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Rich Sufficool
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@chris Sooner or later, all those liquid solvents and cements evaporate, my enamels and acrylics separate and/or clot, the brushes lose their integrity and you run out of shim metal and various gauges of sheet plastic, lead foil and all the other expendables and perishables.... and then you hit the hobby store and for a C-note, you replace most of what you'll need. I just started to go through my supplies and have already thrown out about $50 worth of paints and I haven't begun to finish yet.


   
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Posted by: @chris

After HOURS (😣 😫 😣) of trial & error I had an epiphany..."just pirate some dog-legs from a junker and use the COE dashboard screw holes as pivot points." That worked!

COE door 1
COE door 12

 

 

 

Great idea !!   One small hinge for model fabrication....one GIANT step for re-purposement Surprised

If you have any little folk with advanced fabrication skills,you might let them have the run of your assembly table for an overnight session or two.......sort of a twist on the ol` Elves and Shoemaker process

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@chris Sooner or later, all those liquid solvents and cements evaporate, my enamels and acrylics separate and/or clot, the brushes lose their integrity and you run out of shim metal and various gauges of sheet plastic, lead foil and all the other expendables and perishables.... and then you hit the hobby store and for a C-note, you replace most of what you'll need. I just started to go through my supplies and have already thrown out about $50 worth of paints and I haven't begun to finish yet.

Once again Rich, I agree completely. Nothing lasts forever! Like you, I've purged "rotten" supplies and it breaks my heart! 😫 😫 😫  

Two quick points:

1) 99.8% of the time I use CA glue (Krazy glue that I buy in bulk at the Dollar store) which, if stored in an airtight container after each use, will never dry out.  I use them until the tubes are empty.

2) I use mostly acrylics that can always be thinned with water. I don't think I've ever thrown out a bottle I couldn't salvage (unlike enamels which do have a self-life).

 


   
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Christopher Moroni
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Posted by: @john-barry
Posted by: @chris

After HOURS (😣 😫 😣) of trial & error I had an epiphany..."just pirate some dog-legs from a junker and use the COE dashboard screw holes as pivot points." That worked!

COE door 1
COE door 12

 

 

 

Great idea !!   One small hinge for model fabrication....one GIANT step for re-purposement Surprised

If you have any little folk with advanced fabrication skills,you might let them have the run of your assembly table for an overnight session or two.......sort of a twist on the ol` Elves and Shoemaker process

Dsc 0096

"...one Giant step...."  Too funny!   I too have "many" little folk but collectively....  They're a lazy lot!


   
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Holy Cow, I'll be SUPER brief! 

About 5 years ago I began a second 1/18 4-car hauler project. I built both a rolling trailer AND a 1956 Ford COE. My trailer was scaled out perfectly, my COE was not. Fixing this oversight required practically a complete re-build. The hood would need total re-shaping, while the fenders would have to be cut off, narrowed, then re-attached (along with the front I-beam axle...to narrow the wheel track).

Realizing ALL the work involved, the big COE project was shelved.  About 3 weeks ago I "re-started."  ALL that work is now complete. Still much to do before paint (HA!).

What follows are project pics that span 5 years:

COE 1
IMG 0940
IMG 0944
IMG 0939
IMG 0942
IMG 0954
IMG 0949
IMG 0959
IMG 0966
IMG 0969
IMG 0973
IMG 0986
IMG 0999
IMG 1000
IMG 1002
IMG 1009
IMG 1015
IMG 1024
IMG 1040
IMG 1028
IMG 1034
IMG 1045
IMG 1046
IMG 1053
IMG 1057
IMG 1058
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IMG 1075
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IMG 1095
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IMG 1100

 

 

I never saw a hardtop Mercury... Is that a custom ?


   
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@chris 

Let's set up a go fund me site to get you started !


   
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Christopher Moroni
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Hi Steve. That 1957 Mercury is a Yatming convertible with a 1958 Edsel top (same design as Merc).  One day (maybe) I'll finish the work.  

NO Go-Fund-ME-account please; I'll end up in prison charged with misappropriation of funds. 🙄 


   
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Lol, I doubt that...your custom creations would cancel out any misappropriated $ 

Steve


   
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Gavin
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seriously impressive work!  I love these build threads!


   
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Still filling, shaping, sanding, and "repeating." (lots of repeating!).  I had to more-or-less re-build/re-shape the hood, "mouth trim," side "wings," and nose profile. Once I was satisfied with the hood (more-or-less) and the general shape of the fenders I added "lip-trim" to the RF.  To "see" just how things are shaping up I shot a light coat of primer.

STILL FAR, FAR away from "finish primer." Much more tedious body work ahead. Just like 1:1 cars...it's all LABOR! 😣 😣 😣 

COE primer 1
COE primer 2
COE primer 3
COE primer 5
COE primer 4
COE primer 6
COE primer 7
COE primer 8
COE primer 9
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Rich Sufficool
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@chris I'll use Ca only when I don't have to worry about the fog when setting. I have more glues, adhesives and welding solvents for a myriad of purposes and CA is just part of the armamentarium..


   
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@chris - How are you getting the bend in the plastic that you're using for the fender wheelwell flange?  Are you applying heat? 


   
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Christopher Moroni
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@marty-johnson Good question Marty, the answer is "no heat."   

Any heat would instantly melt these oh-so-thin plastic strips.  I simply "ruff up" the fender arch for good adhesion (as seen in my pics) then I apply Krazy Glue at one end, follow my template, and "glue as I go."  The plastic is thin & pliable enough that it will, most importantly, remain flat and bend easily without breakage.  I could probably make a small, perfect circle without issue. 

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Bob Jackman
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Your progress looks excellent. Thanks for sharing with us.


   
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Christopher Moroni
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@bob-jackman  Thank you and my pleasure!


   
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