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  1. Sounds like you're describing a Pop Tarts wrapper backed with contact adhesive.
  2. Every gasthaus I've been to in Germany, and bars in other parts of Europe from which I wasn't banned, had cold beer in bottles and from the tap. On a hot day, a Radler (half pilsner, half lemon lime soda like 7-Up with some ice in a liter beer mug) is good.
  3. German Gasthäuser have what's called a Bierwärmer to warm beer. It looks like the handle of a potato masher grenade. The cylinder is filled with warm water and is immersed in a beer mug. I saw many oldtimers sitting at the stammtisch preferring to drink their beer warmed in this manner. Personally, I lost my taste for warm beer after quaffing too many room temperature cases of Piels, Rheingold and Schaefer during my misspent youth.
  4. You haven't looked hard enough, Rich. I get mine from Widget Supply. The blades from Germany are really good.
  5. Tamiya weathering sets are overhyped and overpriced for what you get. They're nothing more than soft pastels. That said, you can use a chisel blade to lightly scrape the surface of the color, resulting in a fine powder which can then be applied with a brush, sponge applicator or Q-Tip. You can't thin them. If you do, you'll end up with a thick, mud-like viscous mess. You also can't seal them with any type of clearcoat because the pastel powders will absorb the clear, causing them to darken and look like a thin coat of flat paint. You can get the same, if not better, results using standard artist's soft pastel sticks. They are made with pigments held together with a binder, just like the Tamiya stuff; but, are far more inexpensive and you'll have just about every color needed for weathering any type of model. You can scrape and apply the resulting powder in the same manner as the Tamiya products. If you're interested, I can provide you with info on other weathering products which are superior to what Tamiya has.
  6. You can't. The foil used to package Pop Tarts is Mylar, a metallized polyester film. Because of its composition, it will not permanently conform to fine details like scripts or body trim like thin aluminum foils. It can't be secured with any adhesives which won't damage those details. It's great stuff if you're modeling heat micrometeoroid shielding on model spacecraft, though.
  7. Soitny. It tastes exactly like the stuff I used to get straight from Czechoslovakia. Budweiser Budvar/Czechvar beer is produced only in the brewery headquarters at České Budějovice and exported from there. When I was stationed in Germany in the early '80s, a couple of German friends and I used to make unauthorized border crossings northeast of Hundsbach inside the 1Km Zone (that only applied to U.S. military personnel and that section was patrolled by the 2nd ACR out of Camp Gates in Marktredwitz) and hiked a couple clicks to a small village to buy a few cases of Budvar at a small inn. The old guy and his wife spoke German; so, that made communicating easy. A case cost the equivalent of three bucks at the unofficial black market exchange rate. He told use he could use hard currency and accepted Deutschmarks and dollars. One time, we saw a patrol jeep coming up the road as we were coming back with the beer. I started to panic when one of the Germans, a guy named Gunther, told me, "Don't worry. Just make a stupid face and smile if they ask questions. They will think you're German." We handed them a few beers and they left us alone.
  8. It's sold in the U.S. under the name Czechvar. I can get it for $11.99 for a six-pack at the Polish grocery stores in Greenpoint.
  9. That's what we called our machine shop teacher, Mr. Russo, whose first name just happened to be Louie. He was short two digits on his left hand after an accident on a multi-speed engine lathe.
  10. Shoreline Gold/Pearl Fawn was a paint option for Cadillac/Buick/Oldsmobile/Pontiac (Paint Code "P") only available for 1959-60 Model Years. Scale Finishes has this color for $9.99 for a 2oz. bottle. You can find the paint listed under the the makes previously mentioned.
  11. It's a full detail kit, Bill. Check out the instructions. You can snag one here.
  12. Or, use a moto-tool @ 10,000 rpm. Less pressure required to drill a hole than if using a pin vise.
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