astroracer

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  • Birthday 12/14/1955

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  • Location Mid-Michigan
  • Full Name Mark Smakal

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  1. astroracer added a post in a topic 1/6 scale Supernatural 1967 Impala 3d print project, need advice/help   

    Well, this is a HUGE project... Both in size AND the skill required to reach the level of detail shown in that Delorean. Part of the problem is, you have no model or scratch building experience to help you. I would really suggest picking up a couple of regular kits and building them to get some experience. At this point you need to understand what it will take to build your grail. Starting small and working your way up is the best way to get there.
    Mark
  2. astroracer added a post in a topic 1/6 scale Supernatural 1967 Impala 3d print project, need advice/help   

    Hey Brad,
    Why is 1/6th scale so important? Just asking. You could do some kit bashing and build one for cheap in 1/25th scale. Sure would be a lot easier. The '67 Impala kit already exists in that scale. Making it a notchback and a four door isn't hard to do.
    Check these out.
    http://www.spencer1984.com/my_models/supernatural-1.php
    Mark
  3. astroracer added a post in a topic 1/6 scale Supernatural 1967 Impala 3d print project, need advice/help   

    Yes, too big! I don't know of anyone who has a printer big enough to do a 1' x 2' x 3' print... You would have to break the model out into separate body panels to do it. The chassis would also have to be broken into smaller parts.
    Like the others have said, 1/8th would be better. I would go 1/12th though as you have a lot of existing models to source parts from. The engine and trans could be used from any number of kits.
    The cost is going to skyrocket quickly. Creating molds is not going to be cheap or easy. Big parts require lots of rubber and resin...
    Mark
  4. astroracer added a post in a topic 3d printed cars?   

    And pay attention to Tom Geiger's post a ways down that thread. Anyone doing this with ANY success has "good" 3D CAD skills. If you can't model the parts in 3D, you are not going to print them out... just sayin...Again...
    Mark
  5. astroracer added a post in a topic 2 mm wide seat belt matl. for ProTech racing harness   

    Black or white "athletic tape" tape works very well. It has a small weave pattern that looks correct for scale belts. Lay a length out on a piece of glass or clean metal and cut to whatever width you want/need. The white can be painted any color you want.
    Mark
  6. astroracer added a post in a topic Accurate Miniatures McLaren   

    A trip to the local craft store will get you some very convincing braided line if you look through the beading section. You can also build the aluminum fittings for next to nothing using some 1/16th aluminum tubing, a file, a hex shaped pin vise and a hobby knife. If you want to know more just ask.
    Mark
  7. astroracer added a post in a topic Revell 1/16 karmann ghia   

     I would hate to see you bin it, Ken. Did you test fit all of the moving panels before shooting paint? That is pretty much mandatory with kits like this. You also have to think about paint thickness when test fitting the panels. If they are too tight before paint they will not fit right afterwards.
     if the glue on the windows isn't too bad you can sand it out. Start with 600 grit and work your way up to 1200 or 1500 and then shoot clear on them.
    Mark
  8. astroracer added a post in a topic Large scale LS1?   

    What are you looking for? I had these printed in 1/24th scale. I can do 1/12th and 1/8th.
    Mark
  9. astroracer added a post in a topic My worst fears realized   

    Harry,
     There is nothing that can be said to make this better or to help understand why. You have a tough road ahead and I think you need to let your family know so they can be there with you. It's hard enough to learn this but it's even harder when you do it alone. Gather your family, fill them in and let them help and support you as this goes forward. Prayers for you and yours.
    I have a 40 year old nephew going through this exact same thing right now. I hope this is caught soon enough to fix it.
    Mark
  10. astroracer added a post in a topic 57 chevy four door hard top or sedan   

    Exactly. I did a '56 2 door post conversion to AMT's 1/16th scale '55 Hardtop. There were so many things wrong with the original body it wasn't funny. I just bit the bullet, did the conversion so it looked good and called it a day.
    Mark


  11. astroracer added a post in a topic What kind of job do you have?   

     Thanks Bill. It is fun, something different every day and I see (and hear) some incredible cars running around out here. The best thing is, it is only 30 miles from my house AND an easy drive. Much better then the 70 miles (one way) I was driving down I75 to get to Warren... I start at 5:30am and get out at 2:00pm. Leaves me the whole afternoon to work in the shop.
    Mark
  12. astroracer added a post in a topic Gravity Colors with other Primers and Clear Coats   

    Just be mindful when you crack them open. If they aren't full to the top add some thinner to top them off. If you don't they will spray funny as the paint will be too thick.
    Mark
  13. astroracer added a post in a topic Gravity Colors with other Primers and Clear Coats   

    Just be careful with the pre-thinned paint. If it sits for very long the thinner will evaporate out, even if the bottle hasn't been opened... I stay away from the pre-mixed stuff just for that reason.
    Mark
  14. astroracer added a post in a topic Mock Up Glue   

    I've used Elmer's White Glue for many years. Same thing, hit the parts with hot water and they fall apart.  I have also used Tacky Glue and hot glue with no problems.
    Mark
  15. astroracer added a post in a topic Gravity Colors with other Primers and Clear Coats   

    Paint is paint. It's either solvent based (lacquers and enamels) or chemical based (two part urethanes, BC/CC, etc.). What is the Gravity Paint based on? What do you thin it with?
    Plastikoat sandable grey and Duplicolor sandable grey should both work well under any of them. You may also want to check out fingernail polish. It is lacquer based and sprays very well when mixed with lacquer thinner. It sprays over both primers beautifully!
    Mark