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ewahl last won the day on April 8 2019

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  1. If you are a fan of the original WOTW by H.G. Wells, there is a recent novel by Stephen Baxter called The Massacre of Mankind. In this authorized sequel to the original story, the Martians come back for a second go at us fourteen years later...with improved equipment and tactics. We, however, have learned nothing and are woefully unprepared in 1907. Most of the original characters are followed, though aged appropriately. It's a great read Ed
  2. Hi, Mark, A wise old saying applies here: "The hurrier you go, the behinder you get." It certainly applies to my own progress. Ed
  3. Hi, Mark, I've been wondering when you would get back to this while you crank out dozens of small armor and military softskin vehicles. Great job on a difficult project. Your finish looks good in the photos on an OOB build. If there is any criticism out there, it should only come from those who have actually built this critter and know what challenges you had to wrestle through. As for what to do with it, it looks like you will be building another Dora-sized carry box. Thanks for sharing. Ed
  4. Hi, Joseph, Considering the fantastic work you can do with automotive creations, your complimentary words here are most appreciated. The main body colors came from little Testors square glass bottles of metallic purple and metallic red that were in the surplus bin at HobbyTown for free. I've never used such colors on a car before, so a two-tone paint job seemed best. I used only the custom parts in the AMT kit for the engine, exhaust, interior, and front/rear exterior. The fat rims required wide tires, again in the kit. I thought about and decided against covering the car in pin stripes and an obnoxious number of sponsor logo decals, preferring to keep it clean instead. I'm glad you liked it. Ed
  5. Hi, Peter, I would say you have quite an imagination. I liked every one of these simply because you did not repeat yourself when building them. Excellent quality and details. Thanks for sharing. Ed
  6. Thanks, Bill, With a meeting theme for March of "anything green," a yellow, orange, white, metallic red, and metallic purple vehicle assembly will fit right in. So I'll be bringing it! Ed
  7. I could have titled this post as "The Rest of the Story." In the November/December 2018 issue of the IPMS Journal, my article on building the AMT 1/25 kit of the 1972 Chevrolet Blazer was printed. Along with the story of building the Blazer, there was a secondary short amount of text on building the MPC Car Trailer as found in the old MPC 1973 Chevrolet Caprice Classic and a brief comment on the car that would be on the trailer. In the magazine, you saw this picture: Now you get to see what was missing . . . because it wasn't done. Now it is. Comments welcome. Ed
  8. Hi, Richard, I like the revised timing of the slides, but I still think you can shave off a few seconds on some of the opening slides and the finished model slides to tack them onto the WIP slides. I have the exact same kit in my collection minus the aftermarket PE and SAC landing gear and canopy masks. My guess is that your e-book has some of the best references anywhere on the C-46 and how to build the model kit of it. At the time I can get to this kit, I would consider your e-book as necessary as the instructions in the kit box. But, to be honest, the C-46 is a difficult kit to find at the LHS and probably has a limited amount of mass appeal (vs., say, the C-47) these days so long after the aircraft faded into history. I wish you well with your e-book sales. Ed
  9. Hi, Richard, I had trouble on some of the WIP screens reading the captions fully before the images being described fade away before I could absorb what the images were trying to tell me. There are two solutions. One is to use the Pause button on the left end of the scroll bar to stop the images, then hit Play to the next image and repeat. The other is to add five seconds screen time to each image to permit reading and understanding without stopping the images. I watched twice to be certain how I would respond here. I did watch all of your WIP posts as you struggled with some of the kit's issues. Nice finish! I trust your client was happy. Ed
  10. Hi, Gil, Beautiful work on your F-16A and F-16C aircraft. I simply observe with a touch on envy on your finishing skills, wishing I could be half so successful. Ed
  11. Hi, David, Gasp! 16 days from start to finish on this incredible build. I'd still be reading all the instructions, cleaning parts, test fitting, agonizing over proper paint colors, and which glue to use on which parts. You, sir, are an expert builder! Ed 🙇‍♂️
  12. I started building models when I was in junior high school (1952-1955) and seemed to acquire kits faster than I could build them. Those unbuilt kits went into the stash, and they have followed me around through schools and marriage and life in general. Mentally, I've built every one of them, but in reality they are old pieces of plastic in cardboard boxes wrapped in colorful artwork, mostly from early Revell. Unfortunately, my plans to build my earliest kits, like the Gowland & Gowland cars, were set aside when I lost interest in them in favor of working on newer, more accurate kits from the explosion of new subjects that became available after 1955. Are there collectors who still want any of them? Stupid question; I know there are. Great topic! I hope many chime in here with their responses and stories. Ed
  13. My two grandsons, ages 9 and 10, with oversight and some assistance from their father, are building the DeAgostini 1/2-scale R2-D2 electronic model that comes in 100 installments. They have just received Stage 84 of this 2-year project. The remainder will come in January through April. This kit requires no paint, but it does require fine motor skills and close attention to details. I am amazed at how complicated this kit is becoming. The older grandson at Thanksgiving showed me a fully articulated gundam transformer that he built entirely from scratch using his stock of loose LEGO parts. I can't even do that. I would love to say I can assist with these projects, but I live 500 miles away and rarely get to make the trip. Young people can still be challenged to assemble models. We just need to find the subjects that appeal to them. Ed
  14. Having seen and photographed this beautiful ship model of Bill's, I can say all the members of our Chapter were in awe as he progressed and risked bringing it to our meetings. At one meeting near the end, we discovered a pe stair railing had popped off. We looked and looked and looked and could not find the location. Bill took it back home and finally discovered its location. Had he taken it to a contest with the one missing railing, guess which omitted railing every judge would notice. Outstanding work, Bill. Ed
  15. Hi, David, Ford Blue was notorious for fading and/or just peeling off after too much exposure to sunlight. You captured just the right look of exposed primer and rust on a 10-year old car. The lady looks very realistic. Nice presentation. Ed
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