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About louiex2

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    WW2 Allied aircraft & soft skin vehs;1/24-25 cars

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  1. louiex2

    1942 Ford Staff Car Interior

    The 1942 Ford Fordor was available in 11 interior colors- including biege, four shade of tan, gunmetal blue, brown, and blue-gray, so it could be any of those colors, but tan appears to be the most common. Keep in mind, in early 1942 all US automotive manufacturers’ inventory was turned over to the U.S. Government for military or government (national, state or local) use and few automobiles, if any, built were after that date and they would only have been for the military. AFAIK Ford did not built any passenger cars during the war as their facilities were converted for war production. For example Ford’s Willow Run palnt was converted to build B-24 bombers and five of their other plants built Jeeps. Lou in Utah
  2. louiex2

    nuts and bolts smaller than 0.5mm?

    Archer Transfers might have something that would work if you’re looking for surface details- http://www.archertransfers.com/ @Das Abteilung- While the folks at Grandt Line are retiring, the good news is their line of products has been purchased by The San Juan Model Co. in Colorado. The transfer is in process and I would guess they be back in at least partial production before the end of the year. https://www.grandtline.com/ Lou in Utah
  3. Hannants list it as a future release. https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/TU01683
  4. Be sure to use the correct primer before applying the automotive paint, otherwise the paint may destroy the styrene. Lou in Utah
  5. louiex2

    Revell 1/24 HLF20 Varus 4x4

    Sorry I’m a bit late to the party but I just found your thread. Excellent work, especially all the detail. I’m not certain how UK/European fire appliances (aka “apparatus’ here in the USA) but here most of the equipment in the storage bays sit on trays that slide out or, if they are too high, they slide out and drop down. Keep up the great work. Lou in Utah
  6. louiex2

    Mirror Models Diamond T Wrecker

    Excellent job on a challenging kit. Lou in Utah
  7. louiex2

    1-72 Heinkel He-280 V2

    Ditto from across the pond. Happy Christmas. Lou in Utah
  8. louiex2

    2-40 Robert

    Fireball Models http://www.fireballmodels.info/ should have the tyres and wheels you need. Lou in Utah
  9. louiex2

    Silver/metal paint for a DeLorean

    You might try Vallejo Metalic Steel 77.712 Lou in Utah
  10. louiex2

    Which compressor to choose ??

    You'll get more response if you move this topic to the Tools & Tips- Compessors section- http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/forum/17-compressors/
  11. One Mystery Solved... I got curious about the two mystery apparatus (apparati?) at the front on each side of the hood and by searching the web, I've found our answer: Trailer Brake Couplers. These units were located on both the front and rear, apparently so two trucks could be hooked together. The manual has all the details and photos on pages 318-320. Thank you Will (aka Killingholme) for the link. Here's a link with some close-up photos of a restored T981: http://www.primeportal.net/transports/jon_arnold/diamond_t_model_t981/ The photo comment says they are post war additions which evidently is not the case. My best guess is, since all the post-war trucks photos I found show the left one painted red and the right painted yellow (probably a modern safety regulation) that may be source of the owner’s confusion. However, that still does not address Bonkin's comment that the photos of his father's rig do not have them. Perhaps they were removed by the 1950s. On a side note, fire extinguishers on the T981 were standard one quart hand pumped carbon- tetrachloride type. From all accounts, they were primarily there for decoration and so the safety officers could say each vehicle had a fire extinguisher. I couldn't find anything specific about the other mystery item, but I think Will is correct that they are davits. The manual recommends putting lifting rings on cement ballast blocks and using the winch to get them in and out, but, in typical government fashion does not say how. I hope this helps a bit- I'm not expert on the T-381, so if someone has better information, I'm not offended by being corrected. Lou in Utah
  12. louiex2

    Zero Paint.

    Here's a BM link from cmatthewbacon with just about everything you need to know about Zero and Tamiya paints. http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234956647-matts-tips-for-painting-cars/ Lou in Utah
  13. louiex2

    WW 1 concrete cargo vessels

    McCloskey built 24 concrete Liberty ships in Tampa, Florida starting in 1943. Here's a link to ConcreteShips.org http://www.concreteships.org/ships/ww2/ that should help with your research. Lou in Utah
  14. louiex2

    1/24 1970 TVR Vixen or Tuscan?

    I'm not aware of any TVR kits in 1/24th scale- there are a few in 1/43rd.
  15. louiex2

    1/72 Bristol Sycamore

    You've come up with another fantastic build once again. For anyone who missed the WIP- it's a must read. I know what ever your next build is, it will be just as amazing if not better (if that is possible, but even with your outstanding modelling skills, each new build is even more amazing than the last.) However, many of us hope it will have a fire extingusher. Lou in Utah