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  • Member since
    November 2004
  • From: UK
Monogram Ice T
Posted by PatrickW on Thursday, April 30, 2020 4:21 AM

A lockdown special. I don't have spraying facilities as I packed it all away as soon as we sold our house, but Covid-19 has put the actual move on hold. So built this box stock and looked up 'how to paint ice cubes' on various sites and received multiple tips. Use clear blue acrylic and clear acrylic about 50% of each, so tested it.

Oh and the retractable headlights work as well!

 

I shall buy another one of the kits after moving and spray it up in multiple colours!

 

 

  • Member since
    November 2007
  • From: Denver, Colorado
Posted by Classic Plastic on Thursday, April 30, 2020 10:27 AM

Ahhhh...that brings back some great memories! Thanks for sharing.

Kevin
  • Member since
    November 2004
  • From: UK
Posted by PatrickW on Thursday, April 30, 2020 11:45 AM

Cheers Kevin, yes we didn't see and still don't see many of this type of kit in the UK. We do though enjoy watching Dr Jeff the vet each day!

  • Member since
    January 2017
Posted by 195X on Thursday, April 30, 2020 1:52 PM

Are you referring to show rods? That kind of surprises me. I would think (incorrectly it seems) that the U.K. would have almost the same stuff we get here? Then again, there's a lot of toys in the U.K I can't put my hands to here. Now that you've got me thinking, there were some Doctor Who kits I've never seen here. Wonder why that is? We do get Airfix kits here.

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

  • Member since
    November 2004
  • From: UK
Posted by PatrickW on Thursday, April 30, 2020 3:31 PM

Yes 195X show rods are very difficult to get and have been since they started appearing in the 1970's. Yes I can get them from USA but the shipping costs are around $27 each time and being a pensioner my income is tight.

I think that show rods to the staid, traditional British were seen to be too 'off the wall' and too risky to chance with the then old fashioned British public that looked for models of cars seen on the streets.

I normally only go on ebay as we have very few 'shops' here that sell kits, some internet shops but they charge the market prices which are expensive. On ebay I only go into auction sales to see what 'cheap' kits or 'already started' kits.

Across the English Channel we have Heller of France, then Revell Germany who obviously charge the going rate.

Well Doctor Who is a British icon, still on TV here and perhaps too expensive to import to the USA, I know that they are expensive here as well! Airfix is a longstanding brand but not known to keep up with trends, new models don't come out very often, most of the car kits came out in the 70's and are in 1/32nd scale, when what we need is 1/24 or 1/25 scales. There are a few racing models, Jaguar, Ford but still in 1/32nd.

Their newer click together kits are not marketed very aggresively are seem not to be of any particular scale are not detailed enough and in a softer plastic. 

  • Member since
    October 2014
Posted by Modeltruckbuilder on Thursday, April 30, 2020 5:11 PM

Classic Plastic

Ahhhh...that brings back some great memories! Thanks for sharing.

 

I always enjoyed building the Tom Daniels show rods as a kid. They were always available at the local toy store and the price was right.

  • Member since
    January 2017
Posted by 195X on Thursday, April 30, 2020 5:41 PM

I... would not survive there. Seriouslky, and I'm a Whovian AND a Dwarfer! I get what you're saying about the shipping though. I've had to dissapoint a lot of folks who wanted to buy from me on ebay but, the shipping was $14 U.S. for a one ounce package to the U.K.! That would be fine if you bought an ounce of gold but, a slot car body? The partial builts and unpainted built ups are a good idea then. 

Do you use the "See sellers other items" function? That way I've nabbed some pretty good lots off there. In many cases if he's selling one show rod kit, he's selling at least a couple more. That way you might get 3 or 4 kits for a decent shipping price. Just spitballing.

I also get the budget modeling thing as well. 

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

  • Member since
    November 2004
  • From: UK
Posted by PatrickW on Friday, May 1, 2020 1:27 AM

Yes seeing the other kits sellers have is very important.

  • Member since
    December 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Friday, May 1, 2020 9:51 PM

Cool Ice-T, Pat. Another old classic kit. Nice work on the ice cubes.
 Looking forward to seeing the painted version. Cheers. 

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy

Trevor

  • Member since
    November 2004
  • From: UK
Posted by PatrickW on Saturday, May 2, 2020 4:49 PM

Thank you Trevor, yes it took me a time to find this one, the instructions are dated 2010, so this must be rebop. Nice kit and yes it will take me a time to find another here in the UK. I might try the hydro-dip process and put all of the colours on at once!

Painting the Ice Cubes was a new skill to learn for me at 72 years old. Yes you can teach an old dog new tricks!

  • Member since
    May 2008
  • From: Louisville, CO
Posted by maniacalmodeler on Saturday, May 2, 2020 7:26 PM

I really like this one. Nice work! I especially like the work you did with the ice cubes! 

  • Member since
    November 2004
  • From: UK
Posted by PatrickW on Sunday, May 3, 2020 2:05 AM

Thanks maniacalmodeler.

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