Lifted high lift
chef_bikes

Hey, this looks great! The roof rack and spotties are a nice realistic touch.
16-May-2007

Fitting lights how-to
Toykid

Great job! Thanks for the tip!
16-May-2007

Good fun!
Drjack

HAHAHAHA. A Crue fan!!! Awesome! Good eyes, Badboy. Thanks
17-May-2007

Mazda rx3
Drjack

Thanks, Wyoming. Yeah, the only thing that looks 'Mazda' is the grill decal!!
17-May-2007

Higher high lift- part 2
Drjack

I also reduced the spring packs to 2 leaves but I didn't trim the mounting blocks like the instructions say to do. This left the diff more free to move up and down. The links were necessary to stop lateral movement. Thanks for the comment!
17-May-2007

Mazda rx3
Drjack

Thanks Wez-li.
17-May-2007

Just something to keep me busy between bigger projects!!
cherrybomb

Now THAT'S nice!
17-May-2007

Now for something completely different!
Steve Fort

Awesome!!! I wouldn't want to get it dirty either!
18-May-2007

Hoodride!
cianhanrahan

Very cool!
18-May-2007

High lifted high lift! a new look for my f-350
mymonsterbeetleisbroken

Very nice. The possibilities are just endless with these F350's. Great job!
18-May-2007

Mint bruiser!!
nzl60

I'd go nuts having to wait that long!!

If you're after a 'deep' metallic look, there's a few different ways you can do that. LOTS of clear is always a proven winner but that's tricky on a scale model as you don't want to fill the details in the plastic (door jams, vents and such)
Candy apple paint when done properly looks as though you could swim in it but if you're just after the metallic look and not the 'candy' appearance then you can use the same technique as spraying candy. I've done it a few times and it's worked out great. The key is to practice, LOTS. Metallics can be tricky to spray as you might already know. You should only do this with an airbrush or a low pressure touch up gun as pressure pack tins spray the paint too thick and they're harder to control. While you're at the paint shop, try and get some powdered metallic and powdered pearl (not sure exactly what it's called) of the same colour as you chose for your car eg; blue paint-blue pearl. These can be expensive but you only need very little so see if they will give you a sample.

Spray a base coat of silver or gold on the body. Silver will brighten up the final colour whereas gold will darken it a little but also give a slight pearly appearance.
Then spray your colour. If you're using a solid colour, spray it thin so the silver or gold isn't completely covered. You could use a clear colour instead. If you bought the colour in metallic, then you won't need the powdered metallic. I've never come across metallic clear colours so mix the clear colour with the powdered metallic keeping in mind the more metallic you put in, the more metallic it will be!
Then spray a coat or two of clear.
With the next coat, mix the powdered pearl with some clear and spray the body with that. Once again, the more pearl you put in, the more pearly it will be. Spraying the pearl on top of the clear gives the appearance of the colour being behind the pearl and not just mixed with it, so you're actually looking through the pearl to see the colour hence the 'deep' look.

After that just keep adding clear, very lightly sanding between coats, until you think the paint is starting to get too thick.

If it's done properly, it looks brilliant. My painting isn't the best but it still turned out nice and deep and although not as good as candy apple, it's a whole lot cheaper!
Just remember to keep each coat as thin as you can.
I apologise for the long winded explaination but I hope it helps you out.

18-May-2007

I had to get me another to keep nice ;-)
steviedee

Nice! I had one years ago and ended up giving it to my niece. Wonder if she'll give it back haha.
19-May-2007


blob1

That's an excellent idea! And so simple too! What tailshaft will you use for the rear diff? The kit shaft seems too long.
19-May-2007

Cool!!!
Drjack

Thanks mate. Not sure on the part number, I threw the packaging away, but they're HPI Vintage rims and tires. 23mm up front and 31mm down the back
19-May-2007

Wolf in sheeps clothing
Drjack

Hey Thanks cactus jack, yeah still gotta get around to those body posts!
19-May-2007

Cool!!!
Drjack

HAHAHA Thanks mate. You're right about one thing, it wasn't my idea. Mad Ax was asking what sort of wheels he could use on his in the forum so I dummied mine up to see if the HPI's would fit and just fell in love with it! So Thanks Mad Ax. The chrome is nice but it's a bugger to keep clean! Drag truck, hey? I'll be checking that out!
19-May-2007

Cool!!!
Drjack

YES!!!!!!!! The A-team van!!! Do it, man, do it!!!
19-May-2007

From sea to shining sea.....ball....cannonball!
Brat Attacks

Awesome! A great tribute to a great race.
19-May-2007

Cool!!!
Drjack

I was thinking about that very thing last night! One of them could be used as the rx antenna and depending on the style the triuck is done in, you could put a dummy antenna in the other one. cheat and put a decal over it ;), they could be used as double Donaldson style air intakes if it suits the style. Remember those gutter beepers on 1:1 cars years ago? They usually hung out from underneath the car but you could make up a plug for the hole and use fuse wire for the beeper. That'd be period correct for the 70's and 80's. Or the same idea with the plug but put ariels in them and hang foxtails off them for that 50's and 60's era!! Man, the ideas just keep rolling into my head! Might be a good forum topic maybe?
20-May-2007

Kermit the chev
Drjack

Hey Brat Attacks, wanna race? ;) hehe Thanks for the comments guys
21-May-2007

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