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  1. Shapeways FXD-printed parts usually have some wax leftover from the printing process.  That wax needs to be removed before gluing or painting the parts.  Heptane (sold as Bestine rubber cement thinner in arts stores) works the best to remove the wax residue. Naphtha (Ronsonol lighter fluid, or also sold as VM&P Naphtha in the hardware stores) also does a good job.  Soak the parts in one of those liquids overnight and the wax should be dissolved. When the pars are clean they become white in appearance. At that point hey are ready for glue and paint.  Both liquids are flammable - use common sense when dealing with them.

  2. While the 1:35 scale was a dead giveaway that this model was geared towards military builders, the kit's numbering scheme confirms that.  The kit MC-001 (first release) is the military version of the model and the 002 and 003 are civilian.


    That is a great little kit. I love the woody decals!  I actually love oddball models (like station wagons).  I wonder if the real car was ever sold in U.S. under another model name?

  3. I asked a Hornby USA rep last week (they own Pocher) and he told me that none of the old classic car molds are usable (they won't be bringing any of those older models back). While he didn't say what is in the future, judging by the models they are currently releasing, it won't be any classic vintage cars.

  4. I used to use regular masking tape (mostly 3M blue). I tried the special blue vinyl 3M tape but I found it too stiff for complex masking on a small model. Then I found Tamiya tape and that is what I exclusively use for any fine masking. I still use the other masking tapes but only to fill the larger areas which are bordered by Tamiya-taped areas.  Tamiya tape is very thin and very flexible and stretches easily. The adhesive is also very good - not too aggressive and very tight (paint doesn't creep under it).

  5. Flat-earthers also probably do not believe that humans ever landed on the moon (that was another government conspiracy).  There was even an expose book written about that (with proof). :)  You know, all this talk about flat earth having edges made me think - what if the flat earth is like a Mobeus strip?  There is no "bottom" as there is only one surface!  Why didn't they think of that?



  6. Siphon feed has its uses... when you need to cover lots of plastic (like an entire body and maybe even an interior), you won't want to keep refilling a gravity cup every few minutes. Consider that when you run out of paint, all that dry paint in the bottom of the cup can break away and get into your newly added paint.

    Very true  - especially on a large 1:12 scale model.  You will never get a nice even and glossy finish if you have to refill the tiny cup in the middle of the paint job.


    I'm quite happy with how my siphon-fed Badger 200 airbrush performs.  Dual-action airbrushes are awesome for doing things like weathering, but for spraying model car bodies all you really need is a miniature spray gun (which is exactly what my Badger 200 is).

  7. Pete J. said it all.  regular organic solvent based enamels and lacquers will not dry in the airbrush in such a short time.  The closed needle prevents solvent from evaporating and the small vent home in the paint jar lid is not large enough for any appreciable evaporation of the paint solvent.  The only thing is, when you start spraying after waiting 30 minutes, spray outside of the model body for few seconds to clear the paint which sat in the airbrush. This is important with metallic paints (where the metallic particles might have settled a bit).  Also with metallic paints make sure to swirl the airbrush around for a while to mix the settled metallic particles back into the paint.

  8. There is a sure way to prevent bottle caps from getting stuck: thoroughly clean the bottle lip and the gasket inside the cap every time you close the bottle.  Basically you are ending up with the bottle as it was when you first opened it. I've been doing that for years and never had a stuck cap.   Yes, I know that I'm really anal, but it works for me. :D


    I always have a bunch of small squares of paper towel.  I use those to to clean the lip and the gasket.  If needed, I moisten the paper towel with some lacquer thinner.

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