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  1. I have not run into Faller CA (super) glue. But I have used their solvent cement for styrene.  Like others said, thhat glue dows not use an accelerator and only works on styrene and similar plastic.  And as far as accelerators go, all accelerators for CA glues work with all brands of CA glue.

    If you aren't sure, give the glue a sniff test. CA has a very specific odor - If you even smelled CA glue you'll know what it is.

  2. I found those 1/43 Monogram '67 Corvette and 427 Cobra a major disappointment when they came out. They were a pain in the you know what to build. And I would not buy them again if they ever reissued. But, 1/24 scale kits originally talked about in this thread, I'd love to see them come back. 



    I found the Monogram Ultimates to be wicked awesome models. They were molded very well with lots of details, vinyl tires, chrome parts and even a set of photoetched parts. Even the packaging was well done. For the price it was a bargain.  The problem is that U.S. modelers aren't into small scale models - they all want 1:24/25 scale cars.  Too bad that they didn;t sell well and more weren't made.  Here is one after many hours of enjoyable modeling.


  3. I asked a young co-worker, who must use the word "awesome" at least three dozen times a day, "If everything even halfway cool is 'awesome,' then what do you say about something that's REALLY impressive and amazing and maybe at least a little bit scary?"

    "Oh," she said, with no hesitation whatsoever, "that's 'epic.'"

    So there's your free preview of the next word that will be overused into complete meaninglessness....:rolleyes:

    If you lived in New England (especially in the Boston area) you would hear people use the word "wicked", as in "wicked good" or "wicked awesome!" :D

  4. I had a tamiya ford mustang which the tyres seem to have dried out and split around the edges, and also the imax caddy I just built the tyres seemed to be covered in a mould, I washed it off in dish soap and dried them and within a day they were mouldy again. Bit annoying cos I wanted to use them on the rear of a hot rod

    I doubt it is mold. Most likely some plasticizer leaching out.  You could try to scrub them using 91% isopropyl alcohol or even naphtha (Ronsonol lighter fluid).  That might take care of the problem.

  5. I've heard/read they are very good kits, too, but perhaps, like me, most people just don't find the subject matter appealing. The Cord is about the only kit which piques my interest, and the box art may be mostly to blame for that. ^_^


    I think it is more than the box art  - that car was way ahead of its time and had very pleasing contours.   Auburn Boattail Speedster (from the same time period) is also a a very nice looking automobile.

  6. I tried contacting the seller through the "ask seller a question" when I hit send I was greeted with the message in red that said the seller doesn't offer combined shipping.  Figuring that was the case I paid the invoice.  Normally if I win a single auction I pay immediately, multiples I request a combined shipping and pay as soon as the seller replies.  Since seller used eBay to automatically reply I paid the invoice.  A buyer shouldn't have to go searching for email addresses elsewhere to contact the seller.  


    I think I see what happened. Again, it is eBay interfering with communications (not the seller).  You most likely selected "ask question" then you were presented with a nifty list of various topics. One was probably "combined shipping" which you probably chose and was immediately told "no".  I went through all of this too. I then tried again and chose "other" as the reason for contacting the seller and that allowed me to ask anything. So I simply composed a message which asked the seller about combined shipping and got a prompt response.

    Again, it is eBay not the seller messing things up.  I suspect that no-combined-shipping is the default selection whel listing on eBay and seller probably has to find a way to disable that.

    I agree that buyer shouldn't have to go through hoops in order to contact the seller but again it is eBay which makes this harder.  I too have been buying and selling on eBay since 1999 and I remember when you could freely and openly view and contact any user on eBay. Or view full eBay history of users who were bidding against you. That ability is long gone.

  7. Skip, you never answered my original question:  Was your combined shipping invoice request rejected when you tried that at the checkout time?  Did you contact the seller through "ask seller a question" in one of the listings of the items you won?  Like I said, eBay is doing some funny things and sometimes sellers aren't even aware of that. 

    As far as what packing material is used, IMO that should not even be considered as long as it was packaged well and arrived undamaged.

  8. This is an interesting thread! I live here in Finland and I definitely speak American even though sometimes I'm mixing things up with a British word. But, since I've mostly learnt this vocabulary in the internet or books and during my whole life we've had US cars in our family, most of the words I've learnt are US. Actually many of those British words are something I've never heard before.

    But the word learnt you are using repeatedly is more common in British English. https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/usage/learnt-vs-learned


  9. Bituminous Concrete and Tarmac are exactly the same thing--just two different names.  Ask any civil engineer.

    Correct, but I don't recall the last time (other than yours) anybody mention Bituminous Concrete in any sentence. In a casual U.S. conversation the stuff used on the roads is called asphalt or pavement.  But I suspect that Brits use the word Tarmac in casual conversations.

  10. I had Sharpie ink attack (craze) clear styrene.


    As far as plated backup lights go, I used some 5-minute epoxy with talcum powder mixed in (which makes it a milky translucent color) applied over the chrome. Like I'm making a lens over the chromed one. But some 5-minute epoxies will yellow after few years making the lights look yellowish. If I ever have to do that again, I will mix talcum powder with Bondic and apply that over the chrome lens.

  11. Great lighting on that truck. Any suggestions, products to buy to light this diorama up? Links to product to that will suit this diorama as well as tips on how to get everything working perfectly would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks Charles!

    Since I have electronic background I pretty much buy my electronic components from industrial suppliers and then I make my own circuits.

    But if you do a Google search for LED lighting kits for models you should find many sources of modeler-friendly lighting kits.

  12. The worst example of bad tires I have seen,are the ones in the re-issues of the MPC 1/16 Petty/Baker Dodge Chargers. I opened the baggy, and was greeted with a very strong oily chemical smell from the release agent used. I had to scrub the tires with hand cleaner and dish soap to get them clean. Same procedure, stuff the tires with Kleenex. I have had tires go south, and it's frustrating.

    If a clear oily fluid which oozes from the soft material used to make the tires it is not a release agent - it is a plasticizer (which is what makes the tire material soft) leachign out of the tire. Not only it is nasty to deal with, it usually makes the tire shrink and stiff.  I see that often on recent (Chinese-made) models of automotive subjects, from 1:64 to 1:18 scale. I suspect that the formula those manufacturers use is unstable (due to crappy materials being used?).  I have also seen tires which turn "frosty"  - the surface looks like it is coated with a thin layer of candle wax.  The oily liquid can often soften any plastic the tire comes in contact with (similar to the "tire burn" which used to happen with the old kits from the '60s and '70s).

  13. Just like others I use the Tamiya transparent paints in the little glass jars.  But sometimes I feel that I need to spray them on too thick to get the desired darker shades of red or amber.  I have just recently picked up a set of Alclad II transparent paints to try (but haven't yet). They seem to have much denser colors and should go on very thin.  But Alclad II is a "hot" lacquer so I'm afraid it might craze the more delicate clear styrene. I'll be sure to try them on a piece of clear runner before spraying any actual parts.

  14. You will have to agree that over the past ten years eBay deteriorated to a mongtard infested legal minefield 
    and the powers there be are apparently rather indifferent about it.

    I think it jumped the shark quite a while ago.

    I've been mostly buying (but some selling too)  on eBay since 1999 and I agree with all you mentioned.

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