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  1. Why? Because to have smooth bumper ends, the molds would get more complex.  But yes, I agree that it is not optimal.

    Some Japanese kit companies even go as far as to make the gates (attachment points) on hidden areas of the parts, so no touch-ups are needed.

  2. 2 hours ago, Can-Con said:

    I dunno. Any ideas on what's going on with it Peter? 

    Not really - I have an Alps printer for making decals and I use laser paper.  But I do know that ink jet decal paper has special coating to absorb ink.  I think the best advice here was to try different type of paper setting as the amount of ink printed changes depending on the type of paper.  I also seem to recall reading that some ink jet printers do not work well for decal printing.

  3. Interesting.  Is that model made of metal or silver resin?

    It appears to be "slush-cast", which is an old crude method of casting models, yet the wheels, axles, nylon axle retainers, and Philips-head screws all look modern.  Also since most models/toys are made in China, that "MADE IN USA" lettering also seems vintage.

  4. On 10/28/2023 at 11:07 AM, Can-Con said:

    Sounds like you're trying to use ink jet paper in a laser printer.

    That sounds backwards.  Laser decal paper just has a "plain" decal film, where ink jet decal paper has decal film which is coated with ink absorbing coating to prevent the liquid ink from beading up.  The problem as described states that the ink beads up on the paper surface (it is not being absorbed).

  5. I have been subscribing to N-Scale Magazine since its premiere issue decades ago (before widespread Internet use).

    I'm pretty sure that even back then the magazine was laid out using some sort of a computer (not manually typeset).  That N-Scale Magazine made all of their back issues available on a set of CDs in a pdf format.  I imagine that Model Cars Mag. has been laid out on some sort of digital format for decades.  It should be possible to convert whatever file format was used for the magazine in the earlier times to some currently used format (like pdf).  That would sure be easier than scanning the older copies.

  6. I didn't think anybody is accusing you of inventing the dual-fan setup.  Since  the prototype car you are modeling has them, your modeling is accurate.  But it is a modern modification since I'm sure the original Bentley had a large single fan mechanically driven by a belt from the crankshaft pulley (like most other cars of the day).

  7. Yes, it is safe to  apply Future (or whatever the current name is) floor finish acrylic coating over kit "chrome"  Unlike the recent "chrome" paints or inks which use microscopic reflective particles suspended in a vehicle (the clear part of liquid coatings), kit "chrome is actually a very thin layer of metallic aluminum deposited in a vacuum over plastic. The process is called vacuum metalizing.  Because it is a thin solid layer of metal, spraying a liquid clear will not disturb the metalization.  With "chrome" paint's the reflective layer consists of millions of individual reflective particles, and clear coat can disturb them or change their reflective quality (make them look dull).

    Why the lengthy explanation? I firmly believe that one can be a better modeler by understanding at least some basic principals and chemistry of the products we use.

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  8. 7 hours ago, landman said:

    Mine was a Gremlin  X. I remember that. I found another picture where thre is a hint of white but again, not definite. So if it is not feasible, don't worry.

    Pat, I think you misunderstood me. If you look at the upper C-pillar on your model body there is a raised  "Gremlin" script between the 2 depressions.  Did your car have such script there?  Most of the online photos (like the one in my last post) show no script there.  I was wondering why you kept it on the model instead of sanding it off.

    I do realize that the Gremlin script in the full length strip is basically showing the body color, and that the "X" is red.

  9. The colors look really good Pat. I'm wondering if that script on the C-pillar was on your car?  The photos of your car you posted were not clear enough, but when I have looked at some online photos of similar cars and they just had the forked decals in the depressions - no script.


  10. Not all decals and clears are made the same. There are many combinations of clear film and inks on decal paper, and also a variety of clear coatings modelers use.  It is always best to test first (if there is enough spare decal available. If not, decal safe clears are water-based acrylic clears.

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  11. IIRC, CabDriver provided the decal artwork in a vector graphics format.  I believe most decal manufacturers prefer that graphic format.
    Steve, are you planning on providing your own artwork, or have the decal manufacturer doing the artwork for you.  If they have to do the artwork, or you do not provide vector graphic, then the cost will be higher since they have to spend time on creating the print-ready artwork.

  12. 51 minutes ago, A modeler named mike said:

    It went straight from the first wash back in the washer alone and with a batch of water and bleach mixture to soak then wash. I did that twice in a row. It all came out except for around the arm pit area..🤢 it didn't show signs of deodorant stain prior to washing..😡

    Interesting . . . :)

    In that case, you could use Rit Color Remover.


    I would not dunk the entire t-shirt in it, just make a small batch of rit and hot water (per instructions) in some dish pan or similar container container and just dunk the stained areas.  This stuff works really well!

  13. 7 hours ago, A modeler named mike said:

    This is not actually todays irk but a continuing irk that has irked me a few times now when making offers on eBay recently. It was, If the seller had the ability for you to make an offer you just made it, sent it and waited for an answer. Now it seems that the going trend or rule, whichever it is is to make an offer and you must have a predetermined payment method set in place incase the seller accepts the offer.

    Yup, I noticed this recently, and even though I use PayPal for eBay payments, that process did not sit well with me, so I canceled the procedure and will not  make any more offers until eBay gets back into reality (which is never).  Did they really have such a high number of offers where the buyer did not complete transaction to make them change the process?  Or did eBay just felt like making a change for the sake of change (like they have been doing all along to ruin the entire eBay experience)?  That is is a rhetorical questions.

  14. On 10/21/2023 at 12:50 PM, A modeler named mike said:

    Todays Irk happened while doing a load of laundry. Apparently the brown pinstriped bed sheets hadn't been washed before and the dye ruined my nice white 16th annual NNL East model show shirt..😡 no longer white and no longer wearable. 🤔°°Wish I had a time machine! No, No not the new AMT awb kit, I've got one of those.. 

    Try washing it adding bleach (little more than recommended). It is supposed to be a white shirt anyway. Bleach should not affect the graphics. Hey, you have nothing to lose.

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