Erik Smith

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About Erik Smith

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  • Birthday 11/18/1971

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  • Scale I Build 1/24

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  • Location Spokane, WA
  • Full Name Erik Smith

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  1. Erik Smith added a post in a topic ARRRRRGHHHHHHH.. Just Missed this!   

    The link goes to an AMT 1968 El Camino for $89...? There is one directly below for buy it now of $22.59.
  2. Erik Smith added a post in a topic Help with Tubing Size for Antennas   

    To make one in actual scale, I think just a layer or two of BMF at different heights would suffice on a thin piece of music wire or insect pin.
  3. Erik Smith added a post in a topic A retirement coming in the aftermarket!   

    Very big shoes to fill. High quality products with high quality service will not be easy to reproduce.

    Congrats on the retirement, though!!!! 35 years is plenty.
  4. Erik Smith added a post in a topic Arrangements for the inevitable   

    Definitely a more difficult decision. Many built kits don't have a lot of resale value, even if built very well. I have considered just giving them away to family and friends before passing on... Also, I don't know about "burdening" my kids with my models - they might feel obligated to keep them even if I wouldn't be offended if they got rid of them.
  5. Erik Smith added a post in a topic Arrangements for the inevitable   

    If you have a big collection, sell them all now or anytime before you die. Then put all that money in a savings account. If you want, pretend eBay is YOUR personal stash, only you have to pay storage fees. Then, when you want to get a kit from "storage", pay for it on eBay from the savings account. Chances are, you will have a lot more money and less pressure on your family to rid a garage or storage room of all those models.

    Plus, you can constantly post about all the kits you "have" "in storage".
  6. Erik Smith added a post in a topic What's the difference between these Tamiya white lacquer paints?   

    Racing white body, white white roof...

  7. Erik Smith added a post in a topic Tamiya Nissan Skyline C10 "Street Custom".   

    Very cool. Great work.

    There is one of these (1:1) for sale in the states...$200k. Yes, that many zeros.
  8. Erik Smith added a post in a topic Spring is in the air!   

    We won't be bragging out west when our summer skies are obscured by thick layers of smoke...
  9. Erik Smith added a post in a topic Tamiya Paint   

    Tamiya paints are very forgiving. I have found you can apply wets coats, so wet that they appear to obscure details, but not enough to run. After it dries, it's magically thinner and all the details are fine, along with a smooth paint job.

    As for mist coats, I just move the can faster at about the same distance if doing a wet coat.
  10. Erik Smith added a post in a topic Obscure Kits You Never Knew Were Made...Until Now   

    Those slot cars were earlier in this thread or someplace else...very valuable collectibles in the Japanese market. Just the bodies sell for three figures, complete kit, well, you see...
  11. Erik Smith added a post in a topic Spring is in the air!   

    It's Climate change...
    Come up to the pacific northwest. We have 0-40 percent of our usual snowpack. I work outside so see what's going on and this is the least snow I've ever experienced. Temps have been above normal for a month and we've set a few records. Will we regress to the mean in March? Maybe. We'll see.
  12. Erik Smith added a post in a topic Spring is in the air!   

    In Spokane, we've had just the opposite. Record stretch for days over 50. Snow pack is abysmal. Hasn't been below freezing for a couple weeks. Very unusual for us this time of year. Not complaining one bit.
  13. Erik Smith added a post in a topic Does 2015 mark the the end of the dark era?   

    I think there was a mini dark age at the end of the 90s and through the early part of the century. AMT, after making nice models of just about everything (Pontiac Catalinas to Ford Explorers) crashed. Other makers had a few cool things, but lots of reissues.
    I think, looking at what's coming, this year is a global push - and somewhat unbelievable at that. I know I won't have nearly the time to build all the cool models slated for 2015.
  14. Erik Smith added a post in a topic Panel Painted '58 Thunderbird Traditional Custom   

    Looks like a great model. Awesome paint work and color choices.
  15. Erik Smith added a post in a topic Galaxie Limited's '48 Chevy Coupe   

    I like that approach to the woody option. Has that ever been done on a model before? Optional wood colors too, this is a definite purchase.