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E St. Kruiser50

Member Since 27 Jun 2007
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In Topic: How many BUILT models do you own?

31 July 2010 - 10:04 AM

Somewhere near 80 finished here at the house. Like you jeff, I have others that were sold to collectors - right at 20, and a few that I have given away to friends and relatives.
About 500 kits in my stash.

In Topic: What do you think is most important?

28 July 2010 - 07:29 AM

Hey Gang,

Well, after another cup of coffee I had one more question. Do you think it is more important to make a model that is just perfect in every mechanical, etc. detail, or to just build what you feel it should be in your mind? Do not get me wrong, you should always make a car look right, but...I am not really much of a mechanic, so if I put something on a car that looks just sooooo cool, but would never, ever, ever be done in the 1:1 car world for a lot or reasons, is that right or wrong? Form or function? Perfection or art? This is a question that I have been wanting to ask since I joined the forum, and your opinions are very important to me, don't know if others wrestle with this consideration when they are building, but know down the road know I will, have the imagination, if the skills ever catch up.....wow Posted Image

Thanks for any replies, man, I just love it here!!


Great question and comments Posted Image .
Build what ya love - I always have.
The biggest mistake I've seen people make in this hobby, and in life in general, is to worry about what others think or say about them, or what they do. All that worry has a controlling power over our creativity, and limits our ability to be a free-thinker. You never really get to know what ya love or what your talents are, when your trying to please everyone - can't think oustde the box, or be happy with yourself.

I do what my "Artsy" passions inspire me to do. I get criticized and beat-up once in a while for my creations, or even my life style, but hey, I like 'um Posted Image .

For me it's always artist first when I open the box Posted Image . Yeah, I can do the mechanical stuff OK, but there's nothin' like free-form "Artsy" art deco flowing designs to really "Spin my bottle" Posted Image .

In Topic: Another amt classic kit..

24 July 2010 - 05:32 PM

Nice build Posted Image
I did one of these not long ago in yellow, and the foiling took forever.

Good job and great color and finish - THD

In Topic: How to Spray Tamiya Clear when it's Hot?????

06 July 2010 - 09:42 AM

Tamiya paints are wonderful, and I use them pretty regularly, but not their clear.
For than more than a dozen years I have used Plasti-Kote Classic Lacquer clear #349, over most any brand of paint, and have shot it at nearly 100 degrees with no problems.
Just remember to use the ol' reliable 3 step process in painting - One light coat, one medium coat, and a wet coat, shot at 15 minute intervals.

Also, final prep before painting is essential to a good smooth finish.

"Orange peal" is normally a result of a poor prepped surface, or paint being shot to "DRY" ( Not to high of a temp., but the nozzle too far from the object being painted), with too long of a drying period between coats. Paint needs to still be "Tacky" when it gets it's 2nd and third coats so the paint will stick and not run, and the various coats will "Blend" together, not "Stack-up" one over the other, because you waited too long between coats, and the paint is too dry to flow into the preceeding coat - " ORANGE PEAL (???)

A nicely painted project can be finished in 24 hours, including the "Rubbing out" process, when done properly.
Waiting too long at different stages of the painting process can be one of the biggest mistakes people make.

Find out how the "pro" 1 to 1 car painters do it, and you'll find a new world of successful painting.

In Topic: 51 Henry J

06 July 2010 - 08:38 AM

Great start on an "Ol' Timey" kit Posted Image .
It's a little "Spindly", but I found that if ya just take yer time, she'll be O.K. I'm buildin' a "Sorta" stock one from this kit, with bumpers, the stock rear wheel well openings, dog dish's and white walls, with a bit of a surprise under the hood.

Keep going. It'll be fun to see what you do with yours - dave Posted Image .