It was my first time attending and I was absolutely amazed at the number and quality of models on display.If this was a judged contest I don't know how long it would take to pick out class winners(or if it could be done). I was pleasantly surprised when both magazines wanted to photograph one of the models I brought. I'll attend again-maybe not next year but I will be back!
Hmmmm-a complete new tool for a model of a car for which at least 50% of the tooling already exists.This is sort of thinking that gave us three separate chassis pans for the '67 & '69 Camaros and the '68 Firebird(essentially the same car underneath).To my inexperienced in tooling brain this would seem to be a needless duplication of effort.
One of the model clubs I belong to bought up a former club president's collection of over 800 car and truck kits,built ups and promos. So yesterday we split a good chunk of the haul.I picked up 26 kits(including 8 Jo-Han mid 80s re-issues,3 still sealed and enough pieces to build a '66 Caddy ambulance plus spares),some wheel sets,and a nicely foiled '59 Dodge Jo-Han(X-EL) promo. Earlier in the weekend I got 3 Heller Citroen rally car kits,the new Moebius Ventura and the Round 2 re-issue of the 1960 Corvette and then my nearest hobby shop put some kits on clearance and I picked up the 1979 version of the Tamiya Lotus 79 F1 car( been waiting 2 years for that to go on sale) and the Wurth liveried Group 5 Capri. I can now walk faster since my wallet is so much lighter.
Since I'd be taking the lump sum because of my age( I don't expect to live to almost 92), after the tax hit I'd be left with about 570 million dollars.I would take a different route.I'd look into buying Modelhaus and other aftermarket companies and combine them into one full line accessory company operating from a large commercial facility with expanded product lines and consistent production,inventory, and delivery.
IF it's a lacquer you burned through and IF it's on an edge or a ridge(a wheel opening or a panel crease line) you may be able to blend in by brushing some of the color on the burned area.It will usually flow out and blend almost invisibly.I've done this a few times with Tamiya sprays and have had good results.