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Peter Hardy added a new photoalbum.
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Updated: March 30, 2020
Project: SCM Australian Truck Groupbuild
22. February, 02:38 Share
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Bozzer John, I posted some pictures of the correct placement of the fuel tanks, on my album. Pity you missed it? Them instructions are generic, I think. Italeri have a habit of cockups like that. Another is the location pin on their turbochargers. What you dry fit some of them, the air side is upside down! I'm currently also working on the FLD 120 Special, that has the same issue. Just cut off the half-moon pin and locate it the correct way.
30. March, 09:01
Peter Hardy Are we talking long or short tanks Bozz?
30. March, 09:17
Peter Hardy Thanks Slavo! Still not perfect but it has. OST some time. All those bike fuel tank halves proved good practice!
30. March, 09:20
Bozzer Peter, at the beginning of the instructions, it tells you to drill holes in the chassis. These holes aren't in the right places. Refer to my album for the correct placement of the tanks. I dry fitted mine, to make sure that they are correct. I screwed up at first and did the same as John. Luckily, I caught it before the glue dried.
30. March, 09:29
Danny Meer Cab looks really nice, doesn't give that problems to put interior in after building cab?
30. March, 09:49
Peter Hardy It's plastic Danny, it'll bend. (He says with gusto but behind his back his fingers are firmly crossed).
It's ok Bozz, I would end up moving them anyway. I can't leave anything alone!
30. March, 11:39
Martin Oostrom You'll be finished before I get to some paintwork! Great progress Peter.
30. March, 13:07
Lode Schildermans I agree, Martin. Peter's build is looking great. You've to keep up the pace with him
30. March, 21:21

February 28, 2020

Peter Hardy and Lode Schildermans are now mates.
28. February, 02:33 Share

February 22, 2020

Peter Hardy added a new photoalbum.
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Updated: April 3, 2020
22. February, 02:39 Share
Peter Hardy added a new project.
Albums: 1 with 67 images
In progress
22. February, 02:37 Share

February 10, 2020

Peter Hardy will attend SCM Australian Trucks Groupbuild
SCM Australian Trucks Groupbuild in Moranbah
SCM Australian Trucks Groupbuild
AU 15. February until 31. July 2020, in Moranbah
3. January, 10:37 Share
Peter Hardy Counting down......
10. February, 02:38
Martin Oostrom Nearly there!
10. February, 07:08
Peter Hardy Damn, I'm nowhere near finished the KR500 either!
10. February, 07:28

February 7, 2020

Peter Hardy added Motorcycle to his favorite topics.
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7. February, 02:36 Share

February 2, 2020

Peter Hardy
Question for all you supercar builders. Is there much difference between the general detail level between Fujimi, Asoshima, Italari and Tamiya or is it a kit by kit comparasion thing?
7. November 2019, 05:54 Share
Martin Oostrom Stay away from Italeri. At least the older ones. Italeri trucks are ok
2. February, 09:34

January 17, 2020

Peter Hardy Yeah, I’ll turn up!
SCM Australian Trucks Groupbuild in Moranbah
SCM Australian Trucks Groupbuild
AU 15. February until 31. July 2020, in Moranbah
12. October 2019, 22:51 Share
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Tom ... Ha Peter, even I figured out we're not meant to start till Feb 15th. I see how it is. We're going to have to keep a close eye on you. Hmmm, I thinks we need to see pics of your chrome pieces to make sure they're not sitting in some bleach bath right now....just say'n...
15. January, 22:48
Nathan Dempsey A little pre-build cleanup never hurt anyone :)
15. January, 23:30
Peter Hardy Tom, all chrome still in place on the spruces!
16. January, 02:34
Bozzer @Peter. In respect to that hobby store? Unfortunately they don't have a website. It was as I feared. They just sell to customers. It's a damn shame, because they had some really cool stuff in there. Literally, shelves and shelves of stuff, I've never seen before. All scales, types, everything! First time I've ever seen an Airfix 1/24 F190 in real life. I think it was $98 US? They had all kinds of car and truck kits. If you ever get to Philly, from the river, head up Market St, on the right hand side. It's a couple of doors up from the souvenir store. Take lots of money!
16. January, 04:47
Peter Hardy Highly unlikely I will ever even know where in the world Philly is or even how to find it on a map. So, I will have to rely on the generosity of my friend Bozzer who will search shelf after shelf for the Fujimi Yamaha FZR '87 Tech 21 or Any Kawasaki H1 500 or H2 750 triples. So rare, so desirable.....
16. January, 07:43
Martin Oostrom I object to being on the lower end of all jokes!
16. January, 08:31
Peter Hardy Nah that's not the one Danny. The ad sprukes an '87 but the box correctly identifies it as an '85.
17. January, 06:47

January 14, 2020

Peter Hardy added a new photoalbum.
51 images
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Updated: January 6, 2020
8. December 2019, 10:20 Share
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8. January, 21:09
Kim Branders I am fan Peter. Nice white wheathering there.
8. January, 21:19
JD Ooo! Do the Cylon Raider next!
9. January, 03:34
Peter Hardy Thanks Dave, you have made me smile enough so it is only fair!

Kim, thank you!

J D, got it half built but ran out of skills. When I get nearly as good as you I will try to finish it.
9. January, 08:20
JD Wow, try and give a compliment, get hit with a compliment...times shure have changed! You rock Pete!
9. January, 22:25
Spanjaard i could i forgot that Peter, of course, the imperviosum alloy :P
9. January, 23:23
Peter Hardy Learned all about from Harry Potter movies!
10. January, 01:44
Slavo Hazucha Dogfighting in space is a hell of a dirty work ;) Great stuff, top job on the "space bike"!
14. January, 19:11

January 8, 2020

Peter Hardy added a new photoalbum.
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Updated: January 6, 2020
6. January, 09:17 Share
Peter Hardy Yeah I did! Sneaky bugger eh?
6. January, 21:20
Jozef Goos nice !
7. January, 14:13
Spanjaard looking nice. you could try to use a metal or glass rod to make it stand higher so the detail is visible.
8. January, 10:13

January 6, 2020

Peter Hardy added a new project.
Albums: 1 with 9 images
In progress
1:4105 Battlestar Galactica (Revell Monogram 85-3618)
6. January, 09:09 Share

December 12, 2019

Peter Hardy added a new photoalbum.
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Updated: December 8, 2019
8. July 2019, 02:28 Share
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Peter Hardy No I haven't Tim. Mulling over options still.
Slavo, you have heard of powder coating? Painting anything with an airbrush in this heat that's exactly what you get!
8. December 2019, 21:30
Chris Greathouse I really like the dusty green color. Sorry about that heat.
8. December 2019, 21:43
Bart Goesaert Well if they rope is actual rope, you can try to wash it with tea, a pretty strong one, depends on the color you want. Beter to do this before application. If it is kitchenrope, I'll fear for it..
9. December 2019, 08:05
Peter Hardy As the MTB in question works in the tropics I'd say sun bleached Bart. I figure a string would be ideal.
9. December 2019, 08:32
Peter Hardy Thank you Herr Shildermans. I know it isn't as good as you say but I am very proud you give me praise on a boat! Thank you!
10. December 2019, 08:48
Michael Hickey Hey Peter, how's the dinghy coming along?, I've been watching while I wet a line here on the wharf. ;)
12. December 2019, 00:34
Peter Hardy Had to stop because it's so farking hot Mick. I need to do some detail painting but my airbrush just spits out carpet! I'm doing a flying thing atm.
12. December 2019, 01:41
Michael Hickey Hot what's that, with an afternoon sea breeze blowin in everyday I'm as cool as a cucumber. ;) Well she's looking good anyway mate, and that flying thingie is coming along pretty good as well. :)
12. December 2019, 02:53

December 8, 2019

Peter Hardy added a new project.
Albums: 1 with 51 images
1:32 Colonial Viper MkII (Moebius Models 912)
Colonial Viper Mk.II
US Military Colonial Fleet
1 FS Primus 7242NC (Lt. Kara Thrace Starbuck)
8. December 2019, 10:18 Share
Peter Hardy completed this item
1:24 Lamborghini Miura (Italeri 3686)
Lamborghini Miura
Italeri 1:24
2016 | Changed box
8. December 2019, 10:18 Share

November 16, 2019

Peter Hardy added a new photoalbum.
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Updated: November 14, 2019
21. October 2019, 02:27 Share
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Kerry COX I take it that the windshield water squirters work too. ?
Just bloody amazing Peter. I love your work.
Top Shelf. ! ;)
The surface finish, from what you have allowed us to see is blemish free, devoid of any of that dreaded 'orange peel effect', making it a real stunner. ;)
15. November 2019, 00:20
Alec K Great build Peter. This vehicle was sold in the US as the "Pathfinder", and was the first SUV I owned. Remains one of my favorites, just a great body style IMHO. Great to see it in model form
15. November 2019, 02:05
Peter Hardy Thank you Chris, James and Kerry. Got another car to do next, either a Lamborghini or an ancient Porsche.

Alec K, it was sold here as a Pathfinder as well but not with a Navara diesel. Mine was a grey import, literally a Pathfinder with a Navara Diesel engine. For what it was it went very well and convinced me not to join the Toyota bandwagon but to buy a Nissan Patrol which I still have 15 years later. So happy I did.
15. November 2019, 04:18
Martin Oostrom You could do some KC-light teaching Peter. Very well done!
15. November 2019, 08:52
Alec K Got it, thanks for the info. Diesel for where I live is an iffy proposition during winter, so maybe that's why I never saw one. My suv after this one was another Pathfinder. Then I went to Toyota :D

Looking forward to your next build
15. November 2019, 14:31
Peter Hardy You won't have to wait long Alec. It will be another car.
15. November 2019, 21:37
Tim Heimer Glad to hear our Australian hemorrhoid is doing better!!
15. November 2019, 22:41
Peter Hardy Thanks Tim. You always know how to make me feel better!
16. November 2019, 08:51

November 10, 2019

Peter Hardy now follows Holger Kranich
10. November 2019, 12:27 Share

October 23, 2019

Peter Hardy wants this item
1:1000 Enterprise NX-01 (Polar Lights PL-966)
Star Trek
Enterprise NX-01
Polar Lights 1:1000
2019 | Changed parts
23. October 2019, 23:37 Share

October 22, 2019

Peter Hardy completed this item
1:24 Nissan D21 Terrano V6-3000 R3M '91 (Aoshima 057087)
Nissan D21 Terrano V6-3000 R3M '91
Aoshima 1:24
057087 (Model Car 106)
2019 | Changed ???
22. October 2019, 12:03 Share

October 13, 2019

Peter Hardy owns this item
1:24 Lamborghini Miura (Italeri 3686)
Lamborghini Miura
Italeri 1:24
2016 | Changed box
13. October 2019, 11:03 Share

September 27, 2019

Peter Hardy marked this item as on order
1:24 Australian Truck (Italeri 719)
Australian Truck
Italeri 1:24
20xx | Changed box
27. September 2019, 04:42 Share

September 12, 2019

Peter Hardy added a new project.
Albums: 1 with 33 images
1:24 Nissan D21 Terrano V6-3000 R3M '91 (Aoshima 057087)
12. September 2019, 05:57 Share

August 20, 2019

Peter Hardy changed his profile picture.
20. August 2019, 09:54 Share

August 5, 2019

Peter Hardy changed his profile picture.
1. August 2019, 03:34 Share
Martin Oostrom Hey! It's you!
4. August 2019, 09:55
Peter Hardy Yep, good lookin' rooster eh!
4. August 2019, 11:03
4. August 2019, 11:07
Martin Oostrom There should be a ban on changing avatars ;)
I can't find Greg anymore, Donald D has been lost forever. Makes me wonder, who am I and where am I?
4. August 2019, 11:28
Tim Heimer I agree Martin! At least peter doesn't look like he's about to cook turkey legs anymore! LOL
4. August 2019, 12:18
Peter Hardy You are all creatures of habit with an aversion to change. I would recommend you all get in touch with your feminine side and submit yourselves to your inner being.
4. August 2019, 21:16
Martin Oostrom I change the brand and type of beer I drink every week. Yesterday I had a La Trappe Quadruple. Perhaps that's the reason I need the avatars to remain the same. ;)
I gave my wife a kiss as well, so touching my feminine better half is done!
4. August 2019, 21:54
Peter Hardy Hmmmm, Martin at one with the world...
4. August 2019, 23:16
Greg Baker Here I am! I promise I won't change my Avatar pic again... at least not for a while.
5. August 2019, 04:20

July 31, 2019

Peter Hardy added a new photoalbum.
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Updated: July 14, 2019
23. April 2019, 02:11 Share
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Munkyslut Peter, do u prefer the 1/12 scale? Could I put a vote in for an early WSB? Maybe a Muzzy Kwacker? Russell Rep, maybe Gobert?
Whatever it is I look forward to it ;)
19. July 2019, 10:32
Munkyslut Kevin McGee's Yam would be a cracker tho!
19. July 2019, 10:44
Peter Hardy Munky I haven't built many bikes. Four in fact, and all have been 1/12 scale. I have 2 of Stoners Ducatis and a 500 MV in 1/9 scale. I would love to do Gobert's 94 Lucky Strike Suzuki. I do have a kr1000 Kwaka that I could do as Hansford/ Budd 6 hr or Hansford / Lawson Suzuka 8 hr. Fairings might be difficult but not impossible. I have Garry McCoy's Red Bull Yamaha too.

Roger, the MotoJig is the best thing since sliced bread. I am told it just fits a 1/9 scale bike as well. I have Gregg Hansford's kr500 and his kr350 on order. So many to do!
19. July 2019, 11:16
unfusion It is so beautiful works.
23. July 2019, 09:01
Zebani Wow, great work
23. July 2019, 14:05
Peter Hardy Thanks Gentlemen!
25. July 2019, 07:37
Christian Bruer Excellent work and craftsmanship. All the decals, a lot of skill and patience is required to add them that sharp and clean
31. July 2019, 18:50
Peter Hardy Thanks Christian, lessons slowly being learned. Praise from you is taken very seriously indeed!
31. July 2019, 22:01

July 29, 2019

Peter Hardy changed his profile picture.
29. July 2019, 06:51 Share
Peter Hardy changed his profile picture.
29. July 2019, 06:36 Share

July 28, 2019

Peter Hardy marked this item as on order
1:9 KAWASAKI 350 (Protar 172)
KAWASAKI 350 Prima edizione / First Edition
Protar 1:9
198x | New tool
28. July 2019, 10:40 Share
Peter Hardy marked this item as on order
1:12 Kawasaki KR1000F Endurance Racer (Tamiya 14012)
Kawasaki KR1000F Endurance Racer 1981
Tamiya 1:12
1983 | New tool
28. July 2019, 10:37 Share

July 18, 2019

Peter Hardy owns this item
1:24 Nissan D21 Terrano V6-3000 R3M '91 (Aoshima 057087)
Nissan D21 Terrano V6-3000 R3M '91
Aoshima 1:24
057087 (Model Car 106)
2019 | Changed ???
18. July 2019, 06:15 Share

July 8, 2019

Peter Hardy added a new project.
Albums: 1 with 74 images
In progress
1:48 Elco 80' Motor Patrol Boat (Merit International 64802)
8. July 2019, 02:11 Share

June 27, 2019

Peter Hardy and Paul Juliano are now mates.
27. June 2019, 21:01 Share

June 25, 2019

Peter Hardy now follows Slavo Hazucha
25. June 2019, 09:52 Share

June 21, 2019

Peter Hardy added a new photoalbum.
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Updated: June 20, 2019
Project: Eggversaries
20. June 2019, 02:58 Share
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Chris Greathouse Where's the 2nd egg from pic #1? Still in progress?
20. June 2019, 23:23
Peter Hardy Still in progress Chris. Trying out new things, one at a time.
21. June 2019, 02:25
Chris Greathouse I'm distracted by sparkly things, you got time :P
21. June 2019, 02:29
Els That is a cool effect. It is one of the reasons I like to build an Egg plane every once in a while, you can try new things without stressing out to much.
21. June 2019, 03:03
Peter Hardy Thank you Lode. Very complex and demanding build. Much worry and sleep lost. NOT!
21. June 2019, 09:41
Slavo Hazucha Ha! I have a 5-year old daughter, so "I know my ponies"! This is clearly the heavenly battle-wagon of Rainbow Dash, screaming "Ponies unite!!!" right from the red corner... Now who will take the fight right to her from the blue corner of the ring?
21. June 2019, 14:03
Peter Hardy Thank you for you interest Slavo. If Rainbow Dash fits in the cockpit the blue corner is in severe trouble!
21. June 2019, 22:32
Spanjaard somehow i missed this build before... i also wondered how the prismatic Alclad woudl really look like ;)
i have a feeling i see myself doing one of this kind, in pink or something in a not so very distant future...... :P
nice pictures of the MeGg, what about the F-eggy6?
10. September 2019, 15:03

June 20, 2019

Peter Hardy added a new project.
Albums: 1 with 19 images
In progress
20. June 2019, 02:55 Share

June 13, 2019

Peter Hardy and Chris Greathouse are now mates.
13. June 2019, 09:28 Share

June 12, 2019

Peter Hardy added a new photoalbum.
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Updated: November 27, 2017
Project: Star Trek
1:1000 U.S.S. Enterprise (Polar Lights 908)
20. November 2017, 01:09 Share
Chris Greathouse Is this a dead project? It'd be cool to see completed!
11. June 2019, 22:26
Peter Hardy It's not dead, it's resting!
12. June 2019, 05:06
Martin Oostrom Rest ye weary bones, the day cometh that Peter shallt builth this beauty!
12. June 2019, 06:05
Peter Hardy Stay outa that fridge Jimbo, it contains only evil in brown bottles!
12. June 2019, 08:50
Peter Hardy Marty, as Casey Stoner asked Valentino Rossi after Rossi caused both to crash, "ran out of talent did ya"? Yes I did!
12. June 2019, 08:53

June 6, 2019

Peter Hardy owns this item
1:48 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 bis Fagot-B (Trumpeter 02806)
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 bis Fagot-B
Trumpeter 1:48
2000 | New tool
6. June 2019, 08:57 Share
Peter Hardy owns this item
1:48 F-86F Sabre "MiG Killer" (Academy 2183)
F-86F Sabre "MiG Killer"
Academy 1:48
2000 | Changed decals
6. June 2019, 08:46 Share

May 16, 2019

Peter Hardy
Thermometer has only reached 21C today. Winter has arrived in Queensland with a vengeance! Might be a good opportunity to light a fire in the backyard tonight if I can find enough wood.
11. May 2019, 02:34 Share
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Martin Oostrom Beer Wars 2019
Fight 1
In the left corner from New Zealand: Steinlager Pure
In the right corner from the US of A: Budweiser
15. May 2019, 09:29
Bob Hall WE WIN ! U-S-A !

15. May 2019, 09:34
15. May 2019, 09:45
15. May 2019, 15:08
Stephan Ryll Try this one :D
15. May 2019, 15:09
Stephan Ryll :D brain cells are „running" after reading that
15. May 2019, 19:17
Stephan Ryll If I ever will make it over I'll give it a try ;)
15. May 2019, 19:24
Peter Hardy You are one sick puppy Mr. Cranston
15. May 2019, 22:40

May 14, 2019

Peter Hardy and Holger Kranich are now mates.
14. May 2019, 22:23 Share

May 8, 2019

Peter Hardy
Does anyone know of a paint bottle shaker that can hold different shaped bottles? I’ve seen one I could make myself if I had the talent but unfortunately I don’t.
7. May 2019, 08:58 Share
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Wim van der Luijt I always use a strainer when loading the airbrush.....I've learned my lesson.....
8. May 2019, 10:57
Holger Kranich Well Peter, i was pretty sure to have a bottle in my hands... A very stiff bottle... But also very small... :)
8. May 2019, 11:30
Spanjaard Nail polish shaker
8. May 2019, 18:13
Rui S I would like to know if this work with My old&small humbrol enammel tins ;)
The enormous amount of time I lose shaking them with a tooth pick is ridicolous :(
Thx for sharing
8. May 2019, 20:38
Peter Hardy I'll let you know Rui!
8. May 2019, 21:00
Peter Hardy Exact same thing Spanjaard. 1/3rd of the price of modellbau.
8. May 2019, 21:04
Rui S Thx Peter
8. May 2019, 21:43

May 7, 2019

Peter Hardy owns this item
1:12 Honda RC212V (Studio27 ST27-DC911)
Honda RC212V #4/26/27 MotoGP 2011
Studio27 1:12
2012 | New tool
7. May 2019, 22:56 Share
Peter Hardy owns this item
1:12 Ducati GP4-GP11 Chain Set (Top Studio TD23068)
Ducati GP4-GP11 Chain Set Tamiya
Top Studio 1:12
7. May 2019, 22:54 Share
Peter Hardy marked this item as on order
1:12 Ducati Desmosedici (Studio27 ST27-WF2008-04)
Ducati Desmosedici 2007
Studio27 1:12
7. May 2019, 22:37 Share
Peter Hardy marked this item as on order
1:12 Ducati Desmosedici GP4 (Tamiya 14101)
Ducati Desmosedici GP4 2004
Tamiya 1:12
2006 | New tool
7. May 2019, 22:32 Share
Peter Hardy owns this item
1:12 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR (Top Studio TD23016)
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR 2006 - Detail-Up Set
Top Studio 1:12
7. May 2019, 22:29 Share

May 2, 2019

Peter Hardy wants this item
1:12 Kawasaki 750SS Mach IV (Gumka Miniatures MC12001)
Kawasaki 750SS Mach IV
Gumka Miniatures 1:12
2013 | New tool
2. May 2019, 11:42 Share

April 23, 2019

Peter Hardy added a new project.
Albums: 1 with 109 images
1:12 Ducati Desmosedici GP4 (Tamiya 14101)1:12 Ducati GP4-GP11 Chain Set (Top Studio TD23068)
23. April 2019, 01:56 Share

April 22, 2019

Peter Hardy marked this item as on order
1:12 Ducati Desmosedici Front Fork Set (Tamiya 12605)
Ducati Desmosedici Front Fork Set (for Tamiya)
Tamiya 1:12
2006 | New tool
22. April 2019, 09:29 Share
Peter Hardy started this item
1:12 Ducati Desmosedici GP4 (Tamiya 14101)
Ducati Desmosedici GP4 2004
Tamiya 1:12
2006 | New tool
22. April 2019, 09:27 Share

April 19, 2019

Peter Hardy added a new photoalbum.
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Updated: April 1, 2019
Project: DKS Bismarck
1:350 Bismarck (Revell 05040)
12. September 2018, 04:31 Share
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Chris Greathouse Holy crap! I just looked at the box, 659 pieces!!! That's intense! I think I'll keep quiet about my 70 piece car. :P Watching for sure!
18. April 2019, 19:11
Tim Heimer It's like one of those 3D jigsaw puzzles but miniaturized!
18. April 2019, 22:28
Peter Hardy Chris, 659 pieces of plastic and over 800 pe pieces. The important thing here gents is, when you find you are treating it like a job you don't like, put it aside, get the mojo restarted and revisit when you are more motivated and are getting pleasure again. I model because I enjoy it. If it ain't happenin' IT ain't happening!

Jimbo, you are indeed a perceptive man! Desmosedici on the bench!

Lode, everyone knows that ships are the pinnacle of modelling challenges. That is why you and Christian are held in such reverence by your mates!

Tim, ahhhhhh, #uck it, I got nothin'!
18. April 2019, 22:43
18. April 2019, 23:28
Chris Greathouse Perfect statement about enjoying, but knowing when to set it aside for awhile if you start to lose pace and enjoyment. Enjoyment is the name of the game after all. :D
18. April 2019, 23:33
Michael Hickey That's it fellas, if it feels like a choir then why are you doing it, best to get something else out that puts a smile on your dial, like Pete said. My only problem is when I put them aside I don't want to touch them anymore because of the bad memories and feelings that brought me down about the build to start with.
19. April 2019, 02:54
Peter Hardy Yeah, there is that too!
19. April 2019, 03:20
Martin Oostrom And yet, stubborn as I am, I will finish what I started :)
Most of the time it is just one (minor) speedbump. Some struts that don't fit, or the need to mask of a very curvy part.
The satisfaction of finishing a frustration build is grand. And yes, sometimes a kit gets restarted a couple of times. Who cares? :D
Keep the juices flowing! See you all back here in this thread in a couple of months.
19. April 2019, 06:30

April 8, 2019

Peter Hardy marked this item as on order
1:12 Ducati GP4-GP11 Chain Set (Top Studio TD23068)
Ducati GP4-GP11 Chain Set Tamiya
Top Studio 1:12
8. April 2019, 02:53 Share

April 7, 2019

Peter Hardy
Good morning everyone!

I have a question for everybody regardless of skill level or experience. I was sitting at my bench this morning scraping and removing unsightly blemishes from some parts with my favourite Manwah knife handle with a Moreton scalpel blade watching the mess fall onto my U Star cutting mat. I got to thinking on how I settled on these particular modelling products made by those wonderful people in the modelling Tool Supply field. In this particular case I looked down at my Xuron nippers, then looked up at the Tamiya, U Star and El Cheapo nippers still in the rack and wondered why I chose those particular nippers when I would usually grab the U Star nippers for most tasks. The answer was because I had been using the U Stars on the ship build and they had “chunked” a cut on a nub. My fault mind you! But I will punish the nippers for their part in the regrettable incident! I of course escape punishment.

So the question?

What type of nippers do you use? And why? Do you have different angled heads on a couple? Have you tried several or still sticking to that original purchase? Have you noticed a difference at all? Is it a case of operating within a tight budget or near enough is good enough or even make up for a shortcoming by nipping short and whittle your way to perfection?
6. April 2019, 23:05 Share
Bill Newcomer I work on electronic projects on my bench too. So I use my smallest wire cutters. They are small enough for detailed nipping but tough enough to cut sprue frames out of the way. I still use jeweler files and exacto blades to make nubs disappear.
6. April 2019, 23:15
joe strenko I use my Xuron nippers for everything unless it's a very delicate piece
6. April 2019, 23:45
Richmond Like James C I use the Xurons and can attest to the quality. In my experience if you go cheap you get cheap and you know the more expensive and reputable brands are going to stand the test of time. Stand a Tamiya tool next to a cheaper make and you can tell the difference.

I have a strict annual budget and as long as I can keep in that I don't worry too much about cost. Albeit I am reticent to take the plunge when I see items which I find to be ridiculously priced - RB Productions PE tools come to mind!

Some tools are just vanity products - Mig Ammo brass cocktail sticks anyone ? and the various painting holding devices that are sold. I'll stick to cocktails sticks and skewers and some polystyrene packaging.
6. April 2019, 23:49
Nathan Dempsey I use Tamiya nippers for sprues almost exclusively. I have a set of Games Workshop ones that work pretty well too, but I loaned them to a friend in need. I use the Xuron specialized nippers for etch and that is all I will ever use since they work well.
7. April 2019, 00:13
Martin Oostrom When I got back, I bought a cheap Revell tool kit. The cutter was horrible, I only use it now to cut sprue in smaller pieces to fit them in the bin.
The second one was a better one from Revell. Does what it needs to do. Not super, not too bad.
Last fall I bought this one: Single Blade Nipper 2.0 (DSPIAE Craft Tools ST-A 2.0, No)
Expensive, but super accurate and oh so thin. Not even the parts on the Hind could hide from this baby! Highly recommended

No Single Blade Nipper 2.0 (DSPIAE Craft Tools ST-A 2.0)
7. April 2019, 00:25
Richmond I have heard the DSPIAE tools are super quality.
7. April 2019, 00:53
Peter Hardy I've heard that too. Reckon a fair slice of the asking price is for the packaging though. I like their pin vice.
Bob, they look pretty good. How was the price?
7. April 2019, 09:09
gorbygould I was tempted by the DSPIAE nippers but was put of by the ridiculous amount of packaging and the price. If they put it in a simple packet they could probably knock a third of the price. Until they do that I'm sticking with my Xuron.
7. April 2019, 09:39
Michael Hickey I bought a pair of nippers from Jaycar, an electronics shop a long time ago. When I'm cutting the part from the sprue I cut short and then get my favorite no name small tapered flat file and file it clean. When I start getting through the sprue I get my Stanley FatMax heavy duty cutters out and cut up the sprue into smaller 10cm lengths to throw into the bin. I don't like having empty sprue hanging around while I'm doing a build , and most of the time I like to go through and pre clean up the parts before assembly and then put the parts into small plastic bags that I label. (I think I'm over organized) :S
7. April 2019, 09:52
Peter Hardy I use my el cheapo nippers for cutting up sprues when they are bereft of parts and get rid of as much rubbish asap too.
7. April 2019, 10:13
Michael Hickey Yep, I like to have a s little as possible clutter hanging around.
7. April 2019, 20:37


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