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  1. Hi, Thomas, I would buy one of these AMT kits if the car could be built showroom stock. Unfortunately, that option is not available for the 1962 Catalina. I like the look of your custom car in nail polish "paint." For airbrush application, how much and with what do you thin the nail polish? Does the same thinner work to clean the airbrush afterward? Do you use a primer under the nail polish? Ed Ed, I think there's everything you need in the kit with the exception of stock hubcaps. I used a custom interior and scratch built grille, but the kit has stock interior panels and seats, and a stock grille as well as a custom, tubular grille. In any case, it's a nice kit and worthy of consideration hub caps or not. I thinned the nail polish about 1:1, possibly a little beyond that with lacquer thinner. Lacquer thinner was used for cleaning as well. I try to use one air brush for solvent based paints and a different one for water based acrylics. There's always some clean up for mold seams and pin marks, so all my models see some Plasticoat gray sandable primer. Even though it would appear simple, there was a lot of body work involved in chopping the top as well. BTW, the nail polish was shot over the same metallic silver you see on the roof. Thanks for your interest. Clare, here's a zoomed in shot of the grille. Hope that's what you were looking for.
  2. I finished this car several months back, but finally got some decent outdoor pics today. It's based on an AMT kit. The grille is scratch built with a straight pin heads over a styrene shell. The top is chopped 1 1/2" The burnt orange paint is nail polish applied through an air brush. The roof is Model Masters Sterling Silver Metallic I replaced the kit provided 4 barrel carbs with a Hilborn Fuel Injection setup consisting of around 140 scratch built parts.
  3. Thanks to you both for the great compliments. I do hope to have this at in Loveland if the money holds out and work permits a few days off. Colorado is within striking distance of the KC area.
  4. Thank you, Bob. I finished this one up not too long ago and finally got some finished photos suitable for posting scratch built lift boom and related gear, faux painted wooden spokes using artist oils hand made brass radiator cap w/site glass weather worn leather seat, wooden floor and spark box, all dash and door latch, steering etc scratch built. Real glass windshield thanks for checking in :)
  5. Here's some pics of a Model-T chassis I've been working on for a few months. It was started from the AMT Double-T kit, with lots of brass, aluminum and styrene scratch built parts added. The front axle was modified for working steering with brass knuckles, tie rod and drag link. Steering column is an aluminum tube the the brass steering shaft inside, along with brass spark and throttle controls. The battery, muffler and running board bracing were also hand made as were many engine details. This will eventually be part of a Model-T tow truck.
  6. Here's a link to several hundreds of Heartland Nationals pictures taken by KC Slammer Ellis Kendrick. The last few pages show the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners for each class plus master awards; http://public.fotki.com/kcslammers/heartland-model-car-1/
  7. If you live in the Midwest, check out the 21st Annual Heartland Nationals this weekend; the big show of the year for this part of the country. Here's a link to the KC Slammers contest page for the show: http://www.kcslammer...les/Page648.htm (best viewed with Firefox) This years theme is the 32 Ford. There's gonna be a bunch of them. The Slammers are planning on having Larry Reyes, the original driver of the Hawaiian Funny Car to appear at the show. 75 vendor tables full of bargains, rock & roll music by DJ Elvis Twitty, and a new class for wheeled military vehicles. Always a show worth going to. For us Kansas City boys, it's the highlight of the year. Hope to see you there. Attached Files 2012 Heartland Show Flyer (Apr 17, 2012).pdf 608.95K 0 downloads
  8. Thanks, Gary. milk crates and 5 gallon plastic buckets were always the best seats. I scratch built the milk crate using some heavy plastic netting from the local craft store. It's kind of rubbery, so gluing it was a challenge. I ended up using epoxy, but even that was marginal.
  9. Thanks for posting this project. Very enjoyable to watch all the scratch building in double miniature. Nice work.
  10. Thanks, Gary. A diorama is a definite possibility some time down the road. I lucked out today and came across a front clip. It's a bit rough, but original, so I'll make it work. I've already had to weld in a replacement panel on the front of the drivers side fender; a lamp post was laying on the part of the clip when I first looked at it. A trip through the paint booth and it'll match right up with the rest of the car.
  11. Thanks, guys. This was a very interesting car to build. The paint is Tamiya blue, but I"m not sure of the number.
  12. The weather was nice Sunday, so I snapped some outdoor pictures on my Revelle 57 Chevy Black Widow. I cut off the roof and reshaped the rear deck to turn it into a convertible. The interior floor and dash are modified to represent bare structural panels. The interior side panels and covertible top frame are scratch built. The 150 trim was sanded off the sides and replaced with holes replicating the shape of the Bel-Aire trim. Engine and chassis are weathered with various details scratch built. The car depicts a budget project that is just rolling out of the paint booth.
  13. Thanks, guys. Ed, my sister has the 1:1 car now. The car was light green when my Dad got it from his dad. My cousin owned a small body and paint shop, so he and I stripped it down in the mid 70's for a repaint. If I remember correctly, the car was a medium to dark blue under the green. We patched in some rusted areas and did some minor body work on the car, and then painted it Cadillac Empire Maroon metalic. It stayed that color for many years, but eventually my Dad had it painted the white that remains today. Unfortunately, the white is getting a little dated as well, so it doesn't look as good as the model. And, thanks for the compliments on the photo's. I try to make my models as un-model like as I can. A decent photo with the proper background help out quite a bit.
  14. Thanks to both of you guys for the kind words. For the record, I got the basic idea of the thread method from a Ken Hamilton tutorial on Mexican blankets. I just modified it for use as a seat insert.
  15. I posted an intro in the "Welcome to the Forum" section a day or two ago, but since I'm an automotive modeling, I thought I'd say hello here as well. I live with my wife in a suburb community adjacent to Kansas City where I work as a telecommunication engineer. I've only been building models for the last couple of years, so my collection of completed cars is quite small, amounting to less than a dozen. My long background as a car guy, an engineering brain, attention to detail and creative genes have been a great help in supplying the necessary skills to do some decent work. Here's one of the first; a mostly stock 37 Chevy business coupe modeled after a car owned by my grandfather, then father and now in my sisters hands. It's been in the family a long time. Here's a link to my brief intro with a few other examples of what I'm up to. http://forum.ipmsusa...-the-heartland/
  16. Thank you all for the welcome. I've only been building for a few years, so my bench isn't very deep. Here's part of a 62 Pontiac I'm currently working on. The kit provides a dual four barrel intake, but I wanted to do something different, so I've scratch built a Hilborn style injection system. The first pic is the scratch built fuel distribution block. This next one is a mock-up of where the motor is at this point. All the silver gray parts on top are handmade, mostly from styrene rod and card stock. A couple more of my 32 Ford sedan. All the engine detailis scratch built, including carburetor linkage, headers, spark plugs, etc. The engine turned firewall is hand machined using a flattened toothpick and the cowl vent is hinged. One more of a 40 Ford business coupe "rat rod". Once again, the engine is detail is hand made, as is the structural panels in the interior. The striped seat insert was created with four colors of sewing thread, laid side by side.Both flathead V8's have megaphone style headers made from paint brush ferrules.
  17. Hello, Gentlemen. I joined the IPMS last spring and just recently started checking out the forums. I grew up in Salt Lake City, and have since settled in the Kansas City area by way of Minneapolis(2 years) and New Jersey (2 years). Like so many modelers, I built a few dozen glue bombs in my younger days and then drifted away for many years. A couple of years ago I decided it was high time I finished a Corvette model that my wife gave me for Christmas. That sparked a renewed interest in modeling, so at 60 years young, here I am. Boy have things progressed! My interests are along automotive lines. I've completed just shy of a dozen models in the last couple of years, mostly early hot rods, but I appreciate modeling of all sorts and have learned a tremendous amount from all segments of the hobby. Glad to be on board and looking to get to know you all better. Regards, Alyn Loya
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