Any surface that is to have Alclad applied has to be ultra smooth. Thee are a few ways you can acheive this. There are some products for 3-D printed parts. Smooth On makes a coating that can be applied to the parts, let dry and sanded to fill in the lines left by printing process. I have also heard that some 3-D filaments can be sanded to remove the lines. The gloss black undercoat used by many when put on a little heavily can also help. I've used Tamiya gloss black spray from a rattle can with good results. As mentioned above, Alclad sprayed at as low a pressure as you can get away with, very thin mist type coats, and at multiple angles is the key to success. You may wish to try a gloss gray enamel instead of black to reduce the "dark" tone of the "chrome". Hope this helps! G David
Making some progress on this project! Fabricated the bottom raised panel with vertical fins to close up the bottom of the grille face. The diecast comes with this area cut out, so I had to first close up the space with Evergreen strip and putty. The grille comes from Ken Kitchen at Kitchen Table Resins. Great quality, fast shipping, and Ken is great to deal with. The grille did require some modification to fit into the opening. It was cut, narrowed and glued to a strip of brass to give it strength. Gaps will be filled in and sanded.
Still challenged by trying to smooth all of the putty and plastic filling the gaps. The 1:1 truck also had a wide vertical rub rail all around the base. It is being added with Evergreen strip CA glued in place. Additional progress not pictured is the floor pan has been cut, and the chassis cut, extended and glued together. After setting up overnight, I'll take some photos with her up on her wheels. Lots more to do, but she's getting there. Thanks for looking!
Terry, What an AWESOME collection of "In Progress" projects! I think we have about the same amount! I like the modification and bodywork process, but get hung up on the "completion" aspect... I really like the tanker above and the Mack AK Bulldozer hauler! Can you share the source for the modified tanker body above? I'd like to give that a try! Great mixer build thread by the way! We have several similar mixers in use here in the Orlando area. Fantastic workmanship! I'll be following this build for sure!
Here is a little update. The rear body is glued together and the roll up door panels have been secured in place. Working on a hard suction hose. Roughed out the outlining of the windows with a custom mixed Vallejo "rubber" tone. Lots more to do!
Is this kit out now? If so, anyone know if Hobby Lobby has them yet? I have a project that I was working on that I heavily modified the kit sides to resemble a 1920's ambulance. Got stuck with smoothing the areas of modification (now solved) and realized that the kit sides were too short. So, I scratchbuilt new sides, cut the roof and chassis. So, I need replacement a chassis, roof and floor pan.
Is this kit out now? If so, anyone know if Hobby Lobby has them yet? I have a project that I was working on that I heavily modified the kit sides to resemble a 1920's ambulance. Got stuck with smoothing the areas of modification (now solved) and realized that the kit sides were too short. So, I scratchbuilt new sides, cut the roof and chassis. So, I need a replacement chassis, roof and floor pan.