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  1. Your car is coming along very nicely Daniel. I like the imagination you're putting into it to make it more realistic and the way you're going about making them. A scratch-builder thru and thru. Thanks too for the compliment. cheers, tim
  2. Fantastic work here Scott. Appreciate the pics and how clean the build and assembly are. I'm also in the camp of WOW when it comes to the blue you're going for. This will be a real stunner. cheers, tim
  3. John does not have a "comfort zone". There is nothing he won't attempt to build AND be successful in pulling it off. Love the progress John and the chassis looks great in color now. Best to ya', tim
  4. Thanks Joe.....what / where did you post the other build btw? Time to get back to the Maverick though. 🙂 Since my post earlier this morning, I got the part off the block and I'll take a few moments to describe how it was made. A. Pic 1 you'll see dowel pins that locate center on the piece. I made matching holes in the work piece. (the taller alum. block) To make the radii on each end of the piece I cut the one end on center, removed the piece and flipped it so I could cut the other end to match it. I learned this from Dave (comp1839). I put oversized 3/16" dowels in because I tried 1/8" but they were sloppy. Far too much play and the lip / radii would have truly been hit or miss. So instead of junking my "puck" I re-did the holes using a pre--ream end mill and reamer. Jackpot. I had never done this before so I was happy it turned out. I had to drill the necessary air holes in the puck as the tolerances were so snug, the air trapped inside would have prevented the dowels from dropping in. The center hole is 1/16" and goes all the way through whereas the other dowel pin off center is drilled into the side of the puck for air to exit. Hope all this makes sense. B. Pic 2- Trying to figure out how to secure the work piece without interfering with the saw blade was a head scratcher. No room to clamp the top of the piece without hitting the blade. So, I took a piece of 3/16" alum rod, drilled 2 holes on each end and then secured it with steel wire wrapped around the posts you see. I then tightened the nuts down to draw down the wire till it was snug. Since the force exerted on the piece was minimal during the sawing process, this worked out perfectly. I just had to be sure that the saw could not "lift" the piece off the dowels while cutting it. The work piece stayed flat on the puck and the final piece itself is perfectly level. Yeah. The final 2 pics show the piece now that it's removed. Now to make its twin.
  5. Thanks Daniel. It has been "involved"......I came up with a 2nd idea on how to fab the top portions that I'm still considering doing. Currently I have to make 4 different pieces to replicate just the top portion of the 2 carbs. Have an idea for a new fixture that might make it easier but I don't know if it would be as accurate. hmmmm Hey Dave, the gentleman that let me take pics and measurements of the real deal offered to sell it to me for 5k. in existing state. For a one of a kind piece, didn't seem toooo crazy. Hi there Chris......yeah set-up is everything. I'm now discovering I've painted myself into a corner when it comes to parting it off. I won't get into the details of it, but today I'm going to try something irregardless. If I junk the part, well, see my reply to Daniel........maybe plan "B" ??? Pete, no problem.........if you reconsider, please let me know. Cheers, Tim
  6. Nice pan and cover Francis. Like everyone else, appreciate the detailed description on how you achieve each piece. Thanks for sharing, Tim
  7. Effort high, results low but I got the first of the pair of carb top plates as I call em'. Still have to drill 12 holes in it yet and part it off. I wanted to capture the lip on it and the radius on each end. I used a technique that I learned from Dave (comp1839). When I pull the piece off the fixture I'll explain and include a pic or 2. I'm sure there are easier ways of doing it but adding the lip was a must. cheers, tim
  8. Francis was right Lorne. You're a heckuva talent and this build deserves a higher level of interest / eyeballs. I'll be sure to follow along and can't wait for your next post. cheers, tim
  9. If there was no name on a thread, just a build (whatever the make) and saw this...........I would either think it was yours or on that belongs to Ace (Bill). That's a BIG compliment btw. Such clean execution. cheers, tim
  10. Loving it Chris. I have a 1/12th scale kit I'm willing to part with. Just curious, what marques do you like to build and types of race cars? Cheers, Tim
  11. Coming along nicely Jimmy. cheers, tim
  12. Truly an eye-catcher Bill. Congrats on a beautiful car. cheers, tim
  13. Roger, if it were mine I'd be smillin' too. Congrats on passing a milestone on the build. It's a very cool looking build. cheers, tim
  14. Wonderful thread Steven. You've got quite the eye. cheers, tim
  15. I love your build Jason. Makes me smile as my brother was going to college and had a NEW 69' SS396 Chevelle. He took me for a ride once around the block banging gears in it and it's something I'll never forget. You're truly capturing how cool this car was. A 454......simply the next level . cheers, tim
  16. Enjoyed perusing your thread Daniel. A LOT of great things going on here. I'll be sure to follow along as well in the future. Cheers to ya', tim
  17. Mike P. and Randy D. - hat's off to both of you for what you're doing. Just stunning work you're doing and detail. cheers, tim
  18. What a fantastic thread. I can relate to so many of the comments and suggestions made here. Pete & Bill (Ace) especially put a smile on my face. I scratch build for several reasons. I want to achieve a higher level of build........it's just me. Scale is important and machining in metal can help achieve that because of its inherent strength over plastic. I've now accumulated a wide range of materials including steel, bronze, brass, alum. titanium, carbon rod etc. etc. etc. that I grab from to make something. This all took time to acquire and also a LOT of research and help to properly machine, solder it or whatever. I have 10 or more types of glue on my desk. Depends on what I'm assembling. I EXPERIMENT a lot which I find fun. I FAIL A LOT........... Right now I've spent more than 2 weeks doing drawings and experimenting on how to make a part. Including a week to learn / figure out how to make a tool/fixture to achieve a particular result. Most people (I said before, I'm odd ) that I'll take, spend or waste that time to figure something out. AND FAIL. That is part of the "fun" of scratch-building in my opinion. I love figuring stuff out quite simply. I think most scratch-builders relish & enjoy that part of it. And when we get it right, well that's the reward. Regarding machines, I've seen people like Dave, my friend and mentor (comp1839) build / machine things in ANY scale that would make ya' blush. On a big boy Bridgeport. At the same time, I've figured out how to make the most of my Sherline equipment. Having a good teacher if you're a machinist is a must.........again, in my opinion. Once you learn how to dial in a machine properly & use it you can achieve amazing things. I personally hold very high regard to metal bender / fabricators ( think of Dave Sherman, Clay Kemp, Randy D. and John Teresi ) that form & shape metal or plastic with curves and shapes that defy belief. That's an art unto itself which I've only scratched (no pun intended) the surface of. Whatever you do, don't get me started on the Chris Sobaks or Mark Johnsons that have CAD skills in addition to other capabilities in their tool boxes to scratch build something. It just doesn't end and you shouldn't feel limited to what the kit itself offers. I'll step off my soap-box now. I'm a scratch-builder and enjoy it for what it is. Those that explore it and realize the satisfaction in making something from "stuff"........well, it gets addictive and has its own set of rewards. Once you start and realize some success, you quickly realize that you can or should be able to make almost anything. Those that are scratch-builders, know what I'm speaking of. Cheers to one and all and to those delving into it...........enjoy the entire experience. Tim
  19. Justin and JD........what a grin you put on my face by bringing back this memory. It was my first build over 6 years ago when I got back into the hobby after 40+ years away. I've learned a lot since then but enjoyed each one that has come since. Thanks again for the comments! Tim
  20. Thank you Justin for the kind words and interest in my builds. You have an eye for detail that comes through in your work. Nice to see someone enjoying building as much as you do too! cheers, tim
  21. Love the imagination and your solution in getting the fenders done like that Michael. A lot of effort for sure but what a result. Well worth it. cheers, tim
  22. And I thought I was crazy Justin. Your focus and attention to detail / accuracy are commendable. It shows in the results so far. cheers, tim
  23. Hi Art, like the details you've added to it. With the body on or off, its a great build. cheers, tim
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