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In Topic: Hobby shops in Tampa,FL

10 April 2014 - 05:31 AM

I'm not sure about any hobby shops in St. Pete, but there is Ralph's Hobbies or Phil's Hobbies in Pinellas Park.


Ralph's carries a good selection of models. He buys collections so his inventory is ever changing. He is a great guy to deal with and only sells models and amateur radio equipment.


Phil's carries mostly newer stuff. He does sell R/C, models, some slot car stuff.


Ralph's Hobbies
5208 66th St N Ste D
St Petersburg, FL 33709
(727) 547-8607
Phil's Hobby Shop Inc
6050 Park Blvd N Ste 2
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
(727) 545-1251

In Topic: Venice Florida show & swapmeet 4/5/2014

02 April 2014 - 05:28 AM

I did a little search on the ole internet and came across this info...


The Annual Spring Model Contest & Show, sponsored by IPMS/Wings, Wheels & Keels Model Club will be held at Woodmere Park Auditorium (located just off Jacaranda Blvd), Venice on Sat April 9th. Beginners and “old pro” modelers are invited to participate in a friendly, non-intimidating & uncomplicated show. Doors open at 9:30am. Once again a “Make & Take” session will begin at noontime for youngsters. Entry fee for modelers is $10 for all the models you can bring. Vendor 
Tables $15 per table. Drop-off and entry 9:30am-12pm. The public is invited to attend. Admission is “Free”. Please call 475•9679 or 426•0774 for more info or directions.

In Topic: Working with Automotuve Paint (HOK)

01 April 2014 - 04:22 AM

I use House of Kolor on pretty much everything.
So much so that that I have a tattoo of the scarab (see avatar pic).


I mix my HOK paints at 1:1 (reduce with HOK RU311 mid-temp reducer) for spraying through the airbrush and I spray between 25-30 psi.
I start off with washing the parts with Comet and a toothbrush (great tip learned from this forum). I do all of my body work, sanding, etc., prime with Dupli-color filler primer, wet sand with 1000-1500 sandpaper, spray with Dupli-color sealer/primer, wet sand with 2000, shoot body color(s).


This may seem a little excessive to some, but I go through the same steps when painting a model that I would go through for painting anything.

In Topic: Painting aluminum roof flashing?

24 March 2014 - 05:36 PM

Wouldn't thin sheet styrene formed around circular bulkheads be a lot easier than working with sheet aluminum? I know it would be for me...

How does this help the OP's question?

In Topic: Painting aluminum roof flashing?

24 March 2014 - 03:49 AM

if you are going to paint over aluminum, here's a few tips...

Be sure to wipe down the aluminum with lacquer thinner to clean any impurities off of the aluminum. (old school method was to wipe metal down with white vinegar just before painting as "tack rag" and the vinegar etches the metal a little)


Use a "self etching primer" for your first coat and be sure to do it in light coats.


Let the etching primer dry thoroughly, spray your "regular" primer over the etching primer, and wet sand before spraying your base coat.



Be sure that you do not sand through the etch primer.



Hope this helps