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Favorite Modeling Product?
Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, January 11, 2003 2:53 AM
Aside from your favorite kit, what product do you like best? For me, it's Xtracolour paints from England. It's an enamel paint that is glossy so you don't have to apply a clear coat for decaling the model. I don't like to add too many clear coats as I believe each one alters the original color a litte bit. In addition to this, the people who make this stuff actually travel to museums, air shows, etc. to research their product. Best of all, for me, this stuff goes on so well that I can do practically anything with it. It "feathers" beautifully. I like to freehand my camo schemes on airplanes and with a Paasche H airbrush this is not the easiest thing to do. This paint is so good I can do the mottled camo on a Bf-109 freehanded with no problems. I have often told other modelers that if this paint were ever discontinued, I'd consider getting out of the hobby! (well, maybe not...!)

Regards,

Pat
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, January 11, 2003 10:24 AM
I'm not a big advocate of aftermarket detail sets. I prefer to scratchbuild most of my details. When I do buy something it's almost always a Waldron Model Product. Their Photo-foil sets and instruments are stunning. They make for quite a convincing cockpit when finished. They also produce 2 different punch and die sets. One set is required if you want to use their instruments. The sets are a bit pricey (around $150 total) but well worth it. I have found countless uses for these sets. The cost of the detail sets and other items is reasonable. I like that it's a small mom and pop shop also. I have called several times with questions and they are always very helpful and friendly. Give them a try if you haven't yet.

Darren

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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, January 11, 2003 1:36 PM
Favorite?

Refence books. Any reference book preferably for a subject that you are building. Very favored, even over liquid cement.
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Posted by upnorth on Sunday, January 12, 2003 2:22 PM
For me its a toss up.

I love my Xuron sprue nippers. Theres nothing worse than mulching a small, difficult to rebuild, but absolutely critical part because your knife or some other bigger side cutter was just too big and clumsy to get the job done right.

Outside of that, I really like the sets of generic aircraft navigation lights that Cutting Edge makes from clear polyurethane plastic. Those things are a godsend in my book.
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Posted by Woody on Sunday, April 13, 2003 11:54 AM
My Uber knife is my favorite hobby product. I bought it many years ago and now wish I had bought two. It came in a fitted hardwood case with assorted scalpel blades and micro chisels. It's anodized aluminum handle fits my hand perfectly. Anyone know if these can still be bought somewhere?

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Posted by murph on Sunday, April 13, 2003 1:56 PM
Squadron filler putty.

The green tastes better than the white!Wink [;)]

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Posted by shermanfreak on Sunday, April 13, 2003 3:52 PM
I agree with Filzy .... references books are the greatest tool in my opinion when it comes to recreating. Second and I know it's one that everyone here has and that's the computer. It has brought references to my work bench that even 5 years ago I could only dream about. As far as hand tools go, I really have no favorites, half the time I can't find the one I'm looking for on my bench anyway.
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Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, April 13, 2003 4:50 PM
Yep, gotta be good reference material.
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Posted by Keyworth on Sunday, April 13, 2003 6:54 PM
Min is my set of Olfa knives and cutters. Still have my Xactos, but they're starting to gather dust. - Ed :)
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Posted by RonUSMC on Sunday, April 13, 2003 8:07 PM
*Watches this topic for new things to buy*

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Posted by djmodels1999 on Monday, April 14, 2003 12:45 AM
Aside from reference material and a few tools, my favourite product is Milliput. It took me a little while to get used to it and its uses but now I can't live without it.
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, April 14, 2003 2:05 AM
Milliput... great stuff for strengthening thin plastic in some vacuform kits!
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Posted by Keyworth on Monday, April 14, 2003 7:15 PM
Next on my favorites list is a simple one: plastic "For Sale" signs from WalMart. They have provided me with plenty of card stock for conversions and scratchbuilds, and they're cheap-about 60 cents per. -Ed
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Posted by berny13 on Monday, April 14, 2003 10:14 PM
My air brushes. They have become so much a part of my modeling I couldn't complete a kit without them. Second would be reference books.

Berny

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Posted by propfan on Thursday, April 24, 2003 6:52 PM
My favorite modeling product is Tenax-7R. Unfortunately it's not available in the Netherlands.

Bert

Happy modeling

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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, April 24, 2003 7:05 PM
my fav modeling product is enamel paint. its good to snif... oh wait i mean use. jk

i like tamiya extra thin cement, and from my local pplastic store, i bought this solvent applicator which i use tamiya in.
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Posted by TomZ2 on Thursday, May 8, 2003 3:02 PM
The one that's closest to hand. If you want a serious answer I'd have to say that a fresh Xacto No. 11 edges out sanding/buffing sticks on grounds of versatility.

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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, May 8, 2003 4:36 PM
I love my Future!! Use it to gloss, to seal, to shine, to make glass sparkle.

Hey Keyworth, great idea with the "FOR SALE" signs!! Are they made of styrene?
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Posted by therriman on Thursday, May 8, 2003 5:26 PM
It's a toss-up between reference material esp Books (I love to read). And Zap-a-Gap superglue. Since I bought my first bottle a couple of months ago and can't seem to put it down.
Tim H. "If your alone and you meet a Zero, run like hell. Your outnumbered" Capt Joe Foss, Guadalcanal 1942 Real Trucks have 18 wheels. Anything less is just a Toy! I am in shape. Hey, Round is a shape! Reality is a concept not yet proven.
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Posted by paulnchamp on Thursday, May 8, 2003 7:45 PM
Photo-etched brass details. It really amazes me how they can bring a model
(especially a ship) to life.
Paul "A man's GOT to know his limitations."
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, May 8, 2003 9:26 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by therriman

And Zap-a-Gap superglue. Since I bought my first bottle a couple of months ago and can't seem to put it down.


Is that simply because you glued it to your hand??Wink [;)]Tongue [:P]

Ray
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, May 8, 2003 9:37 PM
Let's see,
I love my cruciform-locking hobby knife handle, which now holds my panel-line making tool(a bent needle)! That and I love my Testors brand non-toxic model cement(finally! I don't have to worry about cancer everytime I assemble a model!)! I also have a soft spot in my heart for the no.11 standard hobby-blade. It's a de-spruer, detail remover, flash cleaner, all in one, and It's helped me scratchbuild pretty much every scratchbuilt object I've ever made! And finally, testors brand contour putty. That stuff is a miracle worker! It adds ballast, and fills up the seams all in one! That, and I use it as scratchbuilt straps or locking bands for shotgun belts and flag holders!! TESTORS CONTOUR PUTTY FOREVER!!
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, May 9, 2003 2:18 AM
I would have to say my little mini compressor that doesn't make any noise, and a good old roll of paper towels
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Posted by fuzzy on Friday, May 9, 2003 4:05 AM
My PBL sprue cutters for small parts. There are three
sizes . They make removing delicate parts easier and not
as likely to be broken or fly off never to be seen again !
Books would be a very close second.
fuzzy
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Posted by therriman on Saturday, May 10, 2003 7:32 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by heylonghair

QUOTE: Originally posted by therriman

And Zap-a-Gap superglue. Since I bought my first bottle a couple of months ago and can't seem to put it down.


Is that simply because you glued it to your hand??Wink [;)]Tongue [:P]

Ray



Yes it was Big Smile [:D], till I solved my problem with a suitable dose of explosivesWink [;)]
Tim H. "If your alone and you meet a Zero, run like hell. Your outnumbered" Capt Joe Foss, Guadalcanal 1942 Real Trucks have 18 wheels. Anything less is just a Toy! I am in shape. Hey, Round is a shape! Reality is a concept not yet proven.
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Posted by therriman on Saturday, May 10, 2003 8:01 PM
In case anyone was worried, my last post was totally tongue-in-cheek. In the same vein that Ray (heylonghair) referred to my first post. If we can't laugh at ourselves, then how can we laugh at someone else?Cool [8D]
I just thought Keyworth would get a kick out of it.Smile [:)]
Tim H. "If your alone and you meet a Zero, run like hell. Your outnumbered" Capt Joe Foss, Guadalcanal 1942 Real Trucks have 18 wheels. Anything less is just a Toy! I am in shape. Hey, Round is a shape! Reality is a concept not yet proven.
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Posted by Kolja94 on Sunday, May 11, 2003 12:08 AM
Hmmmm - you know, I'm gonna have to say my putty applicator. Found it in Micro-mark's catalog. It allows me to put on just as much as I need, relatively neatly (previously I used toothpicks and that got messy). That makes sanding/cleaning easier, which in turn keeps my coarse sanding stick and files from clogging and makes for less re-scribing (keeping my scriber sharper longer - and reducing the opportunity for scribing snafus!)

Karl

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Posted by Keyworth on Sunday, May 11, 2003 10:23 AM
Karl, it made my old SF NCO face crack into a smile :)
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Posted by Keyworth on Sunday, May 11, 2003 10:24 AM
OOPs!! Apologies to Karl and Tim. I claim myopia as a defense and I'm a-stickin' to it. :)
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Posted by Kolja94 on Monday, May 12, 2003 1:43 AM
No worries, Keyworth Wink [;)]

Presuming you're talking the same sort of NCO I'm familiar with....I'm accustomed to my "snafus" brining smiles to the faces of the NCOs at work (namely the first class, cheifs, and especially a couple Senior Chiefs who seem to think I'm good entertainment). I was feeling right at home!

Big Smile [:D]

Karl

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