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Vietnam Vet67

1st NASCAR build in about 30 years

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I am 74 years old and have not built a car in a long time. So I bought Harvick model and started working on it. I wasn't ready to try masking and painting the body so I installed all the decals my pudgy little hands could handle and then clear coated the whole car. The clear coat really made the white plastic body really shine................I didn't paint the body at all so I am really happy with the finish.............looks like white porcelain in person. I have the chassis about 95% done so I will post pics of that when I am done. Looks like I am hooked again.

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great start sir, looking forward to seeing this thing finished.

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I don't blame you for not wanting to tackle the paint scheme. I have this model but waiting to be in the right mood for all the masking and such. I look forward to seeing your chassis finished. Btw, you picked a good driver.   ; )

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Looking Awesome, Ed. Looking forward to more updates.

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Always good to see another NASCAR builder.  Looks good!

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Went as far as I could with the model. I don't have the dexterity in my hands and fingers like I used to. I couldn't get all the roll cage pieces to fit along with some of the other small and tiny pieces. Got to figure out a way to grip and hold small pieces and to paint them. Will continue on with another project and try to improve on the quality.IMG_2420.thumb.JPG.83536410872bfb6db0c593895e1b5dab.JPGIMG_2422.thumb.JPG.709eeb5b4c4ebc683a7be7b3bb39c80c.JPGIMG_2423.thumb.JPG.fb20aa6950d73513f2daed1e3a3e8613.JPG

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On 12/1/2018 at 9:16 AM, TonyK said:

I don't blame you for not wanting to tackle the paint scheme. I have this model but waiting to be in the right mood for all the masking and such. I look forward to seeing your chassis finished. Btw, you picked a good driver.   ; )

I know I picked a good driver. When he took over after Dale Sr  died, he won his 1st race in only his 3rd Cup start  at Atlanta, then went on  to win at Chicago. Won Rookie of the Year plus also ran the full BUSCH series that year and won the Championship. Talk about pressure for a young driver. Pretty impressive as far as I am concerned.

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Great start Ed.  What I have done to grip small pieces to paint is to get some alligator clips and a dowel rod that will fit in the open end of the alligator clip.  Cut the dowel rod about a foot in length and glue the rod into the alligator clip.  I use Gorilla Glue or a 5 minute epoxy.  I recently saw alligator clips in Wal Mart in their automotive section.  Below is an example of what I have done.  A good pair of locking tweezers will work as well.

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On 12/5/2018 at 10:42 AM, Jim N said:

Great start Ed.  What I have done to grip small pieces to paint is to get some alligator clips and a dowel rod that will fit in the open end of the alligator clip.  Cut the dowel rod about a foot in length and glue the rod into the alligator clip.  I use Gorilla Glue or a 5 minute epoxy.  I recently saw alligator clips in Wal Mart in their automotive section.  Below is an example of what I have done.  A good pair of locking tweezers will work as well.

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THANKS FOR THE INFO.............................

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That turned out really nice Ed, looks very good. I know what you are saying about losing manual dexterity. At nearly 72 years old, I find model building more difficult than when I was younger. 

Again, a really good looking build sir.

 

John

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Nice clean build, Ed. Using the clear on the white body was a great idea. Decal work looks great too.

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I was really impressed with the fit and finish of the parts in the Revell kit so I bought another one for my next project. This one I will try my hand at painting the body. And since it is another Ford I am pretty familiar with the parts already and I think that will make it a little easier for assembling. What is the best tape for masking?????

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