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Brett Barrow

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  1. Brett Barrow added a post in a topic Great model kit nipper review!   

    I have them, they're great.  Use a different clipper to snip the parts off the sprue, leaving a bit of extra sprue on the part, then use these to clean up the nub.  The single edge cutters are too weak to use for heavy sprue gates, you'll break them.  I have a pair of GodHand single edge cutters, too, they're even better but more expensive (~$50).  The amount of time you save vs. slicing sprue nubs off with an X-acto makes the single-edge cutters worth every penny IMO. If you build un-painted Gundams like I do they're great because they don't leave white stress marks in the colored plastic.  They might not be worth it to someone who's going to be filing and sanding the sprue gates and painting over them, they're kind of overkill for that.  Tamiya makes really good normal double-edge clippers for general-purpose work. 
  2. Brett Barrow added a post in a topic More on Molotow pens   

    I don't think so, this stuff is pretty unique and they say they developed it (Molotow is part of Chartpak and they make a bunch of inks and other graphics products).  I think if there was something else out there like this stuff we would have found it by now.  
  3. Brett Barrow added a post in a topic More on Molotow pens   

    The refill doesn't actually exist anywhere (yet).  They're working on packaging right now, should be available around May or June.  
  4. Brett Barrow added a post in a topic Revell 30 Model A Ford Production Halted?   

    They did:
     
  5. Brett Barrow added a post in a topic Revell 30 Model A Ford Production Halted?   

    Aircraft builders are also aware of the fine work AMK and the stillborn Aviation Art (the Su-33 eventually released by Kinetic) are doing with Chinese (techincally Macau) tooling.  I know it's popular in the West to bash the "Chi-coms" but like I said, they're pretty good at it and I suspect even if production were to move back to the US it'd still be done with Chinese or Macau-cut tooling. Airfix is moving some production back to the UK but it'll still be done with Chinese tooling.   Eduard's machinery is state-of-the-art but rather small, I don't know they could handle one-piece car bodies in what they've got.  
    From Revell:
     

  6. Brett Barrow added a post in a topic Revell 30 Model A Ford Production Halted?   

    I suspect you probably meant half kidding but believe it or not, I had exactly 5 to 1 Coupe vs Roadster orders when I checked this morning. We switched software a while back so the archive doesn't go all the way back to when the roadster was brand-new so I don't think it was that lopsided overall but there was definitely more demand for the coupe.  To put it in perspective only the Hurst Olds and Bronco sold better in the same timeframe.    
  7. Brett Barrow added a post in a topic Revell 30 Model A Ford Production Halted?   

    Knowing Stevens as well as I do (I worked there for 12 years) I suspect they marked it discontinued to hide it so they'd stop fielding questions about it.  I'll try to find out more when I'm back to work Monday. 
    Well, a new tool could have been cut or is being cut.  It takes months to cut a tool and bring it to production, the place that makes the tooling and the place that actually molds the kits are rarely in the same place.  So you have to cut the tool and check and test it several times, then move the tool to the production facility and that means you're back at the end of the line and have to wait for all the jobs in front of you to get done.  They could move the tool to the US (and it's possible they are), they have the machinery here to mold.  The tooling is cut in China because, believe it or not, they're pretty good at it.  It's been gone from the US for a generation, there's not very many people here that know how to do it properly.
  8. Brett Barrow added a post in a topic Revell 30 Model A Ford Production Halted?   

    Stevens was the source that told me 2nd qtr :-(  Maybe they're getting new stock #'s so the old ones were disco'd?  I hope... 
  9. Brett Barrow added a post in a topic Moebius 67-72 Ford Pick-up news   

    That's what I said, too.  72 should have been the 4x4.  Now whatever 4x4 they do will be a year they've already done as I don't think the 67 and 68 were in the plan.  
  10. Brett Barrow added a post in a topic Moebius 67-72 Ford Pick-up news   

    The 71 has done alright and still does alright, it's the 72 that's hard to move. 
  11. Brett Barrow added a post in a topic In-depth first look: AMT's 1968 El Camino Derby II kit....   

    My dad's 69 Elco had a vinyl top (Red with white top when new but had been redone black/black by the time I came along) I think it plays up the "car" aspect of the El Camino and kinda classes it up a little. 
  12. Brett Barrow added a post in a topic In-depth first look: AMT's 1968 El Camino Derby II kit....   

    Prime it first then sand until all the primer disappears. That way you know you've gotten all the texture. Sometimes it's easier to sand off the drip rails and replace with Evergreen than it is to work around them. 
  13. Brett Barrow added a post in a topic In-depth first look: AMT's 1968 El Camino Derby II kit....   

    I guess the point I'm trying to make is that just because there might be a hundred guys willing to pay $200 for one on eBay doesn't mean there's thousands willing to pay $42.95.  They go for big bucks because they're rare, they're rare because they didn't make many, and they didn't make many because they didn't sell well.  Would one with all the typical Round 2 fixin's do better than, say, a Model King from 10 years ago? Sure, but we know how poorly it did then and we know how much of an effect the Round 2 treatment has now.  Now, maybe they'll do more like this Elky with small add-ons but I doubt they'll give the race teams another shot. 
  14. Brett Barrow added a post in a topic In-depth first look: AMT's 1968 El Camino Derby II kit....   

    Yep, 100% correct.  Those Walmart combos were the kind of stuff wives and grandmothers bought for Christmas presents and I'd just about guarantee they were made up from existing (old) stock.
    I'm going to let you in on an industry secret -- there's no such thing as a limited edition.  They make just as many of a "limited" edition as they do the regular stuff, 5,000 pieces a run is pretty much the norm now. Selling 5,000 of each component is hard enough these days and finding 5,000 people that want all 3 (tow vehicle, racecar, trailer) in one box is nearly impossible. 
  15. Brett Barrow added a post in a topic In-depth first look: AMT's 1968 El Camino Derby II kit....   

    Combo kits don't sell very well, at least not in the 15 years I've been in the business.