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  1. Thanks, Mark... I sincerely apprecaite your kind words. Those boys have had a rough time of things all their life and I'm just trying to keep them focused on the positive things. Later, Lee
  2. Thanks, James! I have Part 2 and they had a copy of Part 1 left. It was $38 but well worth it as I believe it will only go up, up, up in value/price now that it is discontinued. MANY THANKS for the link! Later, Lee
  3. Tim, my 11 year old nephew and now my 8 1/2 year old nephew are getting into modeling. I've been working with them since we moved back to KY last year and it's been a very positive experience. Long story short their father abandoned them (and their 3 other siblings) this past November and modeling has really been a big help in keeping them from focusing on being angry and such. If you do decide to get rid of any of your books (or old kits for that matter) I'd be more than willing to cover any costs. It's been a bit of a struggle but we're makin' progress with the oldest boys.:) Feel free to email or PM me anytime and I can explain more if you like. Argh! I'm looking for Part 1! I've got Part 2 at least. Mind if I ask where you got yours as SAM Publications lists it as being OOP.:( Later, Lee P.S. I've attached a few pics of the boys, Michael (11) and Anthony (8).
  4. So, I have a few of the old Kalmbach books on "How build...", the first three VLS modeling books, a pair of the Osprey Masterclass books on WWII aircraft and finally Brett Green's Osprey book on building and painting aircraft. Along with these manuals I also have the Model Master Modeler's Technical Guide. I do use these books on occasion with the Kalmbach, VLS and MM books having gotten plenty of mileage over the years. I'm curious as to how maany of you have any books like these and if so do you actually use them as intended? Even if you disagree with or are intimidated by the work of the author(s) does anyone out there enjoy what these manuals have to offer and do you apply it to the kits you build? Curious, Lee
  5. Wonder if the horses get a bit nervous when she ties up here "ride" onto the hitch?! Seriously though that is a fine job especially with how small it is! later, Lee
  6. I have an old Aviators 1/48 Betty vacuform that I REALLY need to just get done with. The parts are cut out and a good friend sent me some leftover Tamiya and TD parts to detail it a bit. Later, Lee
  7. See Gil, I knew we were birds of a feather! Clare, I like to add details here and there to most of my builds so, doe me, I tend to be "in the bins" quite a bit. Just I used some bits for my Valom An-2 Colt build that I am currently working on. Had to scratchbuild a cargo area roof...here's the proof! And here's things after adding some ribbing material. Just enough so that when folks peer through the windows they see something in there! All of this was done with leftover sheet styrene and wires and bits and pieces from other kits and a pair of resin blocks. Later, Lee
  8. Thank you, Chris. You've confirmed my worst fear...I'm a super nerd! Ah, the joys of being anal-retentive! LOL!! Robin, that's a smart idea on your armor extras. Later, Lee
  9. I thought it might be interesting to see how far each of us actually goes with their workspace and the extras we accumulate. So, I'll lead off. I keep my spares in two mini drawer containers. I have a 3rd (not pictured) that is akin to the small brown one and that is where my car parts are. I break down drawers into groups (all 1/48): Misc. Canopies/clear parts (all scales) props/resin casting blocks cockpit parts built cockpits (complete) built cockpits (incomplete) airframe panels landing gear panels landing gear wheels/tires/rims for single-engine aircraft wheels/tires/rims for multi-engine aircraft bombs droptanks/radar pods rockets guns/ammo chutes/etc. spare PE parts and frets engines/poly caps exhausts spinners Then I have one drawer for 1/72 parts, two drawers for 1/32 parts and a drawer of nothing but the extras that one gets in the 1/48 Fujimi Bf109 series. Here are a few examples: L to R-seats, gunsights/control sticks/pedals, cockpit panels, instrument panels/radios L to R-landing gear panels, landing gear, guns/ammo chutes L to R-1/72 wheels, 1/48 wheels (single-engine aircraft) All of my resin detail sets, figures and conversions are kept in a large three-drawer stackable unit. My PE sets and cast-metal sets are kept in a small cardboard box inside of this unit. All of these items are kept cataloged on my Excel database. Although I would love to keep them out and neatly organized by sight I figure if there was a fire or another problem I can grab and carry (or throw out a window) the three-drawer unit. Also another reason why my decals are in three three-ring binders. And speaking of decals mine are arranged by group: Props, Jets and Auto. So, am I just overly nerdy here or are some of you out there as meticulous (or is it ridiculous? LOL!) as I am? Just curious really. Lets hear and see how your extras are kept track of! Later, Lee
  10. Gil, my man, how do you build with all of that clutter? I'm an organized kind of modeler...has to do with being anal retentive. LOL!!!:lol: Anyway, kudos for teh fine work you put out with such limited space. I'd be losing parts left and right for sure. Later, Lee
  11. adfogel


    That's an outstanding job on this build! Later, Lee
  12. Hmm, I have to agree with Gil that the old William Green book still holds up rather well. I have some nice books from AJ Press on the '109, '210/410 and the '190. The older Aero Detail books ahve some nice info as well. The Nowarra book on the '190 and TA 152 is terrific as are BOTH volumes on the Dora that Eagle Editions published. Schiffer has a fine volume on the Legion Condor, German cockpits and their book on all markings and squadrons. Finally, the Squadron/Signal books do ahve some nifty titles (like Strangers in a Strange Land, German Jet fighters of WII). I have heard/read that Mr. Ritger's books are very nice but have yet to own either of them. Later, Lee
  13. You're good...only the E-3 had teh incorrect canopy. Eduard offered a free replacement earlier this year. Later, Lee
  14. A job very well done! Later, Lee
  15. Outstanding work, Mike! Thanks for sharing your biuld with us. Brian, that's quite the rare '99 SS you have as Hugger Orange cars are a rarity due to the limited availabilty of the color that year. Later, Lee
  16. Looks great, Mike! Keep up teh good work and teh interior is really spot-on IMHO. Ed, your '02 CE is no doubt a sweet ride! Post up a pic when you get a chance...let's inundate Mike with LOTS of F-Body love! LOL!!!! Later, Lee
  17. And here are some shots taken of my Ebony interior...same day, same lighting. Later, Lee
  18. Hey Mike this is a very sharp build! And you are correct about the factory Ebony interior finish (which BTW is a rarity on 4th Gen F-Bodys). Keep up the terrific work. A few notes about these kits and the LS-powered 4th Gens in general. The chassis for this kit was originally from the '93 Z28 release and does have the leftover LT1 engine and intake parts. This is a minor issue with the later LS1-powered cars. This kit, sadly, will not build a correct factory SS. It's missing the unique and quite different airbox for the SS hood. This sits on top of the intake on the actual car. These kits are also missing the t-top shades (which attached with velcro tabs on the real cars) and the flip-over rear privacy cargo cover that separates the t-top storage area from the area behind the rear seatback. I only bring this up as Mike stated he is building this for someone and these small differences might be important to the recipient. On the 1/1 scale F-Bodys all Trans Ams in late 2000 thru the '02 model year ALL came with t-tops from the factory. So Mike your TA kit is now a '98 to early '00 model! Going back to the Camaro the side mirrors were always black but in the '00 thru '02 models were available to be ordered body-colored with some (but not all) factory colors. Also on the '01-'02 SS models SLP offered a different exhaust tips that came out underneath the license plate area with a small trim piece that went around the perimeter of teh rear bumper. And if you want to make a unique-looking "factory freak" in '99 there were 778 Camaros ordered with a white interior (which consists of white leather seat covers). Also any '00-'02 Camaro Z28 or SS will have the steering wheel stereo controls. The steering wheel out of the '98 TA kit will work fine with a wee bit of sanding/reshaping. Finally, although all 2002 Camaros come with a factory dash badge that states "35th Anniversary Camaro" only Z28 coupes or convertibles ordered with the SS option could then be further optioned with the factory 35th Anniversary option. This cost an additional $2,500 and these cars were only available in Rally Red with silver SS stripes and polished 17" SS rims with black-painted inserts. Also there was special badging on the fenders, dash, embroidered seats and a trophy mat that had this badge embroidered into it. So, that's it in a nutshell...it's juts me being OCD about these cars. Here's my Sunset Orange Metallic '02 Trans Am WS6. I'm also the co-founder and current President of the Northern Kentucky F-Body Association (www.nkyfba.com). Mike, again keep up the terrific work...I envy your abilities and enjoy seeing your work, sir. Later, Lee
  19. I'm with you on this, Gil. Later, Lee
  20. Very nice and an inspiration to also get mine out and start on it. Later, Lee
  21. James, James, James...you should have referred to you sig when you went to build this one..."It's A Trap!" I'd love to build this kit but I gave up many years ago and gave it to a friend. Now seeing how nice yours came out I'm convinced it would not be near as nice as yours, sir. A beautiful job on a tough nut of a kit. Later, Lee
  22. Outstanding work, Emerson! Later, Lee
  23. adfogel


    Very beautiful work. Are those the kit decals? later, Lee
  24. Very nice work! And the display base is particulaarly tasteful. Mind if I ask what seminar you will be conducting in '11? Later, Lee
  25. That looks terrific, David! Thanks for sharing with us. Later, Lee
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