Go find a hobby shop that carries model railroad supplies. We get an asphalt material that you mix with scenery glue. It looks like the real thing. They'll also have trees, shrubs, and grasses for your scenic needs. We also use sifted dirt from the backyard for dirt. Can't beat the realism and it's cheap.
My take on Veteran's Day is a little different. It's easy for us civilians to thank veterans for their service. But, today, let's also remember our obligations to them: 1) We will not to send you to war without good reason. 2) We will care for your wounds when you return. 3) If a war proves to be unjust, that is our burden, not yours.
Lacquer thinner is even better for cleaning brushes. Just don't use it for thinning paint without testing it first. I don't know about the rest of the country, but here in the People's Republic of Kalifornia, the state has mostly outlawed the sale of xylene and toluene, which are the usual ingredients in lacquer thinner. They call them Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Ironically, acetone, which is clearly a VOC is not included although extensively used for nail polish. I guess angering most of the female population was too big a step for even State of California.
If someone has the PDF instructions, you should be able to drag the file into the attachment area when you edit your post. Do let me know if there are any difficulties. I might have to do some tweaking.
We used to have regular sessions there, then we had to take it offline. I suggest just logging in to the chat room when you start reading the board. If you see someone there, go in and say hi. You never quite know what you'll talk about. Alternatively, suggest a meeting time and topic. See who's interested.
Agreed. When we're judging, we think more in terms of plausibility than accuracy. I happen to know a lot about MGBs, MG Midgets, and Morris Minors. But I don't mark down a model of one because of a minor inaccuracy. There comes a point when too much esoteric information spoils the fun for everyone. Matching colors to cars from photographs is always problematic. Case in point: If you're building Ernie Irvan's Kodak Chevrolet, you'd probably think that the color of the car matches the color on the Kodak film box. It sure looks that way on the kit box. And, indeed Insignia Yellow is almost an exact match. However, the real car has a lot more orange. I was surprised when I saw it, but that indeed is the case. And I'm very glad I haven't painted my Ernie Irvan cars. If I were to suggest one thing to work on, it would be to get the paint right. It's the first thing we look at when judging.
General tools makes a good pin vise. The collets are reversible, and there is a second collet stored in the vise body. It works for drills from 1/8" down to #80. The head of the vise turns, which makes drilling much easier. I found mine at a local hardware store for about $10.
I'm building the FineMolds TIE Interceptor. Excellent kit! But I had the same problem. A google search revealed that some kind soul had posted a translation of the color callouts.I think the search was Kit maker and name color chart.