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On 12/26/2018 at 1:18 PM, JJ Deuce said:

In my experience, most of these cars did not have chrome grilles, including the '69 I owned.  you can just paint the grilles black, and chrome the bumper and the surrounds.  

Oh, okay. Knowing that makes it a lot easier now, thanks for the heads up! 

This project is going pretty slowly, mainly because I'm still figuring out how to set up a spray painting booth in my house. Believe me you'll see more progress eventually lol!

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Sorry this site is weird on my phone... anyways... if you dont mind I thought I'd share a couple things with you. Obviously with your okay first.

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Also I like where this is potentially going. You'll find out things as you go. No need to rush. I havent built anything in about a year but have many projects going. I wasnt sure where yo even begin with this.... but... this is how mine turned out... keep in mind I sprayed this in my basement and have 2 cats...

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14 hours ago, Plastic_Passion said:

Also I like where this is potentially going. You'll find out things as you go. No need to rush. I havent built anything in about a year but have many projects going. I wasnt sure where yo even begin with this.... but... this is how mine turned out... keep in mind I sprayed this in my basement and have 2 cats...

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I like the color choice! Makes me think of chocolate :) Also that paint job is impressive considering the conditions of your painting environment. Well done. 

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15 hours ago, Plastic_Passion said:

Also I like where this is potentially going. You'll find out things as you go. No need to rush. I havent built anything in about a year but have many projects going. I wasnt sure where yo even begin with this.... but... this is how mine turned out... keep in mind I sprayed this in my basement and have 2 cats...

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Great color! What is that paint? 

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12 hours ago, Justin Dodson said:

I like the color choice! Makes me think of chocolate :) Also that paint job is impressive considering the conditions of your painting environment. Well done. 

 

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Just now, Plastic_Passion said:

 

Man it's super annoying that it does that... when I have my phone in landscape it takes away the text box... anyway. I was just going to say you dont necessarily need a booth. It more about your prep work. Get a decent primer. I usually use 2 coats of primer. Light first then cover but obviously dont drench. Then I dry sand with 1000 grit lightly. Remove any mold lines as @Snake45 was saying. Btw Snake, that's a mix of aztek airbrush blue pearl metallic, a bunch of aztek airbrush red pearl metallic and a couple drops of testors gloss black all acrylic. Sprayed threw a knock off chinese iwata. @Justin Dodson after you've removed your mold lines and sanded and all that jazz wash your car and put it in some Tupperware overnight somewhere warm. This is to make sure it's completely dry and lint free. After that I set up my area. Try not to disturb things in your environment. Also limit traffic in that area. I use an empty spray can for my bodies. Put your body on over the cap with the cap edges sticking out the side windows. Spray the bottom of the car first. Then do the rest. Be careful how far you tilt your can. The car .at fall off. But itll also act as a drying stand so you don't have a run in your paint at the bottom/ the car wont stick to the paper you spray on. For clearcoat I used to use actual clearcoat. But I've ruined a few sweet spray jobs doing suck. Super wrinkles in the paint. No more.... now i use pledge floor polish. 3-5 coats depending on the shine all brushed on with a soft brush(its self leveling(for the most part)As for your dash... if you have a small drill bit... carefully drill out your gauges. Get a pic of gauges online and scale it down. Print cut scotch tape over them and glue them behind your dash. The gauges in my pic are a pic of actual after market white faced gauges. I scaled them down as I said and used the tape over them(each side) 

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15 hours ago, Plastic_Passion said:

Sorry that was long..

It's fine, it was very informative. My main reason for wanting to use a spray booth is so I don't have paint fumes in my house, I want a way to get them outside, like through a window or something. I know which booth I want to get, I just need to set up an area in my house near a window. 

Here is some progress. The steering wheel on the left is the stock steering wheel, which I painted with acrylic brush paint. I never liked the texture of acrylic paint, so I got some enamel brush paint. The steering wheel on the right is from a long-lost Maisto die-cast car. I plan to use it instead because I like the look of it better. I will use my new enamel paint to paint the rim of it either black or brown.5c2d095085afd_MCM-Post14(2).thumb.JPG.98cb9099c22b825486149f66f8244bd3.JPG

Here are my new paint sets: 
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2 hours ago, Justin Dodson said:

It's fine, it was very informative. My main reason for wanting to use a spray booth is so I don't have paint fumes in my house, I want a way to get them outside, like through a window or something. I know which booth I want to get, I just need to set up an area in my house near a window. 

Here is some progress. The steering wheel on the left is the stock steering wheel, which I painted with acrylic brush paint. I never liked the texture of acrylic paint, so I got some enamel brush paint. The steering wheel on the right is from a long-lost Maisto die-cast car. I plan to use it instead because I like the look of it better. I will use my new enamel paint to paint the rim of it either black or brown.5c2d095085afd_MCM-Post14(2).thumb.JPG.98cb9099c22b825486149f66f8244bd3.JPG

Here are my new paint sets: 
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I hear you on the acrylic texture. For me its lack thereof. I find it too watered down. However, I dont like testors flat or gloss black in enamel. It thickens too much after a bit. I do throw a bb in my bottles tho. 

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It's snowing outside, so I can't spray paint anything. However, what I can do is work on the "mechanics" of the Corvette. Here's an update on the spindles...

Rather than use my only drill (which is big, heavy, and probably too powerful), I decided to use a body reamer to make holes for the axles. For those who don't know, a body reamer is a tool that has a cone-shaped blade; when you twist it onto a surface it creates a hole. Usually, this tool is used to create body mount holes for radio-controlled cars. But not today! ;)

After the holes were snug enough for the axles, I covered the inside ends with Testors putty. Over time the putty will harden, and I'll have a solid fix for broken spindles. :)5c3cbcc5107f7_MCM-Post15(1).thumb.JPG.4e28c5d49bb170b231a3be62e8f41a4f.JPG5c3cbd153398c_MCM-Post15(4).thumb.JPG.85d8d4a71dec4496c35a279d59ef9778.JPG

Here's a mock-up of the tires sitting on the axles. 5c3cbd9019f2f_MCM-Post15(2).thumb.JPG.ff9ffbb70c917d478a172c45bc12fd33.JPG

After I've painted the spindles black, I'll probably put some putty on the axles since the wheels fit very loosely.

That's all for now. Stay tuned!

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Okay, finally. Where I live, it's spring at last - which means decent weather for spray painting my model car parts! B)

So yesterday I spray painted the last actual "part" of this build that needed it; the main body piece. I will post pictures of the body's overall outcome, after the rear bumpers are firmly glued on...5ca0ee4c5f8c0_MCM-Post16(8).thumb.JPG.6bbbd02667b9d8d597a92c8701b6a47d.JPG

I spray painted the front bumper/grille piece matte black previously. Now I have given it chrome using my Molotow chrome pens. The short lines of chrome coming from the circular lights (turn signals?) located in the "valleys" of the grille, was an accident on one side; so I decided to make it even on the other side. Overall I'm pleased with how this part came out. 5ca0ef54780a2_MCM-Post16(1).thumb.JPG.2f7c2e8961133ba0236ee8ac5f92b375.JPG

Next, I added the chrome trim to the roof piece, again using the Molotow pens. However I probably won't have the roof on very often. Because Corvette. :D5ca0f0ccdb76b_MCM-Post16(2).thumb.JPG.c03745a10953388727e54890bcd7c436.JPG5ca0f0df599e4_MCM-Post16(4).thumb.JPG.2e91edf91862b433bc9a6c1b9a6df74e.JPG

Lastly (for this update), I put both the front and rear axle assemblies onto the chassis. If you've been following this thread, you probably know that the rear axle assembly is completely my design, because the original one broke. The front assembly also broke but I kept most of it and fabricated the axle portions myself. 5ca0f2480856f_MCM-Post16(5).thumb.JPG.7d792b67ca7d6ab794047f5666f528e1.JPG5ca0f257d83f4_MCM-Post16(6).thumb.JPG.c0a4e68e9e6aded61711338a8b001e4e.JPG5ca0f26a653b4_MCM-Post16(7).thumb.JPG.d41a55deed980a0dc692c79b37156b4f.JPG

That's all for now. As a side note: I don't plan on entering this build into any shows or contests, it will be a shelf model. If it were a real car, I would use it as a daily driver. 

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Here is a little more progress. I am nearing completion. :)

I decided to use the stock taillight pieces. The '58 T-Bird ones just wouldn't fit. 5cb743222938c_MCM-Post17(3).thumb.JPG.19bdcd258e53930037946c1c516efb9f.JPG 

I also decided to use the stock steering wheel and save the nicer looking ones I have for another build. 5cb74371da713_MCM-Post17(1).thumb.JPG.2bf807c641d969b4c1d668091cb128a3.JPG

Lastly for this update, the chassis is as complete as it's going to get. I don't want to add any more detail. Like I said before, this will just be a shelf model; nothing fancy. 5cb7441258b6c_MCM-Post17(2).thumb.JPG.07f21283f71e0a3ca8689c87cfbd388e.JPG

Only a few more things to do for this build. I'm hoping that the next kit I build will turn out better and more detailed. 

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Well, I'm calling it done. I could add more detail, but I'm itching to get building my other kits. 5cb8941133bfb_MCM-Post18_FINISHED(1).thumb.JPG.8ff82d4aefdd2480a44e9e65580a5cb0.JPG5cb89418285ff_MCM-Post18_FINISHED(2).thumb.JPG.d517938cc6210220eeecc5f1a4ab5472.JPG5cb8941cedc02_MCM-Post18_FINISHED(3).thumb.JPG.69e25652e6a539be7f0db7a539387647.JPG

Overall, I'm satisfied with the result. For a shelf model I think I did pretty good :) 

Onto the next one!

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Considering that this one fought you (with some lessons learned along the way), it looks pretty good in the end.

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On 4/18/2019 at 11:29 AM, crazyjim said:

Nice one.

 

19 hours ago, gman said:

Considering that this one fought you (with some lessons learned along the way), it looks pretty good in the end.

Thanks! Yeah it sure did. 

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