I got a copy of the Australian company Southern Cross Miniatures W125 Mercedes. This is their first 1/20 multi media kit and will be a stark contrast sitting next to to the more modern F1 cars everyone else manufactures.
Fujimi are bring back their 1/12 scale Nissan Skyline GT-R in March. I can remember Fujimi making a range of 1/12 kits back in the day which haven't been in their catalogue forever. http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10499666
Thats a surprise to see all their 1/24 kits no longer listed as I'd been at their site in what seemed was just the other day. Hiro ceased production of all their line of 1/20 Ferrari F1 kits some time back for what was said to be licensing issues but who knows. I think one of the last 1/24 Ferrari kits Hiro made was the Ferrari Lusso which I purchased when it was released a year ago. With Hiro releasing a new 1/12 scale kit every month they may be just streamlining production by dropping 1/24. The logistics of manufacturing and keeping track of all the parts in just one of their 1/12 full detail kits must be challenging.
I've placed several orders with Randy so far and he has been setting the standard for shipping speed and communication. Living down under its comforting to be dealing with a vendor like Randy who you know you can place an order with and know its in reliable hands. I'm looking forward to receiving my next order probably around the end of next week
2k ' off the gun ' does dry smoother than 1k which usually dries with a characteristic egg shell finish that is polished to get the same result. A real issue I found with 2k is it dries so hard it can be a mission to sand out and polish any imperfections that inevitably appear when I paint. Whilst I do have 2k here I find that having grown up with 1k its ease of use, less toxic and being considerably cheaper makes it my choice. I can't see any difference in the shine between my 2k and polished 1k paint jobs therefore the only benefit I can see from 2k is it could save some elbow grease if you laid it down perfectly. " Why bother with 2k " ..... I don't bother with it anymore as it has more negatives than benefits for me.
I've always used a disposable glove on the hand I hold the part with. Make sure to dispose of the glove at the end of the session though and start with a new one. I once reused a glove I'd had on the day before and started to get crud in the paint which turned out to be bits of paint flaking off the old glove