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  1. Terrific build. How was the nose and canopy on your kit...was it troublesome? Cheers Collin
  2. Thanks for the steer. Will for sure give them a look next week when I am there. Cheers Collin
  3. Who cares what you had on your cranial. What I cared about is that any of you with XYZ on your helmet knew the "roof", and you were able to keep me from walking into a turning E-2 prop, help find my plane in the middle of a rainy night, or not break my neck getting down a catwalk back inside the ship (or on a real bad day throw soemthing under my wheels as I screamed "lost breaks" on Land/Lanch). signed...a Naval Aviator (who didn't belong on the roof unless I was going to fly, conduct FOD walkdown, or help wash a plane on a no-fly day).
  4. Internests say they are closed. Any other shops in St. Louis worth a visit? Collin
  5. Top side photo of the same two-ship formation. Great pic of weathering effects on the top of the Hornet (click pic and enlarge).
  6. Beautiful Chuck. How do you combat dust? A finish like yours above would be a challenge in my man cave. Cheers Collin
  7. A huge shout out to David W. Aungst, who I happened to see creating F-14 tail decals for a project of his. One of his F-14's carried the earlier Strike Test airplane-swoosh marking. I asked for a few and he printed them up since this Prowler carried the same marking around the same timeframe. We have been exchanging emails on how best to put them down since they are delicate and printed on white backing. Following his directions they went down tonight with little fuss. A light brushed on coat of Future and they look terrific. One curled up a little bit (I was warned), one of the hotter decal setting solutions melted the port marking a tad, but not enough for me to cry about. The results below....Thanks again David!! Cheers Collin
  8. Isn't this a "weathering" thread? Look at that dirty bottom:
  9. I'm crying "UNCLE" for today....time for a beer. Masked off and painted the grey receivers on both sides of the tail. That pulled off some of the high vis red...so more masking to retouch those areas. Then I was planning on using Steel Beach masks to paint the grey numbers, well that reverse masking would have driven me nuts (remember the high vis red underneath is going to pull up). So I decided to spray paint and lay down the numbers and "SD". I think it looks pretty darn good for a model that is going to sit in a display case in Pax River and not win on a contest table. Time for a Dunkel. Cheers Collin
  10. Masking....and masking....and masking.....painting....and more masking, and masking...and painting. That's been my build for the last few weeks when I find time to hit the man-cave. Able to mask and paint the leading edge yellow/tan high speed LE tape, then spent a few days masking for the orange/red high-vis markings. Came out OK. Now it's time for a beer break as I decide how to spray the tail ECM receivers and to the modex/SD markings. The last photos gives you an idea what she will look like at the end (hopefully). Cheers Collin
  11. Finally got some MOJO and hit the model room recently. Trial and error getting the canopy tinted and the rest of the bird ready for paint. What I have found out is there are about a thousand way to do TPS paint schemes....I aimed for center mass and hoped for the best. I'm doing a heavily weathered/faded aircraft from ~1991 onboard NAS Patuxent River....so lets get on with it. First...major pre-shade in the areas that are heavily weathered. My observation is any black base is going to make any TPS grey you put on take on a darker tone (so beware) Next comes a series of lighter grey pre-shading and basing...along with some brown. We have seen this type of modulation over the past few years....seemed a decent way to go: Now comes very very highly thinned TPS grey's. Using Mr. Levelling Thinner....I just sprayed on thin coast to start to cover the base work Now with the base TPS down....it's time to start beating her up. You can see some references in the background, that's my target. Used a lighter color of camo grey for the touch ups. Finally, with the painting down for now....time for the non-skid. Simple Mr. Surfacer dabbed on and stippled. Darkened it up based on some reference photos: Next is back to planning my attack....mask the areas where traditional grey warning and caution markings go then shoot the Orange. Of note....other ref pics I have shows this aircraft still had white lower wings (just the section outboard the wing fold) with orange markings (except the speed break...which was white). Cheers Collin
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