Yup, as a college student, out in Fairfield IA back in the 60's, I used to mail letters home from the Burlington RR station (just a block from my residence hall), by meeting the late mail train to Chicago, simply handing my letters to the clerk in the RPO (Mom wondered why the postmarks never said "Fairfield Iowa" though, the clerks carried their own cancellation rubber stamps from whatever town it was where they boarded the RPO). It was interesting too, handing a letter to a USPO clerk who packed a revolver on his hip! I also saw the nightly HWPO bus, in that case, it was a Fageol, which had the bodywork of a Fruehauf round-nosed semi-trailer with large arched windows for a windshield. Those ran both north and south on Iowa State Highway 1, through Fairfield, on the street out front of my res hall. Art
Rob, brass, with an inexpensive soldering pencil, and a Stay-Brite silver solder kit (silver solder plus the flux) is so EASY to use though! And in the bargain, it's not expensive, and far stronger than styrene. Art
Pretty simple, actually! I was 13, one sister 11 and the other one 9. I made a platform in Jr Hi shop class to lay across the floor in the back (level it out), and a "trundle bed" platform (where one half telescoped under the other, trundle bed style) that laid across the backs of both seats, each part wide enough for a single air mattress. Mom made a foam mattress for the platform across the floor--youngest sister camped out on that one, my other sister got to use the seat cushion. Above, I got one side, and either Mom or Dad got the other at night when whichever one was not driving (we did the trip straight through from IN to AZ). That all worked great, save for the moment when Mom mistook a string of Christmas lights (this was over Christmas 1957) in downtown Little Rock AR, realized that the traffic light had turned red at the last minute, stomped on the brake--I slid, ungracefully headfirst down into the front seat, then onto the floor, waking up next to the heater! . Later, it was pretty cool to turn around, put my face under that back window, and star-gaze (perfect for my astronomy lessons for 8th Grade Science (we kids had to take some homework with us, as we left a week before Christmas vacation!). I even had the assignment from Mom (to Dad's grumbling--he could never navigate worth a darn!) to read the maps, lay out the route, even calculating gas mileage (that Hornet averaged 20mpg, not bad for a Twin H-Power 7X!). Yes, those Hudson Hornets were that roomy! Art
The 4dr will happen, once the production kits are out.
Pics will follow, but I am having a blast working up this test shot--4dr sedan version of this one is the car my family took our definitive vacation to Arizona in, in December 1957, AND the car I took my Driver's License road test in, in August of 1960! Stay tuned, folks! Art
Not sure what style of airbrush you are using, but I still use an external-mix airbrush (mine is a Paasche H, but Badger 350 & Binks Wren use the very same design concept), and if I have to stop painting for more than a few seconds, I simply close the material control (the cone-shaped sleeve that threads on the "needle". Another possible cause for the problem you describe could be not thinning the lacquer enough. Lacquers can stand being thinned a good bit more than enamels--I use the "consistency" of 2% milk as my standard, by eyeball--see how it "sheets" down the inside of my glass color jar. Another little trick I use is to lower the air pressure used just a little bit, and opening up my material control, which allows a bit more paint flow while the lower air pressure allows me to move in a good bit closer to the work. It's sort of getting a wet paint surface but without blotting the paint on so heavily that it quickly runs or sags. Just a few thoughts on this.
Consider that the owner of Round2 invested a TON of money to buy up all those existing AMT, MPC, Ertl and Lindberg tools--surely he'd like to recoup that investment by reissuing such kits as can be made from them, before sinking any significant funds into new tooling. Art
Believe me, no model company spokesperson in his right mind would even hint at interest in any particular suggestion from any of us. Why? Because to do so would almost surely spread like wildfire "(fill in any name here) hinted that such and such is gonna be made" when in fact more than likely no such thing was intended. In addition, there are very good reasons for confidentiality in any business, and nowhere is it any more true than in regard to potential product subjects--to violate that would be incredibly stupid, possibly 'tip" that company's hand This is precisely why, for example, the real world automakers guard their potential product ideas most carefully. Any employee who would violate that confidentiality would do so at the very real risk of his/her job, not only with that company, but more than likely with any future job prospects. 'Nuff said. Art
All of this brings up a SERIOUS safety issue! When aerosol (spray) cans of everything came into being,the propellant was Freon (a refrigerant), but Freon (a nastly CFC compound known to be bad for the environment) was banned over 20 years ago. Most, if not all, modern aerosols use PROPANE as their propellant. As almost everyone here knows, propane is a flammable gas, and if suddenly released in the presence of an open flame, will explode rather violently. I would never EVER attempt to warm up a spray can over an open flame at any time, PERIOD. Art