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  • Location South Carolina
  • Full Name Michael S. Smith

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  1. Mike999 added a post in a topic 1:25 scale kits with figures ?   

    This one's obscure but they turn up on eBay fairly often:  years ago, TAMIYA did a few American and German WWII 1/25 military figures.  Most were done in both plastic and metal.  I've found these very cheap at kit swap meets, since they're sort of "orphan" figures - not many 1/25 scale tanks were ever made.  Along with the "right scale," they come with useful weapons and equipment.  The set of German staff officers from the 1/25 Tiger tank kit should look good with one of the ICM 1/24 Mercedes or Opel cars.
    Here's the Patton figure, they all had similar box art:


  2. Mike999 added a post in a topic What did you get today?   

    Got this one, FINALLY.  Since they seem hard to find in the USA, I bought 2 of these tractors. Also a Lindberg Century Coronado boat.  Pre-birthday gifts from myself to myself.

  3. Mike999 added a post in a topic Hard to find rare models   

    Along with the kits for sale, that site has an incredible collection of model kit history, biographies of box-art illustrators and kit company employees, etc. etc.  I recently posted a link to the Pyro history page, which has full-color box art for almost every Pyro kit ever made.
    The section is not that easy to find, but: (1) on the Home Page, top-center, click on the link "Plastic Model Kit Articles and Howtos." (2) On the right side of the Articles page, click on "Plastic Model Kit History."
    Or just be lazy and click this link...

  4. Mike999 added a post in a topic 1:25 scale kits with figures ?   

    Here's a real oldie:  the TSUTSHO 1/24 driver set, with woman sitting on the car, flagman, and standing/sitting drivers.  I have one of these sets but threw out the box years ago. There's one on eBay right now, Buy It Now with about a week to go:

  5. Mike999 added a post in a topic 1:25 scale kits with figures ?   

    Preiser calls those "Adam" and "Eva" figures.  I guess we can...figure...out why.  I have some in 1/24 and 1/32.  All the same parts, just pantographed up or down for the different scales.  I've seen some amazing things done with those figures, with modelers using epoxy putty to make clothes for them.
    Verlinden and Historex/Nemrod did some nude resin figs they called "academy" figures. I guess because art students at Ye Olde Academy used nude people as models.
    Verlinden also did a nice 1/24 resin California Highway Patrolman.  Some online vendors still have them. But if you want one you probably better hurry, since Verlinden is out of business. 
  6. Mike999 added a post in a topic C'mon USPS!   

    I often order from an online vendor who offers UPS SurePost delivery.  It's about half the price of other shipping methods and very fast.  I think it means that UPS trucks the package to my local Post Office, which delivers it.  I know it's always delivered by my usual fe-mail carrier in her Jeep.
    That fe-mail carrier is probably about ready to clobber me.  I'm getting ready for an eBay sale and ordered 4 different bunches of free shipping boxes from USPS. They came in 3 different shipments, all pretty big and heavy, and she had to drive down my driveway and leave them on the porch.  I was either gone or didn't hear her all 3 times.
  7. Mike999 added a post in a topic UK Car modelling magazines?   

    Looks like "Truck Model World" magazine is still being published in the UK.  I subscribed to that one for a while, thru Amazon. Many of its articles apply to model cars as well, of course.  It often features some really complicated conversions and upgrade/detail articles.
  8. Mike999 added a post in a topic 1:25 scale kits with figures ?   

    Nice work, and those women look anatomically correct.  My gripe with most 1/24 female figures in resin:  they look like a teen boy's fantasy.  Skinny matchstick legs and they're very...top-heavy, if you get my drift. Scaled up to human size, they'd always be falling on their faces.
  9. Mike999 added a post in a topic Harry Pristovnik   

    If you have one in the area, a real car club might want the Hemmings and similar mags.  But I'm just guessing.
    Maybe see if you can donate the model mags to a model club, library or just about anywhere before dumping them.  I'm currently drowning in magazines myself, so I know the problem.  But I also remember when I got back into building models, many years ago, it was seeing build-ups in magazines that first inspired me to try the hobby again.  So maybe some kid - or even some old geezer (like me!) - might pick up one of those magazines and decide to join the hobby. 
  10. Mike999 added a post in a topic Hobby Lobby made my day   

    That's sort of weird.  My local HL (Anderson, SC) had all 3 sizes on Friday.  I got a 1mm and 2mm at $11.99 each.  The 4mm was $12.99. I wondered if it was marked with the wrong price, or the biggest marker just cost more. I didn't get the 4mm, since I remembered reading the threads on this board about Molotow markers.  I figure for anything that big needing to be chromed, Bare Metal Foil or Alclad might be a better solution.
  11. Mike999 added a post in a topic Ollie's strike again   

    No. But there is a Michael's near Costco, almost at the intersection of Woodruff Rd. and Laurens Rd.
    "Costco re-supply" means I'm almost out of critical, life-sustaining stuff like their beef jerky, peanut butter, big box of candy bars, etc. 
  12. Mike999 added a post in a topic Ollie's strike again   

    Thanks. I may try that store again, but Greenville is about a 50-mile drive for me.  OTOH, if I take Hwy. 123 I can also hit a Hobby Lobby and the Hobby Connection shop in Easley on the way.  And I could use a Costco re-supply stop on Woodruff Rd...hmmm...
    Has anyone seen the Coronado boat kit in an Ollie's?  That's still a pretty new release, so I'd be kind of surprised if it was already in a blow-out sale. But I guess stranger things have happened.
  13. Mike999 added a post in a topic 1/25 Zephyr gas station   

    If you're still looking for toilet fixtures, here's a 1/24 set from eBay - sink, toilet, tub.  There are others available - 1/24 is half the regular dollhouse scale of 1/12, so some dollhousers build in that scale.  I've also seen these, or something very similar, in Hobby Lobby.
  14. Mike999 added a post in a topic What did you get today?   

    A '70 Monte Carlo at Hobby Lobby, with the 40% off coupon.  Also got the Molotow Liquid Chrome pens, 1 and 2mm sizes (as posted elsewhere).
    Off-topic, but with all the eBay horror stories, here's a good one:  a few days ago, I did a Buy It Now on the very old Williams Bros. 1/72 scale Martin B-10 bomber. Had one long ago and always regretted selling it.  
    The package just came.  The kit box was grungy and water-stained, which I already knew from the eBay listing photos.  But inside that box was TWO complete B-10 kits - one still sealed in the original plastic bag, one loose in the box.  And even 2 sets of decals. No instructions but I can find those elsewhere.
  15. Mike999 added a post in a topic 1:25 scale kits with figures ?   

    Along with the MPC '28 Lincoln, their '27 Lincoln roadster kit had a seated female figure; a "gun moll" or getaway driver.
    I think Preiser makes some of the best figures, and they come in all scales from N up to G (1:22.5), including some 1/24 and 1/25.  All their human figures are based on real people, including the faces.
    Somewhere around here I have a German magazine about Preiser .  One article in it shows a real woman posing for their sculptor, then being turned into a plastic figure. That's kind of neat to see. 
    Preiser also makes a bunch of 1/25 scale animals, so if you need a 1/25 turkey or pig, they have it.