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oldcarfan

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    Austin, Texas
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    Gary

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  1. We moved to Austin years ago for the schools and our oldest graduated last year and our youngest graduates in May so we started to look for something affordable. The house is 740 sq. ft. and the shop is 648 sq. ft. so it's not far off! We were planning to have to gut the house so we only bid $19k for the property. The appraiser said the shop alone was worth that. We've been driving up on the weekends and have realized it needs a lot less work than it first seemed. We've gutted the kitchen and bath, biut the living room and bedroom are only going to need fairly minor work. So happy!
  2. I am going to be seriously unable to build anything much for the next few months. I will be out of town most weekends. Now for the good news: We bought an old house about 2 hours north of Austin in a place called Brownwood and are rehabbing it for a planned summer move-in. Second part of the good news is that the old house comes with a new shop which means I have a 14x 25 area for 1:1 car builds and a 12x12 area for model building. In addition I will have an overhead storage are for models and stuff. So happy. We've started gutting the house and I'm collecting ideas for the shop.
  3. Years ago I was intent on adding more and more accuracy and complications into building. It was fun, but I began realizing that I had left the fun behind. I quit building cars and began building mahogany boat models again. When I came back to car models, I began building for fun only. I tend to only build curbside or lightly detailed models. I started buying up the kits I loved as a kid and am building them.
  4. I think it's a first generation RX-7. I really want one of those and some of the 911s. I'm really hoping the Mazda truck is 1/24th and not 1/32nd.
  5. This is really good build! I've been trying a similar thing with some Porsche 911s. I've got some Gundam decals as well and they are nice.
  6. I had the same issue last night. I assumed it was a problem with my computer! LOL
  7. Definitely no Super Clean or Purple Power they will eat the metal up. I've heard not to use Simple Green either but have no direct knowledge. Aircraft Stripper or even regular paint stripper generally work. As has been said, wash it after ward with vinegar and then use zinc-chromate primer or similar.
  8. So glad to hear your good news, and also it looks like you have a nice car collection going!
  9. If you can't come up with something, you might look up Kenny Terry on Facebook. He made me some Porsche decals and they came out really good.
  10. There are several on eBay. Search the automotive models category for ice chests. https://www.ebay.com/itm/1-25-1-24-Beer-Pop-Ice-Cooler-For-Garage-Diorama-Model-Car-Junkyard-G-Scale/392314558844?hash=item5b57c5197c:g:qeUAAOSwmYxcQkjE
  11. A couple years ago Lowe's was selling tiny LED light strings to light up those little village displays. They looked like they could work in model cars and such as well.
  12. I created my decals and then printed them on a commercial Xerox laser printer. They are still translucent on clear, but not too bad. I just doubled the amount I printed and then layered them which made them work better. They still don't work very well on dark paint. If you do this, he ink doesn't run, but it can be scratched by even a fingernail, so be careful until you put a coat of clear over them.
  13. Is the software and ink supplies still readily available? I've been thinking about getting one, but not sure how easy it is to keep it going.
  14. I was thinking about this one, but being Jada, I kind of figured they would screw up the scale.
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