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AMT 1/43rd Scale Kits

19 April 2010 - 04:15 AM

This was a great series of kits. Very nicely detailed and body proportions that look right, to me (I'll admit to not not noticing a lot of shortfalls, in this department). Given that, here is a pair of them I built many years ago. There were eight or ten of these kits that I am aware of. Shown are my interpretations of the '36 Ford and the '48 Ford. I'd love to see anybody else s builds of these kits. I'd also like to see a comprehensive list of all of them that have been available. These look like they could use a washing!

For hardcore sctratchbuilders

16 March 2010 - 07:41 PM

Recently, on an email group I belong to, someone asked about soldering aluminum sheet. They mentioned a product called HTS 2000. They described that they'd seen it demo'd at a car show. Apparently the guy demoing it patched a hole in a pop can. A friend of mine sent me a few sticks of a similar product that someone had dropped off at his shop. I thought I'd give it a try on some .010" aluminum sheet. I used a Bernz-O-Matic butane torch for my experiment. I have never attempted to weld or braze any kind of sheet metal before. I have to say that, for a first attempt, I was very happy with the results. I overheated the sheet in one spot, but, the brazing product worked magnificently! I am currently working on a project in which this material will figure prominently. Will post photos, once it's done. HTS 2000's website is here:
But, if you enter that name in the search on Ebay, you'll find someone selling it in "modeler reasonable" quantities. This stuff could change the face of scratchbuilding with aluminum!

Hardcore Scratchbuilding Question

27 February 2010 - 08:16 PM

I'm curious to know how many people here are seriously interested in real scratchbuilding. I'm talking scratchbuilding techniques that would essentially allow a modeler to build a complete car, virtually from the ground up. You know, soldering, metalworking, etc. Anybody?