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  1. I didn't get into plastic models until around the age of 12 or so as I was more interested in my Hot Wheels & Matchbox cars, but somewhere along the way I won a very small scale Stuka model, which I proceeded to gluebomb due to inexperience. My first car model came along soon after. The choice was inspired by a killer '55 Chevy street machine I used to see every morning on my paper route. So I bought this: It didn't occur to me that those who can't build 6-piece planes well might not want to step up to this level, which was borne out when I set it directly on the lawn to paint it. You can pretty much imagine how that turned out, and that was before I jumped into assembling all the fiddly bits. TBH I don't recall if I ever actually finished it. Knowing my typical reaction to setbacks back then, I'm surprised I managed to stay with the hobby all these years.
  2. Some of the comments I've read about this kit remind me of the British SAS slogan Qui audet adipiscitur (Who dares wins). Nice to see yet another board member take this daunting build on and make it turn out so well. Several people have made favorable comments about the paint, which I also happen to like. Would you mind telling us the mfr and part #? (ex: Testors #1261, Dupli-Color #3268 etc).
  3. My MADD distributors have become go-to items for almost every build because of their quality and ease of use, but they lack a vacuum advance unit, which would be found on almost all street cars for decades. My scratch-building abilities are pretty poor so I'm curious if these might be available in resin or metal. If so, links would be greatly appreciated.
  4. Apparently my Google skills have fallen off considerably, as I can't seem to find a definitive answer. If they are, what is the best way to replicate this? Is there a metalizer-type paint that comes close?
  5. I'd love to find some place that sells extremely small nuts, bolts and other similar items that I can use in various ways. Seems like someone posted this up a few years ago, but I'm not seeing it.
  6. Saw the generic version of Paasche's Air Eraser (etching tool) at Harbor Freight the other day and wondered if it might have any uses in our hobby. The first thing that came to mind was stripping paint. Decades ago I saw an article where body guys were using ground-up walnut shells to strip paint off 1:1 cars. No harsh chemicals, cheap materials (then) and no damage to body panels. I wondered if we could do the same on kits if we had the right kind of material to shoot through one of these.
  7. Mencken was obviously aware of the philosopher who originally came up with this way of thinking.
  8. I'm getting a little impatient because some of the colors I've bought aren't all that close to what they're supposed to be. My initial purchase for this part of the build was a can of Rustoleum red oxide primer. Cap looked correct. Guess what turned out to be a semi-gloss orange? Here's the look I'm going for: Go to the 5:00 mark Some of you may remember this guy as a member here (LoveFordGalaxies?)
  9. Long story short, I had seen a number of you recommend Badger's Stynylrez primers, so I thought I'd give them a try. My current project is a mid-'60s Ford, which my research tells me should have red oxide primer on the underside with a semi-gloss black frame. I ordered a bottle of the closest shade they offered (Brown/Red) assuming it'd be close, but it's basically more of a flat brown. As I understand it, these primers are water-based acrylics. What specific paint would you recommend to bring the color closer to red oxide?
  10. Very nice build. Color and stance are dead-on. You gotta tell me about that back license plate. Was it part of the kit decals? I used to live about 30 miles from the rock formation depicted on it.
  11. I've been fascinated by C3 Corvettes since I was a little kid, to the point where I was able to buy one and keep it for 20 years. Along the way I built a number of MPC C3 Corvettes, which I prefer because of the poseable front wheels & tires and the detailed chassis (hard lines, independent half shafts etc). Yours looks to be one that originally came with real metal coil springs. Mine seemed to have too much tension, so I switched to beading wire and painted shocks. Looks like you've got a good start there, so I'll just sit back and watch it progress.
  12. Interesting that Pontiac had this design as early as '64. Is it just me or did Chevrolet "borrow" a lot of these styling cues for the C3s?
  13. Looks like we have a consensus! Thanks for the response.
  14. Thanks! When I first heard Testors was killing off their MM & Metalizer lines I went and bought up a bunch of enamels I liked or wanted to try and I also snagged replacements for my Metalizers, which were getting low. I kinda lucked out 'cuz I got everything at very reasonable prices - mostly from hobby shops clearing them out through ebay. There are some good alternatives to Testors metalizers. Humbrol still offers their Metalcote line, I think Alclad has some, and I've heard there are also some good acrylics that the gamers use for their figures.
  15. Assuming you bought a new Ford with a 4-speed Toploader transmission between the years of, say, 1967 - 1973, would the trans case be painted the same color as the engine, or would it be unpainted? If unpainted, which Metalizer would best replicate the color of the case?
  16. This car has always been a favorite of mine, but the only model I ever had of it was the notorious Heller kit, which I ended up trading off to a board member here. Someone posted a video the other day featuring some kits Revell will be releasing soon, and one of them was this Porsche. So, as the title says, is this new, a re-release of a previous Revell kit or just a rebox of the Heller or some Japanese kit?
  17. Candy red over white primer? I would've bet anything that that would not turn out well. Obviously I was wrong. Beautiful work on both Mopars.
  18. I'm guessing this was Testors flat black, which was sprayed over 20 years ago. At some point I lost interest in the kit and it ended up in storage until some recent resin "finds" gave me some new inspiration. I'd heard flat black is one of the hardest shades to remove, especially when sprayed thickly (one of the last times I used a rattle can) so TIA for all helpful answers.
  19. Gonna disagree with you on this. While he does use polished black spoons, he also likes to show how the color of the base can change the hue of the top coat. To that end he often sprays a given color over white, gray and black primers (usually by the same mfr as the paint), resulting in three distinct shades. He also uses primers for better adhesion, especially when using acrylics, as they don't always stick to a bare polished surface as well as enamels or lacquers. I've seen more than one acrylic fail his "tape test" because of that. You seem to be somewhat familiar with the videos so you know he goes through around a dozen or so colors per episode (more with the aforementioned primer variations) so having that many car bodies to use in testing would be expensive and impractical. Hence the spoons - cheap and readily available. It's also not uncommon for him to select an unprimed gundam piece to spray just to show how pigmented a certain paint is. As far as his technique, it's way more than "hose-n-dispose". Watch how he sprays enamel or lacquer paints vs how he sprays acrylics. If you're not familiar with the guy, I'm guessing he's got more than 20 videos out there. Some may help you learn something new and some may expose you to new products that will enhance your building experience.
  20. My compliments on your trio. I was intrigued by that shade of Humbrol yellow and was wondering if you could recall which # it was.
  21. Seems like someone on here got a similar result by spraying Tamiya candy red lacquer over Tamiya gunmetal lacquer.
  22. While this topic is about a color range that really hit its max popularity 40-some years ago, I'm going to circle this back to my original whine in this thread: is there a hobby-grade brandywine out there? I really prefer enamels, but there doesn't seem to be anything like that out there.* No HoK for me either. * Testors "burgundy" is not a legit answer, let alone a starting point. The faintness of its hue will remind you of a red GM cloth interior color that has been exposed to the Texas sun for an unrelenting decade. That, of course, assumes that the nozzle even sprays and that the can hasn't leaked half a pound of clear goo from the bottom seal 10 minutes after you get it home. But I'm not bitter...
  23. Mazda isn't a brand I'm normally drawn to , but they've come up with some of the most eye-catching paint colors in memory. Audi has also had some stunning reds in the last decade or so.
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