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About seanyb505

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  • Birthday 08/10/1986

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  • Scale I Build 1/24

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  • Location Simpsonville, SC
  • Full Name Sean Richardson

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  1. seanyb505 added a post in a topic '70 Cuda T/A   

    Looks good so far. I'll be following as I'd like to accomplish the same for several phantom racers.
  2. seanyb505 added a post in a topic BMW M3 E30 DTM   

    What pink primer did you use? I've recently seen it advocated a lot for red bodies and have a countach on the bench...
  3. seanyb505 added a post in a topic What did you get today?   

    Revell of Germany Audi A4 DTM Tom Kristensen. I have a large list of models I'd like to build, and suddenly the Revell DTM models have become super scarce. Or at least they're not available from major websites or ebay. I was able to find a random shop in the west that listed one for sale for a non-discontinued inflated price.
    Pleasantly surprised when it actually showed up instead of a "sorry we haven't stocked that in a long time" email.
  4. seanyb505 added a post in a topic Rapid Transit System " paint code cuda "   

    Looks great!
    So, uh...how do you polish something like this?
  5. seanyb505 added a post in a topic 70 Plymouth Superbird   

    Thanks everyone!
    Hopefully this motivates me to keep moving on the stash
  6. seanyb505 added a topic in Under Glass   

    70 Plymouth Superbird
    I think I’m good to call this one done.
    I tried a few new things on this one. First time airbrushing, various polishing steps, BMF, and a miniscule amount of engine detailing. Looking at the pics, I'll probably paint the exhaust tips black.
    I have another Superbird that I’m working in more scratch building to. http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/topic/76443-plymouth-superbird/?page=1
    I got a little hung up, so I figured a box stock build would help give a sense of accomplishment. That was probably 4 years ago.
    There are a few things I’m not happy with on this. I didn’t evenly coat various body parts, so there are different shades of B3 Ice Blue Metallic.
    The kit tire decals didn’t suck themselves down to the raised letter detail as I would have hoped. I used sol and set, so I suppose it’s time for more practice.
    I also used Alcad on the rear bumper and hub caps. It came out decent enough, but not perfect. BMF could also use more practice, and I could use a fresh stock. This stuff was 5-10 years old. I think on the next model that requires it, I’ll do some definition work on the trim to make the BMF process easier.
    What frustrates me the most is how long I took to complete the model, and how little all those lessons will translate to the next one as a result. On good days I have a decent enough golf swing. Unfortunately those days are so few and far between that I can’t sufficiently develop the skills through repetition. Every new round starts from scratch.

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  7. seanyb505 added a post in a topic Recent builds   

    Sooooo many awesome builds!
  8. seanyb505 added a post in a topic alms camaro   

    Older thread, but thought I'd share. http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=35559
  9. seanyb505 added a post in a topic Question on large quantity of BBS single lug racing rims   

    The scale production option would include $25 for shipping each time. Not exactly economical for my purposes. They do have something I could use, but I forgot to include my findings in the original post. Cheapest way would buying all sets at once, coming in around $800-900. Still a lot to swallow at once.

    I know other kits have similar wheels, though I'm really trying to avoid having a mass amount of unusable kits because I've swiped the wheels and tires. I discussed that in options 1 and 2.

    Lee, do you mind sharing which player you dealt with?
  10. seanyb505 added a topic in Car Aftermarket / Resin   

    Question on large quantity of BBS single lug racing rims
    Potential silly question(s) warning...

    I've got several (~40) cars that I'd like to build into a phantom GT endurance style race cars. I believe I have solutions for wings and other aero components, decals, interiors. The one thing I haven't found a reliable, satisfactory solution for is the wheel & tire packages. The wheels I have in mind are commonly found in racing, but not commonly found in the model world as a package deal.

    The wheel is a contemporary BBS single lug wheel found on GT and various prototype cars. It's similar to the wheels in the Fujimi BMW Z4 GT3 kit. Actually if the Revell Porsche 918 Weissach kit is any kind of decent, those would be the perfect wheels to add to the phantom GT cars. The issue there is the kit would come with treaded tires, whereas I believe slicks are the correct option. I'm not certain on what method would be best to acquire that many wheel & tire sets over time. Here are my thoughts so far:

    1.) Buy ~40 Porsche kits and steal the wheels. I would then need to find a source for ~40 slick tires.
    2.) Buy ~40 BMW GT3 kits and steal the wheels and tires.

    Both options are non starters. I'm not paying $1,200-2,000 for wheels and tires, and then getting stuck with 40 kits that have no wheels or tires to go with them. Maybe I could sell the kits on ebay and recoup $400-600. I'm not sure there's that large of a market for kits missing significant assemblies though.

    3.) Buy the Hobby Design resin wheels for the BMW. I still need to find a tire source. I'm still spending at least $800, with more required for tires.
    4.) Buy 1 Porsche kit, find a set of slicks that make sense, send those off to a resin caster to make 40 sets.
    5.) Learn to cast the parts myself.

    I like that with option 3 I can buy wheel sets over time, though I would probably need to purchase all tires at once to get someone to replicate whatever tires work best for the project. Any idea what I could expect to pay someone who would take on such a product run? And who would take on something like that?

    Option 4 seems like it would be the easiest in terms of logistics. Same questions for option 3 - Who could/would and how much should I expect to spend?

    What I like about option 5 is I control the pace of creating the new wheel and tire packages. I can spread it out over time and not spend several hundred dollars at once. What I don't like is the possibility that my cast wheels and/or tires will turn out not great, and will build frustration against the project and the hobby. Not something I want.

    I'm relatively good at things like this, I'm just concerned about the learning curve, and how many efforts could potentially be wasted since I made an error in the casting process. How finicky is casting? Can I expect to get the hang of it quickly and not waste too much effort? And of course, how much would I be looking to spend on resin kits, required peripherals, set up, and materials at the end of the day?

    These questions might require more specifics to answer. I'd like to get the cost per 4 wheels and tires to around $10. Let me know if that's crazy town.

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  11. seanyb505 added a post in a topic 1970 Plymouth HEMI 'cuda - B5 Blue, Black Interior, 4-Speed   

    Paint came out nicely. Clear coat or just polished?
  12. seanyb505 added a post in a topic "Track Rat" Fox body build - Finished!   

    Is it too late to widen the rear fenders to fit the tires? Dominator style.
  13. seanyb505 added a post in a topic '69 dodge charger R/T _ clear coat and 3d rt logos   

    Looks great, and gives me some good inspiration. Is it just me or are several pics not showing?
  14. seanyb505 added a post in a topic Plymouth Superbird   

    That was originally what I had thought about. I'm huge into endurance racing but the overall feel of this build didn't seem to go along with needing headlights without compromising aero. Blame NASCAR.

    I have made decent progress. Thanks to a donation from a member, (Thanks again, tubbs!) I've got a Hemi in the engine bay again. I got lucky and the headers are the exact distance apart at the ends to match up to the Thunderbird side exhaust.

    The lower air dam I was working on is coming together, just waiting on a little putty to dry before I finish it. I'm not sure how to finish off this piece, polished aluminum, flat aluminum, or give my home made carbon fiber decals a first try. I like polished aluminum, but I know the metalizers like bare plastic surface and I will need to prime this part due to a little putty. The carbon would be cool, but since I have not attempted any home made decals yet, there could potentially be more trial an error, making this build last longer.
    Air Dam:

    I'm going to go with a simplified front suspension, even though it will be plainly visible. The Bird needs to get done.

    If the weather heats up soon I may try to start getting some paint on the body. The wing and rear bumper/valence are ready to go. These Revell-Monogram Superbirds have terribly brittle rear wings. Between this one and the stock version I am building along side I have broken a rear wing 4 times.
    Rear valence:

    I will need to widen the rear axle as the Thunderbird unit is about 1/8" too narrow on either side.

    With the rear seats sanded down the rear deck of the interior bucket it too thin and is always cracking the putty. I could build some supports to go underneath, but as of now I am unsure how far back n the process I want to go to fix the problem.

    Once those steps are done I should be ready for final assembly.

    Pics to follow, if I can get photobucket to cooperate. Anyone know why it doesn't seem to work on any Windows XP computer I own?
  15. seanyb505 added a post in a topic First time airbrushing and using alclad   

    The only reason I used testors was that was the overwhelmingly most popular advice on the board. I'm still not sure it wasn't caused by my novice skill or cheap airbrush.