Last Revell model I built for a contest was the '70 Chevelle, and I was mildly disappointed that the plastic was sensitive to self-etching primers and even some enamels I'd been able to use successfully in the past. No biggie though, as Duplicolor primers still worked great.
I JUST NOW started on the paint for a contest model based on the Revell 2009 Dodge Challenger, and NOW EVEN DUPLICOLOR CRAZES THE SURFACE. I know what I'm doing, I'm shooting it the same way I've always shot it, and it's crazing. This means that the QUALITY OF THE STYRENE IS WORSE THAN BEFORE.
We pay MORE AND MORE for EVERYTHING, and everything seems to be getting made of WORSE STUFF. I don't know if this is the Chinese cheating and cost-cutting (the same folks who made baby formula containing poisonous chemicals back in 2008, for those of you who don't remember), or if it's intentional "cost-engineering" on Revell's part. Whatever it is, it's NOT my imagination.
Anybody else noticed this ??
PS. I can make it work, and I'm not asking for advice. I'm just asking if anyone has noticed increased solvent sensitivity of Revell's styrene formulation recently.
Edited by Ace-Garageguy, 06 May 2013 - 05:40 AM.