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About Leaning_Dog

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  1. That clutch looks awesome! I have the Top Studio "Detail Master" set for my Tamiya Rossi Yamaha YZR-M1 and the clutch is a highly detailed resin casting - tricky to paint. Cheers! John.
  2. Nice start! You're going to love building this one - Tamiya motorcycle kits are amazing. The Top Studio details will really take it to the next level. Looking foward to watching it all come together. Cheers! John.
  3. I just want to take a few minutes to thank Devin at Sprue Brothers for outstanding customer service. I ordered a Roden 1/32 Fokker Dr.1 kit back in November 2016 during their ‘Black Weekend” sale. At that time, after 23 years in the same house, we were in the process of moving from Nevada to Oregon. When the kit arrived it was never opened and went straight into a packing box with other kits, modeling supplies, etc. During the current stay-at-home situation, the kit resurfaced and I finally opened it only to discover the cowling was deformed – probably when pulled from the molds. I was able to find my original email order confirmation from 2016, and sent a copy to Sprue Brothers customer service along with a photo of the deformed cowling, and asked if there was any way I could get a replacement sprue. I received a prompt reply and was notified that a replacement sprue was on its way. Three and a half years after I purchased the kit. At no additional charge! That is outstanding customer service. Thank you Devin and Sprue Brothers. You have my respect and my business for as long as I can enjoy this amazing hobby. Cheers! John.
  4. This is the only car I've ever owned that I seriously regret selling. A 1966 Jaguar Series 1 E-Type. The mechanicals were perfect - the owner before me had completely rebuilt/balanced the motor, new clutch, and rebuilt the transmission. 4.2 liter straight 6 with triple SU carbs and full syncho 4-speed gear box. The body was sound, with a nice patina although the color left a bit to be desired. It was a thrill to drive, but as SUV's on the road got bigger, it was just too scary driving a car that small, and that fast, on crowded public roads. I sold it in 1999, and every once in a while I think about getting another one... in the same condition today it would only cost 75 Wingnut Wings Felixstowe F.2a kits at current EBAY prices...
  5. Hi Joe - FANTASTIC result! The motor looks just right - your extra detailing takes it over the top. Love the interior. Perfect stance. And you TOTALLY nailed that paint job. (I'm going to have to try that Testors "Wet Look" clear...). Absolutely brilliant. Thanks for sharing. Cheers! John.
  6. Yes. Maybe next year, if we remember, one of us should post a reminder here. Cheers John.
  7. The Oregon IPMS Fall Show was this past weekend in Portland. I had the opportunity to attend, and while I don't attend shows very often, I must say from my perspective the event was very well run. There were not a lot of LSP's, but those displayed were spectacular. I was particularly impressed with the Tamiya Corsair. I casually mentioned to one of the guys standing at the table that the finish on this corsair was possibly the most impressive that I had ever seen. The reply was "thank you!". Turns out it was his model - with extended hand he said, "Hi, my name is George Johnson" and he spent the better part of the next 20 minutes sharing what he had done, and how he had done it. He then showed me photos (on his phone) of his 1/32 Horton Ho 229 from the Arizona Nationals, and told me the story of taking the model to the Smithsonian, and the tour he received when he was there (more photos on his phone). Thank you to George for sharing his story with me, and a big thank you to everyone who puts their models out there for all of us to see - your work truly is an inspiration. I didn't think to take a camera (like I said, I don't make it to shows very often), but I couldn't resist taking a few pics with my phone. George Johnson's 1/32 Tamiya Corsair: He also brought along this... A few other LSP's - I didn't catch who built them but they were extremely well done. I'll try to remember to take a camera next time... but you get the idea. Cheers! John.
  8. Oh my! That is lovely. Thanks for sharing. Cheers! John.
  9. Airshow Models (Fisher) Pitts S2B - my first attempt at an all-resin kit. Got this far and stalled out - when I put the correct dihedral into the bottom wing, it changed the geometry just enough that the main struts don't fit. Should be simple enough to scratch up new ones, but the model was packed away when we moved house in 2017 and has yet to resurface... REALLY neat little kit. Hasegawa P-26a that made it this far before being packed up for the house move in 2017. The box is around here somewhere... I hope. Williams Bros. Caudron racer - started this one for the 'Blue' group build and just got tired of carving, filling and sanding. It's a fairly simple kit, just need to be in the right frame of mind to finish it. There are some really interesting projects in this thread... at some point in the future, would it be worthwhile to have a "Clear the SOD" group build? With the obvious suspension of the 'less than 25%' rule, it looks like there are plenty of qualifying projects out there. Cheers! John.
  10. Hi Jerry - Nice job on the 'vintage' Monogram Tomcat! I'm currently tinkering with the 1981 issue of this kit and having a lot of fun with it. The 'old' Monogram kits always provide great modeling value and freedom to try new things without the stress of stuffing up one of the newer (and way more expensive) ones. Cheers! John.
  11. Awesome build! Thanks for sharing. Cheers! John.
  12. From my perspective, as a solid ‘average’ modeler, I try to pick and choose my projects carefully. Once I’ve identified/admitted to an emotional pull to a particular subject, I then have to consider whether or not my skills and available time will allow a reasonable chance of completion, to a level that looks good to me once it’s sitting in the display case. I have enormous respect for those on this site (and others) who can take a pile of plastic parts and turn it into a work of art, and enormous gratitude for their willingness to share their work so folks like me can enjoy their builds and pick up a few tips along the way. Having said all that, the latest generation of Revell kits hit it out of the park for me. They build relatively easily, and look pretty good from across the room when completed. And for someone like me, the price is a major factor. Looking at the new F/A-18e listings, they are a fraction of the cost of the Trumpeter F/A-18e or Academy F/A-18 family offerings. Yes, the Academy kit is amazing – I fully agree. But I simply don’t possess the time, patience, or skills to do a kit like that justice. The Revell kit has plenty to offer to keep me busy for quite a while, and presents an affordable canvass to experiment with various painting and weathering techniques, and I won’t feel completely depressed if I stuff it up somewhere along the way and it never makes it into the display case. So, to make a long answer a little longer – at this point, once they hit the shelves in the U.S., I plan to purchase one. Cheers! John.
  13. Absolutely gorgeous build - your paint finish looks perfect from here. Modifying the slot-car driver was brilliant - it really makes the build. Stay safe! Cheers! John.
  14. Awesome. Cheers! John.
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