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Modelbuilder Mark

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  1. Great looking model, and very nice photography of same.
  2. Too late to join in? I must just be able to get one done in a year. Lol
  3. Thank you and everyone else very much for the kind words.
  4. I had never heard of them before so I checked them out based on your reference. Who does not like a good deal right? The relevance is that I was clarifying that "most" kits do not start at $19.99 and as of this post only 9 out of 340 1/25 scale kits are that price. I certainly concede that they do indeed have great deals and I will likely buy from them. I have found that no single source will always have the best deal on all kits all the time. Online, my two go to hobby shops are primarily MegaHobby and Hobbylinc, but if I am in HL, and they have a great deal on a kit that I could use, why not? I wish you well and hope you find no need to "stick it" to anyone.
  5. Thanks for sharing those links, good looking models.
  6. Great job, thanks for sharing the link!
  7. Cool and unique project. My mom had two different Colts back in the 70s when my dad owned the body shop connected to a Dodge dealership.
  8. A few years back I was putting in a lot of time on a highly detailed hot rod, had built a nice rear end kit backing the pumpkin from one kit, aftermarket bolt heads, airbag mounts, and aluminum tubing. Got it all mounted, and during the painting, I felt it was too thick. My solution, just dropped it into the purple pond, only to return the next day and discover aluminum does NOT like the purple lake. Fortunately, I was able to rebuilt it.
  9. Bingo. Despite having been in this hobby for the majority of my 56 year life, I still have less than 300 in my stash, and while I do still buy kits, I resist the urge to "buy em all" as I am also aware that my build rate is still slower than my buy rate, so it is about having the parts yard and option to build what you want when inspiration hits. Nothing in my stash is "collected" for the sake of being collected and held. The only kits I have that are unopened are ones that I have multiples of, as a big part of the fun for me is opening the kits and perusing through them. (used to be called groking)
  10. Nothing earth shattering, just a small tip from the bench this week. After cutting down some rims, leaving the surface "as is" would not look at all realistic and would be way too thick for scale. After trimming out the section, I used a blade to bevel the edge. Once sanded and painted it will look much more like a true rim lip, and give a more realistic appearance of the tire seated to the rim in my opinion.
  11. Thanks Everyone for the kind words. Rich, I setout to replicate every car I have owned, but know I will never get them all completed, and some are unavail. In addition to this Supra, I have completed an FRS, '74 AMC Hornet Fastback, '68 Olds Cutlass (non-442 converted from the 69 kit), and an 'Mitsubishi Galant.
  12. Nice rendition on what I would agree is not a good looking truck.
  13. Tamiya kit built box stock, shot with Scalefinishes.com factory correct Turbulence Grey to match the 1:1 I owned. Great kit, with loads of detail, great fit etc., but for some reason, the tail light covers are not molder in red. (Please excuse all the lint, I did not notice it while outside taking the pics, the camera sees much better than me) Accepted file types: gif, jpeg, jpe, jpg, png, webp, mp4, 3gp, mov, ogg, ogv, mpg, mpeg, flv, webm, wmv, avi, m4v UPLOADED IMAGES
  14. I thought I would go check them out per your note, as I had not heard of them before. Looks like they are cheaper, but I am not seeing the $19.99 price range. The Revell Cobra is only 3 bucks or so cheaper than HL. The AlaKart is pretty closer as well.
  15. I have a couple friends that I watch like Chuck's Hobby Spot and BG's Model Workshop. I also enjoy Mark Batson as he gives some great tips and is such a down to earth guy. ModelCarVideos provides a neat perspective, and I still watch HPIGuy on a regular basis, it is just plain fun and back to childhood to see them come together so fast, but he has been very helpful more than once with his unboxing reviews to see what was being included in the releases. There are several others that are simply Top Notch such as A4 and Hobby Robby, but some of those videos are far between.
  16. I broke down a few years back and got progressives, better than having readers on the bench, by the couch, but the bed, in the wife’s purse etc. etc. lol
  17. James, I spent a lot of time researching and validating what is body shop safe. I know a lot of model builders use Novus which does contain silicone unless you contact the fir directly and order their non-silicone version, but that becomes far too expensive. I too used it for years until myself, and friends that I have that build and do far better paint work than myself started running into problems. I would say that if you look into products that are Body Shop safe, you should be fine. I will admit that there are multiple types of silicone, some problematic, some not, but looking around online you will see body shop guys, and surprisingly a LOT of guitar forums that discuss what they use and like. Those products that I have listed above where what I landed on, and have found to be very cost effective.
  18. Here is my recent process using Scalefinishes.com factory correct Turbulence Grey basecoat with automotive 2K clear. Shiny is nice, but not at the expense of realism so I try to shoot my 2K clear much thinner than some others I have seen to maintain as much of a scale fidelity as possible. This still went on a smidge thicker than I would have liked, but the 1:1 also has a very deep/wet look so I am OK with what I have here. This was only wet sanded where there was some muck in the paint and a fish eye. I started with 3,000 grit foam pad, followed by 4,000 grit through 8,000 grit polishing clothes. I then buffed the entire model starting with the mild cutting Turtle Wax T-415 Premium Grade Rubbing Compound, followed by Meguiar's M0916 Mirror Glaze Swirl Remover, then Meguiar's M0716 Mirror Glaze Show Car Glaze. After I complete final assembly, I will top top it off with Wizard's Mist N shine for that final wet look and to help prevent dust/fingerprints. (I also use this on the inside glass before mating to frame) The main thing look for here are products that do not contain silicone as to not mess up my hobby room/paint area causing future painting problems. There are still a few places in this finish I would go back and redo if I wanted a show winning finish, but for a curbside I am pleased. While there are several products listed here, this process described was maybe an hour one evening, after the body sat for nearly a month after clear coat.
  19. I have a lot of better scaled treadplate, could just replace the entire top panel.
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