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  1. 1 hour ago, KurtJ said:

    Thanks for your response. I had a difficult time with Google translate and couldn’t be sure. I thought it would be that way, but wasn’t sure. I had emailed Jason, but haven’t heard back yet. Thanks again.


    Assuming that you want Englis traanslation (the user's location is no longer shown in their profile), Jason's listings are also available on American eBay.


    Edit: just realized what you mean - the descriptions are in French.  I looked at one of the Ferrari wheel listings and it seems that some negative reviews were posted for Jason. Strange as I haven't had problems with him.

  2. 15 minutes ago, Ace-Garageguy said:

    But cruising flea-markets to find the same unit probably isn't my most cost-effective course at the moment (I still work full time building real cars)...nor is fixing the old one, actually...though saving money has nothing to do with my motivation to give it a shot.

    I realize that it's not about the money.  I was just suggesting finding a simple one which will last more than couple of years, or reviving the one which you liked and which you served you for a long time.

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  3. 23 hours ago, Ace-Garageguy said:

    My old one had no bells, no whistles, no clock, no internet-connection, wouldn't remind me my dental appointment was coming up, or do the laundry while it cleaned the cat's box.

    It was just a simple, dumb machine. You put ground coffee in the filter basket, filled the chamber with a carafe-full of water, turned it to ON, and it made coffee...for 25 years.

    The cheapest one I could find today, without going out of my way and wasting time-is-money, is programmable, has lots of cool lights and a screen and pretty buttons that look like they're fun to push.

    I'll be surprised if it makes it to two years.

    You're right, whatever you buy now will be considered "disposable appliance". If you have flea markets or thrift shops you might find a coffee maker just like you had, and it might still have few years left in it.  Or you seem like a handy guy - have you tried repairing the broken one?  I have repaired many appliances because just like you, I can't find a viable replacements.

  4. 44 minutes ago, Dave G. said:

     The label of the spray can for Mr Surfacer 1000  says this: Product name : Synthetic Resin Paint.

    Material:  Acrylic synthetic resin, organic solvent, pigment.

    Well, today's lacquers aren't made from beetles - they use synthetic resins.  That is where this generalization modelers use that anything "acrylic" is automatically water-based and an enamel is not helpful.

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  5. Spraying Testors Dullcote lacquer (or a water-based acrylic flat clear) should work.

    But I prefer to dull the surface by using abrasives.  I have used a sandblasting gun to really dull the vinyl tire surface.    You could also use some abrasive household cleaners and rub the the tire with some cleaner on a moist cloth.  You live in Netherlands, so you probably have different brands of abrasive cleaners than what I have in USA.

  6. Surfaces used for paint compatibility testing:

    Yes, plastic spoons can be made from various plastic resins (yes all plastics are resins).  With the recycling push all over the world, you can easily tell what you are buying.  Look for the recycling symbol on the spoon packaging.  #6 is Polystyrene (which is as close to the kit's plastic as possible). If it is not #6, don't buy it.

    Bottles are usually soft plastic (soft drinks, medicine, etc). Again, they should all have the recycling symbol.  They will likely not be polystyrene, but are still useful for testing paint combinations to see what the finish will look like.  Soft  drinks bottles are usually PET (#1 or 2), and medicine bottles are Polyropylene (#5).

    Recycling symbol is your friend!


  7. Candy paint implies that it is translucent, to show the base coat it will be applied over. Usually the base coat is some sort of metallic paint to result in a deep metallic color.

    Candy red over plain white will likely result in non metallic red color.  If non-metallic is your goal, then just use plain opaque pink paint.

    To get candy pink you would likely need to start with translucent candy pink color over metallic base.

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  8. 5 hours ago, bobthehobbyguy said:

    Here is a good link describing the differences.



    I think we are getting mixed up here. 1/X and 2:X represent scale.  It can also be represented by a ratio, but if the 1:25 scale was to be represented by ratio, it would be 25:1 (as in 25 units of measure of a model represent 1 unit of the life-size object).

  9. 6 hours ago, ColonelKrypton said:

    It is not just the Chrome browser.  I can replicate the issue using  a variety of different browsers including the recommended Firefox and also Brave, Microsoft Edge, and Opera - disclaimer: this was true several weeks ago when I tried each one. 

    Sure, I'm well aware of this - I've been participating in this thread after all.

    Chrome used to work and now it is broken (along with other browsers using the same browser core).  The procedure seems like it backs out the update, so it might back out the broken code, restoring previous functionality.

  10. On 11/11/2023 at 12:15 PM, ColonelKrypton said:

    I am wondering starting to wonder what recent headway the admins have made on this issue as there has not been much if any discussion of late.

    cheers, Graham

    Back on October 27th was a statement from the admins:


    We now have some idea of why the problems are occurring, but haven't gotten to the root cause. There is some embedded programming in the forum pages, and Chrome is refusing to execute this even if it's enabled in the Chrome settings. This is some Google thing that they haven't owned up to yet.

    If this is a problem with the browser, not with this website, there will likely not be many updates from the admins here.



    UPDATE:  While I don't use Chrome, on another forum someone was unhappy with the new Chrome's line spacing in the history tab.  He found the following procedure which appears to have backed up the update.  If you like the new user interface, try to just disable the first item.  Maybe that will take care of the problem with this forum.

    Open chrome://flags
    Search for “refresh”
    Disable the 2 results : (“Chrome Refresh 2023” and “Chrome WebUI Refresh 2023”)
    Chrome will ask you to reload the browser and that’s it! Done :)
    Source: https://bugartisan.medium.com/disable-the-new-chrome-ui-round-in-2023-db168271f71e

  11. 1 hour ago, Oldriginal86 said:

    What do you mean “stash”. That’s what I mostly use. I know there is different products out there, some say better. I like to stick with what works for me. Most of the older bottles have scars on the lid from pliers. I’ll have to try the lacquer thinner trick.

    Clean the lid seal and the bottle's lip ever time.  You paints will last long (as none will be wasted) and they will be easy to open.  :)

  12. 20 hours ago, Ace-Garageguy said:

    Where a lot of confusion can creep in with older kits is when they're labeled something like "1/4 inch scale", meaning of course 1/4 inch to the foot (1/48 scale in this case) but to some, it may as well be labeled

    واحدة والثامنة والأربعون

    Bill, what language is that thing on the rigth, and what does it mean? Seems like something went wrong with copy/paste maybe.

  13. While likely not totally complete, this page is very helpful in listing what scales are used for what models.

    As for the usage of both "/" and ":", the slash is likely used to indicate division (as the dimensions of the full scale object divided by the scale number).  I think that is the original use and the colon became used later. Or maybe slash was used in British and American regions, while colon was used in Europe.

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