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av405

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    Alberto V.

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  1. Yes, I have noticed the rise in prices as well. The kit itself is okay, but the police parts are of great quality. I'm planning on building a future AZ DPS version. If that's what you're aiming for, hit me up and I'll send you the reference material I have.
  2. Nice. I just got another one of those Tauruses for cheap from ebay. What's your plan for it?
  3. Tower Hobbies. They just revamped their website, making it an even better experience.
  4. Best build up of this kit that I've ever seen. Great work!
  5. Looks like the website is down. Anybody have any news?
  6. As others have said, you can't beat ebay and it's reach/customer base. I try to only sell rare or hard to find model-related stuff on ebay, whether car kits, decals, aftermarket, etc. I've been able to sell most of the stuff I list through auction at either break even prices or making a profit. There was an instance where I listed a mediocre resin body for $25 and much to my surprise, it sold for $120! Yes, the cumulative $20 fee at the end hurt, but then I remembered how much I gained and how no other selling venue would have resulted in such a large profit. I stick to selling less rare kits or items on facebook where the fees won't cut into my already minuscule profit.
  7. This stuff? https://www.amazon.com/POR-15-Cleaning-Degreaser-Surface-Solution/dp/B00KPXJVL6 Looks like it goes by POR-15 now.
  8. I bought this piece on ebay about 5-6 years ago. It's the only one I've ever seen. The seller wasn't the original maker.
  9. Thank you all for the compliments!
  10. El Paso Police Department (TX) Chevrolet Impala. I used the Revell snap kit, policedecalsanddeals/Rhonda Keraly decals, MX7000 lightbar from the Lindberg Crown Victoria kit, aftermarket pushbar, and a combination of Tamiya paints for the exterior. During my research, I found slight variations in decals and light bars as used on real EPPD Impalas. I went for the variation that I could do with the decals on hand. As I was not able to verify what interior color EPPD used on their Impalas, I chose to replicate the Regal Blue interior that was popular at the time. I did not enjoy painting the exterior plastic cladding and trim and this is where most of my mistakes occurred. The panel washes are a bit dark, but I went down that route to cover up some mistakes. Real photo is posted at the end for reference.
  11. Thank you! Regarding the stripes on the doors, I've seen two variations - they stop at the front doors and continue onto the rear doors. Here's an Impala where the stripes continue onto the rear doors. That's how I'm doing mine:
  12. I finally got a chance to continue working on this project. The interior is done. I took the kit's prisoner partition and modified it to more closely reflect the one found inside EPPD units. I used a Krylon color that came close to replicating the Royal Blue interior color option offered on Impala police cars of this generation. Push bar is done: Front grill is done: Wheels and chassis are done:
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