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impcon

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About impcon

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  • Birthday 07/25/1951

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    Southern B.C./WA State
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    Gary Cook

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  1. Thank you for the feedback and information guys! i really appreciate it. I am looking to make only smaller parts and really at this point, have little interest in even trying to cast anything larger than maybe a hood. However, do not think for a minute that any advice or suggestions posted here will be disregarded for I am sure that other readers will find your counsel useful. I have done some reading om different sites and I am watching You Tube videos before I spend the money on the materials, but Ii am definitely going to give this a try and see where it goes. I have been buying parts on Ebay for years and spent a considerable amount of money when it is all tallied up I suppose, but buying a $4.00 part and then paying that much or more for shipping is getting old and costly. I am hoping that small parts are a lot less complicated to make than complete bodies or do you suggest the added equipment ( vacuum and pressure equipment ) be used for that as well. I am talking seats, convertible top boots, engines, etc. and I already have many parts on hand from which to cast. May I ask why you prefer Smooth on products over Alumilite? I realize that to some degree, it is just personal preference, but I am curious what is different between mold making material and resins. It seems that some casting resins are less thick when mixed than others and I can understand where viscosity can be pretty crucial as far as fine details go. I see some people on you Tube using hardware store silicone with additives for mold making and frankly, I am very skeptical as to what the results would be but I guess it is as all relevant as to what the caster feels is acceptable quality in the end products. I did automotive painting out of my shop for over fifteen years and during that time, I learned why buying good tools was more expensive initially, but in the end, a dual action sander was not failing in the middle of a job and shutting production down, often for the night. I also learned about good ( more expensive usually ) products being of sound value for reasons of ease of application and a longer life span for the finished paint work before it bleached or failed. So I understand your urging to buy good products and equipment. I do welcome any comments or information and thank you in advance. Gary
  2. I'm seeking some input from guys who do their own casting of parts for themselves. I've decided to go ahead and order the materials and start learning techniques. What brands of material do you find preferable . What is the best online source for materials in the U.S.? I'm not at this point, looking to learn to do bodies or hoods or larger pieces, but rather engine parts, convertible tops and boots and seats, etc. I do not know how many more years I am going to have in this hobby, but in what time remains, I'd like to learn to be more self sufficient and to learn and expand my mere capabilities and abilities. I am by no means the accomplished craftsmen that so many of you guys out there are, but it is nice to work to try to improve ones self in any area of life. Post or PM me.. either works for me and thanks in advance. Gary
  3. If he didn't, then it should not be overly difficult to gently drill the housing and insert a piece of rod to strengthen it. I wish that someone would make the front suspension for a Moebius 2 wheel drive so that the wheels didn't sit locked in one position. Actually, there seems to be, in my opinion, a real shortage of resin parts to upgrade those trucks and as popular as they seem to be, I am pretty sure there would be a market for that sort of stuff such as the baby west coast mirrors, front bumper guards, grille guards, outside sun visor, cab lights, rear step bumper, etc.
  4. I am wondering what different techniques are used by people here to repair or replace broken or missing convertible windshield frames on the old annuals. Has anyone taken up the torch to cast replacements now with Modelhaus gone? I'm just interested in hearing from other modelers as to how they save an otherwise damaged and useless model as very few of the convertible annuals have ever been re-released. I am unsure as to why, but there is just not a lot out there. Any ideas? Thoughts? Tutorials? Sources for parts?
  5. I hope this is the right place to post this.. I just came across this item on Ebay - I am in NO way affiliated with the seller - just putting this out there because I am sure some guys will want one - or several. The price seems very reasonable and this may work under other 4x4 models.... Item: 183547985006
  6. early 70s Chevy 250 straight 6?

    Thank you for the link Casey - muchly appreciated.
  7. Thanks Rob. I'll check with them to see if they still have them. I've bought from him before and was very happy with their product and service.
  8. Thank you Dave & Rob - I truly appreciate the leads. Gary
  9. I just posted in the resin thread but I am covering my bases here. Does anyone have any small dog dish caps for a 69 Camaro or Nova? I know that the Revell COPO kit had them - probably a couple of other kits offered that option. I am in need of several sets if anyone wants to trade or?? Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks for viewing..
  10. Is anyone out there casting the small hub caps that would appear to be correct for the '69 Nova or Camaro? I am sure that someone offered them some time ago. Or would anyone be interested in casting them? One caster has been mentioned in another thread but I'd prefer to buy elsewhere.
  11. Resin Buyers Beware

    Pay Pal, like Ebay, is in it for the money - nothing more - nothing less. Just m opinion. Look at some sellers feedback ( especially the offshore ones ) and you wonder why they are allowed to sell on an ongoing basis. WEbay collects tjheir fees and that's what it is really all about as far as they are concerned.
  12. 1969 Camaro NON Z28 Hood?

    I have always thought that '69 was the best year by far for the Camaro. Many people get all excited about the split bumper cars but I seldom give them a second look - but that's just me. To each his own. The cars in the photo which you were so kind as to post are certainly nice and to be treasured. I suspect that with all the fires and hurricanes and floods these past several years, many have been lost which is unfortunate. Not as unfortunate though as the homees and lives that are so harshly affected as with this current storm. I will say that my heart certainly goes out to those folks.
  13. 1969 Camaro NON Z28 Hood?

    Hmmmmmmmm.. I honestly had no idea that those cars could be had with the Endura bumpers..
  14. It seems the more mundane "ordinary" daily driver/family car stuff like the small hub caps, are in very short supply. The same goes for six cylinder engines and wagons and four doors. Admittedly, that subject matter does not have the following that the performance and top of the line vehicles enjoy, but there is still a lot of people who like daily drivers and grocery getters.