camaro Concept Car and 40 Ford Coupe.
Current projects: 56 Chevy seventies-style custom and 50 Chevy Custom Truck

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  • From: Right Here
Posted by vinnietbird on Thursday, February 26, 2004 2:11 PM
Beautiful work.I understand your pain.I go through a lot of the fabrication work on my cars also.Like they say,"if you want something done right,do it yourself".Good job.I hope to see more of your work.
"The HEMI turns on where everything else turns off"
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  • From: East Tennessee, Hillbilly Country
Posted by crzyhorse on Thursday, February 26, 2004 3:26 PM
HEY! who let you in?!?! this site is for SCALE models NOT 1:1 cars!!!!

Bow Bow Bow I'm not worthy!!! those are some if the BEST models I've EVER seen!
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, February 26, 2004 3:42 PM
Absolutely Awesome!!!!!
Are you sure they are the same chassis???? After seeing the build pics, I still can't believe the difference.

You are a master.

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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, February 26, 2004 3:54 PM
Great work Kokosza! ***, we need a T.V. show with guys like you and Vinnie! It'd be like american chopper or rides. Excellent work! You guys are an asset to this forum!
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, February 26, 2004 4:21 PM

nuff said.
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, February 26, 2004 9:43 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by buzzard711

Are you sure they are the same chassis????

Aw, man, I'm sorry to mislead about that. The chassis is actually a converted AMT '71 Charger chassis. The '70-'74 E-bodies and '71-'74 B-bodies shared many floorpan and chassis components all the way back to the back edge of the front seats. Behind that, the differences are huge, so you can see why there's so little gray plastic back there.

With respect to skill and craftsmanship and such, I actually believed this chassis was way beyond my own skills. I put in an extra 20-30 hours of research and measuring time, bought some new tools to help me line things up better, and of course set my mind to shoot for no less than 120 hours of build time for the chassis. It's something anyone can do. My skills are no greater than an average modeler's, I promise. I just build a lot of time and a lot of measuring into my models...and things still wind up not being exactly the way I wanted them! If you set out intentionally to build a model in the course of no less than a year, you'd be amazed at the detail and craftsmanship of your finished product. With a project scattered over a longer time, you wind up finding ways to replace many kit components with superior aftermarket or scratchbuilt ones. The nice thing about building that way, too, is that it's cheaper because you're spreading the cost per build over a longer period of time, so what do you do? Buy more tools, of course, which, in turn help you build better models and increase the time it takes to finish one! Seriously, average modelers are much closer to achieving similar results than they think; it's all a matter of time and tools.



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