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  1. Many of the decal companies listed on that website will create artwork for your decals (but since that takes time, the price will be much higher).


    As far as good deals on Alps printers on eBay - beware!  Many have damaged heads which makes them pretty much useless.  Then, even if they are good, many will get damaged in shipping by being improperly packaged (and by rough handling).

  2. Im new to this hobby, the number one thing I've done to improve my modelling skills was joining this forum and patcipating in the activity. Biggest thing was accepting the fact that I wasn't going to get the same results as everyone else. That's why I participate! It's a big help everyone is so helpful here. I also took and still do take baby steps so to speak. Each model build I look at my last one and think "I really don't like how this part turned out" so my next one that may be my focus. I just try to build my next one a little better than my last or a little more detail than the last.. For me this makes it "fun" and in the end I'm left with something that looks good on the shelf. 

    I also feel that one more thing should be mentioned. The build quality also depends on how fastidious (read "anal") the modeler is.  It really helps to improve the quality if you sweat the small details. Some people are naturally that way while others have to learn to sweat the small stuff. I also see examples where some people don't seem capable of really sweating the small stuff (is is just not in their nature). They are just more sloppy than other people.  Those people can still build decent models (which can place in the category they enter in - maybe even a first place) but they might never win the "best of" award at any show.  But that is ok - as long as they enjoy what they do.

  3. The mnemonic for the resistor color code is racist and sexist, at least as it was taught to me



    The one we used in tech school was Bad boys rape our young girls but Violet gives willingly.

    Here is a nice compilation of bunch of them (including the raicst one).

    Form the clean versions I like this one: Better Buy Resistors Or Your Grid Bias Voltages Go West

  4. Guess I missed all those. Never asked for false praise. Just not being rude. 

    I'm just curious as to which specific statement in "Incredibly lifelike dio photos that lack life. While he is obviously very good at what he does, there are never any people in his shots. There are cars "driving" down the street with nobody inside! The lack pf people gives his photos sort of an eerie, "ghost town" quality. Of course , in some of his setups it's perfectly believable that there would not necessarily be any people in the shots... but in others the lack of people looks odd." is rude?

    To me that sounds like someone's honest opinion.

    I also think that no matter what Michael says, if he included people figures, the realism would be instantly lost. I have not see any 1:25 scale figures out there (no matter how well done) which would look like real humans.  You can instantly tell they are figures. Michael strives for ultra-realism by using natural (not modeled) backgrounds. Figures would ruin the illusion.

  5. I sure hope he does all the wiring and plumbing for that kind of coin..His models are more than just fantastic..I always though the stuff from Danbury Mint was nice, but Paul's models will out do theirs any day..Like in the car business, there is a bum for every seat..There is always someone who will pay for the model they want..

    If you look at the photo of the engine compartment in the eBay listing, it is built "box stock". No wiring or plumbing of any kind - only detail-painting. Again, it is the overall quality which brings the big bucks. There is another current thread in another part of this forum asking what a "Contest Quality" model is. Well, those models are perfect example. The clean and fastidious build makes these contest quality (even if they are not super-detailed).

  6. I'm sorry, 1. I would NEVER sell my models, and 2. I just can't justify that for someone elses work when I'd rather enjoy building it myself!

    You think like a modeler! :D

    Consider that there are plenty of collectors out there who don't have the skills, patience, or time to build beautiful models for a kit. Some of them buy diecast or resin models which are factory-assembled. But some of them can afford the pricier custom-handbuilt models.   I'm pretty sure they enjoy their models as much as you do.

    Going back to my Picasso analogy, there are people that have no artistic abilities to paint paintings but they gladly pay for someone else's work.

  7. I don't think it was all that bad.  Now if they had couple of model airplanes stuck in the towers, that would be in real bad taste.  Nowadays people seem to get their knickers in a twist and get offended by the smallest silliest things.

    It actually reminded me of when the twin-towers were still around. Kind of like when I look at the cover of the Supertramp's "Made in America" album.  I visited the WTC in the '70s and still have fond memories of that trip to NYC.

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