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I've always enjoyed building models since I was a kid.  I've built WWII fighter planes, space vehicles, architectural models of buildings I designed in high school, fighter jets, sci-fi models, and cars... lots of cars.  Everything from a 1/32 snap-together Corvette, to a 1/12th scale Lamborghini Countach that cost me almost $100 back in the summer of 1985. 

My first kit was a Monogram Rattler, a street rod, which is no longer produced and is now extremely rare, but I'm on kind of a quest to rebuild all the kits I had as a kid and many more.  Some of my favorite things to build are "movie & TV" models and scale replicas of real cars I've owned (or even some of the cooler ones my friends have had).

Enjoy!


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The Bench  
Here's my new work bench, established in Dec 2014 on one of the sections of my computer desk.  It's nice having it co-located with the computer so I can look up various things for reference on techniques and images of the various things I'm building.

   

On The Bench  
First kit of my 'new era of model building:' 1995 Honda Civic VX.  It's a 'tribute' build of my 1995 Civic hatch.  Started with a Hasegawa Honda Civic kit, and kit bashed a later-model Revell Honda Civic 2-n-1 kit for the wheels.  They were close, but not quite right.  I found some more correct wheels on ebay, and 'chromed' them with some Duplicolor Chrome automotive paint.  Took a little bit of trimming with the Dremel to make 'em fit right. Everything was going fine with the Testors Primer and Flat White Enamel - sanding with 1000-grit after each.  Then I shot some Testors Gloss Lacquer over the enamel, and the finish wasn't right - seemed like it didn't lay down right.  No biggee, I was going to sand and polish it anyway.  Wet-sanded with 1000-grit and started in on the polishing with 3M Perfect-It automotive polish, and the lacquer clear-coat softened up and rubbed right off.  Huh... didn't see that coming.  So, I'm at the point of needing to clean off the remaining clear with some isopropyl alcohol - can't wait to see how that goes.

It seems like painting was a whole lot less complicated when I was a kid.
 
                             
Completed Models  
Coming Soon... when I actually get one done..
 

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