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Erik Smith

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  1. clearlyscale@gmail.com He can probably send you a list of items.
  2. You can see who else is bidding on the item. Sometimes there will be a bidder with a large number of retracted bids, or lots of bids and very few, if any, purchases. These can be signs of shill bidding by either the seller or an accomplice - or not. Sometimes there are people that are just not good people and bid on items and then don’t pay. Then the seller is forced to relist the item. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.instructables.com/Introduction-Detecting-Shill-Bidding-on-EBay/%3famp_page=true
  3. Sad thing is, some people would probably rave about how good that chrome looks. People have different standards. Some are very low.
  4. I really appreciate all the feedback and critical eye on this subject. I am not at all familiar with the 550, so being able to see some of things through other eyes is great. Looking over the USCP product closer, it definitely has some funky lines. Some angles make them much more evident - I am thinking it is the rear fenders and the slope of the "trunk" lid. The very rear of the kit also appears to be a little too abrupt. As seen in some of Randy's photos above, it comes close at some angles. I will build it as is and try to focus the photographs of the better angles of the kit. That Fernando Pinto kit looks very well proportioned.
  5. I don’t think so. I’m not questioning any accuracy or proportions, I’m just asking about finished quality. I have resin and 3D printed parts and they do not look like the parts in the photos above. Here is a resin engine kit from USCP, as delivered (photo of actual item): and a 3D printed engine from Mad Mike’s: I will let the parts speak for themselves.
  6. Can anybody post photos of items they actually have and not reposts of eBay listings? I have looked at his items on eBay but decided against them because of the amount of pinholes, layers, and general uncleanliness readily apparent in the photos. Here are a few direct from listings:
  7. Few more: There are two PE cards this is the smaller of the two and is a little bit of a gold hue, which it appears the real cars had/have? nice little instruction book
  8. As received. There are a couple spots (the holes for rear engine vents) that need some delicate clean up from resin over flow or something. The dash/firewall assembly will need to be installed then body smoothed - in the photos it’s sitting loose and too high. You can see a little debris in panel lines. There is one very thin spot in the resin body - you can see the light through the front fender on driver side. The wheels and tires and brake drums are very nice. They could probably sell them separately.
  9. Plan is to use Future for Porsche and Spyder scripts. The engine vents hopefully will contour well enough to also use Future. We will see. I have a lot of research to do...
  10. I just received my Porsche from USCP today. It is a great looking kit. Overall casting is very nice. There is a little clean up on the panel lines and usual stuff like flash but appears no major work. Shipping from Ukraine March 1 and arrived March 8. I'll post a couple photos when I get the kit down to the hobby room.
  11. Are you looking for actual nuts and bolts or just a representation of nuts and bolts? If you're just looking for things that look like nuts and bolts but don't actually hold anything together, the best bang for your buck are from ModelClub https://www.modelbuilderswh.com/collections/detail-parts/products/bolt-head-on-a-washer-7mm-all-scales
  12. I get to drive a lot of rural roads, and I seem to always spy an old car or two or three. Today I was cruising through Emida, ID (Google map that) and spotted this old Mopar sitting by a barn. I’d love to know the stories behind so many of the cars I see. The “What did see ON the road thread” sometimes gets these cars thrown in, so let’s just leave this to cars that ain’t seen the road in some time.
  13. That turned into a beautiful model. Great work!
  14. They should have waited until everybody bought the convertible.
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