...Dan Palatnik's models are some of the best I've seen (http://garagemdigital.blogspot.ca/); his models and renders make every other 3D hot rod model on the internet(including mine) look like a child's work. He's fast, too. If anyone could pull off the "fake model car WIP", it would be him....
Funny, I can still pick out a bevy of issues with that deuce...perhaps it's just the models of cars I'm less familiar/obsessed with that look more accurate, because I don't see the inaccuracies. Still...compared to most people's attempts, Palatnik's models are bang-on. His '40 ford coupe is stellar.
Inspired by the '40 ford CBP and the sectioned '40 on my bench, I've been messing around with photoshop, trying to find something cool and unique...that is actually within my modeling ability. This one...is probably more than I can handle right now: sectioned, chopped, hardtopped, enlarged rear window, corvette-style wraparound windshield, side coves, molded fenders and running boards with rear fender scoop, quad headlights in extended housings, and a kind of flare over the front fenders inspired by the '60 buick. ...and a name reminiscent of El Matador, just for fun.
The orphan Cobra body sitting on my shelf somewhere looks surprisingly similar to earlier 1950s custom-bodied sports rods, as seen on the "Forgotten Fiberglass" website.
So, imagine a 50's sportsrod that has been purchased cheap in the 60s (the Corvette made it obsolete), and re-fitted with a '62 Dodge grille (AMT parts pack), chrome-reverse wheels, and some candy paint. For motorvation, maybe Cad V8 power...
At any rate, it's a way to get rid of a cobra body and that strange Dodge grille!
Now that's just begging to be built! I'm definitely saving the image...
Thanks! Yep, those lights are pretty cool. ...at this show there was a buttercup yellow '59 Ford that had some "before" shots attached to the window, the thing started as a basketcase. I hate to even think what the chrome bill must have been!
I'm Spex84 on DeviantArt. I mostly post sci-fi type stuff there. ... I was trying to figure out lately what would be accessible, if I managed to get into classic cars. My conclusions: -I love the Model A, and restored versions are hitting the market at 7k or so. But to keep it cheap, it would have to be a pre-war type build, which would be death to drive on modern roads with modern traffic. Also, the A is very cramped, no room for stuff -1950s cars are fantastic, but the chrome is essential and chrome is hard to get these days, and expensive when you do. -1960s cars have less chrome, and might be in slightly better condition, but all the panels are enormous and low-crown, so dents show easily and it would take acres of paint to cover it all. -1970s cars suck...and oddly enough, prices seem to be going up. Seeing a lot of 69-70 Caddillacs etc for at least a few grand. I have a hard time seeing these as classics. -1980s and 1990s cars are not "classic" material to me, but are more accessible, and there are some neat potential projects in there...
...so in the end,1940s cars are where it's at: they can look good in primer with limited chrome, have space inside, room for bigger engines, and are generally more robust than '30s cars. ...but realistically, I need to just hang onto my '97 Jeep Cherokee for a few more years and it will be (technically) a classic. Yikes!
Yeah, that'd be very true for me until the last couple years, although I found a good fit with the 60's cars. At this point things have changed a bit for me. I don't even consider anything newer than myself (1970) aside from very few exceptions. That's nothing new though. 80's and 90's? Same, but even fewer exceptions. Not so much the Cherokee (although a friend had one and I liked it just fine), but Wagoneers being one of them. I think '91 is the year they finally changed styles(?) but I'd love to take one and backdate it to the old rugged look of their 60's models. I've wanted to do that one for a very long time, but they're either rusted out or too expensive in my area. But anyway, here's how I differ on the other stuff.
60's cars are what I fed my addiction on for a long time. I love them, and think they make fantastic daily/cruiser types. But, they need to be respected for what they are and not forced to be something they're not. I have no silly 4 door prejudices, they can be hella cool and often had for pennies on the dollar compared to their collectible siblings. Nothing but love here.
50's cars are more like a high maintenance woman, for me. Gotta love them! But I wouldn't want one of my own. lol
I also have to agree with you on the 30's cars. As much as I love them, they aren't a good fit for me personally...size-wise, space-wise, money-wise, or any other wise. However, I have such a bad jones for a '26-'27 Ford done as a pre-war car that I have it on the list for after my '46. If I can't do that, then a pre-war style T-based speedster is a very close second choice. That, technically speaking, is probably tons more viable than a late T since it can largely be built from the discards from hot rod projects.
But yeah, I don't think I can get my head around a '97 being a classic! Yikes is right!