1/32 Sportsman Galaxie

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Re: 1/32 Sportsman Galaxie

Postby HomeRacingWorld » Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:30 am

Thanks Doc.

So I thought I would share a process of decal sealing and creating a very smooth final surface for clearing.

After the decals are applied, I use DUPLICOLOR clear and give the car 3 LIGHT COATS to seal the edges of the decals. I spray a "dust coat" and let it dry for 15 minutes. Then repeat. This helps prevent any reaction to the decals (wrinkling) that hotter clear lacquer can cause. Once the final coat is dry I WET SAND carefully over the entire car with 2000 grit sandpaper. This also builds up clear around the edges of the decals and helps "hide" them a little.

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Always use 2000 or finer. And don't use much pressure. Just light pressure. You are creating a very smooth surface for the acrylic top coat (AKA Future).

When you are finished, you can literally run your finger over the decals and not even feel that they are there.

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You notice how dull it appears. That's good, that is what you are after.

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Now you are ready for the final clear. I always use Pledge Floor Care (FUTURE). Using a larger brush, I usually apply 2 coats. Just be patient and allow the first coat to dry. Usually 20 to 30 minutes.

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The end results are pretty nice IMHO. You end up with a very smooth and clean finish.

The Duplicolor dust technique adds a good layer of protection and allows you to sand lightly. Then the two coats of Pledge as a finish. We race pretty hard down here and so far the decals hold up over time very well.

Hope this helps.
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Re: 1/32 Sportsman Galaxie

Postby ShotgunDave » Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:26 pm

That looks fantastic Boss!
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Re: 1/32 Sportsman Galaxie

Postby HomeRacingWorld » Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:32 pm

Thanks Dave!

So here is how I make glass.

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These innocent looking items make for some very nice glass. The preformed curves make it very easy to match almost any design you need. I used one of the light bulb blister packs for this car.

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A simple method of test fitting and cutting. Just leave a little overhang for gluing.

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In the photo above you see a new "UV Pen". One of those as seen on TV items but in this case it actually works...and works perfectly for this. Very easy to get the applicator in small spaces and the adhesive will not "craze or haze" the glass. Not to mention it is a very strong bond that will last.

Just a few small beads and then ZAP with the light.

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Almost done...stay tuned. And Btaylor, sit down please. No need for the standing ovation ok? :D
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Re: 1/32 Sportsman Galaxie

Postby HomeRacingWorld » Thu Aug 03, 2017 1:50 pm

All finished. What a fun build!

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And a little video of some action.

Watch on youtube.com
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Re: 1/32 Sportsman Galaxie

Postby bdsharp » Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:43 pm

Bravo, ya done good! That UV glue worked great for an application that's almost impossible to clamp. I've resorted to a complex system of rubber bands and cut-off Q-Tips.

I'm making some progress with my Galaxie too, but as it will be my Showdown entry, it's way too soon for pictures.
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Re: 1/32 Sportsman Galaxie

Postby Wobble » Thu Aug 03, 2017 3:00 pm

Wow, that looks good enough to eat ... it's making my mouth water.
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Re: 1/32 Sportsman Galaxie

Postby strangebrew » Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:03 pm

.....ZOOM.......... :dance:
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Re: 1/32 Sportsman Galaxie

Postby Broman62 » Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:44 pm

Awesome tips Harry...those decals really "POP" with those sanding techniques!!! Beautimus build and looks to be a great runner!! :auto-driving: :auto-driving:
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Re: 1/32 Sportsman Galaxie

Postby clivearmstrong74 » Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:42 pm

That is skill and art combined...super job, well done!!!! My next one might look like that....I wish

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Re: 1/32 Sportsman Galaxie

Postby dge467 » Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:28 pm

Great tips Harry! Car came out great!
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Re: 1/32 Sportsman Galaxie

Postby HomeRacingWorld » Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:30 pm

Thanks guys, appreciate the kind words.
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Re: 1/32 Sportsman Galaxie

Postby dreinecke » Sat Aug 05, 2017 7:42 am

I dunno. I think it needs a solid testing session at the PDR...
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Re: 1/32 Sportsman Galaxie

Postby HomeRacingWorld » Sat Aug 05, 2017 7:43 am

Ok.
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Re: 1/32 Sportsman Galaxie

Postby TuscoTodd » Sun Aug 06, 2017 6:34 am

That is one SHARP looking machine!

Never thought about using one of those UV pens for glass - it looks like I have a reason to finally break down and order one as that look a WHOLE lot easier to do than to fight with trying not to cloud the glass!
(having to go back with Novus Plastic Polish to remove the haze is NOT fun!)
Thanks for sharing Harry!
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Re: 1/32 Sportsman Galaxie

Postby HomeRacingWorld » Sun Aug 06, 2017 11:39 am

You are welcome, glad it helped.

One of those things that just works. Like our ceramic honeycomb boards, Future, etc. Something out of nowhere that is perfect for the job. :)
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