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  1. Not sure, to be honest. I know cellulose lacquers are used to prevent silver from oxidation. So they might work here.
  2. Nothing wrong with that. Just hit enter to start a new line before inserting the picture - this way the picture gets placed under your text, no matter what device one uses to look at the post. Looking forward to your updates! Jan
  3. Hey John, great project you are working on! Haven't seen this one being built before. As a child I couldn't get my eyes off the Revell catalogue. I know my dad had one in his stash. Don't know what happened to it. I will follow your progress on this one. A little hint on posting: If you start a new line before inserting the pictures the text won't get ripped apart as happened in some of the previous posts. Happy modelling! Jan
  4. The Haynes "Owners' Workshop Manual" has landed. Let me tell you, this is not what the title promises to be! This is actually an Impreza Rally history, and then especially of those Group A workhorses up to 1996. The title is clearly indicating all rally Imprezas up to 2008. In fact these are only part of a short subchapter. Therefore I'd call this book a double ripoff. Very disapointed by this! On Amazon.de it was advertised as Impreza WRC Manual, which was additionally misleading. A few mildly helpful pictures can be found, but not much on the bug-eye. If you'd like to superdetail a Group A Impreza, this book might be very helpful, but then again often it is not clear which season is shown. To be fair it seems to be a good read in general, just not what was promised. Meh.
  5. Better be quick... Prices are already 2 to 3 times above Kickstarter with the usual auction portals. Which had a hefty 150$ Pricetag. To be honest, I don't know if I want to keep it. It is huge, I wanted it, quality is good, but the sculpt does not exactly feel right to me. As I said - it was put in storage. Won't become any cheaper any time soon.
  6. A little teasing... I still have not much time for modelling, still working on the house which will keep me buisy for probably about one more year, maybe more. The Subaru isn't dead, though. I recently ordered some literature to get some more input on all the oily bits that need to be scratched and superdetailed. First there is Brian Long - Subaru Impreza, ISBN 1904788351. This is on the whole Impreza story with many valuable insights regarding model history and all that stuff. Some helpful cutaway graphics of some engines and frame layouts, but not much about the WRCs, only short results about the respective seasons the cars competed. Managed to get it for a reasonable 14€ in heavily used condition. It is well written and looks quite complete, but only really worth the usual prices if you are interested in the complete Impreza history. The second hasn't landed yet, speaking of Haynes Subaru Impreza WRC Rally Car Owners' Workshop Manual. This should give some more insight, I hope. I'll keep you posted!
  7. There never can be enough updates on this. Beautiful!
  8. Backed this on Kickstarter... Arrived way ahead of the actual game. This is truly a God compared to your typical tabletop miniature. Not sure what to do with it - put it into storage after shocking swmbo. That's not me nor my picture, just scraped from one of the gen-con blogs. This thing is really that huge. Weight is about 5 kg. Oh my... I can feel the insanity creeping around the corners of my brains!
  9. There's a way to do it the other way around: Most Water based acrylics are not affected by turpentine. So use enamels as masking paint to be washed away with turpentine and water based acrylics as lasting paint. Or maybe use the hairspray method? In both cases test it out first!!!
  10. It is another tool, like a higher end small milling machine or lathe. It takes a professional background or lots of dedication to master those tools. 3d-printing adds the software layer to the process - digital design is not for everyone. While I agree with most things Ron said I have to say he is not right in every aspect. These days there are some gread CAD-packages out there to be used for free. Ron, if you have experience with Inventor you will find most of its functions hidden in Fusion360 for free. As an active (private) user I can also say that it runs just fine with any half-decent Windows-PC. Beefy machines are only needed for really complex designs. A cad professional ain't cheap. I know because I am one... Making freeformed designs is especially hard if they have to follow a real-life example. If you could hire me for that kind of work I'd cost you around 80 to 100 € per hour. Most of it would stay within the company, of course. And then I cannot reproduce freeform bodies very well, just classic parametric designs. Adding to that, most dimensions are not really known if there are no blueprints available but would have to be guessed from pictures - there it gets really tough and therefore even more expensive. The basic shape of a wheel takes about two minutes to design. Figuring out the details I cannot even estimate. Then optimizing for printing the model might get cut up into several pieces, details might be "optimized" to out of scale dimensions to be able to reproduce... this can be an endless rabbithole if you really want to go that route.
  11. This wire is going to turn black over time due to oxidation.
  12. Sounds like some hard earned real life experience...
  13. That's it. Every part is cast by hand. Like @Sebastien said - silikon is going to pick up even greasy fingerprints on the master - not kidding! And resin will happily replicate these.
  14. On 1/24 cars I use the glossy side of aluminum foil carefully laid over a flat base. As a glue I use PVA, slightly thinned to allow it to self level. When dried this is pretty robust and the edges can be trimmed. Since the size is much smaller it works reasonably well. Not sure it translates well to large scale mirrors like yours. But since it's essentially free it might be worth a try. Failing that bare metal foil would be my next try. I noticed different brands of aluminum foil have different glossy finishes with some looking more brushed than others. Not related to price, though.
  15. http://www.eightyone81.com/tk034-rocket-bunny-boss-aero-nissan-240sx-silvia-s14-zenki/ This might help a bit, though it doesn't look like there's a whole engine included. The missing bits can probably be scratchbuilt. On request you might get the parts for a fair price without the rest of the transkit, though. Detail and quality of their resin parts is good, fitment not so much.
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