RancheroSteve

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  1. RancheroSteve added a post in a topic 1963 Corvette Grand Sport (update 7/20/16)   

    Pretty tricky, but I got those little brass hood louvers painted and put together:

    The instructions recommend white glue, but I found they were a press fit once they've got a couple of coats of paint on them. Very cool that something like this would be included in a (mostly) plastic kit, but definitely not for the beginning builder. 
    Now to get them installed in the hood.
     
  2. RancheroSteve added a post in a topic Carl Casper`s : Phonebooth: "On the Workbench" 7-11-16   

    Are you sure that isn't an 8"?
  3. RancheroSteve added a post in a topic Messerschmitt KR200   

    Well done - the weathering is a good touch. That's not such an easy kit to build.
  4. RancheroSteve added a post in a topic MicroMark Home Photo Etch System?   

    There's at least one pretty good thread about it here: http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/topic/51578-micromarks-photo-etch-kit/
  5. RancheroSteve added a post in a topic 1/9 Protar 1982 Raleigh Team Bicycle   

    If you have access to the technology, another alternative might be to make a high resolution scan and then print them onto ink jet decal paper. If I'm working with rare decals of unknown condition, I'll often take the precaution of scanning the sheet ahead of time. Of course, this gets more problematic if the sheet has a lot of white area.
  6. RancheroSteve added a post in a topic 1963 Corvette Grand Sport (update 7/20/16)   

    Excellent idea, thanks! I never thought of that, duh.
  7. RancheroSteve added a post in a topic 1963 Corvette Grand Sport (update 7/20/16)   

    Thanks, Bill.
    Yes, the Tamiya paint stand is great - beats the homemade coat hanger stands I used to use. The only thing I need to remember is not to turn it upside down - the top part isn't attached to the base.
  8. RancheroSteve added a post in a topic 1963 Corvette Grand Sport (update 7/20/16)   

    Starting to get some paint (MCW #6003 Pelham Blue) on the body and associated bits:


     
  9. RancheroSteve added a post in a topic 1/9 Protar 1982 Raleigh Team Bicycle   

    Yes, there are several different versions of these Protar bike kits. It appears that there are a few common parts trees, so you'll end up with a bunch of extra parts. Just figuring out which parts are the ones to use for your particular version is a task!
    The markings were just regular waterslide decals. Mildly troublesome (because of their age, perhaps), but nothing terrible.
  10. RancheroSteve added a post in a topic 1/9 Protar 1982 Raleigh Team Bicycle   

    I think the Grand Prix was one up, then the Super Course, perhaps?
  11. RancheroSteve added a post in a topic 1/9 Protar 1982 Raleigh Team Bicycle   

    Back in '75 I could only afford a Raleigh Record myself - the bottom of the ten speed line at about $125, but I loved it just the same. Funny that you should mention the Professional Mk IV - I have one! The frame at least, and it's a 25 1/2", which fits me just right. Got lucky a few years ago, found it used and in need of attention. It had a bad re-paint, so I sanded it down and painted it a nice light metallic blue - a Duplicolor GM Pontiac color that is close the Blue Mink. It's now built up with nice modern components and is my "good" bike.
    Good luck with the kit - it's a challenge for sure, but worth it, in my experience!
  12. RancheroSteve added a post in a topic Porsche Indy car   

    Says, "not designed to work with the Monogram March kits" for some reason, but I think most of it would work reasonably well - at least the lettering and numbers.
    I have one of these unbuilt on the shelf, too. Watching, curious to see how it builds . . .
  13. RancheroSteve added a post in a topic 1963 Corvette Grand Sport (update 7/20/16)   

    Thanks for the info - I'm always willing to stand corrected. The Revs Institute looks like a great resource!
    I have to admit I'm not too knowledgeable about some of these fine points, outside of small block Fords. I was basing my engine details off photos I found online - including this one - that seems to show a bypass hose:

  14. RancheroSteve added a post in a topic MicroMarks photo etch kit   

    Thought I'd share a little something I did that might be helpful for any of you guys using the Micro Mark kit. I found that after some use, the clamp that holds the piece in the tank started to lose its tension and wouldn't hold very reliably any more.
    So I bought a 8/32 x 1" nylon bolt and wing nut from the hardware store, cut the old clamp off the rod and the head off the bolt, then epoxied the bolt onto the rod (with a plastic sleeve for additional strength).

    Then it's simply a matter of punching or drilling a hole in the workpiece and putting the wing nut on to hold it.

    No more worries about losing the part in the tank!
  15. RancheroSteve added a post in a topic 1963 Corvette Grand Sport (update 7/20/16)   

    I started prepping the body. It's a nice, sharp casting that doesn't need much clean-up. I removed the molded in differential cooler lines (I'll replace them with wire later) and the Corvette emblem from the rear deck.