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#21 James2

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Posted 25 October 2013 - 11:22 AM

   Both real beauties. 

This is the look I'm after for the wheels. Tires from the Olds kit and I may try spraying the white wall. Wheels from my PB. The Pegasus set would look best I believe, I need to order some of those.

I also started sanding the glue areas and have found some scratches as well. I will attempt to polish this old plastic before priming.

 

I have heard of different ways to polish the windows, any thoughts?



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Posted 25 October 2013 - 12:09 PM

You can either use the polishing cloths in a polishing kit, or, try using Novus 2 Plastic Polish.



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Posted 26 October 2013 - 03:22 AM

I have heard of different ways to polish the windows, any thoughts?

 

James, be careful when polishing the windows as the clear parts in AMT/SMP kits from '59-'60 are prone to developing internal stress cracks over time even, without handling and flexing.

 

I've had some success using the same polishing kit used for rubbing out paint (finer grits only if possible) then Novus plastic polish following by cleaning with Windex. Critical last step is a dip in Future ("Johnson's Clear with Future Shine" or whatever the latest name is) clear acrylic which does an amazing job minimizing the effect of any stress cracks, fine surface scratches, and reducing distortion through the thicker-than'scale kit "glass."

 

Hope that helps.



#24 Mike Kucaba

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 06:47 AM

Good advice on the glass. If it does break, or just isn't clear after polishing, Modelhaus has vac form windows.The dipping in Future helps that stuff too.



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Posted 26 October 2013 - 06:49 AM

I painted a full size 59 four door for a customer about a yr ago and really liked this body style. Who offers these in kit form. Really interested in building a custom/pro touring style ride from one of these if i can find one or two. Any help would be appreciated. By the way im really liking this one and will keep an eye on the build. Keep up the good work. Have a great day everyone.

#26 James2

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 07:30 AM

Thanks for the help everyone.

These tires are a little big for this build, but could be used. They are from the 50 Olds kit. But this is the look I'm after.

The white wall is kind of an experiment with acrylic paint. This could work with an airbrush and a circle template.  

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 07:40 AM

Kris, you can usually find these cars on EBAY, or, you can order a resin kit from Modelhaus.

 

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 11:01 AM

What a beauty Ron!   I should've sent mine down to Maryland for you to work on!
 

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You're always welcome here Tom. Just bring that '62 Valiant with you when you're done with it.



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Posted 09 November 2013 - 12:26 PM

I've been doing some clean up on this one, removed emblems and handles. The tape helps me to stay off of the trim when filling and sanding.

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Also had to make a new ridge on the hood, the previous owner had partially sanded it off.

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Plenty of work to do still. Thanks, Jim...



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Posted 17 November 2013 - 12:38 PM

​Tried my hand at a little re-scribing.  I made a template for the wings and glued a guide on the tool for the straights.

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Also some block sanding...

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And then final primer...

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I also plugged the holes in the "A" pillars and removed the door handles, Thanks for looking, Jim.


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Posted 17 November 2013 - 12:58 PM

Oooh, that looks SLICK James! B)  



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Posted 17 November 2013 - 05:17 PM

It's good that you are rescribing the fin trim. It's very faint on both the '59 and '60.  While you're in there, look at the underside of the fin for the trim edge. That one is nearly non-existent.

 

Note that on the real car the trim at the edge of the fin is the finish. Take it off and there's just an unfinished pinch weld between the two pieces that make up the top and bottom of the fin.  I had a 1:1 1960 Electra.



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Posted 18 November 2013 - 05:50 PM

I had to re-scribe the trim on mine too

I used a dial set compass/divider with 2 points.

Set it to the correct width, set the long point against the

edge, and drug it along the fender letting th e shaper point

Deepen the scribe line of the trim.

 

JUST Make sure to keep it Straight!!!!



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Posted 19 November 2013 - 02:35 AM

Thanks guys. I was able to rescribe both sides as well. Only I glued a spacer and guide on a #11 blade and pulled it backward. Lightly!



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Posted 19 November 2013 - 03:01 AM

Real nice work so far James..



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Posted 19 November 2013 - 04:52 AM

Nice work!  :)



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Posted 19 November 2013 - 11:17 AM

That thing is going to be beautiful. I remover seeing a car similar to that when I was skid on my drive to my grandparents house,always liked that body style.

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Posted 17 March 2014 - 01:49 AM

Made it to the Toy Show in Toledo Sat with some buds from the club.

Not as many sellers as at the NNL, mostly promo and toy stuff with a few models mixed in. Modelhaus  was there and I did pick up the parts to finish this Buick.

I have to fine tune a few things and then all I need is a few warms days and it will make it to the spray booth. Pix to follow...



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Posted 17 March 2014 - 01:59 AM

Beautiful work so far. I LOVE this body style!!!!



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Posted 30 March 2014 - 10:58 AM

Winter is finally giving way, warmer temps bring paint booth time. Won't be long now I can put some color on this one.

My kit was missing a steering wheel so I grafted one in from a Caddy, not to big of a stretch! Polished glass and ride height set.

Felt good to spend some time at the bench...

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