SYLHS Roger’s Hobby Center – 5618 State Street – Saginaw Michigan

2015 January 24
by Doug

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Roger’s Hobby Center – 5618 State Street Saginaw, Michigan

RHC Building 000

Kit Review and Photos by Alan Mann

Alan Mann (Thumbnail)Once in a while I run across a local hobby shop that is special. Roger’s Hobby Center (RHC) is one of those places. With over thirty years experience the knowledgeable employees at RHC are among the best in the business. I am always impressed by their willingness to serve their customers and the hobby business in general.  RHC is an avid supporter of local Make-N-Take builds and R/C Events.  They graciously provide space for local hobby club meetings and demonstrations.  Without Local Hobby Shop  (LHS) businesses like Roger’s; the hobby industry would suffer greatly from lack of leadership.

 

The shop itself is clean, well lit and impeccably maintained and store features a variety of mainline hobby kits, R/C planes, boats, and cars. Local flying ace Brian frequently demonstrates the latest in R/C quad-copter equipment by deftly maneuvering them around inside. They also service R/C equipment and offer miniature railroad and craft supplies as well.  As they’ve stated things pretty well on their website…

 

“We’ve always specialized in the radio control aspect of the business (cars, airplanes, helicopters, and boats), but we also supply local hobbyists with plastic models, trains, gaming supplies, dollhouse supplies, coin and stamp materials, hobby tools, slot cars, and art supplies. We have one of the area’s best selection of puzzles, combining national brands with local manufacturers. We offer repair services for radio control vehicles as well.

We’ve now been in business for over 30 years, and we continue to serve the Mid-Michigan area for all their hobby needs. We are also branching out online, with accounts on social media giants such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. We’re pretty active all our social media sites, so stop by one and say hello!

We’re looking forward to continuing the tradition we’ve followed for more than a quarter-century – providing best-in-class service and support to our customers and promoting the hobbies we hold dear – for years to come!”

 

Again, there’s a great kit review involved here (kit compliments of RHC) of the Time Machine Mark II from the movie Back to the Future II, but this is really a plea to urge you to consider buying your models and supplies from your local hobby shop (LHS).  The LHS 000b is getting to be just as hard to find as a discontinued kit.  Owned by an individual or family, those old line hobby shops are quite often chock-full of old hard-to-find kits and supplies that you won’t find in a big-box hobby shop. That’s not to mention the expertise that is readily available in most LHS stores. The prices might be retail but by the time you add shipping and the inevitable trip to the nearest store for the paint, stripes, decals, glue etc. that you couldn’t find online you’ll probably spend about the same amount of money.

 

If you’re ever in the area stop in and look over the great selection of hobby supplies and advice – you’ll be glad you did!

 

 

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F9-F Grumman Panther 1:48 Scale AMT Model Kit #813 Review

2015 January 22
by Doug

 

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F9-F Grumman Panther 1:48 Scale AMT Model Kit #813 Review
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Review and Photos by Doug Cole Doug

Grumman’s first construction of a Navy jet fighter was a big success with two versions powered by different engines.  The FPF-2 used the Pratt & Whitney and the FPF-3 housed an Allison engine.  Prototyped in 1947, it saw production the next year. Fast and maneuverable they were the first Navy jet fighters to see combat in the Korean War. They were primarily designed for ground support, but were found to be effective interceptors as well and through its lifespan was fitted with different armaments for a variety of combat and support roles. The Allison design had a top speed of 575 mph and carried four 20 mm cannons in the J-33 configuration.

 

For the Modeler: This is a review of the F9-F Grumman Panther 1:48 Scale AMT Model Kit #813. This the latest re-release of the old AMT kit. It is rated a skill level 2 kit for intermediate modelers and is part of the Retro Deluxe Series. Included is an updated 000b and enhanced decal sheet, and refurbished part trees. The kit contains 40+ pieces. They are molded in dark blue styrene with a clear canopy.  Decals are provided for three aircraft, Navy, Marine and Blue Angel liveries are included. The parts are very clean from flash and are crisply molded. Finished dimensions of the kit are: Length: 9½” x Wingspan 9½” x Height: 3″.

 

Covered in this Review:  If you want to perfect your build; basic construction; preparing parts for better finishing; extensive paint and finishing information; adhesive selections and applications; alternate assembly sequence for improved fit and finish; repairing seams and sinks; replacing lost panel lines are discussed; cockpit console and  instrument panel treatment and highlighting; gluing clear parts without crazing; detailed landing gear construction; clamping methods and locations; clarifying part location information; using Parafilm masking; how to “tone down” raised panel lines; black washes with diluted paint; decal preparation and application; removing unwanted paint guides; how to mask for panel painting; using decal setting solutions; removing locating posts and bosses for improved fit; mounting the plane for spray painting; using tacky putty as a painting aid; applying Pledge floor finish for perfectly clear “glass” parts; livery and version considerations; decal treatments; identifying pin marks; detailed masking instructions; pilot figure colors and paint sources; are all fully examined in this extensive 17 page, full-color Step-by-Step review.

 

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Stingaree Showcar Dragster 1:25 Scale AMT Model Kit #38664 Review

2015 January 20
by Doug

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Review and Photos by Alan Mann Alan Mann (Thumbnail)

In 1971 AMT created a group of show rod dragster kits that were custom models loosely based on rail type drag cars. They added a customized body and graphics to the dragster and created their own wild-style cars. In 2008 Round 2 under the Auto World name teamed up with Retro Hobby to bring back AMT’s way-out STINGAREE in the Flashback Vintage Model Kit Reissue Series. This wild show rod meets dragster is a 1/25 scale plastic model kit that hasn’t been available since its original release in 1971. They even reproduced the original box and decal art for a real trip to the hobby scene of yesteryear. And it was a LIMITED PRODUCTION run.  

For the Modeler: This review covers the AMT Kit #AMT38664 Stingaree in 1/25 scale. The kit consists of roughly 80 parts molded in White, Chrome, Clear and Vinyl tires. While the kit does not have a skill level on the box the website rates it Skill Level 2 for 000b the moderate builder and it requires glue and paint. This is a direct Re-Release (Re-Pop) of the AMT Stingaree and has not been seen since 1971, although it is a 2008 release it can still be found online and in some local hobby stores. A majority of the kit is chrome and the plating is crisp and bright on my sample. The body is a multiple part unit but can be assembled prior to paint work giving the ability to fill and smooth any assembly lines. The motor is fairly detailed and will lend itself to aftermarket goodies easily. The main frame is solid and straight easing assembly issues. The decals are a Green/Yellow flame or Red/Yellow flame choice. Overall assembly is simple and the instructions are a five step process. Overall dimensions are: Length:10”, Width: 3½”, Height: 2½”  

Covered in this Review:  If you want to perfect your build; basic construction; preparing parts for better finishing; alternate assembly sequence suggestions for fit and ease of finishing; complete paint and adhesive selections and applications; test fitting; complete engine construction and detailing; explaining instruction errors; making realistic tires; dashboard detailing; windshield modifications for fit and finish;  front and rear suspension build sequence; chassis installation; removing unwanted copyright script; using “clear” glue for the windows and glass; comparative kit history; working with body putty; identifying and removing mold lines and ejector tabs; decal preparation and application; installing an aftermarket distributor; frame assembly; choosing a seat style version; using parts-box gauges; removing unwanted flash; how to adding wiring to the engine; a firing order schematic; dealing with warped parts; removing unwanted chrome plating; where to use superglue for added strength; how to assemble a multi-piece body; how to use decal setting solutions; working with full sheet carrier decals; are all fully examined in this extensive 17 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.

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