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  1. astroracer added a post in a topic 57 chevy four door hard top or sedan   

     The 4 door conversion is pretty easy on these cars. Nothing is different besides the length and number of the doors. The wheel base is the same and the roof is the same so all you are left with is filling in and re-scribing the doors and building B pillars out of sheet stock.
    If you want to do some research Google '57 Chevy sheet metal. Cars Inc., Danchuk, Sherman's, and a number of other aftermarket shops sell all of the replacement sheet metal and even provide a few diagrams.
  2. astroracer added a post in a topic Plastic Etching Dip?   

     Get some ScotchBrite, the grey is a fine grade. Use that in place of sandpaper to get into small details and compound curves. I use ScotchBrite exclusively when prepping for paint unless there is a lot of blocking to do.
  3. astroracer added a post in a topic Cutting tools for separating bodies   

     When opening up the panels, whatever tools you use will cause material loss in the gaps. When opening doors and trunks I will glue strips of .010 styrene to the cut edges to close the gaps up a bit.
  4. astroracer added a post in a topic Constant paint can bulges, what to do?   

    I usually soak the rattle cans in hot water before spraying, well above 90 degrees... believe me, and I have never seen or had that happen... And shaking should have nothing to do with it... Don't know what to say here except get an airbrush. ?
  5. astroracer added a post in a topic My 2 1/2 Year Old Building The Revell Ford GT   

    Love the gloves! Keep him interested, we need the young ones to keep the hobby alive!
  6. astroracer added a post in a topic Wet Sanding   

    And I'm just saying if the surface is rough enough to require sanding, spraying clear over it will not fix it. It will have to be left up to the OP as to what he wants/needs to do. If the surface is that bad with a metallic he can sand it smooth and reshoot color. If the surface is good, a light scuffing with ultrafine ScotchBrite will give the clear some tooth and then you can polish the clear for more depth.
  7. astroracer added a post in a topic Wet Sanding   

    Be careful here. Clear coating is okay as long as there is a level surface to coat. IF there is any orange peel or dirt in the original paint clearing over THAT will not be good. wet sanding clear over a bad surface will do nothing to make it look better.
    If the surface is smooth with little to no dirt nubs I have found wet sanding with ScotchBrite pads (the grey ultrafine one) will work better then using sandpaper. use the same warm water and dish soap mix.
  8. astroracer added a post in a topic '69 Nova Pro Touring Help   

    Check out
    Tons of builds and info and a lot of aftermarket PT suppliers.
    I can 3D model and print any wheel design you want if you are interested in having some custom ones made.
  9. astroracer added a post in a topic Foil under paint technique   

    Hey Jay,
    I have to ask if the foil is just for chrome trim or are you using it as a base "color" under translucent paint?
  10. astroracer added a post in a topic 1963 Corvette Grand Sport (update 8/16/16)   

    Nice job! I was doing a master of this car when the AM kit came out... I think it is still at R&R's shop...
  11. astroracer added a post in a topic Chrome Nail Polish   

    I've been using it for a long time as a base under candy paint. It sprays just like lacquer and really makes the translucent paints pop. Silver and Sunset orange nail polish in the pics.
    The mocked up Camaro is sprayed in silver nail polish and has been handled quite a bit with no issues.

  12. astroracer added a post in a topic Paint work   

    No problem. Use GOOD 3M Fine Line masking tape to mask you separation lines. If you want to prevent bleeding under the tape (even with the good tape this can happen) shoot a light coat of clear over your tape lines prior to shooting color. The clear will seal the tape and, if there is any bleed, it's clear and will not be seen.
  13. astroracer added a post in a topic Paint work   

    Spray the white over the entire car as a base coat.
    Layout the magenta/orange, masking only the top of the car. This means spraying the entire side of the car in that color.
    Now mask off the magenta/orange pattern and spray the black/blue.
     look into nail polish as your "paint". It's cheap, is lacquer based and the colors are endless...
  14. astroracer added a post in a topic How to mount rear semi fenders?   

    Attach them to the frame. On a model it doesn't really matter but in real life anything attached to the axles will take a beating. Brackets will break and fenders will vibrate. Not something you want in a 1:1 so keep it real on a scale one.
  15. astroracer added a post in a topic Let`s see some Pro-Touring