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rockafellz
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From: San Lorenzo, CA, USA
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posted 11-05-2002 11:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for rockafellz   Click Here to Email rockafellz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey Mike,

I'm Erik and i've been on the site for a while now but usually post in the Classic or Ford Racing forums.

Anyway, i'm trying to get back into building plastic model cars and I just bought a '50 F100 pickup.

In the past, i've always screwed up certain parts when glueing pieces together and also painting the body? What kind of contact cement or glue do you use? Also how do you prep the body for spray paint? Any other tips you could provide would be great!

Thanks in advance.

Erik

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MLariviere
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From: Biddeford,Me.USA
Registered: May 99

posted 11-06-2002 09:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Erik! I use the Testors glue. If you go to a hobby store,they sell these precision tips that go on the tubes. They are cheap,and easy to clean.

As for painting,I just clean the flash off the parts,wash the outer body and dry it,put a light coat of primer,and then paint. I then apply the stripes/decals,and clear over everything. I have good luck with the Duplicolor touch-up bombs. They are more realistic in color than model paints,IMHO.The problem is 1 can will do 6-7 cars.

The smaller parts are painted by hand,still connected to the trees,or in assemblies. Cut your parts off with an x-acto knife. Glue sparingly. That is where those tips come in handy.

I tend to stay away from detail like windshield moldings and door handles. I'd rather have them body color than lookig like crap. I will try to sharpen this skill this winter,though.

I find the hardest parts to install is the glass. Patience is the key,along withminimal glue.

So far I have plans for 5 cars this winter. I have a POS 72 Mach1 from Lindburg that I've been kicking around for 3 years. Then I have 2 Thunderbolts,a Revell and a Maisto,and a Testors diecast Mach1. I also have an old 53 F-100 I want to restore. I may scratch build it into a pulling rig. I just need some puller tires to do it. The rest will be off the top of my head. Maybe a blown/injected Boss 429,with a flopper style body? any opinions?

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DidgeyTrucker
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Registered: Oct 99

posted 11-24-2002 05:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DidgeyTrucker   Click Here to Email DidgeyTrucker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Eric,
I just saw some Testors "clear parts" glue at my local hobby store the other day. Also Elmers glue works well holding clear parts in place without smudging the plastic. Look in the arts and crafts section of Wal-Mart for some "000" brushes for painting small details. Wal-Mart will also have Testors glue in a black triangle shaped bottle with a "precision tip".
I use Plasticoat primer and 400 and 800 sandpaper. Remember 95% of a paint job is the preparation.
Mike, the AMT 1953 F-100 has been re-issued many times. Just start with a new one! Look for the "Orange Blossom Special" 1938 Chevy pulling truck for tires and a chassis. Now, if your F-100 is molded in medium blue colored plastic I would be interested in talking trade........

Trac

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MLariviere
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posted 11-24-2002 10:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is! Medium metallic blue. It is a beater,though. The doors are glued shut. Want it? E-me.

I have my moments with these things. I can make one that will be a gem,and the next one is crap. I think it is relative to my interest level for the model.

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DidgeyTrucker
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posted 11-26-2002 10:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DidgeyTrucker   Click Here to Email DidgeyTrucker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Medium METALLIC Blue? That's a Revell 1956 F-100. It's the only 50's F-100 kit that had opening doors. I have about a dozen. I have every box that kit has been issued in dating back to the first in 1963! I want the AMT 1952 in medium blue plastic. It was issued in the 90's in light blue plastic.
The Revell 1956 is out now in an Ed Roth tribute with some cool flame decals.

Eric, another tip for gluing is to use use toothpicks to apply the glue to joints, instead of going straight from the tip of the tube. That keeps you from getting too much glue on the joint.
I also use liquid cement (for styrene plastic) and a small paintbrush to apply glue to large joints.

Tracy

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