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Another model mag, S___ A____ often had die-casts modified using brass and solder, so it can def be done.  Don't think I'll try it, with the modeling time I have left at 76.  The only problem, possibly, using resin stuff like JB Weld or epoxy is the differential in heat/shrink time vs. metal in such dissimilar materials; eg. don't let your finished product get extremes of heat or cold!  Like all the 1/1 guys in the 'sixties who tried to graft fiberglass hood scoops onto their cars using epoxy and/or bondo, you will eventually see cracking -- tho possibly it will be very minor.  Just sayin'... 

I'm glad my Maisto '53 Studebaker Starlite coupe with the very poor roof line accuracy at the drip molding has a plastic roof panel!  That I can do with a little brass strip and JB or similar; it should be very compatible.  But, I love your intentions to getting a sweet level of accuracy on a die-cast -- too many 'toy-like' features on them, we know! -- and the pride in craftsmanship it evokes.  What the heck, if it bombs, buy another one and retrench!  You can make a roadster rat-rod 4X4 out of the flop!  Wick

 

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On 1/30/2022 at 2:35 PM, W Humble said:

Another model mag, S___ A____ often had die-casts modified using brass and solder, so it can def be done.  Don't think I'll try it, with the modeling time I have left at 76.  The only problem, possibly, using resin stuff like JB Weld or epoxy is the differential in heat/shrink time vs. metal in such dissimilar materials; eg. don't let your finished product get extremes of heat or cold!  Like all the 1/1 guys in the 'sixties who tried to graft fiberglass hood scoops onto their cars using epoxy and/or bondo, you will eventually see cracking -- tho possibly it will be very minor.  Just sayin'... 

I'm glad my Maisto '53 Studebaker Starlite coupe with the very poor roof line accuracy at the drip molding has a plastic roof panel!  That I can do with a little brass strip and JB or similar; it should be very compatible.  But, I love your intentions to getting a sweet level of accuracy on a die-cast -- too many 'toy-like' features on them, we know! -- and the pride in craftsmanship it evokes.  What the heck, if it bombs, buy another one and retrench!  You can make a roadster rat-rod 4X4 out of the flop!  Wick

 

Thanks for the caution James. I could see the filler possibly separating under extreme temperature swings. No worries though since I cast the entire cab in resin once I had the corrections made. I was not after a corrected stake-bed, but a copy of my 1:1 truck.😁

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I’m glad I found this thread. I decided to just jump into the deep end with a die cast project. I don’t know if I would have thought of Milliput, even though I have used a lot of it on styrene projects. 

Nice work on the pickup, BTW. 

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