Chief Joseph

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  • Website URL http://www.fireballmodels.info

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  • Scale I Build 1/25 - 1/24

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  • Location Alabamastan
  • Full Name Joseph Osborn

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  1. Chief Joseph added a post in a topic Ford Escort RS1800 7/28/15 Update - Grill Installed   

    Any more progress on the Escort, JC?
  2. Chief Joseph added a post in a topic A little project I have been working on....1987 Camaro IROC-Z (from a promo) 7-18 UPDATE!   

    Sorry, I don't want to hijack Ken's thread, but I'll answer this quickly: The wheels I have done are the 85-87 version.  I can do the 88-90 version wheel, but it would only be 16"-- I would never want an IROC-Z with the 15" wheels, LOL!
  3. Chief Joseph added a post in a topic A little project I have been working on....1987 Camaro IROC-Z (from a promo) 7-18 UPDATE!   

    Beautiful job!  It makes me want to finish up my 1/24 scale conversion set for the Monogram Z28. I've made all-new 16" wheels & Gatorbacks and fog lamps, and converted the kit's front fascia. Basically all I need to finish is the decal set. Maybe add a TPI setup, too. 
  4. Chief Joseph added a post in a topic Plastic chrome plating   

    The telescope-making guys need this process to coat their mirrors, so you could look in on some of their forums.
  5. Chief Joseph added a post in a topic Acrylic Paint at Hobby Lobby   

    Are you referring to the Vallejo paint that Hobby Lobby has been carrying for about a year? It's extremely good paint that is intended for hand-brushing but can be thinned for airbrushing as well. Definitely better than the cheaper craft paints. Or are you talking about the Createx Colors and Wicked Colors airbrush paints that come in a 2oz bottle that looks similar to the cheap craft paint? Again, those are good paints for their intended purpose and worth the extra expense.
  6. Chief Joseph added a post in a topic 3D printing growing as we speak   

    I've always perceived the biggest complaint to be "why isn't XYZ available?" or possibly, "I wish there were a better XYZ available." 3D-based manufacturing goes a long way to solving both those problems. We are still years away from replacing mass-marketed kits with printing your own 3D-derived models at home. The 3D technology available now allows manufacturers (small and large) to more bring better quality models to the market in a shorter amount of time than ever before. It also opens up a whole new avenue of creativity to those people who are willing to take a risk. Some model builders are content to just build whatever is on the shelf at the local Hobby Lobby, but I've never been that kind of modeler.
  7. Chief Joseph added a post in a topic Buick Grand National Dual-build, '85 and '87   

    Thanks very much, fellows.

    @crowe-t: I think I used old Metalizers when I painted the motor/trans. I don't recall using any Alclads, but I could be wrong. It's been about a year. The goal of the exercise was to simulate a motor that had been in a street car for about 10 years and had accumulated some grime and discoloration. The turbo's heat shield is a bit overdone-- it should never get that dirty.

    @gearhedjon: The Turbo TA's setup was similar to the 84-85 Buick hot air turbo, but the latter was fuel-injected. The Turbo TA was in fact very close to the older carbureted Buick turbo. If the hood is closed, there's no need for me to get all OCD about the details on the motor!
  8. Chief Joseph added a post in a topic Buick Grand National Dual-build, '85 and '87   

    Oh, man, this old thread came back to life just like a walker on "The Walking Dead"

    Not much more ever happened with these models, unfortunately. There was just never enough time left over after meeting all my other obligations to work on my own models. Still isn't! Plus, my OCD makes it difficult to complete things I really care about (I always re-do things and I'm never quite satisfied). On the plus side, I've been able to share some of the work I did on these models in the form of my Eagle GT tire and Vector wheel sets.

    But I did build a turbo 3.8 motor last year just as a little excercise:


  9. Chief Joseph added a post in a topic 3D printing growing as we speak   

    Here is the future of figure modeling and it's available right now if you have the funds:


    A fellow in France is printing these figures on a high-end Envisiontec printer. Even though you can see some faint grow lines, the quality and detail is just perfect. The grow lines will disappear under paint. What is really absurd about these figures is that they aren't sculpted in 3D-- they are made from 3D scans of real people dressed in period uniforms. Just a couple of years ago, this would be virtually impossible to do on a hobby scale, but the advances in 3D scanning and the software to process the scans has put this kind of quality within reach of hobbyists. The figures still aren't cheap; a typical 1/32 figure is around $23, but that is well within the budget for professional modelers and serious hobbyists. With one stroke, my French friend has made both miniature sculptors and miniature casters redundant. Of course, if you want to model something that doesn't exist in the real world-- a troll warrior for instance-- you'll need a creative person to construct your model.

    What does this mean for car modelers? Scanning a person is really, really easy. Scanning a car isn't easy at all, unless you just want a solid model (like the ones Ford recently started offering). But if you have access to the real, original parts, anything can be reproduced in small scale with a high degree of accuracy. The fundamental part of this process is having the real thing sitting in front of you, and secondly, having the money to do it all.
  10. Chief Joseph added a post in a topic Adding air tank to compressor   

    Is it too late to get your money back on that little compressor? It's really not at all suited for your application. If you need really, really quiet operation, get yourself a CO2 tank. If you need just "sort of quiet," there are several small compressors with tanks from Badger, Paasche, and Iwata that will serve you much better.

    Also, a tank pressurized to 12psi cannot output at 32psi.
  11. Chief Joseph added a post in a topic New item: GM Door Handles--> Now Mopar!   

    No, they are bare resin. Chroming would triple the cost. Alclad Chrome paint does a fine job on them.
  12. Chief Joseph added a post in a topic New item: GM Door Handles--> Now Mopar!   

    Thanks to all who have supported me with these door handles.
    The GM truck and Mopar early-B door handles are in production now and available. They aren't on the website just yet.


    I don't even know if there are any decent early-B body Mopar kits out there, but since I had the real handle available to me, I made it in scale.
  13. Chief Joseph added a post in a topic Gauging interest for scale tires with a weighted look   

    Thanks for the feedback. Going forward, my tires will probably all be weighted like this. That goes for both truck and cars.
  14. Chief Joseph added a topic in Truck Aftermarket / Resin   

    Gauging interest for scale tires with a weighted look
    Hi all,
    I've made a couple of aftermarket truck tire sets and they have been well-received, so I thank everyone who has supported me with that. One of the things that has always bugged me about scale model car and truck tires is that they don't portray the appearance of the real thing. Real tires bear the weight of the vehicle, and this shows up as a slight bulge at the contact patch. This bulging is mostly seen with radial tires. Aircraft modelers have realized this shortcoming in their models for years, and some of the very first resin aircraft items that appeared were weighted tires. Sanding the bottom of a round tire flat helps, but can't give you the bulge that conveys realism. I've made up a bulged version of a new 3D tire model:


    Here are two weighted tires alongside the un-weighted tire (right). I am thinking of selling this new tire in a set of five tires: four weighted tires and one un-weighted tire to use as the spare. The initial costs to do this kind of set are higher than a typical tire set, since it requires at least two masters instead of just one. Is this something that you truck modelers would like to see?

    Thanks,
    Joseph from Fireball Modelworks

    p.s.I have some GM truck door handles in the works that will be ready for sale in a few weeks:

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  15. Chief Joseph added a post in a topic New item: GM Door Handles--> Now Mopar!   

    I have a couple more door handle sets that have finished the design phase and will be going to print sometime soon.

    Mopar "Early" B-Bodies '63-65:


    GM Trucks '73-91