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Old Apr 12, 2010, 08:55 PM
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WOW! That's a great color the metal flake gives it that retro buggy feel from the early 70's. All you need is an Evel Knievel bike and action figure set to go with it. The parts look great Bravo! Thanks for sharing.
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Old Apr 13, 2010, 05:39 PM
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Ok, I added some white, more than I planned but I like how it's looking. I plan to add a silver pinstripe between the two colors to act as a "break"

I also reproduced the original stickers on decal sheet. This is my first attempt at making my own decals so don't laugh if it get's screwed up. Any advice here would be appreciated.
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Old Apr 13, 2010, 07:40 PM
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The silver is was taped off and sprayed this evening. I used model masters aluminum for this, it covers really well without building up so edges are nearly non-existant. Once the clear gloss coat goes on I would think this should really pop. I need to experiment with the decals and see what I can safely spray over top of them though. For those of you wondering, I do not plan to use the stripes on the decal sheet, I mainly wanted to make this sheet so I could get the original sponser decals like Gumout, Accel, bilstein etc.
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Old Apr 15, 2010, 10:41 PM
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Very cool, Tim X !!

Thanks for sharring it with us !!

I had a Cox gas car back around 1970..... I wish I still had it ...lol lol lol...
I also had a Dragster that I have no idea what happen with eather ...lol lol lol...

I do still have a car very much like this one you have called a Kyosho Assault.
It is still in pretty good shape but needs restoreing also...
I think I got it about in 1980 or so.
My first purchase from Tower Hobbies ...lol lol lol...

Thanks for contacting me !!

Seeya, Tim
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Old Apr 16, 2010, 07:04 AM
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Hey Tim, glad to see you stop in and check out the thread and good to see your still around. Once you get your shop set up again you should get that Assault going. I love this vintage stuff!

I applied a few decals after doing some experimenting with compatable sealers. Once I get a little more done I'll post a pic or two.
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Old Apr 16, 2010, 11:36 PM
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Experimentation done with the decals and how to use them the best I started to apply them to the model. The instructions with the decals say that they don't need to be coated or sealed before using but I found that they would tend to curl up at the edges after applied. I tried a couple different products and found that by spraying a coat of Krylon Acrylic clear spray cured the problem. I plan to give the entire body at least three coats of the same spray after the decals and trim is completed. I changed the colors of some of the original stickers so they would show up. For any of you die hard vintage guys please forgive me for commiting such an atrocity but remember while I wanted this vintage car I also wanted a custom look while trying to keep the 70's era look, I hope this makes sense. The more I do to this ride the less I believe it will be run
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Old Apr 18, 2010, 05:13 PM
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More work on the Champ and the body is nearing completion. I have all the decals placed and everything will need clear coated after the paint has time to cure out so I don't chance wrinkling. The wing still needs attached and I have to put together another set of lights that mount on the front suspension uprights. I think the next step is to work on getting this ride running now. Boy this thing is a far cry better than it was when I got it.
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Old Apr 18, 2010, 06:24 PM
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You really got it looking brand new, Tim X

You'll be driving it hard before you know it though I bet !!...lol lol lol...


Ya, I cant wait to get started working on my shop !!
I dont think it will be very much longer !!


Seeya, Tim
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Old Apr 18, 2010, 06:41 PM
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WOW ! great work! that is a huge improvement from what it was.
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Old Apr 18, 2010, 07:37 PM
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Thanks guys, I'm really pleased with the results.

Tim, the intention with this car is not to run it hard. Maybe in a parking lot once in a while but no off roading for this one. It's to valuable in my opinion and after doing all that polishing I'd have a real hard time getting it dirty
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Old Apr 18, 2010, 07:47 PM
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Looking good. What the does the FS stand for on that rear plate?
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Old Apr 18, 2010, 09:29 PM
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I believe it's a reference to the dampening system on the rear of the car which is known as FFPDS (Free Floating Progressive Dampening System). Don't chisle that in stone but it's the only thing I can come up with that's relatable to the FS cutout on the back plate.
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Old Apr 18, 2010, 11:25 PM
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Very nice! Looking that good it may be heading for the life of a shelf queen.....
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Old Apr 20, 2010, 12:16 PM
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Paint Removal

Hey Buddy,

An excellent way to remove the paint is with Easy Off Oven Cleaner. Spray it on, let it set for about 15-20 minutes, and wipe it off. (You might have to do this a few times, depending on how thick the paint is.) The paint slides off right off, and it won't harm the plastic. Just be sure to do it in a well ventilated area, and DON'T wash the remains down the drain. It'll clog the pipes. I used this methood on my Lunch Box with some used bodies I bought off e-bay. They were horribly painted, and the Easy Off worked beautifully! (You can see the results on my blog.) Good luck. gby

Oh.....never mind! I just saw your results. Nice job!
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Old Apr 20, 2010, 04:35 PM
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Thanks for the input on the Easy Off oven cleaner. Sounds like it goes faster than the brake fluid. My method probably took a week of soaking and scrubbing but worked really well. Either method sounds like a good one but next time I'll try the easy off.
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