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About Plastheniker

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  • Birthday 05/18/1951

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  • Scale I Build 1/24

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  • Location Hamburg/Germany
  • Full Name Jürgen Kowalski

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  1. Plastheniker added a post in a topic 2003 Lamborghini Gallardo - Replica of my former 1:1   

    Thanks for the response!

    My 2008 Viper SRT-10 (Facelift Model with H-Spoke Wheels) http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/topic/115263-my-2008-viper-srt-10-facelift-model-with-h-spoke-wheels/
    Less perfectionism but more fun to drive!
  2. Plastheniker added a topic in Under Glass   

    2003 Lamborghini Gallardo - Replica of my former 1:1
    usually I have little interest in modeling modern cars unless I want a replica of one of my own (former) 1:1 cars.
    In 2003 I bought this Gallardo and kept it until 2008:

    The corresponding Fujimi kit was rather nice but I remember 3 shortcomings:
    The hexagonal plastic mesh of the numerous apertures of the original car was replicated by massive clear plastic parts with faint raised hexagonal lines. IMO in a kit that expensive (as far as I remember about 10 years ago I paid 60 € instead of 20 € for a ROG or Italeri kit) PE parts can be expected. Today PE aftermarket parts are available.
    Inserting the side windows was difficult because there was almost no contact between glass parts and body. Every time I bent the lower sides of the body outwards to join body and chassis these fragile joints broke.
    OOB stance and track width were unrealistic.
    Nevertheless compared with the pictures above the finished model looks rather convincing.

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  3. Plastheniker added a post in a topic Shelby Cobra CSX2260 FIA Roadster ’64 Targa Florio   

    Particularly nice details in the engine bay!
  4. Plastheniker added a post in a topic Florida Highway Patrol 2006 Dodge Charger   

    Interesting subject, nice result!
  5. Plastheniker added a post in a topic 1992 Jaguar XJ 220   

    Thanks for the replies!

    Matt, I remember your own outstanding XK 220 very well. That peculiar green is really attractive.
    I mixed my paint following the pictures of an article in a German car magazine (no www in those days). The very bright lighting and my aged camera make it look a bit different on the pictures. I would describe the colour as a bluish medium grey metallic in reality.

    Dan, I used simple acrylic clear dyed with black writing ink. I had continous problems, however, achieving an even tint with my airbrush without trapping visible tiny air bubbles. Trying a full-size spray gun the result became perfect on the first attempt.
  6. Plastheniker added a post in a topic 65 Pontiac 2+2 Custom/Stock   

    Both are equally beautiful!
  7. Plastheniker added a topic in Under Glass   

    1992 Jaguar XJ 220
    Though I built this model more than 20 years ago I still remember that this was another kit that justified Tamiya's reputatation of supplying almost perfect kits. I found no issues, and the finished model looked convincing. Nevertheless despite all its perfection this kit would have been no project for the absolute novice.
    IMO such (almost) perfect kits are no longer a real challenge, and the individual work of the modeler (his thumbprint so to say) recedes more and more into the background, so I avoid them for 10 or 15 years unless I have a very special interest in the 1:1 car.

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  8. Plastheniker added a post in a topic 1928 Lincoln   

    Excellent work on a less excellent kit! Great colour choice! IMO the pictures with the top raised look best.
  9. Plastheniker added a post in a topic Ebbro Lotus 49   

    Great kit, flawless execution!
  10. Plastheniker added a post in a topic Herbie, the Love Bug   

    Perfect, IMO no need to change anything!
  11. Plastheniker added a post in a topic Revell VW Beetle 1500 Convertible   

    Probably the best finished model of this kit I have seen so far. Fantastic! BTW the first pictures are perfect.
  12. Plastheniker added a post in a topic 1937 Chevy   

    Your mirror-like paintwork is impressive!
  13. Plastheniker added a post in a topic 1959 Ferrari 250 SWB   

    Thanks for the response!


    After searching the web I am rather sure that the lateral displacement of the wheels is a shortcoming of the kit. Besides this I don't remember any issues, but as implied I built the model about 20 years ago.

    You can find a detailed tutorial here:

  14. Plastheniker added a post in a topic Fujimi Ferrari F12 - Edited   

     Perfect colour choice and flawless execution!
  15. Plastheniker added a topic in Under Glass   

    1959 Ferrari 250 SWB
    In the late eighties and nineties Italeri released a series of vintage 250/275/365 Ferraris. Most of them were also sold by ROG.
    At that time these kits were well-priced and offered excellent quality.
    However they showed the same conspicious and incomprehensible shortcoming: The wheels were much too wide. The least that the modeler had to do was reducing the width of the rims and the tyres.
    In those days the Italeri plastic spoke rims were not bad by comparison but the spoke thickness was still completely out of scale. Therefore I replaced them by home-made wires as usual.
    Apart from the wheels this kit is highly recommendable . If you can still get it you won't be disappointed.

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