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  1. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic AMT Sock-it-to-Me Corvette MSP: real fiberglass decklid, Feb. 23   

    Just for you, I took care and removed the deck clean, 100% intact, with no horrible edges. PM me the address of the SnakePit and it will be on its way in a day or 3.  
    Polyvinyl alcohol, airbrushed. 3 coats minimum, shot wet enough to flow out slick. Specifically, the green-tinted PartAll Film #10 from Rexco.

  2. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Can someone Id this car? It looks strange.   

    Though I agree with the fender flares, it's hard for me to make the call on tailgate-versus rear doors. These things could be built either way. Zoom Zoom may very well be correct in the "tailgate" call, as the black handle does appear that it may be centered on the rear, as it would be on a drop-down tailgate, rather than offset to the right, as it would be on a door-equipped vehicle.
    Tailgate       Rear doors.    
    One thing to note: The vehicle in the original blurry photo appears to have a heavy class-three hitch under the rear bumper as well (like the "doors" photo immediately above).
  3. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Revell 30 Model A Ford Production Halted?   

    11 pages, no hard info on what happened or when the kits will be back. Fascinating.
  4. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Old blade disposal?   

    I probably have dozens of them around that may get ground into other shapes for scribing lines, or odd cutting angles, narrow chisels, etc.
    Probably the best way to dispose of them is to put them in a steel can (old bean can, etc....just make sire it's steel) and when it's about 1/4 full, crush it and take it to the recycler.
  5. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Can someone Id this car? It looks strange.   

    Your image is so blurry it's hard to be 100% definite, but if I were a forensic image analyst for the police, I'd say the probability is about 99%.
  6. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Gremlins in model building (not AMC type).   

    Remarkably, I have found over many years that lost parts, broken parts, glue smears, paint problems and whatever else might be blamed on "gremlins" are invariably the result of my own ineptitude, poor organization, carelessness or getting in a needless hurry.
    Saying "the part broke" or "glue got on the windshield" to me is the equivalent of saying "the car wrecked".
    In my OWN case, it's ALWAYS "I broke a part" or "I got glue on the windshield". 
    For ME, accepting responsibility for things that go wrong takes some of the frustration and mystery out of life, and makes it somewhat possible to avoid similar things happening in the future. 
    Any of you may choose to view life differently, and that's OK.  
  7. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic AMT Sock-it-to-Me Corvette MSP: real fiberglass decklid, Feb. 23   

    Thanks for the interest and comments. Much appreciated.
    Mr. Snake, one of the reasons I elected to do a 'glass deck on this is so I wouldn't have to be careful about saving the original. I can make you an f'glass replacement however...now that I have the mold.
    Interesting to note: the shape of this decklid is entirely different from the shape of the Revell '62 Corvette deck, like they're from two completely different cars.
    Once again, I just didn't realize measuring and dividing by 25 was so very very hard.  
  8. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Can someone Id this car? It looks strange.   

    I'd say it's about a '99 Suburban.  
  9. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic AMT Sock-it-to-Me Corvette MSP: real fiberglass decklid, Feb. 23   

    Years back, I developed a way to make near-scale-thickness fiberglass body panels. Since I want to open the deck on this thing to show the battery and rear frame detail, I elected to make a mold of the rear section of the car, and make a replacement deck from that...while other phases of the build are ongoing.
    The material I use to give my parts sufficient strength is a specialized aircraft epoxy that has to be mixed on a gram-scale, and some extremely fine glass cloth.
    Mold in place on the tail...

    ...and popped off...

  10. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Another recaster alert! Page resins this time.   

    I think in a lot of cases, the model companies just don't really care.
    If they were making parts-packs with some of the more popular kitbashing stuff available, it would be one thing. Copying them and re-casting would be direct and unfair competition, where the re-caster had no development or high tooling costs and was taking a free-ish ride on the backs of the manufacturers.
    But the manufacturers don't make single parts or complete engines or wheel-sets (etc.) readily available, and they probably don't feel like getting all hot and bothered trying to FORCE people to buy an entire kit to get a single part...which I often do anyway, by the way.
    But when a re-caster appropriates the hard work of a single individual who has mastered (scratch-built the first original pattern) his own parts and made his own molds of same, and the re-caster copies original parts for resale, it's another thing entirely.
  11. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic I'am depressed   

    You're only as old as you feel. Some days I feel 18, and some days I feel 112.
  12. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Dr Crankys Rat Rod   

        I'd prefer to see spinning lawnmower blades...        
  13. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic "Orange Clunker Car" - MPC General Lee   

    Very fine looking modifications and upgrades. 
  14. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic What do YOU like about the MoPars?   

    First American "big-three" manufacturer with a production "hemi" engine, "unibody" construction and torsion-bar front suspension. Most of their engines were pretty well bulletproof, and the 727 TorqueFlite is one of the all-time greatest transmissions in the known universe. Their early Virgil Exner space-ship styling was interesting too, to say the least, and some of my all-time-favorite show cars are the 1950s collaborations with Ghia...

    And then there's the turbine cars...          
    Kinda hard to top this for pure class too...   
  15. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Dr Crankys Rat Rod   

    I know, they're only models...but bolting a 55 pound piece of useless dead metal to the front of a real car, out in front of the axle, only serves to make it understeer worse and go slower.