Bill Newcomer Nigel, lighting yes. I have 10 scale lighting fixtures and a roll of warm white SMD LED strips. Chaz, I like the idea of a drop light. I already have the materials on hand to build many drop lights. Bozzer, I have a phone and I have been eyeing a scale laptop on ebay. Just haven't pulled the trigger. I like the clock idea. Washroom not likely as I do not have the real estate to give up for one. Chaz, posters probably not but maybe a calendar. Food maybe but I will need some people first. Thanks everyone for the input.
18. June, 03:15
Chaz Gordon Bill, we're building Vicariously through you
18. June, 08:20
Bill Newcomer Added pic of lifts and benches in a quicky mock up. There is a realistic amount of space between the cars.
Bill Newcomer Detailed up a few more items. Added an argon tank to the Miller TIG welder and attached hoses to it. Fabricated some colored hoses and attached them to the oxy-acetylene regulators. I didn't like how the flammables locker sat directly on the floor so I gave it a cove base. I also attached the spare argon tank with removable safety chain.
Bill Newcomer Thomas, Cliff, Neuling, Roland and Matthew. Thank you very much.
8. April, 01:24
Bill Newcomer Munky, Nathan and Bob, as you know I have been building two at the same time. That black one was progressing a little bit faster than the other one due to frame paint issues. The next one is nearly finished but now needs some minor mods on a painted and detailed cab (shudder). I am working up the courage to tackle it.
8. April, 01:28
Bill Newcomer John, The CB antennas were a happy accident. I bought them from Auslowe in a package order and they seem to simply be some sort of organic brush bristle. (horse hair?). Anyway, when I went to spray paint them white, the paint lined up in little beads instead of coating it evenly. I thought it gave the effect of spiral wrapped fiberglass rods so I left them as is. I tipped the ends red with Testors enamel. I think they turned out pretty neat.
8. April, 01:33
Bozzer I'm with the guys! Bring on your best Bill! I'm already signed up to a monestary! Lord have mercy on us all! Amen
Bozzer Thanks for the link Bill. I'm actually building something similar. I'll get some pictures when it's done, but I have to figure out how to post them on here? Basically, my internal dimensions are 2' x 2' x 22" high. I wanted that big, so I can paint a trailer or 1/16 scale truck. I'm only using two fans, but I see a method in your madness. Them filters are hard to get here, so I've opted for Filter wool. I think that's what they call it anyway? Only thing is, it over hangs my work surface by around 5". My planned exhaust is 4" plastic pipe, straight outside, camouflaged by a bush. Lol, let's see how long that lasts?
3. April, 09:33
Rui S Very Nice booth.
I've lots of humbrol enamel paint., and the need for cleaning with white spirit... so i now need One booth urgently.
3. April, 21:12
Bill Newcomer Bozzer, your dimension seem large enough to give you some elbow room. What type of fans are you using?
4. April, 01:05
Bill Newcomer Rui, Thanks, I figured if I was going to go to all the trouble, I may as well make a nice one.
4. April, 01:41
Bozzer Bill, I'm gonna use PC fans. They're brushless and 12v, so they are quiet and reduce any risk of igniting any fumes, should any happen? The reason for the size is to allow me to place a built trailer in it. I can paint or even clear coat it, with easy access to the sides and top. I also plan on a revolving base, so I can turn the model, without touching it. I may make that motorised in the future, but for now it's just hand moved. I also wanted plenty of room to get my hands in. We all know what it's like, when you're trying to get into those awkward places? I'm also toying with the idea of a flip down shield, that covers halfway across the front opening. Once I get it in the cave, I'll try it out and see what happens? I have a few ideas, but not all will work, I'm sure. It's basically trial and error. I've put some pictures on my page, if you wanna see progress so far? I'll update it, as time goes by.
4. April, 05:09
Bill Newcomer Bozzer, With the 12v fans you can get a variable voltage power supply like I did. You can adjust the fan speed. The booth in my photos with the flip down shield was my inspiration. With the variable fan speed. I determined I did not need it.
Bob Hall That cabinet is Awesome ! Looking Great Bill !
17. May 2019, 08:09
Bill Newcomer Thank you Bob. I am a happy camper. With the new shelves I am only at about 35% capacity. The next step is finding (or making) some acrylic risers but I need to build a lot of semis first.
18. May 2019, 00:38
William O. Nicey, niceity, nice! The more models fill it, the better it gets! Glass cabinets and the only way to store/display models/collectibles, makes the collection look that much more awesome, and that always a good thing . Cheers!
17. February, 03:01
Bozzer Nice work Bill. I think you're gonna need another one though buddy. These rigs take up some room! Did you ever have any issues with the top of the car hauler, not fitting correct and falling through? I didn't really explain that very well. I mean the moveable part, that allows you to let cars in the lower level? I have with mine. I tried a little heat, but it's not cured it. One side appears to be slightly warped.
30. March, 07:11
Bill Newcomer Bozzer, on both of them, the pivot points are miraculously still the wimpy plastic pins on the original parts. At the tails, I actually notched the ramps to lay properly on the lower level. The cylinders were installed but I left them disconnected at the top to prevent strain on the afore mentioned pins.
30. March, 23:33
Bozzer Thanks Bill. After I get the backlog of kits out of the way, I'm gonna take another look at it. I'm thinking about adding some kind of L shape strip, that slots in, when it's down? That should solve my issue, hopefully.
31. March, 02:34
Bill Newcomer If you only have sag in the middle, it should not take much.
Bozzer Just playing around with this kit myself, for another group build I'm in. Watch out for the placement of the steering box. The instructions aren't very clear on it. It also doesn't help, when the part is over moulded. Bugger had me stumped for a while. I may post some pictures when it's done, but it won't look anything like the box art. Got my kit from Ollie's, when they were selling them for 20 bucks a pop. I'll look forward to seeing what you do with this Bill.
25. February, 01:43
Bill Newcomer Thank Bozzer, It will get built. I just don't know when.
Chaz Gordon 1 or 2mm aluminium rivets should work if you drill out the hubs
10. October 2019, 11:10
Bozzer A piece of sprue in a cordless drill. The other end in a hole, in a vertical piece of wood. Slow speed and a small flat file, held at just the right tension. That's how I repair broken prop pins on my 1/72 planes.
Bill Newcomer Nigel, The El Camino is not done and will likely be a long term project. (I still have to fab some spindles) I do like your group picture idea. I will see if I can make that happen this week sometime.
29. October 2019, 06:09
Bob Hall I love Bill's Rainbows of Muscle portraits !
29. October 2019, 06:19
Bill Newcomer Thanks Bob, I have enough Chevelles built to maybe make a rainbow.
Has anyone purchased and used a 3D printer? I see that you can get started for around $200. I am thinking it would be awesome to make things like tires in the exact dimensions/brand I want. Maybe print out model bodies of cars that have never been kitted. 1977 Pontiac Can Am, 1974 Pontiac GTO, Kenworth T2000 etc.
15. August 2019, 03:45
Chaz Gordon you'd need a dual extruder for bodies, need to run a bunch of support trees, don't worry, the software does that bit, then you dissolve the support filament in water I think. You can also get rubber filament for some machines. I've got my eye on a Flashforge Dual extruder at £600.
29. September 2019, 22:15
Bill Newcomer If you dive in. I would be interested in how your results turn out.
Munkyslut Holy Twin Engined Digger Batman!!! That thing is insane!
2. September 2019, 15:33
Bill Newcomer Well it looks like someone has "been there, done that". Any attempt by me would be inferior.
3. September 2019, 06:40
Dominik Weitzer If it has built some one, it is Always a good Referenz! Doesn't matter in that Point - if you want to build it, do it . For own success.
I'm searching the web a lot to get insperations from existing/built models or dioramas. and if i take one for example, it will never come out the same like the one existing model i choosed.
3. September 2019, 06:57
Chaz Gordon Do it Bill, the other builder only put one Dragster in the back, I'm mainly intrigued to see how two fit in there.
29. September 2019, 21:46
Munkyslut I'm with Chaz, I think you'll eclipse that build with your own
29. September 2019, 21:56
Bill Newcomer Thank you guys for the encouragement. I need a few more years of practice to attempt such a feat. In the meantime I have plenty of other projects to look forward to.
Chaz Gordon I have a few 1/24 cars I restored in my teens that had painted glass, not quite so sophisticated then, I rubbed them down with 240 grit wet and dry, then brush painted a heavy coat of Humbrol varnish. They didn't look too bad, kind of gave them a factory bronze tint quality. I've seen the Future technique promoted for when there is a need to sand down defects in Aircraft canopies too
29. September 2019, 22:12
Spanjaard i believe dipping is better than painting, in regards to future and clear parts.... but yours looks good anyway.
Bozzer Bill, I'm in the UK buddy, but my Mrs is currently in the USA. I plan on building it after I return from there. I should be back here in the UK at the beginning of November. Just been trying to sort out my flights now and it's chaos, because of the Thomas Cook collapse. I never expected to see that happen! It's affected flights worldwide. I've been trying to figure out how your jig works, but I'm struggling. So the centre wheels are too high? Am I correct?
23. September 2019, 20:40
Chaz Gordon Now, that's where a 3D printer would come in handy. either to make a jig, or a whole new part to correct the issue. Now, just to convince the Missus, and find somewhere to put one.........
23. September 2019, 20:56
Bozzer Lol Chaz, that's where I landed lucky. My Mrs loves the hobby too, so when I get to the states full time, we are getting one. There's no point getting one in the UK because the voltage is different and I don't wanna risk breaking it in the move. Only I can find a woman who likes to build models, but on another continent lol
23. September 2019, 21:07
Chaz Gordon Nice. My other half is very Arty, does a lot of clay and painting, so at least we don't have any issues over the volume of space taken up by my Hobby. Although I have to hide some of the good stuff to stop it suddenly appearing in her tool box. Not to mention "Glittergate"
23. September 2019, 21:46
Bill Newcomer Bozzer, The way it works is you glue the front and rear axle housings to the leaf springs as you would normally. Pre-build the center axle housing. Use the metal rods to hold the two subassemblies in the same plane. Make spacers to fill in the gaps like I did or just goober glue it in place. Once dried/cured, slide the rods out and install the wheels. They should all now touch the ground.
24. September 2019, 04:19
Bozzer Awesome Bill, thanks for clearing that up. The I beam that you have cut and clamped, what was that for?
24. September 2019, 09:09
Bozzer Sorry Bill, I think ive sussed it! That's what you used to pack the gap, your shim?
24. September 2019, 09:12
Bill Newcomer Correct. The clamped pieces brought the flanges closer to be a spacer between the axle tube and the spring perch.
Nigel Chapman Very neat and tidy. Thee wooden deck sets it off nicely
12. September 2019, 15:55
Munkyslut That's awesome Bill, the loading deck is just perfect size for the cars, well done mate
12. September 2019, 18:25
Chris Greathouse When are you going to break out that FLD truck in your stash? That looks epic
12. September 2019, 19:40
Bill Newcomer Nigel, James and Munkyslut, Thanks. Chris, the FLD will not be built until I am ready to tackle the Revell car transporters. Next up is both White-Freightliner COEs. (Modified and built differently). I'll start them after this weekend. My son is getting married.
Bill Newcomer James, I am afraid I cannot take credit for the wheel arches either. Those also came pre-painted. Wheel arches are trimmed chrome in most of my builds. Over the years I have progressed from silver enamel to silver Sharpie to BMF and now Molotow chrome. BMF looks the best but Molotow is easier.
7. September 2019, 20:32
Slavo Hazucha Finished in style - the exterior pics look great, good choice of light conditions for the pics too!
8. September 2019, 06:36
Bill Newcomer Slavo thanks. Outdoors, just before sunset. (After I get off work)
Bill Newcomer With the lowboy trailer and Chevelles nearing completion, I unsealed both of my White-Freightliner kits. I was brainstorming how to kitbash the needed rims, tires axles with the inventory of kits I have. I think I have a plan. I am a little disappointed with the fact that the frame rails for the day cab version are not included. I am guessing one is supposed to shorten the DD frame. The kit(s) come with inline 6 cylinder engines. I am contemplating swapping in the V8 from the Ford Coca Cola truck I am parting out. What do you think?
Bob Hall You'll like it,dries fast and can sand smooth and with a good clear coat, looks like it just came off the GM assembly line floor, factory finish !
25. March 2019, 07:47
Bill Newcomer Thanks. I am still fine tuning the bodies. After that I have to wait for low humidity to spray.
25. March 2019, 08:03
Tim Heimer Looking good Bill! And I thought I was nuts doing 4 1/16 scales at the same time! LOL!
25. July 2019, 15:12
Bill Newcomer Tim, Thanks. I have made some progress and actually have the red one done. The black one only needs wheels and tires. The blue one is also nearly finished. The brown one is waiting on me to print the decals for the valve covers to match my buddy's. The El Camino is in limbo. I have been completely exhausting myself over the last 2 months painting my house and custom fitting the interior of my work van. I think about building frequently but just do not have the energy after work.
26. July 2019, 03:27
Tim Heimer Bill, we've all been there. Take your time.
26. July 2019, 12:49
Bill Newcomer Making final approach on the Chevelles. The black one only needs the wheels and tires glued on, both the blue and brown ones got their rear bumpers attached. Next is chassis for blue and valve cover decals for the brown.
28. August 2019, 07:32
Munkyslut You've been busy Bill!!!! A house repaint AND a van kitting out? I've broken out in a sweat just thinking about it.....
Looking forward to the Chevy quintet, nothing makes a Mopar Guy pay attention like an SS454
BMW think they're clever squeezing 430 horses out of their latest M3, Chevy we're knocking out 450 horses nearly 50 years ago.....
28. August 2019, 08:52
Bill Newcomer Thanks buddy. Both of those major projects are nearly complete. On the HP front, lots of cubic inches helps. They fact that they cam make over 1000hp from a 4 cylinder boggles the mind.