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  1. robertw added a post in a topic 1933 Chrysler   

    Built this kit a few years back and it goes together very nicely with few fit problems. I used a little chrome foil on the trunk strips, running boards and around the side mounted spares. The three chrome strips on the  leading edge of the rear fenders are missing so I carefully scribed three small trenches on each fender and after painting I used a small amount of glue to glue down small strips of electronic silver solder then sprayed my clear, the solder has remained shiny and glued in place.. The tires are plastic and required painting in white then careful masking before doing the black. The second windshield could be wound down into the body so I cut a slot to fit it into, it now looks more like the real thing and the fit of the windshield is more secure in what otherwise is just a butt joint.. Some engine detailing and the kit was finished. In someways I prefer to builld the Italeri brass era classics better then the Monogram ones (a little better detailing). Painted mine in TS-11 Maroon with a beige interior.
    Mine was the first of the pre-war classics that I had built in many years and I was pleased by how well it went together and how impressively big it looks sitting on the shelf. I think you'll really enjoy your build.
  2. robertw added a post in a topic 1975 Corvette Convertible   

    Yep...looks like the old mpc kit with the hood that doesn't sit quite flush with the body. I believe that kit is coming back out sometime this year. With some extra work it can also be converted back to a '74. You've done a great job building it as it is. I love the exterior colour although I think it would look better with standard factory rims, but then that's just my opinion.
  3. robertw added a post in a topic Need some paint advice for my next project   

    I like the colour scheme that you have right there, the light blue metallic over a grey interior is sharp. I've done a couple of models in colours similar to this one using rattle cans. One was done with Tamiya TS-58 Pearl Light Blue, and another was a Ferrari done in a duplicolor color called Avignon Blue. As the previous poster suggested check out the duplicolor rack at your hardware or auto supply store I'm sure you'l find something close and also check out the Tamiya rack at your LHS Tamiya have put out some very nice blues in their synthetic lacquer range and Tamiya is so easy to apply. Good luck and look forward to seeing what will be a beautifull model once it is done.
  4. robertw added a post in a topic Let's See Some Survivors!   

    While most of these are a little off topic for a model car board I recently obtained a small cache of partially built & unbuilt kits from a family member who has had to go into a care home and can no longer model. I'll enjoy building or restoring a number of these kits but I've also enjoyed researching the history of a few of the oldest kits. Some of the kits include:
    -a small Wells Fargo stagecoach dating to a Revell/Adams collaboration in the early '50s
    -a 1o 1 early European flintlock handgun by Pyro, another modelling company from the distant past
    -a large civil war style canon, maker not yet determined)
    -several open wheel race cars
    -several Star Wars kits from the '80s
    -some armour kits, a couple of semi kits, several Monogram brass era classic cars
    It's not that I needed more models to build but I wasn't about to turn freebies down.
  5. robertw added a post in a topic What European automotive subjects would YOU like the see as a 1/24 scale kit?   

    Interesting topic. Being from the prairies of Canada we see few European cars on the road and even fewer models of European cars in our LHS so excuse me if I name a few cars that have already done in kit form.
    -Volvo P1800 coupe
    -Jaguar XK8 cv.
    --an Aston Martin DB7 cv.
    -Ferrari 250 California or Lusso
    -a Morgan Plus 8 or 4/4
    -Volkswagon Thing
    -Me 200 four wheeler (Tiger)
    -Audi TT cv.
    -a current Smart car preferably a cv.
    -BMW Z4 street car
    -a better Mercedes 190 cv (how abou it Revell AG replace that other ancient Revell kit)
    -a good Ferrari 308 GTS
    -a street car version of a McLaren F1
    -an Alfa Romeo Duetto cv.
    -Triumph TR-6 or Spitfire
    -the return of the Gunze European car line
  6. robertw added a post in a topic Revell's 2017 Ford GT   

    Looks good in red and even better with the gold stripes. I've been thinking of cutting out the screen portions and replacing them with metal mesh, but it will mean a lot more work and I don't think the results will look any better then what you've achieved.
  7. robertw added a post in a topic 1963 Custom Corvette Stingray   

    An impressive design and certainly some time consuming work went into this creation. Well done.
  8. robertw added a post in a topic Lincoln Futura   

    Built the Revell kit a couple of years ago as the red one from the movie It Started With a Kiss, Isn't an easy kit to build but with patience you'll be pleased with the result. The difference in scale from what we usually build is the biggest pain. Here are a few of the problems I encountered :
    -the interior and especially the inner door sidewalls, I cut out the recesses then tried to create a smooth transition between the edges of the cove and the piece of plastic I glued to the outside of the inner door. In the end wasn't really satisfied and for a future build I think I'd totally cut out the inner door panels scratch build them and repair the sides of the seats.
    -to fit the interior in I completely finished it glued iit in place within the upper body then taped it over until I'd finished my exterior paint. I like the idea of cutting out the center of the chassis as suggested here. I remember thinking about doing it that way but for some reason I didn't.
    -I built the top and bottom of the body separately so that I could ensure that they would sit flat before glueing them together. There was also a lot of putty and sanding to get the multiple body pieces to fit together well.
    -fitting the two bumpers without gaps between them and the body required extra work. The side body moldings were slightly warped and had difficult sprue gates to clean up. I finally filled sanded and did them in Alclad.
    -the canopy does not fit well on the top of the body leaving several thin cracks. For several days I applied thin layers of putty set the windshield on top then sanded and finally got a very tight fit. I also used a heavier foil (a cheap Chinese made chrome duct tape). Normal bmf just proved to thin to lay down and stay down.
    Sorry don't have a photo host so can't show pics of the final result but I look forward to seeing how your build goes..
    rob w
  9. robertw added a post in a topic Lincoln Futura   

    Scales are different the old Revell kit is about 1/27 and the Polar Lights is 1/25. Sit them side by side and the difference is obvious.
  10. robertw added a post in a topic Non-California Lacquer Thinner   

    I've always assumed that some day the greenie crowd will get lacquer thinner banned so always keep several years worth of the stuff stored in an outside shed. As modellers we don't use a lot of the stuff in a year so I figure I've got enough to last me the rest of my modelling life.
  11. robertw added a post in a topic Local Hobby Shp vs. Mega-Store   

    My LHS or any hobby shop for that matter every time for the following reasons:
    -- By the time I`m finished paying shipping  the difference between ebay or mail order and my hobby shop is minor.
    -- If we don`t support our hobby shops they won`t be there when we suddenly need that bottle of paint or putty or whatever we run out of in the middle of a build.
    -- I`ve yet to grow out of that thrill I felt in my youth when I would go into my LHS and see the new kit or something unexpected sitting on the shelf and I hope I never do.
    -- Going into the hobby shop is often a social occasion where you end up talking models with people you meet there.
    -- I`m sure there are other reasons but all I know is that I`ve never gone into a hobby shop anywhere without coming out with some purchase and usually it`s something in a box.
  12. robertw added a post in a topic Finally finished my new work space.   

    That workbench looks way to nice to mess up with modelling stuff but in the end your space is going to look like a showroom model space.
  13. robertw added a post in a topic Got my first real model dedicated bench!   

    Looks like a great desk for modelling and like the old saying of work expanding ........I guarantee that it will not be long before you are wishing that the big desk was even bigger. Get some bracket shelves up on the wall in front of you for more storage, get a piece of glass or something else on the top of the desk to provide a non wood work surface (I use heavy glass which is so easy to clean up),  and a goose neck lamp to provide more direct light and your own little modelling world will be complete.
  14. robertw added a post in a topic Delage D8 SS   

    I love the old brass era cars and yours is a nice build of a car from that period. Heller kits have a worse reputation then they deserve but here in Canada there appears to be no one importing them so they're very hard to get. I've had my local hobby shop trying to get a couple of recent Heller releases with no sucess.
  15. robertw added a post in a topic Revell Honda/Acura   

    While not a big Tuner fan I can certainly recognize good work and this collection demonstrates some very nice work. Well done. A fellow modeler and myself are currently building a pair of the reissued Tamiya Honda 600 kits. It was a pricy kit but is an almost fall together model as are most Tamiya kits. I'll add mine to a tiny Honda collection consisting of a Honda 800 & Honda 2000 and also have an NSX to build in the future.