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AJLaFleche
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Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2002 - 08:49 PM UTC
"For the life of me, I can not envision building a forty dollar kit and putting a ten cent motor in it. "

And then watch as it careens full tilt, gun first into the wall. Or maybe the terrier sees it scurrying across the floor and its doggy brain says, "Rat. Catch. Kill!"
Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2002 - 10:51 PM UTC
I have been buying Warriors 1/35th scale German figures lately and they are extremely nice BUT, (resin, mind you) they put the attaching point for the weapon over one of the thinnest points. Why is it that manufacterers can't find a way to put the attaching points over thicker parts of weapons.

Also, why can't resin kits be made like styrene ones, eh?

And, why are Elephant decals so fragile?

Chris Pig no.1
CaptainJack
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Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2002 - 11:16 PM UTC
and why is the sky blue daddy, and why is the grass green, and why do fish swim, and how come bears, what is it bears do again in the woods??

ANYWAYS, What I hate most is this.............It's late at night, you know you really should be in bed next to the Mrs, who is going to have a coniption fit if she ever looks at the clock. You assure yourself "just this last little piece"....you reach for the super glue, your eyes are getting heavy, just this last piece to finish THE MASTERPIECE of a lifetime. Everything is ready you've got the part in place with one hand, applying the glue with the other. The concentration is so intense you can hear a mosquito buzz..........A Mosquito?? Yes, it lands on the tip of your nose. you know that if you stop what you are doing the model will be ruined, a disaster! Yet thete it is lodged on the tip of your nose. So what do you do??? i waent after the sucker. You should be aware however that the European mosquito, while carrying the same nasty traits of his American cousin, is much more athletic and stream lined! No, Yup I'm a mosquito, yup that's right here! These babies are propelled as if they were equipped with an F18 engine inside of them. Strealth Mosqutos!! The model was ruined, the wife unhappy, (she heard me chasing and cursing)
So what, you might ask is the moral of the story? Try not to model after 10 p.m; It's good neither for the body nor the soul.

Jackology
CaptainJack
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Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2002 - 11:29 PM UTC
Oh yeah splaat gott him!!

210cav
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Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2002 - 11:39 PM UTC

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and why is the sky blue daddy, and why is the grass green, and why do fish swim, and how come bears, what is it bears do again in the woods??

ANYWAYS, What I hate most is this.............It's late at night, you know you really should be in bed next to the Mrs, who is going to have a coniption fit if she ever looks at the clock. You assure yourself "just this last little piece"....you reach for the super glue, your eyes are getting heavy, just this last piece to finish THE MASTERPIECE of a lifetime. Everything is ready you've got the part in place with one hand, applying the glue with the other. The concentration is so intense you can hear a mosquito buzz..........A Mosquito?? Yes, it lands on the tip of your nose. you know that if you stop what you are doing the model will be ruined, a disaster! Yet thete it is lodged on the tip of your nose. So what do you do??? i waent after the sucker. You should be aware however that the European mosquito, while carrying the same nasty traits of his American cousin, is much more athletic and stream lined! No, Yup I'm a mosquito, yup that's right here! These babies are propelled as if they were equipped with an F18 engine inside of them. Strealth Mosqutos!! The model was ruined, the wife unhappy, (she heard me chasing and cursing)
So what, you might ask is the moral of the story? Try not to model after 10 p.m; It's good neither for the body nor the soul.

Jackology



Jack---well done! You win the daily award for the best post in a thread....
DJ
AJLaFleche
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Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2002 - 11:52 PM UTC
Worse case on the mosquito...you swat at him and miss, drop the model which fractures, the last tiny piece flies off to the other dimension behind your desk, you get superglue in your eye where lies your new expensive toric contact lens which fuses to your lens. You scream in pain and frustrtion which awakens the Mrs who comes down stairs sees you with a bottle of superglue hanging from your eye, while your computer is logged onto a horrendous porn site whichyou accessed by accident while trying to find an armor reference. And the last sound you hear before everything goes black is a high pitched whiny buzz flying past your left ear. #:-)
210cav
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Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2002 - 01:07 AM UTC

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Worse case on the mosquito...you swat at him and miss, drop the model which fractures, the last tiny piece flies off to the other dimension behind your desk, you get superglue in your eye where lies your new expensive toric contact lens which fuses to your lens. You scream in pain and frustrtion which awakens the Mrs who comes down stairs sees you with a bottle of superglue hanging from your eye, while your computer is logged onto a horrendous porn site whichyou accessed by accident while trying to find an armor reference. And the last sound you hear before everything goes black is a high pitched whiny buzz flying past your left ear. #:-)



Al--you are going to go far with this website.
DJ
Bravo-Comm
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Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2002 - 01:14 AM UTC
:-) Oh Yeah, And while all that is going on That MOSQUITO picks up that part that you dropped and flies away with it !!!! MAn that's one HUGE Mosquito LOL

Dagger-1
Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2002 - 04:06 AM UTC
ALSO, Shanghai Dragon should do more than re-package the old, tired early DML figs. and armor. What I am saying is, that, when S.D. put them out, the errors should have been corrected.

To CaptainJack: the best Mosquito killer is a Heinkel He-219A-7 UHU.

Chris Pig no.1
drewgimpy
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Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2002 - 07:22 AM UTC
Being fairly new to the hobby I don't have very detailed issues but in general this is what gets my undies in a wad.

1. not knowing if a kit has raised pannel lines or not. I know I can find reviews on thew web or ask the wise sages here, but that doesn't help when I see something at the local hobby shop and can't find any information on the box about the pannel lines (in most cases anyway).

2. Injector marks on areas that are going to be seen. On both the italeri and Academy hummer kits the frame has a bunch of little pin marks. Are they on the side that will be pinned against the body? Nope they are on the side you will see. Also the doors where hit hard with them also, at least on the italeri kit.

3. Not enough space between some decals. Sometimes the pack them in a little to close for comfort, especailly when you have a bunch of little ones grouped together with hardly any space between them.

But hay, It beats having to scratch build everything.
SS-74
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Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2002 - 03:06 PM UTC
last time on my business trip to China, I got two great tools, one is a small tennis racquet thing lined with metal webs, and if you see a mosquito flies by, you kinda swap at its path, then "ZAP", another is a lamp thing which allegily attracts the mosquitos and the winged thing, and ZAP them automatically. I am telling you, there is nothing more gratifing while making the model, then you heard "ZAP"....
Eagle
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Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2002 - 03:20 PM UTC

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Ps--are you guys also at work like me and hitting this site fifty times a day....??




uhhhhhh...... guilty as charged....
Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2002 - 08:38 PM UTC
Back to the topic, Boys!

One of the worst pet peeves is, that the carrier on resin parts is way too thick. All that sanding and grinding with a moto tool. Wears out the tool and your lungs. Besides that the cost of resin figures and replacement parts sometimes can be cost prohibitive. Too bad no one has figired out how to mold resin like styrene.

Chris Pig no.1
CaptainJack
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Posted: Saturday, August 24, 2002 - 05:35 AM UTC
AJ,

Great really great, reminds me of the good old 666 thread. Long live fun, long live Armorama.com. The nuttier the better! Say that would make a great logo for a peanutbutter producer!! O;K; Pak I'll get back on traack, I promise.

Jack Pig N4 :-)
ARMDCAV
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Posted: Sunday, August 25, 2002 - 04:07 AM UTC
Modeling peeves right? Ok, cats!! Cats are reincarnated bullies. A dog will come around to ask what your doing then lay down beside you until a better idea comes along. A cat will SNEEK up behind you and wait until you have that tube of super glue in your hand, a VERY tiny piece of expensive and irreplaceable PE in the other and wait for that purrfect moment. A drop of super glue now, just a drop Then the pe. Presented very carefully, with just a nudge to align it just so and then WHAM!! right in the butt with all claws extended. Phit goes the super glue forced out of the tube by the reactive convulsion of your hand to the excrusiating pain, the pe momentarly forgotten in your attempt to reduce the number of lives the feline from hell can expect to retain if and when you lay hand to it, becomes permanently attached to the floor somewhere . The dog is singing the national athem or at least the high C note because your chair rolled back over his tail. "Come 'er damnit" (all cats should be named damnit not only is this the most common cat name but your just wasting your time naming something that won't come when you call it anyway) The cat gives you that yea right, look and bounds up the stairs. No way cat, were having this out right now. You find the little sh##, so and so in the living room watching TV with your wife. Right here Mr. Roberts, right here. We are gonna have it out right here mister, do you here me? Ok so I loved the movie. Thats it that cats gotta go. "Why dear what possible harm could this tiny little kitten have done? Nope no changing my mind on this, THAT CAT has got to go. Me or that cat do you hear me? Yes dear, write soon. Dang rafer nabed crachen farberrated litlle bager ragged dafen naber. Ok so just keep it up here. The next time IS the last time do you hear me? Yes dear. So, an hour later with super glue in one hand and a tiney expensive irreplaceable pe part in the other...................... #:-)
CaptainJack
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Posted: Sunday, August 25, 2002 - 04:15 PM UTC
Now that's threadology......Very good. The cat got off cheap. Send in the mosquitos!

Jack
210cav
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Posted: Sunday, August 25, 2002 - 07:33 PM UTC
Back to the topic, I despise those line in the middle of a tank road wheel. The time you spend sanding them down is almost a criminal waste.
DJ
CaptainJack
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Posted: Sunday, August 25, 2002 - 08:46 PM UTC
DJ 210er,

Try using a chuck from your mini-drill. I sometimes use the saw of grinfing tool, held into the chuck. I pass this through the center of the road wheel, the saw blade then serves as a washer if you see what I mean? Pass it on the lowest speed and hold a piece of rough grade sand paper to the tyre edge. Pop, whizz away go the seams in a wink of an eyelid. Hope this little tip helps out;

Jackology
210cav
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Posted: Sunday, August 25, 2002 - 09:59 PM UTC

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DJ 210er,

Try using a chuck from your mini-drill. I sometimes use the saw of grinfing tool, held into the chuck. I pass this through the center of the road wheel, the saw blade then serves as a washer if you see what I mean? Pass it on the lowest speed and hold a piece of rough grade sand paper to the tyre edge. Pop, whizz away go the seams in a wink of an eyelid. Hope this little tip helps out;

Jackology



Amigo--I shall do it tonight!
thanks
DJ
ARMDCAV
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Posted: Monday, August 26, 2002 - 05:53 AM UTC
I use a dremel drum sander bit. The rubber part that the sanding drum fits on. Take off the tightening screw and washer, then put the screw and washer through the wheel and tighten it down. Run on low speed . I use cheap 80 grit sandpaper on a flat board. Works for me.
GeneralFailure
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Posted: Monday, August 26, 2002 - 06:00 AM UTC
Aaaah ... the joys of scratchbuilding : no plastic tree parts that ruin fine details, no ejector pin marks, no messy instruction sheets... you have noone to blame but yourself.

...



I do a lot of that while modeling !
Posted: Monday, August 26, 2002 - 07:17 AM UTC
Another thing that i really dislike is when Dragon molds something into the hands of their figures. I always have to drill them out, clean up with my X-acto knife and smooth with sandpaper. this is a pain, thankfully they have now stopped that practice.

Chris Pig no.1
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Posted: Monday, August 26, 2002 - 09:11 AM UTC

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Back to the topic, I despise those line in the middle of a tank road wheel. The time you spend sanding them down is almost a criminal waste.
DJ

Yeah, but if you look at a brand new M1 or M60 road wheel, there is a seam running down the center. A mold line from the manufacturing process.
210cav
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Posted: Tuesday, August 27, 2002 - 03:25 AM UTC

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Back to the topic, I despise those line in the middle of a tank road wheel. The time you spend sanding them down is almost a criminal waste.
DJ

Yeah, but if you look at a brand new M1 or M60 road wheel, there is a seam running down the center. A mold line from the manufacturing process.



Rob--did you use the Dremel/sand paper method in which you place the wheel on a shaft and at low speed put it against a medium grade paper? Worked like a champ and did not cause the usual fifty percent road wear!
DJ