Jim Whalen

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  • Location Wolverhampton, England
  • Full Name Dr James Whalen

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  1. Jim Whalen added a post in a topic Alclad Chrome - ARRRRGGHHH!!!!!   

    A gravity-fed airbrush at the lowest setting you can go without it spitting, spray at a low angle a reasonable distance from the pieces and very lightly build up the coats.  If you get a dull finish you have put too much on.  I usually spray the chrome about an hour after I have put the Alclad black base on.  You will get a reflective finish but have to accept you won't get an extremely shiny finish like kit chrome but for some applications it looks much more realistic.
    The exhaust pipes on this '40 Ford chassis were done using Alclad Chrome and finished with their aquagloss clear:

  2. Jim Whalen added a post in a topic B.R.B.O. Pete 359   

    Hi Guys,
    June has been a total miss on the Pete I'm afraid.  What little time I have had for model building has had to be spent on another project.  I am still hoping to get this project done in time - although it is looking like it is going to need a miracle!
    If I don't manage to complete I hope that I will be allowed to cast a vote in the competition as it would be an enjoyable, and probably difficult, task to pick out the ones I like the most.
  3. Jim Whalen added a post in a topic 70's Freightliner Cabover   

    Looks really nice - I like the paint work.
  4. Jim Whalen added a post in a topic 69 Camaro pro street   

    Looks pretty cool!  Well done on a nice build.
  5. Jim Whalen added a post in a topic B.R.B.O. Pete 359   

    Hi Guys,
    Here's my update for May.  As expected, it was a busy month with work and I also had a holiday to Prague.  I got a little bit of cleaning up done on some of the parts but not much at all.  We'll see how June goes, hope more gets done!
  6. Jim Whalen added a post in a topic B.R.B.O. Pete 359   

    Hi Guys,
    Here's my update for April.  All my aftermarket stuff has now arrived so I can start figuring out how to measure the chassis.  I'm sure the project will need more aftermarket supplies but it'll be detail stuff so won't affect the dimensions of the rig.
    I haven't done too much work on the Pete this month as I have had to do some work on some other projects - I hope to get the basic chassis started next month; it looks like it'll be a busy month with work so we'll see.
    One of the aftermarket items was a C-15 engine from Mo'luminum.  It didn't come with a gearbox - any advice on what I can stick on it will be greatly appreciated!!
  7. Jim Whalen added a post in a topic BRBO Kenworth K125 **Finished**   

    This is shaping up to be a cool build.
  8. Jim Whalen added a post in a topic B.R.B.O. Pete 359   

    Thanks for the comment Gator.  It seems difficult to believe a country the size of the United States would send everything through one city that is being exported to be checked.  If you're right it would create a real bottleneck.  How did you find out this piece of information?
    Your mini saw blade would be a very fierce weapon indeed!!
    I'm almost done collecting the aftermarket parts I need for this build and I think I don't need to order anything more from the States.  Some of the generic stuff like wiring or lights I'm going to pick up from local model shows.
    I'm starting to worry about getting this thing done so I'd better up the work rate on it!
  9. Jim Whalen added a post in a topic B.R.B.O. Pete 359   

    Hi Guys,
    Here's my update for March.
    Still working on cleaning up the parts; going through the chassis parts at the moment.
    Some more aftermarket parts have arrived - some air cleaners from VCG Resins and Aluminum Parts and some aluminium parts from Ryan Mylnek at Rhino's Model Truck Parts (pictures below).  I'm still waiting on parts from a couple of companies yet,  I'll give them a bit more time yet before asking about when the parts were shipped.


    The next stage will be to figure out all the dimensions for the chassis once I have all the parts I have ordered.  For now the parts cleanup will continue - not very exciting but essential to a good model.
  10. Jim Whalen added a post in a topic 37 Ford Street Rod...WIP !   

    Nice to see your progress on this.  Good tip for the rear valance between the fenders - will have to remember that one!
  11. Jim Whalen added a post in a topic 1932 Ford roadster   

    Nice build!  It'd be great to have one of these sitting in the garage waiting for a sunny day.
  12. Jim Whalen added a post in a topic A Detailed Preview of Revell's Upcoming '30A Chopped Five Window Hot Rod....   

    Thanks for the info Tim.  It sounds like a very interesting kit.  I've haven't got an A coupe in my collection of hot rod kits so it is definitely a "must buy" for me!
  13. Jim Whalen added a post in a topic B.R.B.O. 352 Peterbilt   

    Your Pete is looking very sharp!  Original and with a nice retro paint scheme - I really like how this one is turning out.
  14. Jim Whalen added a post in a topic KW W-900 {snap}   

    Really nice looking Kenworth.  Your colour scheme looks great.
  15. Jim Whalen added a post in a topic B.R.B.O. 352 Peterbilt   

    You're at a stage I'd be pleased to be at in July or August - and it is only February!
    I really like what you're doing with this Pete.  Keep up the good work.
    This Big Rig Build Off has really started well, I have already begun thinking about what I'd build next year if Clayton runs the competition again.