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    Carl Reinisch

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  1. This was a combination of the Revell 1929 model A roadster and 1932 sedan. Where the engine originated from remains a mystery but it's a large block so I had to relocate the engine mounts on the frame which, in turn, made it necessary to move the front axle forward. The front axle was also lowered but in spite of several clearance checks I didn't realize that I'd overdone it until final assembly and it was too late to correct. The sedan body was also lowered which made a lot of alterations to the rear interior and rear suspension necessary. This was the most challenging modification to a kit that I have attempted and a lot of my solutions wouldn't pass close inspection but the main thing is I enjoyed it and am pleased with how it turned out. It certainly wouldn't pass muster in the real world but in my dream world, I'm cruisin' in style!
  2. a job well done on what I also found to be a difficult kit
  3. This model is a kitbash of the Revell Monogram Tom Daniel Paddy Wagon and the Revell '29 Model A roadster kits. All went well with the conversion until I got to the decaling stage. I messed up applying the driver's side "police" decal (the decal lifted off the paper backing and curled up on itself in the water) and no amount of cajoling, begging, pleading or threatening would untangle that little ball of ink and plastic. ARRGGHHHH!
  4. You'll probably hear cries of "Sacrilege!' and "Heresy!" when I suggest Pledge Floor Care Multi-surface Finish but it's what I have on hand and have been successful with (and it's relatively inexpensive). I airbrush 1 or 2 light coats onto the model before I do the foiling. The coat of Future/Pledge helps to protect the paint from scratches and errant excursions of the blade when I'm trimming away the excess foil. It also protects the paint from either 100% rubbing alcohol, lighter fluid or varsol which I use sparingly on a q-tip to clean up fingerprints and the occasional adhesive residue from the foil product. When I'm done foiling I give the model a final cleaning and then a couple of coats of Future/Pledge. No doubt there are other clear coats that will work just as well (or better). One final suggestion I'd like to make... Use a NEW blade and use only enough pressure to cut the foil. The fresh blade will keep the foil from bunching up under the cutting surface at the tip of the blade and the feather-light touch will give you more control of where the blade does or doesn't go.
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    BMW Z1

    This is the Revell 1/24 BMW Z1 with some slight customizing touches. I found this to be an excellent kit - complex enough to present a bit of a challenge but not so much so that it results in frustration. A search of the internet didn't reveal much in the way of interesting paint schemes so I took inspiration from another modeler who had used stripes on his version of this model. I think black metalflake with BMW M1 stripes suits the lines of this car quite well.
  6. very nice - an excellent job!
  7. The '58 Impala has long been a favourite of mine. As to duplicating the chrome trim, I echo Greg Hoffman's suggestion to go with Bare Metal foil. The '58 is a big project if this is your first time with this product but to my mind, Bare Metal foil does it best. Once you get the paint problems resolved I would recommend a clearcoat before you start applying the foil. In my experience there is always some glue residue to get rid of and the clearcoat will protect your paint job whether you use lighter fluid or varsol to clean up. It might be worth your while to try using Bare Metal foil on a less demanding project before you tackle the '58. Looking forward to seeing the finished article.
  8. excellent! - this provides inspiration and motivation for me to get busy and build the one I have in the stash!
  9. thank you all for your comments Nblng... the wood rails in the bed and the stakes on the side come in the kit. The wood grain is well done and with the right painting technique (or luck in my case) they really add to the truck
  10. This was an interesting and fun build but I did find the fit of the hood, cab and front fenders a challenge to correct which unfortunately, in the final assembly did not come out right. The paint job is nail polish thinned with lacquer thinner over a gold base. This finish was not very durable and suffered a number of dings and scratches during assembly.
  11. thank you all for your positive comments. bbowser... apologies for the delay in replying. The decal sheet does offer one choice for the seat pattern - basically black squares with a thin blue line separating them. I downloaded some plaid patterns, duplicated the swatch I liked until I had an area big enough to cover the seat and then printed it. I then trimmed the print to fit and glued it to the model with white glue. below is a link to a review which has a photo of the decal sheet... http://www.scalemodelnews.com/2017/01/a-big-kit-of-small-machine-isetta.html
  12. This was a fun, relaxing build. The fit oif the parts was excellent - no surprises during assembly and, as the ladies say.."It's just too cute!"
  13. This is the Moebius 1/8 scale Riddler. This kit was built basically OOB with the exception of a modification I made to the neck in order to reduce the inclination of the Riddler's head and drop his gaze a little lower. A wedge of plastic was removed from underneath the chin to enable the head to tilt further down and a cut was made at the hairline in the back so that the back of the head could match up to the new position of the forward portion of the head. The resulting gap at the back of the head was filled in with Milliputty and sculpted to blend in. With the exception of the work involved with the modification, the assembly of the kit went very well with minimum filling and sanding to eliminate the seams. The only snag I ran into was with the decals - not Moebius' fault though. I tried a new technique for the decal application and it wasn't until I over sprayed the suit with a flat coat did it become apparent that not all of the decals had settled down properly. Any attempts to remedy the slip-up only made things worse so I had no option but to accept defeat gracefully and leave things as they are. Next time I'm applying decals, I'll stick with the method I know works (every time!) So, even though it's not as good as I'd hoped it would be, building this kit was a pleasurable experience and I'm looking forward to building the rest of the kits in this range.
  14. very nice and a job well done! I definitely prefer the styling of the earlier Camaros
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