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badcaditude

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About badcaditude

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  • Scale I Build
    1/24, 1/25, G

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  • Location
    Connecticut
  • Full Name
    Mark Maerz
  1. Micro Balloons questions.

    Thank for your help. For some years, "Their" people knew and couldn't stop talking about Micro Balloons when one of their Contributors built a Model using it as a BETTER Filler. But when asked, I'd get the "Party Line". (It's for Wood) Makes one wonder WHY. I thought being a Member/Subscriber, "They" would share information. People share Ideas, Tips, and Products openly to them, but it takes a Decade for "Them" to share. A couple of months ago, "They" FINALLY announced, They Will Be Doing a "HOW TO" on Micro Balloons. Personally, I'm Insulted. Quite frankly, they can write a book on it. I'll never buy a Tube, Jar or, Box of it. I think it's far too late. I've done some experimenting with Softening Polystyrene and using it to fill Pinholes in Models. The AMT 1964 Mercury Marauder's Right Front Fender was my Test Mule. As it turns out, it was fine for the deepest part, but Squadron Putty and Dupli-Color was needed to finished the rest. What a pain it was to soften it with Testors Liquid Cement. Here's one for everyone to try. Polystyrene Rod (about) 1/16". I used it as a Welding Rod by putting a short piece in my Variable Speed Drermel, finding the (Closest to) right speed, and Welding two pieces at 90 Degrees together. It's fun to watch pretty strong too. Give it a go. If my Dremel spun more slowly, it might've looked better. I thought about using a Pedal or a Dimmer Switch to slow it down, but having been electrocuted once, I just don't like messing around with Electricity.
  2. Micro Balloons questions.

    Thanks to A. Anderson, Ace-Garageguy, and modelcarmag.com for the help. I don't understand why no one from another Publication would answer my question. I gave up trying to use the Jar of Boom-Boom I have. It's another lesson learned the hard way. Thanks again. Here's what I bought soooooo many years ago from a local Hobby Store; Northeast Hobby Products, Stock # NHP 201, 10 FL. OZ. Original White Micro-Fill, Ready to Use, Super light, Model Filler. This JUNK never did work. It didn't Stick to anything. Not even to Wood. When I started building Model Cars, there was no Filler. I used Household Spackle. It came in a Box and I had to add water. It was a pain to get the mix right, but I figured it out. Then the Testors filler hit the Market. It worked alright. Next was Squadron Green Putty. It was better, but Green, It's Cure time was measured in days. That is, depending on how deep the the Damage was. If you didn't wait, it shrunk too much. I even tried the Automotive Red Body Filler Glazing Putty. It worked like the Squadron, and it Kept longer. The Squadron White is fine. It works like the Green. I was hopeful about the Micro-Fill, but after 11+ years of no REAL answers from anyone in the Hobby or the Company, I keep this useless Jar of hardened Garbage as a reminder. Don't Hold Your Breath When Asking For Help. No matter how well the product works on Plastic Models or how many other (So-Called Professionals in the Hobby) praise it. The ONLY answers I ever got were "This Product is for Wood ONLY". It didn't work on Wood either. It was like talking to my ex-wife. I'll stick with the White Squadron Putty, Dupli-Color Primers and Paint. I'll still use automotivetouchup.com for projects that need a Factory Color. My Conspiracy Theory Chevy Caprice, the pain in the ascot PIRANHA Super Spy Car, 1966 Chevy C-10 my Pop's used for TV Repair, and too many others to list.
  3. I keep wondering why the left front wheel(s) and tire(s) on some of these Lindberg Crown Vic's stick out so far. I have an ebay junker and it doesn't have that problem. Yes, the front and rear axles need to be move forward a little, the Paint looks like it sprayed on in the dark, has mismatched side Mirrors and ACTUAL Duct Tape covering the Light bar holes in the roof. (The Duct Tape was my doing) It looks like a well used and decommissioned Emergency Vehicle. Except, it has all of the Full Wheel Covers and there's nothing that says "Interceptor" anywhere. I'll have to Print up some Decals. Another nice set of Wheels and Tires come in the Revell Chevy Impala (Snap Tite) kit. They look similar to the ones most State and Local Police HAD on the Crown Vic's until the new Units. I haven't had a chance to ogle one of them yet. I just bought the Revell version and really like the Oversized(?) wheels and tires. It's a more aggressive look and will look good as another Cop Car put out to... pasture. I'll have to see how they look on the Lindberg. I'll be looking for some Spotlights for both and Mirrors for the Revell soon enough. That'll be fun.
  4. Duramax Diesel Engine resin

    Who's hinee do I have spank to get some of these?
  5. Micro Balloons questions.

    I read articles about using Micro Balloons as a Filler. They NEVER said "How To". Most were Contest winners and such. I had to give this stuff a go. I (Foolishly) bought a Jar(?). There were no real instructions on it. Mixing a small quantity with water didn't help. I emailed the Magazine that Showcased said Models and asked how to use Micro Balloons. I should have known better. The only reply from said Magazine was; Micro Balloons are a filler for wood. It didn't matter how many articles in their Publication I referred to. There was nothing online and trying to reach the Manufacturer, lead to even more frustration. I still have the very same 10 Fl. Oz Jar I bought 10 + years ago and I never used it or tried to again. I keep it as a $4.99, reminder. I've been staying off this Site, because it's been ridiculous trying to sign in. It usually takes an hour or more. Today was the FIRST time it didn't. "Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience". -George Carlin
  6. Renault 16...

    Very cool.
  7. Renault 16...

    Way too cool.
  8. Renault 16...

    How many people remember the Renault TV Ads? It a very cool kit that I keep lusting over. It's too bad it's 1/20 Scale. One consolation is, about 25 years ago, I bought and built a UNION, 1964 Renault 8 Gordini Rallye 1/24 Scale. I'll admit I wasn't happy with the Vinyl Interior parts and the Tires. The tires were the worst parts of the kit. I think I actually threw them in the Trash. I found some old but similar items in one of my Spares Bins and they fit perfectly. Why is it that a lot of the really cool models like this Renault, the Wallace and Gromit, Austin A30 Van, Motorcycle, Plane, the Shaun the Sheep 1958 Land-Rover 88'' Series II, the Ford 3000(?) Tractor and some others related items are always in an odd Scale Sizes? So many cool looking cars from around the world, it's too bad they're molded in 1/32 or other Scales.
  9. Gasser & AWB Community Build (Started.)

    Wow, very cool. At first sight, I thought yours was the love child of Studebaker and Chrysler. If memory serves, wasn't SIMCA a Chrysler Group/Chrysler Europe subsidiary and brand for a while? I did something similar with a Revell 1:25 1977 Chevy Monte Carlo Snap Together Kit: 85-1933 and a Monogram 1/24 1966 Malibu SS Kit: 2219. Getting the Chassis Length, opening the Hood and, cutting the hole for the Hood Scoop were the hardest part. As soon as I remember which box it's packed in, I post some Pictures.
  10. 65 Lincoln and Resin 57 210 4 door

    Just as I figured.
  11. Well, I'm glad to (almost) see the help from the members on this site. Thanks. That was Sarcasm.
  12. Sam Hollingsworth 1957 Nomad

    Ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!
  13. Monogram Piper Tri Pacer

    Depending on how bad the Decals are, you could Scan them with an all in one printer and print them on Decal Paper. I remember my elder Brother building one of these back in the early '60s. I hadn't seen one in years. Then I came across one of these back in '90. I built it using a DupliColor Buick White and VW Red. I didn't like it being Tail Heavy so, I took a Lead Wheel Balancing Weight and cut, filed and carved it to look like the Engine. I glued the Hood(?) in place and it looks fine. I had no problems with the Decals. I skipped the Hunters with the Dead Mountain Lion. If I can only remember which box I packed it in.
  14. 1970 Ford Galaxie *Photo links updated*

    Nice work. Looks like you've got a handle on your Airbrush. I've Owned two Airbrushes. Bought them new. Followed the Directions to the Letter. They didn't work. I've Destroyed two Airbrushes. Bought them new. No Directions for their Destruction. I Improvised. There wasn't anything salvageable. Speed, Gravity and Crash Landing onto Cement from three Stories up will put an end to pretty much anything. I'll never buy another. One was a Badger, the other... I don't remember and at this point... it doesn't matter.
  15. 65 Lincoln and Resin 57 210 4 door

    I built one as a Wagon. I didn't care for the Clear Rear Roof section. I fixed that and how about that Half Baked idea of a Luggage Rack. I still need help with the panel lines on the 57 210.