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  1. Mike999 added a topic in All the Rest   

    Skoda PA-II "Zelva" (Turtle) 1/35
    I finally managed to finish something!  And it's a car...sort of.  Here's the TAKOM 1/35 scale kit of the Skoda PA-II "Zelva" (Turtle).
    Skoda only built 12 of these Steampunky-looking things in 1927.   They failed as a military vehicle because of poor off-road performance.  They could be steered from either end, and 5 people had to cram into the vehicle - 2 drivers for front and rear, 2 machine-gunners, and a commander.
    The police in Vienna, Austria bought 3 Zelvas and used them impartially - to crush a Communist coup in early 1934 and a Nazi coup later in the same year.  The Czech Army kept the other nine.  The Wehrmacht converted at least one into a disarmed radio car with a big frame antenna and used it during the 1940 invasion of France.
    The TAKOM kit is a "2-in-1," with decal/paint options for 4 armed vehicles plus the German radio car. It's a nice, simple kit, only about 100 parts.  Front and rear axles are poseable if you're careful. Fit is generally good.  The trickiest procedure is getting the parts of the "turret" aligned with no gaps.  Sorry for the lousy photography, it's hot out there and either the model or myself risked melting.
    There was no vehicle "07," I wanted something different so patched the kit decals together. That also goes for the chassis number "NIX-13."  The headlight "buckets" were chromed with a Molotow 2mm marker.

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  2. Mike999 added a post in a topic Round 2 has a few new kits coming!!!   

    It's not mentioned or shown on the box, but if you find one of these cheap and still sealed - the last AMT-ERTL reissue of the 1965 El Camino had the "Topper" camper and the drag parts.  I've heard people ask that about sealed El Camino kits at kit swap meets etc.
    It's AMT-ERTL kit number 31741 and the box art looks like this: 


  3. Mike999 added a post in a topic Orbitron model?   

    The concealed engine didn't help, since those chrome-drenched Roth engines always looked so good.  I think another reason for its failure was that wonky "asymmetrical" styling.
    For you youngsters, that was a (thankfully) short-lived styling fad in the early Sixties.  IIRC, the reasoning was that since the driver always sat on one side of the car, the styling should offset that. That meant putting a pronounced/exaggerated styling feature on the other side of the car.  Like in the Orbitron, that weird 3-lens robot eye or whatever it is.  Tex Smith's XR-6 was another example of asymmetrical styling. Which is probably one reason we've never seen that kit re-issued, but its double-kit partner the 1927 Model T Touring Car has been re-popped several times.
  4. Mike999 added a post in a topic eBay Scammer Afoot!   

    Not a scam, but a very weird thing just happened to me on eBay as a Seller.  This morning I spent quite a while on the phone with eBay getting it fixed, so I'll just post as a warning to others:
    1. Auction ended on Mon. 7/17/17. A buyer tried to pay immediately thru PayPal.  My eBay "Selling" page showed his transaction as Pending. But the payment never cleared. Buyer canceled his first PayPal payment and tried to re-send payment. That didn't work.
    2. Finally, I noticed that the listing's "Item Location" was a street and email address I had not used FOR OVER 2 YEARS.  Called eBay.  The woman said the eBay system has an internal Auto-Complete feature.  Sometimes it fails, and Auto-Completes using the first available data it can find in the system.  Which may be old data.
    She guessed that because my current email is similar to the 2-yr-old email address, the system found that old address and inserted it into the listing.  She did not know why it might do that.  She looked at all 54 other items I listed, and all were OK, with correct addresses.  Just the one listing was wrong.  I could have goofed and not completed the listing correctly or something, so that may have been my fault. At this point I'm not sure and eBay-Woman said they can't verify what happened, either.
    3. Solution:  I went to PayPal and sent the buyer an invoice.  He paid thru PayPal and I marked the item "Paid." eBay is STILL showing the payment as pending, which is irritating.  But it did recognize he had paid, and told me to go ahead and ship.
    Lesson Learned: check all listings very carefully before clicking the button to put them up. And make sure all the data is correct. Especially "Item Location" and email address!
  5. Mike999 added a post in a topic Michaels Coupons   

    Breaking news!  Just got another Michael's e-mail flyer this morning.
    --Extra 20% off entire purchase, including sale items,
    --40% off all fine art acrylic, watercolors and oil paints, brushes, pencils, pastels and markers.  Don't think they carry Molotow markers but don't know for sure.  But this may be a chance to pick up some oil paints/brushes for weathering etc.
    These deals are only good thru tomorrow, Sat. 7/22/2017.
    I plan on going out today, hopefully without melting since it's supposed to be about 100 degrees/100% humidity.  I'll probably swing by Michaels and check out the art stuff.
  6. Mike999 added a post in a topic Michaels Coupons   

    I just got an e-mail coupon from them a few minutes ago (and I'm in the USA).  No 50% off, just the usual 40%.  But they are having a Clearance Sale right now, with up to 70% off on items with orange clearance tags.
    Agree that selection is awful, the same old kits over and over.  The nearest Michael's in my area is very close to a Hobby Lobby. Also near an Ollie's and a Books-A-Million with a good variety of scale model and car magazines.  On my last few trips, I haven't even bothered stopping at Michael's.  The last time I stopped in, I think the newest kit on the shelves was that "Super Stones" Firestone Ford pick-up.  Or maybe the Ohio George '60 Falcon Ranchero.
  7. Mike999 added a post in a topic What did you get today?   

    Hey, it's just one state over from you!  A link to their website is below. This flea market is only open on Wednesdays, which strikes me as strange.  I should warn you, it's hit-or-miss on scale models, like all the flea markets I visit.  Sometimes a bunch of kits, sometimes none.  The flea market is only 15 miles from my house, so I hit it every Wednesday, weather permitting. 
    You can ignore the website warning to "get there early, before daylight."  I've done that, and most vendors weren't even there, or set up yet.  I usually arrive around 7 AM in summer.
  8. Mike999 added a post in a topic What did you get today?   

    Another good haul at the Wednesday Flea Market.  The Monogram Woody is partly built. No problem, I wanted it for the stock '30 radiator shell (later re-issues had a '32 radiator) and wire wheels.  The others are all complete/unbuilt, with the inner bags still sealed. Off-topic:  the FROG aircraft is the ancient 1/72 scale Tupolev SB-2 "Katyuska."  The big red box is a die-cast, the First Gear 1/34 scale GMC C7500 Overcenter Bucket Truck. Or tree-cutting truck. It was cheap and I mostly got it to try some wear and weathering tricks.

  9. Mike999 added a post in a topic Greetings from South Carolina   

    Welcome!  Always good to see another South Carolinian.  I'm in the Upstate, near Clemson.
  10. Mike999 added a post in a topic Harry Pristovnik   

    Serious DM/FM collectors want the shipping box, Styrofoam inner box, title and everything else, including that goofy little tag hanging from the rear axle.  On eBay you often see DM/FM die-casts advertised with "COA," which means "Certificate of Authenticity" (or title).
    Don't worry if you're missing some of those things. Some people buy DM/FM die-casts to get parts for restoring others and already have the COA etc. Or they may want to completely rebuild it and don't care about the box and paperwork.
    For some perspective, I had an eBay sale end just yesterday (Mon. 7/17/17).  One item I sold was a 1/24 scale Franklin Mint 1924 Hispano-Suiza "Tulipwood" roadster.  It did not have the title or shipping box (but did have the goofy little axle tag).  It had a broken windshield and the right-side spare tire was busted off and completely missing.  I started it at $9.99.  It got 22 bids and finally sold for $42 plus shipping. 
  11. Mike999 added a post in a topic What non-auto model did you get today?   

    Steampunkery!  Got one of these coming in the mail:  the Micro-Mir 1/350 scale British K-15 submarine.  No, your eyes aren't fooling you - those are 2 funnels sticking up.  The K class submarines were STEAM-POWERED. 
    As you might expect, that wasn't a very good idea.  To their crews, they became known as the "Kalamity," "Killer" or "Kursed" class. One minor problem: with the sub surfaced, heavy weather could pour seawater right into the funnels and extinguish the boiler fires.  For submerging, the 2 funnels folded down into the hull, using a complex hydraulic system.  It usually worked OK but took some time, a luxury surfaced submarines don't often have.  The K-15 was a later build, with the bulging "swan bow" to try and fix some of the problems.  Micro-Mir also makes the earlier K-class, with a flatter bow.
    Micro-Mir is a small Ukrainian company that makes all kind of weird and interesting ship and aircraft kits.  They do a CSS Hunley, Bushnell Revolutionary War "Turtle," and several German mini-subs, all in 1/35 scale.  So "military scale" figures and accessories will work with them.  The owner of Micro-Mir often posts his plans, test shots etc. on modeling forums for feedback before going into production.  The kits seem to build up pretty easily and look good, according to on-line reviews. 
    The only U.S. source I've found for Micro-Mir is Freetime Hobbies (and eBay, but those are usually foreign vendors).


  12. Mike999 added a post in a topic Heller Delage D.8SS inside shots   

    Thanks from here too, Wayne.  Always interesting to hear the background on kit design etc.  I was pretty impressed by the interior parts in the Hispano-Suiza K4 (limousine) kit.  All the rear interior side panels are molded in clear plastic, as usual.  One had a small box molded into it.  At first I thought it was a glove or storage box.  But looking closer with a magnifier, it was a clock.  Complete with visible hands and numbers!
  13. Mike999 added a post in a topic eBay Scammer Afoot!   

    "Based in China, fnyb25434_6 has been an eBay member since Jul 01, 2017."  Zero transactions. And more red flags than a Chinese May Day parade.
    I did a quick search to see if I could find his posted photo anywhere else on the internet.  I didn't. But a little more digging might find it, probably on somebody else's old eBay listing. 
    ON EDIT:  I have an eBay sale ending today.  Two bidders so far have zero feedback.  One is high bidder on a 1/18 diecast car with 12 bids on it and a pretty high price.  He just joined eBay on June 11, 2017.  I know we all have to start somewhere and I like to give people the benefit of the doubt. But I'm sure hoping this isn't a case of "borrowed Mom's credit card."  Or worse, a scammer.
  14. Mike999 added a post in a topic ~90% Plus Shipping Charge ????~   

    Sure they do.  Just do a search on "ebay final value fee on shipping."  The link below is to a recent article about it. eBay and Etsy both take a cut of any shipping used at their own sites. Which is sort of fair, I guess, since they buy shipping at discounted rates, then take a cut when you use that service.
     But AFAIK, eBay takes a Final Value Fee cut on EVERY shipping transaction, whether you use their shipping or not.  One reason for that was to stop inflated "shipping and handling" charges.  But eBay's official reason was to encourage sellers to offer free shipping.

  15. Mike999 added a post in a topic A 55 BY ANYBODY   

    I was doing some parts comparing one day, and it looks like the Revell '55 chassis will drop right under the AMT '55 Chevy 2-door sedan. IIRC, the AMT chassis came from their '55 Nomad so is not quite right.
    The grille also fit perfectly, which I liked because the Revell grille is easily sanded down so it's open.  That looks much better than flowing black paint into the recesses.  I have 10 thumbs and no talent. But with only a few minutes of sanding from behind, I had a perfect open grille from the Revell kit.
    One of the neatest accessories in the Revell '55 hardtop kit is that drive-in tray. Complete with food, clear soda glass and milk-shake glass.