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Marc @ MPC Motorsports

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  1. Time Machine Resin has been out of business for awhile. Website is still up but I would not order.
  2. It can be converted to stock with some work. The front wheel openings need relocated for starters. Also needs vent windows and not sure about window trim.
  3. Do you need just the grille? I might have an extra one in my parts box. Let me know and I will look.
  4. Not available on both counts. You will have to paint the stripes yourself. Photo etch for a Vega would be cool, but probably no market for such a specialty part.
  5. Yes I did. Little Motor Kar Company did the chrome work on the bumpers for this build.
  6. Quick update for tonight. I've finished detailing the front of the body, including headlights, turn signals and grille. Not shown in the photo, but I have also detail painted the rear side marker lights and have applied Bare Metal Foil to the windshield trim. More to come...
  7. Mitch, You should be good to go on the Testors clear. Marc
  8. Mitch, I have found that clear coat and polishing helps to diminish the heaviness of the flake in the Testors paints. If you aren't doing so already, I recommend pre-heating the cans in hot tap water before you spray. I run hot tap water, hold the can under the water for a few seconds. Shake the can, feel the can cool from the paint inside. Repeat until you don't feel the can cool as you shake it. This helps the paint flow better from the can. Good luck with your paint work!
  9. Good post, Charlie. I have found it nearly impossible to spray light, mist coats straight from a can of Testors lacquers. The problem is their paint is too thick, which requires lots of pressure to be expelled from the can. Goes on thick, with lots of orange peel and the occasional trapped air bubbles from propellant. Decanted, thinned and airbrushed, its a whole new ball game. I thin this paint with Gunze Mr. Color thinner, which is more "styrene friendly" than hardware store or automotive lacquer thinners. I'm thinning it approximately 2:1 thinner to paint and applying it at 20psi with a Paasche H with the largest (#5?) nozzle. My 1971 Chevelle pictured below was painted with Testors Citrus Yellow Metallic lacquer and Wet Look Clear from the One Coat line. Very little polishing was required to achieve this look.
  10. Top is attached and it has no texture. Only the AMT 1970 Challenger has the separate, vinyl top textured hardtop.
  11. Steven Zimmerman makes them. His reply is #29 on this thread. No website right now. Best way is to find him on Facebook.
  12. It need a gloss clear coat and yes, it is safe to do after BMF.
  13. Fred Cady is out of business, but Keith Marks still makes them. public.fotki.com/mofobow Contact Keith at mofobow@hotmail.com
  14. I used some Tamiya 6mm tape and removed a section with a razor saw. Reattached the parts with Ambroid Pro Weld and used Gunze Mr. Dissolved Putty to fill in some minor gaps. Did this on both the front and rear seats. Had to use a sanding stick to sand down the sides of the rear seat cushion to fit between the arm rests. I may have taken a bit off the bottom of the rear seat but I don't remember now. I did remove another 2-3mm off the bottom of the front seat. If you make clean cuts, the parts mate back almost perfect.
  15. Since the Heavy Chevy was a budget muscle and probably one of the first of the "decal" muscle cars of the 1970's, I felt it needed a bench seat. I purchased the Revell 1969 Nova COPO and modified the seats to fit the AMT Chevelle's interior tub. While I was at it, I robbed a Revell 1969 Camaro door panels of its window cranks and arm rests and enhanced the door panel trim with a strip of Evergreen styrene. The Tamiya XF-26 Deep Green is the color for the interior and the Ken's Fuzzy Fur got mixed with some black and dark grey to match.
  16. I haven't posted anything here in ages, because I haven't been building for ages. I recently found some time to resume this wonderful hobby and rather than finish one of my WIP's, I started another project in true Modeler's ADD fashion. This build began with a Bandit Resin 1971 Chevelle. I provided Bandit with the master for this resin kit, including a flat hood and a front bumper and grille that does not have an SS emblem. The body is a repop of the original AMT 1971 Chevelle annual and can use an AMT 1970 or 1972 Chevelle to build. Bandit's offering also includes a rear bumper that is missing the SS emblem. That bumper was found in the AMT 1971 Chevelle annual.I removed the SS trim from the body, including the wheel opening moldings, then slammed the stance over a set of big and little Rally wheels I got from Steven "Z-Man" Zimmerman. The hood is from an MPC SSlasher Chevelle. Here it is in primer with the wheels painted. Here it is shortly after the first stage of painting was completed. Decanted Testors Citrus Yellow Metallic. I applied the Heavy Chevy graphics courtesy of Fred Cady then cleared with decanted Testors Wet Look Clear.
  17. It will be back someday. It is out of production right now as it needs a new mold.
  18. Wow! As a fan of vintage model kits, I'm super excited about this one. I've collected a number of AMT '32 Ford kits and aftermarket parts for the same and have been looking for an excuse to build one. I have too many projects on my bench right now but I'll have to make room for another. I will post some pics as soon as I decide which version to build.
  19. Skip, Tamiya has a lot of flat greys in their lacquer spray line. Can you post a pic of the color you are trying to replicate? I have several different shades of these paints in my collection and would be happy to do some spoon tests and post pics.
  20. I've never had any compatibility issues with Testors lacquer over Tamiya primer. Was the primer fully cured? Do not use lacquer thinner to remove the paint as it will melt the styrene. 91% isopropyl alcohol will remove the paint. Be careful as it is highly flammable.
  21. Search for the flocking tutorial I posted back in 2005-2006. Many have found it helpful. I still use this technique today.
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