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Plastheniker

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  1. Beautiful, impressive build with fantastic details
  2. Exactly as Jouko and Gareth said. These devices were a European peculiarity (also in Italy, to my knowledge not in France). In Germany the swing-out arms were initially made of metal, unlit and operated by Bowden cables. By and by they were made of orange, translucent plastic with a small bulb inside and operated electrically. At the final stage they moved up and down. Therefore they were colloquially called Winker (= wavers). Since 1961 all vehicles, old and new, had to be fitted with orange turn signal lights at the front and the rear. Jouko, fantastic photography, the picture seems to be taken from a sales brochure.
  3. Looks flawless, I love the colour combination!
  4. The surface of the black paintwork looks smooth as a mirror. Fantastic!
  5. Super clean work, colour and paintwork look perfect!
  6. Great work, I agree, silver looks great! Is this the RoG kit? As far as I remember Tamiya (?) kitted the F40, too.
  7. Another flawless beauty from your working bench, incredible paintwork!
  8. Thanks for the recent comments! From time to time I return to car modeling, presently 3 car kits are on my to-do list. I still had a scratch built MAN F4 to show but I think there would be too little interest here. If you are interested you can find it in the Modell-Laster-Forum.
  9. Thanks for the latest replies! I am pleased with any comment but particularly when my older builds are concerned.
  10. Something really different! I like the simple colour scheme and the moderate weathering. I have the same cab in my stash, I don't hope that I need a second life to build it.
  11. Rumours say that RoG will reissue all three kits by and by in limited quantities with new decals at lower prices. If you are interested in them keep it in mind. This model shows what can be achieved from these really fantastic but so often terribly botched kits.
  12. Beautiful model! Modifications and paint scheme make it look really different.
  13. Moin Thomas, another clean result from you. Usually I am no friend of metallics on truck models but this particular shade looks really good.
  14. Another flawless achievement, I like the unusual colour combination and particularly the grille.
  15. Hi Hermann, usually modern pickups are not my cup of tea but reading your name I knew what to expect. Indeed once again perfect workmanship and photography. For a few moments I took the first picture for real.
  16. I was considering to show a scratch built 1936 MAN F 4 truck in the Big Rigs sub-forum, but finally I thought that such a subject would be too exotic in an American forum. Now a fellow modeler told me that to his knowledge at least one major American city uses a considerable number of MAN buses. Does anyone know more?
  17. Thanks for the recent replies! Charles, I agree a how-to section particularly for truck modelers would be useful. As far as I know none of the general automotive forums has one. I know only two specialized truck forums with such a section. As a stop-gap I use to add mini-tutorials to my topics when questions arise. I must admit that I never start WIP threads. As mentioned before in some model car topics I find making notes and taking pictures while building extremely disruptive. For that reason I stopped writing magazine articles many years ago. I hope you will be fully satisfied when milling the grille - certainly not the easiest part of model building. Hans-Juergen, I didn't want a fast reply without pictures. I use on all my American (=1/25) truck models those tyres that Round 2 includes in the reissued Ertl/AMT kits for several years. Since they are made from a rather shiny material (vinyl?) they look unrealistic OOB.Two steps are indispensible The tyre tread must be sanded with a rather coarse sandpaper, f. e. 120 grit. While the tread becomes a light, used look, the grooves remain black and by this they really stand out. The shine of the tyre sides should be reduced by brushing them with a small brass brush (steel is too agressive). Such small inexpensive brass brushes are actually made for cleaning spark plugs and can be found in hardware stores or tool departments of house improvement stores. Nota bene Ertl/AMT kits included various tyres over the past 50 years. This is important when buying old kits f. e. on ebay. I found 5 different types of Ertl/AMT tyres in my stash: #1 and #2 are great and can be found in recent issues as mentioned above. #5 is also okay but too small for big trucks. #3 and #4 are not usable because they have no real grooves. Unfortunately #1 and #2 can't be used for European (=1/24) trucks as here they are conspicuously too small.
  18. Thanks for the recent replies! Dann, Though actually a (mostly scratch) builder of German and American vintage trucks for almost 15 years I switch to car modeling now and then in order to avoid a one track mind. For the current 12 months I have three aged 1930s kits on my to-do-list that I have never seen finished convincingly: Cadillac V16 Fleetwood (Italeri) Chrysler Imperial Phaeton (Italeri) Delahaye 135 (Heller) Of course I will show them here.
  19. Super clean work, perfect paintwork!
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