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Art Anderson

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  1. Art Anderson added a post in a topic Thinning ratio for car paint.   

    SERIOUSLY, there really is no true "thinning ratio" for paints for airbrushing, no matter what the "engineering" types will tell you!  Every brand, indeed any bottle or can of paint will differ at least slightly in consistency--I've been airbrushing paint on model cars since 1962--so I do think I know a bit about it.
    Rant said, let's look at it:  In my more than 50 yrs of airbrushing paint on model cars, I've learned that thinning paint is a bit of an art--there really is NO mathematical formula--but the "calibrated eyeball" thing does work.  Think about drinking a glass of milk here: Note how the milk "sheets" down the inside of that glass--that's the characteristic of how thinned paint needs to be for airbrushing.  Simply pour the paint you want into your airbrush jar (or a separate bottle if you are using  an airbrush with a gravity feed cup), then add the appropriate thinner to the point where that paint "sheets" down the inside of the glass bottle like that 2% milk your parents bought you for your breakfast cereal--it IS that simple, even though it is an "eyeball" evauation.
    Now, go forth, experinent  (by the way, testing this on a cheap plastic spoon (think picnic spoons here!)  will prove what i have just said--so take it from someone who's been airbrushing model car bodies since January 1963.
  2. Art Anderson added a post in a topic best brass finish?   

    Bear in mind though:  Those pre-WW-II natural rubber tires were never pure black in color, but rather a VERY dark charcoal gray!   (carbon black powder added to cream-colored natural rubber makes dark grey, not black).
  3. Art Anderson added a post in a topic Sanding sticks   

    I just make my own sanding sticks!   Wet-or-Dry sandpaper, fixed to small wooden sticks (basswood from Hobby Lobby) or popsicle sticks, with gap-filling CA Glue.  I can make sanding sticks in any shape needed, and use them WET!
  4. Art Anderson added a post in a topic 200 cu.in. Ford Straight 6 cylinder engine   

    That engine was included as a chrome-plated display engine in AMT's 1961 Falcon 3in1 kit.
  5. Art Anderson added a post in a topic chain   

    Campbell Scale Models has a very nice scale chain--links are about 1/16" diameter, blacked brass, for model railroadiers--makes great "safety chain" for pickup tailgates!
  6. Art Anderson added a post in a topic best brass finish?   

    For starters, as I've pointed out numerous times--those early tires were never truly white, but rather a "buff" color when new.  In late 1913-early 1914,  several rubber companies began adding carbon black powder to their raw latex rubber before vulcanizing, finding that doing this greatly extended tire life, and made a stronger tire in the bargain.
  7. Art Anderson added a post in a topic best brass finish?   

    Bruce, if you do a Google Image Search for 1914 Model T Ford (I just did!), you will notice that at some point in 1913, the headlights went from all brass construction to a black painted "body", with the rim around the lens and that blocky-looking "chimney" on top being polished brass--that would be so very easy to do in BMF, then painted with Tamiya clear yellow.  I did some foil work on my ICM '13 T and then painted that with Clear Yellow--looks like polished brass to me!
  8. Art Anderson added a post in a topic best brass finish?   

    You can also use Bare Metal Foil, then paint over it with Tamiya's Clear Yellow--show field bright and shiny!
  9. Art Anderson added a post in a topic Model T Engine   

    Another part of the equation ought to be adding the two small petcocks to the flywheel housing, which were used to check the oil level, one directly below the other.   Adding the transmission pedals to the left side of the engine is another very visible and yet essential detail.  I really like where this model engine project is headed!
  10. Art Anderson added a post in a topic How can I get this exact finish on my model wheels?   

    Even brighter are the new Molotow Liquid Chrome pens--mirror bright!
  11. Art Anderson added a post in a topic Hudson Hornet   

    About the only thing I can think of, is to follow the assembly sequence of the chassis to the letter--given the rather complicated nature of the driveshaft and how it needs to be installed.
  12. Art Anderson added a post in a topic Four door or sedan/post interest   

    Over the history of model car kits (and our hobby of buying and building them) the overall experience is that 4 door cars have 2 doors too many.  While there are modelers who have a specific interest in 4dr's, I'd be concerned, were I the person making the financial decisions as to what cars to create model kits of.
  13. Art Anderson added a post in a topic Question   

    More than likely all the parts options that were in the original IMC  kit of this car were included in the Union Models Ltt. reissue from Japan.
  14. Art Anderson added a post in a topic '55 Buick Century sedan..... modified from Maisto police car   

    Of course, bear in mind that for 1955, when Buick reintroduced the Century, it was available to civilians in just three body styles:  Convertible, Hardtop, and a Station Wagon.  However, the California Highway Patrol ordered 201 Special 2dr sedans, with the Century's engine, and trimmed out as a Century--none were sold to the general public when new, and I believe just one of of the CHP sedans exists today.   But, it sure does make for a neat conversion, just the same!
  15. Art Anderson added a post in a topic Auto ID #309 Finished   

    Considering that Voisin (as with so many carmakers), had some very distinctive styling features--most notably their very slab-sided bodies, and the distinctive front fender to radiator chromed bracing--once you've seen a Voisin, any other Voisin is easy to recognize.