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#1 tigeraid


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Posted 13 April 2008 - 11:10 PM

Well, this was a neat project, on a pretty uncommon subject. Based off the customer's wife's real-life '88 T-Bird with a V8. I still have not made the license plates or "World Peace" decal for the trunklid to match the real life car, as I'm waiting to buy a colour cartridge for my printer... But I couldn't resist posting the otherwise-finished work. :armata_PDT_03:

It was built using a Turbocoupe, which is essentially the same body-wise. Colour is Ford Twilight Blue Metallic... Seatbelts added using masking tape and styrene... Wheels are 10-Hole Ford Wheels by Replicas and Miniatures of Maryland (they're AWESOME), with the hubcaps in place as the customer requested. The engine is from a Revell 5.0 Mustang.

Turns out the 1988 base Thunderbird had a unique grille that was never made in scale form, and would've been rather difficult to duplicate... Luckily, the real car has a bra on it, and the customer said he'd love to see it on the model, so I gave it a shot. It's masking tape painted semi-gloss black, detailed with a Sharpie. Gaps were cut for the headlights, and a blank spot for the license plate that'll be added later. I think it turned out pretty good, as it has folds and little wrinkles much like the real one has.

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Posted 13 April 2008 - 11:33 PM

Wow awesome job. I love the bra on there. Looks very realistic.

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 12:37 AM

Great work on the T-Bird, have to agree with Angelo, that "car bra" looks fantastic.

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 01:44 AM

Another one that looks just like the 1:1...nice job on the front bra.

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