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    Jacksonville, FL
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    Bill Giles
  1. Here are some pics of a van I built last year. It is a model of a 1:1 van I owned in the late 80's. The sliding door attaches at 3 points: 1) the slot in the quarter panel where it slides above the back wheel, 2) the top of the door frame, and 3) a track on the step which is concealed by a metal plate. I drilled 3 holes in the back of the door and glued in pieces of wire to simulate the brackets that the door rides on. The door does not move on the model. The inside step should be body color, but I screwed up the paint and had to cover it up with flat black. I think on some of the later years the track was concealed by a black plastic step instead of metal. You're in for a project. The step and door sills took a lot of trial and error to get right. I bet I had that body off and on the frame at least 100 times! Also remember to check everything for trueness before you start. As I remember, both the chassis pan and the frame were badly warped right out of the box. I also had to lower the ride height front and rear.
  2. Aoshima Mazda RX7

    Very nice! It looks like you could drive it home!
  3. Poor quality BMF

    Thanks guys. I just ordered some regular chrome. Hopefully this will solve the problem and salvage my build!
  4. Poor quality BMF

    My first sheet came from the bad batch. Bare Metal replaced it for me for no charge, but the second sheet is no better. It still has virtually no adhesion. I am only having this problem with the Ultra Bright Chrome. I have Matte Aluminum and Gold and they both work well. Maybe they changed the formula to make it cheaper now that there is competition......
  5. Poor quality BMF

    That's a good idea. Come to think of it, I'm storing it in my garage, which is about 90 degrees and 90% humidity.
  6. Is anyone else getting poor quality Bare Metal Foil these days? It hardly sticks any more, especially on a polished surface. Is there a better substitute? I have a Molotow pen, but I don't think it's as shiny as BMF.
  7. Superb in every way!
  8. Porsche 944 coupe

    Looking for a 944 coupe. Hasegawa or Italieri. I have lots to trade, mostly Mopar.
  9. 61 Plymouth Fury

    Beautiful job! You made it prettier than Plymouth could ever do. Some would say that Virgil Exner was already experiencing dementia when he designed it.
  10. First Ford Ever!

    BTW, the distributor that came with my kit was about the same size in scale as a golf ball. I used one from my parts box!
  11. First Ford Ever!

    I just built an AMT 66 mustang coupe which has the same engine instructions. Part #35 is a combination of the oil filler and the mechanical fuel pump.
  12. Looking for Ford 4.6 or 5.4 heads and valve covers

    I have the heads, intake and valve covers in resin. I was going to make a V10 and the project stalled. I think they're the 5.4, they came from an F150 kit. I can't get to them until Friday though.
  13. Slant 6 wanted

    I have a mold for the block and manifolds and could probably cast it in resin. You would have to come up with the accessories.
  14. 1/20 MPC 76 Corvette

    Very nice! I'm currently finishing up a '75 myself. Where did you get the wheels?
  15. Long Shot - 64 Cadillac hood and grill

    PM sent.