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  1. charlie8575 added a post in a topic Removing Glue From Models?   

    I've had a couple of people suggest applying a very small amount of mineral spirits to the parts, disassemble and quickly wash as a possible way to fix the problem. 
    I'm going to give it a try on a couple of parts and see what happens. I would venture you don't want it sitting on the plastic too long, maybe a few seconds to a minute; essentially enough to soften the joints, disassemble and rinse clean ASAP.
    Charlie Larkin
  2. charlie8575 added a post in a topic Testors bottle paint issues   

    I started noticing problems in the 1990s. 
    I learned about my senior year of high school (1993,) that in order to have optimal coverage for any paint, primer is almost always a necessity. 
    Blacks, particularly the black spray paint, cover well without it. I still like Testors flat black for a lot of chassis stuff. Goes on nicely and dries pretty quickly- handle-dry in a a couple of hours, fully dry in about a day. 
    I usually stir and shake all enamels to make sure they mix well. 
    Humbrol paint is very good, worth looking for or ordering online. You'll like it. 
    Model Master is also very good, there is some difference in quality to me. 
    Pla enamels (square bottles) are good paints if you use them over primer and make sure it's mixed thoroughly. 
    For faster drying, a lot of people have mixed in either auto enamel reducer or lacquer thinner. I have heard from a few people that the last round of tinkering Testors did with both Pla and MM, that lacquer thinner may not work well with it, it seems to turn to little globs from some reports. I've not had that problem, but I also tend to only use the lacquer thinner in my airbrush. 
    Testors Model Master Acryl and Tamiya paints (also acrylic) are also very nice. You might want to try them if you can't get Humbrol easily and want to try something else.
    Charlie Larkin
  3. charlie8575 added a post in a topic Lindberg Auburn Speedster   

    When my dad was working at AVCO-Lycoming in the 1960s, several of their test pilots were actually ex Komet pilots! 
    Dad remembers one pilot in particular named Willie, who, learning from several of his friends literally going up in flames with Me-163 mishaps, that anytime Willie would take any of the AVCO planes up, whether one of the test mules or the company chopper, the one or two-hour long pre-flight check, as he became deathly afraid of even the slightest problem. 
    Agreed, short of the purpose-built Kamikaze planes, the Komet was probably the most deadly-to-crew aircraft ever used by any military force.
    Charlie Larkin
  4. charlie8575 added a post in a topic Defects, short shots and warpage   

    Actually, there are plenty of people in the U.S. who can and do, run injection molding equipment.
    My part of the country, for example, is still considered one of the leading areas of production for plastics of all production methods globally. 
    About 25 miles northwest of me is Leominster, considered the birthplace of the modern plastics industry, which still has a very high concentration of machine shops, molding plants, suppliers, and other support businesses. 
    Large plastics centers are throughout central and western Massachusetts, southern New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Connecticut. 
    Nationally, large plastics businesses are in Ohio, Illinois, California, Michigan (where Lindberg's molds are located,) and other points in the Midwest. 
    UMASS-Lowell (about 35 miles north of me,) has the largest plastics engineering program, offering B.Sc. through Ph.D., in America and is one of the largest in the world. 
    The threat of the Chinese seizing property not rightly theirs alone would be enough concern for me to relocate someplace. Slimmer profits are better than none at all, or the total loss of your business. When profit motive overrides common sense, then you have a problem.
    Charlie Larkin
  5. charlie8575 added a post in a topic 1956 Chrysler 300B (*** Updated 5 Sep 15 ***)   

    Four-bars and whites. Nice bridge of modern and classic.
    Charlie Larkin
  6. charlie8575 added a post in a topic Is Round2 models down?   

    Ashley Madison, the Internet site that promotes extra-marital affairs, had its user database hacked about a week and a half ago. 
    Lots of BIG people got embarrassed. 
    They're based in Colorado.
    Charlie Larkin
  7. charlie8575 added a post in a topic Is Round2 models down?   

    Y'know, it took me a couple of reads to get this.
    Might be able to help with traffic, but I certainly would not trust them with security!
    Charlie Larkin
  8. charlie8575 added a post in a topic Our police officers   

    Hate mongers actively encouraging police execution has been what I've been reading quite a bit of lately. 
    And it appears that some are acting on it. I find sickening, disgusting, and utterly barbaric that our police are under such purposeful, wanton attack. If ever there was a justification for execution, the purposeful killing of any public safety official is a pretty good one to my thinking.
    However, it also raises some questions in my mind and how much one feeds the other. 
    On the other side, I see a lot of younger police officers acting just as thuggish and irresponsibly. The retired Lieutenant in Marlborough has become a friend of sorts, as we see each other in the hobby shop pretty regularly. It amazes him. Another retired local who went to work at the VA Police, and became friendly with my dad, called them "jack-boot skinheads." 
    When I was collecting ballot signatures for myself, I heard a few people complain about out-and-out rudeness and borderline abuse from some of the younger guys on the force. As one elderly resident said, "I don't know which is worse, the police or the crooks." 
    We know most of the causes of society going wrong, but what is causing the failing of so many of these young officers, who should realize their manner of treating others is just as important to survival as their service weapon, knight-stick (or flashlight,) and HTH fighting skills? I think that's something that should concern us all. Stress? Societal conditions being mirrored? Generational attitudes? I wonder what contributes, and in what proportion, they do contribute to these issues? 
    I wonder what the best way to address it is?
    The forgoing may sound a bit disrespectful; it is not intended to be, but rather, I'm looking at it from the view of someone who, like all of us, cares about people who work in public safety, but also, wondering what they can actively do to make their jobs safer and possibly, their lives a bit easier.
    It does not excuse animalistic behavior by others, but I do wonder how much mishap has been triggered by people with badges acting inappropriately.
    I have friends on the job. If I thought I could pass the physical stuff and handle a gun, I would've tried it when I was a younger guy. 
    After watching things degrade in the last ten years, I'm glad I didn't. 
    It makes me all the more glad those that did, and that truly worthy, have done so. 
    The clowns not withstanding, we owe a debt of gratitude to the ones that are true credits to their sworn duties. 
    Dan and Wayne, thank you to you both in particular. You, from what I have seen, are credits to your profession, and we should be thankful men like you are engaged in it.
    Charlie Larkin
  9. charlie8575 added a post in a topic 1956 Cadillac   

    Looks good, Rich. 
    This will be a very nice car when you're done with it.
    Charlie Larkin
  10. charlie8575 added a post in a topic 1961 Buick Invicta Hardtop, Update, 9/2 Interior Work.   

    Your interior work is remarkable. 
    Charlie Larkin
  11. charlie8575 added a post in a topic Defects, short shots and warpage   

    I will say this in Moebius' defense. 
    They do have super customer service. 
    I would suggest blowing the $5, carefully wrapping the bodies and putting them in a 2-day mail to their offices in Florida with their requested $2.95 to cover postage. You'll get your new bodies, I would think. 
    Or, simply send them some pictures to their customer service by e-Mail. 
    I buy Moebius kits for a bunch of reasons. I like their subject matter, they make a real effort to make a better product, and even with some hiccups, most of which can be fixed with a few file swipes, they're doing state-of-the-art work. 
    I will agree, however, that slightly larger box (say Galaxie-size,) might fix a lot of the problems. Even in the other kits, it's a pretty tight fit.
    Charlie Larkin
  12. charlie8575 added a post in a topic Defects, short shots and warpage   

    It probably requires intuitive design, something many of today's engineers are scrupulously taught to avoid, lest a lawsuit result.
    Remember, John Hanle (I think that's how his name is spelled,) was a machinist by trade, and a very good one, and (to my knowledge,) not an engineer by education. The people with the hands-on ability to do these type of products and tools can see these things that today's over-educated/under-intelligent/under-smart types cannot see. 
    Charlie Larkin
  13. charlie8575 added a post in a topic Defects, short shots and warpage   

    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
  14. charlie8575 added a post in a topic We need a '60 El Camino   

    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
  15. charlie8575 added a post in a topic Buick Custom   

    Very well done. 
    Charlie Larkin