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  1. What did you see on the road today?

    Last night the first of this years 'Cruise Brothers' meetings in The Hague (Netherlands) was held. We had excellent spring weather and big turnout of cars, I would guess around 200. I think they ran out of space pretty early. I'm posting a few pictures for your entertainment. Rob
  2. If you want to experiment a bit: try metal etching, either with masking or by dipping only the part that you want to etch off. I once did it with electricity (train transformer) in a salt bath - worked very well. The main advantage is that you can use spring steel wire, that is so much stronger than brass. Rob
  3. Work bench ideas?

    I built a modeling desk using 5 Ikea kitchen closet units / cabinets. I love the room in the 10 drawers, and the two top closets contain the boxes of project under construction. The table top was custom made, with a glass surface, and that is a limited success. It's scratched quite badly in the work area now. On the right I have a spray booth, that was under construction when I made the photo way back. Notice the VCR :-) Rob
  4. Found a very (extreme?) rare modelkit, dare I say it?

    Eric sent me the following information: "The RX-7 was Hasegawa's second 1/12 car model. The first one, the Nissan Z32 Fairlady (300ZX), had not been a success due to some QC and design issues combined with a rather steep price. For the RX-7 Hasegawa took a different approach using ABS for body, floorpan and load bearing chassis parts instead of a prepainted polystyrene body over a heavy metal chassis. Hasegawa then sent out pre-production versions of the RX-7 model to all Hasegawa importers and distributors and also to Mazda importers worldwide. I got an opportunity to examine one of these pre-production models at the Dutch Mazda importer. At the time Mazda-Netherlands also sold model cars and kits at their dealerships, such as the Hasegawa 767B and most of the Tamiya Mazda kits (RX-7, MX-5, 787B). The importers were thus given a taste of the kit before (hopefully) ordering some and they were also asked for their opinions on the model. The kits sent out for evaluation were deliberately incomplete test shots, to keep these free kits from interfering with sales of production kits later on. The test shots gave a good impression of the final model, but some key parts were missing, others lacked some details and some parts won't fit properly, as indicated in the accompanying letter. Some items are missing from the kit in the pictures, in particular the sleeve that was around the box. This sleeve was out of brown corrugated cardboard and had text and a line drawing in black on the top side. These sleeves were unique to the pre-production models and were not fitted to the production kits. Concluding, it is a rare kit, since only a few were sent to each country, but of limited value because it is an incomplete test shot that can not be built, so it may only appeal to collectors." Another small mystery is solved :-) Rob
  5. Found a very (extreme?) rare modelkit, dare I say it?

    Erik, don't move until you've spoken to Eric Verschuur, a fellow IPMS-NL member of you and me. I think he's the most knowledgeable RX-7 model collector around. You could start by checking out his website: Eric's Rx-7 Home Page I will notify him about this thread and ask him to contact you. Rob
  6. What did you see on the road today?

    Thanks too! Here's a close-up, showing the brand and the filler cap. Rob
  7. What did you see on the road today?

    Do American car meetings in the Netherlands also qualify for this thread? If yes, here are two cars of last Saterdays meeting in The Hague, with maybe 150 cars attending. I don't know zilch about the two pictured cars, maybe someone can enlighten me? Rob
  8. AMT 68 El Camino

    I found three of the above photos in 'Strategic Reconnaissance 1956-1976' issued by the 100th SRW, scanned them at 600 dpi, and posted them on my website for downloading. Beware, large files! https://robdebie.home.xs4all.nl/various/images/elcamino-p162.jpg https://robdebie.home.xs4all.nl/various/images/elcamino-p168.jpg https://robdebie.home.xs4all.nl/various/images/elcamino-p218.jpg Rob
  9. Why resin kits are expensive - with actual numbers

    I'm not my66s55, and I'm definitely not an accountant, but here's how I would look at it. I redid the whole calculation for the complete run of 100 products, sorry for deviating from your 25 product run approach. I made the following listing of cost and hour items, from your data. There's one big guess: the time spent on casting and demolding a single kit. I guessed one hour. Master pattern: 0$ Master changes & preparations: 8h Master painting: 140$ Mold making: 32h (four times) Silicone: 1472$ (four times 368$) Consumables: 0$ Resin: 1360$ (you need 3.4 sets of 10 gallons for 100 kits) Consumables: 0$ Hours casting and demoulding: 100h (***** I guessed 1 hour per kit *****) Ebay fees: 1650$ PayPal fees: 509$ Handling: 100h Postage: 1665$ Donation: 1650$ If you now add up all the cost items, and all the hours worked, you can calculate the hourly rate: Total earned: 16500$ Total spent: 8446$ Nett: 8054$ Total hours: 240 8054$ divided by 240 hours gives an hourly wage of 34$. If you leave out postage (which would normally not be included in the price) and the donation, your hourly wage jumps to 47$. I would say that the calculation is maybe a bit on the optimistic side, since is are no cost for the master, and the cost and/or depreciation of equipment. And maybe some other items are overlooked, like the kit's box and labels, and the shipping box. Plus you would need to count also the hours spent on Ebay, communication with customers, returns, broken parts. Rob
  10. The topic is closed, a trade was made.
  11. Carl, sorry for the delayed reply, I was away for a few days. The yellow scallops with a red outline are perfect for an Alps, with the limitation that the yellow will be a bright lemon yellow, not an orangy warm yellow. Brown is a difficult color for an Alps, but maybe the 'Buzzing Buzzard' scallops are gold? Gold is an easy color for an Alps. Can you send an e-mail to robdebie xs4all nl to discuss the details off the board? Rob
  12. If you mean 'modern' flames, with color gradients: no, the Alps printer cannot do that at all. Old-fashioned single-color: yes. If you have a picture of what you want, or something similar, I can be much more specific. Rob
  13. I'm looking for Scale Auto Enthusiast from April 1991. They are offered on Ebay, but most sellers don't ship to the Netherlands where I am. So I thought I would propose a trade: you send me this issue, and I design, print and send you a small set of custom Alps decals. Here's an example of what I make: Please let me know if you're interested in a trade, preferably via robdebie at xs4all dot nl. Please also include details of what decals you want, so I can see whether I can make them. Rob
  14. Anyone with access to a 1983-1986 T-Bird?

    Tim, thanks, I'm already active on the Randy Ayer's NASCAR forum. For my headlight question I thought I might have a better chance on this forum. Rob