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#21 azers

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 04:49 PM

Thats a great idea on separate pieces. Ill need the old magnafier lens for sure. Lol. Can't wait. I have several projects in mind for those wheels besides the ole general.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 05:30 PM

Okay, that makes sense. So you don't use a pressure pot?

Yes, I always use pressure, but if you have a big old air bubble trapped at the top of the part because the air couldn't escape the mold, no amount of pressure is going help you. We generally get around these issues by having separate pour & vent openings, but on these tires I want to keep the tread detail intact and that means a single point of entry into the mold. The tire's contact patch is the most logical point to place the hole, since it is out of view when the model is complete.

Joe, the lug nuts are going to be a challenge for sure due to their size. When I package the sets, I will include extra centercaps and lug nuts. Those little bits are cheap to make, and it just makes sense to provide extras so that losing one tiny part doesn't torpedo someone's modeling session.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 05:54 PM

Does that include a spare magnafier lens as well for us with old eyes. Lol. Looking forward to those wheels. Any ideas on pricing yet. Joe.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 08:28 PM

Wow, that 3D piece is amazing! I'm very excited for you to get these things out for production! Also awaiting price...

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 02:43 AM

Chief those are amazing looking! What size wheel did this end up being?

Thanks,

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 05:01 AM

Does that include a spare magnafier lens as well for us with old eyes. Lol. Looking forward to those wheels. Any ideas on pricing yet. Joe.

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Can't talk price right now.

Chief those are amazing looking! What size wheel did this end up being?

Real-life 15", which means about 16 3/8" overall diameter at the face. It fits my aftermarket tires plus Monogram's "Goodyear GT Radial" kit tires.

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 07:54 AM

3D piece looks really good! I use the technology a lot and it's very useful

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 06:58 AM

Wow... looking great!!! Like many others have said, depending on the price, I'd be interested on a couple sets..



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Posted 04 December 2012 - 08:54 AM

The tiny Plastruct hex rods that I'd been waiting on finally arrived in the mail yesterday, so I made the lugnut.  I'm casting copies of that tiny thing today and I expect to have the set ready to go by the end of the week.



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Posted 04 December 2012 - 09:07 AM

Wow!

Awesome stuff you got there, i'm interested too...

 

I'm planning to build a T-Type Turbo Buick soon so..

 

Keep it on!



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Posted 06 December 2012 - 06:13 AM

I don't get to this section very much.

So when these wheels are ready, PM me.

I'll take a set of wheels and a set of Radial GT tires to go with them for a future Buick Turbo T type build for a friend of mine



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Posted 08 December 2012 - 11:26 AM

I've updated my website.

 

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 11:47 AM

Nice job. Placing my order today. I take it the extensions on the lugnuts can be inserted in the holes in the wheels so they don't get lost so easy. By the way love the tires.

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 05:44 PM

Here's a sample wheel I painted for some promo pics:

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Wheel is painted with Alclad Aluminum, the lug nuts are Alclad Chrome, and the decal on the center cap is the Buick emblem used on Regals.  The tire is not included in the wheel set; this one is my resin Eagle GT.  You may note I haven't included valve stems with these wheels-- I wanted to leave something for the modeler to add.  Maybe one day I can finish my Grand National models now!  Speaking of that, here's a prototype of the earlier GN grille with paint and foil:

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I'm thinking that Alclad Chrome might be easier to use instead of foil.  Stay tuned, Buick fans :)


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Posted 10 December 2012 - 05:47 PM

Darn....I'm excited for the grille! I still gotta pick up those wheels.

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 06:37 PM

Any plans to replicate that grill in resin and sell some to to other forum participants? Would go good with the buick i plan to do after seeing some of your guys work.

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 10:00 PM

Absolutely awesome work!  I love Buicks!



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Posted 14 December 2012 - 07:41 AM

Wow!

 

 

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 11:51 AM

Absolutely awesome work!

 

What Greg said.  :wub:

 

Just in time for the reissued Monogram GNX kit.  :)



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Posted 14 December 2012 - 02:11 PM

I'm gonna be buying a set of those wheels/tires here soon buddy!