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  1. It never even occurred to me that they might not sell these anymore. I'm going to have to be extra careful with mine from now on.
  2. Thanks Bruce! I was laying on my belly on a wet driveway to get these. If my neighbors didn't already know I was nuts, they would probably suspect it now!
  3. That is some beautiful paint. Can't wait to see how this turns out!
  4. As promised here are some under glass shots... If I had it all to do again I would DEFINITELY have waited and installed the plug wires before installing the motor. What a nightmare. I made wire guides from aluminum printer's plate. Underhood decals were printed on Micro-Mark decal paper from an online pic of an aftermarket set. Just for the hell of it, I scratchbuilt a hood prop rod as well. The window trim has been blacked out, which looks great against the dark green and hides the "chunkiness" of the moldings somewhat. I blacked out most of the body trim as well. This really scratched my annual itch for a big-scale build. It's a challenging kit, mostly due to the relatively primitive (and sometimes downright bizarre) engineering, but can turn out really nice with some extra effort. Thanks for looking, and as always questions and comments are welcome!
  5. This is actually pics of my first run at the windows. I didn't like the visible edge of the window so I polished the edges and ran around them with a black Sharpie, which cleaned up the whole look a lot. I actually did print underhood decals, which really complete the car. I've been pretty lazy about getting under glass pics up of this model... I think I'll have to remedy that situation tomorrow!
  6. I went to a PT (2005 Turbo Convertible) after my Stratus too! Solid car with none of the issues of the Stratus. After the Stratus pulling the airbox to get to the battery was a piece of cake!
  7. Aaaah yes, my beloved 98 Dodge Stratus was one of those. I would have kept that car even longer if it hadn't been such a bear to service. The first time I had to change the battery I couldn't believe what I had to go through! My mechanic used to hate seeing that thing roll in too. It was quick, drove nicely and looked good, but the v6 leaked oil like a sieve, it was impossible to get to half the engine, and I eventually washed my hands of it when the A/C died and the repair would have been roughly the value of the car. The cab-forward Chryslers were pretty machines, but cramming all the mechanicals into as small an area as possible led to some pretty serious issues.
  8. Once again, Tamiya is coming for the contents of my wallet...
  9. That is truly beautiful. Amazing color combination, and the shut lines on those doors are perfect. Wonderful!
  10. Looks like a Chinese knockoff of an Iwata Eclipse. It might be okay for basic use but I wouldn't trust it for fine detail work. In addition, "hot" solvents like lacquer thinner might degrade the needle bearing if it isn't Teflon, which is frequently the case with cheap airbrushes. Hope it works out!
  11. I love this so far. Great scratchbuilding and detailing, and the fact that you're redoing an old build makes it even better. Lamborghinis just look right with a white interior!
  12. I LOVE my Dyson V6. And yes, it's found more than a few missing parts for me too!
  13. Wow, Heller is actually winning 2018 so far! The R8 Gordini is a must-have and the classics are always welcome.
  14. Not to throw another variable at you, but the Iwata Revolution Hp-CR is another fantastic choice. The price generally comes in around $90-100, so it splits the difference between the Eclipse and the Paasche H. With a .5mm tip, it sprays lacquers and acrylics beautifully. It goes from a 1/16 to 1" spray pattern and is dead simple to use and maintain (at least by dual-action standards). The quality is up to Iwata's high standards as well. Dual-action 'brushes take some getting used to, but you'll have to learn anyway if you eventually upgrade to the Eclipse from the Paasche. With the Revolution, you'll never really need to upgrade! (Note: you might be tempted by the Iwata Neo brushes... DON'T. The price point seems nice, but they're cheap Chinese junk. There's a big difference!) As far as paint goes, Tamiya acrylics, thinned with their thinner or 70% isopropyl alcohol, work great. I really like the Testors Model Master acrylics too. Their "Aircraft Interior Black" is my go-to when I'm looking for a dead-flat greyish black. Tamiya acrylics do tend to have a little more sheen than you might want for some applications, but you can add some of their flat base to knock that down. I haven't used enamels in many years since I got comfortable using acrylics. Good luck!
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