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  1. I don't think I've seen one of these that hadn't been rodded out. :D


    I attend the Southern Hot Rod & Street Rod Nationals at the Florida State Fairgrounds every October, and there's always more than a few of them hanging around. They've got to be a beast to drive with the short wheelbase and massive powerplant.


    Nice paint, excellent work!

  2. If you took in-progress photos, this would make an EXCELLENT Journal article! "How to age your Cannon" or somesuch title.


    I didn't on this one, but I have a Spanish cannon that I can do some in-progress stuff on. It's not hard to do, it just needs patience, as does most things model-related.



  3. Just finished this 1/16 scale M1857 12-pounder Napoleon cannon from Model Expo's "Guns of Fame" series. All white-metal, and done up more as one of the memorial cannons at Gettysburg than an active field piece. The patina was a drawn-out process of layering various colors until it looked right.


    It's big, and it's heavy. But the kit was nice enough that I think I'm going to get a few more. Maybe enough for a collection at the next Nats, if I can find room in the house to display them. :smiley17:



  4. Hmmm... I've not seen much in the way of aftermarket for 1/87. And adding in pre-1925 makes it even more challenging.


    I've bought a few things from High Tech Models in Germany - http://www.hightechmodell.homepage.t-online.de/ehomepage.htm


    You might check there, see if he can refer you somewhere. Just don't get distracted by all the cool, teeny-tiny models! I've built two of his 1/87 Maserati Birdcage kits.

  5. I have the Accurate Miniatures 1/48 kit of the Grumman F3F-2 without instructions. Does anyone have this kit that could scan the instructions and and send to me? Also would like to know what opinions there are of this kit. If good am thinking of getting the F3F-1 and F3F-3.


    You can get them direct from the AM web site: http://www.accurate-miniatures.com/support.shtml

    or direct to the PDF here: http://www.accurate-miniatures.com/instruc.../F3F-2_3414.pdf


    This is one of the earlier AM kits, and it is outstanding.

  6. Can you help me to identify the company that manufactured this model?


    I asked some knowledgeable friends. :-)


    It's a Ferrari 512 BB in 'sorta' 1/24th from Marui. One of four cars in this series, others are Lambo Jota, Countach and Pantera.


    A mini-review:


    Marui's BB is one of the better BB kits, but has some flaws that you'd

    expect from an old kit. The top engine piece has delicate details, and

    the separate carburetors have adequate height, unlike the similarly

    designed Nitto/ESCI kit, which has poor engine details. Headlights and

    doors are separate, so it might be tricky to properly align those

    parts. The engine cover has ventilation louvers, which is one of the

    visual differences between 365 and 512, but the shape of the engine

    cover itself is of the 365, i.e. the side panel lines run straight

    down, and the rear overhang is more sharply tapered than the 512BB's.


    Interior is another weak point. Although the dashboard and seats look

    okay, and seatbelt hardwares are included, the bulkhead is moved way

    too forward to accept two batteries. Luckily, BB's bulkhead is a

    combination of flat surfaces, so all you need is a sheet of styrene.


    (thanks to Hiroaki Fukuda)

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