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  1. Aaronw added a post in a topic Ford van, update, new mural.   

    Neat, you don't see many vans with murals these days, really you don't see many full size vans these days. I remember seeing vans like this as a kid though, that and VW microbuses all deaded out.
    The mural really came out great, I can hear Dark Side of the Moon playing just looking at it.
  2. Aaronw added a post in a topic Rubicon- Slump Busted. Highly recommended kit.   

    Nice job on the Rubicon. I agree it is a great kit, simple but there is enough to it that you can use it to build something more complex, or detail it out a bit. I built one last year and it was the first time in I don't know how long that I finished a kit the same week I started it. The Ford Raptor seems to share many of the same positive features of this kit which to me is a good sign we may get more "advanced" snap kits from Revell.
  3. Aaronw added a topic in Under Glass   

    Monogram Shelby Cobra 427SC
    Kind of a shock to me, I actually finished a kit in the same year I started it, might be a shock to others, it's not red or green.
    Nice kit, I had a terrible time with the paint having to strip and redo 3 times but the kit itself was very cooperative until the end. All the chrome and the glass wind wings during final assembly are very fiddly and a real pain. 
    On the side pipes I was going for a hot steel look, I used jet exhaust layered with thinned Tamiya clear yellow, orange and blue on the header ends, Games Workshop Chain Mail on the pipes and Games Workshop Mithril Silver on the tips. Then rubbed the whole thing with Hawkeye steel metalizing powder and last gave it a black wash using thinned oil paint. First time trying that technique but I think it more or less gives the look of repeatedly heated steel.
    Monogram Shelby Cobra 427SC


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  4. Aaronw added a post in a topic Galaxie Limited 1947 Chevy Coupe   

    You know all those wish list discussions we see here? From what I understand the guy behind Galaxie is basically just a guy who decided to put up or shut up about a car he wanted as a kit. It is a very small company without all the industry ties of a more established company so everything costs more from design and production to shipping and distribution.
    People should really look at these kits as high quality resin that just happen to be made from plastic, nobody would bat an eye at the price if this was a resin kit, in fact it would be thought of as a great bargain.
  5. Aaronw added a post in a topic 1/25 scale lever handles   

    If you are looking for what I think you are looking for, a lot of people make them from straight pins.
  6. Aaronw added a post in a topic resin '35 Ford truck available anywhere?   

    Not aware of one, but Spec Cast and Danbury Mint have them in diecast.
  7. Aaronw added a post in a topic What did you see on the road today?   

    No photo as I was driving, but I saw a very nicely cared for 1980-83 Honda Civic sedan this morning. Not quite show room fresh but maybe just lost that new car smell. Don't see many of these anymore, particularly ones that aren't trashed.
  8. Aaronw added a post in a topic We need a '60 El Camino   

    I've seen them, kind of a funny twist, sort of like building a 1-1 model.
  9. Aaronw added a post in a topic Your Favorite Automotive Logo   

    I'm partial to this one

    Credit to Dave Barton for the Prancing Moose http://www.davebarton.com/VolvoPrancingMoose.html
    Also these


  10. Aaronw added a post in a topic Quote problems?   

    Quote and edit are quirky, I'm still trying to figure things out myself, it's not just you.
  11. Aaronw added a post in a topic We need a '60 El Camino   

    I don't know Bill, a lot of companies are turning out new snap kits. Revell has done 4 new tool snap kits for 2015 (Corvette, Mustang, Crown Vic and Raptor), how many new tools does Revell have planned for 2015? Although some are quite nice and even decently detailed I think it is unlikely that they are targeting the older established builders with these kits. 
    Not US based but Zvesda has done several nice WW2 snap kit planes, as well as the more child friendly Pixar CARS and PLANES kits. Hobby Boss has been doing a series of EZ builds for several years now, and while not snap kits Airfix is still clearly targeting new (and presumably younger) builders as well with their starter kits which include glue and paint. 
    Add in Lego is doing quite well, and one of the most popular computer games is Minecraft, pretty much virtual Lego. Kids love building stuff, they've always loved building stuff.
    As to Greg's question, I'll take an El Camino and a wagon.
  12. Aaronw added a post in a topic Paint Strippers - What to Use?   

    I find Super Clean a bit more effective than Purple Power, but they seem to be closely related. My experience has been that it is use rather than storage life that makes a difference in potency. I keep a plastic tub with a lid filled with Superclean. I've had a batch good for a year or more, but also had it "go bad" in much shorter times if I've had to strip a lot of paint. Chrome seems to have less impact, although that could also be due to the overall much smaller quantity of material being removed.
    I have read that the various purple cleaners can react and damage resin although I haven't had an issue there. I did stop using it with resin after hearing that though, so might have just been lucky.
  13. Aaronw added a post in a topic Paint Strippers - What to Use?   

    Has anyone used Dawn Platinum? Sometime back someone recommended Dawn Power Dissolver, but I wasn't in need of a paint stripper. I recently finished off the last of the Super Clean I usually use and thought I'd give the Power Dissolver a try (I've found Super Clean seems less effective since they took Castrol off the label). Apparently Power Dissolver has been replaced with Dawn Platinum, there is a liquid and a foam. There also seems to be a version formulated for cleaning BBQ grills. I would like to avoid pioneering a new product if someone already has some experience with it.
  14. Aaronw added a post in a topic Baby Blue 1950 F1   

    These are great kits, my only gripe being I wish they left the stock engine parts in the kit.
    I like style you are building, very mild custom on the outside with a little something extra under the hood.
  15. Aaronw added a post in a topic Barracuda....Back from the dead   

    You're right, Barracudas have more of a shark like down turned mouth.

    Note the cool kids can remove the Dodge emblem and replace it with a Ford blue oval or Chevy Bowtie so the car is eating their rivals.