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  1. Here is my latest completion – a 1/25th scale Ecto-1 Ghostbusters vehicle. The kit that I bought was actually an Ecto-1A, which was the vehicle from the second movie. After doing some research, I learned that the vehicle in the second movie had quite a few additional gadgets added and modifications made to the vehicle from the original movie. I have included a photo of both vehicles to illustrate how different they were from each other. I wanted to build a vehicle that represented the Ecto-1 from the first movie. The modifications I made include: 1) Modifying the frame on the roof to remove the extensions that had been added to the front and rear for the second movie. 2) Making the radar system (the gadget with the 2 red tubes coming out of it). 3) Adding the GPS system (the white dome with red stripes at the rear of the roof frame). 4) Making the siren and red light on the front of the frame (caps from pens were used to make the bodies for these). 5) Adding the black hoses on the driver’s side rear (wire was inserted into black heat shrink tubing to create these). 6) Adding the antenna on the driver’s side rear (plastic rod bent to shape with a drop of glue to form the ball on the end). 7) Making the ladder for the passenger side (made with pieces of plastic strips). 😎 Added the gray hose behind the ladder (A piece of gray wire). I took some creative license with the interior by adding a lot of control panels and gauges to the side of the rear interior compartment. While it’s not an exact replica of the Ecto-1 from the first movie, I think it turned out to be a reasonably close representation of it. Thanks for looking! Bart Not my models below, but it helps to illustrate the differences between the car in the first 2 movies.
  2. There was no cutting of the tape. This is the width that it came in. Sorry but I don't remember where I got it, and the little plastic bag it came in doesn't say what size it is. I know I found it somewhere on the internet, but i don't think it was from Amazon or eBay. Here is a picture of it on a piece of plastic. It definitely bends! You can see the size of the roll of tape - enough to last a lifetime. I have 2 more rolls like this (3 rolls was the minimum order!). The model is 1/25 scale. My best guess is that it was probably 1/64" tape. I am pretty sure I would have bought the narrowest width available. I know you need gold, but if anyone wants one of the other two rolls of black tape that I have, send me a PM and we can work something out! I have way more striping tape than I would ever need! Bart
  3. I'll second the use of Chart Pack tape. I used it (or could have been a similar brand) to do the pin stripes on this Miata. Bart
  4. I use a cheap craft paint I got at either Hobby Lobby or Michael's. It was from the Martha Stewart line of paints (might not be made any longer?). The color is called Pearl. It has a silver-white pearlized finish. If the Martha Stewart line is no longer available, maybe one of the other craft paints has something similar. The headlights on this Lincoln were done this way. I would guess that you could add some Bondic over them to simulate the lenses (but I did not do that). Thanks, Bart
  5. An amazing looking model! I might even say "fascinating"! I built their 1/2500 scale version. I assume this is the 1/1000 scale model. I can attest that he Aztec decals were definitely a challenge on the kit I built. How easy was the lighting to do? I just may want to consider building one of these! Bart
  6. My AMT 1/32nd scale 1965 Mustang 2+2 Fastback.
  7. Here is my latest completion - a 1965 Ford Mustang 2+2 Fastback. This is one of AMT's 1/32nd scale kits and the it was a fun kit to build. The color is Testor's Gloss Copper. The level of detail is really good, although it does not have any front turn signals or backup lights. I probably could have figured out a way to add some, but it was rather late in the construction when I noticed this.. One big challenge was painting the whitewalls on the plastic tires that the kit has. A trip to the R/C section of the hobby shop provided me with the parts I needed to come up with a creative solution. In the interior, I added a gear shift using a piece of stiff wire and a blob of canopy cement to form the knob. I was also very pleased with the way the dashboard details came out; black wash was used on the instrument cluster and the speedometer numbers are very readable. The Mustang tri-bar emblems on the front fenders were a challenge to paint, but they came out well. I did the best that I could with the tiny Mustang scripts, but they don't hold up very well under magnification. Thanks for looking, Bart
  8. Foil on the scripts is perfect! Obviously not using the paint over foil method. Great work. I may check out the #16 blades you mentioned. I built one of these kits back in the 60's when I was very young. My plan was to strip it and rebuild it, except I cannot find it now! I am worried that it accidentally got put in a box that got thrown away/ 🙁 Looking forward to seeing the Edsel kit. Bart
  9. Thanks! Your tires also look good! My daughter has a Cricut cuttter. I am thinking that taking a sheet of their white vinyl and creating lots of whitewalls in various widths and scales might be something I may try to see how they look. Bart
  10. Here's the best solution that I came up with to add whitewalls to the black plastic tires on my 1/32nd scale 1965 Mustang. A trip to the R/C section of my Hobby Store helped me find #4 machine screws, washers, and nuts. The picture shows how I secured a washer on the tire. A Gelly Roll pen was used along the edge of the washer. After everything was dry, a couple of coats of semi-gloss clear were added to provide some protection to the white ink from the pen. I think they turned out pretty good. Thanks, Bart
  11. I am working on the 1/32nd scale AMT 1966 Mustang. The kit has 2 piece plastic tires. I'd like to see if anyone has any sources for 1/32nd scale tires with the thin whitewalls that were used on these cars? I can find lots of 1/32 scale slot car tires, but none have whitewalls on them. I am going to try to paint whitewalls on these tires using a circle template and a white Gelly Roll pen. I have used this technique on 1/25th scale tries, but I don't know how successful I will be with these smaller ties. Thanks, Bart
  12. I am only putting the decals in water for a couple of seconds and then lay them on a towel for a few moments until they can be slid off the backing paper. I have used my own printed decals on many other models and have never encountered this issue. No waxes or polishes have been used. They are going over Tamiya Gloss White Lacquer spray paint. Oops - my post had them listed in the wrong order. I do use the MicroSet 1st and the the MicroSol after they have dried. Thanks! Bart
  13. I created and printed some custom decals and am having some issues with them. I apply some MicroSol to the gloss finish on the model (it tends to just "bead up" rather than coat the area), apply the decal, and let it dry. After it has dried, I go to apply some MicroSet and the decals lift off the surface as I start to brush the solution on. Wondering what I might be doing wrong? Some details: Decals were printed onto the decal paper using a laser printer The decal paper is either from MicroScale or Bare Metal Foil. I have sheets from both companies and can't tell which ones were used for these decals. I have applied two coats of the Liquid Decal Film to the decals before applying them to the model. I do find that the decals are ready to slide off the paper after only a few seconds of being dipped into water. Wondering if I need to let them stay on the paper longer to get more adhesive on the decals before sliding them off? Thanks, Bart
  14. I have rebuilt several kits that I did as a kid in the 1960's and 1970's and encountered interiors I had brush-painted with Testor's Black enamels. Definitely a thick layer of old paint that also proved difficult to remove. My usual approach with Easy Off had little to no effect on it. If my memory is accurate, I did have pretty good results using Tamiya Lacquer Thinner. I would use a paint brush to apply it, let it sit for a few minutes, then apply some more and move the paint brush around to "scrub" the surface. When the paint had loosened up, I would then apply Lacquer Thinner to a paper towel and would wipe the surface. I'd repeat the process as often as needed until the paint had been removed. As mentioned before, there still may be some staining on the plastic that will never go away, and you may have stubborn paint in crevices (a paint brush with stiffer bristles or a toothpick can help work some of that out). When you're all done and apply some primer everything will look good and all of the details covered up by brush-painted Testor's enamel will be visible again! Thanks, Bart
  15. Very nicely done! Thought the interior came out really well. Bart
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