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  1. What is a good airbrush for a beginner?

    Try a harbor freight airbrush. They are cheap, spray well and dual action.
  2. Acrylic paint undercoat

    I always use an undercoat. No special paint, just whatever acrylic gray I have lying about. Also, before I spray the top colour, I give the undercoat a light rub with a soft lint free cloth. This buffs the paint slightly and in my opinion helps the top coat adhere better and removes that dusty look I sometimes get. Some on here use micro mesh, however I haven't tried that yet. The main reason I started undercoating was to see any blemishes left on the plastic from sanding or glue. It's also a good way to see how panel lines will look once painted. For example, the Roden 1/144 C-141 has very uneven panel lines. Some are deep, while others almost disappear under a coat of paint. Spraying an undercoat let me know which lines I needed to rescribe before applying the top coat. I am not an expert at all, others may tell you not to do any of the above, but it seems to work for me.
  3. BAE Hawk

    The Airfix kit's nose has shape issues. Quite noticeable compared to the real thing. That said I have one and will build it with out correction.
  4. Train travel in France, Germany

    I have been to France and Germany twice, both times using rail passes. Some notes: - Only certain trains will let you use the rail pass. This was particularly evident in Italy - Some routes will charge you a "booking fee" on top of what you paid for your rail pass. Therefore it might be cheaper to just buy a ticket. - In France the trains seem to be packed. In Bordeaux I had real trouble getting out of the place, first of all the wait at the ticket office was crazy and it was hot! 2nd, spaces on the trains were at a premium so when I finally got a reservation the train was packed. - Bordeaux is a nice place - Go to Toulouse and stay somewhere with a kitchen. Go to the central market, buy confit duck and Toulouse sausage. - Austrian trains are really nice, nice seats with power plugs (Go to Austria, a very beautiful country) - Food at train stations in France is really good. Try Chouquettes if you can. - If you go to Munich, don't stay near the train station. It is a horrible place. The old market area is worth a visit, great food and architecture. Most of all have fun, see some art galleries, eat some good food and drink some good wine. If I think of anything else, I will post it.
  5. Royal international Air Tattoo 2017

    I like the way in pic 36 of the B-2, the exhaust gas from the B-2 slightly blurs the F-15, making the B-2 pop out of the background.
  6. Royal international Air Tattoo 2017

    No. 12 is my fav, perfectly framed
  7. OT: Smoked Beef Back Ribs

    Those ribs look fantastic, tender, but with a bit of bite. Not being in the USA, meat selection is the hardest part of BBQ for me. Temperature control comes 2nd as the area I live in is near the coast and therefore quite windy. Its hard work, but its great fun and when you get a good brisket its worth it.
  8. Is this a Texan in the photo?

    I second an O-47.
  9. Meng F-35 available

    That seems like far too much effort (for a relatively boring paint scheme) for my lazy fool!
  10. C-130H with 8 blade props

    A little research seems to show there is only 1 LC-130 with 8 bladed props: 83-0492. It first visited New Zealand for Operation Deep Freeze in 2008.Originally 12 were planned, I don't know if this happened. According to the excellent mrcaviation blog, it was a bit of a hanger queen this year (when I saw it the engines were being worked on). Here is some info and a couple of pics (please don't steal them) http://mrcaviation.blogspot.co.nz/2017/02/operation-deep-freeze-201617-winding.html This one includes a flying pic: http://mrcaviation.blogspot.co.nz/2016/01/operation-deep-freeze-20152016.html Taxiing http://mrcaviation.blogspot.co.nz/2012/01/deep-freeze-action.html
  11. Completed: 1/100 Hawaiian Airlines DC-10

  12. What is a near miss?

    Well spotted. My least favorite saying in the english language is raze to the ground. I know it is technically correct, but to raise is to elevate not burn down!
  13. What is a near miss?

    To bring up George Carlin again, Airlines also use the term pre-boarding. There is no such thing, you either get on the plane or you don't.
  14. What is a near miss?

    Where is George Carlin when you need him?
  15. Super Hornets and sand

    Make sure you hit up "Duck Donuts", they make the best donuts around.