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  1. My shop has flourescent lighting and I have two office type swing arm lights on my bench. They run about $10 apiece and seem to do the job. Had a flourescent swing arm with magnifier and really didn't like it. Lost my depth preception. It finally broke off where the clamp fits into the light. Now, I use an opti-visor for magnification.
  2. Years ago, before you young 'uns started modeling and there were commercial fillers, we had to make our own. We would desolve sprue in Testors Liquid Cement. When it dried, it had the same hardness as the kit plastic.
  3. It would seem that would be logical. But, then again, when is the government logical?
  4. Mr. Liquid Putty dries fairly fast.
  5. Over on Steelnavy site their talking about Tenax being discontinued. I'd say if you like it, you'd better get a case or two. I'm not too concerned about Pro-Weld. I doubt whether the quantities I use are all that hazardous. At work I was regularly exposed to a lot of chemicals (MEK, tricloreythelene, hexane, caustic soda, clorine, SO2, and clorine dioxide to name a few) in much higher doses and am still alive and kicking.
  6. If I want a quick bind that can be handled in a couple of minutes, I use Ambroid. I've also found it useful as a coat over another glued surface that is fragile. Scratchbuilt the handrails on the Revell Flower. After they were on the ship, I coated them with Ambroid. That made them a lot stronger.
  7. I've found Bondo has a nice light flavor. Best served with a fine Chardonnay. If you add a little garlic and chives it brings the flavor out more, but tends to be a bit stronger on the pallet.
  8. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. There's no accounting for women's taste. :D
  9. I switched to acrylics sometime back and love them. Easy cleanup and no odor. I've used Tamiya, Model Master and Poly Scale and found them all very good. The only thing I've found is they are differnt viscosities, so you may have to add thinner. I can usually spray Tamiya right out of the bottle. Getting a smooth finish would not be a problem. Just overspray the model with Tamiya Gloss Coat or one of the other brands. Future works well too. As for a spray booth, you can build your own fairly cheaply. There have been several articles on how to do it. Basically, you can use Melamine coated press board for the structure. If you're using acrylics you don't need an exhaust fan unless you really want one. But, if you're worried about the breathing hazard, just wear a mask (a dust mask would probably be fine). Hope this helps you make a decision.
  10. John said: A man after my own heart.
  11. Because I'm a Masochist. I enjoy: parts flying through the air to who knows where, bent and mangled PE, superglued fingers, knife cuts, failing eyesight, sniffing noxious fumes and spending money on kits I'll never build. As Tom Sizemore said in Blackhawk Down, "What's not to like about it?"
  12. Lurking..................Hu, Hu, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha! Welcome!
  13. We didn't have a Squadron Shop here in the Northwest, but the Squadron Shop Catalog was "THE" modeling magazine for quite awhile.
  14. Actually, it's not my crew. It's Roger "El Supremo" Torgeson's crew. I am but the humble scribe recording his golden words of wisdom for the unwashed masses and our adventures for posterity.
  15. My name is Les Walden. I'm 66 and started modeling when I was around 12 years old. First models were a F-86, Mig 15 & a F-101. I don't remember who made them. They were the first plastic models I'd ever seen. My Mom said I couldn't have them and Dad said, "Yes." I got 'em. I continued modeling through the years until I graduated from high school. I resumed after a stint in the Army and my first marriage. I continued into my second marriage, even getting my wife involved. She likes to paint figures. Through the years I've done most of it: ships, planes, armor, cars and sci-fi. Presently, I model ships and dabble in armor, aircraft, sci-fi and miscellaneous. Other interestes are drawing and cartooning. My work background includes twenty-three years in the pulp and paper industry. Seventeen of those in research (The reason your tolilet paper is fluffy is that they put more air in it.). I've owned a copy/office supply store, worked several jobs, and produced a pool & billiards newspaper. In the early years (70's to you younger guys) I wasn't a member becuase it was mostly an airplane driven organization. (I was one of the guys going to the meeting and hearing, "Oh, it's a tank.") I've been in IPMS about four years now. When several of us started the NOPMS club it was decided to charter it with IPMS. As officers need to be members, I had to join. I brow beat my buddy and wife to pony up the money for the first three years. I couldn't make it happen this year and had to pay my own dues. My modeling credits include: Vancouver, WA Scale Modleling Club OHMS Member, Past President & Secretary MFCO (Military Figure Collectors of Oregon) Member, Past President, Secretary. Newsletter Editor & Show Chariman NOPMS Member, Past President, Present Secretary & Newsletter Editor
  16. You did leave me wondering. You were in Heaven for four years living on military retirement and building a model a month and you went back to work!????? I realize people have many different reasons for doing these things, but I'd do like the song says, "Take This Job and Shove It."
  17. I'm a fan of walkers. Too bad there aren't more of them in plastic.
  18. If you like Dave Deal's art, check out his website. I see by the picture Mark, that your's was the one at the NOPMS Show. Good job! The Fokker was by Gordon Enquist of BC. He did a great job on that one. I saw the van and the Pontiac at Hobby Land in Silverdale yesterday.
  19. I've used the Bare Metal Foil Decal Paper for ink jet printers with great results. A couple of suggestions. Make two or three copies of the image as you might mess one up. Before you use them cover them with something like Micro-Sol Decal Solution. Put it on in one coat or you'll smear it. After that's dried, you've got a decal.
  20. Mark A. You might try blunting the end of a round tooth pick and putting something like UHU glue on the end to hold the piece while you place it. It'd be worth a shot.
  21. The one I use the most is a fine point straight tweezer. I have several others, but this is the one I usually fall back on. I don't care for the the ones that you squeeze to release the pressure. Can't seem to get the hang of them. Oh, be careful when you use them for your eye makeup. You might poke your eye out.
  22. I think one or the other might have an adapter available or you could check your local hardware or auto supply store.
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