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vacuum forming.

26 February 2015 - 05:13 PM

So I was looking at someone's build where the underhood looked really out of scale in the inner fenders and chassis details. So it got me thinking that the real cars don't have 3 inch thick fenders, why should our models?

I don't yet have the ability or means to build a vacuum forming machine, but building some bucks (molds) isn't out of my ability. Maybe later this idea could come into a realized dream. How much more detail could actually be built in with accurately scaled sheet "metal"?

I wanted to possibly plant a seed in some of your minds to possibly see what you all may come up with.

Please Discuss...

Custom stretch chassis trucks

21 February 2015 - 07:38 PM

So, I think I'm going to try this stretch thing.  I love the look of the long wheel base trucks.  I will be using the Monogram "snap" 1/25 Pete and/or the snap Kenworth.  I haven't really done any kind of planning or really even given much thought to this/these builds as I am a kind of "Build what FEELS right" kind of seat of the pants custom builder. 


I was curious if there's a proper length to stretch or if it's just something that's up to the builder's taste.  Ultimately, I'm going to do what I feel is right, but if it helps to make a more satisfactory build, I'd like to get it at least close.


My thoughts were to stretch the frame just behind the sleeper about 1.5 inches, build some custom fenders front and rear, maybe stretch the sleeper or just build some extension panels to elude to a longer sleeper.  I'd like some custom wheels and tires, but I'm probably going to be stuck with the stock ones for now, as I have very little in the manner of spare parts for building big rigs.  Although I do have some pretty cool looking wheels from a JADA "1/24" scale Nissan 240SX that I had considered using.


I hope you guys don't mind me using this as an idea board of sorts.  I've just never done custom trucks.  I've always been a car/pickup guy due to the cost of the trucks.




BRE Datsun 240Z

28 October 2014 - 05:05 PM

I was at work today and one of my friends/coworker stops me and said he had something he thought I'd like.  So I followed him to his office and he handed me a FIRST RUN issue of the Revell BRE/Datsun 240Z!  I was just flabbergasted!  I've seen many of them in the past, but all have been re-issues.  This one was absolutely complete, the box in near perfect shape, instructions, decals, the whole enchilada!  I wanted to offer him some money, but since I didn't have any to offer, I proceeded to tell him the value of this kit.  I wish my camera/phone was working, but it wasn't.  I may still offer him some money, but he's an avid race fan, so he'll likely end up keeping it.


While I was looking at that, he pulls out a post card that has the Sox & Martin Barracuda and I think it was a Charger.  Then I noticed it was autographed in BALL POINT PEN by Ronnie and Buddy themselves!  My jaw hit the floor!  I don't know that this will top the Sox and Martin postcard, but the then pulls out an autographed ad for Hertz Rental with a picture of O.J. Simpson and his signature in silver paint pen.  


I guess when you grow up racing, you are open to all kinds of cool things because you are basically the "star of the show" and racing events and when fame shows up, they typically get the run of the place.


I'll try and get some pics if possible.  


I just thought I'd share today's experience.  

alternate sources of modelling supplies

25 October 2014 - 01:02 PM

I was at Lowe's today and I was looking for a garage sale sign.  Easily found.  While looking at the signs, a LARGE for sale sign, 18X24 inch, is made of what looks to be polystyrene, probably around 1/32" thick.  $10


Oates epoxy plumber's putty.  Just like Mili-put white, 8 or so inches long, roughly 4 times more material than mili-put.  Both parts in one log.  Simply cut off a hunk, kneed it, spread it where you want it, but work quickly, it hardens VERY quickly, right at 5 min to be workable with a cheese grater, REALLY rough sand paper, hobby knife, etc,.   It's fully cured in about an hour and able to be machined, sanded, dremeled, even drilled and tapped (low torque bolts.  Sticks VERY well to just about any surface including styrene.  $6


Clamping forceps, tweezers, scissors, sometimes disposable scalpels.  Just try to cut your finger off and go to the emergency room and ask for the sucher kit when they're done with it.  I've been successful in getting about 5 of these kits throughout the years.  While you are there getting your finger sewn back on, grab some non-powdered gloves to keep your finger prints off your models.


Lowe's also has brass and aluminum rods, angles, and other metal shapes for fabrication in the hardware section in the "HOBBY PROJECTS" drawer.   


If you have a good source of hobby supplies, please post it up!  I am ALWAYS looking for supplies in odd places.

got side tracked

19 October 2014 - 12:08 PM

I was looking for some parts, not being very successful and decided that I needed to organize my parts bin.  At this point, I have pulled most of the wheels, tires, interior buckets, seats, engines and bumpers/grilles out and have a LONG way to go before I am satisfied with it being organized.


I think there's somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 different model kits donating parts to my parts bin.


bumpers, hoods, tires, wheels and engines



Bodies, chassis and interior buckets



and all the rest that still needs sorting.  There is yet another crate like this one that still needs sifting through.  but it contains mostly parts still on sprues and larger pieces.