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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:

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    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

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    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:

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    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:

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    Painted the firewall and mounted the brake master cylinder:

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

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    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:

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    Got the engine in:

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

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

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    Looks cool in there!

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    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:

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    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:

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

    Not a bad day’s progress!  More soon!

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  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:

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    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:

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    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:

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    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:

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    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:

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

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

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    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:

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    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.

    Later-

    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...

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    Some assembly later...

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    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!

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  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:

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    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...

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

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    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:

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    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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