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  1. Since I have some extra time on my hands these days I'm working on completing some of my models. I pulled out my Aoshima 1/24 Knight Rider KITT only to discover I've lost both side mirrors. 😡 I know these parts are not easy to come by so I'm looking for a little direction. Does anyone make resin castings or 3D print them? Is there any decent substitute that might be easier to find? Thank you for the help, Chris
  2. Completed a trade with Renegade (aka Terry Schmalriede). Great to work with. Smooth transaction.
  3. Does anyone make the grille from the Fall Guy kit in resin? Thanks, Chris
  4. Hey Guys, No major updates to report. I'm redoing the gas tanks. The frame needs to be straightened. I got repops of the tires from the Revell Tomb Raider Rubicon from Maa's Resin. I'm might go with the conventional route to lengthen the bed (I'm hoping to open the secret compartment). The resin bed is from Resin Motor Replicas but it may not work for me. I've got many other things going on. I do hope to,return to this project soon. Thanks for the interest. Chris
  5. Does anyone make a 727 auto tranny or stock intake manifold in 1/16 for the MPC General Lee? Thanks, Chris
  6. Missing Link has a nice conversion--body, interior, grille/bumper and tail light panels--with the option to build it standard or R/T. The quality of their stuff is top notch. Chris
  7. You're pretty brave to make the corrections to that body! I've been working on a Coyote build myself. I stumbled onto this website: http://public.fotki.com/Rockinroller/plastic/hardcastle--mccormi/ I used all the pictures for reference. I made a few changes (e.g. different seats due to availability, differences in assembling scratch-built elements). Good luck on the build! Chris
  8. Quick update. Finished the dash/doghouse. Scratched the radio. Drilled holes for cup holders! Few switches to the right of the gauges. Little bit of bare metal to dress it up.
  9. Thanks for the compliments and encouragement. The plan for the hinges is that once I get them positioned, I'll solder them to a larger piece of brass and glue that to the body. These vans are like "rolling" dioramas. It's hard not to open them up. I just hope I can pull it all off. My goal is to have it done for NNL East in April. Chris
  10. Here are some updates on my van. Here are the brass hinges I made for opening the back doors: I scratchbuilt new leaf springs: I made skirts for the seats using masking tape and aluminum foil. I also added pedestals to mount them: More work on the dash and doghouse. Putty, sand, prime, repeat. Here are the door panels with arm rests. I am using the back side of Plastruct tread plate for the interior diamond pleating. Thanks for looking, Chris
  11. My user name: I'm a pastor so the "rev" is for Reverend (Rev.) and shag is from an old nickname as in Shaggy from Scooby-Doo. My appetite used to resemble Shaggy's. My avatar is the 2010 movie version of the A-Team van. I put it up as motivation as that is my current project. Chris
  12. Just a little update. Got some paint on some of the interior bits (lots of semi-gloss black!) Mocked up the interior: Chris
  13. Chief those are amazing looking! What size wheel did this end up being? Thanks, Chris
  14. Hey Foxer, It was your build that actually motivated me to open the back doors. I'm going to try Jairus Watson's technique for building hinges. http://www.modelcarsmag.com/door-hinges/ Chris
  15. I am going to be making exposed hinges out of brass using Jairus Watson's method found here: http://www.modelcarsmag.com/door-hinges/ It requires soldering the brass and I was wondering, which is better, a soldering iron or a soldering torch? More brass work could be in the future of my model building so that might effect which is the better tool. Thanks. Chris
  16. I've been working on this build for a little while now. It's the 2010 movie version of the A-Team Van. I started with the Ertl A-Team Van kit. I replaced the front molded springs with wire and will be scratching some new rear leaf springs as well as using a better 10-bolt rear end. I am still modifying the kit dog house and dash to more accurately represent the correct year. The interior of the movie van is different from the TV van in that there is diamond plate in the back, a couple of tool boxes, and spare tires. The interior walls are covered with a diamond pleat patter which I'll be replicating with Plastruct tread plate. The body of the kit is modified in that I added bracing to the front doors like later models. There is a different grille guard/bull bar which I scratch built (there will be a different light bar on the top too). I filled in the holes for the kit lights, modified the rear spoiler to be more accurate. I also added 2 additional sunroofs. These were added for the movie mainly for lighting purposes. I cut the back doors open to show off the interior. I recently got the materials needed for hinges and will be taking on that challenge soon. Oh, and I put windows in the back doors (not pictured). I appreciate any feedback and encouragement you guys have. This project has taken on a life of its own (imagine that! ) Thanks for looking
  17. revshag

    VW Beetle

    Hey Guys, Thanks for the compliments. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. Should exceed my father-in-law's expectations (which is always a good thing ! :D )
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    VW Beetle

    My father-in-law recently got back into HO model trains. He got this Bug for the display. It's an 1:87 scale diecast. He owned a Bug back in the day and asked me to repaint it to replicate his 1:1. Somewhere in the conversation I mentioned using fingernail polish. He found the nail polish and he says it's almost an exact match to the way he remembers it. I know green was a popular color in the 60's but it's scary to think you can find this color in nail polish! Anyway, here's the before as I had disassembled but not yet stripped it: After stripping the paint, I polished it with 000 steel wool and then airbrushed right over the metal. I BMF'd the lights and trim (if you thought it was a pain in 1/25, try it in 1/87!) I've been in a bit of a building funk so it felt good to get this knocked out pretty quick. Here's the finished product:
  19. On the 1st Unit (hero car) General Lee, they used 14x7 Vectors (running 235/70/R14 tires). The wheels found in the MPC/AMT/Ertl General Lee kits are closer to a 16" wheel in 1/25 scale. The other wheel often used for General Lee model builds are from the AMT Eckler Corvette kit. While it is better looking wheel compared to the GL kit wheel, it's more like a 15x8 or 15x8.5 wheel. Also, since the Revell 69 Charger kit is 1/25, I'd prefer to see something in that scale. Additionally, my vote would be for a 14x7 wheel. Chris
  20. I found this over at Newt's Boneyard (newtsboneyard.com), hope it helps.
  21. I've used Donn's method and had great results. Here's a pic of my results. I used the aluminum metalizer for the primer and Valspar spray paint (decanted). I didn't clear coat or color sand. Chris PS I also won a small contest with this build thanks to Donn.
  22. I'm using the AMT 84 GMC Pickup for my build. The motor in it isn't so great. And as I'm making so many mods, I want a good looking motor and I wanted to start with the best foundation. Thanks for the input. Now, I'm going to seek out the parts. Chris
  23. Wondering, which kit has the best (loaded word, I know) Chevy 350 with an automatic tranny in 1/25 scale? Thanks, Chris
  24. Hey Bill, Thanks for the info on the rear ends.
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