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    Mike Miller

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  1. restoman


    Built largely box-stock,with the addition of a homemade Carson top, a continental kit and an extended rear bumper. The trophies all came from the parts bin. Testors Pure Gold with automotive clear. Comments always welcome.
  2. I'm not sure there are enough words to describe this build... it's simply one of the best I've ever seen. WOW!
  3. In the last 25 years of my working life, I did resto/custom body & paint work on 1:1 cars and trucks... for "Hobbyists". The final invoices on some of those hobby cars would hit well over $30 K, usually not including engine or drive train rebuilds, or chrome work, or up upholstery work, or... you get the picture. THAT was an expensive hobby! For the few hundred - if that - dollars I invest in each completed kit, I don't mind. It's all relative and as slow as my builds can sometimes go, I enjoy the heck out of them. One of my other hobbys is photography. I spent $500 just on an entry-level Nikon... and that is just the camera and a single lens.
  4. Love the flames! Actually, I love it all.
  5. Dug through the parts bins and found something a little more what i'm looking for... It also looks less like it's missing it's '70s shaggin' wagon
  6. Making the continental kit appear less huge isn't as easy as I thought... Comments always welcome.
  7. It's all from the kit. Thanks for the compliment.
  8. Same here. Though our '74 Beetle doesn't have 400 cubes, or a Rochester with secondaries, I'd drive it year round if we didn't have road salt. ...And if I could still drive... I'm one of those kooks that love the feel of being in charge of what I'm supposed to be operating. Having it all governed by electronics isn't for me. Maybe I'm just old... I've spent just enough time dealing with modern vehicular electronics to thoroughly enjoy NOT spending time dealing with them. I know the day is coming when we'll have no choice in whether or not autonomous vehicles dominate the roads, but until then, nope.
  9. Excellent how-to! I've been using pretty much the same technique for a while,and it sure cuts the frustration levels way down! I used to use Tamiya tape, but was struggling to see the edge, let alone feel it with the blade. A switch to Painter's Tape solved that. I also found darkening the tip of the blade with a black or red sharpie helps old eyes, too. That Olds is looking sooooo nice.
  10. I was hoping to have this wrapped up by now, but, you know.... life. Putzing around with the Continental tire and bumper, but I did manage to get pic or two of other stuff on my phone. Comments always welcome.
  11. Yup, there's no doubt Alclad looks better. I'd be quite happy with this shine! I do use a 1mm Molotow pen and have had good luck with it on small stuff. Mine seemed to be tending toward silver more than chrome - it's over a year old - so I took out the tip, soaked it in 99% rubbing alcohol for a bit, blew it dry and re-inserted it, then shook the ever-loving-life out of the pen before trying it again. A good three minutes plus... Seems much better, but still on the silver side. Molotow airbrushes very well and with a bit of practice, can look almost as good as the Alclad pictured above. How long does it last? Who knows...
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