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StevenGuthmiller

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  1. StevenGuthmiller added a post in a topic 1963 Pontiac Bonneville Hard Top. 2/20, Foil is Done!   

    Thanks Kevin.
    It turned out pretty well but I still have the hood to polish.
    I hope at this point I don't wind up with any issues with that!
     
    Steve
  2. StevenGuthmiller added a post in a topic What did you get today?   

    Oh, sure!
    I've been looking for one of these at a decent price for quite a while now.
    Now I come to find out that I'm having difficulty finding one because they're all crammed into one box!
    What else is included for parts Jesse?
    I would surely be interested in one if you have 3 that are mostly complete.
     
    Steve
  3. StevenGuthmiller added a topic in Wanted!   

    Johan 1962 Plymouth Fury Tail Lights
    I'm looking for a set of tail lights for the Johan '62 Plymouth Fury.
    Actually, I only need one tail light assembly to split.
    I'm planning on doing the triple tail light version so I only need one lamp per side.
    I have stuff to trade, modern & vintage.
     
    Steve
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  4. StevenGuthmiller added a post in a topic 1963 Pontiac Bonneville Hard Top. 2/20, Foil is Done!   

    Progress is still very slow, but it's beginning to take shape.
    I have to admit, nothing looks better than black & chrome!
     
    Steve
     

  5. StevenGuthmiller added a post in a topic What did you get today?   

    What are you going to do with all of these '68-'69 Coronets Bill?
    Better get busy building!
     
    Another nice score!
     
    Steve
  6. StevenGuthmiller added a post in a topic 1968 Plymouth Roadrunner COMPLETE 2-19-2017   

    Looks great John!
     
    Steve
  7. StevenGuthmiller added a post in a topic First time using BMF   

    Couldn't have said it better myself Steve.
    In the modeling world the old phrase, "there's more than one way to skin a cat" is more true than nearly anywhere else.
    The biggest problem you may have is weeding through the myriad of different techniques that achieve a single goal to find one that works best for you.
    Just the "foil" question is a good example.
    There is good old fashioned silver paint, BMF, Sharpies, Alclad, the kitchen foil technique, silver leaf, & now the Molotow pens.
    I'm sure there are others that I have missed.
    Seven different ways of doing a door handle!
     
    Steve
  8. StevenGuthmiller added a post in a topic Four door or sedan/post interest   

    Piece of cake!
    Try it with an '84 Honda Prelude!
     
    Steve
  9. StevenGuthmiller added a post in a topic First time using BMF   

    That in itself scares me a little.
    If it comes off of glossy areas that easily, I would absolutely not use it on a body.
    Especially if it's an area that can get regular handling like drip rail moldings.
    I'm hoping that it will be long lasting enough, as far as the finish, to use for interior parts & the like at least.
    I will stay away from it for body trim.
     
    Steve
  10. StevenGuthmiller added a post in a topic First time using BMF   

    I just ordered a pair of the pens myself.
    The 1mm & 2mm just for the purpose you mention.
    I've been foiling dash boards & horn rings for a long time & I absolutely hate it!
    I've started using silver paint again on some of them & this should be a very nice alternative.
    You're right Steve, if you're just starting out with foil, a dashboard or two would surely sour you on it's use!
    I look forward to trying the pens for small details.
     
    Steve
  11. StevenGuthmiller added a post in a topic 55 Crown Victoria   

    Thanks Tulio.
    I have no experience with Hendrix kits, but from what I've heard, they're a little touch & go.
    I've always had relatively good luck with Modelhaus kits in the past & the Jimmy Flintstone '61 Olds 88 kit that I picked up several months ago, is near perfect.
    The casting is a little thick, but the body is straight as an arrow, & smooth as a babies butt!
    I found one tiny pin hole in a rear fender, but other than that, not a single blemish anywhere.
    I would not hesitate to purchase another Flintstone resin.
     
    Steve
  12. StevenGuthmiller added a post in a topic First time using BMF   

    That's one of my reasons why I'm reluctant to use them too extensively.
    Being brand new to our hobby, nobody really has any idea how well this stuff will stand up over time.
    I would really like my builds to hold up for a lifetime if possible.
    I'll stick with my foil & let everyone else be my guinea pigs.
     
    Steve
  13. StevenGuthmiller added a post in a topic 55 Crown Victoria   

    Nice!
    I may have to look into one of these Hendrix '55 kits.
    I've always liked the '55 over the '56 & the skirts & correct rear fender trim for the Crown Victoria version are a plus.
    How is the casting?
     
    Steve
  14. StevenGuthmiller added a post in a topic First time using BMF   

    I plan on getting a couple of the Molotow pens for certain applications where foil is difficult or impractical like dash parts, steering wheel horns, etc, but I will never stop using foil for body trim.
    Does anybody really know how durable the finish will be with these pens yet?
    I'm not too keen on the thought of possibly having paint wore off of trim pieces over time from simple handling.
    been there, done that, years ago with silver painted trim.
    Once the foil is applied, it's there to stay.
     
    These pens sound like a great alternative for certain things Steve, but just remember, as with any pen or brush work, either masking or a very steady hand will be required to get a perfectly straight line.
    Personally, I would never attempt to do a body length side molding with a pen or brush without masking first, especially at my age.
    Foil, like everything else, requires patience & practice, but once you get the hang of it, it's a pretty simple operation as well as a forgiving one.
    It's easy to remove a piece that you don't like & replace it.
    Does anybody know a sure fire way to correct mistakes with the Molotow pens?
    That's not a smart remark, I really would be interested to know.
     
    Steve
  15. StevenGuthmiller added a post in a topic Headlight lenses   

    My second experiment with the sprue melting theory didn't go as well as expected, but it did reveal an interesting phenomenon.
    I first tried just cutting a piece of sprue with a sprue cutter & laying the pieces in the mold.
    Even at 500 degrees I couldn't get it to flow into the mold, it would be difficult to determine the exact amount of plastic to use & I wound up with a lot of air bubbles.
    So then, I first heated a piece of sprue to the melting point, pressed it into the mold to get a uniform shape & size & then cut it & set it in the mold for reheating in the oven.
    The problem seems to be that the plastic never really "flows" into the mold.
    It beads up much like a drop of water.
    But, this gave me an idea!
    If I made a reversed mold, in other words using a lens with the ridge detail on the back side, the plastic will melt enough to give you the ridge detail & when it beads up, it hardens with a perfect shiny smooth surface.
    Now, if I can solve the plastic amount issue & resolve the bubble problem, I may have something that works!
    I'll get back to you.
     
    Steve