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Erik Smith

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  1. I’m going to throw myself in and use this as motivation for a completion. I’ve really been a fan of this style model and have a few ideas, but for now I’ll be going with AMT Capri II kit. The US version was a 1976 model year, but the Ford Capri II started actual global production in 1974, so I think it would qualify…? The model and the actual 1976 car were released and built in 1975, so meets that portion. Anyhow, here is the kit: I’ve some work cut out for me as these mid 70 AMT kits are neat but finicky.
  2. It does look well done so far. The radiators are a cool touch also on a curbside - the one under the hood (intercooloer?) that you can catch a glimpse of through the hood vents? Cool.
  3. Wow. This is actually really disappointing and infuriating. I sold about $5000 on eBay last year. It should be a tax write off for how much it probably cost me to buy (including paying taxes on!), store, list, sell, and ship. I know it’s zero profit and then some. Guess my congresswoman will be hearing from me…
  4. Another cool CWB. I will be watching and probably tinkering, and if I actually think I can complete something, I’ll throw it in. For now just a spectator! I really like the P2P cars.
  5. clearlyscale@gmail.com He can probably send you a list of items.
  6. 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
  7. Sad thing is, some people would probably rave about how good that chrome looks. People have different standards. Some are very low.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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:
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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...
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