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Final Champ Car in collection Done-here's the collection

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Final Champ Car in collection Done-here's the collection
Posted by justmike on Monday, January 08, 2018 1:46 PM

I decided to do a work in progress with this last one. For what its worth maybe there are some tips someone may find useful down the road.  One thing I always do is sand the bottom off the pop off valve mount, glue the top half into place on the engine cover and fill in and sand. Its a much more accurate look .

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Posted by justmike on Monday, January 08, 2018 1:49 PM

One should always paint the light colors first and then the darker, right? Just as I finished masking off the side pod I thought to myself; " Somethings wrong here " Yup. Yours truly masked off the white area instead of the orange area! Clever. Not!

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Posted by justmike on Monday, January 08, 2018 1:55 PM

So here it is in the right format. I decided this time to mask off the orange area first instead of painting the whole car white to avoid the raised ridge of paint that the orange would create if I did the masking of the white after painting it. Its the first time I have worried about a paint ridge but I got the idea from another builder of an F1 car on this site and it makes sense because of how thin the silver striping decal is that divides the orange and white. It will be interesting to see the difference using this method compared to my usual process.

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Posted by Gary Davis on Thursday, January 11, 2018 10:07 PM

This is a very interesting technique Mike. I'm looking forward to seeing how this works for you. I usually do the light fisrt also. But thinking about what you said...I'm intrested in how it turns out...

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Posted by justmike on Thursday, January 11, 2018 11:11 PM

So am I. I hope all the extra hours masking is worth it. We'll find out soon enough. lol  This is another little piece that I do some extra work on. I drill the holes around the edge deeper and fill them in with paint. While the paint is wet I wipe it off the piece.

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Posted by justmike on Thursday, January 11, 2018 11:15 PM

Then I use some dull foil and press it onto the raised rim being careful not to push the foil down into the fuel inlet recess which makes it easier to trim out. Then its time for  a very pointed toothpick to be pushed into all the little bolt holes. I believe its a much cleaner look this way compared to painting silver and then trying to get the black to be a uniform size by painting

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Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, January 15, 2018 3:19 PM

Nice method, Mike! I'll have to file that away in my memory cap! Although sometimes I lose my cap! Looks good! CoolLaugh

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Posted by justmike on Sunday, January 21, 2018 1:10 PM

I have to say that although its a fair bit of extra work when you mask off the area to be painted a different color before you even lay down the first color, which means you are masking twice, the end result is a very smooth finish. If I had of been thinking I would have sanded down the initial ridge of paint with some 3200 grit before I masked for the orange paint. What was good about this method is that there were no concerns about sanding through the color coat in my attempt to get rid of the orange paint ridge so that the thin pinstripe decal will lay flat between the two colors. I looked at some of my previous builds and there is definitly a ridge along the pinstriping where the two colors meet. Its a cleaner look for sure. I will use the method on my two tone Cobra build. 

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Posted by justmike on Sunday, January 21, 2018 1:17 PM

I can't wait to get the pinstriping on. Except for the white and orange everything is handpainted. I used some of the tips in the Fine Scale Modeler supplement when it came to the orange acrylic paint and was that ever helpful. I sprayed at a mere 10 to 12 psi and the paint came out very smooth. After it cured I only had to wax it for a nice shine because there was no orange peel. I did about four coats in approx. half hour. Still need to put the pop-off valve in there too I see.

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Posted by justmike on Sunday, January 21, 2018 1:21 PM

i found its easier to glue the transaxle case to the rear wing first and then glue that assembly to the rest of the build as the very last unit to be glued to the car. There is more of a surface area to apply glue to and more leeway when it comes to getting that rear wing lined up level and square with the car.

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Posted by justmike on Friday, January 26, 2018 4:24 PM

Its done! I really have grown to like the simplicity of the graphics on this car. Not a ton of them and only black yet it works well with the orange and white. 

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Posted by justmike on Friday, January 26, 2018 4:27 PM

I found these decals to be quite thick and rather impervious to decal softeners of any kind. Thankfully there were only two areas where that ended up being a difficulty

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Posted by justmike on Friday, January 26, 2018 4:30 PM

The Firestone and Firehawk logos in front of the Visteon logos are supposed to go on the leading curved edge of the sidepods. I tried to get them to meld around that tight curve but gave up and slid them up to where they are now. I like the look of the drilled holes for the screws that hold all the different body pieces in place. It doesn't take long to do and adds a lot.

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Posted by justmike on Friday, January 26, 2018 4:34 PM

That downward curve with the super thin bit of gray decal material is where doubling up on the masking ( see earlier post ) really benefited me. That is one thin bit of decal and it was a nightmare to cut and not mess up. So now its on to my 289 AC Cobra model!

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Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, January 27, 2018 5:30 AM

Looks great, Mike! I've got to get busy and build another race car! Yours, as usual, looks like a real race car! All the little things really make a big difference! Cool Thumbs Up Bow

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Posted by justmike on Saturday, January 27, 2018 11:05 AM

Thanks.  If you ever need extra decals from this era of Champ car, I'm your man!  lol

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Posted by justmike on Sunday, February 11, 2018 7:27 PM

I love staring at this collection of my series!! 

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Posted by justmike on Sunday, February 11, 2018 7:27 PM

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Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, February 12, 2018 7:47 AM

That's quite a nice collection, Mike! I probably have as many but most of them are unbuilt. I've got to get busy! Nice work on yours! Cool Thumbs Up

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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