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  1. They lost me at $168.00. Never mind the shipping!
  2. That is a good looking wheel and no two piece rim! Noted for the future.
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    1958 Edsel Pacer

    Wow! I think that's the best build of that kit I've seen yet. It really captures the look of the Edsels that were on the street back in the day. I was there!
  4. So here are the Nardi steering wheels from 3D Scale Parts that I got on eBay - 2 for $12.00 w/ free shipping. The two piece rim is kind of odd and I don't know why it's made that way. Gluing the two pieces together leaves a visible seam that needs to be filled and sanded for best appearance. Here's before and after filling. It would be better if it could be one piece but this turned out to be not much trouble. Anyway, here it is done and painted. So it comes out looking pretty good but there are probably better ones out there somewhere - including the one that Matt Bacon suggested with a real wood rim from France - but at least this one can be had on this side of the pond.
  5. I have definitely had two of those sheets in the past and MIGHT still have at least one of them. The sheet with the "Air Lifts" , etc. is an old AMT sheet that was in use in 1959 for sure and maybe in '58 or '60 also. It may also have been in SMP kits also. The "skulls" and "dragons" sheet is a JoHan and it may still be in the box of a 1960 Chrysler kit that I'm the original owner of. I'll try to look for it tomorrow. BTW, I got the Chrysler kit around 1966-67 as a hobby shop clearance item for $1.00. I thought that was a little high for such an old kit but I got it anyway. They had a LOT of Johan's on closeout but I only got the one. If I had only known!
  6. Thanks for those sources, guys. Actually, I found a source on eBay and just got in a pair of them. They're from 3D Scale Parts and look good. As soon as I paint one I'll post some photos.
  7. I ordered a set of 1/25 and got a shipping notice literally minutes later. In 4 days they were in my hand and they are just as beautiful as expected. Can't beat that!!
  8. I can't find an aftermarket source for a good Nardi steering wheel. Any ideas?
  9. Looking at the way it blushes and then glosses and needs a special base coat I'm thinking it's a lot like Alclad.
  10. What's a good aftermarket source for a Nardi wheel?
  11. I've never experienced the thickening problem with naphtha but it might happen sometimes. Paints can be kind of a witch's brew! Just checked the bottle I mixed up over a month ago when I sprayed the interior of my 1932 Ford phaeton and it's still okay. It's ModelMaster Afrika grau, a military color. I've heard (on this board recently) about people having this problem when thinning Testors with mineral spirits. Results might vary with MM vs. square bottle vs. Testors round bottle, etc. It could also vary by color I suppose. Pigments are supposed to be "inert" but they're really not and can have an effect on the paint's characteristics. Always test!
  12. Like everybody has said, lacquer thinner works great and is cheap. Also, a milder alternative that still dries very quickly is naphtha (also labeled as vm&p naphtha). It's also available at the hardware store and works great with enamel. It's mild enough that guitar techs will use it to clean lacquer finished guitars.
  13. Thanks for the generous offer but I think all the parts are there. I am planning to use better wheels and tires but the original wheels don't look so bad to me. It's just that some of the new ones are such beauties!
  14. I bought a number of those back in the day. Our house had a nice straight hallway with a smooth floor that was a great place to wind up the rubber band and let 'em go! Of course, they would always slam into the wall at the end of the hallway. By the end of the first day the teeth would be worn off of the thin plastic crown gear. Time to get a new one if I could come up with another $0.49!
  15. Great job on that! The Aurora kits of that series are not well known and usually under-rated. Some are better than others. The Ford GT is obviously one of the best. I'm thinking of doing Aurora's Maserati 3500 for my next build.
  16. That looks great! I like 1/32 but seldom build any because of old guy eyesight and also because of lack of good kits on the market. I can see that those 1/32 Revells are worth looking at.
  17. First, I have to say THANKS to everybody for all the compliments. Helps make the trouble worthwhile! As for the air cleaner, screwdriver, etc., I had to think up some way to keep from covering up both of those great looking Carter AFB's that I got from Fireball Models. Fireball's stuff is really killer!
  18. You'll probably laugh but I use Microsoft Word. Notice that most of it is just text and that's what Word does best. Everything else is made from images "captured" on the net and pasted into Word where it can be cropped, re-sized, etc. until it fits. The Champion Spark Plug logos were done that way even though I could've gotten plenty from leftover kit decals. The ones done in Word are much sharper and fine lined than the kit decals.
  19. There's nothing I know of that's quite like that but the AMT speed boat with all the customizing parts is probably the best place to start to make your own.
  20. Yes, a good wash with detergent is usually the easiest cure. Also, Tamiya makes an anti-static brush that works very well. I think it's a little pricy, almost $20 IIRC, but a good investment.
  21. This has been my favorite super stock for a long time and the stars finally aligned in such a way that I could build it. Sure, Moebius makes an excellent kit of a later Missile and this build gave me so many headaches that I wondered why I didn't just get that one and build it out-of-the-box but a long time itch has finally been scratched. This is a mash-up of various Johan and Lindberg Mopar kits: 1963 Plymouth, 1964 Dodge (Lindberg and Johan versions) and 1964 Plymouth. All the decals are home made including the nifty 60's style upholstery. The end result came out okay but it was a beast! Hope you enjoy.
  22. Thank you, everybody, for all the great comments! Actually, it has a few glitches in the paint job that don't really show in the photos. It's a "social distancing" build - looks great from 6 feet away!
  23. Great looking build and definitely not a subject that you see very often!
  24. I don't know how many of you are familiar with Blue Demon (El Demonio Azul) - a big star of Mexican Lucha Libre wrestling and also star of many low budget 60's/70's low budget films. In the films he usually saves the world by defeating monsters/aliens/gangsters/spies, etc. by using his Lucha skills. For some reason my twisted mind decided that AMT's 1957 Bird was just asking to be decked out in a Blue Demon mask. Almost everything in this build can be found in the box of the very early releases of the '57 Bird. The steering wheel is from a '59 Imperial and I can't think of anything else that's not out-of-the-box. Anyway, here it is!
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