About 2 thirds of the remaining unassembled parts of my 1:96 USS Constitution
warped and buckled beyond repair... so I dumped the lot in the trash. It was not
practical for me to source and buy the necessary replacement parts.
==Did you buy this kit new, or did you buy it at a flea market? If new, take
it back to where you bought it and get a replacement for the kit or your
money back. If from a flea market (from someone other than new), you are up
the proverbial creek without that very handy paddle.
If the broken parts are your masts/spars, you can make them from wood. I
did that on my Heller Santa Maria, not because they were broken, but because
the plastic ones began to sag from the rigging. That in and of itself is a
very satisfying part of building tall ships. If you go that route and need
some advice, let me know.
Strengthening parts is not one of putty's best qualities. Look towards 5
minute epoxy, or sheet styrene(spelling) with CA glue. If it is a mast/spar
look for a piece of wire (piano, coat, etc.) to place inside the mast/spar.
But then, see the previous paragraph.
Imagination - use it when trying to fix things. There are so many things
around the house for fixing models. AND, if you are married, your wife
should have all kinds of nifty little things in her cosmetics bag/box that
will put the best hobby shop to shame. Whenever my wife gets a new gadget I
always try to think how I can use it in my workshop - and if she sees my
eyes roving over it, her words are always - DON'T YOU DARE!!!
Anyway, just a couple of hints to git you along.
I looked into that because one of the masts did snap, but I used a metal
pipe with putty surrounding it to keep it in place. The mast does not
bend now which may introduce a whole set of new problems because of its
Generally I use metal piping, but Tamiya's putty, whilst not rock solid,
has proven not too bad for rebuilding parts when mixed with testor's
tubed glue. The result is a pretty hard piece, but may have the same
problem as mentioned earlier - strong, but inflexible.
I have rebuilt as much as I can, the spokes of the capstan broke. To
replace the spokes I melted some sprues in an old pot and made a
template from aluminium (aluminum) can. In general that is what I have
done for most of the parts. Others are just not possible and I have
several parts left off.
The amount of dameged parts you describe make the kit unusable IMO.
You shoudln't have to come up with all these fixes for a "new" kit.
I never had any problems with Revell-Monogram's customer service.
I would recommend that you contact them and describe your problem.
I'm sure they'll come up with a satisfactory resolutution. Assuming
that thhis kit is currently in production.
Here is the info:
For all the patch work I have done, it would have been easier to return
it for a less damaged one, however, it was the last one in the store,
and to make matters worse it was the last one for the city.
To rub salt into the wound, the supplier (the same one does the majority
of stores) had 20 on back-order with an expected delay of anywhere
between 3 to 6 months.
I will contact them, at least if I can get replaced anything that is
going to be visible, then at least then I will be happy.
I'm sorry to report that Al Superczynski passed away this morning in
Little Rock, Arkansas after experiencing an allergic reaction. Many of
you know" Super Al" from his many contributions to a wide range of
modeling activities, including the Alps Decal groups, the Airline
groups, Nostalgia groups, RMS, and Internet Modeler - to list just a
Al was about camaraderie, and was exceptionally generous in sharing
his expertise and friendship. He will certainly be missed after making
such a mark on our hobby and in the lives of those who knew him.
I will be attending his memorial service and would be happy to pass
any comments to his wife and family.
Damn damn damn! This is really terrible news. Al was great to exchange
mail with, he often spoke about modeling in Japan while he was
stationed here, and I enjoyed very much interacting with him. It is a
sad loss indeed. Rest well Al, I won't forget you.
That is a terrible news! My condolences to his family.
While I didn't agree with his political views I was always impressed
with his modeling knowledge. He was always so friendly and helpful
here, on Hobby Heaven board and on all the Alps Yahoo groups. He always
had so many projects going, yet he was never to busy to help out
others. And the quality of his decal work was outstanding.
He departed this world way too soon. He will be missed by many.
I'm speechless - Al in so many ways is RMS to me. The place will never be
the same. Please make sure his family knows how many people that would never
know Al in person came to think of him as a friend through his good and
generous advice, knowedge and sense of humor that will never be forgotten
and sorely missed.
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<p>Gene K wrote:
<blockquote TYPE=CITE>I'm sorry to report that Al Superczynski passed away
this morning in
<br>Little Rock, Arkansas after experiencing an allergic reaction. Many
<br>you know" Super Al" from his many contributions to a wide range of<br>modeling activities, including the Alps Decal groups, the Airline<br>groups, Nostalgia groups, RMS, and Internet Modeler - to list just
<p>Al was about camaraderie, and was exceptionally generous in sharing<br>his expertise and friendship. He will certainly be missed after making<br>such a mark on our hobby and in the lives of those who knew him.<p>I will be attending his memorial service and would be happy to pass<br>any comments to his wife and family.<p>Gene K.</blockquote>
<p>I started lurking on this NG about 5 years ago. Al was the elder statesman.
He was one of those who didn't need to beg attention. His expertise and
willingness to share made him stand out.
<p>He is certainly a presence who will be missed here at r.m.s.<p>Blessings upon him, and condolences to his family and friends.
I never met Al but we passed kits and mail back and forth a bit over the
years. I still have our community box!
I don't think Al ever let Dan's monkey get close enough to get him, (when he
stopped by the Temple for a quick one) or let Dennis' catterwawling get
under his skin, or tire of the Great 1/72 C-5 debate. ;-)
I have to mention just one more item, though. When I asked about the best
1/72 P-51D, a long time ago, Al was one of the first to answer and the
ensuing expansion of that thread, I'll swear is what led FSM to do the
article on all P-51 kits out there. You did it Al!
Anchors Aweigh, Al
I never met Al. I never called him. I never swapped kits or e-mails with
him. I hardly even replied to his posts here. I had no idea about his
politics, religion, marital status or age. Regardless, he will be missed by
this inhabitant of the land down under. The RMS clubhouse will be a
quieter, sadder place for his lack.
Please pass on to his family my thanks for allowing him to share his time
with us, and let them know that he enriched ALL our lives, all over the
May I suggest that you print out these responses from us and pass them on
to Al's family? It might help them if they know that they aren't alone in
this time of loss. Unless you think it inappropriate, in which case a
simple tally of numbers might be in order.
That is my intent. There are many, many nice comments that folks have
made not only on RMS, but on other modeling forums, lists, and boards.
He was a superstar in this fraternity.
Oh dear. I'm shocked and saddened by this awful news.
Al was one of the most helpful people that I've ever corresponded with on
Usenet and he did an awful lot to make rms into the friendly community that
it is. He will be sadly missed.
Gene, et al...
I'm a long time lurker but I just wanted to say how sorry I am to hear
My condolences to his family for their loss.
God Bless Al, and thanks for sharing your passion and your skills.
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