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Richard Marmo's


Whenever we're asked, as modelbuilders, how we built a particular model or achieved an especially unique or realistic effect, we tend to go into excruciating detail. Invariably, we attribute the result to everything from the kit we started with (state of the art) to our years of experience and personal talent (obviously superior to everyone else). And, inevitably, we conveniently fail to mention the one thing that so frequently is what really makes the difference. The Oops! factor.

You say you don't think you know what the Oops! factor is? Well, think again. Simply put, the Oops! factor is the result you get that you didn't expect to get when you set out to get the result that you didn't get.

It happens all the time. Pull a piece of tape off and the microscopic bits of paint that come with it give you the weathering effect you wanted but couldn't figure out how to get. Or your finger twitches on the airbrush trigger and the resulting spatter winds up being what you were after in the first place. Or....well, you get the idea. If you've ever made an apparently disastrous mistake that was followed by "Hmm-m-m?", "I'll be..." or "How about that!", you've been cheek to jowl with your own personal Oops! factor.

Like it or not, the Oops! factor is a part of our model projects far more often than most of us would care to admit. Learn to use it.

CRETACEOUS CREATIONS, 8420 Craig Hill Drive, St. Louis, Missouri 63123 has done it again with an absolutely magnificent 1/18 scale Pentaceratops (yep, that's another dinosaur). Masterfully sculpted by Shane Foulkes, this effort puts his previous Baryonyx in the shade.....and it was no slouch.

While the quality of both the Baryonyx and Pentaceratops are uniformly excellent, the density of surface detail on the Pentaceratops is at least double that of the Baryonyx. To say that there isn't a fraction of an inch without detail is an understatement. So much detail is crammed onto the skin that wrinkles almost have wrinkles!

The kit itself is comprised of 11 beautiful resin components, along with two ultrasmall glass eyes. Parts breakdown takes the form of the body/tail as a single piece, four legs, head/frill, lower jaw, the two large forward curving horns and a separate tongue. And a small, elongated terrain base is included. As you can see from the photos in this column that Shane provided, the finished creature has a realistic, dynamic pose that helps bring it to life. Instructions are the same expanded three-page set that accompanies the Baryonyx. You shouldn't have any problem with them, but do consider them generic and feel free to make whatever adjustments are necessary for the specific subject you're working on.

Packaging is identical to the Baryonyx, so no need to worry about it getting to you damaged. Short of crushing the entire box, it won't happen.

While I haven't built the little fella (girl?) yet (I'm still trying to work my way down to the Baryonyx), dryfitting is a delight. Seams virtually disappear when simply holding the parts in place. Quality of the castings (and here I'm including parts breakdown, male/female sockets and finished parts with near non-existant parting lines) are of such high standards that there should be a line outside the shop of the guy who does Shane's mold work.

Do keep in mind that you won't be able to fully build this beast before you start painting. This is due to the fact that the underside of the frill, which is barely visible after completion, is just as detailed as the rest of the model. You'll have to paint that area first before installing the head. No problem doing this, just different.

Very reasonably priced at $110 including shipping in the U.S., if you have any interest in dinosaurs, this one is a must. If you prefer one built, painted and mounted on a wood base, you can have it for a mere $220, again including shipping in the U.S. And as I mentioned in the Baryonyx review, try to give Shane a call first at 314-849-9754 so he can discuss specifics of your order.

Does the now and future International Space Station get your attention? If so, then you'll love a new kit from INTERMOUNTAIN RAILWAY COMPANY ...a 1/144 scale replica of the Station.

Containing 320 parts packed in 22 numbered clear bags, it takes a 15 x 10 x 4 box to hold everything and there is absolutely no room left over. You also get an 8 page instruction booklet that includes a 3 page parts list. The list goes so far as to identify the bag number, part number, part name and the quantity required. Then there's 5 pages of exploded views to aid in assembly, 11 pages of parts drawings, 3 pages that describes the final assembly sequence, another page identifying the modules, a perspective drawing of the station along with an exploded perspective drawing of the station and a photograph of the finished model mounted on it's optional stand. If that ain't enough, you'll also find a letter from Frank Angstead, CEO of INTERMOUNTAIN RAILWAY COMPANY that includes an 800 (800-472-2530) number you can call for replacement parts or additional information. Whew!

Aside from the subject itself, the kit is unusual is that it comes pre-decorated, meaning colors are correct and markings/decals are already applied. All you have to do is build it, but that alone will take several days.

I haven't started mine yet, in large part because I haven't had it that long. However, in the course of eyeballing all those bags and wading thru the various printed matter, I would make several suggestions to anyone getting ready to start their own kit. Most importantly, I'd pick up a quantity of small zip-loc bags. Reason? None of the parts have engraved numbers on them, though they're properly identified on the parts list. This means you're going to have to keep putting loose parts..along with the completed module...back in the appropriate bag. Trouble is, once opened, there's no practical way to close'em again. Zip-loc bags give you the luxury of opening and closing as often as you need to.

Next, do not...I repeat, do not...assemble this kit with CA. The basic configuration is long and spindly (overall dimensions are 30 x 22 x 15 inches), with various components attaching at right angles. This means one thing. Shear stress and a lot of it. And what is the great weakness of CA? You guessed it, shear strength. I rest my case.

Because this kit is designed to be broken down into 36 modules for easy transporting and then reassembled on-site, the optional display base is definitely recommended.

While the $159.95 price sounds steep, one look at the parts-packed box will change your mind. The stand will set you back another $29.95. And one more thing. Before long, an enhancement kit containing some 100 additional parts and selling for $39.95 will allow you to elevate the basic model to near-museum quality.

AMT/Ertl is back with eight (actually 18 when you consider that three are SuperSets with three kits per box and one holds five manned spacecraft launch vehicles) more new releases and three of'em are aircraft.

First up is the Show-Off Hauler SuperSet in 1/25. You get a '57 Corvette Street Machine, '91 Chevy Stepside Pick-Up and a Display Case Trailer. The trailer, of course, is an enclosed transport trailer that hooks to the back of the Pick-Up. Because the sides, top and ends are molded in clear, it does double duty as a display case for the Corvette...or any other car you choose to park in it.

Both the Corvette and Stepside are typical AMT/Ertl car kit offerings, molded in light gray for ease in painting. All parts are bagged, including the clear components for the trailer, except for the windshields and other transparencies. They're simply tossed into the box loose, along with tires, decals and instruction sheets. Incidentally, the '91 Stepside can only be gotten in this set.

Prefer street machines instead? Then the next 1/25 scale AMT/Ertl offering is for you. Street Machines SuperSet contains a '67 Chevy Impala 2-Door, '67 Chevy Chevelle 2-Door and a '66 Chevy Nova 2-Door. Both the Nova and Chevelle kits are exclusive to this combo set. Packaging is identical to the previously described Hauler SuperSet, except that the Nova and Chevelle kits are molded in white. And the Nova and Impala bodies were loose in the box while the rest of their parts were bagged.

Third and last of the SuperSets is the '69 Muscle Cars SuperSet. Still to 1/25 scale, you get a Plymouth Barracuda, Hurst Olds and Ford Torino 2-Doors. In this case, all three kits are exclusive to the SuperSet. Buy'em this way or not at all. Packaging matches the other SuperSets, but this time the Hurst Olds is molded in white, while the other two are in light gray. Each of the three SuperSets carries a price of $29.50.

The latest offering from the AMT/Ertl PRO SHOP line is another member of the Craftsman Series. This time it's the '64 Ford Galaxie 500 XL in 1/25 scale. Originally produced in 1964 (for obvious reasons), the kit builds up into a nice, basic static display model. That means no engine, positionable hood or alternate parts. Priced at $11.00.

Particularly interesting is AMT's digression from their usual packing method. In this case, it's a bags within bag approach. To begin with, everything (except for instructions and a very small decal sheet) are contained inside one large bag. Three more bags are inside of it. Two hold the chrome parts (one for the wheels and one for all other chrome) and the third holds the car body. After you remove the car body, chassis and interior shell (they're all nested), you find three more bags. One holds the tires & axles, number two contains the instrument panel and other interior parts, while the final bag holds the clear parts. This is one time you won't have to worry about clear components being scratched as a result of rubbing against the other parts.

Spacecraft modelers, whether their interest lies in fact or fiction, have to deal with a common problem.....the fact that few spacecraft models are built to a common scale. Granted, there are frequently extenuating circumstances....immense size differences being primary among them. For example, while you have a 1/72 scale kit of the Starfury from the Babylon 5 TV series, a 1/72 kit of the Babylon 5 space station is not only impractical but almost beyond comprehension. On the other hand, certain spacecraft are logical candidates for modeling in constant scale. The early U.S. manned space program comes quickly to the fore.

With that thought in mind, consider one of the latest offerings from AMT/Ertl's PRO SHOP line. A 1/200 scale Man In Space Rocket Collection that gives you all five of the launch vehicle/capsule combinations that were used from the very beginning thru the first Lunar landing. Included are the Mercury Redstone, Mercury Atlas, Gemini Titan II, Apollo Saturn 1B and the Apollo Saturn V. You also get a rectangular black base to mount them on.

Originally produced by another company (MPC I think, but I could be wrong) many years ago, the kit holds it's own even by today's standards. There's a surprising amount of surface detail (raised, of course), considering it's small scale. You'll even find a couple of LEMs that fit inside the Apollos.

All parts for the launch vehicles are cleanly molded in light gray styrene and contained within four plastic bags. The black base is a separate, loose piece and is joined by the decals and instructions.

Instructions are of the oft-seen drawings/arrows/paint letters variety. However, AMT/Ertl does add one nice touch...a numerical list beside each model's assembly drawing identifying the various parts. And they do it in four languages. Decals are glossy and basic, so the enthusiast has plenty of room to improve things. On the other hand, those who simply want a common scale collection of our early space program can get very good results straight from the box. The only fly in the ointment is that the base has a smooth surface with two groups of flashed over holes that can be drilled out. Trouble is that the holes aren't located in any kind of a pattern that would make them useful and the instructions don't offer a clue as to how to mount the finished models. Experienced modelers can overcome that problem easily enough, but beginners will be staring at a stone wall. Still, the $20.00 price tag is reasonable.

Also new from AMT/Ertl are three 1/72 scale aircraft, two F-15s and an F-14. However, if you get to thinking that they look a tad familiar, you'd be right. They were originally ESCI kits that have been reissued with a couple of extra twists added.

Probably the most interesting of the three is the F-15E Strike Eagle with Ground Crew. Not only do you get an F-15E with positionable canopy, air brake and separate fast packs, there's also an 11 x 12 1/2 inch black plastic base for use in creating a diorama. A piece of heavyweight cardstock, with a pretty realistic runway section printed on it, is included to make your job just a little easier.

Dioramas require more than just the aircraft, so the kit also includes 5 ground crew figures, tow tractor, weapons loader and a flatbed trailer designed to be combined with the tractor. All parts are contained in four bags, except for the canopy, decals and instructions. Cost is $20.25.

The other two aircraft kits are essentially identical, the sole difference being the subject. One is an F-15C Eagle while the second is the F-14A Tomcat. Both are PlusPack offerings, meaning that each contains six colors of Model Master paint, a tube of Testors cement and a basic paintbrush. When combined with the kit parts, this is an excellent way to get a youngster started into modelbuilding. The single box will contain virtually everything needed to produce a very creditable finished model....without spending any more money. Both kits sell for a quite reasonable $15.50 each.

Partly due to the sheer number of kits that have become available over the last thirty or forty years, we've become used to kits being available for a limited period of time. A few months or years later, the kit's reissued with a different box and markings, remains available for a given length of time, disappears for a while and the cycle continues. But some kits stay gone for so long that you forget about them or give up hope of ever seeing them again. When they do finally surface, even though they're no match for current standards, you're always glad to see'em.

A couple of those old friends have been brought back by THE TESTOR CORPORATION, this time as part of their HSO (HOBBY SHOP ONLY) line. The first one is a 1/48 kit, originally produced by IMC, of the Gates Learjet. Oh, quit grumbling. I know it's a corporate jet and it has fit problems. It had fit problems when it first hit the shelf from IMC, so you can't blame TESTOR for that.

On the other hand, look what it does have. It's 1/48 scale, accurate, decently detailed on the interior and replicates the original Learjet before it began to stretch and grow. As far as I know, it's the only kit depicting the original Learjet configuration that's ever been produced in any scale.

In this incarnation, parts are cleanly molded in a mid-gray styrene with all parts (including clear parts) in a single plastic bag. Instructions and decals are separate. The box itself is of end flap design, but utilizes a thin corrugated cardboard stock. As a result, end flap or not, the box is as sturdy as you'd want.

Instructions are primarily explanatory text with accompanying illustrations as needed. Decals are Invisa-Clear by Scale-Master. No further explanation needed there. And don't forget that the design of this kit allows all transparencies to be installed from the outside, after painting is complete. The $9.00 price tag doesn't hurt either.

Another HSO offering from TESTOR that I was beginning to think we'd never see again will be welcomed with open arms by anyone interested in helicopters. That georgous little 1/32 scale Kaman H-43 Huskie that first saw life as a HAWK kit is back. Despite it's age, it holds it's own in today's market. Raised detail is rather delicately rendered, the interior is nicely done and the intermeshing rotors are geared.

Two plastic bags hold all the parts and a third bag contains the clear parts which is then placed inside one of the other bags. Instructions take the form of a 12-page 8 1/2 x 11 booklet. It combines text and illustrations, includes occasional advanced modeling tips and spends half a page on weathering hints. Decals are Invisa-Clear from Scale-Master and include alternative markings for either a bare metal air rescue bird as depicted on the box or one of two camouflage schemes. The box, by the way, is identical to the one used for the Learjet, aside from being just a little larger.

There is one curious glitch in the instructions. Instead of a profile drawing showing the location of markings and colors for the air rescue bird, you get a profile of an aircraft belonging to the Department of Natural Resources of the State of Washington. Trouble is, no decals are provided for that aircraft.

1/32 helicopter models, of any kind, are hard to come by. The unique intermeshing rotors make this kit just that much more desirable. And the drop-dead bargain price of $9.00 is simply icing on the cake!

As long as we're on the subject of helicopters, there's one type that many modelers would've hocked their eye teeth for. The Bell 47G (also known as the H-13, OH-13, OH-13S and God knows how many other designations). Even people who don't know a helicopter from a cowboy boot are familiar with a Bell 47, thanks to the opening credits of that wildly popular TV series M*A*S*H. Since the series is now constantly in reruns, that good ol' Bell 47 is still highly visible.

Technical constraints kept manufacturers from producing accurate injection kits of the 47G until a few years ago, mainly because of that open framework boom. Then in short order, the 47G appeared in both 1/35 and 1/32 scale. Last year, I believe, ITALERI came out with a very nice 1/72 (!) kit. Now ITALERI has upscaled their 1/72 kit to 1/48. And TESTOR distributes ITALERI kits in the U.S.

The TESTOR/ITALERI 1/48 OH-13S comes packed in the standard (read flimsy) ITALERI box. Strangely, it's 90 brown and 3 clear styrene parts are not bagged, which virtually guarantees that you'll have to polish scratches out of the bubble. Instructions are the familiar international style and decals provide markings for U.S. Army, British Army and Italian A.F. machines.

All in all, it's a very nice kit that is well up to normal ITALERI standards. You get two styles of fuel tanks, as well as both types of landing skids. Keep in mind that many, if not most, OH-13s used the angular cross-tubes instead of the curved ones. Also, you don't need to warp a curved droop into the blades. The ones that drooped were high inertia weighted blades. Straight ones were wood and would last forever unless you physically destroyed them.

Because of molding limitations, which has always been the case where the 47's open frame is concerned, you'll have to ignore a couple of things and simply accept that it looks like a Bell 47. Or at least one of'em. The second one can be corrected.

All of the tubing on the open framework is twice the diameter it should be in 1/48. .055 as opposed to the correct .027. Course, I'd have hated to try to build it if ITALERI had done that! Conversely, the problem that can be corrected is the landing skids. Instead of the tubes being .044 in diameter as provided in the kit, they should be .062 or 1/16 inch in diameter. This is easily correctable using Plastruct tubing and makes the finished model look much more realistic.

There are a couple of minor but prominent errors that have to be dealt with if you're aiming for an accurate OH-13S. First, those rolled and pleated seats have to go. Military seats were nothing more than a sheet metal form with plain cushions. There also was no center seat. And the instrument console comes up too far. Check your references for the specific one you're building to see how high it rises, then cut the kit-provided one down from the bottom. Finally, unless you have photographic evidence, leave the doors off. Most of the time they were never mounted, even in the dead of winter.

Despite these flaws, none of which are all that terrible, it's still an excellent representation of a 1/48 Bell 47G/OH-13S. Priced at $18.00.

Newest effort from OCIDENTAL, distributed in North America by PRECISION PARTS, INC., is their long awaited 1/48 kit of the Supermarine Spitfire Mk. IXe. The kit, at first glance, is beautiful. You get 65 light gray and 5 clear styrene parts, decals by Aeromaster and an 8 x 12 instruction sheet that folds out to 16 x 24, everything fitting into a very flimsy end flap box. All parts are held in a single bag, including the clear parts, so you may have some polishing to do. Surface detail is excellent, mainly taking the form of delicately done scribing. Dimensions for length and span are within a few hundredths of an inch of dead on.

Parts breakdown is quite conventional for the most part. Wingtips are separate, as are the prop blades, which is to be expected since additional versions are planned. There are also inserts for the cannon bulge on the top of the wings. And it looks like they did a very creditable job of reproducing that gull effect on the lower wing/fuselage juncture.

Cockpit interior is very nice, with a lot of potential for superdetailing.

Unfortunately, when you start looking a little closer, it becomes apparent that there's trouble in River City. For starters, the provided rudder is of the rounded top variety. While accurate for some Mk. IXs (Johnnie Johnson's Spit IX had this type of rudder), most had the pointed type. In spite of that, you can't really berate'em too much in this case since various rudder styles were interchangable.

Working our way up the list, the cannon bulges don't appear to be big enough and the cannon itself is too short. In turn, this makes the taper of the cannon housing wrong. Adding insult to injury, there's another small bulge between the cannon bulge and the fuselage that actually shows up in a photo of the real aircraft that's printed in the instructions. It's not there at all.

But it's the forward fuselage, from the firewall on, where things really get nasty. Simply put, it's not right. For example, the top cowl line of the Spitfire IX is nearly level until just before it reaches the spinner, at which time it makes a little dip. The kit's cowling incorporates a gradual taper, then a slight dip. Moving down to the lower cowl line, it looks too fat and the characteristic angle that's formed as the line rises to meet the spinner looks off as well. There's a possibility that this is an optical illusion created by another problem. Look at a top view of a Spit IX and you'll see that the cowl line describes a very slight, soft arc that runs from the firewall to the spinner. The kit's top view cowl line is nearly dead straight until it dips in to meet the spinner. Same problem on the bottom view cowl line, but worse. Not only do you have that same soft arc, it also gradually tapers into a radius the closer you get to the spinner. Not the kind of problems you'd expect from a kit selling for $29.99 in the U.S. and $41.99 in Canada.

The rest of the kit is beautiful, but will someone please do an aftermarket replacement casting for that cowling?

Do you ever get the urge to build something completely off the wall? Something wild or weird? Maybe a fantasy figure? If so, MR. BONES MODELWORKS has just the thing for you.

MR. BONES MODELWORKS, whose alter ego is Warren Dossey, has just released the first figure in an eventual four-figure setpiece. If you're looking for something to have some fun with and still hone your modeling skills, this'd be a good one.

The Unholy Demon is both the first and central figure of the four-figure setpiece. To 1/8 scale and cast in resin, the Demon is best described as a humanoid lizard. Legs and torso are essentially those of a well-muscled human, but from the ankles down, things change to reptillian, three-toed feet with vicious claws (the better to rip enemies open). While the torso is human, the head is strictly a reptile, it's wide-open mouth displaying a healthy collection of teeth and a very prominent tongue. Arms are an odd combination of human and lizard, ending in a humanoid hand with three fingers and an opposing thumb. A large and long lizard tail grows out of the buttocks, two leathery wings hang down his back, a huge, battered battle ax rests on his right shoulder and an armored protector covers his most sensitive area. The Demon is posed standing in the midst of Temple ruins, one foot on a broken wall.

While the castings are of good quality with few surface flaws, this isn't going to be a quick build. For one thing, a fair amount of clean-up will be needed. Not really surprising when you consider the configurations of some of the parts. If you're not used to building figures, be aware that the leg/foot joints are mated with a butt joint. Warren used these areas as pouring points, so once you clean off the sprue, you'll have to drill and pin the joints for strength. No problem for experienced figure builders, but a little tricky for the beginner. In fact, pinning all joints in combination with five minute epoxy would be the best all around solution.

Once you've got it built and primed, you'll have a ball with the painting. The wide variety of scale/skin, along with metal accented wrist and ankle leather cuffs, will give you plenty of opportunity to practice your drybrushing techniques. Colors are strictly your choice, but since he's a Demon, I'd suggest something ominous and evil.

Order directly from MR. BONES MODELWORKS, 3217 Forestbrook Drive, Lakeland, FL 33811 (ph. 941-647-0932). $85.00 plus shipping.

Regardless of your visual acuity...or lack of it....most of us wind up using some kind of optical aid in the course of our modelbuilding. Whatever your reason, the product of choice is usually an OptiVisor or something similar. And it does the job most of the time. But sometime you need more. Such as the Zeiss Loupes from MILLER OPTICAL INSTRUMENTS, INC., (800-985-5524).

Consider, then, the Carl Zeiss G3 Loupes. Normally, whenever someone says 'loupes', we think of the type used to examine photo negatives or a supplemental lens that mounts on the front of a headband magnifier. These, people, are a whole different animal.

If you've ever watched a TV medical show and noticed surgeons wearing what appears to be a pair of miniature binoculars or microscopes attached to eyeglass frames, you've seen Zeiss loupes. And expensive little devils they are, too, to the tune of $2,000 a pair and up.

The G3 Loupes you see in the photograph are nothing more than a lower cost version of the surgical variety, but still posessing the same uncompromising optics system. I've had a chance to play with a pair (carefully, of course) for the last month or so and they're real dandies.

Utilizing a very durable plastic frame, an alternate set of temples to allow for proper fit and a provided screwdriver for easy exchange, the entire unit comes fitted in a hard plastic case. And when I say fitted, I mean it. They only fit one way or you can't get the case closed.

Additionally, the temples are tiltable, nose saddle is height adjustable, a locking retainer cord holds them securely in place and you can choose from three focal lengths. Field of view ranges from 1.6" to 2.5", depending on the focal length. Interpupillary distance is adjustable by a single knurled knob. Think binoculars and you'll get the idea. What you're doing is adjusting each lens so that they're centered over your pupil.

So what are they like to use? Strange, for starters. They take a while to get used to, so there's a definite learning curve. But the more you use'em, the more interesting they become.

The field of view is circular, just like a telescope and totally different from the rectangular field of most headband magnifers. Because of the superb quality of Zeiss optics, that circular field is also bright, crisp, and distortion free. Nor is there any falloff in color accuracy. Use'em long enough and conventional magnifier images will look dull and gray. You have to go to high-dollar camera and telescope lenses to find anything similar.

While the optics system will allow modelers to do extremely delicate work with a clarity not otherwise possible, they're not for everyone. Because of the fact that focal lengths fall between 10 and 16 inches, depending on the model you choose, you're essentially working at near-arm's length. This means that aircraft and armor modelers probably couldn't use them except under certain limited conditions. They're certainly valuable to the figure painter, once you get used to painting at a distance. The shading and detailing you'd be able to do on faces would be mind-boggling. And ship builders ought to take to these things like a duck to water. Especially devotees of full-rigged sailing ships.

Bottom line? Compared to the equipment we're used to, they're on the pricey side at $490.00. But like a lot of other high dollar tools, when you have a need for them, they're worth it.

If you asked modelers to name items they couldn't build models without, it's a safe bet that high on the list would be putty. The stuff comes in all flavors, even two-part epoxy, but most of us use what is essentially automotive spot and glazing putty. Now MODEL MASTER has added a 4.5 oz tube of Red Putty to their line. Marketed in a blister pack and selling for $4.99, it's as good a putty as you're going to find.

Another essential is the good ol' hobby knife. Whether by X-acto or someone else, we seem to have as many of them laying around the shop -or even the house- as we do ball point pens. But there's always room for one more...especially one like the latest from MODEL MASTER. Selling for $4.95, it has a black rubberized barrel and a neat little three-sided dohicky with a hole thru it. Slip the whatsit over the knife handle and you wind up with a very effective anti-roll device.

Beginning to have a little trouble reading the dial on your dial caliper? Wouldn't have anything to do with the fact that you're getting older, would it? Nah! Modelbuilders don't get older. If we did, we'd never finish all those kits on our to do list.

O.K., so all those little numbers and tic marks simply shrank overnight in order to irritate you. That still leaves you with the problem of how to read'em. Enter WOODWORKER'S SUPPLY with the answer....a set of reasonably priced Electronic Digital Calipers. They're exactly like ordinary dial calipers in that they're still made from hardened stainless steel and will measure in four ways. What makes them different is that rectangular that contains both the battery and screen for the digital readout. Numbers are just a tad better than 1/8th inch tall. There's also a button you can push that will convert decimal dimensions to metric. Finally, it automatically shuts down after five minutes in order to conserve the battery.

A solution at last for those incredible shrinking numbers. And all for an economical $59.95, including a hard case to keep'em in. Call WOODWORKER'S SUPPLY at 800-645-9292 to order yours or to request a catalog.

Attenzione Italianos! The CRAFTWORKS 1/32 Macchi 202/205 is now available. We'll take a look at it in May.

And that is it for this month. See ya' next time.


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