Panel Line Accent is one of the best of Tamiya’s numerous products. Otherwise unachievable depth can be added with 15 minutes and a steady hand.
Can anyone suggest a brand name of drill bits that won’t go dull after a few zamac car drillings? I thought zamac was supposed to be a relatively soft metal, but it’s going through my drill bits like it was hardened steel.
If you have a Harbor Freight nearby, and want a better way to free axles from drilled bases, hie thee hither to the pointy tools aisle...$3.99 before coupon.
If you don’t live near one, hie thee to yon interwebs...
Now some of you may be wondering how I get such (not really) flawless fitment on my majorette cars (probably not). And I can show you how to do it with simple tools (Excluding the drill). The only tools you will need are Popsicle sticks, and old credit or gift card, needle nose pliers (incase you want moaar camber),…
So yesterday I showed a test run limited to 2mm and 2.5mm washers plus hand-cut sequins. I stopped by the home improvement store last night to pick up some more sizes, got to work, and now have some finished products to share.
A little over a week ago, Philip and I were going back and forth on how to get really cheap and easy disc brakes for customs. Among the ideas for cutting a clean hole in some sequins, Philip also suggested metal washers instead. And voila, thanks Philip!
Muscle Machines ‘02 Acura RSX.
Previously, I’d only consider the muscle machines with whitewalls and baby moons, as that’s my all-time favorite diecast tire/wheel combination.
I’ve decided to give up some of my parts secrets, accumulated/earned over years of hunting and digging. You can’t turn thousands and thousands of diecast cars over in your hands without now and again discovering a small piece that will work really well on another project.
I have lots of these, and I probably won’t get…
Dek43's post today reminded me that I’ve been wanting to do a post like this for a while. I know we have a ton of members with great photo skills and a bunch of newer members trying to get better as well.
I found out you can actually use PayPal Shipping to send a package from the convenience of your home plus save a little bit on postage. This time I’m sharing a bit more details on the weight-based services (starting at under $3) plus some weight examples for your reference.
I’ve only been here for two weeks but I’ve always wanted to share this with the LaLD community. This simple method is my favorite for detailing diecasts and I hope you guys learn to apply it too.
Another experiment with base coats and transparent paint. Spoiler Alert: it wasn’t a total failure, but the Testors Corp. bears some responsibility this time.
While cleaning in my basement I came across a box of old magazines and articles that I have to pare down. This one is from the July 2004 issues of Toy Cars & Models (formerly Toy Cars & Vehicles) by Krause Publications:
For clarification, there is nothing wrong with the testors paint. The chrome base I used was not formulated to be a base coat. Even after knocking the surface down a little, it’s still not happy to have any other coating covering it (although I never tried to clear coat it...).
Just wanted to be clear that I’m not…
I was very young when I learned the primary and secondary color wheel. Now, I’m older and I’m putting it to use. I’m not going to learn to use RIT dye (yet) when I can use transparent paint (which used to be called “candy” paint) to mix my colors.
We’ve had a lot of sales posts lately, so the other admins and I thought it might be good to review the LaLD Philosophy on said subject.
Not quite chrome, but really shiny silver. A while back I set out to compare all the different spray paints that purported to be chrome, or anything close.
After the Molotow Chrome paint pen was shared by R32rennsport, the relativity of this test faded.
I remembered it when working on a current resto mod, so I went back…
A friend of mine spotted this video from well-known youtube hotwheels restorer baremetalhw. Though I don’t always like this style overall, this cheap method of making decals with plain paper, gloss coat, a hair dryer, and some water is pretty brilliant and for sure something I will try out.