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PostSubject: Re: Scale Plastic Model Thread   Scale Plastic Model Thread - Page 2 Icon_minitimeSat Jul 20, 2013 4:20 pm

Another thing I forgot about the Tamiya R33: The molded-on indicators should be painted silver, then use a clear brush paint (like Tamiya clear orange/amber) over top of the silver. Use Tamiya clear red for the taillights, and silver for the inside of the light housing. Use white "Elmer's Glue" if it's available where you live - it dries thin and clear and won't leave shitty-looking glue splotches on the lenses.

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Basically white "kid's glue". Like you'd put in your kid's pencil case.
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Not mine, but awesome non the less!

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PostSubject: Re: Scale Plastic Model Thread   Scale Plastic Model Thread - Page 2 Icon_minitimeSat Jul 20, 2013 4:24 pm

Love the shakotan boso-spec builds. Back in like 2007-2008 they were HUGE on SPC.
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PostSubject: Re: Scale Plastic Model Thread   Scale Plastic Model Thread - Page 2 Icon_minitimeSat Jul 20, 2013 4:25 pm

They're so cool! I've got a half built Z-Tune R34 somewhere in my room, but I need to buy all my paints again Sad
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PostSubject: Re: Scale Plastic Model Thread   Scale Plastic Model Thread - Page 2 Icon_minitimeSat Jul 20, 2013 4:41 pm

A friend of mine gave me a busted-up replica of her old 240 she had back in Hawaii. Kouki 180SX replica, automatic. Gonna strip/rebuild it as a missile at some point, change up the wheels, etc. It's missing a bunch of parts, like the rear lenses (I have ONE kouki tail lense), mirrors, and like 60% of the exhaust. Should make for a rad matsuri build.

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PostSubject: Re: Scale Plastic Model Thread   Scale Plastic Model Thread - Page 2 Icon_minitimeSat Jul 20, 2013 5:00 pm

That's pretty sweet! Gonna put my Aristo in the freezer now haha, will it be ok overnight Ad?
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PostSubject: Re: Scale Plastic Model Thread   Scale Plastic Model Thread - Page 2 Icon_minitimeSat Jul 20, 2013 5:02 pm

Yeah, just make sure to just have it soaking wet when you put it in. If you leave it in water and then freeze it, the ice will crush/break it. You can't possibly leave it in too long, so don't worry about it. Just long enough to freeze the water - any longer won't hurt it.
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I'll just throw it in overnight then, get back to it when I wake up at some point in the afternoon.
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PostSubject: Re: Scale Plastic Model Thread   Scale Plastic Model Thread - Page 2 Icon_minitimeSat Jul 20, 2013 5:13 pm

Oh, and it might take a couple tries, so just keep doing it until it falls apart. If the glue is really globbed on, freezing probably won't do. The other method is to boil it, but that has a VERY high chance of warping the kit.
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PostSubject: Re: Scale Plastic Model Thread   Scale Plastic Model Thread - Page 2 Icon_minitimeSat Jul 20, 2013 5:15 pm

Yeah I figured it would take a few tries, I'm in no rush so all is good. Smile
Thanks for the tip anyway dude, I had no idea of it.
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You guys are making me want to get a model kit...I might have to haha
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Addie, what brand did you say are the best?
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PostSubject: Re: Scale Plastic Model Thread   Scale Plastic Model Thread - Page 2 Icon_minitimeSat Jul 20, 2013 6:14 pm

Depends. Tamiya makes the highest quality kits, but 90% of their kits are Japanese vehicles. Aoshima is in a very close second, but again 90% Japanese vehicles. Revell is next, they make really high quality cars from all over the world, from American to European to some Japanese. AMT has the market nearly cornered on American muscle cars, but their mold quality is pretty terrible. They half-ass details and they haven't made a "new" mold in decades. Even their newest kits are re-issues (same old mold in a new box) from the 70's and 80's.

If you can forgive a kind of shitty-looking model and want to take on the challenge of improving them, you'll find most of the stuff you're into is made by AMT. Just be sure to have plenty of sandpaper because you'll need it, haha.
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PostSubject: Re: Scale Plastic Model Thread   Scale Plastic Model Thread - Page 2 Icon_minitimeSat Jul 20, 2013 6:17 pm

Yeah Im looking for a Jap model anyways..Ill have a look on eBay for one. Thanks Ad!
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PostSubject: Re: Scale Plastic Model Thread   Scale Plastic Model Thread - Page 2 Icon_minitimeSat Jul 20, 2013 6:21 pm

No worries! I'd really suggest www.1999.co.jp/eng

They have great prices and nice shipping ($10-15 shipping for up to three kits from Japan to the US) and they arrive fast and are probably the lowest you will ever find for prices. You'll find a lot of "cheap" kits on eBay based in Hong Kong, but 99% of the time they're scams. Your kit will "go missing" or the seller will give you some other excuse, and you'll be out around $40 and have no kit.
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PostSubject: Re: Scale Plastic Model Thread   Scale Plastic Model Thread - Page 2 Icon_minitimeSat Jul 20, 2013 6:23 pm

Does 1999.co.jp accept PayPal?
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Yup.
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PostSubject: Re: Scale Plastic Model Thread   Scale Plastic Model Thread - Page 2 Icon_minitimeSat Jul 20, 2013 6:24 pm

Bookmarked.
Cheers for the link. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Scale Plastic Model Thread   Scale Plastic Model Thread - Page 2 Icon_minitimeSat Jul 20, 2013 6:25 pm

Falken:

http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10227034

http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10227033

And you'll be paying about $15 shipping compared to $30. Seriously, unless you can't find the kit you want, DON'T resort to eBay.
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PostSubject: Re: Scale Plastic Model Thread   Scale Plastic Model Thread - Page 2 Icon_minitimeSat Jul 20, 2013 6:27 pm

HobbyLink Japan is decent, but their shipping can be pretty insane. ):
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I really have no idea what you're talking about. I've been ordering from there for ages. For a stack of kits from Japan to the US, $20 shipping for insurance and tracking, plus the fact that you usually get them within 5 days of ordering them - that's pretty insanely low. Let me share with you this amazing image I took of one of my most unbelievably fast shipping times:

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I ordered three kits and some parts, and the shipping was only $22. It took only 4 days to get from Tokyo to my house in upstate NY.
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PostSubject: Re: Scale Plastic Model Thread   Scale Plastic Model Thread - Page 2 Icon_minitimeSat Jul 20, 2013 6:40 pm

Lol, addie, I'm referring to hlj.com. Shipping was getting up to around $50 US when I was looking at ordering a couple MG Gunpla kits from them.
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PostSubject: Re: Scale Plastic Model Thread   Scale Plastic Model Thread - Page 2 Icon_minitimeSat Jul 20, 2013 6:43 pm

OH DUH. Sorry, haha. I keep forgetting that 1999 is actually called "Hobby Search" and I get Hobby Link and their names confused all the time. XD

HLJ is a GREAT place to get the hard to find kits, but they hardly ever restock, and they do tend to overcharge because they know damn well what they have their hands on, haha.
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PostSubject: Re: Scale Plastic Model Thread   Scale Plastic Model Thread - Page 2 Icon_minitimeSat Jul 20, 2013 6:51 pm

Again, thanks for the tips Addie!!!
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