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  1. TM Lindsey makes the best model of the Gunstar. Unfortunately, they suspended operations after the hurricanes last year and I'm not sure when they're coming back. But it would be worth the wait. Starship Modeler preview TM Lindsey gallery
  2. I purchased the FM Millenium Falcon from Starship Modeler, the Alliance resin Galactica from Federation, and NX-01 decals and masking templates from CultTVMan. Service is excellent with all three vendors. If I had to pick a fav, it'd be Starship Modeler. BTW, SM carries some nice decals and aftermarket resin guns/missiles for the Monogram Starfury kit.
  3. One of my fav sci-fi kits from this past year. Very nicely done!
  4. Take Jean-Luc Picard's head from the PL Scorpion kit and graft it onto Anakin's body. Darken skin tone to match. Both kits and figures are the same scale. I can't take credit for the ingenuity. I can't exactly remember who's idea it was, (picked it up on SM's boards) but it's a pretty damn good one.
  5. Obi-Wan's version has *slightly* different folding panels/wings. More engraved detail than Anakin's. I've stripped mine with PollyScale Easy Lift Off, and am planning to do one Mace Windu's (Purple instead or Red or Yellow)
  6. Y'know with Hobby Lobby 1/2 off sales this week on this side of the pond....and RoG SW:RoTS kits on the other....You'd think that more than a few folks here would come to an highly equitable arrangement. I'm just sayin' that's all. :unsure:
  7. FYI, RC/Ertl has recently reissued the 1/41 "mid-size" X-Wing using the same box art as #4 (and using the same model picture- which is the"basic"/snap kit) so it's confusing. The 1/41 kit does come in a larger box than the snap.
  8. AMT's Imperial TIE Fighters kit is close to 1/48. It is probably the most modern and best quality kit in AMT/Ertl's SW lineup. No, that's not damning with faint praise. It really is a sharp kit- A guy in my club thought it was the FineMolds(he didn't know that FM only does 1/72) at first- since it bears none of the same quality lineage of other AMT/Ertl kits. The fact that you get TWO fighters is also a great bonus. It's not terribly hard to find. I saw one at Scalefest just last weekend. $30 isn't unreasonable. Saturn
  9. I don't feel mistreated as a SF Modeler. Hell, if anything I feel lucky. It wasn't that long ago when AMT/Ertl & R/M dropped their respective sci-fi licenses and we had *zero* new models released, with zero in the development pipeline... Science Fiction modeling has entered a renaissance of sorts. Lots of re-pops/re-issues, lots of new models, new toolings, quality and scales that we only dreamed of. If you told me five years ago that we'd have five Star Wars fighter kits of Tamiyagawa quality in a common scale, I would've said you were dreaming. If you told me ten years ago there would be a 1/350 Enterprise Refit kit, I would've accused you of being high. If you told me twenty years ago there would be snap-together, lighted and pre-painted Starship kits- I would've just said you were nuts. And we've seen all of this in just four years. If that's mistreatment- then I'm a glutton for punishment. They all can't be Fine Molds kits. And RoG has made more than a few *stinkers* in it's time too. And they *still* must be accessible to children if you're sellin' em mass-market. What's going to make their target market happier? Pre-painted with moving parts? Or finely recessed panel lines with a skill level 2 tricked-out cockpit? FWIW, I hear nothing but good things about their new Star Destroyer kit...and that's a traditional glue-n-paint model w/decals. Saturn
  10. Actually, Darth Vader's TIE Fighter is closer to 1/32 scale. Maybe even 1/24, I forget. AMT/Ertl did produce a kit with a *pair* of standard TIE Fighters (straight-winged) that's basically 1/48...The kit's OOP, but is relatively easy to find on eBay. Not my auction.
  11. Meh. Nothing that a bath in Castrol Super Clean, some home made decals and a half-cup of Bondo wouldn't fix. :P Sure, I'd love to have *nice* Fine Molds Ep.III models- who wouldn't? But I've heard nothing from our man in Japan.
  12. Yes, you can use superglue. Ambroid is a "welding" type of liquid cement- the cement is strong enough to melt styrene. When applied to mating surfaces of two parts and slammed together, they form a bonder stronger than CA (superglue) or traditional tube cement. Biggest advantage is strength and speed- you can assemble faster with liquid cements like Ambroid, Tenax 7, MEK and the aforementioned Tamiya. Only disadvantage is learning how to apply it. It can scar and mar parts if you're not careful. But once you jump from tube glue to liquid cement and get the hang of it...it will be like an epiphany for your building skills.
  13. I'm surprised no one mentioned bendy straws... There are two things you have to careful with decanted aerosol paint. -aerosol paints carry an active ingredient. It still has the potential to generate gas even if you allow it to outgas. You cannot shake or vigorously mix them once the paints have been decanted out of can. I once used a battery powered mixer with decanted paint- and it completely bubbled over and all over the place. The ensuing mess didn't ruin anything- good lesson learned. -you have to give the aerosol gas somewhere to go as you're spraying- or the gas comes back up the straw/tube your venting through. Again a huge mess. I usually poke a couple of vent holes through the plastic wrap in addition to the hole the straw goes through. http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/calculon@sbc...l.net/my_photos
  14. Excellent service. I happened on them almost accidentally- after an irritation with Squadron where half of what I ordered was out of stock. (argh!) I Froogle-searched for the Aires Harrier II+ cockpit and found Gordon. In my mailbox in two days. Second order- just as quick. It's one of my big pet peeves- ordering stuff from a website and having it arrive with stuff missing. Annoying because I usually impulse buy- order additional "secondary targets" that I wouldn't have necessarily gone after. So they ship the secondaries but not the primary targets you wanted in the first place. I've had it happen with big outfits like Squadron and Meteor and it's infuriating everytime; and it happens simply because the web-store never jibes with the actual inventory. But I've never had that happen with Sprue Bros.
  15. You wont need a moisture trap- CO2 is totally dry. What you do need is a dual-stage regulator- which measures both pressure and gas remaining. You need a regulator *specifically* for CO2 gas cylinders...the regulators for other types of gas (like Nitrogen or Oxygen) cylinders are slightly different. Don't skimp on the regulator- it will make or break your rig. I went the cheap route initially (Sears hardware) and blew that sucker apart once I turned the knob. Compressed gas is not to be trifled with. I paid $120 for mine new, brass construction, name brand from a gas supply store like Airgas. Comparatively speaking, there's little difference costwise between a hobby compressor with all the trimmings and a 20lb CO2 cylinder with a good quality regulator. The major differences are size and noise- CO2 being larger and quieter than the typical hobby compressor. (that and the cost of periodic refills for CO2- for me it's $20 a year) And you're probably better off buying the cylinder outright, since it's less of a headache than deposits and leases. When you need a refill you they simply swap it out for a full one. I paid $60 for my 20lb CO2 cyl. I've never had an issue with potential asphixiation since my spray area's always ventilated- so I can't answer the risk issues re: shooting in a bathroom. I would wager that it is fairly safe. But the larger issue is securing that tank so it doesn't tip over. Chain or bungi cord it to a wall or a sturdy table.
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