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Everything posted by rsxse240

  1. Karmann Ghia build.....

    Looks great so far! Tough kit to build. Good luck! I started one a bazillion years ago and haven't finished it. The windshield frame keeps breaking. I suggest you paint it asap, and put in the windshield to prevent this from happening.
  2. Photoetched Homemade

    Unfortunately I have nothing to show. I have done a LOT of research, but have no PE tools or chemistry
  3. Another way to deal with molded-in lenses

    Great idea! I will definitely be borrowing this! I have also made molds of grills and bezels with lenses moulded in. Then cast the whole part in clear resin, followed by some Molotow Chrome.
  4. Super Glue Accelerator-Home made

    I stumbled upon the quick curing of CA with soda or talc on accident. I was using CA as a filler, and tried the powders as a type of aggregate, to "thicken" it up and make it easier to sand and shape when cured. It was a somewhat successful trial, but there's putty and styrene that work better with less mess.
  5. Photoetched Homemade

    To etch completely through, use no coating. Halfway through, coat one side. To leave impression, coat one side.
  6. That was it! Thanks, bud!
  7. Some time ago, I saw someone had shortened the F350 bedside on the AMT kit. As I am unable to find it and use it as a guide, I started one myself. I got the bedsides cut to length, now I need to adjust the wheel opening. I am unsure of where exactly to place them. I know the opening needs to move forward and down. I am not in possession of a 1:1 so I can only rely on images and as they are at all different angles, it is difficult to get accurate measurements. Here is the one side done and the other original to compare. Both are now cut to length and the leading edges are done.
  8. Good idea! I happen to have a bump side short bed, but I can't remember if it is 1:24 or 1:25. ...More research. lol
  9. I can't say that I have ever heard of I can't say that I have ever heard of it. Edit: I just looked it up on YouTube and it doesn't seem feasible for modelling application, but that doesn't mean it isn't good for ANYTHING in modelling.
  10. I haven't had a problem with sinful colors yet. And though they won't tell what they're using as a base, it thins with Testors reducer, and even mixes with their paint, so I presume it is enamel. Also, since it is so cheap, I would guess the maker isn't using lacquer as a base. I use lacquer thinner as it expedites the drying/curing process and it is readily available at reasonable prices.
  11. This is Sinful Colors nail polish over Testors Model Master flat black (as primer/base). I thinned it about 1 part paint to 1 and ¼ medium temperature lacquer thinner from the auto paint store. I found Kleen Strip (or typical hardware store brand) is very "hot" and dries too quickly and gives the paint no time to flow out, leaving a very rough texture.
  12. Look up "Mini Tub". It is very common and quite easy.
  13. I agree with the Bondo. Although, for just getting rid of scratches and very small imperfections, I have found the Tamiya filling primer is excellent. It is almost as thick as putty, but seems to be a much finer product.
  14. Is the Revell engine a decent offering or just a top half, die cast style? Could it be used in a Galant or Evo with relative accuracy?
  15. So I am thinking about getting an Eclipse kit. The AMT and Revell are the same scale, both have the F&F "Brian's Eclipse" markings but Revell also has a 2-N-1 that has a different body kit. I am curious if the Revell kit has stock parts or just optional tuner parts. How do they all compare? I've messed with the AMT kit in the past, wasn't very fond of it, but that was before I realized that I liked the Eclipse and I never really even looked into the box before I traded it. https://images.app.goo.gl/iGAsgYjLAbHrrnWZ7 https://images.app.goo.gl/6BC7RPoFNKDLbxw68 https://images.app.goo.gl/ZShMjLuBCUW7Nsoh7 https://images.app.goo.gl/6tiL4DNaEwe8HTDX9
  16. Another test paint job that turned out well!

    I thinned this with a medium "temperature" lacquer thinner from Orilley Auto Parts. I have used the Kleen Strip brand but it was too hot and would dry before hitting the body causing a very grainy texture. Also it seems the Orilley stuff seems to mix into the paint as opposed to dissolving the carrier (if that makes sense), as the Kleen Strip brand does. The pressure is very subjective with nail polish. Most times you want a very low pressure and build up very thin coats, but with the size and quantity of flake in this paint, I had to crank up the pressure and REALLY open up the needle. I used a #3 needle in my Paasche VL at about 25-30 PSI to keep it wet and flowing until it was on the car body.
  17. I liked a color of nail polish I saw at the store while waiting for the wife to gather her H&BA goods. It was pretty cheap, at $1.50 for 1/2oz jar (or there about). It was called Sassy Lassy (green metal flake) by Sinful Colors. I quickly found out that it was a clear coat with green metal flake and no actual pigment, but pressed on...lol I made a pun... So, green flake over Testors Flat Black, over Model Master Green Zinc Chromate, and over Blue Angel Yellow. The yellow, was first and OBVIOUSLY not green at all! The Zinc Chromate was second (the middle spoon), so I tried the flat black and loved it. So I mixed up the whole bottle about 30% paint to 70% lacquer thinner and shot at a very low pressure... about 15psi through my Paasche VL with #3 needle. Found a kit that needed this color and tried it out. This is what I got: VID_20190323_212858758.mp4
  18. Another test paint job that turned out well!

    Sadly I was polishing the clear and there were some bumps in the base black, which came up through the paint as I was wet sanding and left black speckles everywhere. I have wet sanded the whole car and will be spraying another coat of the green this evening, since I can't work on the real cars in the driveway. Pics to come shortly.
  19. Is that the same kit just before and after decals?
  20. I guess I can't post pics from Google.
  21. Another test paint job that turned out well!

    Yes, the nail polish isle is a great place for colors, but be aware, they are usually priced about like House of Color paint. Like $10/bottle. I always look at the cheap stuff. If it's more than a few dollars, I walk on past.
  22. AMT 1968 Roadrunner

    I have been trying to get this one painted for quite some time. This is attempt #5. I tagged this as "cheap paint" because I used Folk Art Craft Acrylic paint. The color is Sequin Black, thinned with Createx reducer and some balancing clear mixed in to help with flow. I need to wet sand some dust specks and then clear coat and polish, but at this point I am very happy with the results.
  23. AMT 1968 Roadrunner

    Quick mock-up. Very early, the paint job and stance need work.
  24. AMT 1968 Roadrunner

    Here is another better lit picture of the paint.... really not much BETTER, but better lighting. And here is the interior
  25. AMT 1968 Roadrunner

    So far the interior is done. Black on black and some various dark grays. A very purple shifter knob will match the accent stripe. I will get pictures of the interior soon.