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  1. Like you already found out, there is no standard display base design shared between manufacturers (or sometimes maybe even between different production runs from the same manufacturer)!

    The only sure way to get the clear cover that fits your base would be to find another Hot Wheels model just like it which has the clear cover. If this particular run of the model did not include the clear cover then you just have to keep looking for a match. Or bite the bullet and just put the model in the case you bought. You could probably trim the model's base so it fits in the case you bought..

  2. You can get frisket material that's essentially a sheet of masking film with a sticky back that comes on a removable backing. Illustrators use it for masking. 

    I've been using it to make masks (using a cutting tip in a compass) for painting nice clean round whitewalls on vintage piecrust slicks.

    You may have to do some experimenting to find one that's compatible with whatever type of paint you're using though.


    Frisket material (still on its backing) doesn't seem to be sturdy enough to be feed through one of those cutting machines.

  3. For foil-casting things like emblems or door handles I used 5-minute epoxy.


    I don't see any viable alternatives for larger pieces. Other materials either shrink when drying, take forever to dry, or are too soft/flexible or fragile to be useful. 2-part resin is IMO the only option.  It hardens by chemical reaction (not by evaporation of a solvent), it is very thin when liquid (allowing it to easily fill the mold) and hardens to a durable material.

  4. If the sticky side has transparent adhesive (so the seat belt color is visible, you could stick it to a piece of Saran Wrap then cut the belts out.

    Another idea is to remove the adhesive. Naphtha (Ronsonol lighter fluid) should soften and melt this type of adhesive, but it might be messy.  But the adhesive backing might also be preventing the material itself from fraying.

  5. I wholeheartedly agree that the metallic particles in that line of paints are way too large (especially on a 1:43 scale models)!  What were they thinking when they came out with that line of paints?  :wacko:  This problem is especially noticeable when taking photos of those models. They look like dune buggies or bass boats with metal-flake finish.

    As mentioned, often the metallic flakes themselves contribute to the final color of the paint (they aren't always just gold or silver).

    I don't think straining will work (even if you found mesh with opening small enough to prevent the particles from passing through. Why? because the mes will quickly clog with the metallic particles  and won't pass any of the liquid through. The other problem is that paint is so viscous that it will not be able to easily pass through those small openings in the mesh.

    I have a piece of mesh on the end of the suction tube of my airbrush and it also can clog with metallci particles wile I'm painting (using metallics with very fine particles).

    What you could try is to let the paint sit for few days. Metallic particles usually settle down on the bottom of the jar. Then just pour the top part of the paint out into another jar.  But if there is some pigment, that might also be on the bottom of the jar.

  6. I've used it to clean parts, too, but I found it can leave a very slight "oily" residue, so, like you, I use isopropyl alcohol mainly for that.


    That's odd. And the Naphtha was fresh(not reused)?  I used both, Ronsonol lighter fluid and VM&P Naphtha, and when fresh out of the bottle they leave no residue at all.

    Now most of the time I use Naphtha for degreasing N scale model locomotive parts. Those are made from Delrin or similar plastics (resistant to most solvents).

  7. My favorite part of building a kit is when all the finished/painted sub-assemblies are put together.  Suddenly from bunch of parts you have a model.

    As for the fun ending when the model is finished, that is not the case for me. I often look over my finished models. I pick them up and examine them closely. I enjoy seeing them finished, and also in my mind I can easily bring back the memories of when I was building it, what were the fun parts of the build and which ones were frustrating. I can do this many times and I never get bored looking at my finished models. But I also don't look at my finished models often - only once in a while I pick up a model, enjoy its finished appearance and recall the time I was building it.

  8. Before there were Kardashians, there were Gabors. I wonder if any Kardashian will make it to 99?

    I think I heard on the news that she was somehow related to Kardashians.  Zsa Zsa was also probably the first celebrity which was famous just for being famous. :D

  9. I bought some Tamiya thin liquid glue and love this stuff, it cost the same as Testors at Hobby Lobby. Testors , although I dont have a problem with the glue itself, they changed the applicator from a metal needle point to a plastic spout, I didnt like the change. Tamiyas brush applicator for me is perfect in size and easier to use.  Tamiya 40 ml vs Testors 29.5 ml


    Another great item from Tamiya is this panel scriber. Scribes out a plastic curl each time with an easy touch, found for under 9 bucks shipped on E-bay . Two thumbs up for these items..


    Tamiya extra thin liquid cement is mostly (or all) acetone.  You can get acetone in large containers (like quart or gallon) in a hardware store. Much cheaper than a tiny bottle.

    Most brands and types hobby liquid cements (sold in small bottles) use solvents which can be purchased much, much cheaper in larger quantities at a hardware store.

  10. Revell Germany do not send replacement parts outside Europe, just like Revell USA don't send parts outside North America... Just sayin' ;)


    They do.  In the past I received mailings right from RoG, but last few times even though I requested the parts directly from RoG, they sent them to Revell USA and then the part (in original packaging with German labels) was then mailed from Revell USA to my address.  At least that is how things were about a year ago.

  11. The less educated people are, the easier they can be controlled and the more gullible they will be.

    Today's technology (the Internet and all those "smart" devices everyone seems to be glued to) seem to make many people dumber too.  You don't have to learn anything because you can just "Google" it.  If course this is a generalization, but it is also true for many people.

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