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Where are you finding these models at? Are they to scale?
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Most car models are at Googles 3D Warehouse

an ultimate collection of cars can be found from this Forza 4 cars release

I also rip cars from games when possible, I think the Intrepid one may have been created by a player who probably used blue prints to make it because it just looks right including that the length and width are correct.

For sure when I get an Intrepid I'll measure all the sections so it corresponds to the model.

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So this means my molds dont have to be super strong and cost as much.
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How were you going to do the parts? Vacuum formed and then fiberglass reinforced? It so, you'll still need strong molds because the molds hold the form while you add on the layers of fiberglass. Otherwise you can easily end up with strong, but warped parts which won't fit right.
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I think a plastic mold with a few layers of fiberglass on the outside to keep its shape might be sufficient, if not I can always add more fiberglass its not expensive... maintaining the right panel gap seams will be important to keeping a clean design.

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Been doing 3D modeling and animation for years, and have dived into the whole modeling for machining deal too. Costly as hell to produce things, even at a "low budget" strategy.

Your efforts are definitely something to admire. But you really should come up with some designs and see if you can "sell" the concept before you start an assembly line.
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Thanks, to make a great profit return I could start with a replica because its design will be recognized and wanted... but I like to think of myself as my number one customer, and will pick a custom design that Im most passionate about. Hopefully I'll have a small percentage of customers, out of the great American population, who share the same design taste and will buy into a re-bodied car.

Here is a replica of a Saleen concept I did.

The Camaro and this Chrysler base share similar front dimensions, but the Chrysler has a longer wheel base, where the Camaro would need a stretch for most exotic designs.
In this render I fit a Ferrari Italia onto a stretched Camaro... so the same can be done to an LH platform without the complicated stretching modifications.

Most likely I'll be doing something like the following designs or the yellow car posted on the first page of this thread.

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