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Grey Ghost 531

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  1. I agree. But then, I'm old. I don't even like non 30° font.
  2. Why are you posting on a public forum if you're worried about the security? Everyone can already see what you are writing, why encrypt it?
  3. I would absolutely buy that sheet if it covered at least a couple of the kits in my stash. I've got: Revell Regulus II - 1/68 scale - it's blue over white with the "NAVY" text spit and counterchanged (white on the blue and blue on the white) which would be tough to paint Revell Corporal - 1/35 Revell Nxxx Hercules - 1/40 (board host squacks "spammer" at Nxxx) Revell Nxxx Ajax - 1/32 Revell Bomarc - 1/47 Revell Talos - looks about 1/32 and its 60 year old decals are absolutely shot Airfix Bloodhound- 1/72 - the decals would be crap even if they weren't sh
  4. The radomes were/are ceramic and brand new they were almost white. It's very similar to the material ceramic knife sharpeners are made out of. As a matter of fact, a couple of times when missiles were dropped on the flight deck and radomes broken, the bigger shards quickly went into pockets to be used for sharpening knives.
  5. I'm pretty sure they'd all be white in '82, That's the year I got out and I never saw a gray missile while I was in. The Lima 'winders were still pretty new then so maybe G's or H's would also be appropriate, but I guess the F-14s would have been the first to get Limas. I only saw them once during a missile shoot. We shot the first ones ever tried off of an F-4N. That was probably spring of '82.
  6. ScaleModelAircraft is pretty good. It's not so much reviews but basic OOB builds where you can see how it goes together.
  7. Thanks Gary. That worked just as you said it would. I doubt I'd have ever figured it out myself though.
  8. Diameter is 5 inches, same as a Sidewinder. Length is a little longer than a Sidewinder but I don't have a figure. I added about 3/16" plus the probe to a 1/72 Sidewinder body to get a TLARTM ACMI pod.
  9. Quick question, will there be a way (although very dangerous to know) to see how many owned, unbuilt kits are in the database? I can't easily do that in KitBase I without actually counting up a column...a very long column... Thanks, I'll testify to KitBase I's working very well. KitBase II looks like it might be more work for the user but that's because it looks like it can do much more.
  10. Me too, especially since on the Coral Sea it meant mail call was coming soon!
  11. Nice job, the work on the grill is super! I wish trucks were still like this, I've got its 2010 descendant out on the driveway right now and I'd much rather have the bed rails at mid chest height rather than nose height. It sucks to have to lift stuff up over your head to get it into a pickup!
  12. This goes in the category "nailed it!"
  13. Nope, red, green, amber. http://walkarounds.scalemodels.ru/v/walkarounds/avia/before_1950/p-51d/p-51d_0150.jpg.html
  14. Here's the Airfix Opel Blitz and PaK 40 from an MPC boxing. The Blitz has some acetate windows plus I masked and applied multiple layers of primer to define the bottoms of the window flaps. The kit piece just had them blend into the rest of the bed cover, I suppose so the part would release from the mold. Paint is Tamiya sand over Vallejo Panzer gray, revealed by the AK chipping fluid process. The Pak had the muzzle brake drilled out and the channel in the mount that the gun slides on in recoil whittled out. Paint is Model Master. Both are weathered with pastels.
  15. That would be a real trick, Bullpups weren't the most accurate things in the world. I'd bet on FFARS before a Bullpup, but as you say, it's the missile shop. It is an interesting question!
  16. He was specifically asking for the closest in Tamiya spray cans. What is closer? I'm guessing he won't use that scheme anyway since only a couple of F6Fs were ever painted that way.
  17. I'm guessing it's the opposite of a full-on AMS model like you find on so many shelves of doom. Very early (as in prototype) Hellcats were Navy blue-gray over gray that was a match for modern light gull gray If you're REALLY non-anal, maybe AS5 over AS16? Mid scheme is Navy three color, sea blue top, mid blue sides and white bottoms: maybe AS8, 19 and 20? Late scheme is over-all sea blue.: AS8?
  18. Acrylic paint? If it dried on the needle's tip that happens. I see it when I'm painting intermittently with pauses when I'm picking up a different part. Thinner paint or flow aid / retarder is supposed to help.
  19. Grey Ghost 531

    D.H. 98

    If they had not designed it with the intention of using wood, I'm sure they would have designed it differently. The fact that it was designed to be made of wood defined it. In other words, apples and oranges. Your best bet is to compare it to similar aircraft designed around the same time NOT made of wood. A-26, Ju-88, Tu-2, Yokosuka PY-1...(I'm guessing at which are contemporary to the Mossie, other's will have more accurate comparisons) Wood construction, I believe, would be heavier and/or more flexible. Maybe a little more aerodynamic and smooth surfaced with the metal construct
  20. Way nicer than I can do, but, since this is the critic's corner and I'm allowed...I'd have used a lighter colored wash in the panel lines. I mix a color just a little darker than the actual paint. But like I said, it's a better model than I can hope to accomplish. I especially like the "in flight" photos!! The weathering on the cowling is really nice too.
  21. Masking tape. The old-fashioned crepe type, not Tamiya. Overlap it at the natural seams of the real vinyl roof and paint it. It really looks good.
  22. Look at the N, it would have the same door behind the rear cockpit. It had the ACLS plus I think some Tacan stuff back there, maybe APX-76 stuff too, Com-Nav crap I never had to mess with. In the five years I worked on Ns, I think I saw the corner reflector for the ACLS open about twice. Eternally, it's just a rectangular panel between the back of the radome and the nose wheel bay. I can't remember for sure which way the door opens, back or to the side. I think maybe to the port side but that's a guess. The corner reflector looks like three contiguous sides of a cube with the apex straight bac
  23. I use drill bits for PE. I've got a set that goes from 40 thou on up to a half inch. It contains something like 114 sizes and cost less than 100 bucks. I use them for drilling holes too! 40 thou is a number 59, of course I have several of the sets in the little plastic dome that go from #60 down to #80, minus a few sized I've broken... Paper models would probably benefit from a trip to the hobby store and the purchase of a variety of sizes of dowels.
  24. Copper State has a couple of sheets for US SPAD XIIIs in 1/28 that will get you the roundels.
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