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  1. Good news. I placed an order in 2011 and pretty much gave up hope. Maybe I can finally build a charger SE.
  2. Not my work.. but I remember stumbling across it when researching the dodge magnum. This builder started with the resin stock car body and did a great job making it a stock dodge magnum. The starting point was a NASCAR body, but the same kind of work was involved. http://public.fotki.com/JDURANSO/jeffs_model_cars/finished_conversion/stock_79_magnum/
  3. I bought 4 of the re-issue 1/16th "Street charger", I have owned at least 4 AMT 1970 Impalas ... it is a model that for some reason I screw up constantly. I bought 4 1/16th 1957 vettes on ebay, then I do not know for sure but at least 10 Monogram nascar 89ish Tbirds in various boxings over the years. I hoarded the Street Chargers since the tooling was going to be modified and never released again, and I planned to build several 1957 vettes but after I finished one, I did not want to do it again. Now do not get me started on Hasegawa 1/48 phantoms...
  4. What a great idea. I actually do spend a fair amount of time going down the "youtube rabbit hole" finding covers of songs. Many of my favorites have been posted in this thread already,such as the Sheryl Crow Walk away andVanilla Fudge's Keep me hanging on Here are some of my favorites: The one that got me started after watching the Concert For Bangladesh .. Leon Russel and with many others doing jumping jack flash: How about the Temptations doing Eye of the tiger? Or a very early Van Halen taking on Rainbow's Main on the silver mountain? [yt] [/yt] I can not post here because of the language, but if you like Queen's Stone Cold Crazy, check out the Metallica version
  5. Are you kidding me? I have the same project on my "get around to it list" I also have a black F-150 , except mine is not a 4x4 ... I also have a toolbox. Nice job on the model. Now if I can get the thing to stop blowing the brake light fuse it will be perfect.
  6. You should be able to salvage the kit, no problem. What kit is it? There are many places you can get a new body tube. try: Uncle Mike's Rocket Shack: http://www.unclemikesrocketshack.com/ You can also ask at the rocketry forum http://www.rocketryforum.com/ They are very nice to new comers. PM me if you need assistance. Have Fun -K
  7. I would have to say it is my Badger Million-aire silent compressor. First time I could adjust pressure while airbrushing, which opened up a whole new world of control. Plus, I could airbrush anytime without causing a racket with noisy compressor.
  8. I built that kit when it was re-issued in 2006, this was before they re-issued it a few years later with PE. I think I used every shade of testors metalizer on the engine and suspension. I kinda buggered up the decals and the red stripe, but I am still happy with it. I remember the multiple pieces of the wing being a bear to get smooth and it kept popping apart . The other thing that was a challenge was the window frames that attach to the doors. I was in the home stretch and rushed that part a little. Like you indicated above, the engine and the drivetrain are jewels .. the U joints and the rubber parts are functional. I always wondered what builders thought when this kit was released back in the 70s. That kit is a journey... have fun with it. Fotki lost most of the pictures but here are a few
  9. I decided to use a respirator when airbrushing, after a scary experience. I painted my 1/12th porsche 935 in a spray booth,I think I had run out of dust masks, or just forgot to put one on. Any way, due to lighting I found my self having to keep pretty close to it to see what I was doing. I was painting the body white, with MM enamel. After I finished, I kept smelling paint, where ever I went. I finally looked in the mirror, and my nose hairs were white! I must have been breathing the overspray in. After that I took using protection much more seriously.
  10. Ace-Garageguy summed it up pretty well. When I learned to paint bodies with enamel in the 90s (before I discovered lacquer) I found I had to thin the paint more than I though and move closer to the body. I can not really explain, it is just sort of muscle memory for me. If you start with a slightly thicker mix for the first few coats, it does not draw away from the body lines, then to build up the gloss, I use a thinner mix and move a little closer and get a very smooth finish with MM enamels. Like I said I do this mostly by "feel" and I "eyball" the thinning of the paint. If I get it right, it requires only a minimum of polishing. If you can adjust the pressure with your compressor, you can manipulate it until the paint flows just right. Again I do this by feel. Remember to use light coats, do not be tempted to go to thick too fast. I have had the same batch of needles for my H for 20+ years and never had to replace a seal, and I Use lacquer thinner and sometimes even acetone to clean up. The H with a 3 or a 5 tip can produce beautiful finishes. I find a double action to be a little bit fiddly for painting bodies, but I love the double action for painting little parts where varying the trigger helps to get just the right amount of paint on irregular parts. Like any thing else PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE . Then, before you know it you will be a pro at painting bodies.
  11. For me, like many others it is because the production runs are pretty short and kits can become difficult to find or just too expensive. I subscribe to the idea of "if you ever want to build it, grab it now" This is also especially true of resin kits. Look at the Model king reissues of 2005-2008 (or thereabouts) - the nascar models, and the 70s trucks. These are outliers, but it does go to show you can not count on them being available later. You never know what might disappear, I wish I had stocked up on gunze sangyo Aqueous hobby colors, they are great paints, but they are no longer sold in the US. I used to buy 2 of each one I liked, but with Kits getting more expensive, I limit myself to one. I do intend to build them all....
  12. If you like it you should get it soon, those were released in the "one run of fun" program, never to come back as the tooling was restored to re issue the petty charger. If you like Chargers, and 1/16th kits it is a great kit. I have several of them.
  13. Looks good. This car lends it self well to this style of building.
  14. I am 37 and I want to say I started at 7 or 8 so almost 30 years ago, maybe more. As the tale goes, one day My Mom bought a model kit for my dad as a present when she saw them at the local dug store, perhaps as a birthday present. this would have been in 82 or 83. My dad had built models as a kid. ?He started out brush painting everything then started using spray paints and a badger spraygun with air cans. We would go to the National air and space museum and buy a model of an airplane we saw My Dad also taught me about all the different airplanes this way. At some point along this time I was given snap tites and simple glue models and my dad would help me. Later on we got an airbrush, compressor and a spray booth, and eventually when I was in High School oh say 9th grade or so I was airbrushing on my own. My parents were always pretty supportive of the hobby. We usually had the latest issue of Fine Scale Modeler around the house. My Grandfather on my Dad's side built ship models, and my Uncle on my Mom's side built planes, then switched to race cars. He turned me on to NASCAR modeling and the Model car magazines of the time in the early 90s. I never really stopped, I did not have much time when I was in college, I lived at home but much of my free time was used up with Radio Control Cars, studying, girls, etc but I never stopped completely. I have always built a mixture of Cars and airplanes. Once I was done with school and working full time in 1998 or so I returned to the hobby with more enthusiasm and attention to detail. I built quite a few models in the early 2000s but they all got damaged in a move and I tossed them. I build at a glacial pace these days but I enjoy it. Now That I stop and think about it, it really runs in my family.
  15. What about the MPC annual Big chevys from 1971-1975 before the tooling ended up as the '76 that was re issued recently? I do not think I have ever seen one. And for me the monogram 79 Ram Charger I can never seem to find one ... I have often wanted to build that kit because my Uncle had one that he bought new and It was the highlight of a trip to visit family to go for a ride in it when I was little.
  16. Funny you mention the door prizes.... I recall at a few local shows back in the 90s we ended up with many lindberg kits. I got the 93ish? 1/20th Firebird as a door prize back in the day. I built it but I was still learning to airbrush so I screwed up the paint job several times and never ended up finishing it, but that was a very nice kit. Just had the very ugly stock rims, so the only problem with 1/20th scale is that there are not a lot of choices for kit bashing. I did find the slightly large scale easier to work with as the parts were just a little bigger, thus big enough to be able to handle without tweezers, etc. I think the Nissan pickup we got as a door prize on the same day is still down in the kit dungeon at my Parent's house. Come to think of it, that day My Dad and I bought $20 of raffle tickets between us and we ended up with a bunch of Lindberg planes also.
  17. You can not go wrong. I have built the 72 tornio wagon and the casting was beautiful. I am partway through the 70 1/2 falcon which you would think was styrene except for the fact it is slightly heavier. Excellent customer service as well.
  18. The misuse of apostrophes is the one thing that drives me crazy. When in doubt, leave it out. The other one I do not like, which was mentioned earlier in this thread is 1:1, which implies a full scale replica, but is used to describe the actual vehicle. However, it is a lost cause, it is already in such common use, like motor/engine.
  19. I like them. I use a lot of the primer in my airbrush, it covers very well and is easier than using a spray can. I also like the various shades of silver, like Old silver, etc when I need multiple shades to break up things like exhaust systems. The different shades of black are good when you do not want BLACK but more of a very dark gray, again to give varied shades. They airbursh very well, you can use Testors generic enamel thinner, or the Floquil specific thinner, DIO-SOL.
  20. I watched the wheeler dealers marathon friday for the whole day. One of the cars featured was a Fiat Dino coupe. Was there ever a kit of this car produced? Thanks
  21. Remember back in say 2007 or 2008 Lindberg came back under a new owner and they pretty much re-issued everything all at once? Instead of one Crown Vic every few months, they issued Every Crown vic kit decal variation at once. I also remember the dodge cab over truck causing a bit of a stir when that was re-issued.
  22. I am happy to use a check or money order. My bigger concern is getting the stuff I order. I am starting an extreme NASCAR build so I have been going over your website for some of the things I need. Since you have a good reputation I will gladly send payment in the mail. In some cases I have even gotten my stuff faster by mailing in payment, another vendor who does Ship fittings, gold medal models does not have online ordering, I sent a check and had my PE set in less than a week.
  23. I have been trying to research "Street Freaks" from the 70s. I can not find that much info, but from what I can find they look pretty cool. I was born in '75 so I really do not remember seeing cars like that on the road. Actually in my area .. northern VA I never really saw a lot of modded cars. When I was 5 or 6 I could identify any car on the road, and by the time I was old enough to buy my own Hot Rod magazines in the mid 80s it was the age of monochrome and pastel colored cars with a different look, and later on Pro-Street My question is, does the front end have to be raised up to be considered a Street Freak? The common denominator seems to be a 60s or 70s car with a wild forced induction system, Big rear tires, Cragars, Daisy wheels, or Centerlines, and Flames or Yellow/Orange Grpahics, or almost lowrider-esqe panel graphics. What generally happens to a customized car once the trend is no longer fashionable? Do people generally try to turn it into something else? or are there garages full of Pro-street, pastel colored hot rods just waiting for it to be cool again? What will happen to all the pro touring cars people built? Where do all the out of style wheels end up? What happened to all those Billet wheels from the 80s and 90s ? Would the The good old Monogram Camaro z/28 be a street freak right out of the box? (yeah I know the kit has issues but it is just plain fun to build)
  24. Nice save, that must have felt great to finish after 30 years. That is a neat idea to use airliner decals to replicate those kind of graphics. Thanks for the link to your Fotki, there is some neat stuff there. - I bookmarked it.
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