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About astroracer

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  • Location Mid-Michigan
  • Full Name Mark Smakal

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  1. astroracer added a post in a topic spray cans   

    I spray as much as I can outside the shop. Get the body prepped and mounted on your stand, step outside and shoot it. Bring it back in and hang it upside down to keep dust and bits from falling on it. Most of my reasoning for spraying outside is to reduce overspray in the shop that gets on everything. If I can't spray outside, too windy, rainy, etc. I have a booth I use for these situations. It gets "most" of the overspray but not all of it.
    Spraying in the shop can be done if you set a box fan in a window to blow out. Step back from the fan 5 or 6' and spray toward it. The draw will pull all of the fumes and overspray away from you toward the window and out of the shop.
  2. astroracer added a post in a topic The future of model car building has arrived Shapeways 3D printing   

    Do a search, there is a TON of discussion on this subject already on the site. You can be wowed, cowed or plowed by this technology but, what you need to realize is, you have to be able to design and model the printed parts in 3D, with a 3D CAD program, in order to print them. They don't grow on sprues, if you know what I mean.
    Also, desk top printers in an affordable price range will NOT print to the quality you see in the above Shapeway parts. A desk top printer does not have the resolution to print with that quality. It will not be a solution, it will be a detriment. And again, without 3D parts, you will have a lump sitting on your desk.
  3. astroracer added a post in a topic how to paint die cast?   

    Any good stripper will work well. If you hit the model with some coarse ScotchBrite before applying the stripper that will open the paint up and let the stripper work better/quicker. Be very sure to wash the car afterwards to remove ALL of the stripper residue.
    PlastiKote Grey or DuPont's Sandable grey primer/surfacer will do you well for getting the car ready for new paint.
  4. astroracer added a post in a topic 1979 Firebird Formula?   

    The front fascia change in '77 also changed the hoods at the front. The hoods became flatter, losing the curvy sections at the outer, front corners that you see in Jeff's pics. They also lost the circulation vents at the base of the windshield. You "could" use an earlier then '77 hood but you would have more work to do to get it to match the later fascia.
  5. astroracer added a post in a topic Fotki Test Photos   

    Copy, paste. Quick and easy.

  6. astroracer added a post in a topic cutting resin question??   

    Use the #11 blade as suggested. It will cut the resin easily.
    Make a template of the door opening out of a file card. Cut it so the "door" is missing, leaving the outside shape to trace along. Start with a new blade and very lightly scribe the opening, tracing the template as you go. Once you get a decent  groove going switch over to an old blade. I will break the tip off to create a sharp edge to drag through the cut. The sharp edge should peel the resin out very quickly.
    Once the door is cut out you can reduce the gap, which is a scale 1/2 inch now, by gluing .010 strip stock to the edge of the door and sanding it flush to the outside and inside.
    Also think about creating the door jamb and relieving the door so it shuts against the jamb.
  7. astroracer added a post in a topic Resin roll pan?   

    I made one for a truck I was working on MANY years ago. I used the rear panel and lights from a Corvette kit. I can get pics if you like.
  8. astroracer added a post in a topic 1/12th scale parts   

    If you don't have the money to buy parts you need to develop your scratch building skills...
  9. astroracer added a post in a topic Supernatural Impala license plates   

    You've got a nice picture of the plate, right? Just print it out with a scale factor until you get the size needed.
  10. astroracer added a post in a topic PE headlight grills for '53 Corvette   

     I would be hesitant to put any heat to them if they are N/S. If they are they already fairly "soft". Good luck with the project. Shoot some pics, before and after, just to document the knowledge gained.
  11. astroracer added a post in a topic PE headlight grills for '53 Corvette   

    Forming the PE parts will depend on what they are made from. I usually used 1/2 hard stainless for most of my product line and that stuff will not bend smoothly in a compound application. If it is nickel/silver you may have a chance but I don't know what you have. Trying to form those small "wires" that make up the grille will probably just buckle them as there is no place for them to "shrink" or "stretch" to as you are forming them.
    The other issue is, if the parts were not "designed" to be formed, you may have parts that are to small or just don't look right after they are formed. Not knowing how they were designed I am only mentioning this so you are aware of the issue.
  12. astroracer added a post in a topic Hello, from Mid-Michigan   

    Welcome to the forum Art! Where in Mid-Mich are you? I am west of Flint about 25 miles.
  13. astroracer added a post in a topic Dumb question re. fittings   

    1/16th dia aluminum tubing, a file and a hex shaped pin vise. Clamp the tubing in the pin vise and file off one side. Roll the pin vise to the next flat and file that side. keep going until you have filed off all 6 sides and made the tubing hex shaped. Cut off individual pieces with a hobby knife. paint with Testor's Candy blue and stoplight red. Use soft hobby wire to make the Els.
     That is how I did all of these fittings for my GN in 1989... Cost me about 3 bucks for the tubing and paint.

  14. astroracer added a post in a topic 1/16th scale question   

    I have some 1/16th stuff out of a funny car kit you can use. PM me.
  15. astroracer added a post in a topic 1/16th scale question   

    Starting with any 1/16th scale hard top, '57, '55 or the Corvette you will have to fab up your own straight axle and ladder bars. I would suggest looking at the full size aftermarket suppliers. Speedway has a few of these "gasser style" front suspensions sold as kits and, looking at the pics you should be able to whip a good looking replica in 1/16th scale.
     OR... use one of the 1/25th scale kits as a guide. just measure everything and scale it up accordingly
    Check out this thread... http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/topic/122253-my-112-scale-57-chevy-gasser/