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Posted 17 February 2013 - 04:32 PM

Hello all,

 

I'm new to this forum and this is only my second attempt ever to build a model;  I'm still in the process of putting a decent work station set up together but got the bug and I can barely contain myself, so we may as well call these "practice builds".

 

A couple months ago I stumbled upon a couple DVD's from Donn Yost and remembered I had a few of these kits and some beginner equipment stashed away on a bin at the office, so I decided to take them out and bring them home.  

 

This one was my first ever build, complete box stock and not painted to specs for lack of ability but all of it done with aerosol spray paint and brush, it took me a full ten days to complete  :P

 

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The next in line is a 1/24 Tamiya Toyota Supra GT (Tom's Castrol), but my plans are to build it as a Super Street Import

 

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Last Friday I got the body parts glued and sanded

 

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Primed the car yesterday (Using Tamiya Fine Surface Primer), and this afternoon I had it painted

 

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Will start working on the rear end tomorrow (As per the manual).

 

Thank you for reading.

 

 

 

 



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Posted 17 February 2013 - 04:58 PM

That's some pretty impressive work for someone who just started with the hobby. I've been at this for over 40 years and I don't think I could do as nice.

May I ask, what other hobbys have you had? They shure must have prepared you well to do such fine work.

 

 

Thank you Steve,

 

I have to honestly say I was really impressed with the result on the Nissan, but yes, been known to chase whole families away for being a freak for detail  :D

 

My main hobby is collecting and building Vintage BMX Bikes, it does require a lot of restoration and great attention to detail, I guess some handy work derives from that and sure wish some day I can replicate that on the table

 

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1984 GJS Freestyle BMX Bicycle. All parts are original from 1983/1984.


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Posted 17 February 2013 - 05:23 PM

Too much for the compliments... 1st beginners mistake....

 

Had the bright idea of taking the wheels out from a couple other sets I have here to see which one would match the body better...

 

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These are the ones from the box:

 

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And these are from a second Nissan set purchased in case I made a big mistake:

 

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Couldn't make up my mind but since the wheel set will be painted in Magenta Glo, I decided to strip the silver paint from them so I placed them into Tamiya Thinner but after 10 minutes nothing had happened and I had the marvelous idea of using Sunnyside Thinner....   Here is what I just wrote in my notes:

 

"DO NOT USE LACQUER THINNER DIRECTLY ON PLASTIC PARTS!!!"

 

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Luckily, I have a set of Wheels from a Honda NSX to match this set, OR may have to do the same as with the Nissan, re: Go to the store and get a second set :wacko:  


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Posted 17 February 2013 - 05:51 PM

Note: gasoline does not remove paint or chrome it just eats the plastic.

I learned the hard way with a wing on my 69 camaro yenko lol
Looks great so far, I like how you just started yet you are so good!

I too collect/redo Bmx bikes. Not as good as you and it is more of just a time filler because I actually ride but I do find that the details do add up on them and it does carry over to model cars.

Cheers!

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 05:54 PM

Juan, use some Simple Green, Super Clean, or possibly regular Bleach to strip the chrome, it won't eat the plastic. There are a bunch of other ways to do it, but those three are pretty easy to come by, and are easy to use. Great start, and Don's DVD's must be really good, because if this is your second model ever, you're gonna be a force to be reckoned with if you ever go to any contests!

 

And I knew I was gonna like you from your screen name, I raced from about '77 through '87 (I finally got my NBL SC State Championship!), then went over into Freestyle until about '99, getting an NBL National #2 in '88 and a National #3 in '90. The body finally wore out, so I had to hang up the leathers, but I've still got 3 bikes, a GT '87 Pro Freestyle Tour, an '84 Raleigh 24", and a '84 (Possibly '85) Cook Brothers 24" sitting in the shed, along with a bunch of parts. Here's a pic of the Cook Bros as it sits, she needs some paint and polish, but she was retired in '87 and robbed of most of her good parts.

 

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 06:10 PM

"DO NOT USE LACQUER THINNER DIRECTLY ON PLASTIC PARTS!!!"

That is s epic statement (understatement)
Good looking car up top there. Looks great in black

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 07:49 PM

Thanks guys, I will make it a priority to go out and get some "Simple Green, Super Clean, or possibly regular Bleach to strip the chrome"...  AND yes!!! I would recommend Donn's DVD's no matter how advanced of a builder  (Not sure if the forum rules allow this but they can be found here: http://www.oldmansmodels.com/id79.html ).

 

Mike, please let me know if you ever decide to restore the Cooks (In case you don't keep track, you'll be amazed of the kind of coin these pull nowadays), if you remember the brand CW Racing from back in the day, that would be me...  This one is for you (Just braggin') :P :

 

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:15 PM

Juan, I'll find one of my pics (I have no idea where the one I want has hidden itself), I think you'll be surprised!

 

And a PK Ripper, I never had one of those, but I always wanted one or a Quadangle, those were some killer bikes!



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Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:34 PM

YES Sir!!!...  The tip worked perfectly.

 

Wheels got bleach stripped, primed and painted  :D 

 

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I had no idea the tire decals were the transfer kind and dropped the first into the water tray...  Rolling it back into shape was ridiculous!!! (That is why you'll see it off center).

 

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At the beginning I thought the set would give you the option to choose between Bridgestone and Potenza, then I realized is the same thing, so I had to go back and apply the other side  :P

 

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:37 PM

Had time to prime the chassis 

 

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And once done, kinda felt like needed to get going, so I masked the fuel cage

 

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My local shop didn't have Bare Metal foil, so I had to do it the hard way...  so it did not come as nice as I wanted to

 

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And then decided to go ahead and paint the chassis...

 

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AND...  Since I wont be able to work on it for a couple more days, just went ahead and applied some decals... 

 

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I can honestly say, I'm dog tired!!!...

 

Thank you for reading guys.

 

(Ah!, find a few pics Mike, nothing like remembering the old days).



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Posted 18 February 2013 - 08:00 PM

Do you plan on using those TE37s? If not would u be willing to trade? I have a kit in mind that I wanna use them on if you are willing to trade.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 02:57 AM

Do you plan on using those TE37s? If not would u be willing to trade? I have a kit in mind that I wanna use them on if you are willing to trade.

 

Are the TE37 the other wheels?...  They belong to a Honda NSX kit, but if you need them I can trade for a same style set up (Big wheel on the back and smaller on the front). 



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Posted 19 February 2013 - 08:40 AM

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Went to home depot this morning to purchase masking tape and found a huge roll of Nashua foil tape for $ 11.00...  I don't know if this is a trade secret, but I had to order two sheets of Detail bare metal foil of 11" x 6"  for $ 14.00 via eBay, never used it before so I guess I would have to compare quality...  Is a bit thick but it worked ok.

 

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Ah!!!...  I also changed my mind about the decals, so I removed them all...



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Posted 19 February 2013 - 10:16 AM

Juan, that looks great, but let me give you a cheap and easy tip for foil. Find a bottle of Microscale Metal Foil Adhesive at a hobby shop or on-line (About $5, and I've been using the same bottle for nearly 20 years!), then go to Wally-World or your local Grocery store, Dollar General, etc, and buy the CHEAPEST Aluminum Foil you can find (It's thinner than the expensive stuff!). "Paint"" the area you want the foil on with the Metal Foil Adhesive, let it tack up (Usually about 5 minutes), then lay a piece of the Aluminum Foil on the "painted" area. Burnish it down with a Q-Tip, then trim the excess off with a sharp #11 blade, viola, perfect foil! I polish mine with Meguiars #7 Show Car Glaze to give it a brilliant chrome finish, but any good polish will do the trick. I've had this model for almost 19 years, and the foil has never lifted or gone dull on me

 

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 10:46 AM

Thanks for the tip on the Micro Foil Adhesive...  Will give it a shot some time.

 

I got a new toy today...  But the hose does not work with the compresor I have here (Plus is too short)...  A few more days to get the right hose on the mail.

Never airbrushed before, I hope is easier than spraying from the can.

 

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New decals...   :P

 

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:19 AM

Looking good Juan, and you'll love having an airbrush, once you learn how to use it properly, you'll hate using a spray can!



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Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:23 AM

Looks awesome. Keep it coming

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 03:28 AM

Thanks guys, I find myself coming straight back to this thing every time I come home...   Lucky the missus works the graveyard shift. 

 

Sorry to say, I guess the offer of the T37 wheels is out of the window...   Been getting second thoughts as far as the original color combination so I played a little with a different wheel color last night.  Still undecided.

 

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the car will have the windshield stripe and the mirrors in the same color as the wheels. 



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Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:43 AM

I think yellow would look best

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 04:50 PM

I agree. The yellow wheels with the Star Card decals. Looking good.