charlie8575

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  1. charlie8575 added a post in a topic 1965 Grand Prix ...   

    Might grab one of these for the widgets and the correct chassis for one of MCW's 2+2s or Catalina 2-door sedans. Blackwalls, dog-dishes and subdued paint scheme, add back a regular 4-bbl. intake and a THM, instant budget stripper. 
    Charlie Larkin
  2. charlie8575 added a post in a topic Question about glue   

    This has become my absolute first choice- not too thin, not too thick. The only thing I don't care for is the needle can pull out of the bottle easily, but it can usually get re-inserted without too much trouble. 
    I also like Testors clear parts cement for a lot of stuff like fine details, tiny plated parts that you can't get the plating off of conveniently, and it does work pretty well for making gauge faces. 
    Charlie Larkin
  3. charlie8575 added a post in a topic License Plate Size   


    Actually, a lot of states did that. Connecticut, New Hampshire and Maine did, too. I think Massachusetts did for a few years, as well. 
    Considering they're produced in the prisons, yes, some of the not-so-good gangesters were running the plate business, I'm quite sure.
    Charlie Larkin
  4. charlie8575 added a post in a topic Gettin' down to brass tacks   

    Glad to help!
    Charlie Larkin
  5. charlie8575 added a post in a topic Gettin' down to brass tacks   

    Hmmm...did not know of this. 
    I'll go take a look.
    Charlie Larkin
  6. charlie8575 added a post in a topic connecticut model car clubs   

    There's CAMS (Ct. Auto Modeler's Society.)
    I'm not sure where they meet, I think it's somewhere in the Lower Valley- like Monroe or someplace in that area.
    Charlie Larkin
  7. charlie8575 added a post in a topic Model Car in Memphis,TN in the works for 2016   

    Where exactly is the flyer?
    I try to take a trip during the summer, might swing down.
    Charlie Larkin
  8. charlie8575 added a post in a topic 58 Plymouth   

    "Slight" modifications?
    Converting that to a post 4-door is not slight!
    Looks very good.
    Charlie Larkin
  9. charlie8575 added a post in a topic 1967 Pontiac Grand Prix Convertible   

    Looks good. I think Pontiac had the most consistently-good styling on its big cars in the 1960s. 
    Charlie Larkin
  10. charlie8575 added a topic in Model Building Questions and Answers   

    Gettin' down to brass tacks
    I just got an Aurora Mercer Raceabout MIB. Looks like a great kit, and I can't wait to do something with it.
    The problem is the chrome. It isn't- it's supposed to be brass.
    I'm thinking of two possible solutions.
    1. Airbrush some Tamiya clear yellow on it, perhaps with a little bit of Gold Leaf or Titanium Gold mixed in to make it a little more "brass" looking.
    2. Strip the chrome (almost a crime- it's perfect) and airbrush a coat of Testors Brass enamel over, again, perhaps follwed by a coat of clear yellow to add a bit of depth and reduce the metallic appearance (the real cars I've seen pictures of all have a pretty high degree of polish on their brass.)
    Thoughts?
     
     
    Charlie Larkin
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  11. charlie8575 added a topic in Model Building Questions and Answers   

    Down to brass tacks...
    I just got a n Aurora Mercer Raceabout MIB. Looks like a great kit, and I can't wait to do something with it. The problem is the chrome. It isn't- it's supposed to be brass.  I'm thinking of two possible solutions.  1. Airbrush some Tamiya clear yellow on it, perhaps with a little bit of Gold Leaf or Titanium Gold mixed in to make it a little more "brass" looking. 2. Strip the chrome (almost a crime- it's perfect) and airbrush a coat of Testors Brass enamel over, again, perhaps follwed by a coat of clear yellow to add a bit of depth and reduce the metallic appearance (the real cars I've seen pictures of all have a pretty high degree of polish on their brass.) Thoughts? Charlie Larkin
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  12. charlie8575 added a post in a topic 1974/75 Oldsmobile's (JoHan   

    Nice job converting that to a Cutlass Supreme.
    Charlie Larkin
  13. charlie8575 added a post in a topic Final post for a little while - 68 Dart GTS   

    Looks good. Good luck with the move. 
    Charlie Larkin
  14. charlie8575 added a post in a topic 1958 Plymouth Belvedere   

    Presently, the only other 1957-58 Plymouths I can think of are The Moelhaus' Savoy and Sport Suburban; I plan to try and get one of those. I think they have a Belvedere sport coupe, too. 
    There are a lot of detail changes between 1957 and '58, and even mid-year '57, when the front ducting under the bumper was re-designed slightly to make 10 or 12 small holes instead of the six big ones because customers didn't like the look. 
    If you decide to do the caster master, Bill, I have a spare body you're welcome too. I couldn't think of a better use than to allow one of the pre-eminent builders of our time to correct it.
    Charlie Larkin
     
  15. charlie8575 added a post in a topic Rubbery resin from paint remover?   

    I've found Whestley's Blech-Wite is the overall safest product to use for resin.
    I have been able to use Easy-Off for paint removal with no trouble, but I haven't tried it on the newer materials. Last time I had to strip paint on resin was on a Modelhaus kit cast in the older tan resin from the 1990s. 
    I've read that Smooth-On can be a bit sensitive to almost everything. 
    Art and a couple of other people have also advised against long soaks for these reasons, too. Al Meske did a nice resin body (look for his '71 Mercury Cylcone) with a 1-hour soak, rinse with soap and water and air-dry, if I remember his steps right.
    Charlie Larkin