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About rshousha

  • Birthday 05/21/1959

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    3D CAD drawings, helping people choose the right model and tools.

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  1. Hi Mike, Indeed, you and I have spoken before. I sold several Jotika kits to Gordon. I cannot speak on the production schedule for Surprise but I can tell you the company is very busy building kits as fast as they can. They are especially busy with their fabulous Victory kit. Yes, it was a very informative meeting. They showed me all their machines and we discussed construction methods and manufacturing philosophies at length. I was completely sold on their products before I went there and now I have really drunk the Kool-Aid, as they say. I honestly don't think there's a better ship kit manufacturer anywhere. Cheers, Rick
  2. I had the good fortune of spending a few hours at Jotika a couple of weeks ago and saw all their models in one place, including the Surprise they built so many years ago. I have to say Agamemnon really stands proudly among those models.
  3. Indeed, you did, and it seemed like such a simple hop from a "power drill" to a mechanical version that I thought I would tag along and see if there were hand-operated solutions instead of power solutions. Cheers, Rick
  4. Yup. And a couple of posts later, I asked if anyone knew if I could find something like this in the US, Canada, the UK, or any EU country. I did remove the $100 part, but that is my budget. So, that's what I'm looking for.
  5. I did, actually. I mentioned I was looking for something made in the US, Canada, the UK, or any EU country, and that I'd be willing to pay up to $100 for it. I have nothing against Chinese products. I just want this one to be from somewhere else.
  6. I think we're getting off track here. In keeping with the thread, I am looking for a mechanical drill, not a pin vise. As I mentioned earlier, both Artesania Latina and Zona have manual drills but I am looking for something similar made in the US, Canada, the UK, or any country in the EU. Any ideas?
  7. This is great thanks. Does anyone know of a tool like this made in the US, Canada, the UK, or an EU country?
  8. Yes, this is similar to the ones I am talking about but this one looks sturdier. What company sells this? I like the look of it. You roll it between your fingers? That's how I've heard it described. Thanks! Rick
  9. What about manual drills? I was looking at the little manual drills from Artesania Latina and Zona and was wondering if they might work for thin parts. Anyone have any experience with those? I was thinking about getting one to use on thin styrene. Thanks! Rick
  10. I just hate it when a kit sits there month after month, staring at me because I haven't worked on it. This kit has been doing that to me for a while now and so I need help to reduce my stress level. Would anyone like to help me out? The first person to make a reasonable offer for this kit will get it. Anything over $600 USD, including shipping anywhere in the world is a good offer. A couple of things about the kit: 1 - a few small engine parts are started 2 - interestingly, the person who had the kit before me put the parts in the bigger box from the K75. This means the parts are not as squished in. 3 - I checked the clear plastic parts and nothing is broken 4 - it seems to me that all the parts are there but I think one tire valve stem is missing. I really did not inventory every single other part but these kits are quite plentiful and parts are found quite easily in the UK or the US. I will gladly point people to where they can find the parts. 5 - it's an older kit. Plastic gets brittle after fifty years. The brown plastic tree is now fairly brittle and must be treated carefully. The other colours seem to have weathered the time well. This is typical of this edition; the brown stuff gets brittle before the other colours. No idea why that is. I think this is a pretty good price for the kit. If I had more storage space, I wouldn't mind so much, but it's in the way and my palms sweat whenever I see it. Thanks for the help! Cheers, Rick
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