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Jim Whalen

Member Since 19 Oct 2010
Offline Last Active Mar 21 2015 06:58 AM

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In Topic: next step after wet sand

06 March 2015 - 04:22 AM



If you want to clear coat the decals put the decals on next and clear coat them (you may need to give the next coat of clear coat a light going over with polishing cloths to get rid of orange peel).  Use the novus and wax but keep away from areas you'll be spraying different colours.  Putting the wax on before masking should reduce the chance of the masking tape pulling the paint off.  Mask the model around where you want to spray the headlights etc. and then use paper towel to cover the rest of the model (saves tape and is quicker).

In Topic: Using Alclad

06 March 2015 - 04:17 AM



The plastic needs to be really smooth before spraying on the primer (which I usually smooth with a 4000 polishing cloth used wet).  I often don't use primer and just spray the Alclad gloss black base straight onto the plastic (if you're not sure test some on the sprue that comes with the pieces you are using).  Make sure the black is nice and glossy and spray the chrome on about an hour after you have sprayed the gloss black base.


The really important part is to spray the chrome on at a very low pressure (a gravity feed dual action airbrush is best for this) and gently mist the chrome on until you see the effect you want.  It is very easy to overdo it and end up with a silver finish rather than a reflective, chrome-like finish.

In Topic: When do you open your kits?

23 February 2015 - 10:43 AM

I usually open mine when I get home - I'm too good at losing things to do otherwise!  I then put the decals in a safe environment as where I keep my kits is exposed to big changes in temperature.  I also make sure things are packed properly - very important when getting second hand kits as it is important to avoid clear and chrome parts from being scratched.  As other people have said tyres can also be a problem so I make sure those are separated from other parts.


It is important to check the contents quickly so mistakes can be retified more easily.  Having heard about the problem with the GTI kits on here I checked mine as soon as I got it today!


The main reason is that it is fun to look at a new kit and think about what the build will be like.  I'm also guilty of getting kits out again just to have a look at them or sometimes to see if a kit bashing idea is viable.

In Topic: Easy Distraction,,,,,Revell 1968 Charger RT

23 February 2015 - 10:24 AM



I like your project Bill and I'm sure the car's owner will love to have a model of their vehicle.  I doubt they'll appreciate how well you've done the model and the work that has gone into it (need to be a model builder for that!) but I am sure they will enjoy having the model.  Are you planning to do their licence plates as well for the finishing touch?


Nice to see a member has helped you out - not suprised to see who it is, Geoff is one of those guys who are a credit to our hobby.

In Topic: Candy Red '40 Ford Coupe

17 February 2015 - 05:18 AM



Thanks for the replies everyone!


Tim - I am honoured that you like my model, I like your work and articles very much indeed.  Regarding the engine, I often think about how I would like a 1:1 street rod to be and a dual carb small block Ford engine is a swoopy '40 coupe sounds like a nice car to have in the garage!