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  1. If having steerable front wheels is important to you, use a short length of aluminum tubing. Shave the spindle as shown in the photo, then epoxy to the tubing to get your proper axle height. Then drill through the upper and lower control arms with a pin vise and slide piano wire through them and the tubing and you're done! I did this with the spindles already glued to the wheels, but it's easier if done beforehand.
  2. Nice. I need to get more tiny drill bits; I've got a couple of them in pin vises right now but I didn't have the right size for a spindle modification I did. Fortunately, I found piano wire in the correct diameter, and with heat from a trusty Bic lighter, I melted the hole to size.
  3. OK, new front ride height. It's a subtle change but I didn't want it too low, and it sits nicely level now.
  4. Well, the reverse rake continues to bug me. Chassis sits just a little too nose high, so I think I'm gonna split the difference between the axles on the stock spindles and the lowering spindles (in pic). There's a difference of about 2.5 mm, so I need to come down 1 to 1.5 mm, which puts the axle pretty much centered in the spindle. Fortunately, even when everything is glued together in the front suspension, you can pry the control arms apart and pop the whole spindle/wheel assembly out. I figure I'll epoxy some aluminum tubing to the modified spindle, and run piano wire inside it and through the control arms. A pain, but the stance has to be right!!
  5. Cleaning up some of the fiddly chrome bits, and I'll touch them up when my Molotow pen gets here...hopefully today! Had to sand the edges of the vent window glass a bit to get them to fit in the frame recess. I used Pacer Formula 560 canopy glue for this (lots of rc planes in my past). It's white and dries clear, and the best thing is if you make a mistake, it peels off like rubber cement. Won't cloud the clear plastic at all. Windshield is a perfect snap fit into the frame, so I probably won't use glue whatsoever.
  6. Hadn't heard of Watson...will Google. Excellent engine; the rocker covers look great in gold. 👍
  7. Looking forward to seeing it. What's Watson style?
  8. Thanks! I'm not touching it for two full days! I want to avoid that big fat fingerprint in the paint.
  9. Thanks for the source; I will certainly get some in the future. I'm fortunate to live reasonably close to Pegasus Hobbies (40-minute drive) so I'll see if they stock it on my next trip. So few brick-and-mortar shops around anymore...two hobby shops within 15 minutes of my house have closed in recent years. Sign of the times...
  10. Nice stash! Don't forget to schedule some "lung recovery time" between builds. 😀
  11. Great ideas! I usually use the transmission as a handle...and of course I don't have the foresight to put off painting the transmission until the end, so it's a fingerprinted mess and needs a repaint!
  12. Everyone has a fave, right? I'll start. These locking tweezers are really great at holding small parts for painting. Part of a whole set at Harbor Freight for less than $10, IIRC It'd be great to see what others can't live without. Edit: Posted in wrong subforum. Mods, can you move to Tips & Tricks?
  13. I'm glad you found the gold paint. Are gold and brown mixed for the chassis, or is the gold sprayed first?
  14. Love it! I really like the last few photos with low light and shadows. Killer diorama.
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