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  1. Never going to do masking like the above interiors(fantastic work btw) but for other masking tasks, i've used these tapes bu Aizu and Jammy Dog, https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/list/2413/0/1 http://www.jammydog.com/ Don
  2. Hello all!! Finishing a car project finally, and not doing much in the way of Bare metal, need to know if you apply it before the decals and final clearcoat, or at the end when all else is done? TIA Don
  3. Just used it this weekend for the 1st time. Have to say, possibly the nicest gloss coat i've done. Letting it harden to sand/polish next week. Don
  4. Thanks for the fast replies, guys!! I figured my first thought was good to go, but what i think is right often clashes with the real right way to do something. Did manage to get the color coat down and the clear coat. Looks OK, and i think a very light sand and polish it'll be good to go. I was under the impression the Testors clear is a lacquer, but i found the fumes had little smell compared to Tamiya spraybombs, actually reminded me of an Acrylic clear. 3 light coats followed by two wet, looks good with a slight peel on two areas and no sags. Thanks again all. Don
  5. Hello all!! Starting back into cars again, at the finish of the build. I have the color coat down, Tamiya spraybomb. At this point, do you guys apply clear gloss, sand and polish, then apply Bare Metal foil, or do you apply Bare Metal foil, clear gloss, sand and polish? I'm thinking the first method. The clear i'm using is Testors Extreme Lacquer Wet look. Any hints on best way to apply? Light coat X2 then a wet coat? Don
  6. Tamiya primer is like Franks Red Hot, if you get what i mean... Don
  7. Look pretty typical for drum brake backing plates. Use the bottom for the rear, they have the dimples where the parking brake cables would enter the plate. Don
  8. Now that's just silly sez i, flying around in my F-15 or P-51, or X-Wing, doing flybys.... Don
  9. Jezzuss!! 1972!! I remember buying that issue and trying that technique. Man, i was just 13...feeling old, now.... Don
  10. I remember reading a long time ago, the only ones that hated the Phantom were the ones on the receiving end of their wrath. Don
  11. I'm happy with the build, got a Marine Phantom done with a loadout I've wanted to do for w while, now. Thing is big, footprint about the size of 5 1/25 scale car models!! Phantoms look their best with a full loadout, this one is loaded for CAS, marked when base at Chu Lai or Da Nang. Thanks for the positive, guys, much appreciated!! Don
  12. Haven't done a car in a while, built an jet instead. This is the Tamiya kit built in the markings of a Marine attack fighter squadron VMFA-334. Configured with the classic Snake 'n Nape loadout. Don
  13. Have to agree with everyone, nice clean build with great paintwork!! Finding these Tamiya Porsches are just really enjoyable builds. Don
  14. I enjoyed this build because it was so simple and well engineered. Never thought much about porsches until started working on them. Just finished doing an LS swap into a 1999 boxster, as engine swaps go, it really wasn't that bad. Don't have a lot of pics as it was fill work in between. This is the bosses car. This is the LS1 mated to a 6sp trans from a Boxster S, different from the stock trans. You can see the adapter and the front crossmember. These are from a kit, well engineered. The heads were gone through, changed the trunions on the rockers. Cam specs are for the LS3. Guesstimate of 440 hp.Will spin tires half way through 3rd. Shows drivetrain in place On layoff right now. Can get more pics when I get back. Don
  15. It's like when they rearrange aisles at the store, confusing as heck, but you get used to it. Don
  16. 2nd Porsche done, this was a real easy build. Straightforward, fit is great. Kit is molded in yellow, I prefer metallic colors on Teutonic cars. I sprayed this with Tamiya TS-42 Light metallic grey after seeing builds here in this color. Middle of a F-4 Phantom build now, have a Tamiya Mercedes after. Don
  17. Great progress on the charger!! Did some of these when they first came out, and recently did another. Ride height always looked wrong on all the kits. Never did the axle relocation, I modified the tinwork to drop the height. Something else I did was add the reinforcing strip along the bottom of the rocker panels, this also gives the look of a lower ride height. Don
  18. try adding a drop of dishwashing soap, breaks the surface tension of the wash. HTH don
  19. Most recent Revell P-51D Mustang in 1/32 is a good kit to start with. Easy to assemble, good fit, very reasonable price and availability, good size if your all thumbs...there are others in different scales/manufacturers, but the mustang would be my first choice. HTH Don
  20. I've found they work great as long as you don't use the recommended primer. Don't know how they would be for a shiny, new finish or chrome, but for a used finish I find them great. Just started into car models, primarily aircraft for a long time. Did this with the Vallejo Metal Colors. Don
  21. That Charger looks great!! Had to look twice to see it was a model. I bought a tin of the TS 42 to paint a Porsche, wasn't sure it would be right. Will go ahead now!!! Don
  22. Still enjoy drive -by-me still, not ready for self driving car of my own. Have to say, there are some "drivers" out there where a self driving car would be a BIG improvement over them driving. I can definitely see some benefits to some people that a self driver would give. Want your hotrod or muscle car still? no problem, keep it for fun, a self driver/electric car as a DD short run, grocery getter, why not. Hazard a guess that some here have more than two cars, in the near future I don't see any reason why not have a self driver/electric car.
  23. Sorry about the really late reply. Thanks all for the feedback and ideas, guys. I get that the older kits may be not up to current stuff, been doing aircraft for the last 20-30 years so i understand this and about specific kits. Concentrating on these manufacturers as the quality of the Revell/AMT/Polar Lights kits are known to me. Tamiya quality is great in aircraft/armor and as i've experienced in car kits is also great. Fujimi/Aoshima/Hasegawa car kits are unknown to me, reviews and builds on Youtube help a lot, better still is from modellers that have BTDT. I'll probably stick to newer kits, ask about older kits if needed. I have seen your Youtube channel, martinfan5, very informative!! I already go to Hobby Search for aircraft stuff, did see where there are a lot more kits available than what i've seen, IOW new ways to lighten my wallet. Don
  24. Model shop I frequent has a decent selection of car kits by these manufacturers. They concentrate on German, Italian, Ferraris, and Japanese cars, which i'm OK with. Question is, how are they as far as fit/finish/engineering? Done Tamiya kits and have a couple in the stash, quality is great, dryfit is excellent. Are the listed manufacturers equal? Don
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