Steve_L

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  • Location Loganville, Georgia
  • Full Name Stephen L. Linngren

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  1. Steve_L added a topic in Under Glass   

    Black Force Custom Dart
    This is my interpretation of a Jimmy Flintstone resin kit, the Black Force Custom Dart. It was scheduled to be finished for the SCMA show in Lexington, SC on July 11 and for the ACME club meeting the following day. Oh well, better late than never.
    I built this project as a slammer with added details of wheels/tires, headlights, side-mirrors and taillights. I shot the exterior with Krylon X-Metals bright silver base, X-Metals red color coat and Rustoleum clear. The clear interacted with the color coat and yielded an unusual texture. I liked it and decided to go with it. (I hate stripping and repainting model car finishes...)
    Enjoy!




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  2. Steve_L added a topic in Under Glass   

    1970 Trans Am -- Part Two
    It wasn't easy,
    and it wasn't fun.
    But the spoiler is on right,
    and now I am done...



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  3. Steve_L added a topic in Under Glass   

    Chopped and Sectioned Candy Red 1949 Mercury
    Back in the day, when I was becoming a car guy, I learned the meaning of "chopped," "sectioned" and "lowered." Those custom features are the direction I went with this 1949 Mercury. The body is chopped 3 inches, sectioned 3 inches and lowered to the max. I used an AMT 1949 custom Mercury as a donor kit and fitted a Cheez Cast resin body to it. I borrowed the Cadillac engine and transmission from a Revell 1949 custom Mercury kit for the drive train. I used the custom rims/hubcaps from an AMT 1951 Chevy kit along with parts box Goodyear tires. I experimented with rolled/pleated upholstery for the seat backs and installed a chrome dashboard. I installed a custom bullet/bar grille and round concave taillights. I painted the body with Duplicolor sandable white primer, Spaz Stix silver base coat, Spaz Stix Candy Red color and Rustoleum clear. Extensive polishing took me where I wanted to go.

    Enjoy!








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  4. Steve_L added a topic in Under Glass   

    1970 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
    This project is one of the stalled projects I am working on for 2015. It is a Monogram 1970 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am build mostly stock, except for the interior and exterior paint. My friend Paul reminded me that these cars came in two paint schemes, blue and white and white and blue. I responded that I liked the look of the car better in black and that I was experimenting with a new paint/polishing process. Black was a good choice to let me know how the experiment was working. I have a couple of additions to try and then the process may be complete. Stay tuned.











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  5. Steve_L added a topic in Under Glass   

    1955 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing Gasser
    This is my 1955 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing Gasser that was built for an SCMA show in Simpsonville, South Carolina. I combined the chassis and drivetrain from the R/M K.S. Pittman Drag Coupe 1941 Willys with the body from the AMT/Ertl 1955 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing Coupe. The chassis, drivetrain and interior parts are completely chrome plated (by ChromeTech USA) and the exterior paint is Duplicolor primer, Duplicolor Metalcast Silver Base, Spaz Stix Candy Red and polished Rustoleum Clear coat. I revised the hinges for the doors, hood and trunk. I wired the engine and added fuel lines to a front-mounted fuel tank. I installed battery cables from the rear-mounted racing battery and plumbed the brake lines. I also added steerable front wheels, wrinkle wall drag slicks and interior detail items of a racing seat, tachometer and seat belts.

    Enjoy!










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  6. Steve_L added a topic in Under Glass   

    1940 Ford Candy Red Custom
    While wandering through the automotive kit area of a local hobby store, I noticed an MPC Fire Chief 1940 Ford kit. When I saw that it was a snap kit, I almost passed on it. Then I noticed the chrome smoothie wheels and lakes pipes and decided to buy it to rob those items for another project. The kit (minus the wheels and exhaust) sat on my shelf for a few weeks. One day I took it down and looked for more parts that I might use for other projects. I looked it over and began to think about how I might build it as a custom. I visualized frenched and tunneled headlights and taillights, mild de-chroming, filled rear quarter windows and a "down in front" stance with big and little tires on five-spoke wheels. I got the project going and decided to add megaphone exhaust tips and bullet bumperettes. I finished the interior with Duplicolor Tan Upholstery paint and Bare Metal foil. I finished the exterior with Duplicolor primer, Rustoleum Bright Gold base, Spaz Stix Candy Red and Rustoleum clear paint. It was a fun project and proved to me that "snap kits need love, too..."











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  7. Steve_L added a topic in Tips, Tricks, and Tutorials   

    Atlanta Car Model Enthusiasts (ACME) Model Car Paint Tool
    How to make an Atlanta Car Model Enthusiasts (ACME) Model Car Paint Tool

    Materials: (I found mine at the Home Depot.)

    (1) Flat 1/8 inch thick by 1 ½ inch Wide by 96 inch long Aluminum Bar.
    (1) Roll Rubber Foam Weather Seal Self Stick Tape ¾ inch wide by 7/16 inch thick.

    Measure in 8 inches from one end of the Aluminum Bar and draw a line across it. Measure another inch and draw a second line. Measure another inch and draw a third line.




    Measure another 8 inches and draw a fourth line. Use a hack saw to cut the bar at the fourth line. Clamp the 18 inch bar in a vice with the middle line at the top of the vice. Use a hammer to bend the bar to a 90 degree angle. Do the same at the other two middle lines. When you are done, your tool should look like this.



    Adjust the outside bars so that the gap between them at the end is about 2 ¾ inches. Place a 1 ½ inch length of the Weather Seal tape on each outside edge of the tool so it looks like this.



    You can now paint your model car bodies with great flexibility and coverage.






    And when you’re done, you can hang the tool/model so that dust or mites won’t get into your paint job while it dries.



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  8. Steve_L added a topic in Contests and Shows   

    Hobbytown USA Show and Swap Meet, Kennesaw, Georgia
    Atlanta Car Model Enthusiasts (ACME) was well represented at today's show and swap meet at Hobbytown USA in Kennesaw, Georgia.

    I was very pleased that my 1957 Corvette Gasser won First Place in one of the two Automotive categories and also very pleased that three of my models cumulatively won Best Paint for all categories. Other club members won awards, as well.

    Go ACME!




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  9. Steve_L added a topic in Under Glass   

    1951 Blue Chevy Custom
    This is my 1951 Chevy custom, patterned after the second custom car I saw. The 1:1 was slammed, featured frenched headlights, a cool sounding exhaust system and 1957 Corvette taillights.

    I started with a Flintstone 1951 Chevy resin 2-door hardtop body that features a radically chopped top. I enlarged the windshield and back glass areas to improve the appearance. I slammed the suspension and added a Chevy 350 small block / automatic transmission drive train. For a smoother look, I removed the front and rear bumper guards. I have seen very few Desoto grilles on 1951 Chevys so I went that route.

    I finished the body with Duplicolor primer, Duplicolor Ford Teal Blue Metallic (I can't paint all my builds Candy Red, can I?), and highly polished Rustoleum clear.

    Enjoy!












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  10. Steve_L added a post in a topic 1989 Firebird Formula 350   

  11. Steve_L added a post in a topic 1989 Firebird Formula 350   




    1963 Olds 88, 1964 Cutlass, 1966 Chevy Bel Air Custom, 1968 Chevy Impala




    1970 Chevy Nova, 1972 Chevy SW, 1977 Monte Carlo, 1979 Ford Fiesta



    1988 Chevy Monte Carlo, 1989 Firebird Formula, 1995 Neon, 1997 Dodge Ram
  12. Steve_L added a post in a topic 1989 Firebird Formula 350   


    I have plans (and kits, etc.) to build these cars, in no particular order: 1952 Ford Hardtop, 1960 Pontiac Catalina 4-Door Sedan, 1968 Biscayne 2- Door Sedan (Street Rod) and a 1970 Monte Carlo (bench seat, no rally wheels). If you know of a source (resin or diecast would be O.K.) I would also like to build a 2006 Dodge Ram Two Door pickup and a 2014 Ram Express pickup.
  13. Steve_L added a post in a topic 1989 Firebird Formula 350   


    The rear spoiler came from the 1991 Firebird Formula kit -- it was the best likeness. As you said, the 1992 Firebird Formula kit supplied most of the other parts. Also as you said, I modified the 1985 Trans Am front valance and added the black bumper strips to it and to the rear valance. Hope you have as much enjoyment with your project as I did with mine...
  14. Steve_L added a topic in Under Glass   

    1989 Firebird Formula 350
    One of the fun things I like to do in the model car hobby is to build scale replicas of cars/trucks I have owned or driven. This is the sixteenth build in that series.

    These are pictures of a model of my 1989 Firebird Formula 350. I bought it new in 1988 and put almost 100,000 fun miles on it. The only customizing was to use a hot air gun to loosen and remove the "Formula 350" emblems from the doors and "5.7 Liter" emblems from the hood.

    I built the 1/24 scale model using the Revell 1992 Firebird Formula kit as a base. I added parts from the Revell 1985 Trans Am and 1991 Firebird Formula kits. I reproduced all the features of the 1:1 as faithfully as I could, including the aftermarket sun roof.

    It was a fun build that brought back good memories of high performance cruising in the 1:1.

    Enjoy!












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  15. Steve_L added a post in a topic 1953 Chevy Candy Red Custom   


    The 1/24th body is part of the Lindberg "Bel Air Bomb" 1953 Chevy kit.