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Post by ShawnS on Wed 22 Jun 2011, 8:09 pm

Hi guys. First of all many thanks to XM-221 (Glenn) for the measurements, it confirmed to me about the width issues that I was concerned with. It turned out I made it about 3.5mm too narrow so I had to take some time to think it over and work out a solution that didn't involve starting all over again. I could find only one solution and that was to cut the son of a bitch down the centre of the boot and rear end then add some spacers and glue it back together.



When the glue has set I'll sand it all down and see if it all lines up properly together.

The other issue was (is still) the front end. You can see the shaded area that needed to be trimmed to bring the model closer to the length it should be.

I have re-shaped the wheel arches and removed that shaded area and have started re-profiling the nose to match the measurements that I was given. More updates on that later.

Hopefully I can move forward from here.
Thanks for sticking with me guys. It was never going to be an easy or quick project but I'm still in it 'til the end.

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Post by modelmaker on Wed 22 Jun 2011, 8:13 pm

Your keen mate I like what your doing here !

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Post by mgy125 on Wed 22 Jun 2011, 9:54 pm

Keep going....this is so fantastic to watch the development. Great also that you are sharing the creative process both positives and negatives. Thanks for putting yourself out there like this. greatwork
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Post by Captain BF on Thu 23 Jun 2011, 10:51 pm

I'm really enjoying this scratch job mate. Just fantastic work. You must have the patience of a saint.

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Post by mopar68 on Fri 24 Jun 2011, 12:23 am

Supercool stuff mate twothumbsup
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Post by Shoey on Sat 25 Jun 2011, 10:17 pm

Looking good dude, your on the right track. the only thing
wrong with it is.....Well it starts with "F"
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Post by allan on Sun 26 Jun 2011, 11:59 am

can not wait to see this one finish,its unreal what you are doing popcorn bigthumbsup
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Post by bennyg on Mon 27 Jun 2011, 8:01 am

Keep up the good work.

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Post by tezza43 on Mon 27 Jun 2011, 8:02 am

I am absolutely in awe of this project and hope all of the collective inspiration from members keeps you motivated. I can say that with your permission, I will write this up for a future ModelArt Australia magazine story. It is amazing what lengths you go to for accuracy and authenticity with this build. It reads like a good novel and I can't wait for each new chapter to appear.

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Post by aussie muscle on Tue 28 Jun 2011, 9:17 am

Shoey wrote:Looking good dude, your on the right track. the only thing
wrong with it is.....Well it starts with "F"
...says the guy who's built the best scale XB sedan i've ever seen... you gm boys are all the same. aus
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Post by ProBee on Tue 28 Jun 2011, 9:54 pm

bigthumbsup Awesome stuff, don't give up. bigthumbsup Go the Ford
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Post by corrupted on Wed 29 Jun 2011, 12:04 am

This is an awesome build. I'd never attempt something like this. You have lots of patience and even more skill. Thanks for sharing thes.
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Post by xm-221 on Fri 01 Jul 2011, 8:10 pm

Glad I could help out there Shawn, if you need anymore measurements just PM me and I'll get them for you asap.

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Post by mopar68 on Sat 09 Jul 2011, 5:19 am

Progress? Pleeeaaase?? Very Happy
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Re: XE Falcon S-Pack ** wheels rolling on dusty roads **

Post by ShawnS on Sat 09 Jul 2011, 12:18 pm

mopar68 wrote:Progress? Pleeeaaase?? Very Happy

Patience my boy. Smile Won't be long. I've done all the cut and shut that I need to do and have rebuilt the nose to where it needs to be. A couple of more mods and I'll post some pics tomorrow--Hopefully.

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Post by ShawnS on Sun 10 Jul 2011, 8:42 pm

Alright, time for an update.
Over the last couple of weeks I have got the body to the width that I wanted and that really got the look that I needed to help keep me motivated to continue onwards. After it was glued and sanded I made yet another front bumper (for the 4th time) and test fitted it with the airdam. The airdam was modified from the original with new sides and after they were tacked on I made some headlights from the old kleenklay that I used previously to check if all was going well.

I decided that the headlights were still too tall and knocked about 1mm off of the front 1/4's. After that it was as good as it was going to get.
When I was testing it all together I noticed that the sides were too short and it was making the body look too long. I double checked my references and saw that the wheelbase was spot on to 1:25 so it must have been the lower sill area that was too high. (shaded area)

I removed that sill area.

Scribed a line in some evergreen sheet, cut it out and glued it in place.


After that was sanded to shape I was looking at it with the wheels in the arches and thought the lower parts of the body didn't have enough of a inward curve. You can see that it's a bit too flat in the circled area.

To rectify that I scribed a line in the side and flooded the groove with solvent cement to soften it up a bit to make it easier to bend without breaking it. I was originally going to do it in two places but settled on the upper marked line.

I wedged a bit of evergreen in to the gap and glued the crap out of it to make it strong.

After the glue set I sanded it all down and filled any left over gaps with the old CA and talc trick. The pics don't show too much of a difference but it's a lot better now.


I thought it looked too tall but then I put some black tape on the sill.

Looks like an XE Falcon now.
Side profile.


I'm very pleased with where it's at now and I know that I won't have to do any more major surgery so I can get on with the rest of it. Still to come ;
Make the headlights and light backs and the airdam lower lip and airdam grill.
Fit the bonnet and add a layer to the under side of the bonnet to increase the thickness for casting.
Remake the tail lights and backs and get the rear bumper to fit the wider body.
The roof, rear window and the window and drip rail trims.
Side trim rubbers and door handles
Side mirrors.
After that will be the interior.
I was having some doubts but it was never going to be smooth sailing. I don't give up that easy and as a few of you have pointed out I am a very patient person. Smile

Cheers 'til next time.
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Post by allan on Sun 10 Jul 2011, 9:03 pm

wow greatwork popcorn lost of words,only to say its mind blowing
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Post by ProBee on Sun 10 Jul 2011, 9:06 pm

Mate that's awesome work. I know exactly what you are going through. Try doing this with the added pressure of a boss on the phone giving you ridiculous deadlines. I could go on and on with this, but I won't. Don't give up, you are doing great. You are inspiring me to start making masters again. bigthumbsup
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Post by zenrat on Sun 10 Jul 2011, 10:52 pm

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Post by Kane on Sun 10 Jul 2011, 11:11 pm

Looks awesome. Are you going to have an engine in this or just curbside?
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Re: XE Falcon S-Pack ** wheels rolling on dusty roads **

Post by mopar68 on Mon 11 Jul 2011, 12:22 am

greatwork Yeeesss!!! Progress Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
It's turning out really well Shawn, looks like the hard part's over. Now you just have the hard part left. Smile
Keep it up mate, and keep us all posted bigthumbsup
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Post by doorslammerfan on Mon 11 Jul 2011, 8:27 am

outstanding work Shawn bowdown bowdown
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Post by mgy125 on Mon 11 Jul 2011, 9:38 am

iagree bowdown greatwork
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Re: XE Falcon S-Pack ** wheels rolling on dusty roads **

Post by ShawnS on Mon 11 Jul 2011, 4:15 pm

Thanks guys.

Kane wrote:Looks awesome. Are you going to have an engine in this or just curbside?

It'll be curbside Kane. There seems to be a shortage of scaled down 80's Aussie 6 cyl Ford engines. Laughing
I'm not even sure how much of a chassis it will have either. dunno

mopar68 wrote: Yeeesss!!! Progress
It's turning out really well Shawn, looks like the hard part's over. Now you just have the hard part left.
Keep it up mate, and keep us all posted

Cheers mopar68, Yep it's all up hill from here Laughing
I will keep you all posted

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Post by mopar68 on Mon 11 Jul 2011, 8:06 pm

ShawnS wrote:
It'll be curbside Kane. There seems to be a shortage of scaled down 80's Aussie 6 cyl Ford engines. Laughing
I'm not even sure how much of a chassis it will have either. dunno

Oh c'mon, you cant tell us you couldn't scratchbuild an engine Shocked Razz
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