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Scale Auto December 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.

United States
Kalmbach Publishing Co. - Magazines
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in this issue

2 min.
starting line

A Holiday Feast HELLO SCALE AUTO ENTHUSIASTS! Welcome to the December 2019 issue, and what an issue it is. With our 40th year in the rearview mirror, we’re charging ahead on our 41st. What better way to kick off the December issue than Marcos Cruz showing you how to elevate Revell’s 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona and 1970 Plymouth Superbird with choice details? By the way, the Charger Daytona celebrated its 50th anniversary this year, and the Superbird will be 50 in 2020. A fortuitous confluence of events! We go from one of our newer voices to a veteran who’s been here since the beginning. Bill Coulter builds a resin 1956 Oldsmobile 88 Holiday hardtop — a car he’s chased after since he was in grade school. He mentioned an ad campaign Oldsmobile ran…

6 min.
shop talk

The endless debate I started building models at 9 years old when I saw the AMT Peterbilt Pacemaker 352 and 1966 Buick modified stocker kits. Like all beginners, I wasn’t very good. I tried to paint the interior of my first kit after it was all closed up! Still, I was hooked. Over the years, I started researching, detailing, and building kits for more realism. I developed a minimum number of details required for a model and got quite good at it. The problem was, it was no longer fun. Several years ago, I debated throwing the whole hobby into my personal dust bin. Before I did, I thought about when I last had fun building kits. It was as a kid. Against my better judgment, I built a kit like I did when…

1 min.
new products

1/25 Scale • Surf Wagon, No. AMT1131/12, $28.99. From Round 2 • Plymouth ’70 AAR Cuda, No. 07664, $33. From Revell • Plymouth Valiant Scamp, No. AMT1171M/12, $26.99. Chrysler short track late model sportsman. From Round 2 • ’69 Dodge Charger R/T Coca-Cola, No. MPC919M/12, $27.99. Snap-it. From Round 2 • Weekend Warrior 1967 Pontiac GTO, No. MPC918M/12, $28.99. From Round 2 • Peterbilt 359 Wrecker, No. AMT1133, $41.99. From Round 2 • 1923 Ford Model T Roadster street rod, No. AMT1130, $28.99. From Round 2 • 1967 Mercury Cyclone Eliminator II (Dyno Don Nicholson), No. AMT1151, $28.99. From Round 2 • Big Rig semi trailer, No. AMT1164, $37.99. From Round 2 1/12 Scale • Porsche 934 Jägermeister, No. 12055, $185. Big Scale Series. From Tamiya America • Yamaha XV1600 RoadStar Custom, No. 14135, $51. From Tamiya America • Lamborghini Centenario, No. AM02-0011,…

1 min.
from the tips & tech workshop

If you want to paint fine details such as dash gauges or even pinstripe a model by hand, try using paintbrushes used for fingernail art. Amazon.com (naturally) offers a wide range of individual brushes, as well as sets of nail art brushes. One that may be of particular interest is the sable striping brush with long, thin bristles that holds enough paint to pull a long line. I’ve never seen brushes this fine with such long bristles in an art supply store. Go to Amazon.com and search “Nail Art Paint Brushes”. These brushes are very reasonably priced. Check out the nail painting pens, too.…

2 min.
tips & tech

Q Is there a source for back issues of Scale Auto? - Several Readers, via email A This is an easy one that I’m including because many of you asked the same question. Visit ScaleAutoMag.com and click “Shop”. Once there, click on “Magazines” and hit “Back Issues”. Highlight “Scale Auto” in the left column and you’ll discover quite a selection of available back issues. Alternatively, you could click “DVDs & Videos,” choose “Scale Auto” in the left column and find a DVD collecting the first 35 years of Scale Auto in one place. Q I’ve been using household bleach to remove chrome from kit parts but have had minimal success. It doesn’t remove all the chrome, even if I leave the parts soaking for 24–36 hours. Can you recommend a safe, effective alternative?…

5 min.
reader tips

• I often need to make two or more identical pieces out of sheet styrene: door jambs, mounting brackets, body panels, and the like. First, I make the original and test-fit it. To duplicate the part, I mark all the edges with a pencil or permanent marker. Next, I cut an oversized piece of styrene and clamp the two together. Finally, I trim the larger piece with a sanding stick or file until just the markings on the edge of the original are removed. Don’t remove any more than the marked edge or you’ll cut into the original and change its size. Spring-loaded clamps work best depending on the size of the part. If the parts have one or more holes in them, the holes can be used to line up…