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Just now, lmagna said:

The one that is a couple of blocks away is just a small shop and is almost all RC cars now days. 

I was at the local Hobby Town this week and noticed a new sign in the window..."no credit required, 90 day financing available". 😅

Those RC cars are so expensive, you have to finance them similar to a 1:1 car.

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15 minutes ago, lmagna said:

The one that is a couple of blocks away is just a small shop and is almost all RC cars now days. The other one across town is part of the Hobby Town USA chain. It has more variety and a larger stock base but seems to still cater to the RC car base, At least from the behind the counter assistance aspect of the store. In the same area is a Hobby Lobby that also has a small modeling section. Otherwise I have to go down into the Seattle area and when stores are open in normal times that is a no fun trip at any time of the day. Especially if you don't know if they will have what you want when you get there! It may only be 25 or 30 miles to several stores but it still takes several hours to do the round trip even at mid day outside of commute hours!:(

Yeah, for me coming from the other direction it's a 45 minute trip to Renton for the only model shop in the South Puget Sound area.... Which is closed for the duration btw..... We of course have the Hobby Lobby in Lakewood also, which is cfd as well... there is nothing down here open... 

 

Someone has an open Model Shop? THAT LUCKY DOG!!!!! {chuckle}

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Yep - almost all the stores are open here.  I have a Hobby Town about 10 minutes from my house,but they are really expensive.  I can drive across town to a place called Hobby Haven & get the same stuff about 30% cheaper.  We have a Hobby Lobby here too,so I have a lot of choices:D.   I almost never go to the Hobby Town unless I need a small item - they are about 90% RC stuff.     Our barber shops opened last week,so I was FINALLY able to get a haircut yesterday.  Many stores are limited to 50% capacity plus a few other guidelines,but at least they are open.  Restaurants are also limited to 50% capacity.  There has been no spike in virus cases & the percentage of positives is actually declining.  A few stores require wearing a mask,but most don`t.   I expect that nursing homes & care facilities will remain closed to visitors for quite some time,though.  My mother is in one of those,so I haven`t seen her since early March:(.

 

 

Mark

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Thanks for the thoughts  guys.  So far,so good.  She`s 97,so it wouldn`t take much to do her in.   I can speak to her on a phone from a little booth at one end of the building,but just not the same as in person.   She has severe memory problems & dementia,so probably doesn`t understand what`s going on.  They had one virus case in the building,but it was quickly isolated - I don`t know if it was a resident or one of the staff.

 

Anyway, I went back to the hobby shop to get some more paint - they were out of the panzer gray.    So,I found the gunship grey,but they only had it in enamel.  Ended up getting something called dark grey (Vallejo).   Got it home & tried it - much too dark,almost black.  I may try adding some white to lighten it up a bit,but I will go over to Hobby Town & see what they have first.

 

Mark

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10 hours ago, lmagna said:

Your local hobby store is OPEN? You lucky stiff.

 

I have two local stores, three if you count Hobby Town from as close as two blocks away and as far as six or seven miles. MANY more if I want to drive further. NOT ONE is open right now!:( Probably a good thing as I tend to buy more than what I need when I do go in anyway.

 

We have a local mom & pop hobby shop that's stayed open. They have a few wooden ship kits, lots of plastic kits, railroad and RC plus paints, tools, etc.  Reduced hours, limited amount of folks allowed inside.  The other one is Hobby Lobby which I won't set foot in and it's been closed for the virus.  I think it still is.  

 

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3 hours ago, marktiedens said:

Thanks for the thoughts  guys.  So far,so good.  She`s 97,so it wouldn`t take much to do her in.   I can speak to her on a phone from a little booth at one end of the building,but just not the same as in person.   She has severe memory problems & dementia,so probably doesn`t understand what`s going on.  They had one virus case in the building,but it was quickly isolated - I don`t know if it was a resident or one of the staff.

 

Mark

 

That's some good news about your mom, Mark.  Too many of those homes seemed to let it get out of control too fast. 

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Mark, I really like the Vallejo paints - seem to shoot well and level nice with the Tamiya XF-20 thinner, wow I just looked at your initial pics of your kit, metal barrel, brass rounds lots of PE....  very nice kit!
I have the Takom King Tiger and it’s molded nice and seems like a great kit but I’m not a fan of the way they did the rounds - molded in the stowage racks.... gonna be hard to paint.... still trying to decide how to depict the full interior...  I’m getting excited, let’s see some more pics!! 😃

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Just now, marktiedens said:

Lou - the actual barrel is plastic.  The metal part goes inside the barrel & has a spring on the end so the barrel can actually "recoil" if you push on the end!   

 

Mark

I think this is one of the nicest kits Dragon has ever produced. You probably won't see many others done like this, ever. 

I bought the Dragon German 88 mm Flak Gun a few years ago and it came with all the turned metal extras, a very complex kit. I started building it and had some fit issues that annoyed me badly, I put everything back in the box until my mental attitude toward finishing it improved and I could work through the problems. Still need to finish that one.

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Went over to Hobby Town & found some panzer grey - seems a little dark,but I would assume it`s correct.   By the way,the clerk at the store told me the Testors paint line is going away - anybody else heard that?

 

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Here`s a couple if pics to get started.   They actually provide the suspension torsion bars.  They can`t be seen once the tank body is closed up,though.

 

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Mark

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Mark, I heard that, too. Guess their parent company is altering the marketplace for us modelers. Time to try new brands.

 

I see you picked up a bottle of Mission Models paint, an acrylic paint. I watched an hour long video on it's usage. It was all airbrushed, although the first demo was unthinned. I think it can be brush painted; I ordered some to try out. They have a thinner (mostly alcohol per the video maker), which is really an retarder, shown in the second demo. And something called a polyurethane mix for increased durability. Here's 1 review: https://modelpaintsol.com/guides/mission-models-acrylic-paints

Here's the Youtube: http://www.aeroscale.co.uk/modules.php?op=modload&name=features&file=view&artid=7401

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1 hour ago, marktiedens said:

Went over to Hobby Town & found some panzer grey - seems a little dark,but I would assume it`s correct.   By the way,the clerk at the store told me the Testors paint line is going away - anybody else heard that?

 

Mark

Yeah Rustoleum is paring down all of Testors across the board, they aren't eliminating Testors altogether, just the paintlines... MM is going as is the Acryls from what I've heard as well as the tool and supplies lines....

 

That is what happens when bookkeepers get ahold of a company that produces what people want.... They haven't really said what their plans are for the brand itself, but my understanding is that except for car modeling, the rest is going away...

 

I'm an enamel guy, and I've been buying what I can't get in MM from True North paints, a fairly new line that in my opinion is better than MM and is expanding..... For all you WWII US Navy modelers out there they are the only ones that carry a complete line of wartime Navy colors in Enamel. Want to do measure 12, they got the colors, Measure 21 Bingo, Measure 32D dazzle pattern? Bingo...

They are also doing the WWII euro aircraft colors and have a complete line of Standard FS number colors...  That's where I'm going in the future...

 

I have no connection to True North Paints nor any incentives or financial stake in their company, The just make great paint, Modelers making paint for Modelers.... and they are the official paint of Bluejacket Shipcrafters if you want a real reference...

 

EG

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Yes, as we run out of MM stock, we are switching over to True North. There are several reasons for this. First, of course is that it is good enamel paint. Second, they make it here in Maine, less than an hour away. Third, they are quick to remedy any problems that arise. Fourth, they are willing to make a new color just for us, and have done so 4 or 5 times. Colors like Depot Buff and Jade Green for example. Fifth, they are modelers themselves, and understand us.

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