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  • Location edge of the prairie kansas
  • Full Name david espenshade

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  1. espo added a post in a topic Vinyl tops, best way to make them?   

    In addition to all of the great information from others, a paint you might want to try is a Rust-Oleum product. It is designed to be used on indoor / outdoor projects. I used black but they have a few other colors. It dries with a fine textured finish in one coat. I suggest that if you use this that it would be the last thing you do on the body. I don't think you could mask over it and not have paint get under the tape. If you use a white color it could make a good base for lighter colored tops.    
  2. espo added a post in a topic 1966 Mercury Comet   

    Beautiful cherry old Merc. Are going to leave it stock or add the GT style hood with the twin scoops ?  
  3. espo added a post in a topic VIVA LAS VEGAS 2015   

    Thank you for sharing. I agree with the overdone patina look. If they are trying to look old and rusty it should be covered with a flat clear. Rust is not shinny.  
  4. espo added a post in a topic Oval Cold Air Intake Filter   

    I have gotten some K&N style air cleaners from Scale Dreams www.Scaledreams.Com. They offer several different shapes and are extremely accurate. You may even find they cost less also.  
  5. espo added a post in a topic Modelhaus '69 Road Runner 6-BBL conversion   

    I have also used Modelhaus bodies and other conversion parts and have never been less than 100 % pleased with them. The interior looks great, but I wonder about the holes in the floor. Are they maybe for mounting bucket seats ? The wheels look more like a standard  wheel that would have a hub cap covering it. The suggestion of the "police" style wheel would make the most sense. The pictures I have seen of restored 1:1 cars have a wheel with the vents as seen on those wheels.    
  6. espo added a post in a topic 1965 Ford Ranchero "General Lee" (Trumpeter 1:25)   

    Turned out great.
  7. espo added a post in a topic 1957 Chevrolet Two-Ten sport coupe   

    Very nice accurate body mods to make a 210 model. As an aside, the six cylinder engines were painted blue, as in "The Blue Flame Six". Nice to see the extra effort on the interior to make it right also.  
  8. espo added a post in a topic Weathering Tires   

    Most of the kit tires have an almost to shinny appearance on the sidewalls. I think that the flat clear from Tamiya gives a more realistic look. I have also found that if you have used any type of white wall or raised lettering treatment the chance of smudges are minimalized. I'm finishing a model now that I'm using the reissued Good Year tires on. On a previous build I some how whipped off a couple of the letters on the tires and really lost the look I was going for.  This has not been a problem since I started doing the flat clear. Try it on a spare tire and see what you think.     
  9. espo added a post in a topic 1936 Ford   

    Great looking build. Your photography real shows all of the work that went into this.
  10. espo added a post in a topic 1929 Ford Roadster - Dan Gurney - Bonneville 1950   

    Wonderful tribute to a great racer and builder. You know Dan is still alive and well in California, he might enjoy a picture of your build. A real outstanding build.  
  11. espo added a post in a topic 2005 Chrysler 300 C   

    Beautiful paint job. I got a kick out of the Kansas tags on it. With the setting of the back ground and the finish on the model it's hard to tell at first if it is a real car or not.
  12. espo added a post in a topic Weathering Tires   

    All great ideas. Another is to pickup some ladies finger nail sanding sticks. They are usually very inexpensive and most drug store or even the market carries them. As pointed out the very fine ones if you're doing the side walls. Another thought, After sanding the tread mask it off with tape and lightly spray flat clear on the side walls.  
  13. espo added a post in a topic Hudson for a friend...   

    Beautiful paint and great foil job. The color combo really stands out.
  14. espo added a post in a topic 62 Bel Air Gasser !   

    Great color, and the foil looks good.
  15. espo added a post in a topic '48 Lincoln racer   

    The wheelbase doesn't look that far off. Is the NASCAR chassis to wide to fit under the running boards in the middle of the body ?  Just from the picture it looks like you could shorten the race car floor boards behind the gas tank and remove the ducting for the front radiator and it might just fit. The chassis may still be just a little to wide in which case you could narrow the race chassis just in front of the rear tires and where it angles out behind the front tires.  Just an idea if it fits with what you're thinking.