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#21 A.R.C.

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 08:35 PM

Cool car! Looks like your off to a good start. Welcome.



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Posted 30 November 2012 - 08:45 PM

You are off to a very good start. I would glue the nose and rear bumper to the body and then paint it. That's my two cents though. What you have done looks awesome.



#23 Trans Am Erik

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 02:43 AM

Also, may be a silly question, but can I glue the bumpers prior to final assembaly? or will it give me problems trying to put it together? I just hate trying to paint the bumpers by thereself.

With this kit you can put the bumpers on the car before paint, the chassis will slide into place without much problem.

 

However, in 1:1 scale the bumpers DO have to be removed before paint! 

 

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#24 Mike Muncy

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 04:08 AM

Thanks guys. The bumpers are so hard to get lined up right, i was hoping i could throw them on there, prep it some more for paint so i won't have to worry about them. Sorry if the pics aren't the best, but just to let you guys know anything i post its MORE than welcome to criticism. It's the only way to learn.

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 07:15 AM

What color scheme are you thinking of?

#26 Mike Muncy

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 11:44 AM

Probably just the black and gold scheme like on the box....at least that's the plan.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 05:42 AM

Question, I just purchased Testors "Spray Enamel" Gloss black, and testors "one coat lacquer" clear.

 

Can I paint the gloss black, apply decals, apply clear and buff out? or will the two paints go together well?



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Posted 03 December 2012 - 06:00 AM

Thats a loaded question mike. My suggestion is to get some white plastic spoons. Test your paints on these and let them dry or "gas out" for a couple days. Worse come to worse, if it doesnt work out, they sell the big rattle cans of rustoleum black laquor at paintsville and louisa walmart now and you can shoot that under the one coat clear.

Btw, did you get my pm?

Edited by Skydime, 03 December 2012 - 06:00 AM.


#29 Mike Muncy

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 06:15 AM

Good suggestion, I tried to get the one coat lacquer in black to go with the clear, but all they had was a metal flake type finish with the black. Since the black is a gloss color I was kind of confused weather I needed the clear anyway. No I didntget it.



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Posted 03 December 2012 - 07:27 PM

Yeah, I think I would stick with plain gloss on this build as well.  There are always polishing kits to polish out the body but, I personally love the Wet Look One Coat Clear...and you can always polish it as well if you would like.  I think it gives a build a deeper shine.  I recently purchased a Revell 70s Corvette in orange plastic.  It had no visible sink marks, swirls, or mold lines in the body.  I liked the color so, I just shot it with the Wet Look Clear and did the trim work.  It turned out excellent!

 

BTW, the pm was pretty detailed but, to break it down.  AC Moore, Hobby Lobby, and Michael's are your three biggest retailers (that I know of) in Barboursville/Huntington.  Basically, it boils down to get Hobby Lobby and Michael's Apps if you have a smart phone and bookmark the AC Moore website.  If you don't have a smartphone, just print out multiple weekly coupons, take them to the store with you, and check out a couple different times through different checkout lines so you can use more than one coupon per trip.  You can usually save 40-50% on any one regular priced item with coupon.  Also, don't forget to check out Ollie's to see if they have new kits and get Duplicolor paint for less than a dollar a can.  I think they even have some big cans for about $2.


Edited by Skydime, 03 December 2012 - 07:33 PM.


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Posted 05 December 2012 - 02:02 PM

mike

 

i was in the same boat as you are about two years ago. I had built models as a kid, never detailed and always ended up broken within days. My suggestion to you is this: continue to buy kits that interest you and try different paint schemes with them, use laquer one coat, acrylic and enamel paints, you will find what you like and what you are comfortable using and what you like to use in time. Practice makes perfect and in order to achieve most of the detail you will see on this or other sites you will need to amass a laundry list of tools and skills. What i personally have done is when I get to a part of a specific model that is out of my league, due to lack of skills or proper tools, I shelf it and make a list of what I need to buy or practice before I move on with it. And, above all else, continue to use the micheals and hobby lobby coupons so that you do not get really pissed when you mess something up really bad. Keep looking at builds and works in progress and ask questions.



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Posted 10 December 2012 - 04:55 AM

Thanks Alan, I truly appreciate it. Right now I'm just enjoying the hobby for what it is. Not a huge amount of money invested, some spare time killed when I'm home bored, something I can take my time, and finally now I can enjoy on the shelf because it is done! I know it isn't perfect, but I never really got frustrated with it and although I know it could look better, I'm satisfied that it's done and I did OK on it. It's no show winner, and the only modification I did to it was the engine belts made of tape. Other than that, I just detailed it the best I could with what knowledge I had, definitely learned a lesson or two on the next model ('70 superbird!) That will carry me into the next build. It was just what I hoped and expected it would be. I made something I'm proud of, I made it for me. I'm glad I got to share it with my family and you guys on here. It was truly enjoyable.

 

Anyway, the major downfall is the paint. I used the black enamel paint. I started to sand it to smooth it out for the clear, which I did on the hood which turned out OK, but for some reason my sand paper got thrown away...lol. So, I stuck with the paint straight from the can.  A little wavy, but it will do for my first model car in years.

 

Also, I know I'm still missing a couple of small decals.

 

Here's the pics!

 

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Engine bay

 

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Interior

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Side shot

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T-Tops off!!



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Posted 10 December 2012 - 05:28 AM

Nice! Great job on this. What I would love to do is take one of these models and then take a 2010 Camaro and make a 2010 Trans Am. Would also like to do it with a GTO also! 



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Posted 10 December 2012 - 06:30 AM

Looks great!!! I really like the looks of the second generation Firebirds and Camaros and my middle son isinto them. I wouldn;t want to own one though as I find them uncomfortable to ride in with the seat so low to the fround. My son had an '81 Trans Am SE with the 403 engine and that thing was quick and fun to drive.. hmmmmmmmmm... :rolleyes:  maybe on second thought, I wouldn't mind owning a real 1:1. ;)


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Posted 10 December 2012 - 06:53 AM


Not to threadjack but, Geno, that tornado didn't miss us by much either. We actually left town when we heard it was supposed to come toward us. We got back to the area and went to Salyersville to check on my wife's family. It was horrible. It looked like one of those apocalyptic movies...or like a war zone even. Just tragic.

Yes Ken, it was pretty nasty. I have family in the Salyersville area as well. Mike, all you need are some Burt Reynolds and Sally Fields figures to put in it, lol. B)


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Posted 10 December 2012 - 01:56 PM

Looks great!!!



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Posted 10 December 2012 - 06:26 PM

one more bit of "wisdom" that I have learned here. BMF is bare metal foil they make it in a few different metal types including gold. I always hated chrome on cars and especially models because it is such a pain to paint free hand the bmf makes it relatively easy and looks 1000 times better than brushed paint. I'd invest in some if I were you it really takes the frustration of a perfect paint job ruined by free handing the trim.



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Posted 10 December 2012 - 07:41 PM

Lookin' pretty good on the finished product their Mike!  I see from your earlier comment that the bug is already biting with a Superbird on the way.  Glad to see you enjoying the hobby.



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Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:10 PM

Nice, i like the old Firebirds and this is sure looking good, Very cool build.



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Posted 13 December 2012 - 02:58 AM

Nice! Great job on this. What I would love to do is take one of these models and then take a 2010 Camaro and make a 2010 Trans Am. Would also like to do it with a GTO also! 

Sorry, I don't mean to hijack the thread, but I did that with a Hot Wheels Camaro a few years back. Here's what I came up with.

 

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