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Updated: October 14, 2019
15. September at 01:02:18 Share
Tom ... Can it be....
15. September at 01:03:06
Chris Greathouse Awesome! Are you back from the fields of RC flying fun for the summer? Watching your T!
15. September at 01:19:43
Bob Hall Going back in the way back machine with this one Mr Peabody !
4. October at 04:19:36
Tom ... Finally got some modeling time in. A lot of clipping and scraping but some glueing as well. The interesting part has been figuring out which parts should be cemented together before painting. At least most everything is black so that simplifies things too.

Have to say the fit of the pieces is very very good so far.
5. October at 23:44:37
Tom ... Pic #3 shows a weird effect from de-chroming with Super Clean. Usually with Super Clean the de-chroming happens very quickly, within minutes. With this kit it took a whole day and a lot of the pieces look like they are covered in cellophane.

Unfortunately effect does not peel off at all easily so I'm not sure how to proceed. I'm going to put some pieces back in Super Clean and see if that will fix it.... annoying...
14. October at 21:25:59
Chris Greathouse I had the same kind of issue with the Paddy Wagon. The Dechroming took overnight and left some grime. Thankfully the grime brushed away with a small brush. Good Luck!
14. October at 23:39:34
Bob Hall It's that funky Chernobyl chrome and those funky kits from Russia ! have to soak it in Vodka ! LOL !!
15. October at 00:28:41
Bill Newcomer Westley's Bleach White (for cleaning white wall tires) works great for dechromeing. I also heard old school caustic oven cleaner works well too. Super Clean is better at actual paint removal.
15. October at 07:36:19
Tom ... For the typical type of chrome Super Clean is great. However I've had two kits now that used different chroming techniques and it struggled greatly with them. In both cases there seemed to be an extra layer of clear plastic that is cellophane like. Maybe in future I'll split up the chrome pieces and try the different methods. Might be worth it in the long run.

Then again it'd be great if kit makers included a non-chromed version of the sprue. I'd pay a little more for that.
15. October at 16:10:41
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October 14, 2019

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1:24 Model T 1912 Commercial Roadster (ICM 24016)
 
Model T 1912 Commercial Roadster American Car
ICM 1:24
24016
2018 | Changed parts
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1:18 Piper Super Cub 95 (Guillow's 303 LC)
 
Piper Super Cub 95 (Laser Cut)
Guillow's 1:18
303 LC
20xx | Changed parts
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October 5, 2019

Tom ... owns this item
1:24 Jaguar XJ-SC V12 Cabriolet (Hasegawa 20352)
 
Jaguar XJ-SC V12 Cabriolet
Hasegawa 1:24
20352
2018 | Changed box
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14. September at 21:16:58 Share
Bob Hall I have the original 1987 issue of this kit, looks pretty cool !
4. October at 04:21:24
Tom I'm excited about this one. Just wish life would give me some time to do some actual modeling....
4. October at 21:28:19
Bob Hall I feel ya, 100% !
4. October at 21:48:24
Munkyslut I had a 1/16 Japanese XJ-S (probably Bandai ?) when I was a kid.
I grew up with them, really nice cars, make for a great model
4. October at 21:52:17
Bob Hall When I was a kid, I had a friend who's dad loved the Jag's and the XJ cars, but hated the unreliable engines and owned 3 Jags but had replaced the motors all 3 with Chevy 350 motors.
4. October at 21:55:44
Munkyslut Bob........ SBC into XJ-6 & XJ-12 was a popular mod Stateside.
Of course over here we just repaired them.

Tom...... what's the kit quality like?
4. October at 22:06:34
Tom Munky it's not bad at all. The plastic is quite hard (even feels slightly brittle) and the details are sharp. For me there's a little bit of flashing on sprue E but nothing terrible. The glass is in perfect condition but the quality is not great. Has a slight melted soft look which is a shame. If you look at the "What's in the box" for the kit those are actually pictures of my kit.
4. October at 22:41:19
Munkyslut That's pretty good quality except for the glass moulding then. Can you improve the glass with a layer of Future or similar?
What do you plan for colour?
4. October at 22:47:22
Bob Hall I guess, it was just one of those car memories from my youth. I was thinking of doing mine in British racing green with the tan leather interior and tan fabric top.
4. October at 22:51:10
Tom Definitely the tan interior but I think a light body color.
5. October at 23:46:04
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September 16, 2019

Tom ... owns this item
1:25 1969 Olds 442 W-30 (AMT 1105)
 
1969 Olds 442 W-30
AMT 1:25
1105
2018 | Changed decals
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30. April at 21:21:27 Share
Bob Hall Whoa ! A Muscle Car ! An AMERICAN Muscle Car ! NO Way ! LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
14. May at 04:36:28
Tom Ha, true true Bob. And it's AMT too... :) An impulse buy at the LHS as it's the closest thing I've seen to a Ford Capri my mother had in the seventies... in Ireland no less. So if anyone knows where I can get a decent kit of a Ford Capri Mk II with vinyl top, I'm all ears....
14. May at 18:49:07
Munkyslut I reckon I built a Japanese 1/24 Capri in the very early 80's......
16. September at 20:39:46
Munkyslut W30 Cutlass is gorgeous ;) I really fancy a 71-72 with a 455 in it
16. September at 20:41:01
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September 15, 2019

Tom ... added a new project.
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1:24 Model T 1912 Commercial Roadster (ICM 24016)
 
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August 22, 2019

Tom ... wants this item
1:24 BEDFord 'OSB' (EMHAR EM2404)
 
BEDFord 'OSB' SWB 'O' Series 5-ton Recovery Truck
EMHAR 1:24
EM2404
2014 | Changed parts
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June 19, 2019

Tom ... marked this item as on order
1:24 Subaru TT2 Sambar Fire Engine '08 (Aoshima 051429)
 
Subaru TT2 Sambar Fire Engine '08 Subaru Oizumi Factory Package
Aoshima 1:24
051429 (50)
2017 | Changed parts
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June 13, 2019

Tom ... and Chris Greathouse are now mates.
13. June at 06:39:57 Share
Bob Hall A Match made in Decal Heaven ! LOL
13. June at 06:46:44
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June 6, 2019

Bob Hall@Tom ...
COME BACK TOM ! WE MISS YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL !!!
6. June at 01:52:20 Share
Chris Greathouse He's enjoying porch life at the moment... Then he's moving to sunnier pastures... or fields, or wherever to fly his RC planes for the sunny season. He said he'll still lurk around the site... not enough in my opinion! :P
6. June at 01:55:59
Bob Hall I figured he'd been taken by aliens or Terrorists or something ! He Just up and disappeared !
6. June at 02:05:30
Chris Greathouse It's funny because I sent him a similar message yesterday, then you send him one today.
6. June at 02:09:16
Nathan Dempsey I just sent out a drone, but it hasn't spotted him...
6. June at 02:17:30
Bob Hall Nate ! In my experiences, If a drone spots you,you don't come back, if so, it's in many pieces ! LOL !
6. June at 04:15:07
Chris Greathouse We could drone his RC base! *ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US* :P :P
6. June at 04:30:06
Tom Sorry guys, I was in rehab dealing with solvent abuse and OCD issues. They didn't allow internet access but I was permitted my favourite sprue cutter and a sanding stick... my nails are immaculate!... they just need some 2K clear...

Bob, you know changing your name won't fool the drones. They can detect muscle car thoughts from a hundred clicks. Old European bangers don't generate the same level of brain activity it seems.

Yeah, it's hard to be modeling right now with the good weather... and the porch is my favourite place on the planet and we are getting long evenings again. But don't worry, it won' t be long before I get a wild hair up my butt and breakout the airbrush and glue pot again...
6. June at 18:11:13
Bob Hall AHH ! The previous stated "decal rehab" ! In you absence "Archer J Maggot" made his triumphant return along with his many aliases, so I had to become the "Good Bob" So, don't stay away too long or I may build a Beamer or Benzo in your absence ! LOL !!!!!!
6. June at 18:17:04
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May 18, 2019

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May 9, 2019

Tom ... and Stuart Perry are now mates.
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May 5, 2019

Tom ... owns this item
No CR (Iwata R 4500)
Revolution
CR
Iwata
R 4500
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April 27, 2019

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1:35 M4 High Speed Tractor (Hobby Boss 82408)
 
M4 High Speed Tractor (155mm / 8-in. / 240mm)
Hobby Boss 1:35
82408
2007 | Changed parts
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April 22, 2019

Tom ... added a new photoalbum.
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Updated: April 20, 2019
17. April at 05:06:55 Share
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Chris Greathouse I painted my first fig with the arcade. It was kind of exciting, but I didn't know what I was doing. For him to go from sprue color to painted was a fun process. I hope you have fun too!
19. April at 22:05:23
Tom Did an initial "panel wash" to bring out details. Need to find a better Q-tip. I have the Tamiya ones but they are too compact.... need to find something in between...

Also tried out AK Interactive's dirt deposit wash on the under carriage... hmmmm, I've got a long way to go in order to get any good at this.... still it's interesting and fun trying.... this might just end up a muddy mess all the same. Oh well.
20. April at 02:36:17
Nathan Dempsey That dirt and dust deposit stuff looks interesting. I may have to pick up a bottle.
20. April at 03:33:41
James C Were you able to resolve the residue issue from the hood?
20. April at 18:44:21
Tom James, I didn't resolved it. In this case I don't think it's going to matter as when I do a final matte coat it shouldn't be noticeable. However, in future I'm going to get into the habit of washing off decal'ed areas to ensure there's no residue left.
22. April at 21:32:19
Chris Greathouse That interesting... I have lakes of micro set when I decal, aside from the usual mop up/squeegeeing the liquid from under the decal I don't clean anything, I just let it dry for a few+ hours before I spray Future.
22. April at 22:53:37
James C That's a bummer mate. :(

I've wondered if it's caused by the gloss layer not being completely cured/hardened and reacting with the decal setting solutions?
For me It's always been caused by the Micro Set... but erased with Micro Sol or just another gloss coat when sealing the decals down. Interesting. :S
22. April at 23:25:03
Tom I feel like it might have been due to the decal's adhesive. I've also never had a problem before with micro set and sol. But also this was the first time I used Alclad's Aqua Gloss for coating decals so maybe it's some weird interact between them all. Like you say... interesting...
22. April at 23:43:41
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April 19, 2019

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Updated: March 25, 2019
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Arne Greve The Drill behind the Link looks interesting. But the size of the drills starts with minimum 0,7mm. In modelers reality is 0,3mm more a common size.
18. April at 09:00:34
Chris Greathouse Aw snap. Thought that'd be small enough for you/the hobby... Good price though... The search continues :D
18. April at 09:36:10
Hans Robben Buy one of these, drills are also available individually. has a 4mm shank:
Hand Drill (DSPIAE Craft Tools AT-HD, No)

No Hand Drill (DSPIAE Craft Tools AT-HD)
18. April at 09:41:58
Tom I have this one: https://amazon.com/gp/product/B07FJ6VD2P/

which has a great selection of tiny bits. Just need to find a battery powered version. Or a better chuck for the Tamiya.
18. April at 22:10:41
Chris Greathouse I have that same one. Nice set for $12.
18. April at 22:29:02
Martin Oostrom I have this one Modellbauer- und Gravierset ..MOT 50/E (Proxxon 28515, No)
Similar to a dremel, with drill bits from 0.3 upwards. Is great for thinning pieces as well, just beware of the high (adjustable) rpm's

No Modellbauer- und Gravierset mit Bohr- und Fräsgerät MICROMOT 50/E (Proxxon 28515)
19. April at 06:46:00
Thomas Tuerler Martin, if you attach it to the adjustable NG2/E or NG5/E transformer, you can reduce the RPM to Polystyrol compatible numbers without losing too much power. Big fun for little money!
19. April at 07:50:35
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April 18, 2019

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6. April at 16:09:30
mark brinkley Work of art
6. April at 19:11:21
Tom Thank you all. You are very kind. The model does have a lot of details and interesting surfaces so it does end up looking well. It was a challenging but satisfying build.
7. April at 00:51:10
Bob Hall Plus Tamiya is a pretty high quality kit so it builds well, and look great completed ! Looks Great Tom !
7. April at 00:56:43
Tom I agree, Robert. Definitely the best fitting kit I've built so far... okay I've only done 5 but I was still really surprised how well everything lined up. The Revell MG TC was the opposite.
7. April at 01:02:04
M M Looks so good!
7. April at 01:17:01
Allan Gage This is great..crisply modeled. I've had some issues with tamiya white decals as well. Sometimes i just couldn't get near them with setting solvent have had to rely on hairdryer. I want to try this kit , those helmet boxes are trick.
18. April at 21:59:04
Tom Thanks guys.

Allan, the helmets and box are cool. However putting the decals on the helmets was crazy hard. Can't believe I didn't take a picture of them before glueing them into the box... oh well.
18. April at 22:15:48
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April 13, 2019

Tom ... added a new project.
Albums: 1 with 14 images
1:35
On hold
1:35 Jeep Willys MB (Tamiya 35219)
 
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1:35 Jeep Willys MB (Tamiya 35219)
 
Jeep Willys MB 1/4ton 4X4 Truck
Tamiya 1:35
35219 (MM219)
1997 | New tool
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1:12 Fiat Mefistofele (Italeri 4701)
 
Fiat Mefistofele 21706 cc. 1923
Italeri 1:12
4701
2014 | Changed parts
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1:35 М37 US 3/4 ton 4x4 cargo truck (Roden 806)
 
М37 US 3/4 ton 4x4 cargo truck
Roden 1:35
806
2016 | New tool
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1:35 М37 US 3/4 ton 4x4 cargo truck (Roden 806)
 
М37 US 3/4 ton 4x4 cargo truck
Roden 1:35
806
2016 | New tool
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April 8, 2019

Tom ... wants this item
1:35 WWI BRITISH TANK Mk.IV MALE (Tamiya 30057(export))
 
WWI BRITISH TANK Mk.IV MALE (w/SINGLE MOTOR) EXPORT VERSION EXCLUSIVE
Tamiya 1:35
30057(export)
2014 | Changed parts
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April 7, 2019

Tom ... added a new photoalbum.
6. April at 05:08:28 Share
James C That's a great result Tom.
6. April at 05:30:59
6. April at 16:10:03
Neuling Very beautiful!
6. April at 17:11:23
Tom Thank you guys. Glad you like it. It was a challenging (for me) but satisfying build.
7. April at 00:52:50
Bob Hall WOW ! Fantastic ! Another fine piece of artwork ! BRAVO !
7. April at 04:51:20
Chris Greathouse How do you just pick up a hobby and be this good already?? It's always amazed me. This Subaru is really well made, I like the contrasting colors, I know they're decals but it's still cool... Did you swim your decals in Micro Set to help? Great job as always.
7. April at 06:27:44
Tom Thanks, Chris and Robert. I have to say it looks better in the pictures than in real life.

I did use lots of Micro Set and Micro Sol. It was a bit of a love/hate relationship. For the Set solution the decals would move too easily while trying to remove the excess, so that was maddening. Then adding the Sol solution would cause some of the nicely laid down decals to wrinkle, and there where decals that the solution didn't seem to have any effect in terms of conforming the decal to the contours. I'm really impressed with your Blue Shark decal work. When I saw that decal sheet I got an immediate decal PTSD flashback.
7. April at 06:58:51
Chris Greathouse The Sol will cause the decals to wrinkle as the decal softens/stretches then it will tighten up and sink into crevices as it drys. I baby the Sol process with a Q-tip to help flatten and get rid of wrinkles as it drys.
7. April at 18:00:14
Bob Hall Ditto, Roll a Q-Tip and it works wonders.
7. April at 19:18:05
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April 6, 2019

Tom ... completed this item
1:24 Subaru Impreza WRC 2001 (Tamiya 24240)
 
Subaru Impreza WRC 2001
Tamiya 1:24
24240
2001 | Changed parts
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April 4, 2019

Tom ... owns this item
1:35 M151A2 (Tamiya 35125)
U.S.
M151A2 w/ TOW Missile Launcher (M220 Tracking System)
Tamiya 1:35
35125 (125)
1983 | Changed parts
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1:32 1963 Studebaker Avanti (AMT 885)
 
1963 Studebaker Avanti Scale Stars
AMT 1:32
885
2014 | Changed ???
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March 30, 2019

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Updated: March 20, 2019
20. March at 04:13:54 Share
Tom The build quality of this kit is really good.

My only complaints are that there are:
1) A lot of seams on the sprue pieces (but not the body or the large pieces),
2) The sprue connections are really really thick and lots and lots of them to boot, so a lot of tedious cleaning up of edges...
3) Some annoying pin-marks
4) The undercarriage is one simple molded piece so is going to be a pain to paint cleanly.

The chrome pieces are of a very high quality. I still went ahead and de-chrome them (which was very hard indeed) as I prefer the Alclad chrome.

I do wish they did some better or more interesting texturing for the seat but I guess for the skill level of the product I can't complain.

Anyway I really like this kit. All the pieces fit perfectly. The quality of all the pieces is solid. However, it's going to take me a long time to complete as I want to create a vintage (and slightly weathered) look but I'm not sure how to do that yet... so if you do follow along be prepared for very slow progress...

20. March at 06:00:13
Chris Greathouse no slow.... go go go! :P Your alclad pieces look very good.
30. March at 19:40:40
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March 28, 2019

Tom ... added this book to his library.
Extreme Reality 2 (Squared) (AK Interactive 2)
 
Extreme Reality 2 (Squared) Weathered Vehicles / Reality
Extreme Reality Nr. 2
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March 26, 2019

Tom ... wants this item
1:35 Bedford RLC 3-Ton Light Recovery (Accurate Armour K186)
 
Bedford RLC 3-Ton Light Recovery
Accurate Armour 1:35
K186
2012 | New tool
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26. March at 08:01:44 Share
Tom ... marked this item as on order
1:35 Staff Car Bantam 40 BRC (MiniArt 35050)
British
Staff Car Bantam 40 BRC with Crew
MiniArt 1:35
35050
2010 | Changed parts
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26. March at 03:25:48 Share
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1:35 Jeep Willys MB (Tamiya 35219)
 
Jeep Willys MB 1/4ton 4X4 Truck
Tamiya 1:35
35219 (MM219)
1997 | New tool
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Tom ...
So excited to get this.
1:35 Tramcar - Straßenbahn-Triebwagen 641 (MiniArt 38009)
European
Tramcar - Straßenbahn-Triebwagen 641 w/crew & passengers
MiniArt 1:35
38009
2016 | Changed parts
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March 25, 2019

Tom ... owns this item
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March 24, 2019

Tom ... wants this item
1:35 U.S. Military Bulldozer (MIRROR Models 35851)
 
U.S. Military Bulldozer
MIRROR Models 1:35
35851
2015 | Changed parts
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24. March at 22:37:07 Share
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Tom I have a question for experienced military builders. This is my first military vehicle build and I'm trying to figure out how best to paint/assemble the model.

I've seen a lot of videos where the builders assemble most of the model and then paint.... however, while my main goal with this build is to learn weathering techniques I also want to focus on detailing as much as I can so any advice (or links) on how best to assemble and paint military vehicles would be much appreciated.

For example, in picture #2 of the album I'm trying to figure out the best way to paint/assemble the chassis floor...

(I'm sure there's no right or wrong answer here but I'm interested in what experienced builders think)

20. March at 04:36:35
Tom This mate's album is very helpful: Bren Gun Carrier (Completed) | Album by Noob (1:35)

This way I can see what parts are visible and what parts aren't.
20. March at 06:28:21
Xerxes Hi Tom. This is my way of building and painting my models. I try to build as much as possible without painting. Quite easy without interior parts. But i paint all parts i cannot access in a proper way after finishing the model in advance. This might bei the case wirh your floor. Be careful to mask your finished paint job before painting the rest of the Kit.
20. March at 07:09:54
Tom Sound advice, Xerxes. I guess my question is really to do with how much (color) detailing there is in military machines. I think that is what I'm getting stuck on. I should find some reference books/pictures to work from.

I did find this video of a real Bren Gun Carrier: Youtube Video

Looks like most everything is the same color so that does simplify things a great deal.

20. March at 08:03:25
Tom On hold while I wait for the Eduard PE set: Universal Carrier Mk.II (Eduard 35364, 1:35)

1:35 Universal Carrier Mk.II (Eduard 35364)
22. March at 04:22:35
ArcticFox Pz Division I'm not an expert but you can follow most of the process of building and painting technique I use here on youtube... I will give you the link for my first video but there is 5 videos for the Universal. Youtube Video

24. March at 13:07:54
Olivier Hello Tom,
In my case I really enjoy painting all the small pieces first. And of course all interior bulkheads or floors. Building and glueing comes later.
I use brushes, no air brush. So touching up the hull or undercarriage is easy.
24. March at 13:34:32
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March 23, 2019

Tom ... wants this item
1:35 Holt 75 Artillery Tractor (Roden 812)
 
Holt 75 Artillery Tractor
Roden 1:35
812
2018 | New tool
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Albums: 2 with 36 images
1:24
Completed
1:24 Citroën 2CV (Tamiya 25415)
Citroen 2CV
FR Civil Standard Decals
6578 MD 75
 
27. October 2018 at 21:54:00 Share
Chris Greathouse What do you use on the end of your toothpicks? I use bamboo skewers and toothpicks with BSI super-Gold but it's like the wood and glue have 0 reaction unless I physically hold the stick until the glue starts to cure 5+ mins for each piece...
9. November 2018 at 17:24:51
Bob Hall [img1]

This is what I use
9. November 2018 at 21:52:27
Tom I use blue-tac in certain cases but I have no problem with using CA too. Just keep in mind that CA needs moisture to activate so maybe moisten the tip or breathe on it?

When using CA I drill a little hole in the plastic for the tip of the toothpick to fit into. (I assume you are doing the same.) And I use thin or medium glue.

I certain cases, like the seats, I actually super glue them on to a piece of cut sprue. That one is harder to get right as there is not much moisture to activate the glue... but I prefer it to using blue-tac as it feels much more secure in the hand.

I just ordered some of those sticks with the crocodile clips and so I'm going to see if they are useful in certain cases.
9. November 2018 at 22:24:04
Chris Greathouse I use CA, bamboo skewers, popsicle sticks with doubleback tape or blob of sticky-tac, crocodile clip sticks, and good 'ol pressure fits... I have quite a few ways.... and as far a drilling holes, I do not. I usually put a drop of CA on the plastic and put the flat end of the skewer in it, I just try to make sure the glue spot will be hidden at the end, thanks for the moisture tip... I did not know that (now that I'm done sticking all my pieces :P) crocodile clip sticks, yes, they help alot with tiny pieces, I put a picture of my latest stick prep in my current project Project 022 -- '37 Ford Convertible with Trailer | Project by chrisagreat (1:24)
10. November 2018 at 20:07:49
Tom Ah, if you are not drilling a hole then make sure to use the smallest amount of glue possible, otherwise I think it is going to take a long time to cure. However, I find with drilling a small hole that the toothpick nearly stays put without any glue but then the glue seals the deal. Having said all that I'm only on my second model so maybe I've just been lucky so far.
10. November 2018 at 23:43:34
Chris Greathouse What do you use to drill the small holes? In general, everytime I look at a tiny drill-bit they break, I swear.
11. November 2018 at 05:15:22
Tom I have this: https://amazon.com/gp/produc..ge_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It's okay but might try to get a battery powered one.
11. November 2018 at 06:44:31
Chris Greathouse I do have a manual drill like that but it's somewhere deep in my supply box because it pissed me off... I've heard good things about the Tamiya handy Drill: https://amazon.com/Tamiya-El..-Plastic-74041/dp/B01LX208SY
11. November 2018 at 18:01:25
Tom Ha, just bought the Tamiya drill. I'll let know if I like it.
23. March at 03:30:42
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1:20 Porsche 928S (Tamiya 20066)
 
Porsche 928S 1977
Tamiya 1:20
20066
2012 | Changed parts
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March 22, 2019

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1:20 Porsche 928S (Tamiya 20066)
 
Porsche 928S 1977
Tamiya 1:20
20066
2012 | Changed parts
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March 21, 2019

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No Apollo Lunar Module (Fascinations MMS078)
 
Apollo Lunar Module Metal Earth
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MMS078
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F-35 Lightning II Metal Earth
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March 20, 2019

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1:24 Model T 1912 Light Delivery Car (ICM 24008)
 
Model T 1912 Light Delivery Car
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24008
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March 19, 2019

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1:35 Universal Carrier Mk.II (Tamiya 35175)
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Universal Carrier Mk.II European Campaign
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35175
1994 | Changed parts
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1:24 Subaru Impreza WRC 2001 (Tamiya 24240)
 
Subaru Impreza WRC 2001
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24240
2001 | Changed parts
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March 14, 2019

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1:18 Piper Super Cub 95 (Guillow's 303 LC)
 
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Ben M Yesssssss...
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February 12, 2019

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1:24 Stinson Voyager (Dumas 203)
 
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Tom Beighley Nice build, looks really clean. Should fly well.
11. February at 21:58:34
Chris Greathouse Neat, I like it!
11. February at 22:07:29
Tom Thanks! I'll try to fly it when the weather is a lot better. Whenever that is.
12. February at 20:02:49
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Neuling Very nice! Those were the days of elegant automobiles ...........
30. January at 06:17:44
Martin Oostrom Excellent shine on the paint!
I don't know if it's still possible to correct, but the headlights light the skies instead of the road.
30. January at 10:21:25
Tom Ah I didn't notice that. I was just glad to get on them on without making the glue noticeable. I might revisit this model in the future but for now I'm happy to be done with it.
30. January at 20:47:58
Martin Oostrom I know the feeling Tom. Overall very good job
30. January at 21:04:37
Daniel Klink Wonderful built of a wonderful classic Tom Congrats
30. January at 21:07:08
Chris Greathouse Daaamn dude! Beautiful! and you should always learn with every model, figuring stuff out is part of the fun :)
30. January at 22:04:57
Spanjaard looking nice Tom. very nice!
30. January at 22:43:54
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1:16 BMW Isetta 250 (Revell 07030)
 
BMW Isetta 250
Revell 1:16
07030 (80-7030)
2016 | New tool
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1:16 BMW Isetta 250 (Revell 07030)
 
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1:24 MG TC (Revell 07392)
 
MG TC 1945
Revell 1:24
07392
2002 | Changed ???
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Tom Ha, I've been eying the Isetta the last week or so. I think I just might.
29. January at 21:41:53
M M Tom! Those dials! Well done. Care to share the link that shows the epoxy technique?
30. January at 00:20:22
Tom M, I don't remember. It wasn't an article but rather a build picture where the person mentioned they used 5 minute epoxy for the effect. I actually used 30 minute epoxy as my 5 minute stuff is too old and cloudy.

For me I very gently mixed the epoxy with a toothpick so as not to create air bubbles. I also used the toothpick to transfer the epoxy to the dial. Practiced a lot first with scratch piece of plastic to get a feel for controlling the amount of material and avoiding air bubbles.

I think the important trick is to make sure to work the epoxy into the edges of the dial. That was a bit nerve racking as the epoxy does not really flow so you have to be a firm with it spreading it out. Hope that helps some.

Also be careful when removing the toothpick at the end so you don't get a "string" of epoxy on your model. Take it out real slow and vertically, and maybe twist it to help detach the clinging epoxy.
30. January at 01:06:32
Chris Greathouse So much patience you have :)
30. January at 03:46:12
M M Thanks Tom. I will file that away in the memory banks. Chris this hobby has helped find more patience LoL!
30. January at 04:26:29
Bob Hall Zen like Even !
30. January at 05:09:50
Tom Got it finished tonight. Did not enjoy this build though I did learn a lot. The problem is that it doesn't fit together well. In future I'm going to stay away from inexpensive kits, unless they have very good reviews or I have no other option. Onwards and upwards!
30. January at 05:12:49
Bob Hall Hey ! It came out great ! Very Nice ! But I know what you mean, I really not impressed with a lot of the Revell of Germany Kits. My Chevy Impala Police car fell into that category. Great Job my friend !
30. January at 05:17:11
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Ben M Watching... hope to build a wooden kit like this, this year.
19. January at 23:52:22
Tom Welcome, Ben!

For those who have been following my builds so far, this build might seem unexpected and far along. It's actually a project I started early last year... but let me explain:

Last Christmas I decided I wanted to build something that wasn't electronics or robotics and thought about doing something with balsa wood and then remembered the old school "stick and tissue" planes of my youth.

Long story short: Bought some rubber band powered balsa wood plane kits and that got me into building and flying electric powered RC planes over the summer and then that got me into building plastic scale models in Autumn/Fall and becoming a Scalemates groupie...

In the meantime I forgot about the balsa wood kits I had been in the middle of making so I've decided to get them finished... or at least get started on getting them finished...

Oh yeah, I also got serious about learning to play the piano again. I think maybe I have a hobby problem... and no, I'm not ADHD.
20. January at 00:09:10
Stefan Schacht Very nice, i take a seat.
20. January at 06:11:11
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20. January at 06:36:29
Tom Been too busy with life to post updates but progress is happening.
26. January at 07:28:18
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January 20, 2019

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1:32 1910 'B' Type Bus (Airfix 06443)
 
1910 'B' Type Bus
Airfix 1:32
06443
1991 | Changed box
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19. January at 22:45:05
Tom Thanks Alexander. It's no LP400! :)
19. January at 23:28:04
M M Nice build Tom! Your window trim in silver is superb. Did you use a mask?
19. January at 23:42:32
Tom M, I did. I covered the windows with Tamiya tape and then used a sharp knife to cut away the edges.

Click on this link to see my WIP picture: Revell Mini Cooper - WIP | Album by Cohort (1:24)
19. January at 23:57:16
Chris Greathouse Dope little mini Tom!
20. January at 00:04:51
Bob Hall That is a sweet little spud ! Awesome work my friend !
20. January at 01:52:12
Alexander G. "Thanks Alexander. It's no LP400!" No, but it is Mr. Bean's car ffs!
20. January at 11:04:57
Jozef Goos Nice car !
20. January at 14:16:42
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January 2, 2019

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December 20, 2018

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1:32 Dennis Fire Engine (Airfix 572)
 
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Tom Thanks, Chris. I think you mean super OCD... :)
17. December 2018 at 19:24:51
Spanjaard nice job. i am surprise with the problem about the finger marks in the future. how did you applied it?
17. December 2018 at 20:56:54
Daniel Klink Fantastic classical cars finely done Tom .. except of the green thing left hand side.... ;)
17. December 2018 at 21:01:37
Martin Oostrom I like the bright colours of the Citroën and the Mini. Just wonderful. You can be proud Tom
17. December 2018 at 21:31:56
Tom Thanks, guys. Much appreciated.

@Spanjaard - I applied it straight. It had been curing for 3 weeks in a dry environment. I've also noticed that it can get dinged very easily, like with my fingernail. Maybe the batch of Future I have is not the best or has a change of formula? It's funny, people talk about not letting Future dry in the airbrush or the airbrush will be ruined. Don't think my Future has that problem. Hmmm.... is it important to "shake well" before use?

@Daniel - Ha, the green thing was a "let's try this hobby out on something that I won't care if I ruin it" purchase, so definitely the odd man out.
17. December 2018 at 22:05:19
Spanjaard hi Tom, strange... well, one thing i can say for sure, is that i do not shake it, so that should not be a problem. applying over tamiya acrylics should be also fine. how thick is the coat? i do apply multiple layers, but each as thin as possible. much better than thicker layers. i wonder if your trouble is also related to the orange peal that you are getting with it
18. December 2018 at 23:33:17
Tom I'm going to do some experiments with Future to see if I can't figure this out. I think part of the problem (with peeling) might be due to my cheapo airbrush. I have a better brush now so I'll compare their ability to lay down thin coats and avoid peeling (and pooling). Basically I'll test on a bunch of plastic spoons and compare and contrast.
19. December 2018 at 00:48:30
Spanjaard good luck :)
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1:24 MG TC (Revell 07392)
 
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Tom Going to try using oil paints to do the leather and canvas parts. Any personal recommendations on what oils to use. I'm going to be googling/youtubing it all but any pointers are appreciated.
17. December 2018 at 22:26:34
Bob Hall I'm in on this one, looks interesting !
18. December 2018 at 05:29:38
Arne Greve Tom, it depends on, what you can buy in the US. Here in Germany, Schmincke is a good company for Oil Paints.
18. December 2018 at 07:40:13
Tom Thanks, Arne. My local arts store seems to have Schmincke: https://dickblick.com/brands/schmincke/

Thank you for the referral!
18. December 2018 at 08:24:23
Arne Greve You´re welcome. :)
18. December 2018 at 08:27:57
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December 17, 2018

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1:24 MG TC (Revell 07392)
 
MG TC 1945
Revell 1:24
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1:24 Original Mini Cooper (Revell 85-4035)
 
Original Mini Cooper California Wheels
Revell 1:24
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2013 | Changed decals
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December 16, 2018

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Cohort has been marked safe for the Scalemates Server Fires!
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16. December 2018 at 23:08:44
Tom Great work, Tim. Must have been a complete nightmare the last few days! Hope you can rest easier now.
16. December 2018 at 23:15:20
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December 9, 2018

Tom ... and Mac Felsing are now mates.
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December 6, 2018

Tom ...
I believe the is an error in the instructions in section 11, bottom panel. The dashboard piece should either be flipped around or the "LH" and "RH" swamped and the under dash piece flipped. Am I crazy?

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1:24 Original Mini Cooper (Revell 85-4035)
 
Original Mini Cooper California Wheels
Revell 1:24
85-4035
2013 | Changed decals
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Bob Hall Do what I do, Google Image a picture of the real car interior. Maybe get a clearer interpenetration of the dash.
6. December 2018 at 03:34:39
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November 30, 2018

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November 29, 2018

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November 25, 2018

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1:18 Piper Super Cub 95 (Guillow's 303 LC)
 
Piper Super Cub 95 (Laser Cut)
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303 LC
20xx | Changed parts
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1:24 Stinson Voyager (Dumas 203)
 
Stinson Voyager (Laser Cut)
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203
2006 | Changed parts
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1:24 DHC-2 Beaver (Guillow's 305 LC)
 
DHC-2 Beaver (Laser Cut)
Guillow's 1:24
305 LC
20xx | Changed parts
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1:18 Piper Super Cub 95 (Guillow's 303 LC)
 
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Guillow's 1:18
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November 24, 2018

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1:24 Model T 1911 Touring (ICM 24002)
 
Model T 1911 Touring American Passenger Car
ICM 1:24
24002
2014 | Changed parts
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November 23, 2018

Tom ...
Got this to learn weathering techniques on. Impulse buy at the hobby store...
1:35 Universal Carrier Mk.II (Tamiya 35175)
British
Universal Carrier Mk.II European Campaign
Tamiya 1:35
35175
1994 | Changed parts
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Martin Oostrom I always plan my impulse buys....
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1:35 Universal Carrier Mk.II (Tamiya 35175)
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Universal Carrier Mk.II European Campaign
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1994 | Changed parts
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1:25 Ford Torino (Revell 85-4023)
 
Ford Torino Starsky & Hutch
Revell 1:25
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2017 | Changed box
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November 22, 2018

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1:24 Model T 1912 Light Delivery Car (ICM 24008)
 
Model T 1912 Light Delivery Car
ICM 1:24
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2017 | Changed parts
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November 21, 2018

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Greg Baker I haven't had much success with white glue on windows. It seems to take forever to cure and in some cases leaves the seal a bit "rubbery" after I run out of patience for waiting. The Future will protect the plastic from a CA bloom but I'm always pretty cautious about how much I use... just in case.
16. November 2018 at 01:09:03
Chris Greathouse I just use Tamiya Extra Thin with the windows (with and without Future), I don't have any fogging or weird issues and it holds the window in place just fine. I haven't had luck with white glue, and CA just turns into a mess on the window for me. but the capillary action of the Extra Thin around the edges of the widow works wonders for me.
16. November 2018 at 15:34:29
Bob Hall Looking Good my friend !
18. November 2018 at 02:20:39
Tom Thanks, Robert.

I just got the windows in. That was NOT fun. Very frustrating. The fit of the windows was not great so it made it really tricky to get them to sit in well. Some of it seems to be the mold and then the layers of paint and clear coat make it worse.

I used Chris's extra thin cement technique. It definitely glues them in well but very risky. I managed to get glue on to the window in places. I think I was also trying to get too much in there. Next time I'm going to try the testor's glue Robert mentioned to see if it's more forgiving but using the extra thin cement I think is fine once I learn to use a lot less glue.

Going to let them fully cure before finishing the rest of the build. Should be easy going now. Just glad the windows are over!
20. November 2018 at 02:48:06
Bob Hall Still looks great ! A labor of love !!!!!!
20. November 2018 at 03:14:47
Chris Greathouse Tom, just so ya know, my Citroen will be nothing near this quality :P... very good, beautifully done :) and yeah the Extra Thin is great, but it does take a window or 2 of accidental smears and NO shaky hands of get the hang of it. Great Job!
20. November 2018 at 07:13:52
Tom Thanks, Chris. Much appreciated. And no worries. It's all about enjoying the process. On to the next one :)
20. November 2018 at 08:30:01
Spanjaard It certainly looks pretty good Tom
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1:24 Original Mini Cooper (Revell 85-4035)
Mini Cooper Mark I
GB Civil Private
MI-NI 998
 
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Tom Nah, I'm thinking more the Italian Job: [img1]
21. November 2018 at 03:19:10
Bob Hall Darn ! I was hoping for a 1:24 Mr Bean Figure ! LOL!!!
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November 20, 2018

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Neuling Very nice! Reminds me of my student days!
20. November 2018 at 09:05:46
Daniel Klink Love it!
20. November 2018 at 09:14:42
20. November 2018 at 16:38:24
Treehugger Looks nice! :)
20. November 2018 at 18:48:13
Tom Thanks, guys. Maybe some day I'll manage just part of what you can do and I'll be very happy indeed.
20. November 2018 at 19:06:39
Martin Oostrom Bla bla bla. Your Citron looks very mellow yellow. Very nice, Tom. Keep it up!
20. November 2018 at 19:27:34
Daniel Klink What?? Your Duck looks MArvelous in every perspective
20. November 2018 at 19:39:46
Neuling Yes.
20. November 2018 at 20:50:16
Tom Ballhoff Excellent
20. November 2018 at 21:13:44
Daniel Klink One little thing: The Laquer is a little bit too less on the shiny and polished side.
Even Ducks had a shiny and deep glossy Hull when they were new and well preserved :)
20. November 2018 at 21:45:20
Tom Ha Daniel, you make me laugh. At the moment I just struggle to not make a mess of airbrushing. Hopefully it doesn't take too long to get to the point where I can control what look I really want. :)

And what I really want is to get good at weathering/realism. I find weathered models much more interesting. I think I should buy some miniatures and just practice painting them, that way I don't care if I mess up.
20. November 2018 at 22:03:25
Bob Hall Very Nice !!! BRAVO !
20. November 2018 at 23:42:32
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1:24 Citroën 2CV (Tamiya 25415)
 
Citroën 2CV
Tamiya 1:24
25415
2018 | Changed box
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November 19, 2018

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1:32 1910 'B' Type Bus (Airfix 06443-1)
 
1910 'B' Type Bus
Airfix 1:32
06443-1
1980 | Changed box
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