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About av405

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  • Scale I Build 1:24-1:25

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  • Location California
  • Full Name Alberto Villanueva

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  1. av405 added a post in a topic RMR Resin   

    I've had the intention of buying a piece from him since last year, but he won't answer my emails or the message option on his page 
  2. av405 added a post in a topic Revell 1/25 Expedition: Tyler, TX Police   

    Outstanding. How did you make the light bar mounts?
  3. av405 added a post in a topic AMT Ford Louisville Short Hauler Being Reissued   

    Glad to see the continuation of the retro box art. The box art depicts a different color scheme and decals from the first issue of the Louisville Coca Cola truck so I'm wondering if the decal sheet will be updated or be a straight re-issue of the previous sheet. 

  4. av405 added a post in a topic US Border Patrol 1991 Caprice   

    Thank you all! For the record, this started off as a glue bomb I picked up for $10.

  5. av405 added a post in a topic US Border Patrol 1991 Caprice   

    Jeff, would this be the same guy restoring a BP Bronco?
    Especially for a BP car! An authentic, in-service representation would be caked in dirt, have miscellaneous dents, and be missing the full wheel covers 
  6. av405 added a topic in Under Glass   

    US Border Patrol 1991 Caprice
    1991 was the last model year that the United States Border Patrol painted their vehicles white over light green (I don't know the exact paint code). Since the BP bought Caprices as their basic patrol sedan that year, they were the last sedans to utilize this paint scheme before the agency switched to all-white cars with a green stripe the following year. 
    The kit is from Revell, Jetsonic light bar is from the AMT Ford Taurus police car kit, and decals are from Billbozo. Paint is Tamiya Pure White over Tamiya Pearl Green and the side molding was made from Evergreen stock. In retrospect, I should have added a cage for prisoner transport but we will just say this is a supervisor's car. 
    This is my second complete kit and again, I learned a lot from it. I mostly got to work on my BMF techniques. The only real mess up I had was that I accidentally spilled glue on the front windshield, something I was not able to fix.


    The real deal (courtesy of copcar.com):

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  7. av405 added a post in a topic 1988 - 1991 Ford LTD Crown Victoria Scratchbuild   

    It looks great, just like you promised! I will definitely be one of your customers for this.
  8. av405 added a post in a topic 80s LAPD Impala interior colours, etc ?   

    How funny, I have the same exact plan for my Modelhaus Impala. Lucky for you, I've already pulled the legwork on research.
    LAPD used 1982 Chevrolet Impalas (there is no difference between the 1981-1985 models) equipped with black rubber floors, tan interiors, and split front bench seats. The 1982s were, to the best of my knowledge, the first models to come equipped with MDTs as standard.
    For whatever reason, the LAPD Impalas had black c-pillars, something that no other LAPD squad car has ever had. This is probably the most important thing to remember when doing your model as all movie/TV LAPD Impalas omitted this detail.

  9. av405 added a post in a topic Fixing a Paint Chip   

    Thanks again fellas.
  10. av405 added a post in a topic Fixing a Paint Chip   

    Absolutely. I'll ensure that I use the same Tamiya paint.
  11. av405 added a post in a topic Fixing a Paint Chip   

    Thank you all for your replies. I'll definitely proceed with the dab method. 
  12. av405 added a topic in Model Building Questions and Answers   

    Fixing a Paint Chip
    Not too long ago I accidentally dropped one of my models. Fortunately most of the model fell on carpet, although a small corner did hit the edge of a sliding closet door, resulting in a small paint chip right above the front. The chip is minuscule but still a mar on an otherwise decent finish. The car was painted with Tamiya Pure White out of a spray can. So my question is: how should I fix this?
    1. Leave it be.
    2. Repaint that specific panel of the car.
    3. Touch it up with a brush/paint pen.
    As I mentioned before, the chip is minuscule so I can live with option 1, but I'm interested in hearing about your guys' experiences. 
    Thank you in advance. 
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  13. av405 added a post in a topic Joseph and Fireball Modelworks   

    THIS. I can't stress it enough. I've currently been going back and forth with him for about a week now (some of this due to my abnormal work schedule) and he has been extremely patient and thorough with his responses. I'm hoping to finalize my order soon.
  14. av405 added a post in a topic Hobby Lobby model reset   

    I've always used the coupon through my smartphone without any problems. In fact, most times the cashier just asks for the coupon number without seeing the coupon itself.