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  1. Thanks fellas!  Always appreciate the nice replies!  I’ve got a really clear idea in my head of how this one’s gonna look - just gotta actually make the parts arrange in the right way to match what’s in my head 🤪😂.  

    Been wanting to machine some parts for this build once my lathe came and I’ve spent a week or so starting to learn how it works and make some bits.  Cast a resin Quickchange center section and then machined the rest to fit a pair of Boothill Express wheels and tires that I’d picked out for this one:


    That rear cover on the axle didn’t cast very well - my resin’s getting old and gloopy but it’s good enough for now anyway...I’ll convert those slicks to Cheaters before we’re done too, I think.  Going with a buggy spring on the rear as I mentioned before - need to drill out the make mounts for the spring and figure out the linkages still


    Seeing as I’ll likely be hacking some off the bottom of the grillshell I cast a resin copy so I could save the kit part for something else, and modified the front wheels (from an AMT something I think?) to fit the kit axle:


    Next job will be engine mounts and then figure out the floor so I can do a real mock-up.  Not sure what to do for headlamps for this one...maybe something fairly small and tucked in close to the grill?

    Not a great deal of progress I know, but I’ve been messing with this thing for 2 weeks and wanted to post an update...oh, and I picked up some candy paint; I want to go full-ridiculous on the colorscheme, do something really eye catching and cool. Flames, fades, lettering, pearls - all the fun paint stuff!  More soon!

  2. Great tip, thank you Francis!  I’ll give that a try - I think once I get better with working out how to use the cutting tools and experiment with the speed I’m running at that’ll give me some better results too.  Hopefully! 🤪😂

    A little more on the truck - almost done with this one, in fact...I simplified the headlamps - I didn’t like them in the end, and then mounted the spare tire and made a strap with adjustment buckle:


    Painted the firewall and mounted the brake master cylinder:


    And then added door handles from the Revell 29 kit and painted and mounted the single rear taillight:


    And I’m ALMOST done with this one - I want to add some subtle weathering to make it look like the thing actually gets driven, but nothing crazy - and once that’s done this one will about be wrapped up!

    A little more soon, soon as I’ve done a little more!

  3. I just bought some stuff EXACTLY like this in Hobby Lobby at the weekend - probably 12" square sheets for a buck a pop.  It has a real fine 'fuzzy' grain to and looked like a perfect scale carpet to me.  I found it in the paper aisle - I THINK they had different colors but I only grabbed the black stuff.

    I also have a roll of tan carpet I got years ago from a dolls-house store in NY...much deeper looking.  I'll post a picture up when I get home so you can see the difference, and if the tan colored stuff looks like it might work I'll mail a sheet to you 👍

  4. Thanks fellas!  Made some decent progress this weekend! 

    Got the front and rear ends on:


    Got the engine in:


    And once the bed was on suddenly it’s starting to look like a thing!


    Painted the radiator and added my aluminum bits that I made during the week:


    Looks cool in there!


    Still need to get the hoses on there but that won’t take too much finagling hopefully...

    Polished out the cab - needs another round tomorrow and some little touch ups but it’s fairly smooth:


    And made some kinda art-deco weird-vintage looking headlamps - they’re just sitting in the mounting holes here but that’s roughly what I’m thinking for them:


    They’ll look better when they’re not so boss-eyed, hopefully 🤪

    Not a bad day’s progress!  More soon!


  5. Thanks fellas!  

    On 1/15/2021 at 4:05 PM, AmericanMuscleFan said:

    There are less pleasant distractions, aren't there... 😜

    Absolutely!  I’m kinda embarrassed to show my early efforts at machining, but excited enough that I am anyway...

    Getting set to do something real assembly on this thing shortly - got the fenders polished out today (I remember now why I like fenderless cars 🤪😂) and used some 2-part epoxy to get the frame attached to the fenders ready for front and rear suspension and so on:


    I’m using those toothpicks to keep the frame in place, in case you’re curious...

    Meanwhile, spent some time on the lathe again making a few little doodads and gewgaws...in this case a radiator cap, electric fan motor and overflow bottle to add a little interest to the Revell 29 radiator I’m going to use on this build:


    Need to polish them up and get them nice and smooth still - I can’t figure out if my lathe is running too fast, too slow or I’m not quite using it right to get nice smooth finished parts, but a little clean-up and they’ll be ok

    And finally, wanted to add some subtle discoloration to the headers so I borrowed my wife’s watercolors (she’s a professional artist so she has a bunch of useful supplies for me to borrow) and added a little blue and yellow to add some visual interest to them.  Nothing too major though:


    More soon!  Thanks for looking and for all the nice comments! 

  6. Thank you everyone, I appreciate all the nice comments!  I need to experiment with that technique @Claude Thibodeau - thanks for sharing!

    Got somewhat distracted this week when this arrived:


    Made a few useful parts for this build whilst I’m learning some lathe-ing basics - seeing as the pulley faces are mostly hidden on this engine I figured I’d get my feet wet with a simple set of those:


    I used some satin sign vinyl for the belts, and machined that little alternator (generator?) hiding on the side of the block there:


    Quick mock-up of engine in frame to make sure it fits how I wanted:


    Got to figure out some fasteners for the engine mounts - I’ve got some little silver spacers on the stock frame mounts to raise the engine a touch to make sure there’s still plenty of clearance underneath when the lowered front axle’s in place.

    And, whilst I wait patiently for the weekend so I can do a bunch of polishing and start assembling major components to each other so I can do some fun detailing work, a quick mock-up to see how this thing is coming together:


    I think I like it!  More soon, soon as I’ve done more!

  7. 3 minutes ago, Tom Geiger said:

    Jim, one of my club officers is a wiz on the lathe, and a super guy. If you have questions or want instruction I’m sure he’d help. And he’s Zoom equipped! Drop me a PM or email 

    I appreciate that Tom, thank you!  I watched probably 50 Youtube tutorials before the thing even came and still had to do more Googling last night to figure out some basic stuff...definitely a lifetime of new stuff to learn just with this one tool! 

  8. 8 hours ago, Modlbldr said:

    Perfect start! I am dying to get my hands on another lathe. Had a Unimat 6 in 1 lathe from the 60's years ago and foolishly sold it to a good friend of mine. The good thing is, it's in good hands and I have permission (just not much opportunity) to use it when I visit.


    I love it so far - was disappointed when I'd got it all set up and made a piece and realized it was time for bed already :D  Can't wait to get home and mess with it some more - already got a mental list of stuff I want to try making and some more materials I want to play with

  9. My Taig lathe arrived!  I got the basic Micro 2 starter kit, which comes in at a hair over $500 shipped - has enough to get started for a beginner, which is fine by me seeing as I don’t know what I’m doing 🤪  It’s almost infinitely upgradable as my skills progress, but doesn’t cost the earth to get going with so I took a shot and hoped it would work for what I’m hoping to do...


    Some assembly later...


    And after doing my level best to get everything aligned nicely and figuring out what all the cutting bits are for and triple checking everything was tight, I fired it up and did some machining! 

    I know this is kindergarten stuff to a lot of you seasoned machinists, but managed to make a little oil filter first time out without breaking anything or losing any fingers...success!  Can’t wait to practice some more and start working some nice metal parts into my builds!


  10. 3 minutes ago, Modlbldr said:

    Got me a couple of those Milk Trikes recently. Much narrower than I had envisioned. Would love to pick up.a few more in the series. They look like they will make fun little slump busters, although I have never really had that problem- usually too many projects going.


    I started to collect them thinking the same thing...but then this post ruined that:


    I’d like to do the whole set as nicely detailed as Eric’s build there...I'm not quite the builder he is but I think a row of six of these nicely finished like his would be cool!

    5 minutes ago, TransAmMike said:

    Jim, I got one of those circuit board holders a few months ago, never used it until today when I put on several decals on a  completed model body. Worked great.

    Someone on Instagram had one they were using for painting too, so they could reposition whatever They’re painting easily.  I can see this thing becoming invaluable to be before too long and I’ll wonder how I worked without one!

  11. Got one of these circuit board holders from Amazon today - I’d seen other people use them and thought “meh, I’ve done this long without one”, but then the project I’m working on right now involves a bunch of Alclad’d parts that are going to be tough not to damage when I’m assembling them to the frame...


    Seems super study and well made for $11 - I’m happy!


    Also picked up a couple more of the MPC trike series - I’m planning on building all six at some point in the next year or two so I’m grabbing them now whilst they’re easy enough to find:


    And, whilst I was ordering stuff anyway, picked up some aluminum bar...ordered a lathe last week so I figured I should grab some material to make chips out of 🤪:


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