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  1. Don't want anyone to bite off more than they can chew. As they say, there's more than one way to skin a cat (or a seat). Unless you need it to "smell" like leather, I'd keep it in in scale and use Uschi von der Rosten's decals. Then only problem I had with them is getting them to be the exact color I wanted (a very "cool" gray, they tend to be more "warm"). But if you want this look, I'd seriously consider it. https://www.uschivdr.com/shopping-categories/shop-leather-decals/
  2. That is a nice surprise. For those waiting by the mailbox, here's what to expect. Hope you enjoy!
  3. This is a fun guessing game! I know nothing about what lurks in Round 2's future but given the clues, I'm also going to guess the Cosma Ray, 'cause those stars should be easy to align.
  4. Incredible model. Wish the pix from the first pages weren't broken.
  5. I'm sure anything is possible. I'd probably just put it on a study shelf to be safe. Right now they are just stacked on my workbench. I have them sitting on four Dupli-Color primer caps to raise it a bit. Convenient storage underneath.
  6. It appears your Chrysler Indy Pace Car was in issue #147 Jan 2010. Hope you can find one to complete your collection.
  7. That's really cool! Here is a little back story on that page. My wife got me that one for my birthday. She did some fairly exhaustive research into displays for models. For instance the retail price for the basic AMT display case is $14.99. Get 3 of them and you are at $45 and they aren't a light up parking garage! 😎 After assembling it, the staff discussed it and decided it was an interesting piece for New Products. Since then, I liked mine so much I got a couple more, stacked them up and now I have a parking deck in the back corner of my L shaped work bench. Got a 4 into 1 USB adapter to plug them all in so I only use one plug, but I have a power strip that has regular outlets and USB ports. Pretty cool way to display nine models and its easy to swap them out depending on my mood. Glad you all are enjoying #213!
  8. Looks like an interesting product. I've gotten similar results with the Green Stuff World paint, which I like because it does not really have an odor and clean up is easy.
  9. Thanks! Since the parts were fairly large, it was a combination of dabbing and brushing. Just kept putting in on until it did what it does. Once you get it, practice on some spare parts (that's what I did) and you'll see what I mean. I even airbrushed the non-airbrush. Squirted it my Iwata HP-CS without thinning and kind of caked it on. Quite forgiving. I've found it works best over bare plastic, dehydrate for at least 48hrs. I felt it was fairly durable, but don't try to polish it.
  10. I will second the Green Stuff World Paint. I've used Alclad for years and I feel the GSW is more reflective, more forgiving when applying and the fact it doesn't have a Lacquer smell is also a bonus. All of the "Chrome" exhaust seen here is brush painted Green Stuff World. The rear axle and bumpers were airbrushed.
  11. Thanks for the nice comments! Doug is certianly near the top of my “muse chain” and when he reached out wanting to do an interview about that model I was truly flattered. Let’s just say this ’57 Thunderbird MS/P (gasser) just taunts me since I started it back in 2014. I work on it, get distracted, finish 3 other models, get motivated to get it a little more further along, then repeat that process. Probably one of the major reasons I’m not too good at WIP threads. Speaking of getting distracted, Doug said something to me in the interview, which of course got me inspired to start another project (like I need one of those, LOL). Could turn out to be one of my most radical models to date. Hopefully I won’t get distracted, but... I probably will. 😄 Glad you all enjoyed the video and thanks to all of you for being an inspiration!
  12. Welcome back to the hobby! As several here have posted, most modelers are glad to share whatever technique they used to create their model and the printed mag does try to include as much as the info you requested. If you have specific questions, don't be afraid to ask. Try a technique, if it doesn't work for you, don't get discouraged and just try something different on your next model. I always say my favorite model is the next one!
  13. Here's one that hasn't been mentioned. Pronto Kombi Spot Putty (say that 3 times fast) was recommended to me by an exceptional military modeler. https://www.autobodytoolmart.com/product/usc-pronto-kombi-spot-putty-32046/auto-body-putty-glaze Decided to try it out and have been very happy with it. Like most fillers it needs to be applied very thin (I typically use toothpick amounts), but this stuff dries very fast, has a very similar consistency to most kit plastic and I have seen little if any shrinkage if any. I am from the Evercoat 2 part school, but got tired of mixing small quantities and having the can dry out. I try to use evergreen plastic as a "filler" as much as possible and use any putty to fill very minor imperfections.
  14. Digging the panel paint! I like where that Tbird is going.
  15. Nice! The box art builds are super cool.
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