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  • Birthday 05/18/1951

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  • Location Hamburg/Germany
  • Full Name Jürgen Kowalski

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  1. Plastheniker added a post in a topic 1953 Mack W-71 Integral Sleeper (AITM Cab) & Canvas Top Trailer (Scratch Built)   

    Thanks for the comments so far!

    Sam, Skip,
    the door handles were nicely done separate resin parts included in the box.
    I converted a now unavailable AMT Cruiseliner chassis. The chassis of the recently  reissued (former MPC/Ertl) DM 600, however, is much better.
    In the nineties (I think) I wrote an article for FSM about detailing car interiors and making better gauges. If I can find the issue I will PM you a copy tomorrow. If I cannot find it I will post a description here in this topic next weekend.

    the tarp is made of styrene sheet and a lot of putty.
    The tarp loops are bent strips of thin styrene.
    The cord that holds the tarp down is 0.3mm nylon monofilament fishing line. It is sold in black and clear.
    Black doesn't look convincing on the model, and any paint doesn't adhere very well on nylon. Therefore I used transparent fishing line, and pulled it several times through a piece of folded sandpaper in order to achieve a milky surface. This gives a better appearance when painted afterwards with a yellow permanent marker.

  2. Plastheniker added a post in a topic Transtar and Wilson pot.   

    Very unusual but attractive paint combination. Both kits were always among the best Ertl and AMT kits. 
  3. Plastheniker added a post in a topic Daf 2800 Ntt Heavy duty trailer (Italeri 1/24 + Revell 1/25)   

    Pavel, again a perfect weathering as on your Bedford wrecker - but a completely different weathering due to the different uses of the 1:1 vehicles. Excellent!
  4. Plastheniker added a topic in Under Glass: Big Rigs   

    1953 Mack W-71 Integral Sleeper (AITM Cab) & Canvas Top Trailer (Scratch Built)
    This is my third finished AITM cab (nine more still in the stash).
    Most things said about my preceding
    GMC 9500 Short Hood
    Mack F
    apply also to this cab.
    A few peculiarities, however, should be mentioned:
    The original W-71 cab had no grille as the GMC and the F but a radiator shutter. Opposite to the unsatisfactory resin grilles of AITM's GMC and F the radiator shutter of my W-71 was well-made and required only minor work.
    While the casting quality of the GMC and F was mediocre to poor the casting of my W-71 was abysmal. Actually the surface of this cab was not much poorer than the surface of my F cab. The W-71, however, has a lot of moldings. I found most of the numberless (often deep and large) surface flaws close to these moldings or even worse in the confined areas between two moldings or a molding and a raised hatch. Finally I found it impossible to achieve an acceptable surface, so I removed nearly all moldings, finished the cab surfaces and then made new moldings from styrene.
    The recessed areas around the door windows varied in width and depth conspiciously. I had to make a pattern from sheet metal, fixed it on the doors and scraped the recessed areas with a chisel-like blade.
    All panel lines and gaps were either not straight or not angular but crooked and/or sinuous. I suppose (I am no casting expert) that this happens if the silicone mold is insufficiently stabilized while casting. Moreover these panel lines and gaps varied in depth an width, so I closed them all and rescribed them. Whatever I used for filling the lines and gaps was harder than the rather soft cab resin. This made rescribing difficult and required several attempts for achieving an acceptable result.
    As mentioned above I can compare the casting quality of nine further AITM cabs. The casting quality of my W-71 was the poorest by far.
    As usual I built a complete new interior and my own Alcoa wheels. The trailer was scratch built.

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  5. Plastheniker added a post in a topic Studebaker US-6-U4   

    Admittedly I am not a big friend of military models, but this is perfect modeling in every respect.
  6. Plastheniker added a post in a topic Some older builds, DAF Dump ,International Dump   

    Always nice to see an unusual model like the DAF. As far as I know it is OOP for a long time. 
  7. Plastheniker added a post in a topic Aeromax with lowboy load Cat 918f.   

    Again excellent modelling, spot-on weathering and outstanding photography give a really complete illusion second to none!
  8. Plastheniker added a post in a topic Peterbilt 379 and Timpte Super Hopper   

    Of course the tractor is an attractive model all around, but your unique trailer is a real masterpiece!
  9. Plastheniker added a post in a topic Western Star & Plated tanker, AMT   

    A very convincing and attractive workhorse!
  10. Plastheniker added a post in a topic INTRERNATIONAL PROSTAR   

    Very attractive colour and excellent paintwork!
  11. Plastheniker added a post in a topic 1966 Lotus Elan S3 (Emma Peel's Car)   

    So did I in the sixties. The episodes with Diana Rigg , however, have been rerun so often on German TV (B/W the earlier epidodes, the later produced in colour) that I still remember the colour of Emma Peel's car.

    Patrick Macnee was almost as popular as Diana Rigg to this day. All major German newspapers printed a short obituary last week, even the most important German weekly political news magazine "Der Spiegel".
  12. Plastheniker added a post in a topic 1966 Lotus Elan S3 (Emma Peel's Car)   

    When I said that I never found a replica of Mrs. Peel I had rather a living replica in my mind ...
  13. Plastheniker added a post in a topic 1966 Lotus Elan S3 (Emma Peel's Car)   

    Thanks for all comments!

    David, I think you are right. I am not sure, but I think some years ago Airfix sold some re-issues. Anyway IMO all Gunze kits deserve to be re-released.
    BTW a very nice picture, maybe it explains what I mean ...

    Matt, indeed I have an original Heller Bentley in the stash. Very interesting idea, who knows ...
  14. Plastheniker added a post in a topic 1937 Seagrave Tractor Drawn Aerial   

    Once again modeling on the highest level!
    For me this model is - hard to believe - even more impressive than the outstanding work you showed us before.
  15. Plastheniker added a topic in Under Glass   

    1966 Lotus Elan S3 (Emma Peel's Car)

    When I was a very young man in the sixties there were three reason for me not to miss a single episode of the tv-series "The Avengers":

    (I) Mrs. Peel
    (II) Mrs. Peel in her catsuit
    (III) Mrs. Peel in her Lotus Elan

    I never found a replica of Mrs.Peel but Gunze Sangyo made a nice kit of the Elan S3 maybe 20 years ago.

    Gunze Sangyo used to offer two versions of each kit, namely a so-called High Tech version with pewter and PE parts and an affordable all-plastic version. My model shows the latter one.

    As far as I remember it was a kit without major issues, so I would recommend it if there should be any future re-issue.

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