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Hi, Mark,

With the above photo of your three M992A1 kits, were we just treated to a glimpse of your usually unseen work area in the background?

Ed

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Very cool Mark. I never saw that M992 before. But then again my son is much more versed in armor than I am. But I'm looking fwd to see what you do with them.

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Just got the Tamiya engraving set.  Stupid expensive at $30.00 a blade, but far and away the best panel line engraver I own and that is saying a lot.  I have a drawer full of panel line scribes. The difference is that these give you a flat bottom with square sides and no ridges on the top.  They are so expensive because they are tungsten carbide  and are very sharp.  Don't bother buying the special handle for them.  They fit in a pin vice with the proper collet.  I use my large Tamiya pin vice and really like it because it  has a decent diameter and with the knurling it is easy to control the angle of the blade.   As to the cost, well they are $30 from Tamiya but if you shop around and buy them all together(so you only pay one shipping fee) and they can be had for less than half that.  Oh and although my photo shows all 4 blades they are only sold individually and each one comes with the case for all of them.  Not sure why but that is the way it is. 

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22 hours ago, ewahl said:

Hi, Mark,

With the above photo of your three M992A1 kits, were we just treated to a glimpse of your usually unseen work area in the background?

Ed

Yes you have. And what an incredible mess it is right now too. LOL!

Kevin, I never even knew they had come out with the M-992's myself. I found them while shopping for the M-109A2. I figured, why not?

Pete, that is an amazing set. Congrats on scoring that one.

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Does anyone know of any company selling the Tamiya Engraving Tools in the full set?

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Sorry no one replied Rusty. I don't know myself. However, I did manage to pick up a few things at Orangecon.


Here's my purchases and raffle prizes from Orangecon:

Paints I purchased, $2.00 for the larger bottles $1.00 FOR THE SMALLER ONES:

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Raffle prizes.....

Eagles Illustrated book:

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Hobby Boss 1/350 scale DKM U-Boat:

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Airfix 1/72 scale Folland Gnat:

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And the one I was most thrilled to have won: a Space 1999 Hawk Mark IX:

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On 9/5/2018 at 12:48 PM, Rusty White said:

Does anyone know of any company selling the Tamiya Engraving Tools in the full set?

Sorry 'bout that. I never got the usual notice when someone writes to my topics I'm following. I check both of my "go to" places - Megahobby and HLJ, and neither one sells them by the set - all individual. But HLJ is selling them at cheaper...

https://hlj.com/search/go?ts=custom&w=Tamiya engraving set

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Oh, here is my latest that I managed to get from the Antelope Valley contest a few weeks ago.

I purchased these books:

This one on Soviet and Russian ballistic missiles since I have an Iskandr to build:

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Another book on Russian vehicles, this one is on Russian T-64 and T-80 tanks since I need to figure out the differences among them. This will help when I get more Modelcollect T-64 tanks:

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Another Russian tank book on the T-80. More detailed and will really help with more of the Modecollect T-80 kits:

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Finally, this book on German Armored Trains. I have this book already only it was printed in Polish so I couldn't read it. Now I have the English language version here:

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Now here are the two kits I got from Antelope Valley. This first one was a purchase. Now I can do two B-2 Stealth Bombers; one with kit decals and one with the Nationals decals:

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And this was my one and only raffle prize. I'm going to enjoy this one! It even comes with a bonus backdrop display:

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Last bit not least; I got this as a prize at my church festival at the beginning of October from one of their festival games. I had packed it away and forgot about it until recently:

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That's all I got so far. Christmas is coming though...

 

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It was a great Christmas for me this year, mostly due to the money and gift card I got. I went shopping the day after Christmas and got these:

Paints, glues and decal set:

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I got multiples since I need to stock up in my travel toolbox too.

And now for the models. I didn't get the top two selections on my list, but I did get some excellent selections...

But first, a Secret Santa sent me something from another Forums that I frequent. It was very unexpected as we hadn't set up a gift exchange:

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Inside was this old "classic"!

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The models I picked up are here:

IBG Japanese Chi Nu Medium tank:

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That might be the first to start in 2019...

Another Riich Models M-109A2 so I can make it either British or Italian, whichever this vehicle fits better for:

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Since I have a Russian T-35, I figured I'd get this Trumpeter T-28 to go with it:

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And then I got some farm animals from Pegasus to feed my crew fresh milk and eggs:

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I had also gotten the Pegasus Hobbies Nautilus from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, but the camera wouldn't focus on the box so you'll just have to look that one up to see what it looks like. I'd been wanting that for awhile, it was time to pick it up.

Finally, while it isn't quite model related, it does touch on modeling to some degree. This was my wife's present to me and herself:

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Hey, there are a lot of war movies and historical documentaries I can watch on that!


Okay, that was my Christmas acquisitions. Merry Christmas to me!

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Anyway, here is my last acquisition I got last year as a Christmas gift to myself. I didn't post it above because for some reason the camera could not focus on the box and all my pics were blurry. This time, after considerable effort; I have a pic to show:

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I had wanted that since it came out. I figured it was time since I had Christmas money to burn. I hope to get started on it this year.

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Very nice haul indeed Duke!

 

GIL :cool:

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Christmas was pretty mellow.

My Sekrit Santaski got me a Bandai General Grievous (which I had just picked up on a half price sale so now have one to sell).

My son bought me a record player so now I can actually play all those records I bought back in the 80s.

And to round it out my daughter bought me some slippers.

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I picked up the Trumpy SA-4 Ganef kit from Squadron as a "Hey, I didn't run anyone through a wood chipper over the holidays!" present!

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When I was a SigInt puke back in the late '80s to early '90s we used to call these things "Volkswagen Launchers".

My wife ordered me something else from Squadron that was supposed to be for Christmas but it turns out will be for my birthday on Jan 8.  Still no clue as to what it is!  😄

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Thanks Gil! It was a good Christmas.

Phil, sounds like you scored pretty well too.

Richard, that is awesome! I am still hoping someone releases one of those in 1/72 scale plastic.

Dave that ain't enough man! You need to go shopping for more LOL!

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