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Scale Auto June 2019

Scale Auto magazine will inspire and teach you to build better models of your favorite muscle cars, stock cars, street roads and more! Every issue is packed with full-color photos of readers’ models, product news, kit reviews, how-to tips, and instruction to help you enjoy this exciting hobby.

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in this issue

2 min.
turning the big 4-0!

But after 40 years, Scale Auto can proudly take a moment to pause and reflect on its wild ride from a mostly black and white magazine dreamed up by Gary Schmidt, to the lively fullcolor bi-monthly you read now. Throughout those 40 years we’ve covered everything in the plastic, resin, and die-cast modeling world. There were stories about scratchbuilding Peterbilts, designing dioramas, and, naturally, painting and finishing stories galore. We’ve covered the basics to help newbies learn the skills to create a gorgeous model car or truck, plus customizing stories for the more advanced modeler. Early on, die-cast model news and reviews were a huge part of the magazine, as were fullsize truck builds. Regular contributors have included the likes of Tim Boyd, Bill Coulter, Marcos Cruz, Bob Downie, Mark Gustavson, Ken Hamilton Mark…

1 min.
what’s on your bench?

In tribute to Scale Auto celebrating 40 fabulous years, we reached out to our Facebook fans to see what 1979 model cars (the year we first hit newsstands), you were working on. • 1979 Ford Ranchero that I made by converting a resin 1972 Ranchero body. -Gerry Chevalier • A 1979 Ford F-150 built to look like the one my grandfather had. -Dean Gawley • 1979 Ford Mustang -Dan Rosenello • I recently finished the two cars involved in the last lap crash at the 1979 Daytona 500, plus the winning car. -Joe O’Boyle • 1979 Chevrolet Camaro (above) with filled-in T-tops. -Alex Samardzich • They built Triumph TR8s in 1979, right? -David Dusterberg…

3 min.
shop talk

Cheers to 250 The current issue (April 2019) is incredible, we discussed it at our March club meeting yesterday and everyone agreed it is one of the best ever and that was before we got to the coverage of our recent show. This issue is one of those issues which is a “keeper” and will be within easy reach as reference. All of us at ACME (Atlanta Car Model Enthusiasts) appreciate the support we receive from Scale Auto, your support has helped our show (NNL South) grow and motivates us to keep going. Wayne Webers, via email The Ford Housecar Here are a couple photos of my 1937 Ford Housecar. I built it as a challenge given from a mate who found photos of the real car after it was auctioned in the United States…

1 min.
new products

1/25 Scale • Ridge Runner Pinto, No. MPC906M, $25.99. From Round2. • Batman The Joker Getaway Car 1978 Dodge Monaco with Joker Figure, No. MPC890, $27.99. From Round2. • Batmobile Build2Together 2-Pack Figure, No. POL907, $39.99. From Round2. • 1968 Shelby GT 500, No. AMT634, $22.99. From Round2. • 1966 Chevelle, No. 117, $32. From Round2. • 1978 Dodge D100 Custom Pickup, No. MPC901M, $28.99. From Round2. 1/24 Scale • Kunny’z JZX100 (Toyota) Chaser Tourer V ‘98, No. 53034, $25.27. From Aoshima. • Vertex S15 SIlvia ‘99 (Nisssan), No. 52143, $25.27. From Aoshima. 1/32 Scale Bigfoot 4x4x4 Ford F-150 Monster Truck Snap Kit, No. AMT805, $22.99. From Round2. Die-cast • 1952 Agajanian, Winner Indianapolis 500, Troy Ruttman, No. R43016, 1/43 $89.99. From Replicarz. • 1953 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible, No. AW251, 1/18 $99.99. From Auto World. • American Muscle 1971 Plymouth Road Runner Hardtop (50th Anniversary),…

1 min.
grille washes: john’s results

In the December 2018 issue, we gave reader John Kirkland suggestions on applying washes to the cavities of a car’s grille. HERE’S HOW IT WENT: I used Testors enamel flat black mixed 50/50 with Testors enamel thinner. Then, I applied it into the grooves of my build’s grille with a round toothpick, which I’ve concluded is the greatest modeling tool I’ve ever used. The combination of paint and thinner flowed easily into the grille’s grooves and left nicely chromed raised ridges. I’m very pleased with the outcome. Thanks for your help! -John Kirland You’re welcome John, Thanks for sharing your results. -KH…

4 min.
tips & tech

NEW TO THE HOBBY Q I’m new to building model cars and have questions. Of the cars seen in the magazine from model shows, its not mentioned if the molding seams were sanded away and the whole body sanded and primed. Some cars indicate no primer was used. Wouldn’t sanding marks show through if a primer wasn’t used? I plan on adding flame decals to a car I’m working on. Should I add gloss and dull coats before and after applying the decals? Thanks for any help! Bob Shindell via email A Welcome to the hobby, Bob, You’re in for a great ride! A quality model begins by addressing the basics, such as eliminating seam and mold lines, then filling any injection-pin marks and sink holes with model putty. Those steps are so basic they’re…