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Quick GMC added a topic in Trading PostSome Nice Kits to TradeI have some kits I probably won't build. Not super eager to get rid of the Nomad, but it's available.
This has changed owners several times. Looks like everything is there, some parts off trees
No decals in this one, otherwise complete
I also have a Tamiya Original Telle Mercedes CLK-GTR, no pics right now. Box in great shape, everything sealed inside
• Revell Boss Mustang (94-98 bodystyle)
• Revell 69 Mustang CJ (Not Shelby)
• Tamiya Sauber C9
• Tamiya Silk Cut Jaguar
I'll consider other things as well
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Quick GMC added a topic in Tips, Tricks, and TutorialsBuilding Better Shocks for the Revell '29 Ford RoadsterI got sucked into the hype and bought the new Revell 29 Roadster. The kit is extremely nice, except for the shocks. I couldn't bring myself to use them, so I had to make new ones. The nice thing is that it is fairly easy to separate the shock caps from the body.
I didn't intent to do a tutorial, so some pictures are lacking, I apologize.
Bought a styrene rod/tube combo pack from Evergreen
First I measured the lengths of the kit shocks so I know where I would need to be when done with the new ones.
Choppy Choppy. i used a PE saw to carefully separate the caps from the bodies.
I then carefully sanded the flat part of the shock caps flat and level. I made new bodies out of the styrene tube
I made a mockup to check the overall length. Perfect
I started with copper wire, but realized I would have to paint it. I tried solder, it looks like natural metal, but it's hard to handle without squishing the springs. I used the same rod as the shock bodies and wrapped it around, then straightened it out. I left them compressed like this so I could match the lengths exactly. I then carefully sanded the ends flat like normal springs. I left the solder springs on the plastic rod as a support while sanding, otherwise it would just bend all over the place
Then I used the shaft of a pick to put in between the coils and spin it. This spaces the coils evenly. I also made shafts that go in inside the tube and will mount inside the holes I drilled in the caps. This way they will be sort of pinned in there with glue for a secure bond. Also, this will keep everything together and elminate the chance of any bending of the solder springs.
Here is the finished mockup. I will still need to paint the bodies and caps. I wanted to do the body from Aluminum tube, but didn't have the right size.
This is the right solder size for these shocks
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Quick GMC added a topic in Model Building Questions and AnswersUPDATE 02/09 What to use in place of lacquer thinnerI have the absolute worst luck with airbrushes. I am stil having issues. Painting bodies has been the biggest obstacle for me and it is pretty much the reason i don't finish builds.
I have a Grex Tritium TG airbrush. I was told by the Grex rep that I can spray lacquer thinner through it without issue. This isn't true. The packing seal o ring, the tiny o ring deep inside the body, starts to deteriorate and swell. This allows air/paint blowback to get past the needle seal and I am having a really hard time laying down nice paint. I'm sure this isn't the sole issue, but this needs to get fixed before I can move onto figuring out what else I can do to improve. I have 2 uses since I did a complete teardown and rebuild with all new seals and o rings. The o ring is swelling and coming apart already.
What will clean lacquers that I can use instead of lacquer thinner? Isopropyl Alcohol is not working, at least on the Gravity Colors I was using tonight. I am honestly ready to just sell all my BLAH_BLAH_BLAH_BLAH an move on. I enjoy building more than actually finishing, but I would like to finish a model here and there.
I would honestly just buy another airbrush, but I already started getting arthritis and cramps in my hands and this airbrush makes a massive difference, since it has the pistol grip.
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