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  • Location Lake Orion, Michigan
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  1. kenlwest added a post in a topic 67 GTX Ragtop   

    Awesome! I owned a 66 Coronet RT convertible (maroon) back in the early 70's. Torqueflite tranny quit and my Dad got tired of seeing it parked in the barn, so he sold it for $125.00. I was only 17 back then, but I still knew that somebody got way more than they paid for. I would give ANYTHING to get that car back! Anyway, thanks for the memories!
  2. kenlwest added a post in a topic 3D Modelling anyone?   

    Are your parts printed from ABS or PLA? I print with PLA, then use superglue for assembly. I use oil-based kilz primer (several coats) to fill in the layer grooves, then sand the parts. Works great. I can tell by the way you explain splitting your parts and using a dremel to remove support, and your points about fiddling with the printer, and printing larger scales, tells me that you have been experimenting with this for awhile.

    One of these days I'll post some of my printed models. I specialize in Brass-Era cars, and I have several; all done in 1:12 scale. I have hesitated to show them on this forum, since most members are polystyrene builders. I should also add that I am in complete AWE of the scratchbuilding and detailing that goes on here! Stunning! If some of these scratchbuilders ever get a handle on CAD and 3d printing, no telling to what heights they may take us. Mike is what I would call an electronic scratchbuilder. Amazing stuff!!
  3. kenlwest added a post in a topic 3D Modelling anyone?   

    Just some quick notes regarding 3d modelling and 3d printing:

    There has been much discussion, pro and con, regarding 3d modelling and subsequently printing out parts to create scale models. Since CAD tools are used to design the real 1:1 subjects, it only seems natural that scale models can also be rendered/created the same way. Printing out the parts using suitable materials that can withstand temperature changes, and maintain structural integrity over time, accept glue and paint, and printed with reasonable quality and cost, is another matter; at least for the time being. If cost is not a consideration, then most of the cons mentioned above are no longer an issue, if you outsource the print job to a vender having an SLA industrial-quality printer. If you have been following the development of personal 3d printers (Makerbot, Up, etc..) you will quickly see that many owners of these printers rely on others' .stl files to create frogs, owls, whistles, and similar gigitry. In other words; the printer is a toy. The ability to create 3d models worthy of printing seems to be the greatest obstacle for most people who own printers. Obviously this thread showcases outstanding talent that is not as typical or commonplace as you might think. As a designer working in the automotive field, I can tell you that the greatest challenge for people wanting to create 3d models of cars, will be in aquiring the skills to create class-a surfaces for the bodies. Class-a is a term used to describe automotive surfaces that reflect highlights correctly, and balanced proportions that imitate the 1:1 subject. This is not an easy thing to do for the 1:1 cars, and I suspect it's the same for scale models. Check out the scale cars on any download site, take a look at a car you are familiar with, and you will see what I mean.

    Here's the good news: Hi-end CAD is getting more affordable. 3d scanners are still pricey, but steadily coming down. The modelling skills shown here in this thread clearly illustrate the talent needed to learn advanced modeling used to create exterior surfaces.

    In my humble opinion, 3d modeling and printing is coming; it's only a matter of time; probably sooner than later. The technology will not be the constraint in creating and printing 3d scale models; it's the CAD/design skills. If you want to consider this as an extension of your hobby, start learning CAD now, and let the hardware affordability and quality catch up with you.

  4. kenlwest added a post in a topic Minicraft 31 Ford   

    Horrible? Looks like the centerpiece of any model collection to me! Nice Job - and thanks for posting!
  5. kenlwest added a post in a topic Kurt Wilson`s: 23 T` Bucket new project 10/9/12   

    Generally speaking, I just like to lurk around on this forum, but after seeing this masterpiece, I just had to comment. This has to be the most beautiful thing I have ever seen rendered in plastic! It could easily pass for the real thing! The radiator cap, and steering wheel; EVERYTHING!! absolutely speechless...


  6. kenlwest added a post in a topic AMT 1951 Chevrolet Fleetline Deluxe   

    You did an excellent job on this! Don't we just long for those days when you could see the oil-stained ground through the engine compartment?
  7. kenlwest added a post in a topic 1969 Dodge Charger R/T build.   

    I am just STUNNED! What a beautiful execution to one of the greatest classics of all time! AWESOME!
  8. kenlwest added a post in a topic 74 Oldsmobile Cutlass   

    Nice job on those Olds models!

    Ken, from Lake Orion - we are almost neighbors!
  9. kenlwest added a post in a topic Chaparral 2D, last finished build of 2011   

    One Word! BEAUTIFUL!
  10. kenlwest added a post in a topic 1966 Ford Fairlane   

    A high school friend of mine had one of these beauties. Black, with white interior. It had a 390. It amazes me to this day how he never wrapped it around a tree.

    BTW, beautiful job!!!!! Terrible kit??? could have fooled me...
  11. kenlwest added a post in a topic 1969 Chevrolet Corvair   

    When I was a kid in the early 70's, I owned a blue 1966 Corvair; 2 speed automatic - leaked like a sieve. But for its time, it was a nice car. I also had a white 1965 Corvair; with red interior! It had a 3 speed manual. I wish I still had 'em.

    Thanks for the memories! You don't see these very often.
  12. kenlwest added a post in a topic Chrysler Turbine Car - 1965   

    Wow! I was scrolling well into the pictures of the models before I realized that only the second picture was real!!!

    Amazing work!!
  13. kenlwest added a post in a topic '57 Chevrolet Bel Air   

    I really like the Chevy Tri-Fives. Nice job on this one!

    I have noticed several models on the forum that show "pupils in the headlights". I usually cut out a small circle of BMF, and stick it over the hole, cut the plug off the back of the lens, then glue the lens in with Elmers White Glue. Dries clear.
  14. kenlwest added a post in a topic Miller Wagon (Living the High Life)   

    You know, if I had this model, I would permanently encase it under glass and mount it behind the bar!

  15. kenlwest added a post in a topic 69" Chevy Nova Yenko   

    Very Nice! If this is your first try at "modelism", I can't wait to see your 10th! Color is PERFECT!