Dan Vad

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  1. 1. Yes - the San Francisco 2 is/was made in Vietnam, not Spain like the original version - it features very poor timber, crappy metal fittings, and even worse instructions. Not a patch on the older type AL kits. 2. No - see above. 3. I hope not - AL went way downhill about 10 or 12 years ago. Their "HMS Supply" was so bad that it started me on the road to severe Kit Bashing and eventually Scratchbuilding, for which I'll be eternally grateful to them . Sorry to deflate you, but I don't want to see you disappointed with a sub-standard kit when you have such fond memories of the first attempt at the San Fran. Danny
  2. I recommend THESE. Made from aluminium, they can be very easily cut and/or bent into whatever size/shape you need - and they're cheap . I've been using them for years. Only drawback is that they are fairly small (about 1.5" maximum clamping), but they're mostly used for smaller work anyway. Danny
  3. Hmm, let's see Mark ..... 1964 Holden panel van - 192 Cu In, Triple Stromberg carbs, 35/75 cam, worked head etc : 1965 Holden Premier, 214 cub in, triple dual-throat Weber carbs, 40/80 cam, 12-port head, tuned headers, 4-speed gearbox, etc 1977 A9X Holden Torana, 5 litre V8, dual Weber carbs, big cam, worked heads, tuned headers, etc. I had two more similar ones to this - the last one had a 340 cu in V8 and a 9" Ford rear axle, full-on suspension, 15" x 10" wheels and a heap of other goodies. It would have left Peter Brock's Bathurst 1000 winning car for dead - top speed of over 170mph. SWB Bedford van, with a thumping 454 cu in Chevy. Stock unit had a 1.2 litre 4 cylinder engine : LWB Bedford with a 5 litre Holden V8 - 400 + hp. Also had a fully chromed Jag rear end : You could say I was a bit of a racer in my youth . Eddie - stagecoach's back wheel diameter is 130mm. Danny
  4. Thanks John, just white PVA wood glue. The aluminium wheel hubs don't really do more than hold the spokes in place - the spokes are glued to each other. No problems with anything not sticking . Danny
  5. Thanks Mike, popeye, Elijah and Paul. Comments are always appreciated . I stained the pieces with "Feast Watson" brand Oak coloured stain. There is hardly any char to speak of, it's the best laser cutting I've come across in a kit. It just needs a quick wipe over with 150 grit to remove the tiny "tags" of which there are usually only two per piece, and also to roughen the gluing edge a touch : This is the only piece I regarded as just OK, with a small amount of char - a sheet of 1/16" ply that only contained 4 pieces. In another kit this one would have been regarded as one of the better ones : Yes, I chemically blackened the brass and Britannia Metal pieces. The Britannia didn't blacken a lot, just enough to take the "newness" out of the pieces. I can't recall the name of the chemical - it was given to me by gjdale. If you're reading this Grant, perhaps you could remind me . Paul, don't expect working door locks in the kit - they are my own doing . All in all though, an excellent kit . Danny
  6. G'day Adam, and welcome to MSW from Down Under. Good advice from Vince in that last post - if you like it you're more likely to keep going with it . Danny
  7. Thanks Jan, Eddie and Matt. Interior is fully detailed anyway Jan. And the windows are merely rolled up canvas . Nope Eddie, I'm doing the Aussie version circa 1862. The main body colour is Maroon with cream wheels. Danny
  8. Hi Eddie, I see you're back on-line again too . I bought the kit from Model Expo in the USA about 5 years ago. Model Trailways is one of their brands. I actually managed to get it while they had one of their 1/2 price sales. Here's a LINK to their Wagon line. From the look of the price on their page it'll work out to about $AUD230.00 with shipping and the exchange rate. Danny
  9. Some of you may have been wondering how long it would take for me to crack and start Kit Bashing - right about NOW . While visiting the Scale Model Horsedrawn Vehicle site I saw a build where the guy had made WORKING door locks. Not to be outdone I thought I'd give it a go . The other guy is building in a larger scale (1:8), so I've simplified my method. The design is entirely my own, a bit of "trial and error" included . Here's a pic of the working parts that I built initially. From the left - the main shaft, the cam pin, the cam, and the tongue : My first test was a failure - the tongue needed a slot instead of the semi-circular cutout. I'd actually thought of the slot as I was falling asleep last night, but by this morning I'd forgotten about it Here is the mk2 tongue, and the cam silver soldered to the shaft : My "test bench" where I checked that the assembly had enough "throw" - perfect : The assembly fitted into the door. I still need to make some "locators" to hold the tongue in line, as well as escutcheon plates to hold the shaft in position : More will follow tomorrow. Stay tuned . Danny
  10. Or you could just buy one : DREMEL DRILL PRESS I bought one of those years ago before I got my Sherline Mill. They are OK I suppose, but not all that accurate. I haven't used it for years. Danny
  11. Very nice Mike . I've sheeted both sides and also made the two doors. Ready for paint : The door in place, the gaps are much neater than they look here as I've only roughly supported it for the pic. The hinges are fitted after painting :
  12. Thanks Bill. And thanks for the "heads up" Wayne and Mike, I'll make a note of that. Cheers, Danny
  13. Bug, I don't mean to embarrass you but if you look at the Sponsors on the main page of MSW you'll find Crown Timberyard amongst them . Cheers, Danny
  14. The Bodywork starts. There is a jig included in the kit that makes assembly quite simple. As with everything else that's laser cut in this kit it is very accurate. Here's a pic of the start of the assembly : The first frame completed and faired. I made both frames in an easy day : A frame off the jig : The two frames and one lot of external panels primed and ready to assemble : Cheers, Danny
  15. Hi Bug, I'm definitely NOT, though I was years ago when they actually made reasonably good kits. Their quality dropped off alarmingly since they stopped making them in Spain about 12 years ago. So much that they actually got me started in Scratchbuilding - which is something to be grateful for I suppose . Compared to your AL kit, my Model Trailways one is light years ahead in quality - I'd certainly recommend them. I also commend you on the way your model is turning out despite the obstacles. Rather than becoming frustrated with AL's poor choice of planking timber, I suggest you check out Crown Timberyard for some replacement timber. It may cost a few dollars, but it would be well worth the expense. Something else that's different in the MT kit - the instructions are SUPERB . Cheers, Danny