I have had many visitors ask about the tools and supplies that I use to build my partworks, so I have created a ‘Shop‘ over at my main build site with Amazon links to most of the items I have used along the way. All proceeds go towards supporting my site costs, not for profit. I hope you all find this helpful!
If you are building any of the die-cast metal large scale models out there, you are probably familiar with the pain around driving screws into metal parts. In my experience, some of these screws have a tendency to bind up, strip threads, or simply snap off. Not only does it cause frustration, but it could cause a long delay in your build waiting for replacement parts.
For a while now, I have read about other builders that were using a little oil on their metal screw threads to help reduce the risk of damage and the effort needed to seat these screws fully. Up until this point, I had taken my time to carefully pre-thread metal screws, but it turns out they were on to something. I recently picked up some 3-in-One Multi-Purpose Oil (from the WD-40 Company) and it has changed everything!
I simply dip the tip of each metal screw into a tiny drop of this stuff and they go right in and without any drama. I should have done this sooner! If putting a little oil on the end of a metal screw is not feasible, you can also use a toothpick or other small tool to apply the oil directly into a screw hole before installing the screw.
To hold the oil, I use this fantastic 4 oz dispenser bottle with a built-in pump and metal lid. I fill it up and pump the lid when I need a little oil to work with. Additionally, it has a nice wide base to reduce the possibility of spills:
I highly recommend grabbing a bottle of this oil (or other similar lubricant). It will surely save you time and headache!
I received the last issue of my 1:8 scale Dodge Charger R/T by DeAgostini build back in mid-September. It was Issue 2 starting with Stage 5. Since then, I have not had any payments processed and, obviously, no more issues have shipped. By the end of October, I figured out that Issue 3 was on back order and I would have to wait a while.
Now, two months have passed, so I called Model Space here in the US. I was told that every issue from 3 to 24 is out of stock. Basically, the entire build is unavailable past the ‘trial issues’ with no ETA.
I’m told that when they do become available again, that I will receive all the back issues I have missed at once, but we will see. In my experience, these part work companies like to just say “Hey, here is that Issue 3 you have been waiting months for, and the others you missed will come monthly thereafter” this delaying the entire build time frame. I am hoping they stick to what they told me. It is really too bad, this was one of my builds I was looking forward to getting into. The waiting game continues…
UPDATE Jan 17, 2020: I spoke with Model Space today and they said they should be receiving a large shipment of issues for this build at the end of February. Since we are already 4 months behind with this build, I have asked they ship me issues 3-7 all at once to try and catch up. We shall see…
UPDATE Feb 20, 2020: Another call to Model Space and now Issue 3 should be in stock by the first week of March. Let’s see if this holds true and we can try to get caught up.
Our third issue should have shipped around October 7th, but we have yet to hear anything from Model Space/DeAgostini. They are not great about letting us know when something is on back order and will just ship it when they have them in stock again. Therefore, the build is on hold.
Regardless, we are still updating the BUILD page with the contents of upcoming issues as builders overseas are posting the information online.
Another car, another site, another long road! This time, I am building the DeAgostini 1:8 scale Dodge Charger R/T.