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  • Birthday 04/16/1954

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    Tampa, Florida
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    Scale model building of all types; American and world history; science; religious studies; flight; grandchildren; travel; antique car and motorcycle restoration

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  1. I first had generic magnifying visors before I bought a genuine Optivisor. The difference is night and day. The genuine Optivisor was SO much better than the cheaper generic ones. The better lens quality makes a huge difference.
  2. I once had a '62 Bonneville convertible, and a '54 Chieftan with a straight 8. It had the Indian head that lit up when the headlights were on. Super cool old car.
  3. What you've done with the quads so far looks nice, but I don't know how those compare to the kit quads. Maybe some kind of combination of kit and Pontos parts would look good as well.
  4. Oh yes, I'll bet you could really bring an animal model to life with flock. I just ordered five more different colors in the 1/2 ounce bags for $2.25 each. 1/2 ounce doesn't sound like much, but it's a lot of this stuff because it's so light and fluffy, almost like dust. On their web, you see woodworkers using it a lot for lining the inside of jewelry boxes, drawers, and things like that. I wonder how durable it would be for that sort of use? Must be decent because it's used a lot.
  5. With some kits like your 1:200 Trumpeter Hood, the plastic parts are done well enough to allow their use, but the old 1:350 Tamiya King George V had such poor plastic gun parts, they replaced the parts with resin. The reason resin is used instead of injection molded plastic is due to the cost of creating the molds. It costs WAY more to create a mold for injection plastic versus a mold for resin. It's a budget constraint. Mold making is THE major cost of manufacturing any model kit. It takes a lot of sales of a kit to recover the cost of just creating the molds. These Pontos sets are what the industry calls "limited run" items. Once a certain small number of copies are made, the molds are shot and must be discarded and new ones made to make additional production runs.
  6. I found my picture...the 1:350 guns come with a resin platform and a resin breach
  7. If I remember correctly, the 1:350 Pontos pom poms came with a resin breach, otherwise, they are almost identical to your 1:200 gun parts just scaled down. Interesting and impressive looking guns when finished. I've read the guns had a rather short range but I'll bet with all the tracers flying they were impressive to see in actual combat.
  8. I'm making a trip to Manchester NH in another week or so. My daughter and son-in-law are going to take me for some tours. Wow, there is so much to see up in this part of the country. Can't wait to visit some of these places.
  9. What an interesting question and series of answers. It's something I've never even thought about before now. Glad to have read this thread.
  10. Outstanding! Love it...this is what scale modeling is all about. You done good Denis.
  11. That is coming along SO nice. It's the best I've ever seen anyone do the old Revell Arizona.
  12. Thanks for the comments, Denis. Simulating the carpet is real easy to do. You need the correct color flocking, some watered down white glue, and a strainer to sift the flocking. Get your flooring painted the color you want and after it's dry, brush on a good coat of watered-down white glue where you want carpet. While the white glue mixture is still wet, sift the flocking on top of the white glue, then shake away the excess (flocking). That's it. As easy as that. Just make sure to sift the flocking and not just drop a lump of it down. The results will not be the same and would create a big mess. You can get all colors of flocking on Ebay for a couple of dollars per bag. A bag of it will do a LOT of models. You'll probably never use it all unless you build dozens of models.
  13. Thanks OC. I have a lot more work to do on the engine before it's finished. Just have the basics together to dry fit everything.
  14. Here we have the partially assembled chassis with the engine dry-fitted. Brown flocking has been applied to the floorboards to simulate carpet. The seats and door panels will be a light leather color. The door panels will require some custom work to obtain a higher level of accuracy. What Italeri did was to share the same interior (and other) components between the 250 GTO and the 250 California Spyder. What's accurate for the 250 GTO door panels are not accurate for the California Spyder. While at it, will add some aftermarket photo etch inner door handles, window cranks, and rear view mirror for better accuracy. She's coming along slowly but surely. I've got several irons in the fire right now and less time to devote to model building. Got a big trip coming up in the next 10 days and really looking forward to it.
  15. I buy, sell, and trade. I look for and find estates of deceased modelers, buy their collections for pennies on the dollar then resell for a profit. 😐

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