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Plumcrazy Preston

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  • Birthday 04/19/1965

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    Lawton, Oklahoma
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    David B. Preston

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  1. I use Testors in the bottle with brush applicator because it's clear liquid and not goopy like airplane glue in tubes. It eats paint on surfaces easily and sometimes it doesn't bond well with bare plastic parts even. I'm thinking about using Krazy Glue or a similar fast-bonding product for finicky small parts that are difficult to glue with Testors cement. I've tried scraping the paint off for applying Tetsors but still sometimes parts don't hold. The AMT Kenworth W-925 Tractor kit is especially difficult to glue together (many parts lack tabs and holes) and having to bond painted
  2. https://highballgraphics.com/ I got their email address from their website and sent them a message asking about custom decal work with an attachment of my artwork. A guy named Jim replied, said my artwork looked good and told me how to place the order. I submitted an 8" x 13" PDF reworked in three Pantone colors, transparent background and vector curves done from BMP by a third-party called Copyartwork.com. One decal sheet for me was $39.00 including shipping. I examined the sheet with my magnifier and it was good for the most part. There was a big human hair embedded in the sheet b
  3. I really stepped into something I know nothing about. It's what used to be cheap plastic models for a shelf back in the old days for crying out loud. I didn't anticipate printing decals to be something of "rocket science".
  4. Clarifications? You asked for it. The original artwork file was a BMP file I authored and then it was modified in a "vector" program by a third-party, copyartwork.com online, for a nominal fee. Then that file was saved as a PDF and sent to me and that file was sent to the decal company, bedlamcreations.com by me. Essentially, the decal printer made my decal set from that same PDF file I received from copyartwork.com. The "vector" work done by the third party was to make everything razor sharp around the edges and ensure the colors were spot colors, Pantone. I want nothing short of
  5. Ok, I will have to contact this German fellow again this coming March. The only reason I passed him up because he is shut down until spring. I had no idea that ALPS made products looked that cheesy when held up under a magnifier. The stock decal sheets boxed inside model kits look so much more refined than what this Muma dude provided me. I also wasn't sure of the QUALITY of the German guy. There is cheesy mopeds made in China and there is Mercedes-Benz as an analogy. Is the German printer at least "Mercedes-Benz" grade if not Rolls-Royce grade? Remember that I have white objects. Can th
  6. I had Josh Muma, from Bedlam Creations online, print me a decal sheet on a second new order and it came out sloppy too! It took him about a month to get this order shipped to me and once again I'm disappointed with the cosmetic appearance of the decals. This was indeed printed from a vectorized PDF and has three Pantone colors: silver, black and white. Bedlam claims to use ALPS thermal printing technology. I carefully examined the decal sheet under bright light with a magnifier. The white objects are mostly text letters and they look rough around the
  7. For nearly 40 dollars I expected much better from AMT. In the old days most kits did not exceed $10 and were commonly sold in drugstores.
  8. Monogram always fit together nicely. You could cement the parts firmly and paint the models too. So how do I know if a kit is good before I buy it? I took a look at the parts for my new Atlantis Boeing 727 kit and that looks very promising. Virtually every part has slots and tabs for mating.
  9. Why did they not have tabs and holes for mounting the horns, lights and visor on the roof? Some parts have these features but many don't. Why were they too cheap to not supply rubber tires? Holes and tabs also give a much more solid connection for gluing parts together.
  10. I gave this kit a 1-star at amazon.com where I bought it and told everybody there the same thing as in my OP here.
  11. Are there better quality kits on the market these days than AMT? AMT kits suck because: 1. they are too expensive for the low quality 2. the parts lack precision and excellent fit 3. many parts don't have holes/slots/grooves for other parts with tabs to insert into 4. the instructions aren't very good 5. the assembly diagrams aren't very clear as to where to precisely locate parts 6. some parts don't fit well 7. some parts are put into hollow places and they are allowed a certain degree of rotation as the transmission and the engine bell
  12. Force, thanks I just ordered this: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Frost-King-3-8-in-x-20-ft-Grey-Poly-Foam-Caulk-Saver-C21H/100067266 How long should each piece of foam rod be, the outer circumference of the tire? I will need this for my AMT Wilson cattle trailer as well.
  13. I would like my AMT Goodyear tires to fit the flanged rims of my Kenworth W-925 tractor a bit more sung so "the bead is set". Any tips?
  14. I ran my frame under scalding hot sink water for about 20 seconds then gave the frame a bend to the right a couple of times. It now seems pretty dam straight. I monkey with it no more.
  15. ...Copyartwork.com made a few goofs so I went to their Corrections page to submit a correction. Goof Number 1: they changed the PDF file page size from 13" x 8" to 15.90" x 11.65". My decal firm needs the page size to match the decal sheet size, 13" x 8". Goof Number 2: They made the BOEING 727 logos black instead of white for some unknown reason. The KENWORTH logos are white as they are supposed to be. At least they don't seem to have any trademarks issues. I made the KENWORTH letters for the the nose of the hood white because that's closest spot color to real br
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