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  • Location Hi, Desert . . .AZ
  • Full Name Sam Tate

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  1. samdiego added a post in a topic What is this?   

    Thank You, Doctor
  2. samdiego added a post in a topic Just a thought about 3D printing   

    Mattel is scheduled to release a 3D printer resurrecting the Thingmaker moniker by this Christmas. Price should be under $400. Even if this turns out to be inadequate for our needs, It's only the beginning. A good 3D printer would be a boon to any signshop, my vocation in a past life.  I've used one that was based on printing by spraying a flour-like substance with a glue, late 90s tech.  It worked well enough and the strata lines were minimal. It did have a texture that needed to be removed, though. I wonder how long before large format 3D printers happen. You could print canoes.
  3. samdiego added a post in a topic 1/25 1/24 lindberg line boats   

    Well, now I see why Palmer didn't take over the world. The final piece will definitely be good enough for shelf display (photos in a bit) but overall it has a bunch of issues. First and foremost is the chrome tree. Alclad will be you're best friend here. I settled for just stripping the targa band and reshaping the piece with sanding sticks but blueprinting the whole tree rechroming would go a long way. The deck took finesse, super glue and a dozen rubber bands and then it took some gap filler, good enough. The locators and fit of the interior could have been better.  The instrument cluster is nice although not symmetric from side to side. Engraving is wavy and part fit is only fair. The decals match the shape of the gauges but not the flags, the rear flag especially which has the paint lines in deep relief.  However, even in that light, I would still label it as muey desirable largely because the subject is so cool. I'm still looking forward to the Owens Twin Outboard.
  4. samdiego added a post in a topic What is this?   

    Well Dragon, I think you've nailed it. Thanks. The silver parts are white metal. Now on to the reference hunt. Any guesses as to the model mfg?
  5. samdiego added a topic in Car Aftermarket / Resin   

    What is this?
    Probably 25 years ago, a friend asked me to safeguard his small stash, I've finally decided that I've waited long enough for him to reclaim it. So, I found this.
    Can anyone ID it and then can anyone post the instructions? I'm thinking BRM or Cooper but I have no idea. Single cylinder, rear engine, transverse leaf springs.

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  6. samdiego added a post in a topic 1/25 1/24 lindberg line boats   

    I ordered mine from Tower about a month ago, it arrived Friday. I've started it but here is what you get. Seems to be just a little big for 1/24. Except for the motor which seems really small for an 8. 

  7. samdiego added a post in a topic New added to Round 2   

    Yeah, I mistook Tim's relevant trailer photos for boat photos and ran with the pic of Miss Bud. At least my Soaked Al's Special is on the trailer. I should repost  about the Coronado in "All the others" 
    The windows are pre-cut acetate and include the portholes.
    I pre-ordered from Tower about a month ago. Love Tower Hobbies, especially since moving to this little burg
    Miss Bud would be an awesome subject for rerelease, this is the only one I've ever seen.
  8. samdiego added a post in a topic New added to Round 2   

    The engine in the Coronado kit is decaled as a Fireball V8. That's the short block in the background of this photo. The rocker covers make it look like a Hemi V6 but the intake looks 8ish.

    I remember seeing Miss Bud in Detroit when I was about 11
  9. samdiego added a post in a topic New added to Round 2   

    The Coronado kit does have a motor.  5 pieces with the heads, valve covers, intake and exhaust as 1 piece on the chrome tree. It doesn't match photos I've found online. The kit motor looks more like a V6.  Lots of reference available. I found one for sale for under $15,000. It listed a Gray Marine 327 V8 w/238 hp.
    Yes, it's the 1/25 Miss Bud. I found it in the used pile at a friend's Hobby Shop a few years ago. I was pleasantly surprised to find the silk screened vinyl and most of the decals still usable 

  10. samdiego added a post in a topic New added to Round 2   

    since we're showing boats

  11. samdiego added a post in a topic New added to Round 2   

    Well, almost unbuilt. Obviously untreed. I've glued the 3 piece hull together, those seams look like easy ones. The deck is a bit warped but that looks like an easy fix too. The very nice decals are from Cartograph and include instrument faces. 7 faces for 5 instruments, I'll figure that out when I get there,

  12. samdiego added a post in a topic New added to Round 2   

    Nice, nice, nice. Love the boats, Tim.  I just got the Coronado today. Probably the most flash I've seen on a kit in a long time. The engraving is a little wonky in spots. I'm still a bit geeked over it though. I'll order the Owens as well. More please! Maybe a nice tailfinned ski boat
  13. samdiego added a post in a topic Sunbeam Tiger reissue questions   

    I've just noticed that the instructions completely overlook the nicely done 60's era two piece payphone that's on the same tree as the dash. I've been looking at reference photos for hours and I'm not seein' where on the car this could possibly go. Why is there a nicely done 60's era two piece payphone? Seems like an odd thing to tool in a Tiger kit. 
    I'm planning on using the Revell Lowrider tires, they fit the Minilites nicely but the wheels may need to be trimmed through the axle stem for track width. I'm not using the fender flares. There are two types, I have both the 60 and 64 Implalas and don't remember which set I grabbed. One set feels like PVC, the other kit's tires were more rubbery. I'm using the rubbery set.
  14. samdiego added a post in a topic What a piece of junk....   

    Really nice. Did you make any special modifications yourself?
  15. samdiego added a post in a topic AMT Super Boss 2016   

    Still need to add the dark blue on the hood and upper cab among other things