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Frederic Testard Posted - 02/26/2007 : 6:06:57 PM
Hi all

As a first time lover of Shelby's, I am glad I have found some room on my On30 layout project for my 1/4-scale version of this fine place, and their scratch-building will be the subject of this topic.

Not to be forgotten are the following other threads related to the building of Shelby's :



Other sources can be found on Sierra West's site (gallery section) at



I hope I forgot none.

No photos are available as yet, but some will be posted as soon as construction starts.
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nss9400 Posted - 01/20/2011 : 10:01:59 PM
Very Nice!

UKGuy Posted - 01/17/2011 : 7:56:20 PM
Thanks very much Bill, hopefully the boss wont find out.
Structures are the 'easy' part for me, ....... detailing, mini scenes and 'finishing touches' I really struggle with. I guess thats why I have several shelves full of finished bare structures but only a few truely finished dioramas/scenes. I have however come up with a plan, the future will tell how it works out.

I hope you enjoyed your day at 'work'.

hokie_tech Posted - 01/17/2011 : 5:13:18 PM
I just spent my whole work day reading this build. I'm sure even my boss would forgive me once he looked at the great job you have done :)
visman48 Posted - 11/29/2010 : 07:32:01 AM
Really nice ship, I know I am not gutsy enough to start out with a piece of foam and build one, I would get stuck with making sure its symetrical and all that crap.

Did you all answer the question on the ladder..round basswood stock or you turned them on a small lath to get them?

wesleybeks Posted - 11/29/2010 : 07:30:05 AM
Stunning work as usual karl.

Cant believe it started out as a piece of foam.
belg Posted - 11/29/2010 : 07:13:55 AM
Karl, really nice work on the new boat. How about an air horn and/or a search light on the roof to break up that blank piece?? Pat
UKGuy Posted - 11/28/2010 : 6:56:05 PM
You are most welcome Frederic, no problem at all.

Many thanks for the kind words Kevin, very appreciated.

onl26 Posted - 11/27/2010 : 10:31:39 PM
You are a superior modeler!!!!!!

Frederic Testard Posted - 11/27/2010 : 4:41:23 PM
The pictures are exactly what I need Karl, many thanks for taking the time to post them.
UKGuy Posted - 11/27/2010 : 2:25:48 PM
Thanks very much Marty.

Martin Welberg Posted - 11/27/2010 : 1:16:40 PM
Excellent build. Love it
UKGuy Posted - 11/27/2010 : 11:54:50 AM
Just got back in from trying to take some finished pics outside....

Then stuck it up in its place on the dio to await its finishing detailing (along with the rest of the dio).

Time to clear the desk and decide on a new project for my "one thing a day".

UKGuy Posted - 11/27/2010 : 11:47:16 AM
Yes Rick, basswood sorry.
I drilled an .039 hole in a coffee stirrer then slowly pulled the strip through the hole while spinning it (the strip) between my finger and thumb. This rounded off the corners of the square stock.

Rick Posted - 11/27/2010 : 11:01:35 AM
"the steps started out as 1/32 square bass"

I'm going to assume that you meant basswood and not brass.
And hints as to how you got the square basswood round?
UKGuy Posted - 11/27/2010 : 10:35:14 AM
Thanks Frederic,
the steps started out as 1/32 square bass, unfortunately they are way too close together so I need to make a new one, foolish really as I have nine similar ladders either on my truck or behind the garage as I run up and down one practically every day, I should have just gone and measured the spacing, oh well, no big deal.

These give you what you need?


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