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Mister 4x4

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  • Birthday 12/31/1967

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    San Angelo, TX
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    Eric Hansen

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  1. 1982 Mustang GL 'tribute'

    I used to slam 'em together in one day - that's how I wound up with the one in the first post of the thread. LOL!
  2. 1982 Mustang GL 'tribute'

    Well, I got the trim cleaned up quite a bit between the use of isopropyl alcohol and liberal use of fine tip Sharpies. I also took the Molotow 1mm Chrome Pen to the emblems, door handles, locks, and the hood ornament. I used the chrome pen, then the red fine tip Sharpie, then the blue, then a toothpick since the white paint pen tip was too big - not a decal! The original car had burn thru places from the detailer hitting it too hard with the buffer on the real car, so those burn-thru spots are actually somewhat authentic, even though they're a side-effect of too much polishing. I cut the .05mm fine tip black pen down to a wedge shaped tip and hit the seams on the doors, hatchback, and gas filler door, which came out OK... maybe a little too much on the hatch seam, though. Still gotta paint the reverse lights, but I'm liking how it's coming out. Getting pretty close to putting it all together!
  3. Yenko Nova w.i.p..

    Incredible work, as always!
  4. 1989 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am GTA Rebuild

    Sweet! I love the '80s T/As - you're doing an awesome job!
  5. 1982 Mustang GL 'tribute'

    Surprise! I got something done and it didn't take months to do so. I decided to mask off the black trim and run some Testors matte black through the airbrush today. Suffice it to say, Testors' instructions on how to thin the enamel weren't the greatest, but I got through it. Looks like it's time for an eye-dropper or two as well. I still have some spots to tweak with the Sharpie, but overall I'm happy with how it went. The Tamiya masking tape did a great job, but the thinner Testors masking tape came up in a few areas and allowed some errant overspray (which I can hopefully get cleaned up as well). All-in-all, I'm pretty happy with it. I have a business trip this week, so hopefully I'll get some time next weekend to work on it some more.
  6. 1982 Mustang GL 'tribute'

    So I got some time to play around with some of the details I've been thinking about the past few weeks. I have this reference picture of the engine, and it's simply ridiculous how many hoses are running back and forth to various places and sensors on the engine... I don't remember having that many on mine, so I'm thinking my reference picture might actually be a California car. Regardless, I have to make some hoses and whatnot since I'm at the point of weathering things. Here are the interior side panel/engine aprons (or whatever they're called), along with the firewall and air cleaner. Rather than make all of the harness and hoses, I drew some of 'em on with a Sharpie, along with some brake lines with a Molotow Chrome Pen. Those big slots in the firewall are the kit's fault - it didn't come with any kind of hood hinges. Another deficiency I found in the kit was the movable front wheels... with no tie rod or anything to keep them aligned with each other. Wow... way to go, Monogram (edit: Ooops - MPC... my bad) - this might just be the worst kit I've ever had. So, I made some steering arms and a rack & pinion using a paper clip, one of those little straws from a can of WD-40, and some masking tape. Looks pretty decent, if I might say so myself. I also weathered the exhaust system just a little bit more - the real car had a couple of holes in the muffler (rear seam) that I hopefully captured here with the extra soot. I also polished the body, which came out "OK," I suppose, but I still need to clean all of the 3M Perfect-It from the nooks and crannies. After that, I'll mask off all the black trim areas and see how that goes. I'm thinking the contrast of the black trim will help hide some of the trash I got in the paint while I was playing with the pressures on the airbrush and figuring out how to thin the acrylic paint I used.
  7. 1982 Mustang GL 'tribute'

    Well, the first run with the new airbrush station was a success in my book. The paint job however... mixed reviews. It was looking really good until I shot the clear, then things changed a little - the color went a little darker than I was hoping for, but it's probably actually closer to the factory color. I also got a little bit of trash in the clear, along with the Pledge Acrylic as clear coat didn't lay down as shiny as I was hoping (gotta do a little bit of polishing now). All in all, I'm still pretty happy with it. Now, if I can just get it polished and add the black trim without messing it all up.
  8. 1982 Mustang GL 'tribute'

    So, a few years ago I built this cool shed on the side of my driveway, hoping it would eventually become a small shop in which I could permanently set up my airbrushing gear. Then, we basically made my mom get rid of her storage unit ($70/month bill she no longer had the money to pay), and her final leftovers wound in it while she was ‘going through the last bits.’ Well, as usual, she abandoned that since it was hot, in a place that she didn’t have to worry about it being destroyed or gone missing, and was boring so she didn’t want to do that anymore. That was sometime in late summer of 2016, and we’ve been waiting for her to finish ‘going through’ her BLAH_BLAH_BLAH_BLAH ever since. Over Christmas week, I decided I’d had enough of that and got busy on completing my small shop area. We boxed up the junk she’d covered our plastic table in, and basically shoved it aside so I could get the area I need cleaned out, organized, and ready for a transformation into functionality. I snagged a couple of work benches from Harbor Freight, along with a portable air brush booth, and a bunch of other cool things to make the workstation much better. What does all that have to do with my '82 Mustang build? Last week, after adding a few more finishing touches to the work space (tunes, a trash can, cutting mat, a new caster to replace the broken one on my old computer chair, etc.), I got to shoot some paint. I have no idea what to use for ‘primer,’ so I found some interior acrylic ‘Feather Gray’ at the hardware store, thinned it out, and shot it through the El Cheapo Harbor Freight airbrush. Getting the right mix of ‘thin enough for the AB was a challenge, but I eventually got some “primer” laid down on the Mustang body parts. I have no idea if it’s even going to stay stuck, so I’ll let it sit for a few days before checking it out – it’s stuck to my fingers quite nicely, however. If it won’t stick, no worries – it’s water based, should come right off, and I can start again once I find some real primer for the airbrush. I also learned a few valuable lessons today, in the way of securing the work, setting the flow needle, and making sure the airbrush actually stays together while cleaning it. Good times!
  9. Productive day painting (71-73 Mustangs)

    I hate that the color palette isn't even close to reality. For instance, Ford Paint Code 'V' - Light Pewter Metallic. It's one of those colors that kind of depends on the lighting.
  10. 1982 Mustang GL 'tribute'

    Wow, so it's been almost 2 months since I last posted any progress. Been all sorts of busy, and just hadn't gotten back to it in awhile. I picked up some embossing powder and decided to make some 'carpet' for the Mustang. Yeah... that turned out like BLAH_BLAH_BLAH_BLAH. I picked up the 'extra thick' embossing powder, thinking that the bigger bottle of clear would be what I needed for many years of scale model carpet goodness. Nope - it looks like I've effectively spread tan gravel on the floor of the kit. Whatever... it'll be inside and nobody will be looking that close, anyway. I played around a little bit today and worked on the center console and dashboard. I just need to touch up a couple of tan spots on both and maybe print some gauge faces (haven't decided yet). The kit came with front wheels that could be steered (or posed, rather), but didn't have a tie rod connecting the two. So, I busted out the trusty pin vise and drilled some holes through the 'spindles' and made some tie rod ends out of a paper clip along with an old school tie rod to span the gap between the two. I'll dress it up to look like the rack & pinion which is also missing on the chassis. Baby steps, I guess.
  11. Mustang Project 1:25 Replica

    SWEET! Love the Fox bodies! Nice work!!
  12. 1982 Mustang GL 'tribute'

    I've kind of hit that place where I need to prep the body for paint, along with the interior door panels/inner wheel wells/front aprons (each side is one piece) and firewall, since it's all body color on the car. I decided this past weekend to play with the Tamiya weathering master kits to age the underside a bit after seeing rsxse240's phenomenal build underway of an '85 SVO Mustang. I didn't go nuts with it, but I think it made a little bit of difference using some rust, soot, silver, and gun metal. Also drilled some holes in the firewall for the heater hoses after carving off the molded ones. Hopefully, I'll have a chance to get some color on the body parts and interior so I can press on with those. Also need to score some embossing powder to make some proper sheepskin seat covers.
  13. 1982 Mustang GL 'tribute'

    OK, so after taking it all apart a couple of times, I finally found a suitable substitute for a distributor, and also this really cool old pin vise set that belonged to my Grandpa I've been carrying around for 25 years or so. I used a 68 gauge bit to drill some holes for the spark plug wires, scratched up some linkage arms for the carb and transmission, installed the TV cable (from AOD to carb) along with an automatic shifter cable. I used a Molotow chrome pen (1mm) to dot the bolt heads on everything, and even scratched up an alternator bracket... and none of this will likely ever be seen again once I get all the rest of the engine components installed. How 'bout 'dat?
  14. Revell '85 Mustang SVO

    I know, I was thinking mine had clear signal and parking light lenses as well - as in, one-piece all the way across. I just looked, and I stand corrected - mine are painted solid yellow and orange, so I'm guessing they were chromed like yours (been a day or two - I built it in 1988 or '89). I'd modeled it after one I'd seen in a 7-11 parking lot that had the '80s monochrome white treatment - it just looked so cool to me at the time. Looks like I lost the mirrors at some point along the way as well.
  15. Revell '85 Mustang SVO

    I love the Fox-bodies, and especially the SVOs. This is coming along nicely - an inspiration, even. I've decided to wire, cable, and plumb my wheezy little 2.3L in my '82 GL as a result (I'm not ready to weather one just yet, though). My '85 SVO kit I built back in the late '80s had the clear lenses, though - must've been a different kit back in the day, I guess.