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  1. Roland-

    Nice job of weathering on that ol Ford. That 60 Starliner is a nice kit, but sure has a lot of chrome. If I'm not mistaken, that paint color looks like Testors Racing Blue? That is the color that I painted my Starliner in.

    Great job on your second build. Let us see it when it is finished.


  2. Tom-

    Thanks for the reply. I feel a bit more confident in trying this repair now. I took a closer look at the scratch yesterday and it doesn't appear to have gone through to the paint. I think that it is only in the clear coat. I think that I will do a light wetsand like you suggest and hit it with another shot of clear.

    Either way, I need to get on with it so that I can wrap this one up.

    Thanks for the help.


  3. Jairus-

    Yes, an illustration is imperative. We NEED to see it. (OK.... maybe just me). I'd love to see the whole photo of the 63 too.

    I'll definitely be watching this one.

    I still need to send you a photo of the 60 Starliner that is "languishing in a box" in my hobby room. I'll try to get on that this week.

    Keep us posted on the progress on this one.


  4. I've used plain ole white Elmer's glue before. It doesn't have a lot of strength, but was fine for the mock ups I was doing. Plus, it washes right off with warm water. I've also used some stuff that I call "Elephant Snot", which is similar to a tacky Silly Putty that they use for temporarily posting photos or such to a wall.

    I suppose, too, that rubber cement would work.


  5. Tom-

    Thanks for the info. Is the Novus and Tamiya polishes similar? The reason I ask is because I already have the Tamiya Finish polish (and I can easily get the Fine polish at the hobby store) but I haven't used it yet and the instructions are in Japanese.

    I will get the Novus, if I have to, but I was wanting to use what I have on hand.

    The scratch isn't deep and I have three coats of paint with two coats of clear. I had planned to use the Finish polish over the entire car after washing it with clean water and a chamois.

    Perhaps the scratch is only in the clear and not the paint and I can try to reclear the body first to fill in the scratch? Then polish it out. I'm just nervous to do the wrong thing first and not have the scratch go away.

    Any further ideas?


  6. Last night, while BMFing my model, I put a long shallow scratch in the front fender with my XActo knife.

    I am looking for a way to fix or cover over it. It has been painted with Testors One coat Lacquer and their Wet Look clear.

    I have some of the Tamiya Finish compound and was wondering if:

    1. It would be a good idea to try to polish it out. Should I try it right on the scratch or

    2. Should I brush a light bit of the paint on the scratch first, then try the polish over it, hoping that the polish would level out the extra paint. OR

    3. Any other ideas???

    Please help. I like the paint job and I don't want to lose it or have the scratch, or repair, show.



  7. It looks beautiful, Bob. What a great idea. I think though that I, too, would remove that "Aero" piece on the bottom of the Mustang bumper. It doesn't seem to fit. However, I would leave the exhaust cutouts because they seem to match the running lights/turn signals of the Challenger front. It would sort of tie the front and back together.

    I can't wait to see this one finished.


  8. Jay-

    That build is looking great. I think your foil work looks fine from the photos. I have yet to see a perfectly smooth BMF job. I just finished the foil on my 68 Firebird last night. I, too, use cheap foil and BMF adhesive. I just started using it last month and I prefer it to the name brand stuff. It is too expensive and I find that after a while it doesn't stick like it used to. I know that some people keep theirs in the freezer, etc.

    I have a package of industrial cooking foil (for lack of a better name) that has close to 2000 sheets that are about 11 inches by 15 inches. Each sheet is separated with a sheet of tissue paper (That just gave me an idea that I now have a lifetime supply of tissue paper to mix with white glue to make tarps, convertible boots, etc. with.) that a fellow modeler gave me. I turn the sheet over to the dull side, brush on the BMF adhesive with a wide brush. I brush it on in one direction and then brush it in the other direction until the adhesive is clear of brush strokes. I then let it dry for a few minutes and then lay the backing paper on top and rub it down. Then I turn it over and it is ready to use. I have not had any of the troubles of it not sticking so far and it has made BMFing much easier for me.

    I hope this helps. Again, your build is coming along great and I can't wait to see the progress on it.


  9. Like most these days I am short on funds and can't justify spending much for modeling lately. Today I stopped at my LHS to browse and found that they were selling some paints at clearance. I got 21 1/4 oz and 1/2 oz bottles of Testors enamels for 10 cents a bottle. Some colors were Sublime green, Alumacoupe yellow, Chezoom teal, rubber, steel, Plum Crazy purple, Kandy Scarlet and some others.

    My score wasn't as spectacular as some of the others here, but I was excited. Now if I could just come up with the money for some of the kits they had.


  10. That is looking great and the color does look period correct. Can you PM me a few tips on using the Tamiya compound. I bought a tube of the FINISH compound a while back but haven't tried it as of yet because, without instructions, I don't want to mess up a good paint job. It looks like you have it down and could lead me in the right direction. Thanks.


  11. Janne-

    Yes, the kit comes with three color choices- White, Black or Red stripes. Pick it up. I don't think you'll be disappointed. The only negative thing I have heard about it is that the stock tires and wheels don't fit together well. The tires and wheels I used are from the 32 Ford Speedwagon kit. They are also the same as in the Revell 32 Ford 3 window kit.


  12. Janne- Personally I have always loved the Firebirds of this era and this has been a beautiful kit to build. I would highly recommend it to anyone.

    JayC- I love the color and it has only gotten better to me with the addition of the decals. Thanks for the kind words.

    I haven't gotten the BMF finished as of yet. My wife and daughter came home early.


  13. I thought that I would update you guys on the progress. My wife and daughter have been out of town for a couple of days and aren't supposed to be back for a couple more, so I've gotten a little work done on the Bird.

    I got the engine bay parts that are molded to the body painted semi-flat black. I also painted the headliner light ivory, same as the door panels. Tonight I have been BMFing the body and I still have a bit of that to go. I should be able to finish the BMF tomorrow.


  14. Here is another set:




    I had a little run in with a 1/25 scale shopping cart that put a ding in my passenger door. Fortunately it was covered perfectly by the decal. I am happy about that because up to then the paint had been my best to date and I didn't want it scarred up.

    Two more photos to come.


  15. Hey guys-

    Thanks for the nice comments. I am really enjoying this build and am having a hard time wanting to do anything but work on it.

    I got the decals on today along with some other minor work. The good thing is that I also took photos today. So, here they are.




    More photos to come.


  16. Here are some more.68FirebirdWIP063.jpg


    I also installed the driveshaft and installed the wheels but one isn't touching the ground. It looks as if my chassis is twisted a bit. It should straighten out once I glue the body in place. If not, I'll deal with it then. Next is to finish the firewall details and decal the body.

    I hope you enjoy it and I welcome any comments, questions or criticisms.


  17. OK guys-

    I've been working on this off and on for the past couple of days and I have some new photos to post. The interior is now complete. Here it is-68FirebirdWIP055.jpg



    I'm really happy with the way it turned out. I sanded the chrome off of the shifter knob to make it look like a white Hurst shifter. Then I used the XActo knife to cut the shift pattern into it and black washed it.

    More photos to come.


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