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  1. Well done Gary. I loved that car. I believe that I was there watching it qualify and then I saw the race at a local movie theater. That was the practice in those old days. ;-)
  2. Check out the hardware stores. Clothespins now come with their tips dipped in a soft vinyl material. This reduces their chance of sliding off plus it protects the surface of the model. One down side is that if you use them to hold items being painted, the tips tend to become sticky after a while.
  3. I recently bought this compressor from Micro-Mark. http://www.micromark.com/whisper-air-compressor,12331.html It is pretty quiet. I have it on top of my desk, next to the spray booth. I was not too happy with it's low pressure feature. Effectively, it just lets excess air out. I use it connected to a separate air bottle with a pressure regulator attached to the brush connection.
  4. Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas. Looking forward to a Hobby New Year. I will, my lovely wife got me a gift certificate to Hobby Towne. Like I need more kits but the new ones always look so good.
  5. Michael, I send out a lot of notices to the vendors who supply the items for review. Expanding the titles like you suggest would make some of the messages kind of sloppy. Also, how hard is it to click your mouse two times? ;-) The scale is always at the top of each review. One click, note the scale, second click, return to the list.
  6. Really nice job. Love it. I will have to check it out.
  7. Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive works well also. It gives a strong join. (Info picked up at our club meeting last night)
  8. I use enamel paints for most of my work. The reason is that I have a vast collection of different colors and am too cheap to pitch them all to buy anything else. Also, I tried some acrylics when they first came out and had lots of problems. Enamel is easy to spray and I thin it with lacquer thinner. I use flat acrylic as a final top coat usually.
  9. Ray, in simple terms, most model paint is flat or semi-gloss. When you apply decals over a flat surface, you can see a cloudy color below any clear area of the decal. Also, the decal will not stick as well. In effect, flat painted surface is a series of microscopic peaks and valleys. The decal sticks to the peaks. Future floor wax fills the valleys and gives the surface a smooth shiny surface. The decal will set down fully over a future coated surface. Also, once the model is coated with future, you can use acrylic paint for weathering and to bring out panel and control surface lines. Anything extra can be readily cleaned up with a wet q-tip. If you prefer a final flat appearance, then coat your model with flat acrylic after all your work. Hope this helps.
  10. I built the ESCI F-100D. ESCI is no longer in business and I'm not sure if their molds have been used by other manufacturers. You should be able to find one cheap on e-bay or other locations. I built it a long time ago and don't remember any problems. Here is a photo. Great shape. Very fine panel lines.
  11. Welcome Marcel. I suspect that you will find people with more shelf queens than you have. What do you build?
  12. I agree with Gil. I too use lacquer thinner to thin my enamel paints before I spray them. I do not use it into the paint bottles. If I ever feel like I need to make a bottle of paint (I have lots of old ones) more liquid, I will use the Model Masters thinner. I don't do this often.
  13. Hi Schooner, Decal Solutions perform an important function in model building. It makes the decal, essentially a two dimensional object, conform to a three dimensional surface. If the decal is small, it probably doesn't matter but if the decal is large and the surface is curved in both dimensions, the decal needs help stretching or shrinking so that it fits the surface without wrinkles. Decal solutions available are Micro Sol and Micro Set from Microscale and Solvaset. I also believe that Testors now produces a Decal set. First, know that very thin decals may bubble up and really look terrible when some solutions are applied. Do not touch these decals. Usually they will shrink back down to the surface. On the other hand, some decals are very thick and may not react immediately to the solutions. Generally these can be made to conform by working the solution onto and under the decal with a brush. In theory, you wet the surface where the decal is to be applied with Micro Set then apply the decal and then, when it is in place, apply Micro Sol to soften the decal and get it to dry in place. To my way of thinking, Solvaset is a little more "hot" than the Microscale products. Generally, test the solution with an extra decal before you proceed. Recently, a member of our club has started using Sparkle Glass Cleaner as a decal solution. I have used it under and over a decal and it does a pretty good job. Check out my review of the L-29 Delfin. The white area on the nose of the airplane is one large decal. It was not a thin decal but I used Sparkle on it and it did a good job of conforming to the curved surface. Hope this helps.
  14. It is looking great Gary. Very well done. Love the color of the original and the model. I used to live in Brazil and my wife drove a car that color. We believed that it was safer because everyone could see her coming.
  15. Good jobs Duke. I particularly liked the Opel bus. I used to work with the Opel organization and I got a kick out of their WW II stuff.
  16. Anyone interested in this model should check the Victory Models web site. They are offering a 30% discount on AMK kits for a short time. I bought an extra one and had it within 4 or 5 days.
  17. Hi Guys, The vendors who provide the products for our review and for us to hopefully buy really appreciate our reviews. Phillipe of PJ Production has provided his thanks and a request. He said; "I think that your reviews are well done and correct with clear information about the product and what the modeler can be done with it. But .... you could help me in saying what you would like or what the modelers want. Of course I produce what I think (hope) it should interest the modelers but I am never sure that I am right and I don’t know everything unfortunately." Here is our chance to provide suggestions to Phillipe. Anyone with any suggestions for his products, please list them here. I will pass them along to Phillipe.
  18. Hi Guys, The vendors who provide the products for our review and for us to hopefully buy really appreciate our reviews. Phillipe of PJ Production has provided his thanks and a request. He said; "I think that your reviews are well done and correct with clear information about the product and what the modeler can be done with it. But .... you could help me in saying what you would like or what the modelers want. Of course I produce what I think (hope) it should interest the modelers but I am never sure that I am right and I don’t know everything unfortunately." Here is our chance to provide suggestions to Phillipe. Anyone with any suggestions for his products, please list them here. I will pass them along to Phillipe.
  19. Attention IPMS members and reviewers. Our vendors really appreciate our reviews and make sure that they are even more widely distributed. Her is a message from Natalie of Hobbico. "thank you so much! We’ve shared on social media: https://www.facebook.com/hobbico/posts/1285227688187854" Keep up the good work, reviewers and modelers.
  20. Lots of interesting books from David Doyle books. Check it out. Clare
  21. Great details Gil and Ron. I will remember this for my next checkerboard model.
  22. Hi Rudy and welcome. I live on the other side of the state but may meet you at some future shows in the Detroit area.
  23. Way to go Ed. Based on your photos, the finish is flawless. Sorry I missed the B o'H show.
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