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
You brush them on with a small, stiff brush. Tamiya makes them, and they work very well from report- haven't used them, but I have spoken to people that have and they swear by them. What I've usually done if I want something like this is thinned black paint for a little grime. Takes a little practice, but that can look very convincing, too. Charlie Larkin
Hit the floors with a little bit of weathering pastel to dirty it up a little. Not a lot, but enough to make it look like it's been used. Might want to get the very lower edge of the wall, too. Set the engine on a couple of hollow tires; you'd never set it on the concrete floor like that. I agree- add some tools and similar objects. Very good start that can finish very nicely. Charlie Larkin
Honestly, this is a good idea, and by doing so, it might help to highlight exactly what went wrong. I've met Ed Sexton a couple of times. He's a very nice guy and will listen to what's said, but a lot of what happens beyond the conceptual stage is, unfortunately, out of his control. Charlie Larkin
I've had cars that refuse to be painted, too. I'm dealing with one now. After stripping, give it a thorough cleaning in soapy water. There might be something on the plastic that even the stripper isn't getting off. I'd also recommend one of the Little Motor Kar Ko. paint stands. About $10 U.S., and they work nicely. They really grip the body and it won't fall off. Charlie Larkin