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Dave Ambrose

Member Since 12 Oct 2008
Offline Last Active Dec 09 2014 07:26 PM

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In Topic: Which lens for model car photos (Canon EOS 400D)

07 July 2014 - 12:59 PM

If you haven't already tried this, get a set of close-up lenses that fit your current lens. These allow the camera lens to focus closer. I'm shooting a Canon EOS 60D, with an 18-135mm lens. I normally use a +1 or +2 closeup lens for shooting models. For really small stuff, I might need a +4. You can get them in sets for a reasonable price on Amazon.


If you decide you need a new lens, you'll have to get a macro lens. Be prepared for sticker shock.

In Topic: What did you get today?

04 May 2014 - 07:53 PM

It's not a car, but I still think it's cool:


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In Topic: I know more than a few of us like trains...enjoy this.

29 April 2014 - 03:55 PM

Thanks for the heads-up. I saw one of these close up in the rail museum in Scranton, PA. They are massive in a way that does not come across in the photographs. I think it's going to be awesome to see this running under its own power again.

In Topic: Scale Finishes Paints & Airbrushing

20 April 2014 - 01:24 PM

Same for me, it's just to much of a pain at times to drag everything out, then clean it up & put it all away again.


I was in the same boat. I've discovered two things:

  1. The cleanup gets faster with practice. I now clean the inside of the airbrush by spraying lacquer thinner, then cleaning the inside using a cotton pipe cleaner dipped in lacquer thinner.
  2. The gravity fed airbrushes clean up very quickly with just a spray-through of thinner, and a bit of swabbing with a Q-tip. I'm totally sold on this type now.

In Topic: ROG poll

16 April 2014 - 04:35 AM

The 20,000 Leagues Nautilus is perpetually a favorite subject. There are very few kits around and those that exist are expensive, probably due to licensing. I thought it was interesting to see high popularity on anything from Firefly and 2001, a Space Odyssey. I confess, I added my votes there too.