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Old 09-04-13, 12:46 PM   #26
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If yuou are looking for a 1:18 Tyrell 6 wheeler, don't bother with the way overpriced Exoto examples out there. The diecast company called "True Scale Miniatures" (TSM) made thier own 1:18 versions that are as good or even better than the older Exotos. I think you can still get the TSM at sane prices at eBay when they come up.
Just be careful as the instant gratification that diecast models give to collectors can be very very addicting and expensive. I know of an avid collector that just noted that he is retiring soon and moving and will have to downsize his collection very soon. I still remember him starting out with just a couple of small shelves worth of 1:18 cars......maybe 15 or 20 at most when he came into our forum about 8 years ago....... Now he's dealing with a collection of something like 1700 cars to downsize down to maybe 200 so it all fit in the smaller house he is moving to for his retirement..........
Heck, If I wasn't into diecast models, I might have a gaggle of Hetchins Singers, Cinellis and Massis in my stable by now.... but there has to be more space in my world than just C&V bikes, I guess,....... or I'd go Cyclonutzoid!
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Old 09-04-13, 07:06 PM   #27
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Model rockets are the only modeling I ever got into....I don't have any pics, nor surviving models to show off.
I built those when I was very young, and I've been through about 3 different phases of building them in adulthood. The hobby really changed a lot since I was building them as a child.

I built a lot of plastic model airplanes and cars, but never got into boats/ships. My mother boxed up all of my old models and sent them to me, I have the boxes in the attic. I need to find a young guy that builds models to give them to.
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Old 09-04-13, 07:26 PM   #28
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I dabble in modeling - mostly 1:35 scale WWII armor and vehicles. I'm not very good at it, but I find it a relaxing way to while away the hours during the winter months. I have a few pieces in various stages of incompleteness.

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Old 09-05-13, 08:14 PM   #29
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I came close to winning a model-making contest once...

The car next to mine got Best in Show.
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Old 09-06-13, 06:31 AM   #30
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I used to build models. The after years of abuse of labor/military, my hands protested. I cannot get that fine of detail anymore. If I try really fine work for any length of time, my hands cramp up bad, and they are sore. I do miss it sometimes though.
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I built a lot of models as a kid. Enjoy building one every 25 years or so. But I suspect this is my last one. Too much work, and, as Chombi has said, it's just too danged difficult to get everything right.
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Here's my only die-cast car. I got it in the early 80s. I decided to jazz it up into an action scene and sit it on my desk at work. I imagine them just after robbing a bank and chased by some fast and unseen police. For the driver, I recruited Warbow from the Saga of Crystar series, and the gunman is some low-end Greedo clone I guess. And happily I found some money to scale.

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I built a lot of models as a kid. Enjoy building one every 25 years or so. But I suspect this is my last one.
I'm pretty sure I have an unbuilt ME262 kit in my stash from over 40 years ago!
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It's been a few years since I made one, but I've made countless free flight balsa and tissue planes. My dad competed internationally and has won the nationals a handful of times.
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I dabble in modeling - mostly 1:35 scale WWII armor and vehicles. I'm not very good at it, but I find it a relaxing way to while away the hours during the winter months. I have a few pieces in various stages of incompleteness.
I have built Tamiya 1:35 scale German armour Panzerkampfwagen II, III, IV, Panther, Jagdpanther, Tiger, King Tiger, 88mm Flak Gun, Kubelwagen, Schwimmwagen, and lots of german soldiers which I cut up for various diorama scenes.
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Here's my only die-cast car. I got it in the early 80s. I decided to jazz it up into an action scene and sit it on my desk at work. I imagine them just after robbing a bank and chased by some fast and unseen police. For the driver, I recruited Warbow from the Saga of Crystar series, and the gunman is some low-end Greedo clone I guess. And happily I found some money to scale.

I've got the version of that, that was sold as a metal bodied model by Testors. One of these days, I'm going to tear it apart, and try to detail it.
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Okay, I've got a question for the model makers. I'm doing some 3D printing of a proposed lunar lander. Its printed in nylon that's been dyed. The main control is a joystick that sits in a flat metal arm rest.

My problem now is trying to paint the bottom of the rubber boot where it meets the arm rest. The bottom edge of the boot is round and just a hair under 1/4", 6.3mm across according to the 3D program it was built in.

I'm not sure I trust my hands to do the job, so I've been trying to figure out how to make a precise mask. So far my best attempt was using a paper punch to punch a hole into the metal backing of a Park Tool tire patch. It gave me a nice edge to the circle, but it turned out to be a tiny bit too big. I also tried using a drill but it grabbed the thin metal and buckled it. Does anyone know of a good way to make a small mask for painting the boot? I figure that if I can make the mask, I can hold it in place with rubber cement so that no paint seeps under the mask. Thanks.
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I'm not sure I trust my hands to do the job
Do you have any friends with steadier hands? When I was young and built models, I was not good at painting the faces and details on the airplane pilots but I had a good friend that was a good artist so he always painted the pilots for me.
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Do you have any friends with steadier hands? When I was young and built models, I was not good at painting the faces and details on the airplane pilots but I had a good friend that was a good artist so he always painted the pilots for me.
Thanks for the suggestion. But no friends with steadier hands. I rode by the hobby store today, and it was gone, another business in its place.

But I think I figured out the answer to my problem. I discovered that a 1 hole punch is just a bit tinier than the punch in a 3 hole punch. So I bought one and the hole seems exactly the right size.
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