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Everything posted by Joev259A

  1. Thanks. One thing about Air Force crash trucks. They're all business-- no curves, just bulk . . . .
  2. Thanks. I needed a scratch built project during the pandemic. This was all squares, etc., so it was chosen. I was lucky to find some engines that worked for this. I HAD to open up the doors for this.
  3. Attached are photographs of my 1 1/2 year scratch build 1/25 scale P-2 crash fire truck. Length is approximately 16 inches. Wheels and tires are custom bought from American Industrial Truck Models out of New Jersey, seats are from an American LaFrance ladder truck, engines were bought on E Bay and are modified to look like the earlier gasoline engines, and a couple of transmission parts from a Russian truck. The rest is sheet styrene and tubing. Since this is a military vehicle, and I've never seen one in civilian markings, I posted this under the Armor Forum.
  4. Thanks for the information on this. I was wondering if anyone had colors on a Polish tank in WWII.
  5. G'day. I have a 1/35 (Polish manufacturer) kit of the 7TP light tank. This was used around 1938-1939. They call for a three tone color scheme of Olive-Green (Khaki), dark brown, and sand yellow (ochre). Could anyone suggest paint colors, or should I just go with whatever Testors/Humbrol paint labels? I think the Olive green may be a light greenish tint, and the sand yellow somewhere in the Middlestone tint. Any help from my "associates" is greatly appreciated. Joe Vattilana
  6. Thanks. I found the way of copying pictures from my files to this.
  7. "Kuklinski's Principle of Appearance: A half-built scratch built kit impresses people with your skill; a completed scratch built kit looks just like any other model." I have included a picture of my in-progress scratch built 1/25 scale FWD P-2 crash fire truck. I have been working on this since March, 2020. The body is more of less complete, except for the battery compartment (the opening on the lower, center of the body). Everything is pretty much scratch built. It's about 16 inches long, 5 inches high and about 4 1/2 inches wide. The tires are resin from American Industrial Truck Models, and some parts from the AMT American LaFrance pumper kit (mainly just the seats). The next "adventure" is building the transmission, steering, and engine assemblies. I have more pictures but I can't seem to download them. I have a question for you folks: I need to scratch built two "straight six cylnder" gas engines. Any suggestions on where these can be found, or modified? I may have to scratch build these too.
  8. I may try the tape technique. Thanks for all the feedback.
  9. I am scratch building a truck and I was wondering if there is a way of making the seal around the windshield and other windows. This will be 1/25 scale. Thanks for any guidance! Joe Vattilana
  10. G'day- I have a (Polish kit) of a 1/35 scale 7TP light tank. They reference colors of Olive green (khaki), dark brown, sand yellow (ochre), and dark grey. Would anyone know what paint colors to use for these (preferably enamels)? I have very limited knowledge on World War II Polish tank colors. Thanks! Joe Vattilana
  11. Ok, thanks. I'll consider that next time. Joe V.
  12. Thanks for the responses. I just bought the "package" about a week ago, so it's fresh. I re-read the directions (surprise there- never did that building models!), and it's a 1 to 1 mixing ratio by volume. The only things I can think of is my process- maybe not stirring it completely, etc.
  13. G'day. I bought the Micromark resin casting kit to cast some seats. I was able to make a master using the rubber latex material, however, after the resin casting "cured," it came out a powdery white, and crumbled. Needless to say the castings weren't usable. Any guidance on this? I'm assuming the Parts A and B were not poured out in specific equal parts. Thanks! Joe Vattilana
  14. Duh! I meant a Tamiya CENTURION Mk. 3 !!!!
  15. G' day- I have a Tamiya Mk.3 tank that I understand the Swedish army used at one time. It was called the Stridsvagn 81. I was wondering if anyone has information on the color and/or color scheme. I thought it could be the same color as a British Mk. 3, but I thought I saw something that they had a splinter type camouflage pattern. I tried the IPMS Sweden forum, but it's all in Swedish (go figure!). I have another British scheme that I may use if this doesn't work out. Thanks for any information. Joe Vattilana
  16. Thanks Dave. Actually I do have the detail set from Cobra. The first time I made the Huskie I scratch built the interior. I was able to get ALOT of photographs from Kaman Aerospace (when aircraft manufacturers actually responded to modelers), and I have some of the exposed engine. I'm thinking about using an MRC UH-1 engine as a base. There's two challenging problems with the kit: doing a full detail on the rotor heads, and the decal situation. I'm near the Air Mobility Command Museum at Dover AFB, and they have a Huskie on display. so I can poke around there. The other problem are the decals, so I'm anticipating doing my own. joe V.
  17. Thanks for the tremendous insight. I built the kit in the late 1970's so I know the challenges. I started to work on it, then put it away because of the rivet issue. It's back out (again).
  18. I'm starting work on the old Testors Huskie, and from a competition standpoint, could the rivets remain on the model or should they be sanded off? It IS a 1/32 scale helicopter, and close up photographs show rivets. Thanks all. Joe Vattilana IPMS 4375
  19. Thanks Dave. I saw the Preiser (rare) figures, and the cost overseas was about $48.00. Kevin- I think this is what I'm looking for. Thanks guys! Joe V.
  20. I'm interested in scratch building a 75 or 90 mm "athlete," in particular a male college student, along the lines of a basketball player. Are there any plastic or resin "basic" figures (ok, nude if you know what I mean) that is available for this project? "Body parts" would be ideal (I know, this is getting creepy!). Thanks in advance.
  21. G'day-- My basement ate my copy of the instruction booklet of the Trumpeter 1/48 scale HU-16 Grumman Albatross. Does anyone have information where I can get a replacement? (for the instruction booklet, not the basement, but I'm open . . . .) Thanks! Joe Vattilana
  22. First- I'd like to thank you all for the responses to this. I had all the photos and drawings from a 1970's aerial truck that was in the fire company my dad belonged to, and finally I was going to start building it. (Steve- when I get to the stage of building the ladder, my intent was to kit bash a couple of AMT ladders.) Unfortunately when I started to build the tractor, things did not line up, I measured one length, it came out to be another, angles didn't work, my cat ate the decals, my dog ate the cat, and anything other reason that the build became a fiasco. Sorry to say, it's been "deep-sixed." I'm more of an airplane guy, :blu-plane: so I'm thinking about scratch building in the future a P-2 crash truck. Basically a box on big wheels . . . .
  23. Thanks for the information. My local hobby shop didn't have signal red, but I'm going to try for the first time Tru-Color Flat Brick Red. I also bought a bottle of Model Masters Fire Red. Stay tuned . .. .
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