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  1. When I master a nearly dust free paint job, I'll be asking lots more questions. 8^) Your rust work is great. PS Looked at your cars on your website. Great work!
  2. Looks great! I'm still trying to finish my first car. I've got a lot to learn.
  3. I think there might be one of those at this place. It's near Atlanta, GA http://microcarmuseum.com/
  4. Nice! I used to vintage race with a guy that had one of them. His wasn't a drive it to the track type of car though. It was a full on race car. Here's a couple of pics. It's in the background pf the first one. It was really fast!
  5. Painted model car parts, naturally. As for keeping the dust off, yes it does. Now, if I can just keep it off the stuff before I put them in there.
  6. I'm beginning to believe that unless you have some sort of hermetically sealed down draft spray booth, there is no way to eliminate ALL dust from a paint job. I've used a full sized spray gun and sprayed the entire spray area with water to try to trap dust. Doesn't seem to be 100% fool proof. Am I being unrealistic about the paint jobs? When I was painting full size race cars, I always had a few blemishes but I got rid of them by color sanding and buffing them out. Is that everyone's method? Just deal with the small specks by sanding and buffing them out? I can't imagine some of the paint jobs I see on this forum are the result of just shooting the paint and polishing it. If they are, I've got a ton to learn and spend. 8^)
  7. Thanks for the useful information guys. I guess my question was too vague. Let's try this, what does everyone think of the Tamiya kits?
  8. I finished my drying box and got it calibrated today. I used 1/2" plywood. It's about 14" wide x 12" deep and 20" tall. I bought 2 receptacles and wired them in with the dimmer switch to be able to vary the amount of heat I'm putting into the box. I lined the box with some quilted material that is aluminized on one side. Had it left over from the Cobra I built a few years back. With the lining, I found I really only needed a single 60W incandescent bulb to generate enough heat to maintain 105 degrees. Here's a few pics.
  9. I'm new here and was wondering if there's a subject that discusses kits in general. Kit makers, their pluses and minuses, old kits, newer or re-released kits versus the original ones, quality of kits, details like ease of build, good or bad instructions, etc. I've got about 12 kits so far and am building 2 at the moment. One is a Revell Peter Brock's Datsun 510. It's a decent kit with fairly good detail, good instructions and parts. The other is a SMER Alfa Romeo 158 Formula ! racer which isn't near the quality of the 510.
  10. Another icon gone. I watched a McHales Navy this morning. Sad.
  11. Dan, what kind of enamel reducer do you use? I've heard that using real automotive chemicals isn't good because they are too "Hot" for the plastic.
  12. Jason, that's beautiful work you are doing. I'm anxious to see the finished product. Maybe I'll be this skilled in time.
  13. It's definitely good therapy. Don't have the money and the old back won't let me work on real cars any longer. It's also neat to buy cars I could never afford and build them. I did have some fun times with a few full size projects. http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v705/baddogracing/Cobra/?action=view&current=right082704.jpg http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v705/baddogracing/?action=view&current=Img_0379.jpg http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v705/baddogracing/?action=view&current=royalerf.jpg http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v705/baddogracing/?action=view&current=RoeblingintheVee_resized.jpg
  14. If you want to see Andy like you've never seen him before, check out A Face in the Crowd. It's going to be shown on Turner Classic Movies on 7/6 at 1:45 AM. He is definitely not Sheriff Andy in this role. It really shows what a great actor he was.
  15. It's a sad day, isn't it. I still watch the reruns even though I've seen them hundreds of times.
  16. +1 for Fastback340 I give each month to the ASPCA. There are so many animals that are abused and/or homeless.
  17. It's all Model Master/Testors enamel per Donn Yosts' suggestions.
  18. I've received two different orders of MM Clear and had a question. One looks like it's an older bottle and one looks newer. The older one looks like it's amber colored and the other is clearer. Is the amber one still good? My first model will have some white body panels and I don't want the clear to tint it.
  19. My eyes aren't what they used to be and I need a lot of light. My workbench area is OK in the lighting department but sometimes I just need more to be able to see small stuff better. I've got a Harbor Freight visor with 2 small lights on it but it's not enough. I've also got a lighted magnifying glass but it's an el cheapo and I'm not crazy about using it. I'd thought about a small spot light or maybe a visor light like this one: http://www.hobbylinc...on/donlt-06.htm What's everyone else using?
  20. I agree with Futurabat. I'm just on my first build in over 50 years and what he said seems to grasp what I'm thinking about my own builds.
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