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Have any of y'all been to the USS Lexington down in Corpus?  Up in the fo'ksul, there is an impressive display of dioramas, both naval & otherwise. 

 

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This is just a small sample; I took them to show to a friend who was a Blackhawk crew chief for quite awhile (& now does this contract in & out of Afghanistan).

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On 9/9/2019 at 10:52 AM, RDCanecutter said:

I like the step-by-step photos.

Especially when told veeeery slowly....mmmmmmmh. Airplane glue .......

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Alright, fine. Here's the latest:

Canopy has been temporarily removed and there are a few more things to do, but it's about 95 percent finished.

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Posted (edited)

Sweet.

Last time I used airplane glue. I didn't notice any effect at all. But spray paint, on the other hand...

 

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36 minutes ago, Braff Zacklin said:

Alright, fine. Here's the latest:

Canopy has been temporarily removed and there are a few more things to do, but it's about 95 percent finished.

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Those are veeeeeery nicely executed details.

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So over in the airplane thread, which I think has a lot of crossover here, I posted about the NTx modelers getting kids interested in the hobby by giving out free kits and build assistance.  I was talking to their President, and he noted that the IPMS-USA Nat'l convention will be in San Marcos in 2020.  That would be something to see.  They also have a cool logo:

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http://www.nats2020.com

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derp on the date

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On 9/26/2019 at 6:42 PM, RDCanecutter said:

Cover me, I'm going in.

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So I started trimming up one of these resin Skyraiders (no sanding, just a sharp knife and a clear conscience.)

It was totally gross with YUGE amounts of resin to lop off.

I grew disgusted, and quit.

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OK, I decided to harden back up but switch to a "real" plastic model, a 1/25 MPC Barnabas Collins Vampire Van.

This beauty is a reissue of the 1970 original back when the daytime "Dark Shadows" horror soap opera was at its peak. This vehicle was never part of the show, so it's not real, unlike the other things on Dark Shadows.

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Today, we'll look at the kit, gather the tools, and start the engine assembly.

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An unexpected bonus is a rockin MPC sticker for my 1/1 scale ride.

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Now the actual work.

Today I'm just doing the engine.

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I like to slice my fingertips off with nice new clean blades, so we have a Changing of the Guard.

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The glue.

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About the fit and precision of these parts-- it's what you'd expect from old molds that were aimed at pre-adolescent boys in the early 70s. Everything is loose, off-sized, or doesn't line up quite right. I find myself going back to my skill level as a 10-year-old, twisting parts off sprues, leaving fingerprints, glopping a little extra glue. Who cares? It'll (probably) paint out.

Some of those chrome-plated parts. Whole lotta scrapin goin on so I can glue them together.

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I'm gonna spray the regular parts black and paint them later. I get this stuff for a dollar a can at Lowe's. I love it.

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And here we are. When it has time to dry I'll slap some red on the engine block with a brush, and maybe touch up the 47 places where I chipped the chrome.

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6 hours ago, RDCanecutter said:

About the fit and precision of these parts-- it's what you'd expect from old molds that were aimed at pre-adolescent boys in the early 70s. Everything is loose, off-sized, or doesn't line up quite right. I find myself going back to my skill level as a 10-year-old, twisting parts off sprues, leaving fingerprints, glopping a little extra glue. Who cares? It'll (probably) paint out.

Some of those chrome-plated parts. Whole lotta scrapin goin on so I can glue them together

Old molds, sloppy fit, and plenty o' flash is just the MPC "Mark of Excellence," my man. :D

I also despise chrome-plated plastic. Never looks right and so much extra work. Still, engines are always fun.

On the subject of glue, consider replacing Ye Olde Tube with this:

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Same stuff, just a much finer application. Plus, it won't crack and leak like the tube.

And this shit right here is a game-changer:

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It's a styrene solvent, so it forms welds similar to the toluene-based stuff you're using--albeit not quite as strong--but sets almost as quickly as thin CA.

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But can you huff that shit like Testors?

Inadvertently, I mean.  Incidentally.

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17 minutes ago, TwiceHorn said:

But can you huff that shit like Testors?

Inadvertently, I mean.  Incidentally.

The modern-day Testors just doesn't have that 1960s zing.

Hell, I remember catching a buzz off off whatever was leaching out of the vinyl of a 1960s Barbie Playhouse. (GI Joe was stopping by the back door while Ken was off at work.)

Maybe it's good that we don't have 1960s chemicals everywhereeasDKJN HUH

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45 minutes ago, TwiceHorn said:

But can you huff that shit like Testors?

Inadvertently, I mean.  Incidentally.

That Tamiya Extra Thin is super volatile, so short answer ... yes.

And let's be honest--I wasn't using those brain cells, anyway.

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45 minutes ago, TwiceHorn said:

But can you huff that shit like Testors?

Inadvertently, I mean.  Incidentally.

That Tamiya Extra Thin is super volatile, so short answer ... yes.

And let's be honest--I wasn't using those brain cells, anyway.

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Tire time on the Vampire Van.

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They gave helpful hints about weathering the tires to make my Barnabas Collins Vampire Van look more realistic. I decided to skip all that.

 

If glitter is the herpes of the craft world, then the scraping of chrome from chrome model car parts is also herpes.

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I am not big into cigars but I think cigar bands are cool. Tires do double duty propping up engine with exhausts' glue drying.

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The unglued wiggly bits.

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Will blast all the white parts with black spray paint sometime soon.

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