heptoman

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  1. heptoman added a post in a topic Scratch Building an Aussie Ford Falcon **First update for 2015**   

    This build is incredible - any updates?
  2. heptoman added a post in a topic A pair of 66 Novas- Pop's Toy finished- 7-14-15   

    Sorry - as soon as I posted that I knew I should have been more specific. 
    Let's take your interior tub for example.
    Masking: you painted everything without masking, even the carpet flocking.  Do you clean the glue seam or do you use a special glue that doesn't react to the paint?
    If you clean the seam (which I assume you do), how do you glue it so that there is no glue seepage?  No matter how large the seam and how little glue I use, I ALWAYS get oozing and seepage.  Do you just clean off the seepage afterward as well?
    Hope this helps understand my question better.  Should have posted THIS one to begin with!
  3. heptoman added a post in a topic A pair of 66 Novas- Pop's Toy finished- 7-14-15   

    Jim - this may be a dumb question, but what do you use for glue/final assembly, and what is your process after you detail paint?
  4. heptoman added a post in a topic 1967 MPC/1966 Revell Pontiac GTO   


    Steve - I just think it's a bad product. It's even what Testor's recommends to use with the Fathom Green Metallic!

    Thanks for the bumper complement - I'm pretty proud of it as well.

    In the meantime, while waiting for my order of MSC, I'm working on the 'stang - plenty to do there!
  5. heptoman added a post in a topic Monogram 1999 Ford Mustang   

    Accident happened no less than 1.5 miles from the house, on the way to work, with intent to put on new aftermarket suspension parts after work and through the weekend! Stupid woman tried to cut through traffic on an unprotected turn. Now we have a CR-V.

    At least we still have the BRZ!!!!

    OMG....I also have a CBR250R....nothing but acronyms in our garage!!!!
  6. heptoman added a post in a topic Disappointed   


    LOVE this post Monty! Can we be friends?

    James - your model build is incredible. Wish I could post my grats on the actual thread!
  7. heptoman added a post in a topic Monogram 1999 Ford Mustang   

    More, slow work for the 'stang. I guess posted in memory of our real vehicle which was totaled in a not-at-fault accident in May.

    Here she is that sad day:





    And the model - all I've done is work on the wheels and more body paint:








    As you might see, I'm having trouble with spider web effects on the paint finish. I'll just keep at it. And NOT use Testors clear coat!

    Side note - I really want to be finished with these two cars because I want to start my Murcielago!!!


  8. heptoman added a post in a topic 1967 MPC/1966 Revell Pontiac GTO   

    Anyway: other updates.

    Front wheel wells:



    I had to strip the rear bumper and Alclad the sucker. But now it doesn't perfectly match the front bumper. I'm really proud of the front bumper detail work, I would like to avoid undoing it and stripping factory chrome. Should I?



    And a mock-up:









    Just imagine it with glossy body paint and glass.




  9. heptoman added a post in a topic 1967 MPC/1966 Revell Pontiac GTO   

    In order to find a new clear coat, I tested my old Tamiya Countach. Same Testors Fathom Green Metallic (painted 20 hours ago), this time, Mr. Hobby Mr. Super Clear (painted eight hours ago).

    Yes, I know I'm testing early, but I want to check all stages of clear coat curing. I'll pull off the tape in about four hours, then test again tomorrow. So help me God, if this doesn't work, I am ditching this project and buying my dad a die-cast model!!!!



    And what is keeping me relatively sane during this?



  10. heptoman added a post in a topic 1967 MPC/1966 Revell Pontiac GTO   

    Never knew tape could be so successful at stripping clear coat. (cheap clear coat that I'll NEVER use again!)

    Post tape stripping (as usual with this project, one step forward, THREE steps back):



    Side view. Here you can see my engine bay detail work:



    Engine bay and wiper vents:



  11. heptoman added a post in a topic 1967 MPC/1966 Revell Pontiac GTO   

    So here's my disaster. I use Tamiya masking tape - which, unfortunately, doesn't play well with Testors clear coat!

    I masked everything up to do the engine bay and wheel wells (which you'll see in a second). I painted, then pulled off the masking tape to reveal NO MORE CLEAR COAT!

    The tape had pulled it off! (And I had let it cure for at least three days!)

    It is hard to see in the following pictures but here are some anyway (once I figured the damage, I continued to strip the clear coat, as it would need redoing, obviously):



    It even "worked" on the roof:



    Pictures of the damage in action:



    Remove the tape:



    See the tape? SEE THE CLEAR COAT STUCK ON THE TAPE?????


  12. heptoman added a post in a topic 1967 MPC/1966 Revell Pontiac GTO   

    Point of clarification - yes I know the clear coat coverage on the roof is not the same as the body - I am adding a vinyl top so I am not worried about it.
  13. heptoman added a post in a topic 1967 MPC/1966 Revell Pontiac GTO   

    What's up everyone. I know it's been a long time since an update but I've been slowly working on this, more so the past two weeks.

    If it's not one thing, it's another - I am so ready for this thing to be done, not because it's radically overdue, but because I'm getting so angry with it.

    I sanded down the dust spot, reapplied a coat of green and clear coat (Testors 1261 Clearcote), came up with this: really pleased!



    Another view:



    And I finally removed masking from before I started this whole paint mess:



    Then disaster struck as I prepared to mask for detail painting (engine bay and chrome trim).

    More to come once I have more pictures.
  14. heptoman added a post in a topic Tamiya LaFerrari   

    Very nice.
  15. heptoman added a post in a topic 1967 MPC/1966 Revell Pontiac GTO   

    Thanks for the pointers. I'm using Model Masters Fathom Green spray and it is THICK. I'll probably just sand down the whole thing AGAIN and try over.