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Scale Auto

Scale Auto

April 2020

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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6 Issues

In this issue

2 min.
mentor, encourage, inspire

RECENTLY, I WAS INTERVIEWED for a story in the Wall Street Journal. While posing one of his questions, the reporter said scale modeling is a social activity. At first, the assertion struck me as incorrect, and maybe it does the same to you, too. On its face, modeling appears to be a solitary endeavor. How many of us build alone at our workbenches? But I think that the reporter is right: Modeling is social. Or, at least, it can be. As you all know, and like many of you, I learned to model sitting next to my dad. Every night for the last two months, I’ve been texting photos of my current project to a couple of friends. Along with the photos I include explanations and how-to advice. And they do the…

1 min.
scale auto

Executive Editor Mark Savage Editor Tim Kidwell Assistant Design Director Scott M. Krall Editorial Associate Monica Freitag Editorial Director Diane M. Bacha DESIGN & PRODUCTION Design Director Tom Danneman Graphic Designer Sam Primuth Production Coordinator Cindy Barder ADVERTISING Ad Sales Representative Michael Wieloch Ad Production adservices@kalmbach.com Advertising Department 888-558-1544 Advertising Email mwieloch@kalmbach.com KALMBACH MEDIA Chief Executive Officer Dan Hickey Senior Vice President, Finance Christine Metcalf Senior Vice President, Consumer Marketing Nicole McGuire Vice President, Content Stephen C. George Vice President, Operations Brian J. Schmidt Vice President, Human Resources Sarah A. Horner Senior Director, Advertising Sales and Events David T. Sherman Advertising Sales Director Scott Redmond Circulation Director Liz Runyon Director of Design & Production Michael Soliday Managing Design Director Lisa A. Bergman New Business Manager Cathy Daniels Retention Manager Kathy Steele Single Copy Specialist Kim Redmond…

7 min.
shop talk

Swap meets for donor kits Just read Tim Boyd’s great 1948 Ford gasser story in the February 2020 issue. If I want to kitbash, I’ll look for donor kits at swap meets. I’ve never paid full price. One time, I found a vendor unloading Mopar kits real cheap because he just wasn’t into Mopar. I bought a 1970 ½ Camaro cheap and was able to use its parts on four other cars and had parts left over. I’ve also bought parts from modelers who sell their extra parts. Rich Ott Joliet, IL Mopar Winged Warriors Just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed the December 2019 issue. I have been a subscriber since issue No. 3 over 40 years ago. Marcos Cruz has to be one of the best builders out there today.…

2 min.
new products

1/25 Scale • California Highway Patrol 1978 Dodge Monaco, No. MPC922M/12, $29.99. From Round 2 • ’65 Dodge Coronet 500, No. AMT1176M/12, $29.99. From Round 2 • ’65 Chevelle (modified stocker), No. AMT1177/12, $29.99. From Round 2 • 1966 Buick Wildcat Hardtop, No. AMT1175/12, $29.99. From Round 2 • Mail Box Chopper Ed Big Daddy Roth, No. MPC892/12, $24.99. No. 1 in series of 6. Decal sheet, clear parts in three colors. From Round 2 • Taco Trike, No. MPC893/12, $TBA. No. 2 in series of 6. Customizing decal sheet, clear parts in three colors. From Round 2 • Fire Chief, No. AMT1162/12, $28.99. Chevrolet Impala complete with Go To Blazes equipment, 454 engine, authentic decals. From Round 2 Die-cast • 1970 Ford Torino Cobra, No. AMM1189/06, $99.99. From Auto World 1/24 Scale • Toyota GR Supra, No. 24351, $47. From…

4 min.
tips & tech

Q I have noticed that some of the paint finishes on model cars are so shiny that they appear out of scale. I’ve also noticed that some of the articles in Scale Auto mention using a dull coat as a final coat. Is there any discussion in the model-car community about paint finishes being too shiny and out of scale? – Don Waldron, via email A If not, there is now! Yours is a great observation that does come up from time to time. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in showing off our painting and polishing skills we forget about scale realism. Super glossy and deep finishes may look great on a custom model having what would be a mega-dollar paint job on the “real thing,” but that same finish would…

3 min.
reader tips

TINY HEADLIGHTS My model car projects are generally 1/43 scale. Often, kit headlights are unsightly, yellow blobs of resin that can ruin the look of an otherwise well-constructed model. For quick, good-looking headlight lenses, I use a thin piece of clear plastic you can rescue from blister packs (like the ones batteries come in). Cut a flat piece and lightly scribe horizontal and vertical lines, appropriately spaced for your scale, on the surface with the back of a new No. 11 hobby blade. For square lenses like the GT-40, cut the appropriate rectangle with the knife; for round lenses use a small hole punch. The same material also can be used to make clear headlight fairings found on cars like the XKE. Just cut to fit and tack in place with white glue…