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  • Location Mid-Michigan
  • Full Name Mark Smakal

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  1. astroracer added a post in a topic I am looking for half-round .030" OD brass strip or similar...   

    I don't know of a source for half round brass. You can make it yourself though. Clamp a length of .030 round to a bench and file it off flat. Use a sheet of .015 to gauge your progress. If you don't need a lot this will take about 5 minutes. If you need a lot then it's time to get busy.
  2. astroracer added a post in a topic Two Tone Paint /Masking   

    Two days should be safe. Once you have your second color masked off make sure ALL of your egdes are pressed down tight THEN spray a light coat of clear to seal the edges. Any seepage under the tape will be clear and that will go away when you shoot the final clear coats.
  3. astroracer added a post in a topic Wiring question   

    The easy answer to this is to run short wires from the components into a "loom". Run the loom into the firewall at the fusebox location and you're done. I use "Dial Cord" (google it). Radio Shack used to carry it. Some braided fishing line is a good substitute if it has an inner line you can pull out. Doing this you don't have to worry about correctness.
  4. astroracer added a post in a topic Lookin for chassis tips..   

    I've used Sharpie markers with some success. Get the fine point and you can pick out all kinds of detail with them. This is a '69 Camaro chassis with the subframes picked out in black and the bolt heads in silver.
  5. astroracer added a post in a topic identifying the problem / paint question   

    Did you mean to say Dehydrator? As in a food dehydrator?
    Can I ask how the body was prepped before spraying? Sanded? Washed with hot water and TSP?
    Did you use Gloss or Satin paint? If it is Gloss it should come out shiney with no need to clear for the shine.
    Answer my questions and we can better help you.
  6. astroracer added a post in a topic Gremlin Street Freak / Gasser - Done!! 8/31   

    If I could make a suggestion? Maybe you already have this in your plan but, if you shoot a light coat of clear around your taped edges it will "seal" the edge so no color can seep under the tape. If there is any seepage with the clear you won't see it.
  7. astroracer added a post in a topic NOMAD WHEELSTANDER - Front Final Fab - 11/30/15   

    Mini R/C helicopters... The tail rotor motor is very small.
    Would need some gear reduction but it would be doable. Use the helicopter electronics to make it work...
  8. astroracer added a post in a topic Does anybody make a cowl hood or scoop in 1:18 scale?   

    Not that hard to build one out of sheet plastic. Post up some photo's so we can see exactly what you want to replicate.
  9. astroracer added a post in a topic A little bit about "Two Door" stationwagons   

    This is my '56 two door Handyman 150 wagon. You just don't see the wagons as much as the coupes and hard tops. It's fairly unique and always draws comments when I drive it.
    I would really like one in the Pontiac venue. Very stylish.

  10. astroracer added a post in a topic 1/24th scale Pro-Touring Tires and Wheels. Gauging Interest   

    Probably not happening guys. I haven't received any real interest in these. Tires or wheels. I know a few of you have spoken up but, 5 or 6 "potential" buyers just don't make it worth while. Not only from the cost of the 3D CAD time and the printed parts but also the time and money spent in rubber and resin to reproduce them.
    I do have the Vector wheels on hand and they turned out beautiful, I haven't taken photos just because the interest isn't there. The guy that stiffed me on these really screwed up because the wheels and tires tuned out great!
    If anyone wants to pursue them further please PM me, I am open to suggestions but right now I am thinking these will be shelved.
    Mark Smakal
    3D In Scale
  11. astroracer added a post in a topic Why brass tubing?   

    Just to throw some what if's out there... Instead of brass why not use steel tubing? Steel hydraulic lines come in many sizes and can definetly be bought to replicate the 1 5/8, 1 3/4 (use 3/16th OD) and 2 inch (use .25 OD) sizes used in most race chassis. Mig or Tig welding the tubing would be far easier then soldering those large cross-sections presented by 1/4" diameter brass tubing. Doing this would eliminate any melt-back of other joints close to where the soldering is being done. Solid rod can be used for smaller "tubes".
    IF I was to build a large scale model, this is the way I would go.
  12. astroracer added a post in a topic Best paint for aluminum engine blocks   

    Get some CHROME look spray paint. Now wait... hear me out. Prep your parts and spray the paint. I will usually decant this stuff and use an airbrush as it comes out of the can very heavy. Once it sets up, (give it a day or two) shoot some clear on it. The clear mutes it down and what you end up with is a nice cast or brushed aluminum finish.
    Here are before and after pics of some cabinet handles I painted for a bench I built out of an old bathroom cabinet. The first one is the chrome paint and the second is after clearing.
    Of course you could always use the Alcad cast or brushed aluminum paint but that's too easy, right?

  13. astroracer added a post in a topic `56 Heavy Chevy   

    Looks to be in a major car show. Did you search for the actual show? The article should say where/when the pic was taken so searching the actual function may turn something up.
  14. astroracer added a post in a topic airbrush question   

    I use my 7.5hp 2 stage compressor for all of my painting needs. You will need a small regulator/Filter and the adapter fittings to get your airbrush hooked up to the big guy.
    I have a nice filter/regulaor I got at Harbor Freight. It works well with no issues.
    HF will also have the quick disconnects if you are using those in your current setup. They aren't the best but they work well for this application.
  15. astroracer added a post in a topic Chevy Astro Van   

    I'm building an '88...
    It has an engine too...