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    MCM Ohana
  • Birthday 05/25/1940

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    1/25 and 1/32

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    West Wareham, MA
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    Charles L. Rowley

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  1. Just a suggestion. Try a bit of Novus polish without the clear and see if that doesn't protect the paint. It really looks good this time around.
  2. 😆 Surely you guys jest!! Trying to share it as I go!😁 Truly there are many good ideas out there that lots of people have posted. And it does not depend on the nature of the build. I have been "encouraged" by my wife to build her a model of the Canadian schooner "Bluenose". Some of the things that are basics to truck and equipment building actually work there as well. Your own experiences are the best teachers because you know from first hand knowledge what works and what does not. Maybe we should all collaborate on that book! 🥴
  3. Here's a suggestion for the rubber window gasket. First remove the one you have (or start with your new cab). Next take a piece of 0.020 plastic sheet stock larger than the windshield opening and place it against the opening to where you can draw a pencil line around it onto the sheet stock. Best if you can slip it inside the cab for that purpose but make sure it is larger than the opening as much as you can get. Now take the sheet stock with the pencil line on it and draw parallel lines around it far enough away to represent the gasket width and just far enough so that it fits on the outside of the window opening with no gaps. A little trial and error here may be necessary. Once you are sure you have the right size run a sanding stick around the outside so as to round of the outer edge. Once that is done glue the whole thing to the cab on the outside. Make some pencil lines on the sheet stock line up with pencil lines on the cab to make sure it fits right. (Do this before you trim anything). Now cut out the inner portion of the sheet stock leaving the inside pencil line outline so that you can see it at all times. If you did this right you should end up with a small shelf on the inside of the cab that you lay the glass against. Round off the inner edge of the sheet that is left and you should have a nice small gasket around the windshield. Here are some pix of the one I did for my International before it was cast. The inner line is the one you want to save. The outer lines are what you will trim the sheet to. Note also the lines on the back of the cab that will line up with the same lines on the sheet stock. In this photo the gasket is glued in place. If you look closely you will see the lines drawn on the sheet and similar lines on the cab. That is to make sure that when you cut out the inside you will have the remainder centered on the opening in the cab. Here is the gasket cut out. I could have made this one smaller and more rounded both inside and outside. On the inside is the self I was talking about. The glass fits up against it and leaves the surface nice and clean from the outside. The last thing you can do to minimize the thickness of the gasket is to use a black Magic Marker to color it. Just do the main surface and inner portion before you put the glass in. Let the body color be a bit of a filler around the outside edge. Hope this helps.👍
  4. Hey, Tom! Here's my pickup model and the real one under it. It's a lot of fun but a certain amount of headaches as well. After all the truck is 90 years old!
  5. I'm not usually impressed by chopped and modified rods but this is cool to my way of thinking. You did a great job. Love the paint!
  6. Yes, slowly is the secret. A new sharp blade is best and many, many passes over the same area until you are through is best. I had good results cutting open the doors on a '41 Chevy pickup but it was tedious work, that is for sure.
  7. Use your Xacto knife upside down and scribe the panel lines until you work your way through. Time consuming but the best way to achieve good results. Then make new panels to fit the openings. Same as scribing through door lines to remove them so that they can be hinged.
  8. That's a nice build Richard! Great tip on the white tires in RTV! I use the RTV from Micro-Mark for molds. It ;holds up well and I think it would make great tires. Only problem with it is that it is blue when it sets. Don't know if you can put any black pigment in it or not.
  9. Know what?? That's why I like 1/25 scale to work in. There are 25.4 millimeters in one inch. For practical purposes you can forget the 0.4 and just say there are 25 millimeters in an inch. So If I have a 118 inch wheelbase on a real vehicle it is simply 118 millimeters on my metric ruler! Things couldn't be simpler!😝
  10. Stick with the 1/25!!! So much detail, it makes this really fun to watch.
  11. Trying to straighten out all those wrinkles??😆
  12. Seeing all of the parts you have made give us an idea of all of the work that goes into it. Great job! How did you do the raised "GALION" on the counter weight?
  13. You are doing some great Imagineering! Scratch building can be so rewarding just making things out of basic materials. Love it!
  14. I did this one by making a pattern on a graphics program and then printing out decals. Seats were painted dark blue first.
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