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  1. 12 minutes ago, Michael jones said:

    Have you actually tried the stuff? It is much harder to cut on the model than BMF with a scalpel (I compared it in a quick test on the same day with same blade - but not a brand new blade). it is very very flexable, means when you put a scalpel through it, it tries to pull the chrome instead of cutting it, unlike BMF which cuts very easily with a scalpel on the model.  But as I said before, it looks much better than BMF and if pre cut, I can see it being a better product for that situation.


    I did few small tests some months ago, when I first received my sheet, and I don't recall having problems trimming it on the model. Maybe I'm not remembering it. I do agree that it looks just like chrome, where the BMF has slightly duller look, and a slightly warm tone.

  2. 4 hours ago, 1972coronet said:

    I wonder how 'tacky' it stays, for how long. If the stuff shrinks and/or loses its adhesion within a short time frame, then it's no good. However, I don't believe that Hasegawa would offer a product that's known to have issues.

    I agree that Hasegawa products are high quality. I also did not say that it shrinks.  It merely tries to go return to its relaxed state if it was burnished into depressions on the model's surface.  That process does take several days, and it doesn't fully flatten, but I can take a toothpick and press the foil back into the concave area.  It is likely because it is a stretchy plastic film which wants to go back to its relaxed state (because it was not stretched enough to permanently deform it).  When metal foils are used for the same task, the metal permanently stretches into the concave areas.  The Hasegawa adhesive seems quite strong and I don't think it will dry out.

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  3. I found the skill level definition on https://www.revell.de/en/faqs/   It confirms that the rating is strictly based on parts count.

    FAQ 13: What is the meaning of the Skill Level indications for the model kits?

    The indication of the Skill Level (1-5) can be found on every Revell model kit. These levels categorise the model kits into different difficulty levels. They can serve as important guide for your purchase decision and help to avoid that a modeller buys a model kit which is “too easy“ or “too complex“. 

    The Skill Levels represent the following product characteristics:


    • [1] includes snap kits for beginners which do not need to be glued or painted. 
    • [2] comprehends simple model kits to be glued and painted with up to 30 parts for beginners. 
    • [3] is the category for challenging models with up to 100 parts to be glued and painted. 
    • [4] is suited for experienced modellers, with up to 150 parts to be glued and painted.
    • [5] refers to models requiring the highest handicraft skill level, with more than 150 individual parts to be glued and painted.
  4. 6 hours ago, Michael jones said:

    The problem with the Hasegawa mirror finish, is that it is very stretch and therefore hard to cut....You have to apply a lot more pressure than BMF so therefore is going to damage the paint work if you get it wrong. Looks much better than BMF for reflectiveness however. It probably works great if precut to the correct shape and size. The thickness isn't really an issue...

    If by cutting you mean trimming the film after it is applied to the model, I don't see cutting as a problem.Very sharp hobby knife or scalpel work well (just like with BMF). But if the film has to be made to conform (stretched) to adhere to depressions it will eventually want to return to its unstretched state.  That is a  problem.

  5. I never had problems with BMF decal paper (and Alps printed decals).  I don't overcoat the decal before application since Alps wax ink is waterproof.  You should not need the overcoat either, as laser printer toner is also waterproof.  Only decals printed with ink jet on ink jet paper have to be overcoated as ink jet inks are water soluble.  Also are you sure you are using laser compatible decal paper (not ink jet compatible)?

  6. 6 hours ago, Mark said:

    Then just skip the entire section.

    Some of us don't mind seeing these posts, they are sort of a milestone.  We're getting to where there are one or two (or no) actors still living from a TV show we watched back in the day, or one or two (or no) still living members of some band we followed back then...

    Ok, what a wonderful  advice.  Thank you *SO* much. 👍  The problem is that I enjoy participating in this section - just kill all the death notices.

  7. 13 minutes ago, deuces wild said:

    Is there a company that makes 32 gauge wire???...

    Sure, 32AWG and smaller. That is what Detail Master wires are.  The problem is that those companies are geared to deal with industries, not with individual sales.  So someone like Detail Master or ProTech figured out what companies make the wire then buy the wire in bulk, and repackage it in small lengths for hobbyists.

    If you could find out the wire manufacturer's info and bought the wire in bulk (like 1000' at a time) then you would have the wire for much cheaper cost per foot than what the Detail Master charges. But then what would you do with a 1000' of single color wire?  Cut it up, package it and sell it to the hobbyists?  That takes time and money.


    We should be glad that there are Detail Masters and ProTechs selling the fine wire in small quantities (for a reasonable price).  In the past I needed a larger quantity of the ProTech ignition wire to use for a model RR project (actually using the wire in its intended purpose to conduct electricity), and he was willing to sell me the wire in longer lengths  than what he normally sells for a slightly discounted price.

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  8. The Real Estate market has been in a "bubble" of extremely high prices for few years now.  As I understand it was due to the demand caused by (what else) COVID, and very low mortgage rates.  Similar bubble happened several years ago.  Buyers were in a bid wars offering to pay over the asking prices.  At least in some parts of the country. But the inflated prices were likely seen everywhere.  The bubble will burst (like it did last time this happened) and house prices will come down to a bit more reasonable level.  Actually the bubble seem do be deflating even now (partially due to the mortgage rates going up). As others have mentioned house prices should not be really considered when comparing prices from the past to now.

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  9. 3 hours ago, BlackSheep214 said:

    Drought is an understatement where I live  Temps in the 80s and 90s with high humidity, throw in a t-storm only makes things even worse with a lingering, sticky humidity. 

    Don't get me wrong, I love summers but I hate the humidity. 

    Yeah, the muggy weather is the pits!  It's been in the upper 90s here for several days, and dew point in the 70s (tropical).  We did have a brief t-storm here, which only things even more humid. No need to live in Florida - we have their weather in Boston. :wacko:  Summer? Neah, I prefer Spring and Autumn, but those seem to get shorter and shorter every year.

  10. 2 hours ago, Ace-Garageguy said:

    I love them too, but this summer has been one of the wettest I can remember.

    The three suburban crops that define life in the South in summer...mold, mildew, and mosquitos...are doing really, really well.

    You must have "our" rain.  Northeast USA is in drought.  But mosquitoes aren't as bothersome as other years.

  11. 9 hours ago, Duncan4114 said:

    I suppose the cheapskate in me thought I could mix the Duplicolor and make my own custom colors, but I guess I was really getting ahead of myself.😄

    Bill, we are talking about your hobby here: Building and painting model car kits. Something you really enjoy (or you wouldn't be doing it).  Why not splurge a bit or the activity you enjoy?  Other's spend lots of money on much more expensive hobbies like golf, boating, or car racing.  Our hobbies cost fraction of what those people spend on theirs.  There are likely plenty of other things you could be a cheapskate about.

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  12. 1 hour ago, imarriedawitch said:

    In 1970 my after school part time job paid me $0.90 an hour.

    That's my point exactly.  Now it you get a entry-level job of making fries at McDonald's you will probably get $15/hr.  So that $30 price for a kit does not seem all that high anymore.  I wish people understood who inflation works.  No more penny candy either.  :)

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