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About GerN

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  • Scale I Build
    1/24, 1/43

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    Bel Air, MD
  • Full Name
    Gerald Nielsen

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  1. Body putty

    I second Mr. Engwer: Bondo Pro is very easy to use; varying the mix ratio just affects hardening time - I haven't had a problem, so anyone can use it. Be aware, it is softer than styrene, even softer than resin.
  2. Mold release?

    I've made a huge number (hundreds) of RTV molds (Permatex) using about a 70/30 mixture of mineral spirits and petroleum jelly on the object to be duplicated. I do let it dry before applying the RTV. This leaves a nice, thin, even coat of petroleum jelly on the master. This also works well as a mold release for poured resin, which I use if the mold has thin projections that might break.
  3. Bondo one part putty is basically thick lacquer paint; as such, it will bite into paint and styrene. It has to gas out to dry, and so will shrink. Except for very thin applications, I use Bondo professional two part. It is a little softer than styrene, even when fully hardened, which I like.
  4. BMW Isetta custom

    Altogether excellent!
  5. 48 Ford Custom Coupe x 2

    Two great builds!
  6. Tamiya Laferrari - Bronze Matte

    Looks so real!
  7. Dune Rod

    Just remembered: The tail lights are cast from white CR-300 (as are the tires, wheels and radiator), coated with a Molotov chrome pen and then detailed with clear red paint. BTW, I brush-painted almost everything (except the chassis and interior, sprayed flat black by the original builder). There are a few things I would now do differently, including: raise the body-stiffening bar behind the headrests to also serve as a roll bar; fill the mufflers before gluing them in.
  8. Dune Rod

    This was supposed to be a quick and easy build, just some hacking and gluing to a cheap built-up. I can't believe how slow I am. This isn't quite finished, but it may never get any better, so here it is. It is supposed to represent a stripped-down rod intended for fun on the dunes. I didn't have the 1:1 photo (sitting outside a parts junkyard) until after I'd already cut up the body, or I would have been tempted to copy that car, in spite of the additional work. The built-up was missing some parts (shocks, hoses, tie rod, steering linkage, etc.) but I only plan to add the highly visible hoses in the interest of a quick build. I am curious to see how many viewers applaud the originality and how many deplore the desecration. Enjoy!
  9. 1968 Chevy Corvette Resto

    This post is mislabeled: it should clearly be Wonder Woman's invisible car.
  10. Pacer Wagon - Camp Racemore

    Great choice; something really different.
  11. 47 Chevy Flight-master Jet Car

    Superb in every respect! A great example of smashing through boundaries.
  12. Photo Help

    If you have existing photos too large to copy to the forum, you can use GIMP 2 to shrink the pixel count. Open the too-large photo in GIMP, then use Export As (under File) and set the export percentage at a low enough value (30 shrinks a 4 MB file to about 200 KB) and export to a new, shrunken, forum-ready file.
  13. BMW M3 1/7/19 update

    Excellent detail painting!