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  1. RickCummelin

    Dragon "styrene" Tracks: NEVER again!

    This morning I removed one of my Dragon Panther models form the shelf to dust it and one of my fingers barely touched the L/H track, which simply disintegrated into many tiny pieces--like dropping an egg on the floor. I had completed this kit less than a year ago. After gluing it together, I kept it in a cardboard box for a couple of months before painting. During that time, the tracks leeched out an amazing amount of oil (of some kind) that soaked the box, and even after I had removed the model from the box, the tracks continued to leech out oil on the shelf until I painted them (with Tamiya acrylics). Obviously, whatever that oil was, it was what made the tracks flexible, because now they are completely dried out and as brittle and fragile as a dead leaf. Luckily I have a spare set of Magic Track to replace the styrene tracks, but IMHO, I should NOT have to do that. My purpose in posting this is to primarily relate what happened to me in the hope that others may avoid a similar experience. For the most part, I like Dragon kits--I just hate those yellow styrene tracks though. This is the second set that has self-destructed on me.NOTE TO DRAGON: I will never buy another of your kits that contains the "Dragon Styrene" tracks. They are your worst invention ever. Plus, all the Dragon kits in my stash that currently contain your styrene tracks will be disposed of. If you wish to keep me as a customer, bring back the Magic Tracks, or develop a new formula for one-piece track plastic. I would much prefer gluing those individual links together than repeat the disaster that occurred this morning. You should be ashamed.
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    Need help with a Tamiya M42 Duster

    I also called Tamiya with the same results: discontinued, but the guy I spoke with said he would check with Japan to see if they might have one squirrelled away somewhere--let me know in 5-6 weeks. And now you can understand why I bought the $20 "maybe incomplete" kit off eBay. I just can't justify spending $50-60+ on a Duster kit. I think I'll wait until Phoenix in August and see what turns up. BTW- that eBay seller had lots more kits with the same disclaimer. Be careful out there.
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    Need help with a Tamiya M42 Duster

    Thanks for the idea Ed. I would take a donated model too. We actually have some local VN vets who crewed on Dusters in VN.
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    Need help with a Tamiya M42 Duster

    OK, gotta tell the story first. I'm a USAF vet, and I belong to a local IPMS Modeling club here in Grand Junction. We maintain 2 display cases for models at the local VA hospital here in town. Recently the VA requested that we add some Viet Nam era and some Middle East (Sandbox) models. We had LOTS of WWII models in the cases, but there are very few WWII vets left, and the vets today are mostly Viet Nam and Middle East vets. So, since I'm about the only armor modeler in our group, I volunteered to build some models for the cases. I've already finished 7 models, and have more to build. But, I'm really trying to do this on the cheap and I'm not succeeding too well. So, I buy this old Tamiya M42 Duster off eBay for cheap for the Viet Nam shelf. Seller says "I can't tell if the kit is complete or not." You know what happened next: Yeah--the kit shows up and it's woefully incomplete. Of course. Two sets of tracks and 3 turrets(?), but no parts from the "B" sprue tree. So while I have some spare parts I don't need, I will simply toss this thing if I can't scrounge up a "B" sprue some where. Tamiya Customer Service couldn't help as the kit was discontinued years ago. Lesson Learned: If the seller says he can't tell if a kit is complete or not, it most likely isn't complete. Buy at your own risk. Duh. So, does anyone out there have an old M42 kit (or a "B" sprue) they don't want? I can pay for shipping, but that's about it. We would like a Duster model, but may have to do without.
  5. Just curious... Is Wednesday just for set-up? Or will there be plenty of Vendors and other activities to make it worthwhile to attend on Wednesday?
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    1966 Ford Mustang Convertible ?

    Yes, ANOTHER post on 1966 Mustang convertibles, as all my kits showed up, and things cannot go forward as I planned. Why? Well, my above post is incorrect. The AMT 1966 Mustang coupe is 1/25, while the Monogram kits (1966 Shelby fastback & 1964 convertible) are 1/24. The AMT coupe is 1/4" shorter, 1/8" narrower and overall much smaller than the two Monogram kits. So much for 1/24 and 1/25 being "close" in size. No parts interchange between AMT & Monogram either. Darn! Good thing I have no real money in the AMT kit. Gary Davis had it 100% right. Simply use the Monogram 1/24 1964 convertible kit and then all you will need are the 1966 side cove spears, the 1966 grill and the 1966 dash (from the Monogram 1966 Shelby kit) to build your 1966 convertible. I'm still debating whether to buy yet another Danbury Mint 1966 convertible to get the chrome side spears (& grill), or buy that PE set Gary mentioned in his post (but it claims to be 1/25, not 1/24). However, I really am NOT fond of PE--simply don't like messing with it, especially when you must bend compound curves in a flat piece of metal--like the cove spears. Oh well.... Onward & upward!
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    1966 Ford Mustang Convertible ?

    Hi Ray, I'm also wanting a 1966 Mustang convertible kit. I've found several of the AMT 1966 Mustang hardtop/convertible kits on eBay, but as they are VERY rare, they're horribly expensive, like $75-100, which is more than I'm willing to pay. This kit could be built as a convertible or a hardtop. Yes, really. My 1966 Mustang convertible was Vintage Burgundy with a black interior. I also owned a new 1970 Mach I in Medium Blue with a black interior. So there are two options available for your convertible kit if you don't want to buy the $100 AMT kit: 1) buy a 1/24 Danbury Mint model of the 1966 Mustang (white with a blue "pony" interior) off eBay for $20-30 and then disassemble & re-paint to match your real car. I did this and am not totally pleased with the result, as modifications are somewhat difficult, and the engine room & undercarriage detail is a bit weak. It has to be built stock, except you can change the wheels/tires with some work. 2) Buy a kit of the Monogram 1964 Mustang convertible, and another kit of the AMT 1966 Mustang coupe and then kit-bash the two kits to come up with a 1966 convertible. This is what I'm currently doing, but I had to also buy a 1966 Shelby kit to get some Hi-Po engine parts and a grill with no pony emblem in the middle. So far I've spent about $50 with shipping. The key is to wait until really affordable kits pop-up on eBay (like $10-15) and grab them quick. I'm mostly an armor builder and use my Grex airbrush with Tamiya acrylics extensively for armor kit builds. But, for car models, I just use a rattle can since I'm trying for a nice, smooth, glossy finish. I always overspray the base color with two coats of "wet look clear" so I can rub out the minor imperfections in the paint.
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    Meng Pickup with Zu23-2

    Love your build, but I would think that the recoil from the gun would just shred that Toyota. That would be after the rear springs both broke first.
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    Finally! New models of the M3 Lee & M3 Grant

    I have my fingers crossed!
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    Finally! New models of the M3 Lee & M3 Grant

    In hindsight, Bogie's LULUBELLE would likely be an easier build. First, no weird grey camo paint, just OD. Second, the standard cupola could be used. Third, it would be cool to have all those Thompson 50-round drums all over. Last, if you did figures, no color guide for the uniforms to bother with. Then there's the third LULUBELLE from John Belushi's "1941" movie that could be built too.....
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    Finally! New models of the M3 Lee & M3 Grant

    Yep, it was that MB kit that gave me the idea--after I had seen the movie. Great figures for five of the movie characters. I had to add the British doctor figure, two British 8th Army troops & two US tank crew (for Waco & Jimmy) as there were a total of 10 Allied "crew" in or on LULUBELLE early in the movie. I simply didn't want to try to find ONE Italian soldier and ONE German pilot figure--just seemed like that would be too much. This LULUBELLE is a reasonable representation of the movie tank (including the color), which was out of an Australian museum (the remake was filmed in Australia), but is quite different from a typical war-time Lee. Note the split hatch with the real tall .30 cal mount instead of the standard commander's cupola. Some other differences too. Actually a fun build.
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    Fug 10 Radio ?

    Outstanding! Glad you got what you needed....
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    Fug 10 Radio ?

    Tim, did you ever find the Fug 10 radio you were looking for? If not, I have quite a few German radios in my parts box I could sort through, but I need to know what I'm looking for. If you could post a photo or a link to a photo of a Fug 10 I can see if I have one.
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    Finally! New models of the M3 Lee & M3 Grant

    SInce I just finished an Academy build of LULUBELLE, I doubt I'll feel like doing it all over again. But, who knows? This build represents the 1995 remake of "Sahara" with Jim/James Belushi instead of Bogie in the lead role. The figures represent the entire "rag-tag crew" without the Axis folks. LULUBELLE is not on her base yet. Soon...
  15. Takom just released photos (CAD?) of two new kits soon to be released: The M3 Lee (early) and the M3 Grant. You can find some initial responses to these kits on other sites, but I wanted to start a discussion here. I've built both the ancient Tamiya M3 and the slightly better Academy M3. Considering the state of recent armor models coming out, I'm really looking forward to some up-to-date (accurate & highly detailed) kits of these two medium tanks used extensively in North Africa. Plus, I'm hoping that Takom will go a step further and release an M31 Recovery vehicle AND an M33 Prime Mover. Or, produce ONE kit that can be used to build either an M31 or M33. One or two extra sprues of parts would cover the conversions. However, the M33 would require an interior (turret was removed) and an interior would be a great addition to any of the M3 variants, given all the hatches that could be modeled open. But, Takom isn't including interiors in these first two releases. Maybe they're just testing the market to see how popular the M3 kits will be before adding additional kits. Lastly, I hope the Takom M3 hulls will be an easier build and assembly than the Academy kit. A cast hull M3 would also be fun. Guess we'll just have to wait & see what's next--if anything. Anyone else looking forward to these new kits? :army7: