Art Anderson

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  1. Art Anderson added a post in a topic AMT circa 1963 Go Cart.   

    Considering the era when Go-Karts first became popular, they started out using either Briggs & Stratton or Clinton 4-cycle 1-cylinder engines (about 1956-57 or thereabouts)).  By 1958 or so, 2-cycle engines became the standard if you wanted to be competitive, and that generally meant chain saw engines, either West Bend or McCulloch (they being the "Gold Standartd" back then.  I believe the engine in the AMT "teaser" parts kit was a McCulloch.
  2. Art Anderson added a post in a topic AMT circa 1963 Go Cart.   

    FWIW, Jeff Ballard of Motor City Resin Casting is poised to start casting a reproduction of this go-kart kit!
  3. Art Anderson added a post in a topic Removing hard rubber promo tires from rims?   

    Chances are, those tires are a harder compound of PVC, which was common with 50's promo's, even the '58-'59 AMT Annual Series 3in1 kits.  However, that promo was probably molded in acetate plastic, given the shatter-proof qualities of acetate, as compared to the pure styrene that was the only styrene available in the early 50's. 
  4. Art Anderson added a post in a topic Cheap oil = lower plasic prices?   

    Bill, the returnable (deposit bottles) beverage bottles went away perhaps 30 yrs ago, for several reasons:  The cost of handling both at the retailers and the added fuel cost of the load going back to the bottling plant.  Next, the demise of local bottling plants (your friendly local Coca-Cola bottler who had that really cool bottling line set up in the front window!) in favor of more regional distributors).   And of course, health reasons--there was always the possibility of incomplete sanitation of reusable bottles, and that coupled with the rise of litigation for all manner of causes. This lead to the introduction of disposable glass bottles, which while recyclable, still added tare weight to the load of delivery trucks.
    Aluminum cans, of course are eminently recyclable (and in fact, several states require a deposit on all disposable beverage cans and bottles, helping to ensure that they will be turned in for recycling.  The modern plastic beverage bottles are also quite recyclable, and being made of PET-G plastic, can be melted down, used for products way beyond just making new bottles out of them (for example, the so-called 'Micro-Fiber" cleaning tools (mops, dust and polishing cloths, dusting wands are very commonly made from micro-fibers spun from recycled PET-G).  An added plus is the much lighter weight of a plastic beverage or water bottle, meaning that the delivery truck can carry more product for the same weight of cargo.
  5. Art Anderson added a post in a topic Paint booth question   

    I have a Pace Peacemaker, which has a squirrel-cage blower and exhaust setup to extract overspray and paint fumes out of the house, through a window. To set this up, I simply bought a clothes dryer exhaust hose & vent kit (any hardware store or lumberyard will have this!), and a precut plywood shelf, that I cut down to fit the width of the window frame.  Using a hole saw sized for the vent, I simply cut a hole in that plywood, installed the exterior dryer vent,installed that, then hooked up the dryer hose to my spray booth outlet and the dryer vent.
    When I need to paint something, it's as simple as opening the window,placing that plywood "plug" in the opening, then closing the sash down on top of it to secure the plug, turn on the exhaust blower and spray away.  I NEVER get any paint fumes in my model room (I have an apartment in an older house which has a common HVAC system, and two apartments downstairs (occupied by elderly women with sensitive noses), and they've never noticed a hint of paint fumes.
  6. Art Anderson added a post in a topic Decanting Tamiya TS-13 Clear coat for airbrushing   

    For that matter, I too have great results decanting all Tamiya lacquer colors (TS-13 is simply their lacquer with no pigment added), and airbrushing it.  However, due to the nearest hobby shop that stocks any Tamiya paint at all being an hour or more away, I simply use "Kleen Strip" lacquer thinner, which I can get at WalMart, Meijer, even a few paint stores here--it's never failed me yet!
  7. Art Anderson added a post in a topic How to label spare parts???   

    When I need to set aside small parts (such as wheels, engine components, lenses and the like, NOTHING beats the inexpensive small (approx. 2" square) medication zip-lock plastic bags from Walgreen's or any good pharmacy.    They even come with a printed white "box" on them for writing down what's in the bag, and what model they go to.  These can then be put into multiple drawer cabinets or other storage systems.
  8. Art Anderson added a post in a topic Cheap oil = lower plasic prices?   

    FWIW, the most expensive part of the price of a bottle of paint (if a glass bottle) is the bottle itself, and the makeup of a glass bottle does not include petroleum.
  9. Art Anderson added a post in a topic Cheap oil = lower plasic prices?   

    Exactly.  With inflation, not everything goes up in price of course, and those things that do don't all go up at the same rate.  It's the same with deflation (drop in prices), as not everything can, or will go down in price, and certainly those that drop don't necessarily go down at the same rate as well.
    With a model kit, tooling is by far and away the biggest single check any manufacturer writes, and that money simply has to be replenished back into the "kitty" so as to be there to fund the tooling for the next kit, so right there is a cost that simply has to be recovered in order to move forward.  Tooling costs and certainly manufacturing costs don't drop due to the decline in oil prices, in fact they are still rising.
  10. Art Anderson added a post in a topic Cheap oil = lower plasic prices?   

    Well, the cost of oil is but a portion of the cost of manufacturing styrene plastic, and the cost of styrene used in the molding of model kits folks. It's pretty much the same with the price of those little glass bottles that Testors uses to package paint in--oil is only a portion of the feedstock for that enamel--in fact the single biggest cost there is the glass bottle.
  11. Art Anderson added a post in a topic Hmm, another brass-era Model T I'm going to have to have, I think!   

    Yup, the rise of the dollar VS the fall of the curreny of other countries!
  12. Art Anderson added a post in a topic Why does the same car vary by kit manufacturer?   

    And, the original post in this thread talks about models of cars produced now almost half a century ago--no CAD files from the automaker there.
  13. Art Anderson added a post in a topic Decanting Tamiya TS-13 Clear coat for airbrushing   

    I decant and airbrush Tamiya lacquers all the time, including TS-13, never a problem, great paint!
  14. Art Anderson added a post in a topic Why does the same car vary by kit manufacturer?   

    Well,CAD files are CAD files, and they may or may not be accurate--after all,one of the very first lessons I learned in Computer Science 101 in college (Summer of 1969 if that means anything) is the acronym GIGO, which translates to "Garbage in, Garbage Out".  Does that mean that all computer data as it relates to scaling down a real car to make a model of it is garbage?  No, it does not.  However, more often than not, such information simply has to be fed into the machine by a human or humans, who are actually translating what they (or other humans) have seen or observed.  Simply put, the computer is but a tool (highly technical and perhaps complex, but nonetheless no more or less a tool than a hammer or a screwdriver). 
    Bear in mind, that a model car (and the illustration starting this topic involves TWO real cars, the design and styling of which were done long BEFORE computers were anything more than electronic calculating machines!   Unfortunately, model companies (and those within those model companies who do the actual work of product development) don't have the multi-millions of dollars worth of equipment, along with a very large staff of stylists, engineers and craftsmen at their disposal that the likes of Ford, GM, Fiat-Chrysler Automotive (or any other automaker), but have very small development teams, anywhere from 1 to perhaps a dozen in product development, with computer skills and computers of course, but it is NOT the same thing.  So, the human equation steps in, and depending on the commitment of a particular model company to scale fidelity, up or down, does affect the final outcome.  In all this, computer technology, at the model kit development level, simply has replaced the draftsman at his drawing board, the pattern-making tooling mockup sculptor with carving tools in hand, and the old-fashioned toolmaker at a 3-dimensional pantograph milling machine. The best that can be done with cars manufactured before digital technology such as is available today is simply old-fashioned detective work--the upcoming '65 Comet Cyclone stems in large part from perhaps 400 photographs taken of a real car, perhaps 30% with specially marked rulers and measuring tapes laid on or next to portions of the body to give exact dimensions of those parts--but unless one is referencing a rust bucket, it's just not possible to measure each and every body panel.
    As for access to 3D CAD files, even that can be problematic, depending on the depth of what a real automaker might provide (I still remember, when at Playing Mantis from 2002 to the end of 2004 (doing product development for Johnny Lightning diecast (1/64, 1/24, and 1/18 scale) we got a set of body loft drawings from Ford Motor Company for the 1964-66 Mustang which were TOTALLY useless--they were FULL SIZE drawings, the same actual size as the real car!  Try working with something like that in a 12' square office sometime!  And yet, when I was assigned to develop the Johnny Lightning 1/24 scale 1957 Ford Courier Sedan Delivery,  Ford's then diecast model subsidiary and licensing office was able to send me a set of 4-view basic line drawings of that car, which along with the nearly 100 photographs we'd already found, were enough to make a very credible 1/24 scale model. As with any car designed before modern digital imaging, scanning, even CAD meant, and still means creating all of that data.  And then, as hinted above, there is the level of commitment to making a correct scale model--some companies and some management teams (the former often outlive the latter!)--can make or break the final product.  Now, as for the two differing Mustang model kits which started this conversation are concerned, they were done by two different teams, by competing model companies, with all the opportunities perhaps with wildly differing budgets.   But on the flip side of it, there are numerous instances where a modeler has taken a body shell from Model Company A, played with it on the body shell from Model Company B, and found that it fit with little more than a swipe of a file here or there, or perhaps adding very thin strips of styrene to enlarge the hood the very small distance needed for a reasonably good fit.
    In short, Harry, the process as nowhere nearly as simplistic as you seem to suggest!
  15. Art Anderson added a post in a topic Hmm, another brass-era Model T I'm going to have to have, I think!   

    Dave, if ICM followed the pattern established with the Opel Admiral and Model T kits, you should find the G4 Staff Car kit to be VERY precisely laid out--it likely has a multi-piece body shell, again, SOP for this company.  I would submit you should be able to build it with confidence that it will turn out quite nicely!