curt raitz

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  1. curt raitz added a post in a topic Bitchn'Rides '50 Phantom Fleetside   

    Borrowed a method for using earth-magnets for displaying the hood opened and closed from my buddy Raul Perez.
    His method does not involve using a movable hinge, but steel wires fastened to the hinge that snap to earth-magnets mounted behind the firewall. 
    Here's the hood with kit hinges and steel wires attached.

    Earth-magnets superglued to back of firewall...

    Steel wires from hood in contact with magnets...

    Hood closed...

    Hood opened...

    Scratch-built tail light assemblies...

    Everything primed and ready for some color....

    Thanks for lookin'
  2. curt raitz added a post in a topic Ducati 900 - Mike Hailwood Replica - 1/12 - Tamiya   

    Excellent kit, I 've built a few of these.
    Nice photos of Mr. Hailwood and especially his "mechanic"
    have fun...
  3. curt raitz added a post in a topic Stage Coach Wheelsatnder.......On the workbench 8/11/15   

    "Not the sharpest knife in the drawer", either...
    Looks like your having fun John
    c'ya dude 
  4. curt raitz added a post in a topic Stage Coach Wheelsatnder.......On the workbench 8/11/15   

    I was wondering what your next project would be...dueling stages with Chris, heh!
    1/16th scale to boot, must be a biggin'...
    Looking great so far dude
    c'ya 
  5. curt raitz added a post in a topic Tony Adamwoicz F5000 ride @ Riverside in 1969   

    Attended the Monterey Historic Reunion at Laguna Seca on Friday with "She Who Must Be Obeyed".
    I brought the model and a copy of the Model Car Magazine with my article on building the model to give to Tony Adamwoicz.
    I found the the car in the F5000 compound at Laguna Seca. Tony wasn't there, but talked to Bill from the Riverside International Automobile Museum about my plans to give him the model and magazine. Bill said Tony would be there later in the afternoon and due to his failing health would not be driving the car this weekend. I asked who would be driving the car and he stated nobody would be driving it, because Tony was the only one to have ever driven the car and the museum planned on keeping it that way. He also said this would be the last year it would be at Laguna Seca. He said Tony would love receiving the model and invited my wife and I to join him and the other F5000 competitors for a brief ceremony honoring Tony later that afternoon.
    I met and presented the model and magazine to Tony that evening.
    It's moments like this which makes me enjoy being a modeler and with it the ability to add to another persons well being.
    Here are a few photos of Tony...




     
  6. curt raitz added a post in a topic Bitchn'Rides '50 Phantom Fleetside   

    Time to focus on the Fleetside pick up bed, sidewalls and tailgate.
    This is what I need to duplicate, too bad they didn't throw a tonneaux cover on the bed...


    First I cut out patterns in .010 plastic sheet for the front, sides and rear of the bed.

    Then glued them in place with CA glue, being careful not to glue my fingers to the model...


    Got'em in place and shot a primer coat over them. Just need to go in and clean up and finish it.


    Now onto the bonnet and engine compartment.
    thanx for looking'...
  7. curt raitz added a post in a topic Bitchn'Rides '50 Phantom Fleetside   

    A "rolling chassis" complete, well not really...I never build a model with wheels that roll!



    The AMT '50 Chevy PickUp cab mated to the resin panel behind. I used Miliput to fill in the side and rear of the fleet side bed.


    Here's the body sitting on the chassis, so far it's looking' good. 

    Thanx for lookin'...
  8. curt raitz added a post in a topic Bitchn'Rides '50 Phantom Fleetside   

    Update on the Phantom Fleetside;
    Finished the chassis ready for engine, exhaust, etc.



    While looking closer at photos of the truck, I noticed the disc brakes were smaller plus the calipers were black.
    I replaced them and mounted the engine, exhaust and fuel tank to the chassis.





     Now onto the fun part...finishing the body.
  9. curt raitz added a post in a topic New Site/Forum Look   

    Yes, same for me. I was able to load photos from Fotki until yesterday. Now I can't unless I use the method AZTom uses.
  10. curt raitz added a post in a topic Bitchn'Rides '50 Phantom Fleetside   

    Thanx for the positive comments so far...
    I'm gonna try and update the build, hopefully the photos will load this time!
    I was afraid I would need to get the wheels 3-D printed. But by pure accident I found a set of wheels in a kit that are almost exact replicas of the Billet Specialties Legacy wheels used on this truck.

    I picked up this kit on ebay for a future diorama project. I wasn't keen on the custom wheels until I looked at them really close. Dang, it looks like they used the Billet Specialties Legacy wheels as a pattern for these. And another bonus - they spec out to be 19" and 20" in 1/25 scale.


    Photo of the wheels/tires showing contrast between the finished wheels/tires and unfinished:

    Sometimes..."even a blind squirrel will find the nut"
    Back to the bench 
    I don't know about this new version, now all of my text decides to underline itself...and I can't change it????
  11. curt raitz added a post in a topic Bitchn'Rides '50 Phantom Fleetside   

    So what happened?
    Do I change my settings in fotki or on the forum. I really like the "Share" button in fotki and the "attach photo" button in the old version.
    worked beautifully!!!
  12. curt raitz added a post in a topic New Site/Forum Look   

    Thank you, that's too bad...I have the same problem with the itty-bitty default font!
  13. curt raitz added a post in a topic New Site/Forum Look   

    OK
    a couple of issues
    1. I finally figured out how to load photos from Fotki, it was working fine until today. The file shows up on the post, but the image will not open as it has always done in the past.
    2. Can I change the default font/size in the reply box? I like this one. 
    other than these two issues, I'm liking it so far
  14. curt raitz added a post in a topic Bitchn'Rides '50 Phantom Fleetside   

    Ah yes the paint...
    Kudos to Jameston from ScaleFinishes! I had the pleasure of meeting him at the GSLXV in April. I discussed with him of my idea of building the Phantom Fleetside. He resides in Salt Lake City and took the time to visit Kingdig-iT Designs to get information on the Fleetside. He was able to identify the paint they used and he made up a "Phantom Fleetside" batch of paint. 
    Red is Audi 4Y4Y Salsa Red; White is Chrysler PWG Cool White
    http://media.fotki.com/1_p,rrdtwktrrwksddsxgwkgsrskgfgd,vi/fwqtkwgdbxrtqgrtqkxsqbddwtwt/3/1265603/13748826/DSCN1253-vi.jpg
    For some reason I'm no longer able to load photos from fotki, was working fine a couple days ago - what happened?
    the file is there, but no image...

    Didn't work..at least I thought it didn't until I saved the post - wella! photo showed up
  15. curt raitz added a post in a topic Bitchn'Rides '50 Phantom Fleetside   

    More progress photos...
    I used the LS3 engine/transmission from the Camaro kit. I was not able to find a scale Magnuson rear-drive supercharger for this engine.
    So, I built my own. I made a mold of it and resin cast a bunch of 'em - so if any of you need a Magnuson rear drive supercharger...

    Engine coming together:

    Also did the same with the valve covers:

    Well,I got caught up in the moment and finished the engine, made decals for the "Fleetside" on the valve covers.




    Thanx for lookin' more to come...