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  1. You can get gears in countless sizes and variations by searching Ebay for watchmaker/clockmaker stuff. I got a box of hundreds of metal gears ranging from about two inches to tiny for basically free (1€ + shipping), but you should at least be able to find something for less than $50 that will last a modeler's lifetime.
  2. You can use CA glue or Epoxy, but whatever you use, the bond will only be as strong as the bond between the paint and the plastic.
  3. You can use the Iwata K200 grip which is more easily available and fits perfectly. I use it on my PS 290.
  4. I usually don't find the time to build more than one kit a year (maybe two when the kits are simple and I build them box stock), so it's always a tough choice. But I think I'll do the Revell '32 5 window coupe with some modifications (top chop, kitbash engine and wheels).
  5. This one should work normally. It's the same article but in German: https://roadstars.mercedes-benz.com/de_DE/magazine/route/01-2018/on-tour-with-arto-simola-in-the-actros-lowrider.html
  6. Finland 🙂 https://portal.mercedes-benz-trucks.com/en_GB/magazine/route/01-2018/on-tour-with-arto-simola-in-the-actros-lowrider.html
  7. For small and/or deliacte parts, I often use cheap metal hair clips like the one pictured below. They don't have teeth which could leave marks and the clamping force isn't nearly as high as with alligator clips. The only thing I do is to sand the insides of the tips a bit because the surface is too smooth for a good grip. Also, you can get tiny wooden clothespins in crafts stores, and the "reverse trick" works with them. Just glue them to the end of a popsickle stick for better handling.
  8. Depending on the size and shape of the area to be painted, you could scrape or sand the plating off to the bare plastic. Just how you would often do on the spots where chromed parts get glued.
  9. Thanks, Kurt! I am not aware of any M 113 aftermarket engines or suitable non-curbside kits.
  10. Mechatronik M-Coupe with AMG V8 engine https://www.mechatronik.de/en/new-tech/m-coupe/ You can buy them as "new" cars, but actually they are completely rebuilt and modified W111s.
  11. Ah nice, the "Rote Sau"! It was kind of an outlaw in the racing business, indeed. The one from the pictures is a factory replica of the car that finished 2nd in the 1971 24 Hours of Spa. The original car was sold to French company Matra, who modified it with a mechanism to test fighter jet tires. It is unknown what happened to the car afterwards.
  12. Yes, the grips are interchangeable as well between Mr. Hobby, Iwata and Tamiya.
  13. There is also the PS-275 which comes with a 0.3mm needle/nozzle instead of the 0.5mm and it can't do fan patterns. I use the PS-290 for car bodies and other large surface work, for small parts and detail work I prefer my HP-M1.
  14. I have a Mr. Hobby PS-290, which (apart from the built in pressure screw) is identical to the Iwata HP-TH. Both are manufactured by Olympos, as most Japanese airbrushes, and spare parts are interchangable. I'm very happy with it, but I think adding the grip is a must.
  15. If 1/35 is also an option, and it doesn't have to be limited to modern(ish) and US cars, you could consider some Miniart kits. These are more detailed than many 1/24 car kits, sometimes even down to spark plugs coming as single parts etc. They are mostly focused on military stuff, but also offer some interesting civilian kits. I have some of their kits in my stash, like the Mercedes 170V delivery van which can be built with doors and hoods opened, has a detailed engine and has a parts count of around 250.
  16. I more or less stopped selling on Ebay for similar (and more) reasons. IMO, the only advantage over selling via forums or classifieds is that you don't have to mess with too many inquiries or offers. I recently sold most of my analogue photography and darkroom stuff, apart from 8x10" related items and things I need for alternative processes. It were only around 50 items, but handling all the inquiries, making special offers for bundles etc. was quite a nightmare...
  17. The Hasegawa kit doesn't include an engine, if that's important. However, there is a resin engine kit from Reji Model that can be used: https://www.scalemates.com/kits/reji-model-sp992-lancia-stratos-hf--278995
  18. Not that hard to find, but they go for around $70-100 on Ebay regularily. I got mine for 35 Euros from a fellow modeler. 30-50 is the range for most Enthusiast kits if you take your time.
  19. Admirably done! I have that kit sitting on my stash waiting to be built along with four other Enthusiast series kits.
  20. Good job, turned out much nicer than I thought it would! In Germany we call them bonanza bikes, although "Bonanza" was just one of the brands which sold those types of bikes. They disapperead rather quickly with the BMX hype.
  21. Got my Iwata HP-M1 today. I never got to like "traditional" shaped airbrushes, especially double-action types. I had the chance to try out an M1 the other day and immediately fell in love with it. For me, it feels much more natural and "part of my hand", and I prefer pre-dialing the amount of paint with the thumbscrew instead of having to use a single trigger for adjusting both air and paint flow.
  22. https://springs.mrspring.com/viewitems/extension-springs/extension-springs-3 https://www.thespringstore.com/catalogsearch/advanced/?search=stock-extension-springs These have several springs which come close to your measurements.
  23. Not sure if this helps (it's focused on British cars), but it might give an idea: http://www.classic-british-car-jacks.uk/Ford_Jacks.htm
  24. What has worked for me in the past is painting it with a stamp. I either use a piece of firm sponge rubber glued to a wooden stick or just the eraser tip of a pencil, if I have one that wasn't used too much. I paint the rubber/eraser lightly with the intended color and carefully stamp it on the raised portions to be painted. It's important to not use too much paint, better 10 thin runs instead of one that used too much paint which might fill the little recesses.
  25. No, he probably did it just for fun, out of curiosity and to share something else than "hey look at my 976th scale model build!". But other people might be tempted to build and use it, for whatever reason. I can already imagine the conversation when someone who painted his model using this DIY airbrush shows a build: DIY airbrush guy: "Hi, look at my latest scale model build. It's a '69 Olds 420" Other guy: "Nice! What airbrush did you use to paint the body?" DIY airbrush guy: "I used a insert expensive airbrush model here." Other guy: "Thanks. Really nice! See you." DIY airbrush guy: "No, jk, actually I used this cheap DIY airbrush." Other guy: "Oh! Now that you say it, I think yout paintjob turned out semi-optimal. Look at that... and this spot... and..."
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