Not my work.. but I remember stumbling across it when researching the dodge magnum. This builder started with the resin stock car body and did a great job making it a stock dodge magnum. The starting point was a NASCAR body, but the same kind of work was involved.
I bought 4 of the re-issue 1/16th "Street charger", I have owned at least 4 AMT 1970 Impalas ... it is a model that for some reason I screw up constantly. I bought 4 1/16th 1957 vettes on ebay, then I do not know for sure but at least 10 Monogram nascar 89ish Tbirds in various boxings over the years.
I hoarded the Street Chargers since the tooling was going to be modified and never released again, and I planned to build several 1957 vettes but after I finished one, I did not want to do it again.
Now do not get me started on Hasegawa 1/48 phantoms...
Are you kidding me? I have the same project on my "get around to it list" I also have a black F-150 , except mine is not a 4x4 ... I also have a toolbox. Nice job on the model. Now if I can get the thing to stop blowing the brake light fuse it will be perfect.
I would have to say it is my Badger Million-aire silent compressor. First time I could adjust pressure while airbrushing, which opened up a whole new world of control. Plus, I could airbrush anytime without causing a racket with noisy compressor.
I built that kit when it was re-issued in 2006, this was before they re-issued it a few years later with PE.
I think I used every shade of testors metalizer on the engine and suspension. I kinda buggered up the decals and the red stripe, but I am still happy with it. I remember the multiple pieces of the wing being a bear to get smooth and it kept popping apart . The other thing that was a challenge was the window frames that attach to the doors. I was in the home stretch and rushed that part a little. Like you indicated above, the engine and the drivetrain are jewels .. the U joints and the rubber parts are functional. I always wondered what builders thought when this kit was released back in the 70s. That kit is a journey... have fun with it.
Fotki lost most of the pictures but here are a few
I decided to use a respirator when airbrushing, after a scary experience. I painted my 1/12th porsche 935 in a spray booth,I think I had run out of dust masks, or just forgot to put one on. Any way, due to lighting I found my self having to keep pretty close to it to see what I was doing. I was painting the body white, with MM enamel.
After I finished, I kept smelling paint, where ever I went. I finally looked in the mirror, and my nose hairs were white! I must have been breathing the overspray in. After that I took using protection much more seriously.
Ace-Garageguy summed it up pretty well. When I learned to paint bodies with enamel in the 90s (before I discovered lacquer) I found I had to thin the paint more than I though and move closer to the body. I can not really explain, it is just sort of muscle memory for me. If you start with a slightly thicker mix for the first few coats, it does not draw away from the body lines, then to build up the gloss, I use a thinner mix and move a little closer and get a very smooth finish with MM enamels. Like I said I do this mostly by "feel" and I "eyball" the thinning of the paint. If I get it right, it requires only a minimum of polishing.
If you can adjust the pressure with your compressor, you can manipulate it until the paint flows just right. Again I do this by feel. Remember to use light coats, do not be tempted to go to thick too fast.
I have had the same batch of needles for my H for 20+ years and never had to replace a seal, and I Use lacquer thinner and sometimes even acetone to clean up. The H with a 3 or a 5 tip can produce beautiful finishes. I find a double action to be a little bit fiddly for painting bodies, but I love the double action for painting little parts where varying the trigger helps to get just the right amount of paint on irregular parts.
Like any thing else PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE . Then, before you know it you will be a pro at painting bodies.
For me, like many others it is because the production runs are pretty short and kits can become difficult to find or just too expensive. I subscribe to the idea of "if you ever want to build it, grab it now" This is also especially true of resin kits.
Look at the Model king reissues of 2005-2008 (or thereabouts) - the nascar models, and the 70s trucks. These are outliers, but it does go to show you can not count on them being available later.
You never know what might disappear, I wish I had stocked up on gunze sangyo Aqueous hobby colors, they are great paints, but they are no longer sold in the US.
I used to buy 2 of each one I liked, but with Kits getting more expensive, I limit myself to one. I do intend to build them all....
If you like it you should get it soon, those were released in the "one run of fun" program, never to come back as the tooling was restored to re issue the petty charger. If you like Chargers, and 1/16th kits it is a great kit. I have several of them.
I am 37 and I want to say I started at 7 or 8 so almost 30 years ago, maybe more. As the tale goes, one day My Mom bought a model kit for my dad as a present when she saw them at the local dug store, perhaps as a birthday present. this would have been in 82 or 83. My dad had built models as a kid. ?He started out brush painting everything then started using spray paints and a badger spraygun with air cans. We would go to the National air and space museum and buy a model of an airplane we saw My Dad also taught me about all the different airplanes this way. At some point along this time I was given snap tites and simple glue models and my dad would help me. Later on we got an airbrush, compressor and a spray booth, and eventually when I was in High School oh say 9th grade or so I was airbrushing on my own. My parents were always pretty supportive of the hobby.
We usually had the latest issue of Fine Scale Modeler around the house. My Grandfather on my Dad's side built ship models, and my Uncle on my Mom's side built planes, then switched to race cars. He turned me on to NASCAR modeling and the Model car magazines of the time in the early 90s.
I never really stopped, I did not have much time when I was in college, I lived at home but much of my free time was used up with Radio Control Cars, studying, girls, etc but I never stopped completely. I have always built a mixture of Cars and airplanes. Once I was done with school and working full time in 1998 or so I returned to the hobby with more enthusiasm and attention to detail. I built quite a few models in the early 2000s but they all got damaged in a move and I tossed them. I build at a glacial pace these days but I enjoy it.
Now That I stop and think about it, it really runs in my family.