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  1. You're welcome Jason.......and I'm always willing to help a friend Dave. It was great to see you again too. I got 3 hours bench time this morning. 6 down, 2 to go. I mocked up the barrels under the top portion to "visualize" how they're coming along. 1st pic is on the mill......next 2 give a peek on direction. Can't wait to get to the 4 carb bodies that join the 8 barrels together. I've high hopes for these now. The slots you see on the sides of the barrels will have .5mm tube inserted to replicate the actual carbs. Found some super T2M bolts to fit the tang holes. The tang holes are .3mm in diameter as an fyi. PLEASE ignore the ratty tubes I used to line-up the barrels for the sake of the photo........obviously they won't part of the final assembly. I did a quick check on parts count on the pair of carbs....it will be somewhere just north of 100 pcs. & that doesn't include linkage etc. cheers, tim
  2. Guys, much appreciated. Got 3 more of the barrels done yesterday. 4 to go. Takes me 1 1/2 hours to do each. ugh! Jason, I use for the smaller end mills Kyocera. They have a factory in the U.S.A. I can pick em' up on ebay/amazon and some on-line shops that sell end mills / exclusively. For larger end mills (1/8" and up) I use a firm called Lakeshore Carbide. They're not cheap but they have what I want and they last......also have the "odd-balls" like tapers / corner rounders etc. They're service is top notch too. Hope this helps.
  3. I can envision the finished car already John. That paint job will be stunning. Nice to see you at the bench with some many projects flying around. Cheers, tim
  4. This is so much fun watching this come together Andrew. Thanks too for sharing your techniques. cheers, tim
  5. Hi Francis, did you order they're "blacken-it" solution? Maybe that would give you the finish you're seeking. I've used it on alum. and it works / replicates well. Not sure if it works on brass however. cheers
  6. Curt/John. FANTASTIC!!!! That's all I've got. Love the different designs and approaches and without a doubt these are some of the most unique builds on the forum. Cheers, tim
  7. The scale and accuracy of parts they included in the kit are amazing Chris. She looks fine! cheers, tim
  8. After a lot of expended effort (not all of it wasted however) I went to plan "B" on the carb bodies. I'm machining each of the carb bores with their tangs individually. Have 6 more to do. Then I'll machine the bodies they mate to and make the other parts that go onto that. I got the look I was seeking but not in a 1 piece method. 3 pieces instead. The body that connects the bores in the pics was a quick sanity check. The body is NOT correct but all n' all one can get a good idea of where I'm going. I'm confident now that these will look the part when I get everything made and assembled. Cheers, Tim
  9. Beautiful Francis. All of it. I've not seen in 1/25th such detail on a trans before. You've really got the anodizing technique down pat. You should try Caswells Copy Chrome of Nickel finish over the teeth on your flywheel. As well as you've mastered anodizing, you'd knock that down in no time. Congrats!
  10. Hey John, If this double posts, it's because I went back to look at something while replying and when I came back.........poof..........my reply was gone. Anyways, I went back and checked out the whole build again. I missed details many even though I've been following along. She looks great. 2 queries for you. 1. How did you form that fantastic mesh screen for the engine intake? 2. What did you use specifically to get the scratches out of the glass........it's perfect. Saw the bike build with Curt too and it's so crazy that everyone should check that out. Cheers sir!
  11. Thanks so much guys for the comments and offers of help. Dave, I'll be in touch for a quick sanity check. Dick, thanks for the offer & your insights. The setup you are referring to was a unique one for sure & I'm happy with the result. When machining at this scale, sometimes you have to be quite creative in how to make them. Ergo the wires etc. I used to part it off. The loads were such that nothing untoward happened when doing it and I didn't bother to clean up the surfaces of any machine marks made by the slitting saw as it won't be seen. The parts that are shown above are about 1/8" wide x .5mm thick and just over 1/2' in length btw. I assure you they're perfectly flat and consistent in their thickness through out. I've done the glue trick many times in the past but it wasn't going to work for these parts due to the radius on each end I was milling and the need to flip the parts to do so. Again, thanks for the offer, which is very generous of you. Sorry to hear about your health issues but I'm sure as you jump into the hobby you'll find it to be a blast. Be sure to post on the forum too! Cheers, Tim
  12. I'm sorry to disappoint with no updated pics today. The tooling/method I want came up with to make the carb bodies is fighting me. Not giving up yet..........might have to call Doctor Dave (comp1839) on this one. I'm not giving up on them because I'm convinced they'll be well worth it. Certainly appreciate the comments however and interest still in this project. For Jimmy, Renshape used to sell a sampler kit of their many materials they offer. You should reach out to them to see if they still off it and how you might buy a very small quantity. It is expensive. When Dave gave me a 10 x 10"x 2" block of the stuff I thought it was Christmas. Regarding "printers plate".......I was fortunate to have 2 individuals, Brad (gasser59) and Goatguy (Dave) donate some of the real thing to me. The closest thing I was able to come up with was flashing they sell in the roofing department in small 90 degree pieces at Home Depot. I think Lowes might sell something like it too. You could try that in a pinch. Hope this helps! Cheers, tim
  13. She's building up quite nicely for you Chris. No problem on the pic request, I'll see what I can do for you. I really like the mechanical fuel injection unit too........cheers, tim
  14. Man that was fast Chris. You're off to a fantastic start and it looks great. My daughter and I are visiting the Desimone museum in Phila. this summer and they HAVE the Hippie car as part of their collection. I'll take as many pics as possible and share them with you. Cheers, Tim
  15. Francis, What an ingenious way to re-purpose the watch gear. I've got a bin of those for that very purpose but never took the time or expended the patience to make it. Your solution/method is very clever. Nice one and it's a beautiful part. You're going to want to do what Clay Kemp has done with some of his past builds..........display the motor and trans outside the car and with them separated each on its own stand. You can't possibly hide such details. Cheers, Tim
  16. You're away for months and yet..........ya' can still paint like that. NICE John! cheers, tim
  17. Holy cow Simon. What a model. You should post a pic of your ship with something of recognizable scale next to it so we can appreciate how big it really is. I have a book with mention/pics of this ship and it's nice to see an actual model of a very unique vessel. Great job, cheers, Tim
  18. Great insights / story from Chris and I love the job Kerry is doing on the model. Fun thread for sure. cheers
  19. Hi Chris - The blue was sharpie that I colored the renshape with before starting to machine it. The natural color of the material and the tiny size of the part make it challenging to see the end result sometimes. After cutting away the material, the blue part that remains just makes it easier for me to see and where I might have to make corrections in my method. Daniel, you're oh so right. It is amazing stuff. My friend Dave (comp1839) showed me what could be done with this material. I bought a sample kit of materials but Dave was kind enough to give me big chunk of it that I still use today. Francis - appreciated as always sir. Try to get a sample kit if you're interested. They make different densities of the material for different applications. You'll find the one(s) you need I'm sure. I love it for sampling etc. Super easy to work with and VERY stable even though you might not think so. I did the Bantam finned disc brake calipers out of Renshape btw. Leonard - Okay..........where have you been hiding? How about posting some of your latest work on the forum? Always enjoyed your work and threads or are they here and I'm not looking in the right place? All the same, thank you for the sentiments. cheers John, Art, Chris and Dave...........always a pleasure to read your comments no matter what I'm building or doing. Hopefully in a couple days I'll get my 1st (of 4) of the carb bodies done!! Took off time over the weekend like so many others! Cheers
  20. Okay Francis, now that you have MINE done........go ahead and make yours. 😃
  21. Kurt, if it helps, I have some hood scoops / hood that might fit the bill. I went through my parts stash and came across some that should help you fix your problem without sacrificing your other kit. Drop me a PM and provide your address if you're interested. cheers, tim
  22. I want to acknowledge each of you properly: John Teresi - Thank you and also for the insights on how to save the paint job........that was driving me nuts but it turned out great! cheers Francis - In our house, we play "word of the day".....OPUS is not one I've heard in a long long time. Good one and THANKS for the kind words. I Chris - Ah, Chris. I can't tell you how many times I went through your Vega Funny thread learning new things along the way to assist me in building the Bantam. Hard to believe this came about right after I dropped the Henry. Now, about that little project of YOURS we've been going back and forth on.......... Ian - Wow, you read the whole thread? Now I know what you did over the Memorial Day weekend. Thanks for posting and the compliment. Scott - Thank you too sir. There were many quality builds submitted and I'm pleased to have done as well as I did that's certain. The interior on Steve Guthenmillers 442 (along with the rest of the car) was something to see and the Best Paint winner (sorry, can't remember their name) was darn sweet too. Dave, yeah, let's celebrate this summer! Thanks too for answering all my annoying questions and the advice you shared on machining along the way. I never could have made this without your insights and knowledge that you shared. You're a good friend and mentor! Jimmy - I was looking for some info last evening when this thread popped back up and I came across your post about half way through the thread. Nice to hear from you again and thanks for the kind words. Bob - From the Henry to the Bantam, you've been a loyal follower of my builds and always offered encouragement. Thank you for that and your continued interest. Cheers Everyone, Tim
  23. Kurt, I really am enjoying the pics you're sharing. Seeing your mods done in different materials/colors makes them stand out and shows EXACTLY what you've done. You've got a great eye and imagination. It's sweet looking already. cheers, tim
  24. Jose, what scale is the car? Your approach is interesting. I'd be curious to know what and how you're modifying & creating things as you proceed. We can all learn something. More pics and descriptions as you go along would be great if you can. cheers, tim
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