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  1. 20 minutes ago, Snake45 said:

    I know that lye will eat aluminum (and smell like rotten eggs doing it), and I've recently learned it's not good for diecast metal, but didn't know about steel. Could that just be common rust, accelerated? 

    These were brand new axles from the Willys kit, with no rust at all, at least not until now. I'll try to grab a photo, it's sort of amazing, really.

  2. 4 hours ago, OldTrucker said:

    There is a black hole in every model room and parts don't even have to fall on the floor to be sucked into the vortex!

    A gateway to the fourth dimension. I have one here too; I think it's where all of my ballpoint pens go.

  3. 2 hours ago, Snake45 said:

    And don't forget the L60 tires on the front, and the painfully obvious wire front axle. 

    A bit off topic so my apologies, but did you know that oven cleaner will eat steel? (I did not.) I'm working on an AMT '40 Willys and one of the wheels, which I needed to strip the chrome from, has a metal axle that's really stuck into it; so bad in fact, that I'm afraid I'll break the wheel trying to remove it. Using the axle as a holder of sorts, I spritzed it with some new oven cleaner, then forgot about it. The axle had what looked like brown slime on it, and when I rinsed it off, part of the axle had been eaten away.

  4. 2 hours ago, Bills72sj said:

    I agree. A lot of guys put a lot of effort into making exquisite interiors. It is a shame they basically get hidden once the model is complete. My Molotow chrome pen is my favorite interior enhancer.

    Excellent. Great minds apparently do think alike. If I'll not easily be able to see it on the finished model, then I see no reason to waste time with it, as time is a very precious commodity that I prefer not to squander.

  5. 1 hour ago, Snake45 said:

    And now I'm even seeing El Caminos and Rancheros get hijacked down to Trucks--though, for some reason, not all of them. I just finished an Elky rescue I'm almost afraid to post for fear it will get sent downstairs. 

    Your '53 truck is obviously a truck, not much can be done about that. But many, MANY '29s are done as rods, though, and are never used to haul anything but ass. (Others, of course, are done as stockers and trucks, even commercial ones.) 

    That's a good point I suppose, though I'm still not too happy about it. Rules are rules though, and I can certainly respect that. I have one or two Camino's also, '59 and '65, so I guess they'll get dragged down to the netherworld too.

  6. 22 minutes ago, StevenGuthmiller said:

    It's funny because they're not all bad.

    You would think that Testors could be a little more consistent.

    After all, it's all going on scale models. ;)


    I have one kit for sure that will get Testors Mystic Emerald (AMT Mustang AWB Funny Car), and it's very sparkly, but it's also almost a dead match for the Pactra green that I used on the same kit many, many years ago. This model, as well as all of the others I built when I was a kid, are all long gone now, so I'll be building it again, as a tribute to my own younger days (but will hopefully look much better than this).


  7. On 12/5/2019 at 10:33 AM, Snake45 said:

    And somewhat like your imagined build, I want to someday do a '49 Merc custom with every modification, addition, and color that I consider hideous eyesores, and see how many positive comments I get on it. I'm betting it would be a LOT. :lol:

    Do it! I'll be the first one to tell you how awesome it is.

  8. On 12/4/2019 at 5:38 AM, Repstock said:

    I might be way off on this (wouldn't be the first time), but as I read this it seems like people are saying "It bothers me when someone else doesn't build the way I like to build."  I'm probably taking this all way too seriously.

    I don't really see it that way at all. Most of us here, I suspect, really enjoy looking at very well done car models. When we see something that obviously falls flat, for any one of dozens of reasons, we're just disappointed, that''s all. If the individual modeler is happy with his results, then I'm happy for him.

  9. On 12/4/2019 at 1:25 AM, StevenGuthmiller said:

    My biggest pet peeve doesn't bother a lot of people, but it's metallic paint that has metallic in it that is way too big, or far too heavy for 1/25th scale.

    In my opinion, the little things like mold lines in radiators or tires might not be immediately evident on a model, but there's no hiding "the bass boat syndrome".

    It's an instant turn off for me.


    Guilty as charged. The Testors cans are perhaps the worst; unfortunately I have quite a few of them, mostly new too.

  10. On 12/3/2019 at 8:23 PM, Snake45 said:

    And, conversely, roadster pickups and other clearly ROD early trucks that get moved here down to the Truck section (which I never look at). :angry:

    I can't say that I like that idea a lot. I have '29 and '53 pickups still to do. They're going to eventually end up in the truck section? That just became my new pet peeve.

  11. 55 minutes ago, StevenGuthmiller said:

    Basically, that's it.

    If you didn't pay their "extortion" money, they held your photos hostage.

    There's really no nicer, or more accurate way to put it than that.


    Bingo! PB has really been screwing over thousands of folks with their extortion attempt, watermarked images and now this blurry nonsense. I moved all of my stuff to ImageShack and haven't looked back, and would highly advise others to do the same.

  12. 10 minutes ago, CapSat 6 said:

    The AMT Challenger is not too bad to start with, unless you're building a hardtop (separate roof...).

    The interior is OK, the engine not too bad, if a little simple. Adding a few things and careful assembly do pay off with this one.

    Please post pics of your completed model when you can!!! 

    Thanks a bunch. I certainly will when the time comes. Right now I'm trying to finish off a '40 Willys gasser, then I may well move onto this kit-bash, as my confidence has grown to a point where I now think I can pull it off, at least I certainly hope so.

  13. As a followup, last night, while looking for something completely different, I uncovered my own AMT convertible kit. All things considered, it's much better than I'd remembered. Mish-mashing parts between the two kits now seems very doable indeed. As to scale differences, in my aircraft modeling, five different manufacturers' interpretations of scale accuracy for the same aircraft, often leads to five different dimensional differences between the same aircraft, so I don't sweat scale too much, I'll just make it fit.

  14. Oh yes, I do it all the time, and it's ultra frustrating. To counter that, I now tend to not clip a part off until I'm absolutely ready to glue it on. I'll also Ziploc a bag with any loose parts and put it in the box. I'll soon be grabbing a large Rubbermaid container just for loose parts that are accumulating all over the place, and dump them all in there.

  15. 2 hours ago, Snake45 said:

    You sound like me about 10 years ago. I was just counting my diecast list today--I now have over 100 of the things, plus another 20 or so built from kits. Today I finished up a diecast '63 Corvette and tonight I'm putting the finishing touches on a Ferrari GTO. Many of my diecasts are things that have never been made in plastic, or have been extinct for years, or in a few cases are actually BETTER than what's available in plastic. 

    Come to the Dark Side, Young Roadrunner. B)

    I may. Finding the MPC kit may be impossible, not without paying a fortune for it anyway.

    1 hour ago, slusher said:

    I have one of those, the only thing it is really larger then 1/24 scale....

    That doesn't bother me at all, as (aside from the color), it's more or less identical to what I had, though mine was not a hatchback.

    Sorry for the thread drift, Joe.

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