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gwana

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About gwana

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  • Birthday 06/18/1966

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  1. gwana

    B26 Marauder - LSP

    Maybe ROG will step up and do some affordable US twins in 1/32 with the success of the P-51? They've got the Germans pretty well covered.
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    B26 Marauder - LSP

    I think the Liberator is just more iconic and liable to pull good numbers for being a HUGE kit. Think WWII US bombers and it or the B-25 is probably going to be #2 after the B-17 in popularity. The B-25 kind of opened up the market IMHO - HK dipped their toe in with a medium-sized 2-engine bomber in large scale and it was a hit, so the B-17 was the next logical choice. HB saw those doing well and jumped on the B-24. I don't think the Marauder has all that much recognition or currency in the market, or it would have been done. I suspect the B-29 is just too damned big to sell in any numbers.
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    HK Lancaster.

    Test shots often don't have finished surface detail like rivets, panel lines, or stressed skin. No point spending the time or money to perfect molds they may not use. They run a few sets of major components and check for fitment issues, then post them on the internet so people can tell them the window is .03mm too far aft. Then those molds get modified or scrapped - you'll likely not see the final finished surface until whole test kits go out to reviewers.
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    Some days it all goes wrong...

    Well, at least I'm in good company. I feel like if we had a live group build we might burn the building down or something. Blood everywhere, plastic shrapnel, screaming... that guy running around with his severed arm.
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    Some days it all goes wrong...

    I really wanted to make some good progress on my Mossie and post some pics here! It just wasn't a good fine motor skill day.
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    Some days it all goes wrong...

    My scalpel is flat because I've lived with me for 53 years. I usually make the mistake of trying to catch the falling soldering iron.
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    Some days it all goes wrong...

    This was one of the old square-bottle enamels and I've never tried airbrushing them. New, but age unknown. A bunch of the pigment was glopped up at the neck. It stirred up OK, but maybe it was too far gone.
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    Some days it all goes wrong...

    And I do this to relax... Some days I'm just stupid. The other day I tried putting varnish through my detail airbrush with a .21 needle. Not even thinking because all I've done lately is detail work. Huh, must be too thick. Thin it, thin it, splatter! And this just after I cleaned out the mess in the brush trying to thin Testor's enamel with lacquer thinner instead of mineral spirits. It mixed OK in the plastic cup, poured it into the brush and it turned to glitter goo.
  9. Finally had some time to sit down at the bench yesterday. Let's get some stuff done! Stupid fabric harness won't go through the buckle! Ahh, put it aside and work on this other piece. Just have to glue this PE to the end of the belt. Nope, sideways. Now it won't stick. WTF? OK, different glue. Now it flipped over. Grrr....let me just - *ping!* - ... and it's gone. I'll steal another one off the sprue and hide the missing end somehow. Let me just turn this a little here and - The belt tore in half! &*%$(@! Well, I can glue the ends back together on top of this bit here. OK... got it! And now the whole thing is stuck to the bench. Alright, then. I'll just paint this thing here, but it needs a color I only have in acrylic and I need to brush it. A little retarder then, thin it out. OK, going good... and, glop. Instantly. For the love of... (goes to clean the brush, spills water cup all over bench) Lights out. Maybe another time.
  10. I'm holding out for the AN-225.
  11. gwana

    Fake Iwata Airbruhes

    It my experience, not necessarily with Iwata, but in general: Many times, the counterfeits come down the same assembly line but are 'diverted' or are seconds. Many offshore manufacturers already make the parts for the OEMs, nobody notices if they run off a few thousand more in the middle of the night and sell them to grey market sellers. You can get a lot done when you ignore quality control. Mostly, don't buy from Ebay unless it's an Iwata dealer, don't buy anything from Ali Express or Alibaba unless you want a cheap knockoff. In reality, in most of the testing I've seen the Chinese knockoffs aren't all that bad performance-wise. The airbrush is a pretty simple instrument that's been around for over 100 years. The problem is support, parts, and longevity. Either buy a $200 brush for life, or buy a $15 brush every few months.
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    Bad News - Sales Tax

    If you buy a kit from another LSP'er, that would be considered a 'casual sale', as long as the seller is not a hobby shop. Same as if you walked over to your neighbor's house and offered him $10 for a kit on his shelf. This is an attempt to intercept Internet Commerce - the big guys like Wayfair and Overstock and Newegg.
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    Bad News - Sales Tax

    Expect some of the states to start policing these types of shows as well. If the vendors also have stores, they can get into some serious trouble if they're selling at a show and not collecting sales tax. One guy selling his stash likely won't be affected, other than the bother of proving you're not 'in the business'.
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    Bad News - Sales Tax

    I wouldn't be too surprised if a service like PayPal or one of the credit card processors like Square jumped into the small business market and offered a service to do this right in the seller's shopping cart. Ebay in the US does not yet charge sales tax, because Ebay as an entity doesn't sell and ship product. They facilitate private owners and businesses by offering a marketplace. Amazon actually owns and warehouses stock, and they have such a wide presence in the US they already collect sales tax in most states.
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    Bad News - Sales Tax

    Tariffs can do some good if they're used to protect an industry you already have - back in the '80s I think, the US put a tariff on 2-door SUVs to protect the Blazer and Bronco from Japanese imports. It didn't really work, but there was a premium on the 2-door 4-Runner and the Japanese manufacturers built plants over here to avoid the tariff on their trucks. But this high-tech manufacturing stuff like injection molding and circuit board manufacture - we've outsourced it for so long we're just taxing ourselves. We don't make any consumer electronics in the US. At best, we assemble some here from foreign parts. If you put a tariff on Chinese injection molded parts or electronics, it will just be added to the price the American consumer pays for those goods. It won't bring manufacturing back - or at least not any time soon. We don't make injection molding dies here because it's cost-prohibitive. Our labor force is paid too much. We don't make clothes here because nobody will pay $75 for a pair of jeans when you can get them from Wal-mart for $20. Put a 50% tariff on those foreign pants and we'll still pay $30 rather than $75. Who gets that money?
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