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1the Leviathan Empty the Leviathan on Fri Nov 13, 2015 9:28 am


ok while i get my head back in the game i figured the easiest way to stimulate new growth would be to start a new build

concept phase:

(often initial capital letter) Bible. a sea monster.
any huge marine animal, as the whale.
anything of immense size and power

i am basing this build on number 3 if you have not guessed Very Happy big ole nasty monstrous fire breathing pro street beast

now looking over my stash i need something to use as a donor and find just the ticket.
the Leviathan IMAG0218
i got this last year in a trade, knowing i would only be needing the exterior shell when it came time to play with it.

i have all the bits i need
the Leviathan IMAG0219

out comes the paper to lay out the essentials
the Leviathan IMAG0220

i trace the size of the body and mark the wheel openings
the Leviathan IMAG0221

then i find my body center line
the Leviathan IMAG0222

i grab one of my resin mock up tires and find where i want them centered in the chassis
the Leviathan IMAG0223

the basic box i begin with
the Leviathan IMAG0224

i grab a mock up block
the Leviathan IMAG0224

and lay out my front rails
the Leviathan IMAG0226

now the inner brace section is probably going to change before i start cutting any plastic. i will go through it until i am happy with the way it looks.
the Leviathan IMAG0226

this is one possibility for the bracing, not sold on it though so i will mess around with it a bit more next time i am at the bench

now before i have to head off to work, i grab my bottle of purple power
the Leviathan IMAG0228

i chuck the chrome bits in there, by the time i am out of work they will be bare plastic and ready for the next step.
the Leviathan IMAG0229

cya in a bit

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2the Leviathan Empty Re: the Leviathan on Fri Nov 13, 2015 11:48 am

Hmmm, everyone is starting to name their builds. I like this trend.

This is going to be pretty cool. I am looking forward to how you build out the chassis and such.

Are you going to be using a lot of aftermarket, molded parts for the drivetrain, or do you actually custom build those?

Why are you using purple power to remove the chrome instead of bleach? Have you found it to work better?

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3the Leviathan Empty Re: the Leviathan on Fri Nov 13, 2015 7:02 pm

I myself use amonia, bout an hour, chrome gone, and yea for the most part, the clear whatever, peels off like skin, nice start Kitbash

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4the Leviathan Empty Re: the Leviathan on Fri Nov 13, 2015 9:43 pm


this one will have a fair share of aftermarket bits in it but alot will be one off things i make to tweak it out the way i would want it.

i use the purple power because its easy, and doesnt stink like bleach or ammonia lol
it also strips it down to bare plastic so nothing left to peel off or scrape to get virgin plastic again

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5the Leviathan Empty Re: the Leviathan on Sun Nov 15, 2015 9:01 pm


ok snuck in a bit of time before work this morning to do a bit more in the design phase

nice thing about the design/concept whase is that you can change things up until you like them.

i scrapped the other floor plan and decided to do it a bit different
started with the basic inside body trace and then boxed it off
[img]the Leviathan IMAG0230_zps9pqw2tep[/img]

darkened the lines for the main areas
[img]the Leviathan IMAG0231_zpshix9ee0z[/img]

started laying out my bracing, now before anyone says " thats not the way it is on a real car" this is how it is on MINE Very Happy

[img]the Leviathan IMAG0232_zpsy4hmrpco[/img]

finished laying out my bracing and i kinda like this layout ( everything is subject to tweaking as the build goes on )
[img]the Leviathan IMAG0233_zpsvqa52mdw[/img]

next i grab some of my .080 styrene rod
[img]the Leviathan IMAG0234_zpseokgc1zg[/img]

out comes the chopper..sounds a bit menacing ..dont it? Shocked
the Leviathan Pbucket

now the chopper has a piece that acts as a stop, so you can make multiple cuts on different pieces and have them turn out the same length

[img]the Leviathan IMAG0236_zps4hfd1n26[/img]

now i am lazy , and i suck at the measurement thing when dealing with this small scale , so out come the dividers
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i use them to get the length i need
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then transfer them over to the chopper
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in goes the first piece of rod
[img]the Leviathan IMAG0240_zpsmpoknvmi[/img]

and repeat
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couple minutes later and i have enough cut to get started
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i grab some liquid cement ( this is just the current bottle i have open )
[img]the Leviathan IMAG0243_zpsatjaukvk[/img]

i start piecing and welding the main outer framework
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things are lining up ok so far
[img]the Leviathan IMAG0245_zpsot93xhqy[/img]

i let it sit for a few minutes and then do a test fit.
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a bit more added to it
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and a quick test fit of the block before i have to head off to work
[img]the Leviathan IMAG0248_zpsje8zyjke[/img]

next time more framework
cya then

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6the Leviathan Empty Re: the Leviathan on Mon Nov 16, 2015 7:50 am

So far, so good.
I always thought that when someone builds a custom hot rod, especially from scratch, creating a custom frame was a part of that. I don't see how anyone can tell you that your frame isn't correct for the custom build you are doing.

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7the Leviathan Empty Re: the Leviathan on Tue Nov 17, 2015 7:17 pm


yea but some wont see this as a custom hot rod, they would class it a pro mod/ pro street and think i should follow what others do..not my thing lol

ok more tube work in progress...yes i am sneaking in 30 mins here and there as i can lol
[img]the Leviathan IMAG0251_zps3p5hg9kq[/img]

squaring up the front braces
[img]the Leviathan IMAG0251_zps3p5hg9kq[/img]

adding center supports
[img]the Leviathan IMAG0253_zpsmjiqzb3h[/img]

footwell support
[img]the Leviathan IMAG0254_zpsbwfx48nz[/img]

rear cross floor support
[img]the Leviathan IMAG0255_zpswbre1b6f[/img]

and cross supports for the footwells
[img]the Leviathan IMAG0256_zpsgp8hwe8j[/img]

and another test fit before i am off to work again
[img]the Leviathan IMAG0257_zpsyndadw8t[/img]

[img]the Leviathan IMAG0258_zpsgrlw4sw6[/img]

cya next 30 mins i get lol

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8the Leviathan Empty Re: the Leviathan on Wed Nov 18, 2015 7:46 am

I am in awe that you can set up a custom frame. It is taking shape.

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9the Leviathan Empty Re: the Leviathan on Wed Nov 18, 2015 7:58 am


hell dennis. that bit anyone with some .080 and a bit of thought can do.
it starts to get fun as i start on the cage portion and tying things into the rear suspension later lol

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10the Leviathan Empty Re: the Leviathan on Thu Nov 19, 2015 10:55 am

love the frame Wayne Smile where did you get the chopper I could use one of those.

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11the Leviathan Empty Re: the Leviathan on Thu Nov 19, 2015 1:41 pm


got mine from hobbytown usa but if i were gonna do it again i would get the chopper II which has a replacable cutting surface for about 10 bucks more

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12the Leviathan Empty Re: the Leviathan on Fri Nov 20, 2015 8:24 am


ok got a bit of bench time in this morning

lookin at the hood

the kit hood is ok
the Leviathan IMAG0259_zpsgqafej4d

but i am lookin for something a bit more 405 outlaw style
lets map it out
the Leviathan IMAG0260_zpsooisonhv

out comes the cutter..
the Leviathan IMAG0261_zpsiuieedrc

now i cut it out on the inside of the lines, that way i can do the cleanup with a file to straighten things out by hand
the Leviathan IMAG0262_zpsydkfvmiu

after the initial cut
the Leviathan IMAG0263_zpsb5houi52

i grab some .040 styrene stock, this is thicker than i normally use but since its for a hood it will be fine
the Leviathan IMAG0264_zpshfcci3ou

i grab a round pvc union close to the same diameter i would like the curve of the scoop to be
the Leviathan IMAG0265_zpssjxburlv

now using my expensive clamps i start the shape of the curve
the Leviathan IMAG0266_zpsifoj2zlm

now while that if taking shape i sketch out the side panels on more .040
the Leviathan IMAG0267_zpshmjqynin

i clamp 2 pieces together so they are identical as i sand and file them to shape
the Leviathan IMAG0268_zps3ewgx5or

the 2 completed sides
the Leviathan IMAG0269_zpskbzutss0

testing out the profile
the Leviathan IMAG0270_zpspuell8yx

i lay the top of the scoop on, it is a bit oversized so i can file it to shape later
the Leviathan IMAG0270_zpspuell8yx

all bonded together
the Leviathan IMAG0272_zpsmznabajp

file the sides down
the Leviathan IMAG0273_zpsjo3v1dms

square up the back edge
the Leviathan IMAG0274_zpsfvc03hj1

now i am gonna get a few more pieces glued to the body so it will be more rigid for me to work on and it will also let me know where i have to fill and mold things later
the Leviathan Pbucket

rear bumper glued in
the Leviathan IMAG0277_zpsakstalhw

the Leviathan IMAG0278_zpsrslhboav

now before i can glue on the front bumper and grill
i have to get rid of that engine compartment as it will never do
the Leviathan IMAG0279_zpszd9zxxcd

out comes the razor saw
the Leviathan IMAG0280_zpscpbx5kox

5 mins of work and its all gone
the Leviathan IMAG0281_zpsxen2uypf

on goes the grill
the Leviathan IMAG0282_zpsgcmomw6j

followed by the bumper
the Leviathan Pbucket

hood gets a bit of spot putty to blend the lines
the Leviathan IMAG0283_zps88p7h9mi

after sanding
the Leviathan IMAG0285_zpsnzbmcudl

now i am adding the hood peak back onto the hood, i just use .010 rod for this
the Leviathan IMAG0286_zpsoebf0jdx

peak glued in place
the Leviathan IMAG0288_zpsvt9wumia

for the last shot of the day i had to throw some primer on it, the white plastic is very hard to see imperfections on and hard on the eyes. the primer lets me know where i have more work to do later

the Leviathan IMAG0290_zpsqtec5eti

cya soon

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13the Leviathan Empty Re: the Leviathan on Fri Nov 20, 2015 8:28 am

I like the scoop. Looks quite easy to make.

I find that the models are hard to see imperfections when you only use the molded color, I like ti when they are primed, makes it easier.

Great job!

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14the Leviathan Empty Re: the Leviathan on Fri Nov 20, 2015 10:35 pm

looks good man, keep it going

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15the Leviathan Empty Re: the Leviathan on Sat Nov 21, 2015 10:34 am

Massive scoop there Wayne. I like it!!!!

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16the Leviathan Empty Re: the Leviathan on Mon Nov 23, 2015 7:38 pm


thanks guys

gonna mess a bit with some engine parts today

well atleast the making of some engine parts lol

first i grab 4 dominators out of the parts box
the Leviathan IMAG0296_zpslbgq84rh

you will see what happens to them in a few minutes. first i will need something to mount them to.
lets make the top plate for a tunnel ram
take some styrene and sand it to the shape of the plenum
the Leviathan IMAG0296_zpslbgq84rh

the test block i am using for mock ups, will tweak it up and cast it in resin when done tweaking
the Leviathan IMAG0298_zpsmyvx8tny

ok now using scrap styrene i make the upper plenum plate base
the Leviathan IMAG0299_zpswxd56fkv

damn i hate white styrene but i need to keep this bare plastic so the glue bonds well during the building process

out comes the chopper again, this time to trim some runners for the tunnel ram
the Leviathan IMAG0300_zps7rm188tv

i cut 4 pieces of square styrene
the Leviathan IMAG0301_zpsyc3nrdwy

i mark out about where i want the runners on the mounting plate, i made 2 plates even though i am only using one, once i get it the way i want i will cast them in resin to get an exact pair
the Leviathan IMAG0302_zpsstuvwx7y

using some liquid cement i bond the runners to the mounting plate
the Leviathan IMAG0303_zpszbz1uqpe

i get the other 3 in place and angle them just a touch
the Leviathan IMAG0304_zps0uv0vdia

now while that dries for a bit i am gonna make a fuel distribution block for both the fuel and nitrous system
the Leviathan IMAG0305_zpsbtktzdtn

bit of scrap square rod and some crimp beads
and some patience....must be gettin old, eyes are not so fond of the small stuff lol
the Leviathan IMAG0306_zpseobcrw6s

2 larger feed line fittings on the backside of the block
the Leviathan IMAG0307_zpsmramyhaa

back to the dominators
the Leviathan IMAG0308_zpsjvabfk77

yup, chopper time
the Leviathan IMAG0309_zpszwlxvkir

i know its not technically the same but for this scale it will work for me
upper plenum plate and 2 pair of split carbs, it took 2 carbs to make each pair as i cut just past the center line on each then sanded them to get the final shape.
the Leviathan IMAG0310_zpsi9kcnedk

the Leviathan IMAG0311_zpsktsfuhag

now that i know they will fit i can detail the upper plate a bit
and get them all into mold rubber so i can play with em again in a day or so ( prolly thurs )
the Leviathan IMAG0312_zpsuybhdmgr

tis all for now, cya when i can

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17the Leviathan Empty Re: the Leviathan on Thu Nov 26, 2015 7:10 am


happy turkey day guys

bit more time in the hobby room this morning

looking at the big block i am using i went on a search for an oil pan to fit it
the Leviathan IMAG0313_zpscbusqea9

might be a bit of a problem since the biggest one i can find right now is a bit too small....
the Leviathan IMAG0314_zpspqsntwtd

only one answer for it..gotta make one
out comes the styrene again

i cut a piece as big as the pan gasket lip
the Leviathan IMAG0315_zpsuaj5vcac

then its off to the chopper again
the Leviathan IMAG0316_zpsadr0imju

i find some rectangular stock i think i can make work
the Leviathan IMAG0317_zpsxsynr1cb

all i have to do is bond them together to make one larger rectangle
first in pairs
the Leviathan IMAG0318_zpsvxww89jf

then into a whole
the Leviathan IMAG0319_zpsth7yufq4

sand the edges flush and grab an extra thinner piece of stock to be the front seal area
the Leviathan IMAG0320_zps4kjkoms6

now, aside from having to sand the front seal area down a bit, the pan is the size i want it
the Leviathan IMAG0321_zpsls1tpvio

once sanded it looks decent enough
the Leviathan IMAG0322_zpsqiitijug

now i will add bolt detail to it and get that into mold rubber

cya soon with another update

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18the Leviathan Empty Re: the Leviathan on Thu Nov 26, 2015 8:37 am

Wow, that is pretty cool. I wouldn't have thought to do that.

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19the Leviathan Empty Re: the Leviathan on Sun Nov 29, 2015 7:19 pm

nice pan, man Cool

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20the Leviathan Empty Re: the Leviathan on Thu Dec 17, 2015 8:45 am


thanks guys, been a minute since i posted, mainly because my laptop was sent back again to texas to have acer do the repair they never did the first or second time, laptops back and boxed up to go back yet again ( problem still not fixed ) so i dug out my old standby lappy so i could atleast get a post up

i left off posting after i made the oil pan, now that is cast in resin
i assembled a prototype for the first few mock ups

the Leviathan IMAG0323

looks like it will be a good fit to me
the Leviathan IMAG0324

once the carbs are on it is gonna fill out the hood scoop pretty well from this angle
the Leviathan IMAG0325

seams between the bumpers and the body are a bit wide for my liking
the Leviathan IMAG0331

out comes the 2 part spot putty
the Leviathan IMAG0333

gonna take a bit of file work and sanding to get it the way i want but it will be worth it
the Leviathan IMAG0335

time to add the beginning of a cage to the framework
the Leviathan IMAG0337

start with the basic front roof bends
the Leviathan IMAG0338

the test fit
the Leviathan IMAG0339

start with the angle back for the a pillars
the Leviathan IMAG0340

tweak and test fit, tweak and test fit
the Leviathan IMAG0341

to get this mounted on the frame, i need something close to the height of the roofline, one of my paint bottles looks like it will be close enough
the Leviathan IMAG0342

touch of liquid cement and set it aside
the Leviathan IMAG0343

same drill for the rear hoop
the Leviathan IMAG0344

after they set, its time for a test fit
the Leviathan IMAG0345

not bad with very little tweaking
i join the 2 hoops together with 2 roof rails and then add 2 of the main side rails to stabilize everything
the Leviathan IMAG0346

anyone trying this, remember this is trial and error to get the sizes right, always cut a bit longer than you think you need and sand down the end till it fits the way you want it.

2 more cross braces added
the Leviathan IMAG0347

and a rear bar so i will have something to attach the rear sections to later
the Leviathan IMAG0348

constant test fitting is the key
the Leviathan IMAG0349

i set that aside for a bit and do some prep work on the engine
this will have custom headers on it made from 2mm solder
the Leviathan IMAG0350

out comes the 2mm drill bit and we drill some holes
the Leviathan IMAG0351

resin engine is heading to the paint booth
the Leviathan IMAG0352

engine mount plate is a photo etch unit from, engine is dull aluminum, electric water pump is cardinal red and heads are bright aluminum
the Leviathan IMAG0353

valve covers got a coat of gloss black then a shot of alclad
the Leviathan IMAG0355

intake runners getting some drill treatment before paint to hold the 2 NOS injectors per runner
the Leviathan IMAG0356

found some decals in the parts bin
the Leviathan IMAG0357

valve covers on
the Leviathan IMAG0358

they needed something on them so they got some comp cams decals lol
the Leviathan IMAG0360

building up the block
the Leviathan IMAG0363

the Leviathan IMAG0364

nos distribution block, painted brass and installed
the Leviathan IMAG0367

one bit i forgot, i am gonna add a crossover pipe to the valve covers, forgot to drill the holes..
the Leviathan IMAG0368

fixed it
the Leviathan IMAG0369

now before i wrap up todays post, i am gonna annodize some fittings for the plumbing later

i grab some tamiya clear blue ( and red also but no pic lol )
the Leviathan IMAG0370

and fit some crimp beads on the end of pointed toothpicks
the Leviathan IMAG0371

those can dry till i need them
the Leviathan IMAG0372

cya in a bit

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21the Leviathan Empty Re: the Leviathan on Thu Dec 17, 2015 2:14 pm

Wow, frame is coming right along. Nice work.

The engine looks really good, too.

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22the Leviathan Empty Re: the Leviathan on Fri Dec 18, 2015 10:01 am

Nice work here.

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23the Leviathan Empty Re: the Leviathan on Sat Jan 09, 2016 1:57 pm

Awesome engine Wayne!!

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