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About Impalow

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  • Birthday 06/16/1980

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  • Scale I Build 1:24 & 1:25

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  • Location Wadsworth Ohio
  • Full Name Eric Ritz

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  1. Impalow added a topic in Model Building Questions and Answers   

    Alclad Chrome and Box Stock Classes
    Curiosity Question... Is striping the chrome, sanding mold lines and then using alclad chrome allowed? 
    Ive been dared to build something box stock, which will be a struggle for me... but once its done, I will want to take it to some contests.  This has become my process for everything else, but Ive never heard if this is "legal" for the box stock classes.
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  2. Impalow added a post in a topic 1st gen Bronco Leadsled Kustom?   

    Finished up the rack and pinion last night.... Chassis is pretty much done... Just cleanup and detail left to do!   Now on to the interior...

  3. Impalow added a post in a topic 1st gen Bronco Leadsled Kustom?   

    Thanks for all the comments and encouragement guys!!! It really means a lot!
    I made some progress  on the push-rod front suspension this weekend... Hopefully I can get the front links and airbags mounted tonight.

    Then I started on the rack and pinion, still need to add the pinion part.. but its stacked tubing, RBMotion rod ends, and some mini orings from Banggood.

  4. Impalow added a post in a topic Christine gets trashed, finished pics.   

    Looks awesome Martin!   Always a fan of a movie car build!
  5. Impalow added a post in a topic 1966 Cadillac Miller-Meteor window hearse   

    that is awesome!  nice work!
  6. Impalow added a post in a topic 1971 Pinto Wagon - StreetFreak/Gasser/Showcar   

    Photos Fixed!
    Yeah!  they are the FAB Resin Carbs.... the new Fireball ones are way nicer, but they weren't available at the time.... even still these are pretty good.
  7. Impalow added a post in a topic Help with Washes   

    I will second this!  Especially for a pure black wash.. the "detailer" tends to get a purple-ish tone on chrome... the vallejo stuff is fantastic, and i have started using it on almost everything to get the detail to pop.   They also have 3 shades of gray to pure black for different levels of contrast.  

  8. Impalow added a post in a topic 1st gen Bronco Leadsled Kustom?   

    Thank you guys!   this is a fun one for sure!
    Made some progress on the rear suspension links, and back half of the chassis. 
    Scratchbuilt pretty much everything...The air-tanks are a bit small in diameter, so I ordered some larger tubing to bulk them up a bit... basically just need shocks back there and the rear suspension will be done.

  9. Impalow added a post in a topic 1st gen Bronco Leadsled Kustom?   

    Thanks JC and Joe! 
    Joe its actually going to be powered by a hopped up flathead!  and the bike is going have the flathead 4cyl from a model A.... Trying to keep it all ford, but quirky enough to be interesting. 
    Progress in the workshop has been slow... but its moving along.  I added the supports to the rear suspension, and then began the rear links/airbag setup.   The links are made from sandwiching a piece of .060 square between two pieces of cut .020... then sanded and drilled.   The airbags are (2) 5/16" OD orings around a custom aluminum piece I turned on the lathe.  The 5/16" OD works out pretty close to scale of a firestone 2600lb bag which is 8" diameter.  At this point I need to create the lower angled links, pivot points and shocks then the rear will be done. 

  10. Impalow added a post in a topic 1st gen Bronco Leadsled Kustom?   

    More frame work.... got the rear-end and front suspension somewhat sorted.   The rear end is from the bronco kit, the brake drums and backs are from the 29' Roadster and the wheels and tires from the custom 48 ford kit.   In the front its AMT viper control arms and spindles, then the same brake parts from the 29...the rest is all scratch-built...   Its a bit odd for me to still have drum brakes all around... I know this... but the finned ones look so stinking cool.
    It was fun trying to get camber angles correct and believable at full "aired-out" position while keeping the track width in check... but it seemed to all work out okay.    Next up is making all the rear links and arms.
    Its a shame they don't just make kits you can paint and put together........

  11. Impalow added a post in a topic 1st gen Bronco Leadsled Kustom?   

    Thanks Ray!    The bike will be built!  Some minor adjustments from that inspiration, but it will have a very similar look to it. I actually received the 1:24th scale diecast motorcycle that I'm robbing the tires from last night.   Everything is coming together so I can start on that soon.
    Still working on frame cleanup and suspension, but knocked out the body and motor mounts last night...All in all it fits pretty nice, and should work.

  12. Impalow added a post in a topic Foose Cadillac   

    Indeed!   Im brainstorming roofs to graft onto it.... and maybe some taillight options.. backdate the custom look a bit
  13. Impalow added a post in a topic 1st gen Bronco Leadsled Kustom?   

     Thank you all!!!
    Thanks David!   That's super interesting info for sure!   I appreciate you doing some research and sharing.
    Thank you Chris!   No huge secret really....  I just scuff everything and then use the Tamyia Ultra Thin Glue... then clamp the snot out of it and let it sit overnight.  That's pretty much it, I have had some warping, but i can usually get it back to shape by using bar stock for cross-members and supports. 
    Hopefully ill have an update soon... im working out the rear suspension geometry

  14. Impalow added a post in a topic Foose Cadillac   

    Thanks Dave!  ... lots of great bits and pieces there... Cant wait to get my hands on a few of these.
  15. Impalow added a post in a topic Honda N360 (NI) / Hasegawa / 1:24   

    DUDE!!..... This is fantastic!   Great work!