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Miatatom

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  1. Love the historic NASCAR pieces, back when they were really stock cars. Nice job!
  2. I just finished a little experiment that may help you. http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=88741&hl=
  3. I've decided on two levels to work with. I'm going to try 1:5 for things like interiors and chassis and 1:20 for body finishes on pre 50s cars that won't be modified.
  4. I've been practicing using Future as a finish. It produces a lustrous shine that will look great on hot rods and customs. I do have a few of them to build. But my main interest is F1, Indycars and racing Sports Cars, some of which were raced in the 50s up through the present. The older cars don't have the finish that Future would give. Even some of the newer ones are not show car finishes. So I decided to do an experiment to see if I could come up with something a little more period correct. I'd read the excellent article by Matt Swan http://www.swannysmodels.com/TheCompleteFuture.html In his article, he mentions that you can use flat acrylic mixed with Future to give the desired amount (or lack thereof) of shine. His suggestions were: 1 part flat base to 3 parts Future = very flat 1 part flat base to 10 parts Future = flat 1 part flat base to 15 parts Future = satin He also suggests using alcohol as a thinner for the Future. With that in mind, I shot 6 spoons, each with Tamiya Black Laquer and a seventh with Duplicolor Semi-Gloss Black. Then I mixed Model Master Flat Acrylic Clear FM02015 with isopropyl alcohol (3 parts flat clear to 1 part alcohol). I used that mixture to dilute the future in the following ratios: 1:5, 1:10, 1:15, 1:20, 1:30. Here are a couple of pics of the spoons. As you can see, the 1:5 and the semigloss are pretty close to each other. The 1:30 and the one with just black lacquer are close. The 1:15 and 1:20 appear to be about right for an older race car or older non-restored auto. This differs from Matts results somewhat but I'm sure the conditions were different for he and I.
  5. Nice! Post some pics of the interior!
  6. I attended the 1963 Oakland Roadster show and Ed was there. I bought a "Mothers Worry" sweatshirt and Ed did a little extra work on it and signed it. Sad to say it's long gone. Cool model. I'd like to get one of those.
  7. I recommend the free software called PixResizer. Works great and the price is right. I've used it for several years.
  8. One mans garbage is another mans treasure. That's why flea markets and yard sales are popular.
  9. I have to agree with Tamiya, but then I like sports cars and open wheel race cars.
  10. If they're from scratches, using Novus will take them out. If it's the paint itself, color sand to take out the high places and then use the Novus.
  11. My hobby room is located in the basement and I have one. I keep it set on 50% RH. One less thing to worry about.
  12. I'm glad you like the RB scriber. I really like mine.
  13. Bill, do you airbrush your Duplicolor or is it straight out of the can?
  14. Here's one idea for wider fenders. http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=55926
  15. Thanks for the reply. I know what a curbside model consists of but I'd just like to know what I'm getting before I buy it. The Fujimi GT 40 and Chrysler Concept Car are both curbside. I didn't know that when I bought them,
  16. Is there a list somewhere of the models that are curbside? Being relatively new to the hobby after a 50 year layoff, it sure would be nice to know which ones are.
  17. To paraphrase the bandit in Treasure of the Sierra Madre, "we don't need no stinkin' wrecker"!
  18. Just about everyone on the forum will suggest spraying a plastic spoon or two with the paints and see if there's a reaction. Others will tell you to use the Testors clear over the Testors paint.
  19. I don't have a lot of experience with it but from what I've read here on the forum, it doesn't yellow or crack. Here are some references: http://www.swannysmodels.com/TheCompleteFuture.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37Wmy3HqHg8#t=0 http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=8964&page=9 http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=86705#entry1132789 http://ilovewood001.tripod.com/modeling/future.html http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=77351#entry979093
  20. If the surface is pretty smooth after applying the color, you could consider using Pledge Floor Care Tile & Vinyl Floor Finish with Future Shine. It can be brushed on. I've airbrushed it and it really is easy to use. Here's a discussion on it. http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=8964&hl=
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