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  1. jbwelda added a post in a topic Lindberg Auburn Speedster   

    it was the ME163 Komet ("...basically a high speed glider fitted with a rocket motor...") kit in that hobby shop only series from Testors, do not really know who originally did this kit.

     
    actually as I look at it now, it does in fact have very fine engraved panel lines and rivets? oh man we got rivets. my problem as I now recall was more the fitting of the two fuselage halves and dealing with the panel lines over that seam. now that I look at it, I might just put this thing back out to consider again in the future. its a totally kool plane, "...perhaps the most unusual and dangerous warplane to ever see series production."
    here are the fuselage halves and the rivet detail, not the best photos in the world and sorry for that:


     
    sorry for no relation to Lindberg, nor the Auburn Speedster...
    jb
     
  2. jbwelda added a post in a topic Lindberg Auburn Speedster   

    I would assume its much easier in the tool making process too, to have raised panel lines. after all, all it takes is a trench in the tool to make a raised line, while a sunken panel lines requires a raised surface. much more difficult to make, I would guess.
    but raised panel lines were and I think to some extent still are the norm with aircraft for example. I know I have a plane kit in my closet, that little messerschmidt jet aircraft, that I was considering building the other day. then I took it out and saw the raised panel lines, the two piece chassis split right down the middle with all those raised panel lines and thought, not in this lifetime its not happening.
    and those Lindy kits held all kind of little surprises like that as I recall...though even as a kid I learned to avoid the Lindberg stuff pretty fast.
    jb
     
  3. jbwelda added a post in a topic What did you see on the road today?   

    since my last report:
    rat bug:

     
    fifties chevy truck:

     
    Maserati kinda looks like your fathers buick:

     
    way rad buru:

     
    next time someone tells you how tires should fit on wheels, show them this pic:

     
    I might have shown this one before, I like it, sweet old IH farm truck, its got a sbc under the hood:

     
    always did want to check this place out, looks like total tweeker-ville but there is some interesting stuff around:

     
    yep some kinda red satellite or something, sorry for the bad pic:

     
    more tweeker trash:

     
    really clean chevy panel truck, its got a sbc too:

     
    and best for last, this beautiful Jaguar XK120:


     
    we will see what Labor Day and the return of the burners will bring in the days to come
    jb
     
     
  4. jbwelda added a post in a topic Lindberg Auburn Speedster   

    Unattributed quotations require a 10$ surcharge, Junkman.
    But seriously what Alexis of Bakersfield is saying is pretty much my opinion of most of this era junk, there isn't a whole lot there that is worth reissuing, certainly not these Pyro kits, at least not without unretouched box art models in plain site and maybe a parental warning!
    I have some later Lindberg kits that seem pretty nicely done, the Plymouths and Chevys and little red wagon, but man most of their earlier stuff promised so  much on the box top only to deliver so little inside.
    I wouldn't say the same about the rest of R2's catalogue, they have been bringing out some solid, if somewhat unremarkable, kits lately, I wish though they would add more usable stuff inside instead of the novelties...or maybe along with the novelties
    jb
     
  5. jbwelda added a post in a topic First detailed look - Revell's '29 Model A Hot Rod Roadster ...updated with photos of completed builds of both kit versions   

    >How did you build the Rover V8?
    southeastern finecast white metal kit, earlier thread will give details:
    http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/topic/78922-southeastern-finecast-rovermorganmg-v8-engine-kit/
     
    jb
     
     
  6. jbwelda added a post in a topic First detailed look - Revell's '29 Model A Hot Rod Roadster ...updated with photos of completed builds of both kit versions   

    Tim, to call it a nailhead is probably really stretching it; it was the aluminum Buick V8 GM licensed to BMC or whatever it might have been to put in limited MGBs, Rovers and Morgans. those are the Morgan (stock) headers on there, pretty wild. so while it has the dominant characteristic I associate with a "nailhead", namely the vertical oriented valve covers, it probably doesn't share much else. there was a very educational thread here some years back about the lineage of the motor, and possibly you and Bill both contributed to it. I obviously need to go back and reread it.
    one thing I wish someone would reproduce are those spark plug wire covers that compliment so many 1:1 NHs. I have some on the old AMT 32 Ford/43(?) Willys kit that I built up years ago but of course that has never been reissued to my knowledge, and I have never seen that setup anywhere else on the available NHs.
    I like what Bill is talking about too, the interchangibility of parts between different issues of similar cars. I would look at those rat rod pickups in detail too...for some reason I am thinking of an abbreviated truck channeled over the 32 frame
    jb
  7. jbwelda added a post in a topic First detailed look - Revell's '29 Model A Hot Rod Roadster ...updated with photos of completed builds of both kit versions   

    yeah Tim I was referring to ground clearance not overall height of the body on chassis. by the way my "frame of reference" is how my friends built their cars 30 - 35 years ago, they did not have them sitting up high. "rat rod" sensibilities came from somewhere and to me that was the backyard hot rod scene in Cali back in the early mid eighties and of course harkening all the way back to "original" cars you are referring more to, but more the low riding cars than the high riders. of course way back in the day you had to do extreme things to the car and frame to get it to ride low on those big bias ply tires they had back then
    heres probably the only nailhead you would be interested in, you have probably built the rest a million times
    jb
     


  8. jbwelda added a post in a topic First detailed look - Revell's '29 Model A Hot Rod Roadster ...updated with photos of completed builds of both kit versions   

    just like I said: the highboy sits a tad bit lower than the channeled version.
    and now it is easy to see why the rear wheel wells "fit" both versions: they were made to fit the highboy and the channeled version doesn't lower the body at all, just channels it slightly, very slightly, over what appears to be a higher riding "z-ed" frame. that leaves the top of the rear wheel arch at the same place or even higher than the "highboy".
    I like the patina decals and have from the start. if they don't "look right" then its because they were not used "right" (no judgement, just stating a fact). and I like those seat decals even more, will probably use them elsewhere as for right now I am using my initial buy of this kit for parts on a current build and probably build the nailhead for an engine stand to display it with the other nailheads I have built up for display.
    jb
     
  9. jbwelda added a post in a topic Revell '29A CHANNELED Hot Rod Roadster Quick Build Update #3 - Chassis and Interior completion, and photos of completed model...   

    I think the channeled version needs a major altitude change.
    the funny thing is, it looks to me like the high boy version is actually lower looking than the channeled version. the channeled version is channeled, but its like the frame was brought up instead of the body being brought down. its also a factor of those large tires front and rear but I knew from the first I saw that frame that the Z was not going to be adequate to do much for the frame height. its more of a step than a Z.
    but probably with a more radical drop front axle, putting some more Z into that Z, and smaller diameter tires, that is going to be looking very nice. I also see potential for those patina decals but maybe over some dremeling or crusty build up.
    jb
     
  10. jbwelda added a post in a topic What Irked You Today?   

    wow now THATS funny: someone had the nerve to stand up in front of you at a Counting Crows concert! and someone had the nerve to be DANCING of all things.
    that's what people DO at concerts, old dude, enjoy themselves. maybe you should have tried it instead of being an uptight old codger. when in rome...and all that. what would you have done if those people had lit up a big fat spliff and offered it to your wife (aka "womenfolk" in your neck of the woods)? come all unglued and called for the police?
    and believe me, that internet tough guy stuff don't work so well out here in real life. writing it is one thing, but I wouldn't advise trying it for real. you never know who you are messing with, and that's the truth.
    jb
     
     
  11. jbwelda added a post in a topic This ever happen to anyone else?   

    Dennis I think with that much damage I would be contacting Testors about the problem. hopefully they will replace all those that spoiled. sounds like a major investment there.
    jb
     
  12. jbwelda added a post in a topic This ever happen to anyone else?   

    so basically they are selling you a ticking time bomb that may spew paint all over the place at some point. there has got to be something wrong with that. I have cans of paint 30 years old and if you put a decent nozzle in them they still spray like the day they were bought. automotive paint as well as old model master cans, though I remember having a can leak like this, I think it was MM gloss clear so I couldn't tell if it was paint leaking or not, and that was many years ago. maybe its not a new problem. on the other hand I have never had one explode or anything like that on its own.
    I do know that the few MM colors I have wanted to keep using, like their Chrome silver and various blacks and clears, have seemed to become more problematic in the past 5 years or so. a lot more nozzles that just spattered from the word "go" and a lot of them that send paint out around the part going into the can, and all over yourself and the walls. the last can of chrome I bought it seemed like it was supercharged as mentioned above, it really had a lot of pressure in it and while that's often a good thing, in this case it just comes spewing out of the nozzle in way too heavy amounts, never used to be like that. now if this can is any indication, I can cross that off my buy list.
    jb
     
  13. jbwelda added a post in a topic Revell '29A CHANNELED Hot Rod Roadster Quick Build Update #3 - Chassis and Interior completion, and photos of completed model...   

    that sounds like much the same problem as software projects: the documentation and manuals are left for the last (and for those who failed to dodge the bullet to develop them) and are often incomplete and/or incorrect because no one ever actually tried to follow and verify them against the actual reality. way too much trouble. be interesting to see how quickly any corrections make it out. they might print up a little "tip in" insert to the directions like I have seen before from someone, possibly Revell
    jb
     
  14. jbwelda added a post in a topic Revell '29A Hot Rod Roadster QuickBuild UPDATE #4 - Final Photos of Completed Kit and My Final Thoughts   

    > the new guy said "no we still don't have anything but the model T's",  
    dollars to donuts he meant the model A. Model A or Model T, no difference and no relevance to those under 30 pretty much.
    and yeah if I had asked them to put one aside for me weeks ago, and now they claim they never arrived despite testimony to the contrary, and one is not waiting for you, that would be my last trip to that shop for quite a while.
    jb
     
  15. jbwelda added a post in a topic Revell '29A Hot Rod Roadster QuickBuild UPDATE #4 - Final Photos of Completed Kit and My Final Thoughts   

    >Otherwise you likely will wait about a month for the general release.
    tower hobbies has them in stock for just under 22$ with free shipping, just fyi. no need to wait a month, you will probably have it in your hands by friday
    jb