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ClareWentzel

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  1. 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.
  2. Welcome Marcel. I suspect that you will find people with more shelf queens than you have. What do you build?
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Lots of interesting books from David Doyle books. Check it out. Clare
  12. Great details Gil and Ron. I will remember this for my next checkerboard model.
  13. 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.
  14. Way to go Ed. Based on your photos, the finish is flawless. Sorry I missed the B o'H show.
  15. I agree. The boxartden site could sure save me a lot of shelf space.
  16. The key thing in the above discussion is that Greg and Gil are both happy with their P-40 birds. That should be the prime outcome of our hobby.
  17. Wow. Very impressive! Well done but I agree with Gil. Send us a photo in 6 months.
  18. Thanks for passing Neil's message. Looking forward to their new kits.
  19. Looks like a good start. I was going to provide reference to my build of the C-46 a long time ago (http://clarescorner.com/C-46.html) but reading my notes, I noticed that I had contacted you before building the model. Have fun. I still love the overall, mean look of the C-46.
  20. Looks good Ed. If you can't find a base for it, you could mount it on the hood of an old Pontiac or Oldsmobile. :-)
  21. A copy of this initial review was sent to Neil Yan of HK. Following are his comments on the review and on the kit. Quote; Thank you so much for your review of B-17E/F. I can see there are lot of effort you made on this large plan. For this release. we will only provide the B-17E and F version. and there is no early G part included. I am sorry for the sample we sent that with some part from late G version. as there are many sprue and parts involved. For this release, we will provide 3 options parts and markings for modeler to choice and build. There are B-17E Chief Seattle, B-17F Knockout Dropper( single gun nose) and B-17F Memphis Belle versions. The total number of tools are 22 molds, 55 sprues and nearly 800parts. Resin casting bullet track. 3 decal markings. that made the packaging very heavy. I wish modeler could happy with this B-17E and F new release. For the nose part for Memphis Belle and Knockout dropper. we did some modifications already with the nose parts and top turret. Currently we are still busy with the injection of kit and finalizing the decal design for 3 markings. It is really lot of work. I am expect we could release this B-17EF within 2-3weeks time. Here enclosed you the box art of this release. and the draft version of 3 markings for your information. Thanks again for your reviews. Regards, Neil Unquote.
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