Longbox55

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  • Location Danville Il
  • Full Name Bill Burmeister

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  1. Longbox55 added a post in a topic Painting questions   

    What grit are you using to sand the primer? If you're seeing "scratches" in the pearl, it's more likely sanding scratches in the primer coat. You may need to sand out to a finer grit on the primer before you do the pearl. You will want to void sanding the pearl, as it will ruin the pearl effect. If you do sand it, you'll need to give it at least 1 or 2 more coats to bring the effect back.
  2. Longbox55 added a post in a topic We need a '60 El Camino   

    Lego has Minecraft sets out now, so Minecraft is now both virtual and real life.
  3. Longbox55 added a post in a topic We need a '60 El Camino   

    I see what you're thinking, but there is a minor flaw in the example you use. The Promo C1500s actually do have a separate hood, and the inner fenders and the molded in hood details are present on them. The bodies were designed to be able to released as both a promo and as a full detail kit. Doing the same using the original '60 kits would be more work.
  4. Longbox55 added a post in a topic Chrysler cross ram   

    I believe Modelhaus has one.
  5. Longbox55 added a post in a topic We need a '60 El Camino   

    No, they are not the same. The 6 didn't get the V8 bellhousing pattern until the "Hi Torque" 6 came out, 62 in Chevy II/Nova, 63 for all others (some early '63 4x4 trucks continued to use the older engine, though).
    Doing a '60 El Camino and Wagon/Sedan Delivery would require a retool of the chassis as well as the body. They used a different gas tank than the Sedan/Coupe/Convertible, and there are other differences as well. The driveline and suspension parts could be used as is, though.
  6. Longbox55 added a post in a topic How About Some Light Commercial?   

    I might have to see if I can find one of those 1/25 Olivers. Finding any 1/25 scale tractor is hard enough, I'm more than willing to use die cast if I have to.
    The tow truck is somewhat stalled at the moment, other projects have taken priority. It is currently sitting in primer, and I have modified the bed so it sits better on the chassis.
  7. Longbox55 added a post in a topic Another paint question related to polishing   

    Another thing that might be giving you problems with the scratches is the sanding technique used. You always want to sand in straight lines as much as possible (sometimes that's hard to do on some parts). When you go to the next grit, you should try to sand at a different angle from the prior grit, say 45 to 90 degrees from the direction you sanded. This will prevent making any scratches deeper, and will aid in removing them.
  8. Longbox55 added a post in a topic 1955 CHEVY STEPSIDE - EXHAUST QUESTION   

    Perhaps I should rephrase that, there was the option of having it polished or brushed.
     
  9. Longbox55 added a post in a topic How About Some Light Commercial?   

    You certainly will not hear any gripes about die cast from me! I have a pretty extensive collection myself, mostly tractors and ag equipment, but I also have plenty of trucks and Nascar also.




    A work in progress combining a Jada tow truck bed and an Ertl '57 Chevy 2 ton truck

     
  10. Longbox55 added a post in a topic 1955 CHEVY STEPSIDE - EXHAUST QUESTION   

    I would suggest stripping them and going with a stainless steel finish. That would be closer to what you would find on a 1:1 street truck.
    The mufflers on the tips are not actually glass packs, but rather they are SuperTrapp mufflers. They're more of a motorcycle item, particularly off road motorcycles. They did manufacture them for cars and trucks, though, in the late '80s/early ;90s, and they were somewhat popular as they not only were quiet, but could be tuned for performance very easily. They fell out of favor when mufflers like Flowmaster and Magnaflow came out, which were much cheaper.

    The version on the kit have the optional end cap. On the 1:1 version, polished stainless or brushed stainless were options.
     
  11. Longbox55 added a post in a topic Plasti Dip on Models   

    It's a rubber type coating, primarily for tool handles. It's essentially the same material that you see on plier handles. Comes in 2 types, a can that you simply dip the tool in, which is the original version of the product, and it now also comes in a spray can.
    It won't hurt the plastic in any way, but it will go on very thick, and dries to a somewhat glossy vinyl appearance. I really can't think of any good modelling applications for it, other than perhaps replacing/adding grips to modelling tools. You might also be able to use it in a mold to make flexible parts, though I'm not sure how well it would set up.
  12. Longbox55 added a post in a topic AMT '55 Chevy Cameo pickup windshield problem   

    Common problem on that kit, especially the later issues. The windshield on that kit is not correct to the 1:1 on any of the issues of it, though. The top of the glass should actually sit 3 scale inches back from the edge of the cab roof, like this

    You could make a filler strip to correct it out of styrene.
  13. Longbox55 added a post in a topic LHD v RHD USA   

    That not 100% accurate. You can bring over "gray market" vehicles, but you cannot license or register them for road use until the met US emissions and safety standards., plus pay the import taxes and other fees. This includes supplying a bill of sale, motor vehicle tax forms RUT-35 or RUT-50, vehicle transaction form VSD-190, US customs form7501 "entry summary", DOT form HS-7, US EPA form 3520-1.
    There are exceptions; 1, the importer or importer's agent submits documentation that the vehicle is in compliance with US emissions and safety standards; 2,A manufacturers Certificate of Origin has been issued showing the vehicle is in compliance with US EPA and DOT standards; or 3, the vehicle is 25 years old or older. This all from the Grey Market Vehicle Guidelines brochure for the State of Illinois.
  14. Longbox55 added a post in a topic Overwhelmed by NASCAR die casts.   

    That is a great idea! However, you might what to check the cars out first. Anything Winners Circle, as well as the smaller scale Action cars would be fine to let the children play with. But the bigger scale Action cars do tend to have smaller detail parts on them (some even have photoetch parts) that may cause an issue if they're played with. Perhaps with those, maybe do an auction for the higher value items and make a donation to the childrens home?
  15. Longbox55 added a post in a topic Leaves and foliage for dioramas?   

    Model railroad section at the hobby shop. Woodland Scenics is a common brand, but there are other brands out there too, like Faller. Also, you might take a look in the crafts area at a Hobby Lobby, Micheal's, or Jo Anne Fabric, where they keep Fiskars products, They make some punches that do a leaf shape, I have seen one that does an approximately 1/24 scale maple leaf.