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02-03-2019 – New Toy

Been buying several Camaro diecast toys.  Will post as they arrive…  Trying to find used ones rather than un-opened boxes as I want to actually display them.  Here is one that came the other day and is in my display cabinet – hood and doors both open:


Busy this month with the Lions youth Ice Fishing and helping friend get ready for the annual Daytona party. Not much garage time – pretty much waiting for spring to arrive and get past a couple of other things between now and then.

01-27-2019 – New Toys

Received a couple vintage model kits (more toys on the way):

Still working on assembling the first one I started. Finding time has been difficult lately.  I did order some Testers spray paint which I am still waiting on.  I am also finding it difficult assembling some of the smaller engine components – I may have to wait until after my cataract surgery.

01-13-2019 mini project update

I believe I have all of the engine parts painted. Just need to glue the parts together. Waiting until my model tool kit arrives on Tuesday to use the tweezers since the parts are too small for my fat fingers. Once the engine is complete, I mount it to the subframe, so I started painting that along with the headers, tomorrow I will do the other side.  Already went through the paint thinner included in the paint kit – glad I bought a couple more larger bottles of the stuff! 


01-12-2019 mini project update

Now that I have the posting issue fixed, a couple more pics from the mini-build…  Engine and all the small parts are almost complete – will post updated pics tomorrow.  Just like the main Camaro build, having to buy tools as I go along: paint, thinner, glue, paint brushes, tweezer kit and I am sure there will be more…

Slow going…  Figure out what color to paint (if any), then paint and let dry, then glue and let dry and repeat.  Just doing a little each day.

Also making a list of to-do’s on the main Camaro project as time permits, but with work lately, this is what I have time for and it get’s me a nice break going out to the garage…  The main goal for this summer will be the undercoating and start on the block sanding.  It will be a couple more years before I start making large ticket purchasing – new furnace and water heater this year along with some new furniture…  It is those unexpected expenses that throws things off schedule.  Thinking I may bring the engine home after undercoating so I can start it more frequently.

01-06-2019 mini project update

Note: This is a few days old as an update temporarily broke my posting capabilities.  Should be resolved now, so giving it another go and will post more updates if this posts without issues.

Started on the build now that I received the paint kit and glue. Painted the wheels and glued the block together. Will let things dry over night before continuing. Loki (my dog) came out to the garage to hang out with me. Little-by-little will spend more time out there now that he is old enough to be out there without getting into everything.

Side Note: Major design changes to the blog…. Taking a while to get used to the changes.

9-9-2018 – Rest of firewall painted

So perfect weather with highs in the low 70’s.  I took Friday off and wrapped up the painting of the firewall.  There is no more bare metal on the shell now!  I did make one mistake though.  I used the Satin Black finish which was different from the earlier paint!  I think it will be ok if I scuff a little and re-apply it, but most of what I painted really isn’t visible, so I am not too worried about it yet.  I can think about it over the winter and fix it next year.

So I had to un-mount the rotisserie to paint where it was mounted to.  Then strip away the old paint:

A little bit of masking (including the bottom of the floor:

Then a coat of gray primer, then black, then a 3rd of gray primer (all Epoxy) and finally seam sealed:


Then 2 coats of Eastwood Extreme Chassis Black (Satin):


Now you can see the mis-match (uh-oh!) – easy enough to touch-up and fix:


Next weekend I will re-attach the rotisserie so I can move it around over the winter. There may be a few smaller projects I tackle over the winter, but nothing too much until next summer when I finish the undercoating.  We will see what time permits and what I can fit in between now and next summer.

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