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About ewahl

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  1. ewahl

    What is the oldest thing you are saving?

    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
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    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
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    FINISHED Gallery 1/350 USS Wasp LDH-1

    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
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    1968 Edsel Pacer

    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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    Is there a SEP/OCT Journal?

    My copy arrived in the mail on Monday, November 5. Yes, it is the convention issue. It is taking much time to read because there is so much material to absorb. Great job on the issue, guys! Ed
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    Visceral Visions Medusa (rated PG-17)

    Way to go, Kevin! I admire your technique for skin tones; very realistic. The colorful slithering things just continue to add interest to the piece. Ed
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    1/72 Bridge Diorama

    Hi, Peter, This project takes my breath away! I've known for some time that a person must be an electronics engineer to build a model railroad layout. Now you come along and show me that those same skills are required to operate a wood model bridge. Obviously you are making your own custom circuit boards and know which chips and other components are necessary to solder into the holes. Since this is all scratchbuilt, I know I would have an impossible number of failures in the trial-and-error process of getting everything to fit and function correctly. I truly respect your abilities...and wish I possessed some of them. I am looking forward to seeing the techniques you will apply to create the water and shoreline terrain to bring all this together. Keep up the great work. I am learning from you. Ed
  8. Hi, Rusty, I prefer to think of your friend as a librarian. He can answer any question related to those models and also provide copies to those who are in need of them. Me? I admit I am afflicted with model hoarding, and my wife will agree on this. Ed
  9. Hi, Mark, With the above photo of your three M992A1 kits, were we just treated to a glimpse of your usually unseen work area in the background? Ed
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    Avatar's AT-99 Scorpion

    Hi, Kevin, I fully appreciate your frustration with resin castings that come from worn out molds that are missing some of the rubber. If you were picking out pieces or chunks of the rubber mold as you cleaned up your pieces, that means the next person who got a piece from that mold got one that was worse than the one you received. I was sorely disappointed after buying some interior wall kits for the 1/48 B-17. The parts were warped way out of shape to fit the fuselage interior. Flash was everywhere, and it was hard to differentiate between flash and part. Short shots and misaligned mold halves made some pieces worthless. The molds had been damaged, but the company simply used tape to cover over some of the holes in the mold in order to keep using them; the tape showed on the resin pieces. Just because it is resin does not mean it is better. Some problems can be corrected; some can not. Best of luck in completing your AT-99 Scorpion. Ed
  11. How about the even older Lunar Models solid resin kit in 1/35 scale? Terrible!!!!! Since I have already built the Lunar Models Bowman astronaut in 1/8 scale (with the monolith), I have a correctly scaled astronaut figure to go with the 1/8 scale pod. I can display both on the lighted hotel room floor after Bowman has just stepped out after his ride through the light void. Hang the cost; I will be getting one of these. Ed
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    Ghosts in the Desert

    Hi, Michael, Nifty idea! I assume the people on each side of the brick wall can't hear some sounds from the other side across the time barrier. This scene reminds me of an armor diorama that was either posted here years ago or published in a book or magazine of German and U.S soldiers on their respective tanks hearing noises on opposite sides of thick hedgerows in France in 1944. You have given us a present-time update to appreciate. Ed
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    1/72 Bridge Diorama

    Hi, Peter, This is a great way to introduce yourself to us. You only get one chance to make a good first impression, and yours is a whopper. I know I will enjoy seeing your work-in-progress pictures. Thanks for alerting us to this project. Welcome to the Forum. Ed
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    Rising Sun's Oni of Blood

    Hi, Kevin, The first thing that entered my mind when I saw these photos was: "How many colors of paint are on this thing?" That's amazing! Great work on yet another wild subject. Ed
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    TIE Experimental

    Hi, Kevin, I have never seen this configuration before. I am not a video game player, therefore........ Engineering-wise, a TIE fighter has two panels on the outside and a ball in the middle. This craft is just the reverse--two balls on the outside and a panel in the middle. Saves a lot of confusion on the two assembly lines because the manufacturer has to assemble equal numbers of panels and balls and just connect them one way or the other. Thanks for sharing a unique Star Wars ship with us. Looks great! Ed