I have to admit, I'm living in the past... From time to time I take all the old Danhausen world model car books and imagine that they are brandnew - weird, isn't it? I think it's a pity if this genre is in decline - as you say - as I always find hundreds of fascinating cars, every time I'm browsing through coachbuild.com. There are lots of Duesenbergs, Hispanos, Bentleys and Delages to be seen and everytime I wonder "why doesn't any manufacturer make such a wonderful car as a scale model???". Let's hope that times will change again and we will see a renaissance of model buildingTom wrote: ↑Thu Aug 02, 2018 1:23 pmThose wheels look utterly amazing, I love them.
As much as I love to see the results of your labour, I'd advise you to wait for temperatures to go down before doing any more bodywork painting. From experience, high and low extremes and high humidity wreak havoc on the paint quality. I've ruined a few kits myself, so now I'm taking my own advice. In my place it's actually hotter than outside now...
Yeah, I wish that modelling would be more fashionable, instead of having a nerdy image. I would also love to have some time and money to return to the hobby I used to enjoy so much. I guess the progress in ready-made model quality at unbeatable prices and the success of Spark with their wide range and builders such as Autocult for the oddities have taken away the need for kit manufacturers to make the cars nobody else does, as there aren't that many left to make... Also, collecting in general is in decline. The younger generation thinks a collection is 'clutter' and they don't need that. Given that, I think we're lucky with the huge selection in models that we do have.
Am I right in thinking that the heydays of white metal and resin kits are also over? I have seen a lot less new casting introductions in recent years...
Thaaanks! The "old skills" is what I always try to practice, in any way of life, I guess... Some time ago I bought a "model building" book of the late 60s, it's simply great! There are really complicated builds described with the tools and possibilities of fifty years ago - thrilling! Unfortunately there are only few pictures in the book, although they already had cameras in that time... With my storage of white-metal castings I'm busy for the rest of my life, so I'm sad if there won't be many news in that range, but I'm able to build up my own little world, thoughJager wrote: ↑Thu Aug 02, 2018 8:54 pmIt seems that many of the famous model makers are today in old age and/or poor health. We seem to hear fairly frequently offamous names from the 70's and 80's passing on and there were few model makers who followed them....possibly because that period coincided with the arrival of Minichamps and Spark. If you were a model maker today, how many exotic subjects are left to be modeled that haven't been produced or announced by Spark, Neo, Matrix, Autocult etc.
Thankfully we can still follow the old skills here in Jean's posts.
You already know the game: when I'm right through with a model, I'm starting a second time because something's went completely wrong. The same for the Y-Job. The first clear lacquer was acceptable, the second was desastrous, and after emptying a bottle of scotch (or was it solvent?) I decided to strip off the Buick completely and painting it again Crazy, I know... However, this time - as far as for the first clear lacquer - everything looks really good! This time I improved the model by not using BMF for the chrome trim around the doors and the fin, but polishing the metal. It was quite a fuzzy work, but the result really convinces me:
Indeed I now follow Tom's advice and won't paint again the next days, as we are going to have so terribly high temperatures we've never had in Berlin ever before Meanwhile I'm making some of the interior details and will post pictures tomorrow, promised