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  • Scale I Build 1/24, 1/25

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  • Location lakes region, nh
  • Full Name Rob L

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  1. fun9c1 added a post in a topic 1958 Impala glue bomb rebuild, rat rod style   

    Alot of time has been spent with not alot of visual progress... but I've sanded off the door trim and drilled out for the fastener holes, used some grey, black, and red primer, and a combination thereof with some thinner, now drying in preparation for some "nose art". The hood is in the ol' purple pond and I'm thinking some flat black to match the rear, and some type of rat-rod-in-your-face type of CI or HP callout.

  2. fun9c1 added a topic in On The Workbench   

    1958 Impala glue bomb rebuild, rat rod style
    I hadn't planned on getting involved in this enough to do a WIP, but it started to consume me. I need some paint for the interior and a teeny drill for the plug wiring before I can go much further, so all I can do now is type about it!

    I got this on ebay for $8, shipping included. It was a textbook gluebomb. Tons of glue and no paint except for the engine which was red (that went into the purple pond after dissassembly and is now the correct orange). A complete car except for the front bumper, steering wheel, and radiator hoses. The first 3 pics shows how it was when I got it.

    I decided on a rat rod look since it was missing these parts and had so much glue (and racing seats and faux air scoops on the side... with tons of glue holding them on...). I saw a pic online of a '53 Ford Victoria, lowered with nice paint all around except for the hood and the tops of the front fenders which were rusty due to sanding down with a Makita grinder. It had steelies and wide whites. I loved the look and that's what I headed for with this (also going for the "roof and wheels are the only decent paint" look).

    I won't narrate every step of the way, but right now what's left off the top of my head is some engine detailing, addition of some scratchbuilt fenderskirts that are in the works (one done, one to go), and the interior. I had to scratchbuild the kingpins since the originals broke, and were the wrong ride height anyway. It now has poseable steering, which I discovered makes a huge difference in realism. It also has aftermarket resin Dodge steelies on front that I bought for my "SuperBee ElCamino", but the originals broke around the rim, so I stole 'em for this.

    Oh yeah, I decided that the "original color" is Anniversary Gold Metallic, which is now evident in the engine bay and door jambs which is the first time I've tried that particular detail. I've done my share of painting my 1:1 cars quick and dirty back in the day without regard to painting anything that required opening any hinged stuff. That's what the 1:24 owner of this one did.

    Planning on some "nose art" on the doors and maybe the trunk.

    Hope you enjoy the look. Comments and criticism are welcome.

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  3. fun9c1 added a post in a topic need some sungate ivory for '53 Ford   

    Thanks for all the replies. One of those ought to work!

    Mike, I had seen that site before and emailed him about ordering paint but never heard back. Had you ordered anything from him?
  4. fun9c1 added a topic in Model Building Questions and Answers   

    need some sungate ivory for '53 Ford
    I'm starting to build the Lindberg '53 Ford Victoria for my Dad, which I plan to surprise him with. This was his first car which he bought in 1960 in good shape from his favorite uncle.

    It was Sheridon Blue over Sungate Ivory. The blue seems to be available, but I am having a heck of a time finding any Sungate Ivory, which is weird because they must have laid down zillions of gallons of that back in the day.

    Anyone know of a source?


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  5. fun9c1 added a post in a topic JO-HAN '62 Chrysler 300- Rat Rod?   

    Figured I'd post some better pics of the underside, interior and the battery. These pics show me a couple things I need to address. And the carpet needs to be messed up a little.

  6. fun9c1 added a post in a topic JO-HAN '62 Chrysler 300- Rat Rod?   

    Thanks for the comments, guys, I appreciate it!

    Bob- yes I do need to do something with the headlights, I forgot to mention that. Any suggestions? Is there a way to make them look reasonably realistic without drilling them out and adding clear lenses?

    Tom- my thoughts exactly on the battery. If this were a 1:1, it would have a cheapo newer battery in it. The first good image I came across was an EverStart so I printed it. I figured if it wrinkles up a little, all the better since some 1:1 labels end up doing that or half-peeling off anyway.

    The hood insulation is just black felt with some dry-brushing with brown, white, and gray oil paint. I really like the way it came out. First time trying that.

    More soon I hope. Won't be long till it's under glass.
  7. fun9c1 added a post in a topic JO-HAN '62 Chrysler 300- Rat Rod?   

    Well this thing is getting pretty close to being done. Some things left to do still include painting/foiling the steering wheel and some chrome in the interior, adding a mesh behind the grill, license plate, maybe plug wires.

    Since the last post, I've got the interior mostly painted and foiled (and grimed up), added the battery and radiator, weathered the headlight bezels and got those glued on, and got the front wheels spaced apart a little more realistically than JoHan would have you do it.

    For the battery, I printed out an image of a battery in 1/25 and stuck it on the battery while the black paint was wet. Then grimed up the image a litte by drybrushing.

  8. fun9c1 added a post in a topic JO-HAN '62 Chrysler 300- Rat Rod?   

    Thanks for the comments, guys. Dave, that sounds like a great idea and a good challenge for one that's sitting, but this is a daily driver, circa '83ish.
  9. fun9c1 added a post in a topic JO-HAN '62 Chrysler 300- Rat Rod?   

    OK, I tried the same thing on the windshield that I did to the wheels and I'm very happy with it.
    What I did was commandeered my daughter's Crayola sidewalk chalk (she's 12- she doesn't need it anymore! ) and scraped up some white and gray into some water, mixed it up, and basically "drybrushed" that onto the windshield and back window until it had the look I wanted. Then I took a .080 or so styrene strip, cut it same length as the wipers from the pivot point to the inside end of the wiper, wrapped a little paper towel where the wiper would be, and made the wiper motion with that against the windshield.

    I love the way it looks. It's not permanant which could be good or bad- good if you change your mind, but bad if someone touches it. But it can always be done over again.

    I also did the front wheels with the chalk so now all four are done.

    I'm hoping to get some more done this weekend as another foot of snow is coming down on top of the 3 or 4 feet already on the ground...

  10. fun9c1 added a post in a topic '32 ford 5-window coupe , top chopped rebuild   

    Thanks for the explanation on the rust, Richard. That thing looks awesome. And i'm jealous of your garage!
  11. fun9c1 added a post in a topic Paint Strippers - What to Use?   

    Anybody ever tried Purple Power on tires? I'd like to remove a botched white letter job (testors) but want to make sure it won't wreck the tires. I found that it does eat through ziploc (different brand but like ziploc) bags after a day or two. These tires are from the Revell/Monogram '55 Chevy Street Machine.

  12. fun9c1 added a post in a topic JO-HAN '62 Chrysler 300- Rat Rod?   

    Thank you guys for the compliments! This is alot of fun straying from my usual builds where I try to make it like it just rolled out of the factory.

    Wayne- I agree it wouldn't hurt to make the glass look "older". I don't want to do any permanent damage though. So far there is nothing on any part of this that can't be fixed with Purple Power. I would probably never redo this as a "shiny" car, but I like to know I can if I want. Especially since this particular kit is getting pricey. Believe me, it was very difficult to mess up that nice new blue paint job (first time I ever did THAT on purpose!) but I'm glad I did now.

    Tom + Steven + Wayne- I like the simulating a dirty windshield idea. I will probably do that.

    Tom- You're "new wipers on an old truck" reminded me of Christine- "He's got new wipers on a busted windshield... Good hands, bad taste in cars..."
  13. fun9c1 added a post in a topic JO-HAN '62 Chrysler 300- Rat Rod?   

    OK, I tried something on the back wheels less permanant than paint. I scraped some white and dark gray chalk up, put a bunch of it in 2 or 3 tbsp of water, mixed it up good and dunked the wheels in, took 'em out and let them dry and it doesn't look half bad! It doesn't show up in the pix that much but it takes the shine off, and makes a couple of "crusty" spots. You can see the diff between the front and back wheel:

    I also couldn't wait to put my scratchbuilt wipers on even though that should probably be one of the last things I do...
    I put one a little higher than the other like it probably would be on a 1:1.