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  1. Good research François!
    I'm not sure what color cable would have been used for the interconnect between the batteries. I would probably use black  wire, but it might have been even another color (or maybe red).

    Sometimes batteries are located under seats.

  2. Is the Tamiya clear blue a lacquer from  the TS series spray can, or it is the alcohol-based paint from the small glass jars?

    If it was decanted TS spray I would worry that it will attach the Testors paint. But looks like your spoon test doesn't show any compatibility issues.


    I assume (by your post count) that you have built and painted bunch of models in the past.  If that is the case I'm wondering why are you suddenly worried about filtering the paint?  Usually schmutz in paint jobs comes from stuff from the ambient air falling on wet paint on the model (not from the paint itself).

  3. 11 hours ago, François said:

    When you say connected in series, you mean one connecter to the other and from there going to the starter and whatnots ?

    Yes, exactly.  If you could find technical specs for this car, you could tell how the batteries were connected together, even without seeing any photos.  I'm also assuming that the batteries you made (with 3 caps indicating 6 Volt battery) would be accurate for that car.


  4. That was some amazing modeling Ken.
    Not only the model itself, but seeing how the 1:1 vehicle was constructed mechanically was also very interesting.

    May I suggest that you post a link here to the Under Glass thread. Will make  it easier to find when someone looks at this thread later.

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  5. On 9/13/2023 at 10:05 AM, Motor City said:

    According to their website, Olllie's has stores in the following northeastern states and Washington, D.C.:

    CT, RI, VT, VA, MA, MD, ME, NY, NJ, NH, DE

    They carry model kits at 40% off.

    Interesting. I have never seen Ollie's in my travels through MA, ME, and NH.

    EDIT: I guess there is a store in Worcester, MA - I very rarely go there.

  6. You don't have to be an electrician to understand lead-acid car batteries.   They are made of multiple cells connected in series.  Each cell produces 2 Volts.  Each cell has a cap on top so  it can be filled with electrolyte.  To figure out the battery voltage just count the number of caps, then multiply it by 2.

    These batteries have 3 caps, so 3 x 2 = 6 Volts.  12 Volt batteries will have 6 caps.

    Do you have any photos of the batteries in the 1:1 Bentley?  I'm asking because it is possible that those two  6 Volt batteries are connected in series, for a total voltage of 12V.  If that is the case, you would have to wire them differently to accurately depict the 1:1 car.

  7. 10 hours ago, Bainford said:

    Cool project. Nice work on the wheels. I don't what this fascination is with Japanese kit makers using way oversized wheels on otherwise immaculately scaled kits.

    I think it is more of a necessity than fascination.  Back when that kit was designed, I believe that all Japanese automotive kit manufacturers used outside source for their tires.  Unlike American kits, (PVC tires molded in-house), Japanese manufacturer used solid real rubber tires. I suspect all the tires were made by some outside company, and only limited number of tire sizes were available.  That is why you'll see the same tires used by Tamiya, Aoshima, Hasegawa, and even Amercan SATCO got on the bandwagon and also resold those tires, That is why I think that the tires were all made by some 3rd party manufacturer.

    They are great looking tires, but the size might be off.  At least that's my take on this.

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  8. Pyro (and later Life-Like) had a 1:32 1911 Stanlay Steamer kit.  I have the Life-Like kit.

    There is a restored 1:1 Stanley Steamer in the Shanklin Hall in Groton, MA (it also houses a Wurlitzer Theater Organ).  It resides in the back room where all the organ machinery is.  When you take the tour of the back room, you get to see the car.

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  9. 18 hours ago, Ace-Garageguy said:

    PS: Though I DO have post-processing capability in my graphics suite, I almost NEVER use it for color tinkering on model shots, as it's just not necessary with the cheap and easy balanced light source I've come up with.

    Actually nothing can be simpler nowadays.  Since many take photos using smart phones, basically the smart phone will do it for you with just a few simple swipes of a finger.  The technology has advanced quite a bit in the last decade, but I'm school, and I use old Nikon CoolPix 8700 camera and Corel Photo Paint for photo processing.

    I originally addressed paying attention to the CRI because this thread is about best indoor lighting for taking model photos. Good lightning minimizes need for post-processing.

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  10. Back  in the earlier days of the World Wide Web, with basic HTML code, thing were simple and pretty much compatible with all the early browsers.

    Nowadays the coding got so darn complicated that there are always compatibility issues. Unfortunately there is no easy solution - and things will only get more complex in the future.  The coding has gotten too complex and too  many programmers are involved in the process, each one handling a small piece of the entire browser or website design.

    Updates (to the browsers and to the programs like the one running this forum) are double edge swords.  They fix one thing and break another. These things are too complex to test every possible feature and interaction before releasing the update. There are just too many features and interdependancies. We're stuck in this quagmire called Internet.

  11. 1 hour ago, atomicholiday said:

    Just came across this at a flea market.  I think these are really cool.



    Ah, Volkswagen "The Thing".  Even has graphics proclaiming the American name.  They don't show up often around this area (even at the car shows or cruise nights).  Funny how VW commercialized a military vehicle and (mainly) hippies in the '60s embraced them. Now they are collector's items like many other low-end vintage vehicles.

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  12. Yes, color temperature  plays important role i proper color rendition by cameras. But the other very important factor is Color Rendition Index (CRI) of the logth source.  Sun of course has a very high CRI. Look for lamps or light bulbs with high CRI (90 or higher).  For more details about CRI see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_rendering_index

    One way to improve  color quality (assuming you have high CRI light source) is manually adjusted white color  balance setting in your camera. I use it all the time when taking model photos.  Even still the camera image sensors are not perfect.  Some intense reds will not be as intense looking in a photograph.  The image sensor does not have the same dynamic range as the eye.

    The other part of the equation is the computer monitors (display) when viewing the photos.  Those also do not have the dynamic range of the human eye, and often do not show colors correctly.  Professionals use very expensive equipment (cameras, monitors, and printers) with color profiles enabled for that equipment.  That guarantees the best possible color rendition, but the high-end equipment is quite pricey (usually out of reach for an average person).

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  13. 2 hours ago, athlon said:

    Well if I could find it I would buy it, it's definitely a cool build!

    According to https://www.scalemates.com/kits/monogram-85-6744-bathtub-buggy-george-barris-saturday-night-mare-show-rod--959332   that kit was reissued in 2009 (earlier than I recalled), but still more recent than 1969.  While that website is  not always accurate, that entry seems on target.

    You might be able to find the 2009 release on eBay, or some other site where out of production models are sold.  Will likely be less expensive than the first release.

  14. Yes, very well built model!


    On 8/31/2023 at 8:58 PM, athlon said:

    That is one of the coolest builds I've seen in a long time, would love to see that reissued, great work

    It must have been reissued after the 1969 initial run because I picked up one of them at a hobby shop probably 10 years ago.  I don't have it handy to check, but I'm sure it was not the original release.

  15. 1 hour ago, Milo said:

    I did do some brush touch ups and they dried fine 

    You used the same exact paint mixture, and brush-painted it dried smooth and glossy? Was it the same exact mix (including the thinner) as what was in the airbrush?  You did mention that when the paint is still wet after airbrushing, ,it looks smooth and glossy until it dries  That doesn't seem to make sense, but I would then think it has to be your airbrushing technique.

  16. 1 hour ago, Milo said:

    I use the little 1 ounce glass testors, mixed different colors. It dried with the texture it was looking fine when wet. I do have a really bad janky air brush that isn’t even adjustable 

    I have never seen a 1oz. Testors glass bottle.  The little square bottles are 1/4 oz. and the larger round ones (usually Model Master) are 1/2 oz.  If you ever seen Floquil paint, that usually came in 1oz. round bottles (much larger than Testors).  I was asking mainly to see if you were mixing different kinds of paints (which can be problematic).

    If the freshly sprayed paint surface looks smooth and shiny like glass, then I wonder if there is a problem with the paint itself.  Like I said, before laying a coat on the model, try it on a plastic spoon and empty plastic soda bottle to see what results you get. Plastic spoons are quite inexpensive.

    On the other hand, maybe try to brush-paint a spoon using the same paint you are airbrushing with and see if it dries smooth.

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