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  1. I posted an WIP pic to one of Faust’s Gundam discussions, but here is my completed figure. It’s a 1:144 scale Mobile Suit (giant robot), sculpted to resemble a character from one of the Japanese TV series. Assembly was painless, though it did take some work to eliminate some of the joins in the pieces. Painted using Vallejo acrylics. I have a few more of these set aside as slump busters, because they are fun to build.
  2. I have seen them in stores in Ontario, but availability may depend on how well-stocked your local shop is. You may want to contact some of the bigger online shops in the province to see about buying one (Wheels and Wings in Toronto or Hobby Centre in Ottawa are two good choices for online selection).
  3. I remember a Hydromatic in the AMT Parts Pack engines, but I can't remember if it was on the Pontiac or another engine. Beyond that, I think there was an automatic in the '64 Olds Cutlass kits, but can't remember if it was a lighter-duty unit.
  4. I think it may be from a 1/32 Pyro Lincoln from the late '20s/early '30s.
  5. The engine was a nailhead Buick, which came with some nice custom bits (spark plug covers, for instance). It's never been re-issued in any other kit to my knowledge.
  6. I used to own one of those Revell truck kits (the Mercedes cabover), and the tires were intact at the time of purchase. A couple of years later, when I opened the box, it looked like someone had squirted black RTV silicone into the box. Very glad I had never opened the parts bags, and kept instructions and decals separate.
  7. We regret to inform show-goers that the Modelrama has been postponed. The club was willing, but our venue does not know when it will re-open from the pandemic. We will keep everyone posted about new dates when we have the information.
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    Contest postponed due to pandemic, will post with information once we have it.
  9. Lindbergh re-popped a bunch of the ‘70s Palmer stuff back in the mid 1980’s, so it is probably somewhere in the Round 2 tooling shed. John G., if you find any of it, back away slowly, and call in the scrap metal dealer to ‘handle it’.
  10. I have a good stash of Testor’s lacquers, but some of them have started to suffer from can failure. I know there are a few that are dead, but is the paint still good if there is only a bit of seepage?
  11. If you can find it, SnJ Copper is probably the best one out there. This is straight out of the bottle, and without using the buffing powders.
  12. The model nearly met an untimely fate at my hands today, but I am still continuing the build. Even with the preparation of the spokes and wheel, I managed to break a rim, and the resulting fix left a gap between the halves. I definitely know which edge is facing down! I also managed to get some metallizing done today. I shot these pieces with SnJ Copper (old school, but it still works well) and a couple of pieces with Testor’s Buffing Brass. There’s a whole pile of sub-assemblies in the box, but still a long way to go.
  13. Mercedes-Benz did offer replicas of the Motorwagen for sale a few years back, but I don’t know how many were eventually built, or if they are still available. I have never seen a green one before, but there are bound to be several colour variations out there.
  14. Since I am one step closer to finishing the chassis, I decided to go ahead and work on the wood. Some of the trickiest areas of a model to finish properly is replicating wood. I consider myself lucky in that the wood on this car is a fairly light colour without visible grain, probably maple, birch, or poplar. If you look at the picture that Eric posted earlier, the wood on the 1:1 car is fairly nondescript. I decided to make my woodwork look a bit nicer than what was pictured. I started by spraying the main wooden pieces (floorboards, seat pan, and rear crossmember) with Tamiya TS68 Wooden Deck Tan. After the paint had dried, I pulled a couple of tubes of oil paint out of my art box. I use Cadmium Yellow and Burnt Sienna for this, though I know of other builders who have their own blends. I put a couple of blobs of paint on a paper towel, and leave it in order to soak most of the oil out of the paint (reduces drying time). I start by dry brushing the parts with yellow, and start adding brown when I think it is needed. There is some variation in the wood, but that’s what I wanted. These parts will be set aside to air dry, and then sealed with some clear (acrylic semi-gloss, more than likely). I hope the explanations aren’t too tedious. I know there is some techniques I do which may not be in every car builder’s toolkit, so I like to make sure that everyone gets it.
  15. I have started to assemble the wheels on the Benz. There are no pics during the assembly process, because I already needed more hands than I was born with! For the people who asked if annealing was necessary, I can say ‘no’. I did anneal one set of spokes, and it did help a bit, but it made them a bit too malleable during handling. To build up the wheels, I needed a couple of tools. A X-Acto knife with a sharp #11 blade, some round toothpicks, extra-thin CA glue, a diamond file (or other fine file), some sandpaper and a flat surface, and some liquid cement. The first step is to trim the little runners at the end of the photo etched spokes. The fit of the spokes into the slots on the rim is dependent on getting rid of those burrs. Once cleaned, you can mount a tire (B1) onto the supplied jig (C2). You can then fit the spokes on top. If you look at the picture where the spokes are lying on the rim, you can see the slots where the attachment points will fit. A small piece (C1) is supplied to push the spoke hub into the jig. Start installing the spokes by installing them on the pins, and securing after with a bit of CA (someone borrowed my microbrushes, so I used a toothpick). Once all the spokes are attached, detach the rim from the surrounding sprue and place it, attachment side down, onto the sandpaper. With some light sanding, you will see which areas are too high, or where re-gluing is needed. Use the file to knock down the high points, glue if needed, and test fit to the other rim. Repeat if necessary. Touch up any paint chips before gluing. Step 38 shows two parts which make up the rear hubs. I built mine up using a piece of 1/16” rod to help keep them straight, and then painted the parts. These need to be installed before you glue the rim halves together, and will need to be tacked in to keep them square. I used toothpicks for alignment, but ended up having to cut and drill out a toothpick due to some CA seepage. Sand and paint, and a tire is completed!🥳 And now for a break from wheels. A quick shot of paint on the wooden rear crossmember, and I am getting closer to some real painting.
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