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The new “2010 STARRY” :)

I’ve been talking to some new friends here in Vegas who are in the business of special finishes for model trains, airplanes and the like. I am deeply grateful to them.

It turns out that if you want excellent advice on smart, professional ways to beautifully finish some small item, there’s no one better than the model hobby shop experts out there. (Rock on, you guys!) ;)

The Pinventory (at least here in Nevada) is getting rather low. At the same time, the Red Pin inventory has been way too high. Not many people want to buy Red Pins. I was annoyed… I didn’t want to get stuck with a bunch of unpopular Reds. Time to get creative. I wondered… could I transform some Reds to something actually cool?

As you may already know, when I am not sleeping or dealing with fatigue, I have been experimenting on and off with transforming existing Pins from one color scheme to another. The “Magic Purple Green” and “Shadow” Pins I invented here in Nevada were a great success.

At the same time, I never believed I could ever reproduce the Starry here in Nevada. The little white dots were too difficult. Back in Portland, I had the help of a special, handheld precision gizmo that delivered perfect, tiny white dots to help me create the first Starries. I didn’t think I could do it again without the equipment I had back then then.

The model hobby folks taught me differently. You don’t need precision gizmos for that kind of detail. What you need is a darn good magnifier and special paint with the correct properties. Also you need a good friend to do the work just to help you out. Hey you, thank you… you know who you are. ;)

The idea of a new kind of Starry started becoming possible in my mind. Still, I didn’t want an exact copy of the first ones… I wanted to make something special. |-)

So as I continued researching, I found a wonderful blue that looks like the classic Starry finish in room light… and shines with a sparkle effect in the sunlight.

As a result, we now have a new Starry that has it’s own magical transformation effect. This time the visual changes are not seen depending on the angle of the light, as in the “Shadow” Pins, but via the light intensity. This thing looks different in bright sunlight or near a bright lamp than it does in normal room light.

Here’s the 2010 Starry on Flickr.

2010 Starry thumbnail pic

These Starries cost the normal 35 bucks each.

Email me and let me know if you want a 2010 Starry!  :-)

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