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Nemos car from the movie - League of Etraordinary Gentlemen ! Done W/pics

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Nemos car from the movie - League of Etraordinary Gentlemen ! Done W/pics
Posted by Treehugger Dave on Thursday, January 03, 2019 12:24 AM

Been lookin' for one of these over 11 years and Santa (Ebay) came through this year.

This is one of those cars you either hate it or love it. It's so weird and ugly to some of us it's just insanely beautiful.

Deciding whether to build it or not took 2 days, but in the end  buildin' it won out.

The kit is beautiful and most parts fit really nice other than the white pearl paint needing to be scraped off for fit in places.

Anyway, a few shots.

Still a long way to go, but it's definetly a start.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by mmthrax on Thursday, January 03, 2019 10:04 AM

This should be interesting.  Dinner

Watching this space...

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Thursday, January 03, 2019 5:37 PM

mmthrax

This should be interesting.  Dinner

Watching this space...

 

Thanks mmthrax.

Busy on other projects today but it was nice to get a good start on it Thumbs Up.

By the way, all the dark pieces on the cars body are rather unusual. They are a shiney antiqued style black chrome and an antiqued finish shiney bronze chrome. I've never seen this in a model car kit before.

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by PatrickW on Friday, January 04, 2019 10:30 AM

WOW! Very interesting 6-wheeler!

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Friday, January 04, 2019 5:42 PM

This is an unknown kit to a lot of model car builders. The kit was produced 15 years ago according to the information and date on the box. I bought it from the original owner who bought it from Japan when it was first released.

The production numbers were extremely low and supposedly only one production run and almost over-night became an instant collectable of great rarity.

The design of the scroll work that covers the car looks like it could have been designed in India. Some of the scroll work has elephant heads and cows. The hood ornament is an elephant head w/trunk as are the door handles, and the massive elaborate carvings on the front fenders are elephant heads w/trunk also.

It's an amazing model to assemble and watch it come to life as this elaborate piece of artwork.

Making the production molds to create this masterpiece must have been an amazing challange.

This is the one that got away many years ago and I've kicked myself evey since, so to have a second chance was a wish come true.

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by spencer1984 on Saturday, January 05, 2019 4:46 AM
Looking forward to seeing how this turns out! I have one in my stash that I always wanted to turn into a full detail kit with steampunk engine, but haven't pulled the trigger on that idea yet.
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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Saturday, January 05, 2019 7:57 AM

Spencer1984 

The darn things are still worth a small fortune and I had to pay through the nose to get this kit.

One on Germany's Ebay right now is nearly $600.00 and at one time was selling for over $1100.00 in Japan.

 

I have seen this kit built with the hood opened and a handmade  engine added to the car. It was painted white pearl like mine is and otherwise was left stock out of the box with no other changes. The guy did a really great job on it and inspired me to build mine not just keep it as a collectable.

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by spencer1984 on Monday, January 07, 2019 5:33 AM

I lucked out getting mine, and had it on pre-order at HLJ as soon as it was announced. Not sure I'd pay asking prices for it now, but it is a beautiful kit.

Is this the build you mean?  It was done by Oliver Scheitza in Germany, and was the inspiration for my idea to add the engine.

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Monday, January 07, 2019 12:11 PM

Spencer1984

That is the build I referred to.

You'll notice that his kit trim pieces aren't the same color as my pieces. I watched the movie for the first time this weekend and I think the silver trim is much more like the real car, but the kit trim is so beautiful there was no way I'd build it any different.

There is a site that recommends stripping the trim parts and painting them silver....NO WAY. I love the trim color as for me it adds so much to the personality of the car and adds the contrast that I like so much.

If you build yours with an engine and open hood, I'd sure like to see you post it Thumbs Up.

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by RS3 on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 6:43 PM

Have to agree with your choice to keep your trim as is; it really looks like period-correct polished bronze sculpture, and adds a visual weight that helps fool your eye to disbelieve you are looking at a model. I, too, have kicked myself for not buying one of these when they came out. Unobtanium for my budget now!

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Sunday, February 03, 2019 7:56 AM
Love this car Dave . Now after seeing Cpt. Nemo , you can see why everything looks Indian . An excellent film , based on a great Alan Moore graphic novel ( do you mean "COMIC"?? ! ) FYI ; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_League_of_Extraordinary_Gentlemen Your nickel plate looks far better than dull silver . Good luck .
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Posted by PatrickW on Monday, February 04, 2019 4:39 AM

Superb Dave, must be a b.... to drive, especially fast!

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Posted by crown r n 7 on Monday, February 18, 2019 6:38 PM

Wow that’s cool is the bling separate ?

Nick.

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Saturday, March 16, 2019 9:50 AM

Well she's all done. I hope pics turned out OK - had some Photobucket problems.

I added interior pics. Detailing the interior was especially fun. Kinda proud of how it turned out. The door panel engraving was molded in so i foiled it and antiqued it to match the xterior trim.

The dash was completely plated, so in order to paint it with detail I used Testors small bottle white enamel paint and a toothpick. Took a while but it came out good. i used clear epoxy to cover the gauges.

The seat color isn't orange as it looks in the pics. It's a custom mix called buckskin and is browner in person like leather rancher gloves.

 

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by spencer1984 on Saturday, March 16, 2019 11:27 AM
Nicely done! What colors did you end up using?
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Posted by oldnslow on Saturday, March 16, 2019 4:18 PM

Another georgeous model Dave .

Robert Lightsey

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Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Saturday, March 16, 2019 8:11 PM
it looks fabulous. that detail looks fantastic i never really liked the movie, but seeing it driving around outside the movie i got a better appreciation for it.
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Posted by justmike on Saturday, March 16, 2019 10:30 PM

Never heard of or seen this car but man, I won't forget it now!  How do you antique chrome foil?  And finally, NICE work!

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Sunday, March 17, 2019 9:27 AM

Thanks guy's for the "KUDOS". Much appreciated.

Spencer1984 - The body is white pearl clear coated with gray carpet and door panels and Buckskin seats for contrast.

JustMike -  I antiqued the foil over the engraving on the door panels by using a Testors Model Master bottled Metalizer laquer called "Burnt Iron". Looks identical to the body trim pieces.

It was fun figuring it out Smile.

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by justmike on Sunday, March 17, 2019 11:10 AM

I have that paint and now I have another use for it should I ever need to antique something. Thanks. And again, lovely job.

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Sunday, March 17, 2019 11:25 AM

Your welcome JustMike.

A few other 6 wheelers

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by 195X on Sunday, March 17, 2019 2:30 PM

Spectacular build! I have a love/hate relationship with this car since this is the movie that caused Connery to walk away from acting.

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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Posted by mmthrax on Monday, March 18, 2019 1:21 PM

Another great job Dave.  Really unique.

The black chrome is fabulous.  YesYes

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by oldcarguy on Monday, March 25, 2019 12:05 PM

OWW:

 That's a fact ! You either love it or hate it .Kinda like the Disney version of the Sub . based on the book ( In French ) and translated, Disney gilded her up design wise,

   This car is awesome ! I just never understood four steering wheels . Four in the back ? Weeel , Maybe .But the front ? Like I said you either love or hate it .I am in the middle because I love the pure Steampunk look of it .

    And as usual , You'll knock it out of the park ! I'm Watchin . OCG 

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Posted by Colmer on Monday, March 25, 2019 8:25 PM
Wow, Dave. You did a great job with that one. Very clean. The styling appeals to me now. I see it as having an east india flavor. Someone offered me one for free several years ago. I passed. But the idea stuck with me. Recently, I ended up paying for the resin copy through e-bay. They are not cheap, but they do not cost $900.00. There is still one left. The casting is excellent.

This is doing what I want to do when I do what I want.

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 11:06 AM

Thanks guys for your comments.

COLMER - I saw the resin copies on Ebay. Looked very nice.

Glad you were able to snag one Thumbs Up.

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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