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  1. Aaronw added a post in a topic Questions about builds on the following   

    Hard to say for sure as there are differences in resin wheels and kit mounting styles. You could get lucky and get a set of wheels that match up well, or you could get a set that require a bit of fabrication to make things line up. Also a huge variation on quality of resin parts, on the good end some are nice and crisp and can be mistaken for plastic parts from a kit, on the bad end you have to do a lot of clean up and reshaping, most fall somewhere in between.
    Couple different theories on prep for painting, soaking in Westleys Blech Wite (a tire cleaner) is one of the more popular methods.
    5 min epoxy or CA glue (super glue) work well on resin and plastic.
    KJ790 is a member here who casts truck parts, under the name Double Take Replicas. He has 2 and 5 hole Budds.
  2. Aaronw added a post in a topic gmc crackerbox   

    There is a better photo of the built cab on the AITM site. I think you are correct on the issue but I think the issue is also there on the built up, just hidden due to photo quality / angle. Should be easy to fix.
  3. Aaronw added a post in a topic 1/25 Police/Fire/Ambulance Red Beacon Light?   

    It is a bit of work, but here is a tutorial on making your own from a lightbulb and other fairly easily acquired bits.
    I haven't seen anything in resin or plastic that comes close to a beacon made this way. 
  4. Aaronw added a post in a topic Swamp Cooler   

    Here is a short article with some photos. Looks like a rather simple scratchbuild to me. Just some tubing and flat stock with a little creative gizmology inside the tube. I bet ones of those disposable cones the doctor uses to look in your ears would work great for the insides.
  5. Aaronw added a post in a topic Questions about builds on the following   

    I built the box from the floor up leaving the roof for last so I had access to the door mechanism. I don't care about working mechanisms like opening doors so I didn't bother with tape just gluing the door closed. Besides being more difficult if the door opened I would feel obligated to add some cargo. 
    I cut along the grooves to separate the slats then glued them into place. I did this for two reasons, one the door where it curves into the top was putting a lot of pressure on the tracks, and second, the door looked kind of like a bent piece of sheet plastic, not a bunch of individual slats.
    Cutting the slats apart and then gluing them individually looks more like individual slats of the 1-1 doors, plus looking at the real thing is seems like they never quite match up 100% tending to get dings along the edges and a few just slightly out of whack. Still needs some detail painting and some weathering on the door, but it has been sidelined by other projects.

  6. Aaronw added a post in a topic Questions about builds on the following   

    Wow I distinctly remember fiddling with the hood, but that was probably 9 or 10 years ago, memory does funny things.
    Haven't messed with the cab yet on the current one, just have the frame and box built.
  7. Aaronw added a post in a topic Questions about builds on the following   

    I had trouble getting it to sit flush the last time around. I could hold it in place with light pressure, but it would lift up leaving a gap when I stopped pressing down. Probably just a matter of getting the hinges just right. Not an uncommon problem with tilt hoods, but being a shorty it seems to be worse than some.
  8. Aaronw added a post in a topic Questions about builds on the following   

    I've got the Ford LN going at the moment, getting the roll up door right was a pain, but other than that I didn't have any serious issues with the cargo box. The truck hood can be somewhat fiddly, I glued it down the last time I built one, I plan an building it with an opening hood this time around.
    Other than those two issues it is a fairly painless kit to build. 
  9. Aaronw added a post in a topic revell 4Q2016 Release Annoucement   

    I wouldn't turn my nose up at a 55-57 handyman wagon and / or sedan delivery.
  10. Aaronw added a post in a topic revell 4Q2016 Release Annoucement   

     Excited about the Bronco, and share the hope for a half top "pickup" option. Curious about the engine, it would be nice to have another 6, but expect it will come with the optional 289 or 302 V8.
    Side marker lights became a requirement in 1968. I don't think there were many changes during its production other than engines offered, so this could potentially represent all but the first 2 years of production, and possibly even those with a little work (removing the side markers).
  11. Aaronw added a post in a topic Eisbrenner Seagraves   

    Wow, based on your scratchbuilt models I have to wonder if the resin actually saved you any work.
    I have a pair of resin Anniversary Seagraves (one open cab, one closed sedan type) that I believe came from Uptown Automotive. These are more along the lines of the resin kits most are used to, not simply a shell more or less shaped correctly. Amazing how resin casting has advanced from the early days, the best these days are at a level equal to mass market styrene kits and the resin much easier to work with.
  12. Aaronw added a post in a topic Resin 1967 Chevy Pickup?   

    I found some photos I took of one of his kits in my photobucket account. Not the Chevy, but I'd say an average example of the stuff I've bought from him.

  13. Aaronw added a post in a topic Resin 1967 Chevy Pickup?   

    I've got some of his stuff. My last order was a few years ago mostly due to not getting much built, not at all a reflection on his goods or services. Everything I've got is decent, no not top end stuff like Modelhaus, but not trash. You will need to add some details, and do some clean up but it is well cast and consistent, for the price I think his stuff is a good value.
    He does do some shows so can go through spells of being out of contact, but I've always had good service and fast (by resin caster standards) delivery of my orders. I think he is in PA so possible you might be able to find him at a local show selling his stuff, not sure how widely he travels.
  14. Aaronw added a post in a topic Compliments on posted models   

    I read and agree with your posts. "Wow cool color what did you use", serves the same purpose as "nice job" but comes across as more sincere and opens a dialog where you can decide if they are open to some suggestions, and if not still gave them a reply which is important to some. Honestly I sometimes have as much trouble responding to stuff on the amazing skill level end as I do the low end. We have a few builders here who have exhausted my vocabulary of superlatives. Wow!  is sometimes the best that I can muster. 
  15. Aaronw added a post in a topic Compliments on posted models   

    This is a good point as well. On an aircraft forum I used to belong to there was an older gentleman who liked to build the unusual and rare, prototypes, odd variants etc. So his models typically involved lots of kit bashing and scratchbuilding. Very cool concepts and a lot of attention to the details, but the finishing skills were somewhat lacking either due to age or possibly never developed. Still very cool models, even not that good from a fit and finish view point.
    Sometimes I see the same kind of thing here, really neat ideas that don't quite come together either due to a lack of skills or just an off day. There is more to a model car than perfect paint, a lack of mold lines and alternators with an obvious method of support. Not to say suggestions to help in these areas should be discouraged, but the creative aspect shouldn't be overlooked in the rush to comment on the technical side.