Hey Clifford !!
I've been out of touch on scalemates for a while. Moved into this senior apt in Sept, but haven't been able to get back to modeling quite yet. It's driving me crazy. I've built 1 model this past year. I'm getting close, but it will be a few more weeks at least. I have a lot of catching up to do, bought lots more kits, need to get them in my stash. Too much to do, and I don't seem to be getting much done each day! It's going slower that I had hoped, I'm just dying to get back in the groove!
How are things with you?
I'm doing pretty good. Not as difficult to keep warm here in SoCal!!
Hey I'm trying to build this kit for my grandfather because he sailed on it. I just need to know what paint you used for the hull and island
OMG !! I'm sure I cant remember the exact colors I used. I didn't really use any specific colors [that I remember]. Back then I was mixing a lot of my own colors w/ craft paint & varnish, Pledge, some Model Masters, Vallejo ???? I don't think you could go wrong with Tamiya Hull Red. As for the sides and the deck I just mixed up what I thought looked good, I'm sure they aren't really accurate. I just looked at all the pictures I could find, Google up what would have been the normal colors and tried to mix something close.
Sorry I cant be more help.... just go with what you think looks right. It's hard to tell from pictures, different lighting etc. and I'm sure she went through some repainting over the years, she served for 48 years!!
All in all I think the Academy carrier kits are pretty nice. Relatively simple, but good detail, and they give more planes than most other kits.
Good Luck, you'll figure it out. Have fun with it, that's what counts.
June 18, 2021
June 17, 2021
I've decided I really need to thin out my stash, I'm just being overrun with model kits. I need the space. I'll never build all these in 100 years!!!
So, I've picked out 100 or so that I can "live without" I really intended to build every one I bought, but,,,,
These will be for pickup only, so anyone within reasonable driving distance to Lodi. CA might be interested. Sorry but shipping is not an option. It would be very pricey, and being in a wheelchair I just can't haul a bunch of big boxes to the PO. Sorry but I also can't do them individually [tired of doing ebay also].
I have also listed them on FB marketplace & local sales.
105 kits, mostly aircraft , helis  , a few cars , military kits , ships , big trucks  & misc. . That still leaves me at over 400!!!
I priced the kits at approx. half their going price, then dropped the total a bit more.
I would consider dividing into the different groups if someone preferred only one group. Offers will be considered for the entire lot, but I'm not going down much less than 1/2 value.
The vast majority of the kits are New in Open Boxes, most of them I purchased new, many have been re-packaged as they came all stuffed in one bag. Some of the kits I bought as "used" but are complete & most are sealed inside.
If anyone here on scalemates is interested in a group or the entire bunch I'd give a bit better price. [double check my math!]
I created an album Kits for Sale on my page so you can see them all.
The list below shows each kit w/scale, kit number & prices.
Aircraft Model Kits $$
Academy B-17D "Swoose" 1683 1/72 30
Academy F-111E Aardvark 01689 1/48 30
Airfix Armstrong Whitworth Whitley GR.Mk.VII 1/72 9009 20
Airfix Martin Canberra B-57B 1/48 A10104 30
Airfix Boulton Paul Defiant MkI 1/48 05128 15
Airfix Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV A04061 1/72 20
Dora Wings P-43 Lancer 1/48 48032 w/PE & masks 20
Dora Wings P-63E Kingcobra 1/48 w/PE & masks 20
Encore Models_F-102A Delta Dagger 1/48 25
ESCI US-3A Viking C.O.D. 4053 1/48 w/Super Scale decals 35
Freedom Models F-20A 1/48 18002 30
Hasegawa F-104C Starfighter 07219 1/48 20
Hasegawa A-4E/F Skyhawk 07221 1/48 30
Hasegawa Aircraft Weapons B 1/48 10
Hasegawa Aircraft Weapons C 1/48 10
Hasegawa Aircraft Weapons D  1/48 1 set partly assembled 10
Hasegawa E-2C Hawkeye "Iraqi Freedom" 02080 1/72 30
Hasegawa F-8J Crusader 1/48 PT26 35
Heller C-118 1/72 80317 25
Hobby Boss F3H-2M Demon 1/48 80365 25
Hobby Boss Spitfire MK.Vb 83205 1/32 + Montex Super Mask #K32252 25
Hobby Boss F-80C Shooting Star 81723 1/48 15
Italeri IL-2 Stormovik 1/48 2657 20
Kinetic C-2A Greyhound 1/48 K48025 40
Kitty Hawk US F-101B Voodoo 1/48 80114 30
Meng F-35A Lightning II 1/48 007 +masks 25
Minicraft E-3/E-8 AWACS/J-Star 1/144 14703 20
Minicraft H-4 Hercules Spruce Goose 1/200 11657 15
Monogram AV-8B Harrier 85-5448 1/48 15
Monogram F-117A Stealth 5834 1/48 10
Revell AD-5 Skyraider 85-5327 1/48 15
Revell Avro Shackleton AEW.2 04920 1/72 30
Revell C-54 Skymaster 04877 1/72 30
Revell DH-82 A/C Tiger Moth 04712 1/32 20
Revell F-84E Thunderjet 5494 1/48 15
Revell F-89D/J Scorpion 1/48 4548 25
Revell Hudson Mk.I/II 04838 1/72 15
Revell Mosquito B Mk.IV 1/48 04555 25
Revell PB4Y-2 Privateer 04292 1/72 25
Revell SR-71 Blackbird 85-5810 1/72 10
Roden C-133A Cargomaster 1/144 333 20
Special Hobby Martin 167 Glen SH48114 1/48 30
Special Hobby B-18B Bolo ASW Version 1/72 72230 25
Special Hobby Blackburn Roc Mk.I 1/48 48050 +Montex Maxi Mask #MM48277 25
Special Hobby C-41A 1/72 72385 20
Special Hobby CAC CA-13 Boomerang 1/48 48117 25
Special Hobby Fairey Fulmar Mk.I/II 1/48 48157 25
Special Hobby Fairey Firefly MK.I 1/48 48145 25
Trumpeter RA-5C Vigilante 01616 1/72 w/Master brass pitot 25
Trumpeter F-106 Delta Dart 1/48 02981 25
Trumpeter KA-3B Skywarrior 1/48 02869 35
Trumpeter Vickers Wellington Mk. III 02823 1/48 40
Valom B-45A Tornado 1/72 72120 25
Valom Sanders Roe Cloud 1/72 72067 20
Heli Model Kits $$
Academy AH-64D Longbow Heli 1/48 2125 15
Atlantis H-25 Army Mule Heli 1/48 10
Italeri CH-47F Chinook HC.2 1/48 2779 25
Italeri HH-53 C Jolly Green Giant Heli 1/72 035 25
Italeri MH-60K Blackhawk SOA Heli 1/48 2666 25
Revell AH-64 Apache 1/48 5443 10
Revell Bell H-13H 1/35 85-5313 20
Auto Model Kits $$
AMT 3in1 Customizing Boat Kit 1/25 1058/12 15
AMT 55 Chevy Bel Air Sedan 1/25 1119M/12 15
AMT 78 Ford 4x4 PU 858 1/25 15
AMT 92 Ford F-150 Shortbox PU 6835 15
Lindberg 38 Ford Van 114 15
Revell 62 Corvette Roadster 85-4277 15
Revell 63 Chevy Impala SS 85-4278 15
Revell 78 GMC Big Game Country Pickup 85-7226 1/24 15
Revell 80 Dodge Ramcharger 1/25 85-4372 15
Revell 91 GMC Syclone PU 7435 15
Ships Model Kits $$
Arii USS Enterprise CVN-65 1/800 Enterprise class A123-1800 15
Academy USS Eisenhower CVN-69 1/800 Nimitz Supercarrier 144 15
Academy USS George Washington CVN-73 1/720 Nimitz Supercarrier 14405 20
Dragon USS Lexington CV-16 1/700 Essex Class 7051 25
Hobby Boss USS Kearsarge LHD-3 1/700 Wasp Class 83404 20
Monogram USS kitty Hawk [ JKF CV67] CV-63 1/600  JFK Class 3007 double parts ex hull & deck 20
Revell Pt-109 1/72 05147 10
Revell U-Boat Type XXI U2540 w/interior 05060 25
Revell US Navy Landing Ship Medium 1/144 05123 40
Revell USS Constitution 1/96 85-0398 35
Trumpeter USS Nimitz CVN-68 w/base 1/700 Nimitz Supercarrier 05714 20
Trumpeter USS John F Kennedy CV-67 /waterline 1/700 06716 30
Trumpeter USS Ticonderoga CV-14 1/700 Essex extended bow 05736 15
Trumpeter USS Yorktown CV 10 w/base 1/700 Essex Class 05729 15
Misc Model Kits $$
Revell Discovery Space Shuttle 1/144 4543 10
Revell_Mercury Gemini Capsules 1/48 85-1834-300 15
Lindbery Union Civil War Artillery 1/16 70350 sealed 20
Lindberg 1/16 Concord Stagecoach Limited Edition 1/16 70351 complete, bandit gun barrel broken
Military Model Kits $$
Academy M3A1 Stuart Light Tank 1/35 13269 15
Hobby Boss T26E4 Super Pershing 1/35 82426 20
Monogram M48A2 Patton Tank 1/35 85-7853 10
Monogram M4A1 Sherman Tank 1/32 85-7863 10
Tamiya M24 Chaffee 1/35 37020 25
AFV Club "Long Tom" M59 155mm Cannon 1/35 35009 25
AFV Club M35A 2 2.5 Ton Cargo Truck 1/35 35004 30
Hobby Boss 82408 1/35 M4 High Speed Tractor 20
Italeri Commando Car 1/35 0320 10
Mirror Models US Diamond T 972 Dump Truck 1/35 35806 40
Testors WC 54 Ambulance + DC decal set 15
Zvezda WWII Soviet 1.5-Ton Army Truck 1/35 3602 sealed 15
Big Trucks Kits $$
AMT GMC Astro 95 1/25 1140/06 20
AMT Peterbilt 359 Wrecker 31750-1HD 1/25 25
AMT_ Ford LNT-8000 Snow Plow 38687 25
Revell London Buss 1/24 07651 50
Grand Total 2255
Asking Price 2000
I've decided [for now at least] not to sell the big trucks.
That knocks the price $120.
So the Grand Total is $2135.
Anyone here on scalemates the Asking Price $1800.
Maybe you should contact one of those shops rhat buy bulk collections.
If you want to sell them in SCM, I suggest you add them to your stash and mark them as "for sale". You get a lot more visibility than with just a post in the newsfeed....
Good luck with the sale
Problem is I haven't found any "local" shops that I could sell to. I don't want to have to deal w/packing & shipping.
I've been going mark the kits in my stash, just haven't found the time yet.
June 8, 2021
I bought this kit probably 20 years ago at the defunct Longs Drug Store back in the 90s. probably paid $8 for it. Some years ago I thought I was going to get into building all wood kits and foolishly sold this [and others]. Should have kept them all, cause now the price is $30 !! It's a simple kit, but will be easy to build and should look nice. I'm thinking I'll paint it opposite, silver sides, maybe blue top???
June 5, 2021
I should have bought this one @ HL a few years ago. Could have got it for $20! Oh well. I really just want to build it as a 59 Caddy Ambulance.
LOL JD !! I just pulled it back out again. I was working on the 63 Riviera, it's mostly done, the body is primed, gonna let it dry for a while.
Now I need to start working on the coach undercarriage. It's going slower than I'd like!, and, I'm gettin older! lol
I know what you mean Robert! that's why I like to add a little appreciation and motivation in my comments. We're not getting any younger, so let's kick the tires and light the fires big Daddy! WOOOOOOOOO!!!
I need a little extra inspiration now & then. Yea, I'll be 68 in 5 more days!
Yup, Just gotta keep pluggin away at it !!!
The coach itself is pretty much finished. I think it looks pretty good. Unfortunately the driver & shotgun rider don't fit too well on the seat together! The rider wont be able to hold the rifle as he should. Gonna have to make some kind of modifications there.
The woman passengers dress is too thick to fit in the seat, but that should be easy enough to remedy as her dress is quite thick in the back, and should fit if trimmed. It won't be seen anyway.
Otherwise I still have some work to do dressing up the horses, painting the figures, then connecting all the harness gear together. Still a lot of work ahead, but I'm pleased how nice the coach looks.
Finally got the horses dressed up! Now just all the harness [looks like a big job] and put it all together. Then the passengers & drivers too. Hmmmm, lots more to do!
I had to put the Lincoln aside for a while, the resin body is a nightmare! But I'm making progress slowly.
There's some great stuff in that little lot Bobstar. Pity I can't just pop across the Pacific, at the moment, to lighten your stash. Love to do a Harry Potter treatment of the London Bus! Cheers mate
LOL Hiya Jay! Sorry you are so far away. Cheers back atchya.
May 26, 2021
May 25, 2021
May 24, 2021
Had to buy this one for my grandson. Super nice detail under the hood, very nice paint job, east to assemble no painting!! $18 out the door @ HL, on sale this week. It's Orange & Black, the picture makes it look Yellow! Looks pretty darn good to me.
May 20, 2021
But, there goes the best deal around on model kits!! Car kits were $20 out the door,,,, no more.
It's a sad day.
Yeah Robert! Look at my wall for my rant against Hobby Lobby.. They were the only company that could regularly complete with Amazon, and it was was worth a trip across town to get a great deal. Now I don't have a reason to shop there anymore. This may be their downfall, which is a shame because if weren't for their modeling section, I may have never been motivated to pursue this great hobby..
I've been buying kits there for 6-7 years,,,, almost every weekend!!! You couldn't beet 40% off price anywhere. I mean NOWHERE!! Now its gone. Just plain greed.
I told the guy at the checkout the other day they basically just lost a long time good customer.
Yup, I'll only go there when they're having 40% off on model kits!! They are literally right across the street, I can go there in my chair.
Scalehobbyist is about the best place I've found. No matter how many kits you buy it's only $9.95 for shipping, so it pays to buy a few at a time, and their prices are pretty much less than most chain hobby stores [Sprue bros etc]. I've bought a lot of kits there.
STAY AWAY from Internet hobbies, they are a rip off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Came for the Lincoln article and found this.
I was wondering how that worked. I have been haunting
them over the Land Rover kit and it shows up on the
web-site at full blown retail with no markdown and I don't
want to go to the store and not find it there. But, full
retail there too. Nah...never mind.
Love the thumbnail Robert.
Hoppy Lobby has the Land Rover kit right now [at least here in Lodi, CA] and they are in sale 40% off this week. I think is was $32.95 so it would be about $21. Great deal.
Yeah, that is a great deal. How do you get the 40% off though?
$33 is just insane though. I'm a card carrying member of the
'Cheap Bastards' club and never pay full retail, word.
Dave, LOL, yea I hate paying retail too.
I had bought mine at scalehoppyist for $25.99 about 2 weeks before HL had it. I really never expected HL would ever have it since they never have many of the newer re-released kits. It seems to always be the same old stuff, I have every kit on their shelves [@40% off of course]
I also bought a couple other kits, some paints, and the shipping was only $9.95. Which is a good deal if you buy several things at a time.
I just bought a whole bunch of Tamiya paints [like 38 paints & 2 thinners] for $115.26, Including $9.95 shipping, its a great deal. The paints were only $2.39/jar. I don't thing you can buy them cheaper than that. So, if you buy a lot at a time it's well worth it.
Yea is sucks HL no longer does coupons, but they do have kits on sale almost monthly.
Check out scalehobbyist, their prices are mostly pretty reasonable and $9.95 shipping no matter how much you buy is a great deal. I've been doing business with them since 2014. good service too!
I will most definitely check them out.
Been using Hobbylinc as of lately.
I have been getting the big bottles of Tamiya
for $2.72, with variable prices on shipping
depending on weight. You also have wait at least
a week for them to put it all together.
Other than that, I've had pretty good luck with them.
Got a shipment yesterday, only took about 4 days UPS 26 paints & 2 thinners. $9.95 shipping
Sorry for the late reply here, Robert.
I'll have to give them a try on the next order.
Got a chance to hit the Local (30miles away) Hobby Lobby and all boxed kits were 40% off. All over that, right?
Picked up the Land Rover and a Revell Ford GT.
Tickled to death.
Not a drop of Model Masters deep discount though.
I think we may see, Gunze Sanyo pick up the difference there.
OOOH, They have the Ford GT???? I'll have to go there today, they are on sale this week, they didn't have the Ford GT last time.
Yea, that's the problem, they don't give 40% off supplies anymore. $4 for Model Masters is a bit much, they are a buck cheaper @ scalehobbyist, you just have to buy a bunch to make it worth the $10 shipping. I bought Tamiya last time, so now I have about 40 of those. Next time I'll buy a big bunch of MM. I think MM is slightly better paint, but you get half again as much w/Tamiya.
Glad you got the Land Rover, looks like a good kit.
May 18, 2021
Its just the same old Firebird 400 w/some new wheels & tires, disc brakes etc, and fancy new decals !
Still a nice kit.
Hi Robert, again a great finish. I like your colors. Good choice. Better than the recommendation from the kit. Your Garage is improving.
The one I had was kind of a root beer brown, this color looked close, but that was 30 years ago, so my memorys a bit off I'm sure. lol but it's close enough for me, I like it. I didn't care for the fancy decals, but the wheels & tires do look good!
The garage is getting filled up. I need to build some more levels.
Just building the cars I and my immediate family had will fill 3-4 levels easily. Never mind all the cool cars I grew up with.
I'm getting more confident with my painting (finally!), so I've started doing "MY" cars, and have a lot of work ahead of me. I have at near 200 car & truck kits alone and more on my list, I'll need a skyscraper to display them all !! Let alone over 100 airplanes and countless others.
I'm Addicted ! I just can't stop buying them. A bit ambitious for a guy my age, but who cares I'm having fun.
It seems that you owned a lot of great cars....jealous
Most of us are addicted to the hobby. And it's always good to have hundred of kits... I've the biggest respect in the paint job of these kind of cars. You can see the smallest dust particle...it does not forgive any mistake.....
Yes I did have a lot of cars. Over 50, not counting the ones I just scrapped for parts (Firebirds & Camaros). When I was growing up old cars were a dime a dozen. Literally ! I'd get most of them for free !!
And yes painting a nice finish on a car is much tougher than on an airplane, especially the WWII flat finishes, they hide a lot of defects !!
I am Addicted.
My friends all think I'm crazy for having so many that I'll never build. But I don't give a rats butt. I don't smoke anymore, so I spend that $$ on models (actually I spend MOST of my $$). I wish I had spent the $$ on models over the years instead of cigarettes, I'd have a warehouse full !!! LOL AND, those kits would be a fortune today !! OUCH
LOL.... Interesting, that I 've had a similiar deal....I spent the same amount in modelling than my wife st pay for cigarettes per month...not bad...a lot of money. Honestly sometimes I spent much more for my hobby. My problem is that I have more than one hobby. I also have an expensive race bike, Bonsai, Real Cars..cost a lot. And the biggest thing is that I have'nt enough time for all of that. This is the reason that there are no builds project. If I have time I use it for modelling, and not for preparing and uploading pictures. Cheers Norbert
Great color! That color fitts very good to the rims. Love it!
May 10, 2021
May 7, 2021
I remember seeing these on the street in my younger days. Cool looking car! great kit. molded in red.
Have you built it? My Step Mom had a 71 XKE with the V-12 when I was in high school.
Not yet. It will probably a while, but just had to have one. It is molded in red so it will build faster! Yeah
Used to see a lot of these on the road back in the days. cool car. Tamiya, nice kit. Another gotta have.
My Grandma had one until she got rear ended by a drunk driver on the interstate. She survived. The car did not.
Bummer!! Good thing it was rear engine. They were pretty cool looking cars. Just a sporty VW. lol
May 3, 2021
Tamiya makes very nice kits. This is just a beautiful car!
I bought this one to build the GNX. It is a pretty rare car, they only built 500 GNX. I say it on Jay Leno's garage one day [from a few years ago]. A Southern CA dealer still had a brand new unsold one. The GNX is a pretty good looking car, ALL black [only came in black], and they said it's turbo V6 was outrunning Mustangs & Corvettes! Had to have it!!!!!!
May 1, 2021
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April 13, 2021
My brother and I went halves on this car around 1972ish?? Paid $65 for it. It really was a heck of a nice care, wish I had it today!!
I bought the R&R resin kit 5 or 6 years ago for $53. It was one of the first resin kits I bought. Since then I've acquired close to a dozen resin kits of cars I just can't find in plastic. When I first got it I thought it looked pretty good, but now that I've started building it,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ooooooooooooh !!!!
Many I've bought since are much better quality than this. The outside of the body looks good, but inside the body, under the tub, underside of the hood, under the hood is just plain ugly, top side of the chassis,,,,,,,,,, it's just plain awful !!!
This puppy is going to be a LOT OF WORK !!!
It suggest a 56 Ford as a donor for the engine etc. Looking at the firewall, inner fenders, radiator, it is exactly the same as the Ford kit [it shouldn't be!]. It's so bad I've decided to splice the Ford under hood with the resin,,,,,,,,,,,,,, it's gonna be FUN !!! lol
I'll try to post as many pictures as I can along the way. Wish me luck!
Looks good to me. That one might be a challenge but it's an interesting subject you cannot find in kit form. I have a couple of different body styles of the 51 Chevy and I completed a 4-door sedan of them. Needed a lot of thinning, cleaning, adjusting but was a funny experience. Good luck for yours!
looks interesting to me. like a ton of work. Keep it coming
It is going to take some work! Right now I'm building a bigger workbench top and doing some rearranging. So it will be a week or so before I get back to it.
So far the engine bay splice is looking like it might work out ok.
April 11, 2021
April 10, 2021
March 23, 2021
I thought I took some other pics of this when I started it, but I cant seem to find them!
I love these Buicks. Following
AH!! It was a sweet car. Drove like a dream!
It's nearly finished, just need to detail the interior.
very nicely done
I'm happy with it. I would have liked it to be a bit smoother & shinier, but HEY, it's not bad for an amateur.
This time I used craft acrylic poly clear and had to sand, buff & polish it. It's a toss up between using the Pledge. I've had good luck on a few with that, but can't seem to keep it consistent so I opted for the poly this time.
I'm going to purchase a new airbrush when the $1400 comes, maybe I'll have better luck with a better AB. We'll see!
I'll be working on the stage for a while, then pick another project in between when that gets me frustrated !!!
Thanks again & Be Safe
look around for those AB. and if you have a chance to test them, even better. i used a cheapo airbrus from quite some time, and when i decided to get one, i was sure about getting a Iwata, then in the shop they let me try the Infinity Two in One (Harder & Steenbeck 126543, No) i felt it love with it inmediately.
Hmmmm,,, I wish I could "TEST" some different ABs. I think I'd find mine is not as good as it was made out to be.
I've looked at those H&S & the Iwata's also. I've watched some reviews on the Creos [mr hobby] Procon Boy PS-290 0.5mm Pistol Trigger Type [15ml cup & fan cap] $140, and the PS PS-289 0.3mm Platinum $120, w/a .2mm kit $50. They rate quite favorable compared to the H&S & Iwata's. They are made in Japan & should be of good quality.
Thing is I'm right handed, but had nerve damage in my R elbow in my 20s from a car wreck. So when I started modeling I had to learn to use the AB left handed! After 5 years or so practicing I consider I've gotten fairly decent with it. I had bought a Paasche Vision which has a trigger stop & mac valve. That way I can adjust the paint & air flow to whatever I'm painting & just go. I'd have a hard time with a true double action brush.
When I bought this AB it came highly recommended [lots of good reviews], it was $200 [but made in China of course]! It came with a .25mm [#1] & .66 [#3] needles. I also bought the #2 set [.38mm] and use the 1 & 2 for smaller jobs. I started mainly used the #3 painting airplanes and then did some cars once I felt I had practiced enough [lol]. After doing maybe 10 kits I noticed the needle is sticking out past the tip guard??? When I looked at it closely with a 10x jewelers loupe I noticed that when I pull back the trigger the needle doesn't stay in the center of the tip, but rides on the upper left side of the tip, causing it to wear! I replaced the tips several times in 5 years.
Painting with it, it seems to atomize well, but it just can't be spraying a nice round circle like it should be. I think I've been struggling with this problematic AB all this time. I've had a few come out real nice [smooth clear coat], but can't seem to be consistent with it.
I watched a few videos lately on basic airbrushing again! [floreymodels has a couple good tutorials] . This Paasche cannot lay down a nice thin fine line no matter what I do. I'm sure its because the needle is NOT centered in the tip! I'm betting an AB that is centered will do a much nicer job for me. Well, I intend to find out anyway.
If you get a few minutes check out the reviews on Youtube for the Procon Boy PS 289 & 290 & let me know what you think. I would definitely appreciate your opinion.
All these past 5 years I've wished I could meet up with someone who could teach me airbrushing tips & techniques, try different ABs, have an experienced person give me some pointers & try out my AB and tell me if it's a POS. There are no modeling clubs in my area less than an hour away, so I've been flying blind for 5 years!!! lol
Iwata's & H&S's w mac valve & needle stops are quite pricey. I just don't think I'm coordinated enough to do it left handed without the extra little helpers [cheaters].
Anyway, thanks for the comment Spanjaard. I'm still waiting for the "so called" "stimulus" $$$ before I can afford a new AB anyway.
I would be interested in your AB tests too.
I'm gonna order them real soon. Actually I've added another, the Procon PS-268AR 0.4 single action. Just watched a nice review of it [Barbatos Rex on Youtube]. I thought it would be a good one for my grandson to start with & I could use it too !! I'm pretty sure these ABs will put my old one to shame !!
I found this site useful. https://sites.google.com/site/donsairbrushtips/home
I believe my airbrush is the lowest rated one on the site.
So I got this one to compliment the other set for the LSM as it has different tanks & vehicles.
March 8, 2021
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Got these 2 a while back. Guess I forgot to take pics & list them. ppos
November 28, 2020
Not a bad little kit, but not sure I'd recommend it for beginners, too many fiddly parts. It does have it's issues.
The plastic is pretty soft [including the clear parts] and the surface finish is NOT very smooth, but for a vehicle of this nature that's not so bad.
The cab is molded as all separate pieces, back, top, doors, windshield and quite fiddly to get together straight & square
The engine mounts were too thick so that the floor pan would not fit flat to the frame in the front, had to thin them some. The opening for the engine needed to be opened up some on the R side and a bit in the front as the engine did not fit through the opening. One of the side windows was about 1mm too short and left a gap at the top, so I just took them back out, besides you could barely see inside with the side windows in.
The wheels were kind of a pain, very small glue surface to glue the hub to the wheel without getting glue in the turning piece. I should have greased them up like I usually do [forgot]. They do turn, but it won't roll on the wheels. Besides, I broke my first rule of building cars & trucks: put the wheels on LAST! they just get in the way when trying to attach other things like the front bumper! The front wheel axles were way too short to butt up against the inside of the hub. So I punched out some rounds from plastic sheet [about 2mm] and stuck them inside the hubs, that did the trick. The rears were ok.
The clear headlight lenses had a lot of flash and were difficult to clean up and fit as the plastic is so soft, but they turned out ok.
The front bumper was a pain [as I already had the wheels on] to fit and get straight. There's not much plastic touching the brackets to the frame to get a good solid joint.
Strange that the front grill had a radiator grid and a cap, but on the inside you glue in a separate radiator w/cap ??? ODD
I wanted to make it so the top hood could have been removed to see the engine, but it sat too high above the radiator shroud so I had to glue it there so it would be the right height, otherwise there were huge gaps on the side panels.
Actually it went together pretty well considering I'm used to larger 25th scale cars. The parts are pretty small in comparison.
I only painted the frame, seats, and a few details and just gave it a brown wash here and there. The canvas top was just painted tan and the given the same wash [I think it looks good]
I hadn't noticed that the tires have directional arrows on them and only on one side, so a couple of them are on wrong, but you really cant see it anyway!
I worked on this in between working on the Stagecoach horses. After 2 or 3 days of cleaning the seams on those I needed some breaks in between. It took about 3 weeks to get those done! I'll post some pics of them in the coach album.
I think it looks pretty good siting on the shelf. A pretty cool little kit for under $30!
Very nice lorry! I like those vintage Soviet vehicles.
Yea it's a pretty cool little truck & fun to build!!
That's a great looking build Robert and I also appreciate your detailed commentary on it's construction, as I've been tempted to purchase this one a number of times now. 👍
It actually is a pretty nice little kit and reasonable price. If you have some experience it goes together pretty easy and fun to build! Go For It !!! lol
Nice clean model. Well done 👍
Good job! The car turned out to be very lively.
It really is a pretty nice little kit, besides its small flaws. If you are even thinking about doing one I'd say don't hesitate, it's pretty nice.
Wow!! these are beautiful. I'm not building the the kit yet, so I can't say anything about fit, but if they fit as good as they look they will be a BIG improvement on any detailing I could do to the Tamiya P-51 interior !
The details are super. The dials are glossy and you can even see the dials on the gauges. Everything is 3 dimensional.
Absolutely gorgeous !!!
Hope they come out with a set for the Spitfire!
October 26, 2020
Mine had the factory wire wheels.
I bought it at a car lot for $65! About 1972.
What a nice driving car it was. Loved it !!!!
Oh what a beautiful kit !!!
Had to get this to go with the M4.