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Custom Mike

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About Custom Mike

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  • Scale I Build 1/25th

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  • Location Whiteville, NC
  • Full Name Olaf Magnusson Dieter Albert McGuffin Smith...Jr

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  1. Custom Mike added a post in a topic Food Dehydrators & Paint Dryers   

    Michael, I would not put a body with any kind of filler in a dehydrator if it's already finished. It will cause shrinking, I learned the hard way. 

    I've thought about trying it before the filler has been sanded to pre-shrink it, but always forget until after I'm done sanding. 
  2. Custom Mike added a post in a topic Great Traders List   

    Just got my half of a trade with 426 HEMI today. Not pleased at all with it...I'm ecstatic! Some awesome resin MOPAR LA Small Blocks, aluminum breather caps, valve covers, etc., and all look incredible. I will definitely be doing more trading with John!
  3. Custom Mike added a post in a topic Rapid Transit System " paint code cuda "   

    Very ambitious Steve, good luck! 
  4. Custom Mike added a post in a topic My first major kitbash..... '71/'73 Chargers   

    I'll definitely be watching this one TJ, I love the '71-'74 Chargers! Nice color on that one too, how much did it cost him?
  5. Custom Mike added a post in a topic '65 Impala   

    Welcome back Steve, nice looking Impala, along with all the other builds you've posted! I've gotta ask, do you remember what you painted your exhaust with on these kits, it looks great!
  6. Custom Mike added a post in a topic 1969 Dodge Coronet R/T   

    Nice start John, and that modified chassis looks great! I've done the silver/aluminum gas tanks myself for as long as I can remember, it just looks better that way to me.
  7. Custom Mike added a post in a topic Johan 1968 Coupe DeVille Conversion to Sedan   

    Chris, I used styrene strips then sanded them until they looked good to my eyes. Some 4 inch wide masking tape, trimming, and paint and it was done.
  8. Custom Mike added a post in a topic Johan 1968 Coupe DeVille Conversion to Sedan   

    I used 3M Blue painter's tape when I did my vinyl top, and it came out nicely. Put the tape down after adding the seams, trim it up, and paint it whatever color you want!

  9. Custom Mike added a post in a topic S13 Silvia and Pignose 240SX   

    Ken, I've always used either Dupli-Color Clear or U-Pol Clear over Sinful Colors nail polishes with no problems, have you tired either of those yet?
  10. Custom Mike added a post in a topic What did you get today?   

    I tried that first, two days later I had splotchy chrome!
  11. Custom Mike added a post in a topic What did you get today?   

    You can only use a water-based clear on the Molotow Liquid Chrome markers. I've brush-painted some Createx and Vallejo Clear over it and it worked fine. My next experiment will be to airbrush the Molotow (once I get my refill bottle that is!) and airbrushing the clear. Brush-painting the clear proved they are compatible, but brush marks in the clear kind of ruin the chrome!
  12. Custom Mike added a post in a topic 1971 Dodge Charger X2   

    Jason, get a can of Dupli-Color Primer/Sealer and you'll have no bleed-through, I used it on the Revell '77 Monte Snap kit (Molded in red), painted it with some Pearl Green nail polish and a White vinyl top, and it came out with zero bleed-through.
  13. Custom Mike added a post in a topic Honda Civic Si   

    Nice start Chris, and a great color combo. Having built this one (And re-built it to correct this mistake!), I can offer one big piece of advice. Cut the side windows loose from the front and rear windows, then trim them up to fit flush in their openings. If you don't cut them loose, you'll end up with problems getting the chassis and body together properly, my rear bumper wouldn't go on right until I did this. Everything else on the kit is awesome, fix that one problem and you'll have no other issues!
     
  14. Custom Mike added a post in a topic 69 camaro   

    Anthony, I opened up both the stock and RS grille for this kit using 80 grit sanding sticks. About 3 hours worth of work, but worth it. The RS grille gets very fragile once you open it up, so go slowly, otherwise you'll break it like I did!
    Opening kit grilles tutorial
  15. Custom Mike added a post in a topic What did you get today?   

    Instead of trimming the tip, pull it off the marker (It pops right out with ease) and drop it in some Acetone, it'll clean the blockage out overnight. Pull it out and let it dry for a few hours, pop it back in the marker and you're good to go!

     
    And the 4mm is great for bumpers! This is from the Revell '66 GTO kit, the one the chrome is always rubbed off of. I stripped it, painted it with some House Of Kolors Black, and used the 4mm to re-chrome it!