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  1. modelingbob

    Water/Acrylic Based Filler?

    Vallejo Plastic Putty #401 is the answer to your question (it's water based). I'm not a car guy, but I use this stuff for filling the small gaps on aircraft windscreens/canopies after painting and it works great. Just dab it on the gap, wipe smooth with a water dampened cotton bud, let dry, and then paint away.
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    Revell 1/32 P-51

    Nope, no issues with either the carb or radiator intakes, and the wing LE inserts. Or the cowl, or the windscreen fit. The only fit issue I had was the side cockpit framing had to be reduced in width by about 50%, or else the fuselage would not close correctly. That may be why you experienced the fit issues and I did not. My tire treads lined up pretty nicely, but most of that tread got sanded away when I dealt with the join seam and it was a simple rescribe job. The only issues I had with the kit were a crappy canopy and windscreen with moulding defects (but I got replacement parts from RoG in two weeks with no charge, and they were much better in moulding quality). And some sink marks, especially on the flaps, which required a single coat of Mr Surfacer and took all of 10 minutes to sand smooth. No worse than all the ejector pin marks I had to deal with on the Tamiya kit. IMNSHO, the Revell kit is a contender for kit of the year, especially when one considers the price. It's accurate in shape, and a pretty quick build.
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    Rant - Food for thought?

    Agelos, I appreciate you posting your videos here on ARC. Please continue to post them in the future. I find them very valuable and enjoy watching them. I would be very upset if ARC created a policy of no posting videos, and would probably stop participating if they did. I don't care if you get ad revenue or not, or are/not using it to promote your commish business, as it's none of my business. If I don't want to see a video, I don't click on it, and that's a pretty simple solution for all those that don't want to see video's.
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    Revell 1/32 P-51

    My build time is also limited. And I have not used a spot of filler on my Revell P-51. A little Mr Surfacer to tidy up a few spots, but no filler and repeated applications. I'm actually building my Revell kit in about 1/4 the time of the Tamiya kit. And I only paid $24 for my Revell kit delivered to my door.
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    Revell 1/32 P-51

    Funny, I previously built the Tamiya P-51 kit, and I'm now building the Revell P-51 kit. I'm really enjoying the Revell kit and it definitely ain't going in the trash. Actually, while the Tamiya kit is definitely superior, when I consider the cost difference, the Revell kit scores very high marks. I WILL be building more Revell kits (due to cost) than Tamiya kits (I likely won't build another due to cost)!!!
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    Scale Enlargment Formula

    32/18 = 1.77 AKA 177%
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    Mr Mark Setter/Softer

    My experience with using Mr Mark Softer using most ultra-thin aftermarket decals is that it is too "hot" and causes extensive wrinkling. Whether the wrinkling is permanent or not has been a total crapshoot for me, so I don't use the product on ultra-thin decals. However, it's definitely the best decal solvent for thick Tamiya and Hasegawa decals by far.
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    Local Hobby Shop business for sale!

    Not if you actually want to make some money!!!!!
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    Gaging interest: Crowdfunded model kits

    Funding (or putting money upfront) is something I will never do for modeling projects because of "vaporware". Others may do this, but I won't. Way too many modeling companies are going this route and not delivering. You may very well be legitimate, but I have no way of knowing that. In addition, I won't pay for a modelling project until I lay eyes on said kits contents to insure it meets my requirements and needs. I've been promised the "world" many times by modelling companies, but not very often do I see the "world" actually delivered.
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    Gaging interest: Crowdfunded model kits

    You will NEVER see me participating in a crowd funded modeling project. Sorry.
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    Revell 1/32 P-51

    Revell USA has ceased operations completely and if you did not receive your replacement parts before they ceased operations, you will NOT be receiving them. Do not waste your time going through the Revell USA website. Do use the Revell Germany link I posted and you will get them.
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    Revell 1/32 P-51

    Got my replacement clear parts today. Used the following link. Took about two weeks from the time I submitted the request. My replacement parts are a significant improvement over the previous parts (that's good news!). https://www.revell.de/en/service/service-form/model-building.html
  13. Pat Benatar's song pretty much sums it up for me!!! "It's a little too littleIt's a little too lateI'm a little too hurtAnd there's nothin' left that I've gotta sayYou can cry to me babyBut there's only so much I can takeAh, it's a little too littleIt's a little too late"
  14. modelingbob

    Fightertown Decals and the Tamiya Tomcat...

    I'm with Dave on this. I'm not interested in "partials". If I don't have the original sheet I'm hosed!
  15. modelingbob

    Tamiya Minimum Advertised Price controls?

    It will be interesting to see if Tamiya can make MAP succeed in the model world. A pretty common practice in other "niche" products markets. Ken Lawrence tried it at PCM and failed a few years ago. As a former retail fly shop owner I liked MAP (most all flyfishing products are MAP) because I didn't have to worry about setting a price. As a consumer I absolutely hated MAP because it drives up prices. Generally, MAP only works when you have a somewhat limited market where you only need to move a few thousand of an item to make a profit and demand doesn't increase greatly above that level. I don't think Tamiya can make it as a business moving only a few thousand, they need hundreds of thousands. Gonna be an interesting experiment! Personally for me, if it drives prices too high for Tamiya products, I won't buy them. Tamiya products (even with all the discounting currently going on) are still among the highest priced in the business already.
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