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About mikemodeler

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  • Birthday 12/28/1963

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  1. mikemodeler added a post in a topic '75 Suburban [First post]   

    Check with Fireball Modelworks, I think Chief Joseph offers those door handles in resin, probably easier to shave those off and use resin ones.
  2. mikemodeler added a post in a topic Avoid the reissue Revell Ramcharger   

    Got my corrected body today- kudos to Revell customer service for making this right!
  3. mikemodeler added a post in a topic Just a thought about 3D printing   

    Some great responses here, and I appreciate everyone contributing to the topic. It will be interesting to see how this progresses and the changes we see in our hobby from the cottage industry companies.
  4. mikemodeler added a post in a topic 1/24-1/25 Scale Accessories   

    SELtd has a large selection of diorama type items. Squads by Tony has a lot of lightbars and emergency vehicle equipment.
  5. mikemodeler added a post in a topic X-Acto with an LED Light built in - Hobby Lobby   

    I used mine for the first time two weeks ago when we lost power for 5 hours during the hurricane. I had nothing else to do so I used it to work on some models in the faint daylight, gotta say I was impressed with the brightness of the light.
  6. mikemodeler added a post in a topic Avoid the reissue Revell Ramcharger   

    This is encouraging as my request was around the same time as yours. Hopefully I see something soon, if not I will be taking this one back to Hobby Lobby for an exchange.
  7. mikemodeler added a post in a topic Mike Dowd   

    I know I met Mike many years ago at some of the shows in the Milwaukee area. Nice guy to talk with and a wealth of information on all things Mopar.
    Sorry to hear of his passing and prayers to his family.
  8. mikemodeler added a topic in Car Aftermarket / Resin   

    Just a thought about 3D printing
    In reading through many of the posts here recently, it got me to thinking about 3D printing and our hobby and some possibilities. 
    We are all mourning the closing of The Modelhaus and hoping that someone will buy them and keep the company running, myself included. We also worry about other long time resin casters and if/when they decide to retire and the effect it will have on our hobby. I think we all know that resin casting is a tough business and have seen many companies come and go over the years and obviously if it were easy money and easy to do, we would all be doing it!
    I got to thinking about how 3D printing could help a resin caster shorten the time frame to develop masters to cast and also increase the realism and accuracy. In a recent PM conversation with a resin caster, he wants to offer more items but struggles with the time factor in developing new masters and running a business in addition to having a day job. I think there are some resin casters out there who have mastered 3D printing (Chief Joseph comes to mind) and have used it to bring items to our hobby with success and hope that there are more like him.
    In reading about the upcoming 66 Chevy Suburban from Revell, I couldn't help but notice that some of us were lamenting the lack of a 4wd drivetrain option or wanting the ability of a GMC grille and engine and that had me thinking that it would be a perfect opportunity for someone to fill an immediate void/need.While I lack the knowledge to execute such a plan, I am certain someone within this forum does and it might be only a matter of time before we see those options available. The point I am trying to make is that with new technology, we might not have to settle for what the model companies give us or wait until they get around to offering additional options, it could be had much sooner.
    I would be interested in hearing what the forum thinks about this, especially those that are in the casting business. Has/could/will 3D printing affect(ed) your business and in what way? Do you see it as a blessing or a detriment? 
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  9. mikemodeler added a post in a topic 1990-1991 Ford LTD Crown Vic/1987-1989 Chevy Caprice   

    Not necessarily a buyer of this model but I am really impressed with how you are developing it. Hoping that the future of model building is one where a model builder could actually design their "holy grail" and not have to hope that a model company decided to tool up that long awaited kit. 
  10. mikemodeler added a post in a topic Revell 1971/73 Ford Bronco   

    If you are wondering if this kit could be used as a donor for the 4wd components, it's a definite maybe. Really will depend on the front axle width. There are some resin casters out there that offer a 4wd conversion based on the AMT '78 Ford F350 Firestone kit.
  11. mikemodeler added a post in a topic What Pleased You Today!   

    Went out with family and friends last night to watch the Chicago teams play (Blackhawks and Cubs) at a bar here in Charlotte. There were 10 of us so they put us out on the patio area (with heaters) to watch the games. Had a blast as the Blackhawks came back and won in overtime and the Cubs dominated the Dodgers to win the pennant and go to the World Series for the first time since 1945! The best part was when people from other parts of the bar came out to the patio and joined us in rooting for the Cubs, never knew there were that many Cubs fans around here!
  12. mikemodeler added a post in a topic Ford F-350 Dually w/scratch built race trailer   

    Absolutely beautiful work on both the truck and trailer. If you hadn't mentioned the fact that the trailer was scratchbuilt, I would have sworn it was a kit piece. Very clean and well detailed.
  13. mikemodeler added a post in a topic '66 Chevy 4x4   

    That is very nice, like all of your builds!  I love the colors and details.
    A friend had one of those, a 66 K20 with a 292 straight 6 and 4 speed granny tranny. It would never win a drag race but could pull ANYTHING! Unfortunately it was pretty rusty and he sold it to someone who was looking for a truck to run around the farm and plow the driveway in the winter.
  14. mikemodeler added a post in a topic Revell 1971/73 Ford Bronco   

    I am willing to trade the F-100 tires for Bronco tires if anyone wants to swap.
  15. mikemodeler added a post in a topic NEW Revell Bronco Instructions   

    It would be nice if they went the 2 in 1 route with the next release. Add in the half cab, wheel flares and some off road wheels/tires and it would satisfy a lot of people!