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  1. Hi All, I have a set of Sierra Hotel resin intakes for my Hobbyboss A-10. I'm trying to think of the best way to tackle the work of masking and painting it. I want the interior to be white. Here are the options I came up with, what do you guys think? 1) Spray the hub and interior white and brush-paint the fan blades 2) Spray paint the fan blades, mask with liquid mask or tape (leaving interior and hub exposed) and then spray white 3) spray the interior white, mask off the interior and hub with liquid or tape, and spray the fan blades From a difficulty stand point, 1) is the easiest and 3)
  2. Thanks gents, looks like I'll be taking a crash course in scratch building!
  3. Looking at the instructions, it seems that if I choose to build out the guy bay set (48-577, which includes two bay doors and two sides), I'll have to scratchbuild my own gun bay 'ceiling'. The ammo drum is cemented directly to the port fuselage but there appears to be a huge gap between it and the starboard fuselage. Wouldn't the whole interior of the fuselage be visible through this gap alongside the drum? Has anyone run into this problem, or am I making a mountain out of a much smaller mountain? Thanks in advance, Jeff
  4. Hi Everyone, I'm decaling my Super Hornet with Fightertown's Jolly Rogers decal set (modeling BuNo 166620). Unfortunately my port fin suffered the damage shown below: I hope I'm not out of line but I'm wondering if someone might have a spare/leftover issue of this decal set that they're willing to part with? All I really need are the two damaged decals snailmailed to my address (Southern California) and you'll have my eternal gratitude. Thanks in advance, Jeff
  5. Did you see my pun? I'm sure it's never been done before
  6. For my current project I will brush on my remaining coats of Future and wet sand in between. In the Future I'll be sure to knock down any flat coats before the Future. Thanks again everyone!
  7. Hi Everyone, I have a main color coat consisting of Model Master flat colors. I thought the finish was smooth enough so I started spraying Future in preparation for decals. It's been a good 4-5 coats of Future but my finish is still bumpy, which leads me to believe that I didn't prepare my color coat well enough. So now I humbly submit my questions: 1) Should I take my chances and put on the decals now? 2) How many coats of Future does it take you guys to seal off a flat coat of paint? 3) What sort of steps do you guys take to ensure that your flat color coat is ready for Future? 4) W
  8. I just saw that! Let's hope they can work out the distribution soon, my build is meant to be a birthday present that's already overdue :)
  9. Hi All, I'm building a 1:48 Hasagawa Super Hornet. The kit is great but the exhausts leave a lot to be desired in terms of detail. Unfortunately there seem to be no resin aftermarket parts for this area of the jet. Is there anyone who can suggest how I can add some scratchbuilt detail? Thanks in advance, Jeff
  10. Hi All, I'm dusting off my airbrush (Iwata HP-CS) for a new project and I'm noticing a weird stuttering if I hold the air and spray wide open. Here's what I'm observing (with water as a quick test): 1) the stuttering with greater frequency as I increase pressure 2) each stutter becomes more and more brief as I increase pressure 3) if I just open up the air with an empty cup, I don't hear any variation in the sound of the air coming out 4) It doesn't seem to be affected by the activity of my compressor (ie with a full tank of air, stuttering happens both when the compressor is running and
  11. I've read that you can wipe off excess Mr Dissolved Putty with a Q-Tip soaked in 91% isopropyl alcohol if you wait a few minutes but all I get is a gummy mess and the occasional removal of too much material (which leads to seams needing refilling). Does anyone have any advice on the best way to apply MDP and smooth out excess while it's still drying? I use a cheap nylon-bristled brush to run a bead of MDP along my seam. After five minutes the material is firm to the touch. Am I just waiting too long?
  12. Thanks Andre, that's perfect. @swedeinsiam: thanks for the offer, I appreciate it.
  13. Hi Everyone, I'm ending a long hiatus from modelmaking and want to make use of the remaining ordnance from my old Hasegawa Aircraft C set (1/48). I can't find the instructions and in all honesty I can't even remember if they came with any. Does it? If so, is there anyone who can spare a few minutes to digitize them and send me a copy? I'd forever appreciate it. Thanks very much, J
  14. I use networking (cat5/6/6e) cable. I strip off the outer sheath to expose the 6 wires, and strip off each of those if I have to.
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