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EngineerBob

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  1. I use a cordless butane soldering iron (such as the one from Weller but Harbor Freight carries one also) that has an attachment to turn it into a pin-point heat gun for bending styrene rod. Allows you to precisely heat a very localized area. Like all heat sources, you have to learn how much is just the right amount of heat for the bend that you are making.
  2. I can't speak for others but in, my case, I chose to cut the body much like you would have done with a 1:1 race car. Used a scribe for the horizontal cut and a thin blade saw for the vertical cuts. Glued the removed fender piece behind the arch which was moved forward and filled the saw kerf gap with a small piece of sheet styrene. Don't forget that you'll also need to correspondingly modify the chassis/floor pan too.
  3. So far so good! Looking forward to seeing how this custom bird turns out. I'm building the same 57 Tbird but as a land speed racer.
  4. What's there to be un-sure of? Looks like a fantastic start to me! I love imaginative kit bashing.
  5. Love the vintage-racecar look and the creativity. Thanks for sharing.
  6. I think I get the most satisfaction modeling by making something different out of my left-over parts or bodies of cars that I have no desire to ever build. I've shown a couple of my previous builds along this vein. Here is a Dodge COE hauler that I made out of a 69' pick-up cab, '30 Ford Coupe rear fenders, engine from the Daytona Transporter, and the sides/bed from a Show Trailer. I'm also turning a left-over '48 Ford Coupe body into a retro-future Flying Car ala The Fifth Element. Seats/interior out of the Daytona Transporter, 'jet' engines from a B17 plane model, etc.
  7. Similar to SfanGoch, I spray paint the part with a base of dark metallic or red oxide (depending on how rusty I'm going for) and then stipple paint a variety of rusts, oranges, and yellow inexpensive craft acrylics and then top coat with flat clear.
  8. Welcome to the forum! Looking forward to seeing some of your unique creations. (Also, I have fond memories of our previous two visits to Vienna).
  9. Check out the photos from when this car was at the Mecum auction: 1965 Mercury Comet 427 SOHC A/FX Super Cyclone | S154 | Indianapolis 2013 (mecum.com)
  10. James- That example you showed looks great, the 'inconsistent finish' is what makes it look real; like an English country road that I got lost on (more than once). Check out the "Asphalt Base" thread by Beans (use 'Search') on this forum for other suggestions.
  11. It doesn't really fit in any current NHRA class except for maybe Competition Eliminator. In nostalgia racing such as the Good-Guys series it would probably be Nostalgia Eliminator 1.
  12. In the past, I've used straight bumpers such as from a van for roll pans; remove the chrome and cut to fit.
  13. Welcome to the Forum. Exceptional model, especially for someone who started modeling less than a year ago!
  14. I've been thinking about building a vintage looking COE Motorhome and haven't come up with the motorhome portion yet myself. I considered the vintage motorhome model kit but they're pretty pricey. I also considered making the 'box' from scratch from textured styrene siding but didn't think I could get the details, windows, vents, etc, just right. I'm keeping my eye open for something unconventional to start with such as a toy trailer or a trailer christmas ornament or something. I'm looking forward to what you come up with. By the way, checkout an old post here, "Ford 1941 COE camper hauler" to see a scratchbuilt motorhome/hauler.
  15. Good start, looks just like a bare motorhome chassis as delivered. What are you going to use to make the motorhome?
  16. I agree, great forum! Only been here a short time but this is the only forum that I look at on a daily basis.
  17. Thanks, The Walking Dead universe could definitely use some more creative rides.
  18. Just my two cents, I'd go with the Valiant; not because the Pontiac is mint (what's the point of a model that doesn't get built?) but because those Valiants are so ugly they're cool. It would look really good and more current as a pro-touring rather than a pro-street, though.
  19. My opinion is that the Lakes Pipes don't improve the look that you have so far. The stance and wheels/tires looks more hot rod and the Lakes Pipes are more traditionally Kustom features.
  20. Wow! Superb "How-To", that takes the mystery out of the casting process.
  21. Beautiful! I love custom heavily modified models and yours is top notch.
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