With the acquisition of Lindberg and their U.S.-based molding (which, I believe reading elsewhere, does other contract work,) I wonder if we might see re-patriation of production and improved QA. Call me what you like, but it's become very apparent to me that the Chinese do not seem to full understand the concept of quality control. Nobody is perfect and small errors do occur, but a lot of what I've seen in foreign-produced AMT/MPC kits leaves a lot to be desired in terms of getting the job right. Charlie Larkin
I'm happy to report that the Squires manor (think Cub Scouts for DeMolay,) I help advise and their parents missed this memo. I did a build day with them last year- had a hoot, and we're doing another one with them this year, and this time, we're doing painting, foiling, and all the rest of the stuff. The boys are inhaling it- and I don't mean the glue fumes! Charlie Larkin
Nice mild custom. For foiling scripts and emblems, what I usually do is put the foil on the bare plastic, paint, and then as you sand/polish the paint, the foil comes up. Some guys have used white vinyl erasers for this, too, and that seems to work well. Charlie Larkin
That's probably part of it, and the other part is Gary is trying to raise capital. Price aside, these kits are selling very well, and might end up with an extended-beyond-planned run to meet demand, even at the price. According to Model Roundup's newsletter that came this past week, Gary is actively considering doing the '41s so many of us (me included) have been clamoring for, and that will be a substantial investment in tooling, as a new front-end ensemble, chrome trees and interiors will be required. That said, that '41 Sport Coupe is a beautiful car, and I look forward to having a model of a car that I can use such an un-PC color as "Indian Suntan" on.... Charlie Larkin
So true on all counts. My dad went to B.U. in the 1960s for Aerospace engineering, and from what he said, he had to take basic machining by sophomore year, give or take. As well as drafting, and most of the math a math student would take in four years. One of the reasons I never became an engineer, anything after Algebra I for me is a lost cause. When I designed a new version of high school when I did my M.Ed. in 2012-13, when I was still considering at least staying in K-12 on a part-time basis, I horrified a lot of people by de-emphasizing a lot of technology and encouraging older methodologies in learning, my observation being that so many kids had become brain-dead because of the magic boxes, they could do little or nothing. So many teachers found it disturbing, yet did nothing to alleviate the problems, but pushed more computers on them, like drug dealers feeding an addict. And this fixes problems how? But I'm dumb and know nothing.... Gee, I wonder why I stopped teaching. Before Christmas, I'm hoping to have my own line of model products available for sale, and with the exception of perhaps a special-interest high school class for entrepreneurship or some college teaching, I ain't lookin' back. Charlie Larkin
Bill, I've been saying the same thing for years. I always get poo-pooed. To go with the experience you and Dan had today. I had to go grab a hammer to put together some RTA furniture for my office (that was my irk of the day.) And the hardware store down the street from where my office is (incidentally, the oldest, continually operating hardware store in America- opened in 1782,) had a problem with the register. No problem, the clerk grabbed a three-part invoice out of the printer, hand-wrote the sale, my credit card number and had me sign, they'll process it sometime tomorrow. Solved quickly and easily. Harry, dear God, I hope not....
Wow, is that nice. The color looks good on it. Foiled bumpers? I'd have been very reluctant to try it, but you did a nice job on it. Hopefully you'll be at LIARS, Al, I'm toying with bringing my airbrush, compressor and Tamiya transparent blue. I need to learn that tinting technique. It's superlative. Either that, or, gee, maybe I'll have to stop into a TSMCC meeting some month. Only a few hours away.... Charlie Larkin
Yes, LT-1s are wonderful. When they're running right. Lot of great ideas and well-thought-out design marred by cheap parts. My '94 Roadmaster Wagon has been a nightmare mechanically because of that. Some of the least fun I've had with a car. Opti-Spark went south and it shorted the computer, among other things. I may finish it, I may see if I can find one that's in better shape, but they're getting harder to find and expensive. Charlie Larkin