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  1. Thanks CL! I didn't know the car used a Tempest transaxle. That'll make things more interesting as far as the mechanicals. The article also mentioned that he used a Corvette suspension in the rear which would make sense. He would have been right there as far as getting parts off the shelf. I've been trying to figure out where the gas tank on this thing might have been. It more than likely was right behind the driver and passenger, with the filler neck located under the flip up panel at the leading edge of the rear deck. I do wish the original file had a bit more taper to the upper edge of the doors where they meet the fins. No big deal, and when it comes time to build it, I can heat up the body panels a bit and "coax" them to be tapered a bit more.
  2. Every cat I've had since the early '80's, if there was a mouse lurking around in the house...........well, they didn't last too long! Many years ago I had a cat that I knew he was after a mouse during the night as he literally had EVERYTHING crashing down in the kitchen trying to get this mouse. Later on when I went to see what the hubbub was all about, there was the half eaten mouse laying in the corner of the kitchen. 🤢 By the same token, I'm not a fan of roaming cats in the neighborhood, as they can do just that...........go on the hunt for birds and things that they perhaps shouldn't be after. Not to mention the heartbreak of seeing one get hit by a car which happened to me years ago right in my own neighborhood as I accidentally hit a neighbor's cat.
  3. I've seen the sites where Robert is getting a lot of his files, and some of them include interiors. One of them (Hum3D) wants something like $900 for the interior files?? YIKES! I don't know if that means they'll convert them to other formats for that price? It seems to me from some of the pics I've seen, they do have the interior. It may also be that he's paying the price for those files and he wants to recoup some of the cost in at least offering them for sale along with the price of the bodies.
  4. A few days ago, I printed a car I had never heard of before in my life, but as soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to find a 3D file of it. This is a 1965 "Pontiac" Vivant by Herb Adams. A one off car that he built while working for Pontiac back in the mid '60's and was recently discovered and restored, much to the surprise of us gearheads as a lot of us have never heard of this car. I got the files from a fellow on CGTrader who goes by the name "Brunomcardoso". A very fine representation of the actual car, and he offered them in an .stl format which made things a bit easier on my end to not having to convert .obj files. I separated the body into sections in the files, as I'm going to be brave and do opening doors on this. The frame will have to be scratchbuilt by me as the real car used some type of tube frame with a torsion bar front suspension. The front suspension to my eyes looks for all the world like something out of a MOPAR, so when the time comes to build it, I can at least find that in my parts bin. There are separate files included that do include the front suspension setup.......I'll have to see if that'll work with the scratchbuilt tube frame I have in mind. Here are some pics of how it turned out in the printer, and then cobbling it all together to see how it'll look as a whole car. As it was coming out of the printer............ I must have had a moment of CRS kick in as I thought I added enough wall thickness to the files, but apparently not. 🤯 Take II came out MUCH better................ Now with the body parts taped together......... It was difficult to find out exactly how long this car was from nose to tail.......I had to guesstimate how long it was based on a Corvette of the era, and my scaling worked out quite well. The real car............... The real car used I believe a Pontiac 421 engine which I've got lying around in my parts box. Wheels were the traditional 8 lugs of the period. I still have the hood to print yet, interior floor and all the other interior stuff, grill sections, and cowl section with another part of the rear deck. I don't know when this will become a full WIP, but I like this so much I may do this one next instead of the '77 Olds Cutlass I have planned. We'll see.....................
  5. A few days ago, I printed a car I had never heard of before in my life, but as soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to find a 3D file of it. This is a 1965 "Pontiac" Vivant by Herb Adams. A one off car that he built while working for Pontiac back in the mid '60's and was recently discovered and restored, much to the surprise of us gearheads as a lot of us have never heard of this car. I got the files from a fellow on CGTrader who goes by the name "Brunomcardoso". Very fine representation of the actual car, and he offered them in an .stl format which made things a bit easier on my end to not having to convert .obj files. I separated the body into sections as I'm going to be brave and do opening doors on this. The frame will have to be scratchbuilt by me as the real car used some type of tube frame with a torsion bar front suspension. The front suspension to my eyes looks for all the world like something out of a MOPAR, so when the time comes to build it, I can at least find that in my parts bin. There are separate files included that do include the front suspension setup.......I'll have to see if that'll work with the scratchbuilt tube frame I have in mind. Here are some pics of how it turned out in the printer, and then cobbling it all together to see how it'll look as a whole car. As it was coming out of the printer............ I must have had a moment of CRS kick in as I thought I added enough wall thickness to the files, but apparently not. 🤯 Take II came out MUCH better................ Now with the body parts taped together......... It was difficult to find out exactly how long this car was from nose to tail.......I had to guesstimate how long it was based on a Corvette of the era, and my scaling worked out quite well. The real car............... The real car used I believe a Pontiac 370 engine which I've got lying around in my parts box. Wheels were the traditional 8 lugs of the period. I still have the hood to print yet, interior floor and all the other interior stuff, grill sections, and cowl section with another part of the rear deck. I don't know when this will become a full WIP, but I like this so much I may do this one next instead of the '77 Olds Cutlass I have planned. We'll see.....................
  6. I just got files from Robert to print the interior for his 1960 Plymouth XNR concept model that I have on order, along with the wheels and chassis. He and I were talking back and forth, and he mentioned that in the future since a number of folks either have 3D printers, or can have things printed, he may offer interior files for those that want them when they buy the bodies. I think that's a GREAT idea as this is a VERY prolific part of the hobby now. As I've been saying for a number of years------3D printing would be the next wave in car modeling, and it certainly has arrived.
  7. Thanks for the nice words! The wheels came from Detail Master as the spokes are PE. They are loooong out of production. I have a 3D printer now so if I wanted another set of Borrani's, I could print them. 😁 I don't remember now where the tires came from.......I believe they came from one of the Monogram kits since they were 1/24 scale for much of their existence until Revell took over. It's been MANY years since I built that, and I still have it, albeit in a case to keep the dust away from it.
  8. I'll have to look in my stash for the Pontiac OHC 6. I'll need one for future use as that's what should go in the Pontiac Banshee I 3D printed not long ago. Thanks for the heads up on what other kits had this engine!
  9. I'd thought I'd screenshot a post that Joseph just put up a little while ago on FB. Things are looking up after his big accident earlier this year. 👍🏽
  10. Oh, I'll have to cobble together something out of scratch.....especially the dash. The dashboard to my eyes are simple flat panels that I can shape and add gauges. The seats I can get together with whatever's in my parts box and go from there. The "loose cushion" look can be had with some putty and half round tubing of different sizes.
  11. Rob, here's some pics of the Olds...............
  12. All I can say is the man must be doing something right. As of right now with the screenshot I took of his page, he has 360 comments and climbing. Each of those comments has several requests for models. To each his own about the thickness of the body, and he no doubt has reasons why he makes them thicker as he's the one that's printing and casting them.
  13. I believe with Agora there are some you can buy right at the outset without a subscription. The Cobra for example you can get at full price. I think the model has to be out a while as far as getting past a certain month of issues before they'll have enough parts to let it go at full price. Yeah, the number of complaints I've seen was interesting about Eaglemoss. In fact, they still have an "excuse page" as to why things are still held up. Unbelievable. 🤦🏽‍♂️
  14. After getting two of their models so far (Shelby Cobra and an ongoing Jag E-Type), I rate them as exceptionally GOOD. Even with the slowdown in shipping recently, I've still been getting the subs pretty much on time. One company I will never buy from again is Eaglemoss. It was over a YEAR to get any more parts to finish the '55 Mercedes Gullwing. I finally got disgusted and bought the entire kit from a seller in France. I can bet that there were many that never got their models finished as I do believe Eaglemoss stopped production somewhere along the way but wouldn't come out and say it. Then they had the "COVID" excuse as well as moving into a new warehouse. I've seen more than a few complaints from builders that never got their model parts to finish, and to add insult to injury, the CS there is absolutely useless in giving an explanation as to WHY they're waaaaay behind.
  15. Moebius. There's a very good review of it here. 👍
  16. Mike, I want to add that is a VERY good looking Futura! One of the nicest I've seen of that car and one that's much wanted among us out here in the "lunatic fringe". I thought about getting that one myself, but my heart was won over by a '77 Chrysler Newport four door hardtop, and a 1960 Plymouth XNR concept car that Robert has on his latest list. The Plymouth I actually thought about scratchbuilding recently, so this saves me a LOT of work! 😁
  17. As someone who has a number of Robert Burns' excellent bodies, I can vouch for the very good quality of what he has. Yes, the bodies are a bit thick considering, but I can believe that's done for a more practical reason such as making sure that the body file survives printing (very thin, unedited A pillars can be a problem), and to make sure the body gets through to shipping with no issues. As far as the glass bucks, they're made so that it can be mounted from the outside......pretty much like a 1:1. Yes, you're going to have to take some time and smooth and polish out the bucks for vacuforming, or if the glass is not too complex, they can make good templates for clear stencil sheet. I have glued this in just the four corners with no fogging CA, then with a very fine bead of epoxy to keep the sides in. Here is a pic I got of his Cutlass recently as I was test fitting the front and rear glass templates............ Yes, they will need some finessing to make them fit a bit more flush. I'd also need to make some sort of flange for the quarter windows so the glass would fit there nearly flush. I should mention that Robert has reached out to me to ask if I'd like to do test prints of his upcoming bodies, as he knows that I have a 3D printer. I told him I would and give a bit of a critique if there are changes that might be needed for said model. Interesting enough, I was on a site (Hum3D) the other day where Robert is getting some of his files. The 3D renderings there don't offer interiors either unless you pay a HUGE premium ($900), so I can see why he does ask for help when it comes to someone that can make and cast interiors and whatnot. I did get a file a while back that did come with complete interior, but I gotta tell ya, it was done in an .obj file, and it's a job to convert what's needed to an .stl file, edit the parts to withstand printing, and then smooth them out to make them presentable to be built. Not for the faint of heart in the least. 🤯
  18. Redline tires yes, but probably another color besides silver. This may be a "what if" more of a car as the original had the entire roof and rear section tilt upwards. I don't care for that as that would be woefully impractical for every day use if that was ever mass produced. More on the order of filling the shut lines in solid, and go with a "trunkless coupe" like the 'Vettes of the day.
  19. I should add that another thing I notice when files are created from other original sources, they tend to REALLY beef up the A and C pillars on the cars. I get why they do that to make them more stable for printing, but WOW......that really takes away a lot of the detail that otherwise can be seen. Using the Maserati again as an example, I was able to take the windshield trim off the car and did that ever make a BIG difference in the profile of the roofline. MUCH better looking and not as heavy handed compared to what was done previously. I'm eventually going to print that one again, but this time with changes that will make it much more appealing, and not so heavy handed looking.
  20. One thing Cults does when they get the files from other sources.....the creators who sell on Cults combine everything into one big fat file, which is why they're selling them with all the bumpers, taillights, up-tops, etc all attached. I've gotten a file that I believe was originally on Cults (Maserati Ghibli) and I found out that I'm able to use Blender and "un-attach" all the parts that were originally given as all one combined mesh. It's more work, but it's just as much work to try and paint or more tedious........separate those bumpers and lights for plating and such. That '58 Ford looks REALLY good! Hum3D's files can be expensive, but you can literally print an entire car with all its innards save for the engine and detailed chassis. I do believe from here on out, I'm probably going to just spend the money and buy the more expensive files, and I can either print them with opening doors, trunk and hood, or modify it as such so that all the opening panels are closed like on your Ford, and still have separate bumpers, taillights and headlights.
  21. I was surfing the 'net, and on Cults3D I came across a file for a 1964 Pontiac Banshee Coupe show car which has never been done as a kit. It looked interesting, but I could tell by the file that it was originally created to be used for an FDM printer as opposed to the SLA one that I have. It was also to be printed as a slot car.......not something I wanted as that would be a very thick body, and I wanted something I could eventually detail out with full interior, chassis and engine detail. I ran the file through Blender and originally I edited the file which got rid of all the underside mesh which made the insides so thick. While I was at it, I opened up the windows on the body and tried to thicken up the walls as they would be way too thin left alone. Well, the first time it printed, it was coming out rough with about 20% into the run, so I figured there was some sort of issue with the windows being opened up, as the software couldn't "see" where to put the supports and would not print that section. I stopped the printing at that point and went back to the drawing board. I redid the file with the windows remaining closed, put the body on a 45 degree angle, and the print took about 16 hours to finish. Here are some pics of how it turned out, including how the file looked when I originally had it in Blender. The original file as it came from Cults3D............ After the mesh was gotten rid of in the undersides of the body..... Then I had to go back and redo the file with the windows remaining closed........... The body in the slicer with the dimensions scaled out............... And now the results............ I'm going to beef up the A pillars with some square rod superglued in to reinforce them before I try to open up the windshield, as they are they are very thin and subject to break while I open things up. If I print this body again, I'll add more mesh to the A pillars to add more thickness so this won't be an issue. I'd also need to raise the body a bit higher in the slicer as I lost part of the back end panel as it was too low. That would have put the body out of bounds and not printed well, so a larger printer is in the works hopefully before long. As far as building this, I'd like to use a modified C2 Corvette chassis as that might have been what GM planned had they decided to put this into production, but with a solid axle. Somewhere in my stash I have an OHC Pontiac straight six I could repop to use as that's what the 1:1 had. I may get brave and do another body, hack the roof off and do the convertible version of this car. That's the original file I was looking for, but only saw this one.
  22. After paying upwards of SEVEN HUNDRED DOLLARS for 138 gallons of heating oil in March, you betcha that's what's going on. That was the reason I held off on buying a second larger 3D printer around that time. That set me back on my heels, and I can tell you without letting this get to where the thread will get zapped, it has everything to do with a collapsing dollar. Folks can look up the reasons why if they're interested.......I won't name them here.
  23. The brown resin looks like it might have been printed at .030mm, while the white might have been a tick higher (very slightly deeper print lines). IMO ALL resin needs work before doing anything with 'em and I go over mine with a fine tooth comb just like the plastic. Robert has a YT channel showing the differences....... 👌
  24. I know a number of you guys on here don't like Facebook.......BUT it's the only way to get in touch with Robert Burns and get one of his EXCELLENT cars he has available. He's taking reservations now through May 1st. He has a loooooooong list of cars he's doing. Most have no interiors-----that bugs some folks I know, but we ARE model builders and you can be creative to come up with what works. 👌 If you click the link here, it should take you to his page where he lists everything, and in his description he tells you how to order. I've already reserved his VERY nice 1977 Chrysler New Yorker 4 dr hardtop. Also, I want the newly listed 1960 Plymouth XNR concept car. Funny, I was just looking for an STL file of that just the other day! 😁
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