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  • Birthday 02/26/1970

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  1. Bandit posing on his new favorite chair.
  2. Well, "most difficult" can be taken many ways. If you're talking about "most difficult to build correctly due to awful fitment and poor engineering choices" that would definitely be a tie between two early 90s Monogram kits... the Callaway Corvette Speedster and the Lotus Esprit 300. Both featured decent-to-impressive detail and great proportions but were let down by monster-truck stance and abysmal parts fit. I wrestled them into submission and wound up with two builds I'm proud of. In terms of actual difficulty, that was probably Italeri's reissue of the old 1/12 Protar Fiat Mefistofele racing car. It's a complicated kit originally engineered in metal back in the 70s. The drive chains assembly consists of layering 4 trees of plastic parts on top of each other and heat-welding each individual link! To that I added real wood, real leather, metal, plastic rivets to replace the molded-in ones, etc. This became my favorite build of all time. The kit itself was challenging but straightforward, and adding an extra level of difficulty to it brought it to the next level.
  3. Great work so far! If you're not familiar with carbon fiber decals they can definitely be a challenge. Micro Set and Micro Sol decal solution and a hair dryer can be a big help. Apply Micro Set to the surface of the part, then slide the decal into position. Blot with a paper towel and apply low heat with the hair dryer. The heat will help the decal conform to the surface. If that doesn't work, apply Micro Sol over the decal. Micro Sol will soften the decal and cause it to wrinkle. As it dries it will settle down and conform to the surface. The hair dryer can also come in handy at this stage to speed drying and help the decal settle down. Whatever you do, resist the urge to blot the decal after applying Micro Sol. You can easily tear or ruin the softened decal.
  4. A couple of emails to Italeri's spare parts department and 15€ will get you a spare wheel and tire. I just received mine last week and got it painted and installed, which makes the model finally feel complete, see the below pic. Agreed it should have been included in the first place, but the Williams 1929 Monaco winner (#12 BRG car) ran with the empty spare tire carrier and that's what Italeri is replicating. I'm sure, based on the Monza rerelease of the Alfa 8c, that they will be issuing a fenders-and-lights version at some point, which I will build as a shiny restored version.
  5. I've got 3 sets of these on the way from Jason as we speak. They look really great. Excellent work on that engine!
  6. I've used the Tamiya Panel Liner quite a bit, and the solvent is pretty aggressive for acrylic undercoats. A shot of clear lacquer will help to protect the finish. Since you already use Vallejo's excellent Metal Colors, have you thought about trying their washes? The washes are designed to dry slowly which permits them to be manipulated over the drying period for a variety of effects. Even when dry, they can be removed from highlights with water or a mild alcohol solution and a craft swab. The 1/12 Bugatti engine below was done entirely with Vallejo Metal Colors and washes...
  7. Someone call the ASPCA, the human is mopping the floor and I'm NOT happy!
  8. The Aoshima kit looks at least as good as the Fujimi (better, in my opinion) when built and goes together with surprisingly little drama. It's thoughtfully designed to sidestep many of the assembly challenges presented by the Countach's unique shape, such as the rocker panels being separate parts that fit perfectly so you don't have that moment of terror when you have to force the body over the chassis. The downside is that the engine detail isn't quite at Fujimi's level, but it still looks great when built. Both Fujimi and Aoshima have produced early LP400 kits.
  9. Who needs safety when you have a sweet mustache.
  10. Making it extra ironic when you order it online and USPS loses it.
  11. Ooof, I've been on a couple of aircraft sites lately because I'm working on the Tamiya 1/32 Spitfire IX. I haven't built an airplane kit since before the internet was really a thing. Although I have some "rivet counter" tendencies in my car model builds, I was bemused by some of the discussions going on over there about every minute detail. My Spit will (hopefully) look good, but I'm not going to drive myself nuts poring over grainy 80-year-old photos trying to determine if the interior of the landing gear door is painted aluminium or the underside color! I swear, I'll never again roll my eyes at an impassioned discussion on this site over spark plug firing order.
  12. A recent favorite... Aussie band The Beths' "Expert in a Dying Field". An old favorite... The obscure NY band The Damnwells' "Accidental Man".
  13. My recipe, tinkered with over many years. Brown 2lb lean ground beef and one diced large yellow onion. Add 2 jalapenos, 2 red chili peppers and 2 poblano chilis (all seeded and cored) finely chopped in the food processor. Next add 4 tablespoons chili powder, a tablespoon of cumin, and 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (optional). Saute for a minute or so. Add a can of fire-roasted tomatoes, a small can of tomato sauce and a bottle of beer... preferably a little dark and not too hoppy. I like Bell's Amber Ale. Add salt to taste and let the chili simmer, uncovered, for an hour or so, stirring periodically. Add a can of black beans and a can of kidney beans rinsed and drained (also optional) and let simmer for another 15 minutes.
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