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'58 Fairlane 500 Semi-Custom! New, Optically Flat Windows & a Cowl Vent! 8.20.17.

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Wow! Great build! Super job on the glass. Gonna save that one!

Thanks, Terry!  Of course now I've gotta clock in an extra three to four hours on almost every build from here on!  :blink:

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Nice, it's great to find a clear material that won't fog when it's being bent.

Thanks, Rob.  Yep, this stuff is great. However if you are too aggressive when bending or the curve is too sharp it show fine internal stress cracks that look like fogging.

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VERY cool windshiel/glass tips. Have you painted or tinted any of this pvc sheet? Just wondering how well it accepts paint. Has anyone vacu-formed any of this material?

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I may take a stab at that glass technique on my '58 as well - already reworked the openings more or less like you did. Used the '57 Ford cowl vent after separating the wipers to reinstall later.

One step forward, two steps back department: I cut the trunk opening lines in the stock taillights and got an idea: why not cast them in clear resin, paint the lenses clear red, do the chrome with a Molotow pen and leave the backup lenses clear? Best-laid plans... mold came out OK but the resin doesn't seem to have set up right OR want to come out of the mold :angry:.

John, what was your source for the fender ornaments on the older build? Monogram '58 T-bird?

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VERY cool windshiel/glass tips. Have you painted or tinted any of this pvc sheet? Just wondering how well it accepts paint. Has anyone vacu-formed any of this material?

Thanks, Rusty!  I think Juha Ario may have tinted this or similar material for his builds.  Bill Geary did the vac thing for his '59 Impala.

I may take a stab at that glass technique on my '58 as well - already reworked the openings more or less like you did. Used the '57 Ford cowl vent after separating the wipers to reinstall later.

One step forward, two steps back department: I cut the trunk opening lines in the stock taillights and got an idea: why not cast them in clear resin, paint the lenses clear red, do the chrome with a Molotow pen and leave the backup lenses clear? Best-laid plans... mold came out OK but the resin doesn't seem to have set up right OR want to come out of the mold :angry:.

John, what was your source for the fender ornaments on the older build? Monogram '58 T-bird?

Thanks, Chris.  The '57 Ford piece is actually more accurate, but since my custom may just have a chrome bullet over the wiper shaft for a cleaner look, I didn't want to shave the wipers off and scribe the missing ventholes. 

Sounds like you had a good plan for the taillights, too bad it didn't work out. I wish I could remember where I got the clear red lights on yellow and black car - they were a custom option in an early '60s AMT kit.

The fender ornaments were scratch-made and consist of a carved plastic base, a thin aluminum strip ring filled Micro Kristal-Kleer, with two little dabs of Kristal-Kleer on either that are painted gold. You can see them better in these two shots (The foils needs to be redone on the bases!)

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Thanks for the info - I come looking for food for thought and get a banquet!:)

Might salvage the taillights after all - they seem to be setting up a bit. I'll give 'em a few days... Fingers crossed.

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Haven't been here too much but I am certainly following this build my friend, really turning out unbelievably nice!

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Thanks for the info - I come looking for food for thought and get a banquet!:)

Might salvage the taillights after all - they seem to be setting up a bit. I'll give 'em a few days... Fingers crossed.

Thanks, Chris.  Just don't overthink it -- that's the kiss of death for a lot of projects.   Ask me how I know!

Haven't been here too much but I am certainly following this build my friend, really turning out unbelievably nice!

Thanks, Marcos!  Hope to see you at Sept. Showdown.  This won't be there unless I bring it as an unfinished project.

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"... I wish I could remember where I got the clear red lights on yellow and black car - they were a custom option in an early '60s AMT kit."

Might we see a pic?

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"... I wish I could remember where I got the clear red lights on yellow and black car - they were a custom option in an early '60s AMT kit."

Might we see a pic?

Of course, Rusty! These lenses, wherever they're from are perfect replicas, including the little channels for the attachment screws.

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(Wow!  Several object lessons in this shot, including; "Epoxy is not an archival method for attaching photo-etched emblems!," and "Here's why kit glass is junk!")

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VERY cool windshiel/glass tips. Have you painted or tinted any of this pvc sheet? Just wondering how well it accepts paint. Has anyone vacu-formed any of this material?

Clear stencil sheet does not vacuform very well.......mostly due to its thinness. I used .020 Clear Vivak (PETG) sheet on my '59 Impala as suggested to me by Carol Holthaus. That's what they used to make their glass for their kits. I did slightly tint the glass in my build and it takes paint very well.

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Thanks for the info fellers!

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Well, those lights didn't cure and were pretty much stuck to the mold so I'm redoing it. I'll do better next time. Redid the grille with the Eduard photoetch mesh and removed the center bar - looks way better.

Thanks for the rear shot! I'm stumped on the source of those lenses too. Time to check Drastic Plastics' old instruction sheets on Fotki! Modelhaus did make separate lenses and bezels for the car, per Carol, but they weren't in the official catalog.

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Wow! Nice build!

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