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Scale Auto

Scale Auto April 2019

Scale Auto magazine will inspire and teach you to build better models of your favorite muscle cars, stock cars, street roads and more! Every issue is packed with full-color photos of readers’ models, product news, kit reviews, how-to tips, and instruction to help you enjoy this exciting hobby.

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Kalmbach Publishing Co. - Magazines
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in this issue

2 min.
creating a winning finish!

To finish first, first you have to finish. That’s what they say at the racetrack and it’s true if you want to create a winning model car—a fantastic finish is key. We go all in on painting how-tos this issue, our 250th. Plus we’ve added 8 pages to help us help you brush up on your finishing skills. I’m not gonna go bonkers over marking the milestone of 250 issues, because we’re marking another anniversary next issue. But I’m proud to say we’ve got a lot for you to make this issue special. To me, painting is step one to creating a great model car. A good finish, an eye-catcher, one that’s smooth and even, well, that covers a lot of sins according to the practical philosophers among us. So we’ve got an outstanding…

1 min.
hoping for more pickup info

Has there been kit review of MPC’s 1975 Datsun Pickup that was recently reissued by Round2, and backdated to its original release? Here’s my take on it: the box art does not represent what is in the kit as far as the custom tires and wheels are concerned. The box art shows the custom tires and wheels as being fairly nice wide ones, yet the tires in the kit are barely distinguishable from the stock ones. Also, has Scale Auto ever done a story on the history of Ford pickup kits? It would be nice to see one similar to what was written in the December 2000 issue about Chevy trucks. … there are plenty, like AMT’s 1934 Ford Pickup and Monogram’s ’40 Ford Pickup, not to forget the latter 1960s…

5 min.
shop talk

On Robby’s February 2019 Finish Line Column … Robby’s latest was a good column and addresses an issue many hobbies are facing with younger participants. He makes very valid points as to why new builders are not getting on board. Certainly relevance of kits and subject matter are important, and I am sure every builder of any form of model wants to see more subject matter that is of interest to them. Me too. But the manufacturers have to see a market and demand for these new kits. Lack of participation or purchasing is always going to limit the issuing of any new product, whether it be model cars or electronic devices. The one point of debate for me was his desire for a kit that includes all the paint, glue, decals, and accessory…

1 min.
reader feedback

What’s on your workbench? Every so often we like to ask our readers on Facebook what project they’re currently deep into or what model they recently finished. Here’s our latest roster. • A custom, wide-body second generation Chevrolet Camaro. -Jesse Walker • I painted my custom 1/12 scale gasser 1957 Chevy Bel Air 210. -Paul Casarez • MPC’s 1984 GMC Pickup “Deserter” kit finished for a cancer awareness group-build on YouTube. -Jeff Ciancanelli • JoHan’s 1964 Cadillac DeVille Convertible, a restoration from a glue bomb, and a 1971 Mercury Cyclone stock car with fictitious livery since original decals fell apart. -Gary Knight • It’s not finished yet, but I laid down a Spies Hecker Clear Coat on my Tamiya Nissan Skyline 2 Door Coupe GTS kit. - Ryan Keyser • Revell’s Shelby GT350R. -Paul Scadden • Mike Finnegan’s 1969 Pontiac Firebird. -Taylor N. Braun • A…

2 min.
new products

DC CRIBS - EASY ACCESS MODULAR STORAGE SYSTEM Hey, we all have a lot of stuff in our workshops, and those of us who also collect 1/64 scale die-cast cars could fill boxes with these babies. Well, now there’s a storage system to help us keep our DC cars organized, while also saving space. Consider a Diecast Crib, a sturdy plastic drawer system with 26-point paperboard dividers that keeps cars from clacking together and damaging themselves. The system has two drawers, each holding 21 cars, so 42 total. Plus the system is built to stack, so you can connect them and neatly stack them next to a desk, in a corner or wherever you have space. They measure 12 3/8 in. wide by 12 3/16 in. deep and 5 13/16 in.…

6 min.
tips & tech

HAZARDOUS WHITE METAL? Q: I’m building a few Model Factory Hiro (MFH) kits and lately been concerned about the amount of white metal parts. I’ve read white metal could contain lead, which is dangerous to touch and breathe, and there’s quite a bit of sanding, filing, and drilling required to build these kits. MFH has yet to respond to my inquiry about the lead issue, is my anxiety and concern warranted? -Roger Franzelvia email A: MFH kits are exquisite, highend kits with tons of beautiful parts including those cast in white metal, an all-encompassing term referring to alloys containing aluminum, zinc, pewter, tin and lead. To my knowledge, lead hasn’t been used in the model part casting process for years. There’s no real way of surely knowing the composition of MFH’s metal parts without obtaining…