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Kurt H.

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  1. I get them as I need them, but I also stock up on staples, like flat black, semi gloss black, white, and metallic shades.
  2. It has happened to me twice. The first time was the AM 1/48 B-25B ... right after it was released. I got the fuselage halves together, but it ended up what I call "stair stepped" there was a pretty bad step, and If i tried to fix it by sanding, I would have to remove a lot of material, and if I managed to do that, it would look stupid. I was unable to get the halves apart so ... I ended up tossing the kit. It really stung, I was having fun building it up to that point. I tried the Trumpeter 1978 monte carlo ... and got all the way to the end and found the ride height was way too h
  3. At this point I have 1 subject left I would really like to see, but I am not sure if it would be popular... 1/48 F-86H After seeing the F-86H at the Strategic Air and Space museum in Nebraska, I wanted to build it. I have the kit in decals in 1/72, so at least I can build one. I just like unusual variants of well known aircraft.
  4. 91 % Isopropyl alcohol is very effective to remove lacquer. you can immerse the model in the alcohol, or wipe the model with the alcohol. If my understanding is correct, putty is really just a very thick paint, so anything which will remove paint will also eventually remove putty, but not as quickly. Oven cleaner seems to work a little better on enamel than lacquer. I have not tried brake fluid on lacquer. I hope it helps.
  5. The C was reissued briefly in 2019 ... it was blink and you miss it. I did not realize it was over two years ago until I double checked. When Hobby Boss released their 1/48th A-4 I hoped we would have an alternative to Hasegawa's highly irregular release schedule. They have released the M, E, and F but no early skyhawk yet. I love Hasegawa, but the variants I want to build are always the hardest to find, so it is very frustrating sometimes.
  6. I am serious, Hasegawa was the only one to make new tools of the Phantom in 1/48. There were not a lot of new tool 1/48 phantoms during the Hasegawa Phantom era. Hasegawa worked their way through all the variants, but the B/N and the C/D were practically castoffs, until the Academy C/D the only engraved panel line C/D was the ESCI C/D . To get an Engraved B/N you had to massively re-work a J. The short nose variants, with the exception of the J/S really needed a modern, engraved panel line kit, which took until 2012 when Academy dared to challenge Hasegawa's dominance with t
  7. I have received my Tamiya phantom. It looks nice in the box, but the real test will be to build it. It is amazing how the phantom went from being ignored for years, and now we have 3 new 1/48th phantom kit families. Hasegawa did just about every variant, but the very important C/D , and the B were never done with engraved panel lines. Since 2012 we have new kits from Academy, Zoukei Mura and now Tamiya. Who would have thought Tamiya would release a 1/48 phantom kit? It is a great time to be a phantom phan.
  8. This linked article is a blatant ad for a cleaning kit on amazon ... and a reply to a 10 year old thread .
  9. It is great for filling tires, but like A-10 loader said, it is not enough to run air tools. But .. It is enough to to use an Iwata LPH80 mini hvlp spray gun if you want to get into spraying larger areas.
  10. You mean the color cup, where the tube makes a tight turn? I am not sure if there is a way, I did the same thing and I think I ended up throwing away the cup.
  11. You will need: An air source (usually a compressor) An Airbrush A hose to connect the airbrush to the hose paint thinner Lots of practice some way of moving Fumes from the room in which you are spraying, such as a spray booth helpful things: Interdental brushes for cleaning mixing cups or tattoo ink cups for mixing paint out side the airbrush Disposable droppers for measuring paint and thinner Extra needle and nozzle plastic jaw pliers I am sure i am forgetting something, but hopefully you
  12. Nice work restoring these. I am glad to see you posting again, I am not sure if you remember me, but we used to talk on the old PSAB chat, and I remember your work on the model cars magazine forum. -Kurt
  13. This is why it is so important to research a company before you buy, this same story has been repeated for nearly 20 years.
  14. Yes, I do. I am not sure how to describe it, but unpainted plastic, just looks like unpainted plastic. However if it is painted well, with smooth, even paint, it looks so much better.
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