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'78 Dodge pickup mild kustom

01 April 2013 - 03:27 AM

Hey folks,


This is part two to "Slowly's 77' Van" more or less- my entry into our 'let's actually finish a project' challenge :P


It's AMT's Li'l Red Express. Not the best kit I've come across when it comes to fitment, but otherwise a cool starting point I suppose. Hey, it's a Mopar, it can't be all bad :D



A quick mock-up in terrible lighting conditions; this is what we're working with-



Now, to be truly worthy of a 'k', I figured the cab needed to be introduced to my razor saw. As you can see, they got along quite well, and the result was a scale 3" section. It was my first attempt at major bodywork, so be nice :lol:







A mild chop a little later on, and I think it'll be safe to call it a kustom. :D

Can we see some scratchbuilt things?

27 November 2012 - 12:20 AM

Hey folks, I've been thinking about starting this topic for a while. Seeing some more of you guys' incredible work lately has spurred me on to actually do it. I've searched around, and so far I haven't found an existing thread, but if there is one already I apologize.

So rules are:
1. Post images of parts you've scratch built, be it an oil filter or an entire car. A short description of each part would also be helpful
2. Have fun
3. Please refrain from debating about the scratch built/kit bashed thing here
4. Have more fun
5. If you believe your part to be scratch built, then please post it
6. Have even more fun
7. If you believe a particular part to not be scratch built, then please smile, scroll on, and enjoy your day
8. You're not going to believe it, but you need to have more fun

Sorry about the lengthy list of rules, but it really is important to have fun :D Enjoy the eye candy people :D

Can't wait to see all the amazing things you guys have made :)

What can I use for raised letters?

30 September 2012 - 03:53 AM

G'day fellow modellers :D

I've recently started playing around with scratch building wheels in various scales, and now I'm starting to think about scratching some tyres too.

I'm confident about getting some form of generic tyre shaped up, but I'd like to go a bit further with the detail if I can. All potential copyright infringements aside, what could I use to get the raised sidewall letters?

I've spoken to a mate who does vinyl cutting, but his attempts to cut stuff that small have proven unsuccessful. Now that I think of it though, I'm not sure if it's like that with all vinyl cutters or just the bigger ones? He has a pretty big one I think, for doing signs and stuff.

I've looked at resin decals, but it seems no one does even generic letters.

Custom PE would be awesome, but I imagine getting that done would turn out expensive. Even doing it myself with one of those kits would probably cost a bit by the time I finally got a useable piece(s).

Obviously cutting the designs from styrene wouldn't be impossible, but it certainly wouldn't be easy.

Ideas anyone?
Thanks ;)

Just some of my resin dabblings

14 September 2012 - 06:14 AM

Hi folks,
Just thought I'd share some of my resin work. I'm pretty new to this still, so critical comments are welcome :)
All from my own masters.

Whipple style supercharger-
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SBC cover
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Also some flathead headers. Can't seem to find a pic of one of the resin pops, but here are the masters-
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I'd like to thank a (pretty quiet) member of this forum, Probee. He was kind enough to show me the ropes, it has helped incredibly, thanks mate.

Thanks for looking, this stuff is so much fun :D

How2 Aluminium Rod Ends & Suspension Brackets

11 September 2012 - 09:22 AM

Ok, quick how-to, we'll have a go at rod ends. These can be used for suspension and steering linkages (and whatever else you can think of). They're quick and easy to build, so give it a try :)
I like to use styrene for as much of my scratchbuilding as possible, but it doesn't hurt to use other materials if you can. And you know what they say, nothing looks more like metal than metal :D
This is not the best or the easiest way to build rod ends, all my scratchbuilding methods are WIPs so go ahead and experiment ;)

While not a replica of any particular 1:1 rod end, this one will be based off something like this-

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Here are the materials/tools that will be used-
1/16" K&S tube (1.6mm)
Pinvise; 0.5mm and 1mm bits
Hex bead
Needle file
Hobby knife

I'm using 1.6mm rod here, but of course you can use this same technique for different sized rod to get different size rod ends.

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First up we're going to flatten about 5-7mm of the end of the rod. Try to use a part of the pliers that is flat (if possible), or you'll end up with a crinkle cut style rod end :lol:

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Next up, grab your pinvise and 0.5mm bit. Drill a hole in the middle of the flattened part of the rod, but close to the top. See pic-

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Now swap to a 1mm bit and drill the hole out bigger.

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