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  1. Jeroen PM'd me the link to that Revell stripper. Thanks Jeroen! https://www.revell.de/en/products/colors-glue-co/other-accessories/id/39617.html

    The active ingredient is 1-Methoxy-2-propanol which I believe is a chemical similar to what is used in the Testors Easy Lift-Off (ELO) paint remover: Dipropylene Glycol Monobutyl Ether, Isobutanol.  Still, too bad it is not available in USA so I could try to see how it works.



    @Snake above...lol.  I've even thought about installing Win98SE just for the interent.  (Don't know if it would work though).

    No, Win98SE will not do anymore. Basically none of the browser versions which will install on Win98SE will properly render most of the contemporary websites. Time marches on and web designers keep updating things just for the sake of doing it without backward compatibility.  How do I know? I still run Win98SE on a PC that runs my Alps printer. I have the latest version if SeaMonkey (that supports Win98) installed and it has issues dealing with most web pages.

    But I still suggest taking the SeaMonkey browser for a test drive - the name is funny, but the browser is very good.


  3. Orange peel is cause by the solvent evaporating too quickly not giving the paint chance to flow and level out on the painted surface. I'm surprised that acetone works well for you. Not only it is a "hot" solvent which will attach styrene, it also evaporates very quickly. That is a recipe for orange peel. The solvents designed for specific enamels or lacquers are a blend of solvents which have slower evaporation rate.  That is doen to prevent orange peel and to allow the paint to level out.


    In the 1:1 car world, thinners are called "reducers". They can actually be purchased in different temperature grades: Hot, medium, or cold. Those designate in which ambient temperature they are to be used. Each has a different blend of various solvents which determine the evaporation rate.  The hot solvent has the slowest evaporation rate. It is used when the ambient temperature is hot.  Cold reducer is for use in cold ambient temperatures and it evaporates fast. The combination of the ambient temperature and the appropriate solvent results in optimal results.

  4. I use Revell's Paint remover, works like a charm! i must say so far ive only used Revell's own aqua color, and tamiya spray cans, works on both!

    I don't recall seeing it in USA. I wonder if it is similar to the Testors/Floquil/Poly-Scale Easy Lift-Off paint remover.  Are its ingredients listed on the bottle/can?

  5. That's one of the things about Firefox that drove me nuts. Version 56? Seriously? It seemed to me there was at least a minor revision every week. My SeaMonkey is version 2.48,,,, yeah, TWO point xx. SeaMonkey version 1.00 was released January 30th, 2006. SeaMonkey has THOUSANDS fewer lines of code than Firefox. Not sure what all those extra lines of code actually do for Firefox. I know SeaMonkey does everything Firefox does and does it quicker.

    I have Sea Fox extension installed which makes SeaMonkey look and act like Firefox 3.x and also have Classic Firefox theme for SeaMonkey installed which makes SeaMonkey look even more like the old Firefox. Firefox 3.x was a fantastic piece of software and was a really fast and stable browser. Then things started rolling downhill and picking up speed and we ended up with version 56 really quick. Firefox was formerly known as Phoenix, then Firebird, and finally Firefox. The first version of Firefox was released February 9th, 2004.

    I'm pleasantly surprised to see another SeaMonkey fan. I thought I was alone in liking that browser. I have used it since version 1 (on my Win98SE machine). I never liked the Firefox user interface and SeaMonkey was more like Mozilla (which was my favorite browser).  I also thing that Chrome is way too over-bloated and it spies on you. Not for me.


    BTW, both SeaMonkey and Firefox are based on the Mozilla Engine under their GUI hood.  You can see that when you look at the "about" info:

    User agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 5.1; rv:36.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/36.0 SeaMonkey/2.33.1

    But I would not put too much into the fact that SeaMonkey is only up to version 2 while Firefox is at 65. SeaMonkey releases are just as numerous (they just use different revision numbering).  Still, SeaMonkey is the one for me.


  6. :D Are you a member of the blog or newsletter?  Great stuff talked about there. You can never have all the accessories you need.  They always come up with a widget or gadget that I just can't seem to live without.  My other problem is that I am within 20 minutes of their factory and museum and I can drop in for advise, which is free but always seems to cost me a couple of hundred!;)

    LOL! Isn't that always the way! :)

    No I don't belong to any of the blogs and don't get the newsletter. It is probably better than I don't know about all the goodies they keep introducing.  I do very little machining lately (or even model car building in general). I'm mostly an armchair (or Internet) car modeler at this point.  I've been more into model trains for a while. I have too many hobbies!  I know, that is a common ailment amongst modelers. :D

  7. Speaking of the gas prices, they spiked after the huricanes hit Texas (and affected the refineries there), but they still haven't really gone down to pre-hurricane prices. Funny how that works . . . I bet the next excuse will be that they are switching to the more expensive "winter blend". Um, but wait, isn't the "summer blend" the more expensive blend in the Spring?  :wacko:

  8. I mashed up a Revell kit and the Tamiya kit. I swapped the engine bay into the Tamiya kit and it is a bit smaller. I would say this kit is definitely 1/25th 

    That is one of the projects on my list. I like the Tamiya body proportions (and the taillight lenses) better than Revell's.

  9. I had an old Nikon stereo-microscope similar to yours.  Very handy.  I got it when they were getting rid of it at work (about 30 years ago).  But then I bought myself a new zoom stereo-microscope from AmScope. It is Chinese-made, but pretty good quality and relatively affordable.  That one is even more handy since you can adjust magnification.  I find it indispensable in my hobbies.  I usually use it wit a 0.5x Barlow lens which doubles the working distance while sacrificing magnification. But even then with the x10 objectives the magnification is 22.5x. That is plenty of magnification for modeling.

    I know you will enjoy using yours. It is so nice to be able to see the really small items you work on.

  10. OK. Not unlike GM cutting loose their Electro-Motive Division. Even though it was still operating in the black, apparently the numbers weren't considered big enough by management to continue with a business entity that made some of the best and most widely recognized locomotives in history.

    When I got out of trains, you could buy a partially pre-painted kit from somebody like Ambroid, and the instructions would call out the Floquil paint to match it, for finishing edges and touchups. I've recently been buying vintage wood car kits, and it should be interesting to see what kinds of hoops will need to be jumped to build them.

    Polly-S may have died because the last versions were so thin that brushing it just didn't work anymore. Maybe bean-counters saving pennies killed demand for the product? Who knows.

    Yup, the world around us is changing fast (and not always for the better).  You are right about Polly-Scale - it was very thin and wasn't' very opaque. The original Polly-S was a much thicker paint.  They "improved" good paint to make it cr@ppier and then killed the line.

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