This isn't my first time with a metal frame. I've built two Pocher Mercedes in the past, they also have metal frames. Also have built the Pocher Porsche 911... metal frame, too (or more precisely, metal baseplate).
I believe that topic was regarding whether or not a metal frame is necessary when scratchbuilding a frame. And I still say a metal frame isn't necessary in that case. Some people may prefer to work in brass, but it's not necessary. A perfectly good model chassis can be scratchbuilt of plastic. What I mean here is that I like the metal frame on this Bugatti because it bolts together square and straight and stiff right from the start, unlike the RR plastic frame, which has a lot of flex in it until you add things to stiffen it up, like the axles and engine. Once the Rolls chassis is finished, it's plenty strong enough to support the model. But those are manufactured model kit chassis... as far as building a chassis from scratch, I don't see any reason that you need to build the frame of metal... plastic works just as well.
I've received several PMs from frustrated members who can't figure out how to clear their in-box. Count me in as one of them. I can't see any way of deleting old messages. Dave thinks it's a software glitch. Which is ironic, seeing as how this was supposed to be an "upgrade" over the previous version, where deleting PMS was easy to do!
I think dating paint would be a great idea. Not so much as a guarantee of how long the paint will last once you own it, but as a "sell by" date where retailers would pull the stuff from their shelves after said date. Like food. Like jb said, you go to some small, dusty mom and pop LHS and who knows how long that can of paint has been sitting on the shelf? And in the interest of fairness and not simply bashing Testors, I just bought a can of Krylon Chrome at HL. It as the kind of nozzle where you press down on the top "flap" only, it drives a metal pin down to open up the paint flow (like some auto touchup paints). Well, every time you press the nozzle to spray, paint comes leaking out of the nozzle and all over your finger. What I should have done is return the can to HL and get a different one... but with no way to test it until I got home, I just figured "screw it," and I use a paper towel under my finger to soak up the leaking paint when I use the can.
Well, sort of. I'm liking this kit because I don't have to worry about scratchbuilding a body! My plan is to get this one as far as finished chassis up on wheels, then putting it aside and finishing up the RR woody... then back to the Bugatti. I don't want to leave the woody unfinished for too long.
Like Ray said, you have to watch shipping costs... a lot of ebayers make a profit on that by jacking up the shipping to ridiculous levels. I don't buy from people who do that. If I buy on ebay, I filter by lowest price including shipping. I don't want the lowest price for the item only, I want the lowest price total.
And if you drive 50 miles to buy a kit, you're paying for gas plus sales tax on the kit. Plus your time. Let's see... I want a specific kit. My choices are to drive a 50 mile round trip to the LHS to buy it, plus my time, the cost of gas, and sales tax... or I can sit here and order the same kit with a few clicks of the keyboard and have the item arrive at my door in a few days. Don't know about you, but the choice is obvious to me. I like to make things as simple as possible. And besides... the internet never closes, it has the largest inventory in the world, and I can search literally the entire world for the lowest price on the item I want. Try hopping in your car and driving from store to store to compare prices, and see how well that goes. And how long it takes you. I'll take the internet any day, thank you very much!
No kidding! You drive 50 miles to buy a kit? And you come away empty-handed, and you're willing to make the trip again? Dude. Seriously. There's this new thing these days called the internet. Go to ebay, buy the dang kit, and have it shipped to your door. Use the money you saved on gas by not driving 50 miles to the hobby shop and back for a nice six-pack of craft beer or a pizza. You're welcome...