Art Anderson

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  1. Art Anderson added a post in a topic Update 5/28/16: 1932 Duesenberg Model J, Berline coachwork by Le Rouge   

    I've been working on a bunch of very tedious, fiddly detailing on the body shell--correcting the right side wheel arch, moving the door hinges for the front doors to conventional opening, rescribing door lines, and finally, testing out an idea I had regarding the door handles.  While looking at my stock of dressmaker straight pins, it occurred to me that yeah, they would make perfect slimline tapered door handles.  So, after "blunting" the points down (no need for them to be sharp enough to BLAH_BLAH_BLAH_BLAH my fingers easily), then bending them at a fairly sharp right angle, I drilled #73 holes in the beltline molding, and tried my theory--I think it works!   Next step?  Make thin, small diameter bezels that can be foiled to a chromed appearance.
     

  2. Art Anderson added a post in a topic '40 Chevy 2 dr sedan..ever made as a kit or resin?   

    Never done in a plastic model kit (don't think I've ever seen one in diecast either), and not likely anyone ever did it in resin as well.  Big problem:  That is a one-year only body--nothing carried over from 1939, and none of the shapes of the '40 Chevy were carried forward for the 1941 model.
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  3. Art Anderson added a post in a topic Ferrari 250 GTO - Fujimi or Revell Germany?   

    Something to consider when thinking accuracy of any of these kits:  Every 250 GTO was slightly different in body panels/shapes that the others, for the simple reason that these cars were hand-built, with body panels that were individually hammered out of aluminum with minimal wood forming templates.  I've read that some panels were even formed "freehand" as well, which accounts for perhaps even the variations between model kits--at least that seems plausible.
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  4. Art Anderson added a post in a topic Down to brass tacks...   

    Tamiya's Clear Yellow Acrylic does a great job on chrome plated plastic, makes it look just like polished brass.
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  5. Art Anderson added a post in a topic Painting Die cast?   

    I strongly suggest the use of "self-etching" primer on diecast, as many ordinary primers, both for real cars and for model cars, tend not to adhere (grip) non-ferrous metals reliably.
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  6. Art Anderson added a post in a topic Paint crazing ?   

    Joe, you don't say what brand of "enamel" paint you used on this, or whether or not you sprayed that over another coat of paint, but that's what it appears to be.    All enamel paints are not created equal--many brands sold as consumer rather than hobby products can have solvents that are "hotter" than say, Testors, and can cause this every problem if used over Testors.
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  7. Art Anderson added a post in a topic AMT 1925 T BUCKET BODY......ARE THERE SEVERAL VARIATIONS...   

    To fill this out a bit:  When Ford began production of the T-Bucket with it's compound curved shapes in 1915, they omitted the left side (driver's side in the US) door, due mostly to the placement of the reverse gear/handbrake lever, while stamping a raised molding on the left side of the roadster (and forward side panel on touring cars) just to "balance things up" visually. This feature was carried forward through 1925, when the new-for-1926 Model T open car bodies got a driver's side door.  
    Just to making things interesting, AC, ALL Model T open cars of those years produced in Canada, did have fully functional doors on open body styles (roadsters and touring cars),  probably as Ford of Canada produced cars for sale across the British Empire, where so many countries drive on the left side of the road.  
    AMT's '25 T roadster body shell is actually quite correct for US domestic market.
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  8. Art Anderson added a post in a topic Mufflers are getting exhausting   

    I've made oval cross-section mufflers more than a few times from laminated Evergreen styrene, filed to shape, with end caps made from shee styrene, cut and filed to shape, then sanded--far easier to just do than try to describe.  (Speaking from more than 60 yrs of plastic model car building experience here)
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  9. Art Anderson added a post in a topic Tamiya paint   

    Not to mention humidy.
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  10. Art Anderson added a post in a topic Mufflers are getting exhausting   

    Yes!  If you keep your eyes open at places like Hobby Lobby, even hardware stores, pure tin solder is available--it's much stiffer than the old-fashioned "lead-tin" solder, and does come in a small variety of sizes (diameters).  The advantage?  Pure tin solder is a good bit harder, stiffer than ordinary solder, and will hold its shape a lot better.
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  11. Art Anderson added a post in a topic Rubbery resin from paint remover?   

    Unfortunately not.  Resin, more specifically polyurethane resin, is very sensitive to many chemicals we use for stripping paint, and Scalecoat is one of those.
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  12. Art Anderson added a post in a topic Newbie: Food Dehydrators & Paint Dryers Question   

    My Oster is preset at 120F, which is quite safe for polystyrene and any paint that I will ever use.  I usually let a body shell air dry at room temperature for 25-30 minutes, which is enough time for lacquers to dry to the touch, even Scale Finishes Acrylic Enamels.  When I put the body in the dehydrator, I plan on leaving it in there for at least a couple of hours, but at least once I forgot a body in that unit for several hours--and no deleterious effects occurred!  But, a couple of hours on an airbrushed paintjob I've found to be quite adequate, after which the body shell can be polished and waxed.
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  13. Art Anderson added a post in a topic Newbie: Food Dehydrators & Paint Dryers Question   

    And yet, I let body shells "air dry" then simply set them in my Dehydrator (Oster, bought at Walmart about 4 yrs ago), finish the drying process that way--have yet to see any marks along the bottom edges of any body shell I've baked that way!
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  14. Art Anderson added a post in a topic Update 5/28/16: 1932 Duesenberg Model J, Berline coachwork by Le Rouge   

    Bear in mind that a true Berline from the Classic Era could be had as "transformable", meaning that it could be configured for a chauffeur, thus functioning as a formal sedan or limousine, and for those occasions when the owner wanted to drive it as a family car, that "privacy" panel behind the chauffeur's seat could be removed (on many Berlines, but not all).  In addition, while most any exotic luxury car built in the US at least in 1931-32 tended to be painted in conservative colors, often quite dark (so as to not be conspicuous in those years of soup kitchens and bread lines, many that were sold in places such as Florida, or certainly in Southern California could be very brightly painted.  So, there was a lot of room for a prospective buyer to maneuver, to make a decision on such as color and color schemes.
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  15. Art Anderson added a post in a topic Update 5/28/16: 1932 Duesenberg Model J, Berline coachwork by Le Rouge   

    Duesenberg's wire wheels were unique to that marque, however--very visually different.  Unfortunately, Monogram felt it necessary to simplify the spoke pattern for the outer row of spokes, as in real life, those wheels are "triple laced", meaning that about 1/3 or so of those spokes went to the inner row at the rim, for greater strength.  It's rather understandable, given Fred Duesenberg's heritage of building race cars (Duesenbergs won at Indianapolis in 1924, 1925 and 1927, as well as the 1921 French Grand Prix.  Also consider that the Model J in normally aspirated form had the most powerful production automobile engine built up to 1929--265hp from 420cid,  and that was raised to 320hp with the addition of a supercharger (SJ version) with a couple of those engines being further "breathed upon" by Fred's younger brother in 1935--an incredible 425hp from that same 420 cid unit.  In addition, they were massive, and rather heavy cars--a simple roadster could weigh in at nearly 5000 lbs, with limousines, town cars, even phaetons more than that--up to an incredible nearly 7,000 lbs for the one-off "Father Divine Throne Car"!
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