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  • Member since
    December 2006
Been away for a while
Posted by ggroth9 on Thursday, June 13, 2019 4:15 PM

It's probably been over 10 years since I've graced the forums here.  Somewhere along the line 3 sons and a set of unexpected twin daughters became more of a priority.  I did try and dabble in model building here and there, but it usually ended up with me watching my sons and daughters building cars while I grabbed falling bottles of paint beofre they hit the floor, and made sure no one cut themselves with an xacto blade. 

Towards the end of 2018, I was bit by the modeling bug bad,  and went on a buying / building spree.  The bad weather in fall / winter / spring, and plenty of stuff to binge watch on netflix gave me plenty of time to hole up in my workshop brushing up on modeling skills.  I think in the past 9 months, I've managed to put together close to 40 models - many that I started years ago and never completed.  Mostly box stock, and focusing on working on more complex paint schemes.  My buying spree has been trying to replace kits I built in my youth that were lost in a house fire in '04.  I've been able to get my hands on old favorites such as Revell's River Rat & Mr. Sandman, as well as buying old Jo-han kits for the first time (I got into modeling in the late 70's / early 80's, and Jo-han's box art kept me spending what little money I had on Revell & Monogram).  

So now I'm at a point where I'm finally shaking some of the rust off, and wanting to do more challenging projects.  I've gotten my hands on a couple of the Revell repops of the 1/48 scale MobilGas and Honest John kits, as well as finding a couple of built Bekins kits on Ebay.  The plan is to make replicas of trucks my grandfather drove for a moving company back in the 50's, and give them to my father for his Lionel layout.

Another project I have planned is a model of my wife's first car, and '83 fox body mercury capri.  I'm going to start with the Revell 79 kit, and ditch the turbo (her's just had the 2.3).  The sunroof will work, as hers had an aftermarket one added, and I got her a cheap set of the aluminum finned GT wheels back in the day, which I'm stealing from a Mustang kit.  My problem, and hopefully someone can help me here, how can I scratchbuild the rear glass in the hatchback?  The 79 had fairly flat glass, the 83 was more of a bubble shape.  I don't really want to get into vaccu-forming, and am hoping that maybe I can make a buck out of balsa, lay some kind of clear plastic on it, and heat it up with a heat gun until it melts into shape?  I'm betting that clear styrene will cloud up though. Any ideas gratefully appreciated.


  • Member since
    December 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Friday, June 14, 2019 11:19 AM

Welcome back to the fold, Greg. Sounds like you have re-immersed yourself in model projects, well done. It's good for keeping some of those kids entertained as well.

Regarding the Capri rear window, I think your idea of making a wooden buck and heat forming plastic over it is the way to go. Many years ago a forum member posted about a product called PETG Thermoform plastic which was particulatly good for this application. I have never tried it, and a little googling shows it is intended to be used with vacuum formers, but if I recall from the original forum post, simple shapes (such as teh Capri rear window) can be done in the oven without vacuum. I see the product is available from Widgetworks in several thicknesses, including .020" and 1/32", either of which may be suitable for your porject. Good luck, and if you try this, let us know how it works.

Cheers, and enjoy the forum.

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  • Member since
    December 2006
Posted by ggroth9 on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 1:08 PM

Thanks for idea, I'll have to give it a try.   I think they sell pieces of balsam at the local shop down the steret from where I work.  If it works I might finally be able to complete a couple of other kits that are missing windshields.  Now if I can only stop getting sidetracked.  Rcently I stumbled across an old picture of my grandfather driving a 30's ford panel van back when he worked for Wanzer Dairy in Chicago.  My thought was to take the Revell '37 panel van, and build it up in what I hope is the right color and make some decals for it.  After completing the body, I went back to the pic to start the decals, and realized a small detail I overlooked - the body was a '39 (the pic had barely enough of a side view of the truck to make out the make and model), and I had to fill in the side panels.  Unfortunately my first attempt of using some .5mm plastic sheet didn't work out to well, and I ended up getting another kit on Ebay and used miliput on my 2nd attempt, and am just about finished with that.  If this ends up coming out any good, there's another pic of him driving a mid 30's International panel van.  Thankfully the body appears to be custom, and all the body panels are completely flat, so I might be able to pull it off.



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