Union Modelworks

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  • Full Name Burt Crismore

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  1. Union Modelworks added a post in a topic Revell '65 Chevy Stepside (historical build)   

    Thanks to both of you for such great replies.

    Bill, that is great to know for future reference as well. The reason I started questioning this was because of these two photos. Both are Chevy engines of the '60s, yet they use different filters. Any thoughts on why the second engine is not using the standard canister type?





  2. Union Modelworks added a post in a topic Revell '65 Chevy Stepside (historical build)   

    Thanks, Mike. So is it safe to assume that the kit filter was an older style used in the '60s? I've seen pictures of them still in use, so it makes me wonder if they were just the outside and you replaced the filter inside. Unlike more modern filters where you just replace the whole thing. I'm totally guessing, so please set me straight if this is wrong. It also appears that modern filters have a "beveled" grab area near the top, where as these older ones did not. Again, I assume that any newer filter could fit on an older motor as there was no special modification needed to attach?
  3. Union Modelworks added a post in a topic Revell '65 Chevy Stepside (historical build)   

    Can you guys tell me what kind of oil filter might have been used on this truck in the '80s? If you look at what the kit provides (photo below), I'm not sure that it is correct.

    I have some aftermarket filters that look more modern, but only want to use them if it's prototypical.

    You'll also notice the big gap between the filter and where it would attach. I have since cut the filter off and will glue it directly without that gap. I'm assuming the kit just doesn't fit well?


  4. Union Modelworks added a post in a topic APOCAL MUSTANG 2005 GT   

    This looks like a lot of fun, Pasini. I look forward to starting one of these as well.

    What is that metal jig you got in the second photo, second post?
  5. Union Modelworks added a post in a topic Trashed firebird getting a makeover--- 1994 camaro build   

    It could be the orientation of your iPad when taking photos. Some of the meta data it stores is not always recognized in certain situations which could be why it's showing the way it is. Just keep an eye on how your iPad is rotated when snapping a shot.

    To correct the photos you've already taken, or photos in the future, look at an App like Camera+. It allows you to rotate and save a completely new file which I believe wipes out all the Apple meta data.

    And by the way, your model is coming along nicely too.
  6. Union Modelworks added a post in a topic what would be best for plug wires?   

    Wow, really nice work, Marcos. The weathering is great. I dig that oil dip stick too.
  7. Union Modelworks added a post in a topic Exhaust Manifold Mold Line   

    Really good information, guys. Thanks for your feedback.
  8. Union Modelworks added a post in a topic Revell '65 Chevy Stepside (historical build)   

    Thanks, Bill. I will look into those links. I do appreciate your time. At some point I will have something to actually show for all the help you guys have given me.
  9. Union Modelworks added a post in a topic what would be best for plug wires?   

    Thanks, guys, I did see that gauge size, but I'm looking for the total diameter including wire plus the insulation in either inches or millimeters. I only ask because different manufacturers have different insulation thicknesses which can make the difference between .01" or .025". One looks like a spark plug wire and the other like a heater hose. I appreciate the help.
  10. Union Modelworks added a topic in Model Building Questions and Answers   

    Exhaust Manifold Mold Line
    Hey guys,

    So here is an interesting scenario. Now most of us try to remove mold lines from the styrene for a more realistic look, but what if the 1:1 has a mold line too?

    For example, the exhaust manifolds I'm working on for the '64 Chevy show molds lines on the reference photos I was looking at. Would you therefore leave those mold lines on the model knowing that it could look like an oversight on the modeler's part? Thanks!

    Feel free to post your manifolds and thoughts.
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  11. Union Modelworks added a post in a topic what would be best for plug wires?   

    Thanks, Eric. Do you know the exact diameter including the insulation? Did it say on the package?
  12. Union Modelworks added a post in a topic Revell '65 Chevy Stepside (historical build)   

    @Bill Burmeister: Yeah, I totally agree this will be basic, and I understand that. I'm not trying to put every little detail, but the ones that stand out to me I'm not even sure where they are. And I guess I should mention hoses too.

    I basically need to know where the positive and negative battery hook to.
    Where at on the engine do the heater hoses connect. I've seen the photos and it looks like the manifold and water pump, but I'm not totally sure.
    The radiator hose looks pretty straight forward, but I guess there is a bottom one too.
    The distributor looks straight forward, but I know that one wire connect to the coil, correct?
    What wires connect to the alternator?
    What are the mess of hoses by the brake booster?
    There are some random wires running across the back by the firewall that I am unsure of.
    And some other details that are on the carburetor, brake fluid reservoir, etc.

    All basic stuff to the trained eye, but I'm seriously a car novice. While I don't plan on modeling everything, I do like learning how things work too; thus the reason for asking. Thanks for the summary on the harness as well.
  13. Union Modelworks added a post in a topic Link Library   

    Like I said, if you feel this is redundant, please feel free to remove, or tell me what it is I need to change to make this useful.

    I basically wanted to start a section so that people knew where to go for specific modeling needs. Personally, it's hard to tell if a part should be purchased directly through a manufacturer, or if there is an online store that carries all product. It would actually be nice to know the main places people go to buy. For example, in model railroading we have Walthers as a major distributor of product. It would be nice to know if there are model car equivalents.

    I think the detail parts section above could be removed because of the Aftermarket forum, but it would be nice to know at-a-glance where each part is made or can be purchased. For example, if I needed an alternator I would find them at XX company. Or if I needed wheels I would find them at YY company, etc.
  14. Union Modelworks added a post in a topic Revell '65 Chevy Stepside (historical build)   

    Hey James,

    I totally agree about not running a wire if you can't see it. It's good to keep it simple in that case. I guess I'm mainly looking for the wire locations of what you can see from the top, but I know have to end somewhere. And I figured a couple of those wires will cross down into the engine into areas I currently can't see. I'll try your search term to see what else I can come up with.

    Looking forward to feedback from others as well.
  15. Union Modelworks added a post in a topic Revell '65 Chevy Stepside (historical build)   

    @James Ries: Yeah the kit seems pretty good from what I can tell. The engine has been a little tricky since the fit is a little off for my "standards." I agree with your statement. Research is what makes this so great. I'm learning a lot about this truck and autos in general.

    I have a question for everyone. I've been looking over a lot of engine compartment photos via Google image, and eBay Motors. While the top-down visual is great, for someone like me who knows very little about wiring and engines, it can be tough to know where wires go to. Does anyone know where I could find a 64 or 65 engine compartment diagram or illustration showing the bottom half as well?

    I basically need to know where along the compartment the battery cable connects. I know the ground (-) hooks to the engine or the frame somewhere, but not sure of exact location. From what I understand the positive (+) connects to the starter, which in this case looks like is mounted to the side of the oil pan. Please correct me if I'm wrong. I'm also wondering how the alternator gets powered, and wonder if the starter wire continues along the compartment to eventually connect to the alternator? As you can see, I'm totally guessing.

    I'd also like to remove the over-scaled fan belt off the pulleys and connect the alternator appropriately. Luckily I've found some decent reference photos for that. The only place I've seen aftermarket alternators is Model Car Garage. Please let me know if you guys have another source.

    The stock carburetor will be replaced with a ProTech Holley. My uncle mentioned he had a Rochester carb, but I can't seem to find those in aftermarket. Again, let me know if you've seen the Rochester's.

    I know there are some other small wiring parts and possibly the fuel line, but it all depends on finding a good wiring illustration to reference. I had planned on using a MAD distributor, but I'm still trying to find out what size wires he uses for the spark plug wire. I'd like to stay as close to scale as possible.

    Here are some different size measurements I've come up with based on research here on the forum, and 1:1 motor part descriptions.

    Spark Plug Wire: 8mm (generally) | 1:25 = .0125" = 28awg wire.
    Heater Hose: 5/8" | 1:25 = .025" = 22awg wire.
    Heater Hose: 3/4" | 1:25 = .03" = 20awg wire.
    Radiator Hose: 1 3/4" | 1:25 = .07" 13awg wire.
    Battery Cable: 1/4" | 1:25 = .01" = 30awg wire.

    I know Detail Master carries quite a few of these, but they are not always the "correct" scale. I've also heard the discussion on the boards about using a slightly bigger wire because of "scale effect." An issue where the correct size actually looks too small. Personally, I'd like to see both sizes for myself in person before I choose a size of wire. I'd like to be prototypical if possible, but understand it could look odd at times. Again, just need to see it for myself.

    So there you have it. Lots of research. Any thoughts or feedback is very welcomed.