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Member Since 08 Feb 2013
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In Topic: 1/16 GMC General update 17a SCRATCHBUILDERS MENTORSHIP NEEDED

Yesterday, 11:16 AM

Thanks jeff.

Guess I haven't found my three bears porridge yet. Always too cold or too hot using hot air
(Not human generated!) on thin sheet stock. Can't seem to get it just right.


I will try some pvc and for sure hot water. Makes good sense.

peace.

In Topic: Aeromax with lowboy 35 t

23 December 2014 - 02:03 PM

I so enjoy your projects. 

 

The realism you pull out of your builds and the weathering is just incredible.  Notes are being taken! 


In Topic: AMT Peerless Logging Trailer

23 December 2014 - 01:57 PM

Looking really good.

 

A 2 cent suggestion.  If you have not glued the wheel assemblies in, consider "scuffing" at least the tire treads with some sandpaper to knock off the gloss.  Just me, but it was one of those things that I held off doing it for eeeons and after the first time I did it, is now a "must". A little scratching up with rough grit like 180 (or a throw away emory board/nail file and then again with something like 400 does wonders on those hard vinyl AMT tires.  The "armor all" effect they have is nice on the sidewalls at times...but to me, not on the treads.   

 

I like the green and the whole build.  Very well done!


In Topic: 1/16 GMC General update 17a SCRATCHBUILDERS MENTORSHIP NEEDED

23 December 2014 - 01:36 PM

Thanks guys and to Terry, excellent point about "skin grafting" from donors.  A buddy and I did the real thing years ago with a Jeep CJ we were restoring.  It had a rotted floor pan in a horrible spot by the driver seat base/transmission hump/floor mat area.  We cut out a front corner of a hood from an old Ford pickup, flipped it over and it dropped right in slicker than....well, you get the idea.  Obviously, despite always trying to repurpose anything/everything I had forgotten that whole aspect. Thanks for the subtle reminder.

 

Stinks getting old....except that I can now hide my own Easter eggs and be amused for a year(s) finding them.  :blink:

 

Thanks again guys.  Lugnut is busy on the job and hope to have some pix in a week or so.

 

 

Merry CHRISTmas


In Topic: 1/16 GMC General update 17a SCRATCHBUILDERS MENTORSHIP NEEDED

22 December 2014 - 02:26 PM

A request for advice/mentorship from the scratchbuilders and outside the box thinkers.

 

I will post some pix shortly but am really scratching my head on the odd shapes/bends that are going to be required at all 4 cab corners where it rolls into the roof.  I am poking around with empty solder tubes for vertical portions which have just the right radius and thickness if I cut them into "quarter rounds".  That seems to hold potential

 

Anyhoo, at what amounts to a bent over "Y" at the top/sides of all 4 corners I am really struggling to try and pull off something reasonably clean for a first time.  I am toying with virtually any low cost material such as shaping balsa cubes, dense foam, or ??????  I really don't want to go with channel and loading it up with putty.  Somebody has been down this rabbit hole before.    Just keep in mind my tooling and budget are minimal and this is my first go round at something this complex.

 

JT loaded me up with sheeting (THANKS JT) so trial and error with styrene IS an option.  And it might be I just "layer it up" and shape it much like the valve covers I did on the engine. 

 

Suggestions and better ideas welcome.

 

Peace and Merry CHRISTmas

 

 

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