retired & glad

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  • Birthday 12/02/1944

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  • Location Morganton, NC
  • Full Name Richard Haas

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  1. retired & glad added a post in a topic Rockford Files trailer   

    Go for it. It is looking good.
    I often wondered when I used to watch the show of how he was able to park it in a parking lot with power and water and sewer connections. I guess that was the wonders of TV.
  2. retired & glad added a post in a topic good way to mix M.M. and testors paints   

    All mine are used for enamels and so far never a problem. Good idea though and I'll change over to glass beads when I buy small bottles of paint. I am in the process of changing over from acrylic to lacquer paint anyway. I'll be decanting from rattle cans just for the airbrush. I tried decanting with drilling a hole in the top about 3 years ago and that was a disaster. Now I have set up the cans with glueing round styrene tubing into the nozzle and get just enough to airbrush the parts I am working on.
    My building cars has lengthened in time since I am trying to make each new one better than the last.  Still not show quality but better than when I started years ago.
  3. retired & glad added a post in a topic good way to mix M.M. and testors paints   

    I like that idea. Problem solved.
    Richard
  4. retired & glad added a topic in Tips, Tricks, and Tutorials   

    good way to mix M.M. and testors paints
    I found a good way to mix a bottle of paint. I have used this for a number of years and it works good. I have a couple of tubes of Daisy BB's. I've had a Daisy BB gun for years and these BB's are the steel ones. When I would get a new bottle of paint, the first thing I would do is put 1 or 2 BB's in them and shake. It acts like a rattle can mixer and this is where I got the idea from. When the bottles of paint sit for a long time, they will have separation from the pigment and thinner. This just speeds up the mixing time and it does get the bottom of the jar mixed very good.
    I guess model builders know this but I thought a new builder would like a little hint that works for me.
    Richard
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  5. retired & glad added a post in a topic Cheap oil = lower plasic prices?   

    After reading this post, I think I'll have another couple of doughnuts.   
  6. retired & glad added a post in a topic How to label spare parts???   

    Thanks all
    I decided to use crazyjim's way to organize. Since I have the units it was the most economically way to go. I've all ready set one up with tape labels and some parts are in it. If it's a special part not common to the average build, then I'll bag and label it with the bags Art suggested.
    After this project, I am going to organize my work and paint bench. I have a storage building with heat that I am going to set up another paint station. I can't use enamel or lacquer at my inside house work station so I am going to set up a paint station outside in the building. I'll still airbrush acrylic inside and the other smelly stuff out in the building. I've used dupli-color before and liked it but only could spray outside with the dust and wind blowing.
    When I get a new computer I am going to start showing some of my builds. All I have now is XP and Vista and need to update.
    Thanks
    Richard 
  7. retired & glad added a post in a topic How to label spare parts???   

    Jim, your the man. Thanks a bunch. I don't think in my dreams I could ever be that organized. We have the same taste for RC cola though. I even have a box of moonpies also. hahaha. 
    You have helped me a lot with very good ideas and photos.
    Thanks
    Richard
  8. retired & glad added a post in a topic How to label spare parts???   

    Thanks Rich and Jim
    I can now see that this could turn out to be a never ending project. I have built mostly plain-jane models and now want to start by adding my own ideas and using spare parts ( when necessary) to make them a little different.
    Rich, I am building room and storage poor. For me, under the bed would be a disaster. My dog would have them from one end of the house to the other. She is all ways at my feet when I am working on one and just waiting for me to drop something. 
  9. retired & glad added a post in a topic How to label spare parts???   

    Thanks Jim
    That's a good start. I am writing a list and then will make labels for them.
    Thanks
    Richard
  10. retired & glad added a topic in Model Building Questions and Answers   

    How to label spare parts???
    Hi all. I have been building for a few years now and have gotten to the point of organizing spare parts. I have a couple of plastic pull out trays storage units from another hobby that I now don't use. I need, if anyone has a few photos of what to label the spare parts, to organize them. The storage is not the problem but what to put on the trays to identify them. 
    I've built a lot of the 2 in 1 kits and have a lot of spare parts that are still attached to the parts trees in boxes and I want the room they are taking up for some more kits.
    Any photos would be appreciated.   
    Thanks
    Richard
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  11. retired & glad added a post in a topic How to seal acrylic paint   

    Thanks Tommy
    I'll see if I can find some of that. Where do you get yours?
  12. retired & glad added a post in a topic How to seal acrylic paint   

    Thanks Frank
    I'll look into those brands. I know Tamiya makes good acrylic paint but they are a little pricey for my wallet since I can get the brands I use at walmart. I think the matt and glossy are below $1.00 and you get a lot for the money. I'll eventually find something that will work with out taking a loan out.
  13. retired & glad added a post in a topic How to seal acrylic paint   

    Hey Frank
    I mostly use Apple Barrel gloss and matt. I use a lot of FolkArt acrylic enamels also. I like both brands but I (mostly my wife) can't take any bad odors from spraying anything. I have a spray booth but it isn't vented out doors. After I paint anything other than the body, I handle the parts a lot to make sure everthing fits and then glue after painting. The enamels have a semi-gloss when airbrushed but can't handle much without spot painting again.
    Any suggestions????
  14. retired & glad added a topic in Model Building Questions and Answers   

    How to seal acrylic paint
    I have been using acrylic paint for a year and I only use Future to seal and make it a glossy finish. I need to know what to use to seal the frame and other parts but don't want it to be glossy. I have been mostly using a acrylic glossy paint and it doesn't get real glossy and that is what I want but I need to seal it with a semi-gloss or satin finish to protect it. As of now, if I handle things without a final coat of something, it will wear the thin coat of acrylic off the part.
    I airbrush thin coats and can't use anything that smells since I airbrush indoors. Can I use anything with the Future to cut the shine down some?
    What does anyone use to protect the finish??????
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  15. retired & glad added a post in a topic 1972 Dodge Challenger   

    Very good paint job. I also like the storage of parts you showed in the firsts photos. I have a couple of these and have been wanting to set them up for parts storage and get rid of the boxes I have been using. No better time since it is 10" of snow outside and can't get out .