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RGronovius

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  1. I do keep good boxes, ones that are sturdy to keep excess parts in them. I have an old Tamiya M1 box for Abrams extra pieces like USMC specific parts, unused PE etc. I have an old Tamiya M4A3 Sherman box to hold old Sherman parts, and old Tamiya Jeep box to hold soft skin parts, etc. A while label with a marker saying M1 parts, etc. differentiates it from an unbuilt kit.
  2. I would pick the pristine box over the dented box every day. I've noticed US sellers often box the kit in a box that leaves a lot of room for packaging and arrive just fine. Overseas, the kits are often wrapped in boxes that were cut to size, marginally bigger than the kit box. Bought a Tamiya Grenada M151A2 kit and the box was trashed and wet, but the kit inside was just fine. But if the kit box was wet or damaged (wet not the seller's fault), and the contents and decals inside were unharmed, I would be okay with it. So if a box arrived a little dented but the insides are unharmed, I'm o
  3. I love these walker tanks ever since I discovered the Revell Robotech lines in the 1980s. But as a tanker, I've always wondered the amount of fire control computing the vehicle would have to do to keep the gun in line with the sights. Great job!
  4. RenhoekStimsen J'katIn one of the games, the names of the ships were the full names of the cartoon characters from Ren & Stimpy; Ren Hoek and Stimpson J. Cat.
  5. I used to play the various X-Wing and TIE fighter games. There were some pretty neat variants of the TIE fighter.
  6. I like the looks of your progress. Nice work.
  7. There are already safety lids on MM thinner and Testors liquid cement.
  8. I had that Cro-Magnon woman, mainly for the base since they fit together like a giant puzzle. Neat article.
  9. Are you asking about the Abrams Reactive Armor Tiles? aka ARAT I and ARAT II, ARAT I looks like the brick boxes on the side (M19) and ARAT II looks like the terra cotta curved roof tiles (M32).
  10. I did find the Batmobile on eBay for a decent price. My local Hobby Lobby has listed the Tamiya Gama Goat for $12.49 on clearance. I bought two. They were regularly $49.99 so it was 75% off.
  11. That's been a problem with DS tracks; on some 1/72 scale kits, the tracks were dry rotted or deteriorated inside the sealed bag inside kits. I haven't had any issues with my Abrams kit.
  12. This current flyer for the store has some photos of the kits available. I did not see any polar lights kits, but several Lindberg and a half dozen different Revell. Most were prepainted bodies like Camaro, Corvette, Mustang. http://www.ollies.us/ollies-army/
  13. Got a Revell Danica Patrick Aspen Dental NASCAR. Closeout store had them for $9.99 and I used a 15% off coupon. Great deal for a $24 kit. I love that Batmobile Mark. I'd kill for one!
  14. http://ironshipwrights.com/armor/3inch.html
  15. If you get on Michael's email list, they send you 40% off coupons almost daily, and some days it is 50%, 60% or even 70% off coupons. I just use the text to phone option. Yes, I would call the level of kits found in Michael's and Hobby Lobby (automotive), not at the same high tech level as many armor kits manufactured today, but on par with what limited armor kits that they do carry. Hobby Lobby used to carry high end Dragon kits. Still have many of the great deals I got with the 40% off coupon.
  16. I've been on eBay for well over 20 years buying and selling (mainly) model kits. Any time someone says "they can't tell if it's complete or not" basically knows it isn't complete. Only once did I get a kit that someone said they don't know it's complete that it virtually was complete. That was an older Italeri M36B1 Jackson that was missing one small part.
  17. Yes, while aircraft and armor models are limited to hobby shops, car models seem to be more prevalent in the US. Places like Wal-Mart still carry some Revell-Monogram and AMT cars, trucks and race cars. Chain arts and craft stores in the US have dozens or more automotive kits than they do airplanes, and maybe a tank or two. Snap together kits from the latest star wars movie round out the model selection. In the magazine section of local stores, there will be a couple of car model magazines and maybe Fine Scale Modeler. There will be more railroad model magazines though. I couldn't tell you whe
  18. To me it seems like car modeling magazines are more common than armor or aircraft.
  19. Interesting information; Testors/Italeri kits from the 1980s were the first "high quality" kits I ran across. Their instruction sheets were top notch. I still have quite a few and if I am constructing an Italeri kit that I once built as a Testors kit, I'll use the Testors instructions instead.
  20. I have some small bottles of Pactra paint that are basically relabeled Testors paint. I agree, when I was younger, the military colors were really flat compared to Testors that had more of a satin finish. I loved Pactra paints.
  21. Nice scores, I love seaplanes for some reason.
  22. Found an interesting kit in the clearance aisle of Hobby Lobby today. Originally $27.99, it was $7.50. The Revell 1/144 White Knight Two and Spaceship Two.
  23. Yes, the MBT70 program was cancelled by the US and Germany, but the Americans continued with a paired down version called the XM803 before it too was cancelled. Dragon has issued a 1/35 scale version of the German version of the MBT70, but they used photos of the two different surviving German museum tanks to make a kit that isn't a truly accurate version of either. I got one and it is a cool kit. Here is a photo of the XM803 that used to be at Fort Knox along with my nephew who is now a former Marine and Iraqi war vet and currently a firefighter in Virginia Beach.
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