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Chief Joseph

Member Since 23 Jul 2011
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In Topic: Carter AFB's

17 November 2014 - 10:05 AM

Didn't the 426 Hemi have AFB's its whole life? So that is to what,72?

Yes, 66-71 model years.  The AVS carb is very similar in appearance to an AFB and in 1/25 scale there would be very little to distinguish them unless somebody made them like I made my Q-Jets.

In Topic: fireball modelworks carbs

21 October 2014 - 10:15 AM

just a suggestion, of course, for all of us mopar lovers that HATE those hunks of styrene on top of the hemi, your next undertaking should be the carter 750 thermoquads. I am not a carb expert and don't really know if these can pass for the thermobogs or not. your web page says "ROCHESTER" were as the ones on the hemi are "CARTERS" they look pretty darn close to me. any help on this?

Carter built Quadrajets under license for GM, but the Thermoquad was a Carter-designed unit.  They look more like a Qjet than they do a Holley, but there is enough difference that even at 1/25 scale a Qjet could not substitute for a thermoquad.  I would be more than willing to make one, assuming i could get enough references or an actual core. 

In Topic: fireball modelworks carbs

21 October 2014 - 05:06 AM

my hat's off to the person that finally produced a decent looking Q-Jet.

BRAVO sir.

Thanks, Mike!!  You want to see the Muncie 4-speed I've made?

In Topic: fireball modelworks carbs

21 October 2014 - 05:05 AM

Any plans on doing Holley's? 

If I had one sitting around it would have already been done, LOL.  It is quite a bit easier to make a model of something when you have one in your hands.

In Topic: Wicked Colors paint at Hobby Lobby

19 October 2014 - 02:12 PM

"Reducer" is a term I think the paint industry came up with a while back to differentiate between the "thinner" that lacquer and enamel paints used and the chemicals used to thin the newer urethane paints.  They aren't really cross-compatible, so "reducer" was used to help the manufacturers and the end-users communicate more effectively.  That's my theory, anyway.  Whether it's called thinner or reducer, the purpose is the same.


The Wicked Reducer is wonderful stuff (there are actually two different versions, standard and high-performance-- not sure exactly what the difference is) and you can literally mix the paint & reducer at any ratio and still get a usable paint mix.  Wicked colors can be thinned with distilled water, but after too much dilution, the paint film will become weak.  In my experience, Wicked Colors perform best when sprayed at fairly high pressure.  They really need to go onto a good primer surface, too.  Spraying them directly onto bare plastic can cause the paint to bead and turn splotchy.  The reducer will extend the drying time and help keep the paint from drying at the tip.