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About Miatatom

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    MCM Ohana
  • Birthday May 31

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    Soddy Daisy, TN (near Chattanooga)
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    Tom Shirley

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  1. Sounds like you've found a good deal. Great! Yes, Dr Cranky is a regular here and has a lot of experience and model making knowledge.
  2. Nigel Mansell's 1993 Indy 500 car

    That's really looking great! I've got the 93 Lola T93 Ford snap. Is that the same one. Haven't opened it yet.
  3. 67 gtx

    I'm working on that kit now. Thank you.
  4. That price at HL is a little high even after the coupon. They can be had for around $40, the last time I checked. It would pay to be patient and look around. You won't be sorry you bought a H.
  5. Tyler, the reason I mentioned an air brush, the Paasche H, was that I saw you were going to purchase a relatively expensive and sophisticated air brush. If you are a beginner, I suggest the Paasche because of it's simplicity of deign, ease of use, durability and simple cleaning. I'd think about that purchase and ask/look around the board. There was just a thread about the Paasche H. It a good evaluation by many members. Personally, I started with a dual action Badger Patriot 105. A fairly precision A/B useful for T shirts and detail painting of small figures but not large surface areas like model car bodies. While I did learn to use it relatively well a couple of times, I never felt like I had really figured out how to use it correctly all the time. It's kinda like getting in a race car for the first time and trying to stay up with the really fast guys on the first lap. You can't do it. You'll end up making a rookie mistake and crashing. Trust me, I know. Turn 7 at Road Atlanta and several model cars attest to that analogy with respect to both 1 : 1 and numerous model cars. PS I spray acrylics on my interiors and chassis and cover with clear or dull coat.
  6. Best Masking Tape to use.

    Don't ever use electrical tape. It leaves a nasty residue. I like 3M thin line auto tape. It is a little thick though but I've learned to use it and minimize edge creation.
  7. What did you get today?

    Badger paint stirrer.
  8. sanding

    Sounds like you didn't put much orange down or really did a lot of sanding. Actually 4000 sounds like a polishing cloth. Surely, you weren't using 400?
  9. MPC Indianapolis Hall of Fame Set

    This is the trio that I'm "working on". Here's the McLaren. The other two are "partially assembled".
  10. MPC Indianapolis Hall of Fame Set

    Stepped out of that little ride in 2003 at Barber Motorsports Park and sold it 3 months later. It was a choice of race or retire. I'd raced but never retired so I chose retirement. At 59, with a lot of motorcycle racing in the 70s and then sports cars in the 90s and 00s, I figure I'd had my fun so I quit before I hurt myself or someone else. I've got the SMER double kit with the Talbot-Lago and Alfa Romeo that I'll get to someday.
  11. Creating NEW Panel Lines

    I like the Scribr R from RB Production. http://www.radubstore.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=77_110&products_id=329
  12. MPC Indianapolis Hall of Fame Set

    Not easy kits to build. I've finished the McLaren and have stalled out on the other two. I really want to finish them someday. Good luck with yours.
  13. What did you get today?

    A pound of microballoons!
  14. Paint Booths & Safe Ventilation?

    Since I first built my booth, I've made several changes. The first picture is the original booth. The plastic hanging down are gloves. I've eliminated them and added a bunch more light. OK, you young-in's go ahead and laugh. Yes, that's four 150 watt outdoor lights, 2 floods and 2 spots. Some day, you'll understand. I've enlarged the entry door quite a bit and have a 175 cfm bilge blower ordered to replace the 130 cfm. It worked OK but I want to figure a way to make more of a seal where my arms fit through the front. I'd thought about an old inner tube or something like that. Suggestions?