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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   

    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...

  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Dr Crankys Rat Rod   

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

    Very fine looking modifications and upgrades. 
  6. 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...   
  7. 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.
  8. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Recaster Alert   

    Part of the problem is cultural. The notion of "copyright" is really considered to be mean and old-fashioned by many (in the minority who have even HEARD of it) owing to the widespread ripping and copying of music and video files with no payment.
    The idea that an artist's work should be freely available to everyone has somehow invaded the minds of those who don't make anything original, and many of them just don't get it.
    Part of it is ignorance of the whole idea that it's wrong to copy someone else's work for resale. It may be hard to believe, but it just never occurs to some of these clowns...and these are the ones who actually believe that once you buy a part, it's yours to do whatever you want with, including copying and selling copies.
    Then there's plain old stupid. I actually had one fool get really angry with me, threatening to sue, after he bought a carp quality ripoff of one of my body kits, warped out of shape and made WAY too thick out of bottom-of-the-barrel resin, heavy and brittle. He actually screamed that because I had designed and made the originals, I should be responsible for making sure all the copies anywhere in the universe were made correctly...even the unauthorized copies that I made zero money on.
    And don't forget cheapness. A lot of people JUST DON'T CARE if they're getting an original or a copy, as long as it doesn't cost much.
    Those of you who produce ORIGINAL work need to seriously look into copyright law, and at the very least, include a little slip of paper in with your parts explaining that IT IS ILLEGAL TO COPY THEM WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION.
    If you sell direct, you also need to get your customers to tick a box stating specifically that they will NOT copy them, and they know it's illegal to do so. This constitutes a legally binding contract, and though you'd STILL have to spend money to shut violators down, forcing buyers to acknowledge their awareness of the situation at least keeps the basically honest people honest.
  9. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic What Pleased You Today!   

    I have a Chevy and a GMC of similar vintages, and as you say, they're exactly the same truck. Were then, still are for the most part, except for badging, trim and a few options.
    Sometimes it's just amazing the erroneous conclusions people can come up with.
    In times past, GMC vehicles could be a little more different from their Chevy brethren. The big 'ol GMC inline 6. though it looked very much like the smaller displacement Chevy engine, was actually an entirely different piece, bigger externally as well as internally, and longer overall. GMC also sourced V8 engines from Pontiac before going all Chevy corporate.
    PS. Not being in sales myself, I long ago abandoned any pretext that "the customer is always right".  
  10. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Recaster Alert   

    Over the years I've made several lines of one-off full-scale aftermarket fiberglass parts for real cars (mostly Porsches, Datsun Z-cars and fairly recently some tuners and Fieros). I did all the design work, the full-scale model work, the mold work, and the production.
    These things sold on average for several hundred dollars, and often, shortly after MY parts hit the market, I started seeing cheap knockoffs that were poor quality.
    I countered by laminating my own business card (with a secret little trick) under clear resin on the back side of my own parts...difficult for the average slop-jockey knockoff jerk to copy.
    This didn't stop the ripoffs, but it DID shut up the bozos who called me saying they'd bought my parts and they were carp.
    No laminated card, it just ain't mine. Next time, buy it from ME.
  11. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Is it just me, or has the site slowed down again?   

    And AGAIN, just now.
    I tried to post the offending few lines HERE in THIS thread, and STILL got the 404 BS.
    No bad words, no communist subversive messages, no non-PC remarks, no secret codes...just refusing to take a simple few-line response.
    So...there's something in the response that's triggering the 404 message. How truly odd.
  12. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Duplicolor Perfect Match Primer question?   

  13. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Whoops! Heat and plastic, not a good mix.   

    Baking paint in the oven tends to make your next meal taste like paint, too.   
  14. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Duplicolor Perfect Match Primer question?   

    The "thin stuff" is called "sandable", not "scratch filler".

  15. Ace-Garageguy added a post in a topic Is it just me, or has the site slowed down again?   

    Again tried to post the same answer to the 1/24 history thread and got this...
    404 Error