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  1. Grey Ghost 531

    Renwall Atomic Annie

    Dragon kitted it in 1/72. It's more accurate than the Renwal monster (I have both) but it's still cool. I've also got the Zvezda Topol and Iskandar. Both of those are insanely awesome kits judging by the box contents at least. I guess I have a thing for "doom porn"!
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    Laser aimer for badger airbrush

    Fine Scale Modeler ran a gag article about a laser sight for an airbrush in one of their April issues for April Fool's day. One of the images was the laser burning a hole in the model they were trying to paint.
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    US Navy terminology question.

    We never used "gouge" to mean rumors; only for valid information. It was more used for meaning passdown information at shift change, hints and tips for troubleshooting, deployment schedule information...all of this was "the gouge". Really important info was "the good gouge". I guess rumors could be "bum gouge" in some cases. ...unless the rumors proved true...then they'd be "the good gouge". Scuttlebutt goes all the way back to the days of sail when drinking water was served out of a wooden "butt" or barrel on the deck of the ship. Maybe they stored the drinking water on the edge of the deck near a scuttle? Back when I was a newbie the shop sent me out on one of these quests. I think it was for a "speed gate" which is just an electronic pulse in the radar circuitry. Had gotten the good gouge on this trick so I just went over to the geedunk and had me some pogey bait for a couple of hours. Then I went back to the shop and said I couldn't find any speed gates at supply and they laughed and I laughed and life went on.
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    US Navy terminology question.

    The geedunk is where you buy pogey bait. The scuttlebutt is usually on the deck right outside the hatch up against the bulkhead. Watch out for the knee knockers and head bangers.
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    Looking for model builder in Hawaii

    Check with Burl Burlingame. I'm very sure he'll hook you up. He's on Facebook or you could probably contact him through the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum.
  6. Grey Ghost 531

    Inline fans for spray booth?

    Unless you're going to be dumping a whole ton of solvent through it the fuel/air mixture will be waaaaaay too lean to ignite. An airbrush couldn't move enough solvent through to be dangerous. Disclaimer: I am not any sort of engineer, chemical, mechanical or fire protection. Just another a-hole with an opinion.
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    Rear firing missiles

    Now, they don't need to, the AIM-9X can be targeted at a trailing aircraft, fired forward and then pull a high-G turn to reverse course and kill the target. It probably loses less energy pulling the turn than a rear-firing weapon would need to slow down, stop then speed up again in the opposite direction, which in effect it would need to do. If the target was fairly close (mile or two) the missile and target would merge while the missile probably had a very low TAS and so would be very easy to avoid. If the target were much further away, it would probably be more effective to turn the launching aircraft around and attack normally.
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    A-6B Mod 0 / VA-196 Main Battery

    I built that kit a few years ago. It's in the Gallery if you want to see it. It's a rough kit to get looking nice. Isn't it a '70s Hasegawa mold?
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    Oderless Mineral Spirits....

    Here's another late reply. I use Mr. Color Leveling Thinner for almost all of my paint reducing. It's the only thing I've found that works at all with MM flat black. Everything else seems to clot. It's also really good for thinning Alclad II Primer/Fillers and Mr. Surfacer. It works well on Tamiya acrylics too.
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    Great name for a town

    Vermont has a "Tickle Naked Pond".
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    Question about Re-scribing Panel Lines

    I second the razor saw for scribing putty. A light treatment with thin CA can help too.
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    Silly week on eBay?

    Well, I've seen people ask for more for worse. And I didn't see a claim of "pro-built" anywhere.
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    OOB RF-4B Hasegawa 1/48

    She really looks the part to me, and I worked in the hanger next door.
  14. Grey Ghost 531

    Masking over decals

    Little bits of paper over the decal image and Tamiya tape over that where the adhesive only touches non-decaled surfaces. MAYBE Tamiya tape won't pull off decals, but I don't take the risk.
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    AIM-9 question

    The carriers that had bad fires were the Oriskany, Forrestal and the Enterprise. Oriskany's fire was caused by an ordnance man accidentally igniting a flare during stowage and then chucking the burning flare into a magazine full of flares and then shutting the door. I think both the Forrestal and Enterprise fires were caused by accidental launch of a rocket on the flight deck during flight ops. The Forrestal's fire is what initiated thermal coating being applied to bombs.