Plastheniker

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About Plastheniker

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  • Birthday 05/18/1951

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  • Location Hamburg/Germany
  • Full Name Jürgen Kowalski

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  1. Plastheniker added a post in a topic 1969 Mack F Daycab (AITM) with Flatbed Trailer - Plus Tutorial: Glazing Resin Cabs without Glue   

    Peter, thanks a lot! I am always happy when an outstanding modeler like you appreciates one of my models.
     
    Thomas, I found my description in a German forum (Post # 14).
    http://www.wettringer-modellbauforum.de/forum/index.php?page=Thread&threadID=44309
    If anything is not understandable please let me know.
     
    I don't want to interfere in your decision but before tackling the F cab as your very first resin attempt you should be aware of the large and curved windscreens. Even if you accept the blemishes of the white glue method glazing them is rather difficult by comparison.
    Moreover for any Mack cab you would need a pricey AMT/MPC Mack donor kit.
     
  2. Plastheniker added a post in a topic 1969 Mack F Daycab (AITM) with Flatbed Trailer - Plus Tutorial: Glazing Resin Cabs without Glue   

    Thomas,
    there is no PE necessary. I am sure that some years ago I explained how I made the grille but I don't remember where and when. Give me some time to search my old activities.
  3. Plastheniker added a post in a topic 1969 Mack F Daycab (AITM) with Flatbed Trailer - Plus Tutorial: Glazing Resin Cabs without Glue   

    Thomas,
    I am sorry, I never start WIP threads. As mentioned in earlier topics I find taking pictures and making notes while building very disruptive - this was the reason why I stopped writing magazine articles many years ago. Generally I prefer How-to articles and tutorials because IMO they mean less expenditure of time for the author and more benefit for the reader.
     
  4. Plastheniker added a post in a topic 1953 Mack W-71 Integral Sleeper (AITM Cab) & Canvas Top Trailer (Scratch Built)   

     
    Thanks for the replies!
     
    Making dashboard switches is simple, fast and inexpensive.
     
    pull-switches (as on the W-71 dashboard): Use easily available metal head pins with standard shaft diameters (mostly 0.6 to 0.7mm). Insert a pin into a rotary tool. Insert a cutting wheel (no matter if emery or diamond) into a second rotary tool. When both are running reduce the diameter of the pin head to a cylindical shape. Then cut off the pointed end of the pin to get a handy length. As described above when making chrome bezels use bright wire to make rings with an inside diameter slightly bigger than the shaft diameter of the pin. Such a ring simulates the visible nut that fixes the 1:1 switch onto the dashboard. Slip a ring onto the finished pin, drill a hole into the dasboard, insert the unit and fix it with super glue.
    toggle switches (as on the F dashboard): Use a piece of bright wire of an appropriate diameter (for 1/25 usually 0.4mm should work). With a plier with smooth jaws press one end flat. Cut both ends to the desired length. As described above when making chrome bezels use bright wire to make rings with an inside diameter slightly bigger than the diameter of the piece of wire. Slip a ring onto the finished piece of wire, drill a hole into the dasboard, insert the unit and fix it with super glue. Bend the rocker switch up or down.
     
  5. Plastheniker added a post in a topic 1969 Mack F Daycab (AITM) with Flatbed Trailer - Plus Tutorial: Glazing Resin Cabs without Glue   

     
    Thanks for the replies!
     
     

    ... and (hopefully) sometimes mispurchases  can be prevented.
     
  6. Plastheniker added a post in a topic White Western Star   

    Your pictures look very promising but unfortunately clicking the thumbnails opens only the same small thumbnails a second time.
    If you can't solve the problem on Fotki you could try Photobucket. I never had any problems there.
  7. Plastheniker added a post in a topic Kenworth W925 with Wilson Livestock Trailer   

    Very clean build and beautiful colour combination!
  8. Plastheniker added a post in a topic 1969 Mack F Daycab (AITM) with Flatbed Trailer - Plus Tutorial: Glazing Resin Cabs without Glue   

    Thanks for the response.
    After re-reading the tutorial I would like to point out that this technique turned out to be very useful on my current diecast car project too.
    When rebuilding diecast models their off-the-shelf glass parts are often too poor to be used again. Gluing new windows to metal surfaces with sufficient adhesion and without visible glue is particularly difficult or even impossible.
    The technique worked here perfectly.
  9. Plastheniker added a post in a topic Dodge Bighorn "Short Nose"   

    Considering that this is a resin cab your surface preparation must have been perfect. Surface and paintwork are flawless.
  10. Plastheniker added a post in a topic 1960 Ferrari 250GT California   

    Thanks for the comments!
     
     
    As mentioned I built the model almost 30 years ago, so I don't really remember. I can only say that I use almost exclusively Humbrol metallics for decades. Therefore it is very likely that I used a mixture of Humbrol enamels here too.
     
     
    My tutorial about making wire wheels can be found here:
    Making real wire wheels in all scales
    http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=77554
     
    Reducing the width of the wide Italeri tyres is possible because they are massive, i. e. they are not hollow, and not too flexible. After slipping a tyre onto a fitting piece of tube I remove an appropriate radial section by cutting with a sharp #11 blade down to the tube in two longitudinal grooves. I discard the removed section and glue the remaining tyre halves together. After working carefully the glue seam is hidden in a groove.
    If you remove the radial section off-center the glue seam is off-center too. I mount the tire with the glue seam on the inside in order to hide it deep in the wheel well.
     
  11. Plastheniker added a post in a topic '69 GTO convertible   

    Perfect as always!
  12. Plastheniker added a post in a topic Revell's '57 Chevy Bel Air Snap Kit   

    Super clean! It is really the modeler and not the kit that makes a beautiful model.
  13. Plastheniker added a post in a topic Porsche 550 RS   

    I am always happy to see unusual models like yours. Interesting a n d beautiful, perfect work!
  14. Plastheniker added a post in a topic 1960 Ferrari 250GT California   

    Harry, as soon as I own a 1:1 California I will follow your advice - I promise.

  15. Plastheniker added a post in a topic 1969 Mack F Daycab (AITM) with Flatbed Trailer - Plus Tutorial: Glazing Resin Cabs without Glue   

    Thanks a lot for the latest comments!
    I am always happy when one of my older topics still attracts interest.
     
    Since this topic is viewed rather often I think the thumbnails are not very user-friendly. I will try to replace them by direct links to Photobucket. Hope it works.