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John Jacobs

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    Lexington, SC
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  1. 66 Malibu SS (Revell Monogram)

    Thanks for the comments. One of the things I forgot to mention was the decals. This comment is actually a continuation from my last model. I was given a bunch of model kits from a guy who had been storing these kits in a hot and humid garage for maybe 20 years. On the last model I did, I tried to do the decals, but the larger ones basically disintegrated in the water. I found a product called "Liquid Decal Film" made by Microscale. Supposedly, you can paint this stuff over old decals, and it will hold them together when you put them in water. So, when it came to this kit, there were some cool flame decals and license plates. As a test, I painted the film over one of the license plates and attempted to place it on the model. The film did a good job of holding the decal together, but when it started to dry, it just curled up. There was no glue holding it down. So, I assumed the flame decals would act the same way, and decided against putting them on this model.
  2. 66 Malibu SS (Revell Monogram)

    This is a '66 Malibu SS (Revell Monogram). The body paint is Testors Metallic Black enamel. The interior is Testors Yellow enamel. I used a Molotow Chrome pen on the windows. On the rear chrome I painted with Model Master flat black acrylic, and then used a toothpick to scrape off the raised letters. The lettering on the tires was originally flat white enamel, but I found after 2 weeks that it never dries. I rubbed it off with thinner and repainted with white acrylic. I used flat black acrylic in the radiator and on the engine heads. I put a coating of Future on, but didn't think it was glossy enough, so I kept layering on coatings until it became a big mess. Then I sprayed it down with Windex and ran it under the sink faucet and all the Future rubbed off easily. But not before I accidentally scraped up some of the paint. Two coatings of Future with a Q-tip eliminated almost all the scratches. This model has a poor design for fitting parts together. The side frames for the engine actually interfere with the exhaust pipes. I had a really tough time with that. Also, I had a tough time getting the front to stay on and had to end up using superglue, which unfortunately shows up on the seams. The workbench thread is here.
  3. 66 Malibu SS (Monogram) - Updated 17 May 2018

    This kit has some major flaws in the way it fits together, but I'm making it fit. A little more progress on it.
  4. 1960 Chevrolet Impala

    That color combination looks good and I like the detail on the trim.
  5. 66 Malibu SS (Monogram) - Updated 17 May 2018

    This monstrosity is what will be going under the hood.
  6. I've been working on this '66 Malibu SS by Revell Monogram. The painting is mostly done, and I've just started assembly. The kit called for a gloss black exterior and red interior. I'm using a metallic black exterior and yellow interior. The trim is done using Molotow chrome pen.
  7. 67 Corvette (Monogram)

    Thanks for the comments. The body is Testors green metal flake enamel. I thought it was going to be glossy, but it had more of a dull metallic finish. I used at least 5 coats of Future to give it some gloss. The metallic paint really soaked up the Future like a sponge. The interior is Testors flat brown enamel. This kit comes with a lot of chrome parts. Some parts I wanted to keep chrome but with a different color on detailed areas. I learned a little trick about painting on top of chrome. I sprayed just a little white Tamiya primer in a bottle cap and then brush-painted primer over the areas of the chromed pieces I wanted a different color. After dry, I painted the new color on top of the primer and it worked really well.
  8. Tamiya AMG GT3-12th Annual 24hr of Daytona Group Build

    Looks great. I'm amazed you finished it so quickly.
  9. 69 Camaro Pace Car convertible

    Looks great. Did you do something to bring out the detail in the upholstery, like a black wash or a different color? I like it.
  10. 70 Monte Carlo SS

    Excellent job on this build.
  11. 67 Corvette (Monogram)

    This is a 1:25 Revell Monogram kit of a '67 Corvette 427 Roadster. This is one of many kits generously given to me by a friend from work. It turned out almost exactly as I imagined it. The only differences were the omission of the white hood stripe and the redline tires. The decals were really old and had been stored in a garage with poor air conditions. Some of the decals disintegrated in water. I found a product online, a brush-on film for preserving old decals I can use on future models. Most of the parts under the hood and in the interior have a color scheme based on Corvette part pictures I found online. The Workbench thread is located here:
  12. 1967 Corvette (Monogram) - Updated 13 Jan 2018

    Thank you for the offer, but I'm just going to leave this one without the white stripe.
  13. 1967 Corvette (Monogram) - Updated 13 Jan 2018

    Thanks. The interior is Testors flat brown enamel.
  14. 1967 Corvette (Monogram) - Updated 13 Jan 2018

    I should have been clearer. The Testors green metal flake paint went on okay, but it took about 5 coats of Future before it became glossy. I don't think the paint is intended to look glossy, being a metallic paint. I was surprised how much Future it soaked up, though. Regarding the decals, this kit, along with a bunch of others, was given to me by a guy who had them sitting in his garage for years, maybe decades. The decals must be extremely brittle from exposure to poor air conditions. I found a product online called liquid decal film by Microscale that may be able to preserve some of the decals from other kits. It's too late for this one, but that's okay.