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  1. Glossiness of the model's paint is not the main deciding factor when the model has so many layers of paint that they almost hide the door lines or other details.  It might be polished and shiny, but it doesn't look good or realistic.

    As far as judging goes, when my the judges judge models at our club's model contest, we use the pont system.  The model gets certain amount of points for overall paint finish.  That includes body, interior, undercarriage and engine compartment. Pretty much all the painted surfaces.  If the body has a superb paint job but the interior or engine is poorly painted, that model will get fewer points than a model which has quality paint jobs on all of its components.

  2. Looks good, but I like more chrome on my Hogs!  But I also know that's not the "in thing" right now (and that is how the kit depicts that bike).

    I have that kit (unbuilt). How stiff is the bike's plastic frame while supporting the weight of the model?  Does it flex or sag?


    I've built the previous 1:6 Fat Boy bike Tamiya produced over a decade ago (for a very short time, only available outside US).  It was an older Harley. That one had a diecast frame which was really sturdy.  These are fairly heavy models and that is why I'm worried that a plastic frame might not be up to the task of supporting all the weight.



  3. I have used these pens on my real 1963½ Ford Galaxie 500 XL for the plastic interrior trim where the plating had wore off over the years, I even tested to repair just a part of the trim where the original plating was cracked and you almost can't tell where it's done when you look at it now.
    I have also tested it on some model stuff and I'm happy with the results so far, it will not replace Bare Metal as you can do that over and over easily without damaging the paint, but it's for sure a complement...and it's easier to use than Alclad II.
    The smoother shinier surface you start with the better chrome effect you will get, let the paint flow from the pen to the surface and I found out if you blow on it slightly just after you put it on it clears up instantly and gets very shiny.
    This will not work well on primer or any other surface that's flat and absorbs the paint, the finnish will be just plain silver, the surface has to be smooth and shiny from the beginning to get a good result.

    Here is a couple of pictures of the plated plastic interior trim on the door panels on my Galaxie.

    Before the Molotow treatment:


    After a couple of minutes use of the pen:


    Looks great, but how does it stand up to regular handling that the door panels see in everyday use?  For example, doe the silver color rub off and get smeared onto the brown vinyl?  How about when you clean those door panels or use some sort for protectant (ArmorAll or whatever you use)? Does it affect the shine or make the solver coating spread to the brown panels?

    As far as the reflectivity of this stuff goes, it is just like any other shiny finish (including the real chrome).  It will only be as reflective as the surface it is applied to. Real chrome is usually applied over very smooth layer of copper plating. Alclad chrome needs a glossy undercoat. To maximize the reflectivity of the Molotov stuff, it should be applied over smooth glossy surface.

  4. That is Shapeways, not Shapeway. There are zillions of 3D printed items available there and if you know how-to, you can design your own items and they'll print for you.  As far as how those take paint, it depends on the material they are printed with.  Some materials are very porous, others (like FUD or FXD) have a waxy coating which has to be washed off before painting.

  5. I read articles about using Micro Balloons as a Filler. They NEVER said "How To". Most were Contest winners and such. I had to give this stuff a go. I (Foolishly) bought a Jar(?). There were no real instructions on it. Mixing a small quantity with water didn't help. I emailed the Magazine that Showcased said Models and asked how to use Micro Balloons. I should have known better. The only reply from said Magazine was; Micro Balloons are a filler for wood. It didn't matter how many articles in their Publication I referred to. There was nothing online and trying to reach the Manufacturer, lead to even more frustration.                                               

    Mixing them with water? Why?  Did you look at this post earlier in this thread?  It sure shows "how to".

  6. I received an email from Sandy Ritzmann at Molotow. I asked about durability. Here is her response:

    "As for the durability of Liquid Chrome, this should not be an issue when it comes to light handling. The paint itself is being commonly used for models, applyed with marker or even by air brush.


    Really?!  Paint commonly used for models? So all they are doing is repackaging the good old Testors Chrome paint from the little square bottles, calling it Molotov and selling it for mots of money?  The stuff that never really dries? :D

    I'm joking of course, but I just found their statement funny.

  7. Is this a game changer since its now brushless? From reading earlier posts, the concern seems to be around fumes and potential sparks which should not be anymore with brushless I would assume. Might need two depending on the booth but still cheaper than other options as DIY.

    Delta Breez Slim Ceiling Exhaust Bath Fan 70 CFM

    "The innovative DC brushless DC motor is designed for long life and low power consumption..."


    Well, AC induction motors (which are also brushless by design) have been widely used for all sorts of fan applications for many, many  decades. From tabletop fans to exhaust fans. Many power tools (like bench grinders, band saws, etc.) also use them.Those are very simple (no electronics required to drive them).  They just need AC power (which is widely available everywhere).  Not sure what real advantage a DC brushless motor has over the AC induction motor. Maybe they use slightly less power than the SC motors but the AC motors are dead-reliable (since they are very simple and robust).  One disadvantage is that their speed depends on the frequency of the AC on which they run, so speed control is not easy to accomplish. But that is ok as in the applications they are used for, speed control is not required.

    AC induction motors have been around as long as the AC household power has been around. (that is over 100 years!).


  8. An old fart? Well you make a good point there, and I'm happy and lucky to have reached my age as a lot of people are less fortunate.

    It wasn't meant as a put down - being an old fart is something to be proud off.  Like you said, it is a fortunate thing to be still alive, and to have a perspective on how (much better) things were in the past.

  9. Ron, the old magazines from the 60's and 70's are a lot better than the magazines you'll find on today's racks. I

    Just making a statement like this makes you an old fart! Ah, the good ol' days when things were much better than now. . .

    Don't worry, I feel the same way. :D

  10. That photo got me thinking. Actually it appears that the scales are pretty close after all.  I took the 1:25 model and enlarged it to 104%. It is pretty close to the size of the Monogram 1:24 scale model. The angles of the models in the photo and the spoiler on the 1:24 car are a bit distracting, but even then, the enlarged Revell body is very close to the Monogram 1:24 scale body.


  11. Flat finish is from the paint surface being very rough (on a microscopic level). That scatters the light hitting the painted surface making it look dull. That rough finish makes the surface fragile so can be scratched or stained easily, even by just handling it.  The less flat paints (satin or semi-gloss) have smoother surface and are more durable in handling.

    Just like others said, flat paint can be clear coated, but the result will not have the same sheen as the original paint surface.

  12. It's not enough for me to dislike 1/24th................but it does come into play in regards to what James is talking about here in this quote:

    The answer here is .................yeah, it's a big of a difference.

    Here's a comparison with the way out of proportion Monogram 1/24 scale Camaro on the left and the newer Revell 1/25 scale Camaro on the right:



    That looks to be more than the supposed 4% difference.

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