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  1. Dale is not very responsive via email - call him for info.
  2. Sounds like freehand painting the "glass", not parts fitment, was the main issue. I have feeling that if the window masks were included in this kit, the build description would be more positive. Personally, while I have been known to brush-paint some small parts, I never attempt anything like what Conrad did. I mask and airbrush pretty much everything.
  3. Wow, it's been a wile since you worked on this baby! I'm curious why didn't you just foil-cast the emblems/logos instead of yanking them out, leaving holes the body? EDIT: I went back and read some earlier posts, so I know your reasons. When I built mine, I masked the "bertone" logos before painting the body. Then after the body color was applied, I removed the masking and painted the bare plastic logos. That way there was no paint buildup on the lettering. I seem to recall that I then dry-brushed the scripts on the rear panel. Nowadays I would scan the rear panel then trace the scripts in Corel Draw and print black decals to cover the raised lettering.
  4. Yes, the model looks pretty good. As for masking windows, I thought that kit (and many other Tamiya kits) includes masks for the glass to make painting easier.
  5. Ok, I'll bite too. My large scale Hemi. And on the opposite end of the scale spectrum is one of my small engines. 1:43 scale 289 Ford engine in a Cobra. One thing I should have done different would be to reshape the bottom of the distributor (it was molded together with the intake manifold). It doesn't look bad viewed in-person when the car body ins installed, but it does pop put in s closeup shot like this.
  6. I agree with Bill - beautiful model John! As for the convertible top, the windows look flush because the entire top is molded out of clear plastic. You mask the windows and paint the fabric areas. Tamiya convertibles also utilize the same design of using clear plastic for the roof. Clever!
  7. I'm wondering if the different thermal expansion rates of styrene and aluminum will cause any problems. I suspect it would not be a problem with small pieces, but the roof is rather large.
  8. Well, they make other wire wheel and tyre sets where the tyre is printed as a separate item. I wish they did the same for the Jaguar wheels. I send my wheels to be vacuum metalized (I don't spray paint them), and I have not problem using hard resin wheels.
  9. I believe that Finescale metal kits are cast out of pewter, which is a very soft metal which can be carved/trimmed with a knife. White metal (Zamak is one of its trade names) is a zinc and aluminum based alloy, which is much harder than pewter. It is the same metal diecast model companies use for their finished models. Yes, you will needed to use files and rotary tools like Proxxon or Dremel when working on Zamak. And the original Hubley model kits were also made of Zamak.
  10. I like that one too. Yes it is weird, but good. Came out in the '80s and I bought the CD - still have it and you just reminded me to listen to it again. One of not many albums where I like every song.
  11. I also bought couple sets last week. One thing that I noticed in the photos in the eBay listing is that the offset could be more accurate. What I mean is that the Jaguar XK-E wheel hubs stick out of the wheel further than what the 3D printed wheels depict. But maybe it is just the photos. One thing for sure is that the spokes look amazing!
  12. Alclad II steel or stainless steel look pretty good as cast iron color to me. I used one of those colors (don't remember which) on this bike's rotor.
  13. That is some impressive modeling! I'm curious about that Volvo model. Who makes that kit? There aren't many models of Volvos available as kits.
  14. My 2005 Scion xB (aka. Toyota bB) or "the box" or "toaster" was something different among its contemporary run-of-the mill vehicles. It would still fit that description today. Whether it was considered attractive or not, that is another subject, but its looks grew on me. I didnt' see it as ugly - just different. And like the GEO Metro, in a cute sort of a way. My current 2019 Kia Soul also fits that category. Different, but in a cute sort of a way. If I was driving in the '70s, I would have enjoyed owing AMC Gremlin or Pacer (just the looks only, not for reliability).
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