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  1. Hey all, I've searched and searched the forums, but have not been able to find any threads addressing my issue. So, here it goes: I recently bought a Sunstar 1:18 replica of a 2003 Chevy Monte Carlo SS as a birthday gift for my friend. There's one problem, though: It's silver, and I want it to match his car, which is black. I've got it parted down, and I'm having the diecast metal body sandblasted to remove the paint. Here's where my questions begin: 1. If the body metal is still coarse from the sandblasting, do I need a primer before laying down the basecoat? NOTE: the basecoat is not model paint - it's automotive touch-up aerosol paint from AutomotiveTouchUp.com (I want this model to match EXACTLY to his car). 2. How can I avoid having a tacky clearcoat on the final product? I did something similar to this process with my phone's metal battery cover, and after several months the clear is still tacky - you can leave a good scratch in it if you drag your fingernail across it hard enough. 3. Obviously, the sandblasting will remove any painted/stamped-on decals/tampoes. Can I get new ones somehow (print, order, paint on by hand) or will the car have to be badge-less? Thanks in advance for your help and time, folks!
  2. Does anyone here have any experiece with these models? From the pictures i have seen they are miles ahead from the Ertl 1:18 cars i have seen so far. This goes for both detail and shape of the body. I have been searching a nice 68-70 Charger or 70-71 Cuda in 1:18,i have give up on the Cuda. The other day i stumbled upon some models from a manufacture called Autoworld,and they have many nice muscle cars,also some older classics. I`m no expert but from what i can see as in detail,they look pretty much bang for the bucks,also very nice and realistic bodyshapes. The one i`m considering getting is nr 2 in the link below. https://www.diecastmusclecars.com/charger.htm No thick hood hinges. Has anyone here bought one of these models?
  3. I found this 1966 Mustang at a garage sale. It was made by Mira. A low end model car brand. It looked not so great in red, and the rear wheel was broken. The rear wheels do not have an axle, but the wheels are snapped onto a plastic pin. This pin was broken, and the previous owner had glued the wheel back on, but not exactly in place. The car was now wobbly and the rear wheels did not spin. I stripped the paint, used the spare wheel in the trunk to fix the broken wheel, drilled a slot for a real axle and painted it blue with a white top. All wheels are rolling again. I'm still working on it, but I'm having so much fun with it.
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