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  1. Oh boy! Randy's back at the bench!
  2. I was on Micromark's site and came across this little gem, It's a cushioned sanding pad with peel and stick surface for sanding disks, It comes in 1" and 2" radius and you can get either 120 grit or 220 grit sanding disks. This is just like the cushioned pad I use on my orbital buffer for my car with the same peel and stick backing. So I wondered if I made a 1" buffing pad cut from a 6" one, would it work in my variable speed dremel? So I bought it, took a used pad and measured and cut a buffing pad specifically for the dremel... then mounted and shaped it I got out and old Franklin Mint police trailer because it had a smooth top. Removed the dust and put a piece of tape down the center and grabbed my bottle of Mcguiar's #7 wax, I put a small dab on the left side of the trailer, set the dremel to 7,000 rpm so I didn't burn the paint. A little hand buffing after a couple of minutes of machine buffing and you can see the difference... Next up, Orange enamel over plastic and repeat the process (there was some orange peel and minor scratches on this hood)... so I'm very pleased with this...helps to remove orange peel and minor scratches. Best part is that you can change the shape of the pad to get into tight spots. Works great!
  3. Not a whole lot new but I did pick up an LS3 with an Edelbrock crossram on Shapeways. Stealing a trick from Steve Guthmiller, I BMF’d the emblem, paint the intake and removed the paint from the lettering.
  4. last I heard, the NNL North tri-fecta was cancelled
  5. This wo'n't be the "popular" vote but I was looking for a dehydrator and was skeptical of using a household appliance potentially capable of cooking food to dry paint. So I bought a Dr. Dry Booth from Micromark based on a recommendation from George B . Here's the review I posted on Micromark: Great drying booth I’m usually not one for writing reviews but this was an exception for an exceptional product. I had toyed with the idea of getting a cheap dehydrator for painting but I was always afraid of potential issues with too much heat and having to modify racks so it would actually hold a model and/or parts. Not the case with Dr Drybooth. Yes it is a bit pricey when compared to modified food dehydrators but the confidence of knowing the heat is adjustable as it the drying time, I am glad I spent the extra money for a quality product! I put a thermometer inside and cranked the heat. It warmed up in no time and kept a constant temperature until the timer ran out NEVER going higher 110 degrees. Simple to use right out of the box and it is everything that the description says it is and MORE! Try it once is all I can say, you’ll be glad you did! AND, the price has dropped since I bought mine. For those that need a longer, larger dryer...Micromark has one of those too...
  6. ah... yeah ... right... More like: "For Sale: EVERYTHING! Various model kits and parts, tool galore, 4 airbrushes, 1 spray booth, assorted paints and lots of frustration!!!!!!" Absolutely beautiful work!
  7. Here’s a couple of things I incorporated into the Crown Vic I built earlier this year tach fuel tank cobbled up the inner door panels of the Crown Vic and inserted the armrest from a 2014 Mustang Inner door panel. Scratch built? More like morphed together... completely scratch built custom console...
  8. Thanks all for your feedback, greatly appreciated!
  9. A little dab will do ya! Dab of black wash that is...
  10. You're correct, Rex...most of the diecast companies DO believe the difference won't be noticed...or they just don't care. Most of them believe in the "Close is good enough" theory. GMP comes immediately to mind as they were always the biggest offenders of the "Close is good enough" concept. I wrote for a couple of different hobby magazines focusing on diecast reviews in a variety of scales. With much of the diecast manufacturing community like Maisto, where the price point is less than $30, you expect inconsistencies. Drive that price point up and collectors expectation go up as well. This is what killed Franklin Mint. When the attention to detail stopped being what it once was under the old guard, collectors complained. Even when I wrote about it in my articles, they did nothing to improve themselves. Even the then Director of the FM Diecast division called me to ask what could be done to save it and turn collectors around, I told him. I mean a '63 Corvette Stingray with a ride height of a 4X4 for $160? Really? So many of the GMP products were done with the idea of subsequent releases (variations on the existing or original tooling) was done in the Close is good enough design concept. In many cases, current iterations of a tool were done in a way to create subsequent releases as easily as possible. When I reviewed GMP's 1/24th scale white Mustang Shelby, the operations Manager for GMP, Mark Sanderson, called me with every sob story possible and finally blamed it all on the factory in china. The only company that understood from the very start was Danbury Mint. Excellent diecast but even at that, had issues from time to time. What killed DM was not the devotion by collectors or inconsistencies in accuracy...it was the manufacturing process where the factories in China drove the price through the roof. In the end, if you buy it, the company has your money and most people will not send it back. Modelers will fix issues for themselves and collectors (as in the case of diecast) will put it on their shelves without complaint. This is how the "Close is good enough" concept works.
  11. Well, it’s been a minute or 2 since any updates were made. I looked at the grill and wondered if I could open it. 5 hours later (after a ton light sanding) here we are... back side...this was seriously thick plastic. The resulting grill work is paper thin. Not perfect, but after a black wash, I think it’ll be fine. Next up, paint. 3 coats of rattle can Tester’s Extreme Lacquer deep blue (I forget the name of the color). H Set it up in my Dr. Dry Booth for a couple of rounds of drying, then a little wet sanding and clear it. I’m thinking of doing the trim work in black BMF as opposed to chrome. Thats it, so far.
  12. I tried going to Dirtmodeler's site again and it seems the site has been removed. No posts have been made on Facebook in a long while. Does anyone have any additional info?
  13. Lovin this build! Beautiful work! I'm gonna steal a couple of your tricks like the mini magnets. I ordered some off eBay (100 for less than $8) and promptly dropped one of them on the carpet 😱 . The good news is that I grabbed my steel Carpenter’s square and swept it over the area I dropped it on and found it fast! These are fairly strong! Now that’s a mini-magnet!
  14. So I had a few issues with uneven body lines and paint blisters after laying down a base coat. So I grabbed the dremel and dug the seam where I had issues and layed down some USC Icing (I love this body filler!) and finally some primer. So, here’s the result...
  15. where is that rim shot video when you need it?
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