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    Modern jet fighter, bomber, and attack aircraft.

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  1. MegaHobby has an ETA of July 2021 for the US: https://www.megahobby.com/products/douglas-f-4b-phantom-ii-1-48-tamiya.html
  2. I'm looking for reference photos showing "live" Swedish Air Force RB 74 and RB 71 carried by the JA-37 Viggen. So far the only photo that I could find is this: I am interested in the color bands around each missile but can't really see them on the picture above. Does anyone have better pictures showing the side views? Thanks. Trying to wrap up my 1/48 JA-37.
  3. I assume you experienced air pulsing with your Iwata compressor, and that's why you are looking for a replacement compressor with a tank? I've been using the Paasche D3000 compressor for 30+ years. It's not silent, but it's not loud either (rated at 47 decibels). Zero pulsation due to its air holding tank. Mine holds the same air pressure in the tank for weeks when it's turned off. However, I don't think you can get it new anymore. There is a newer model, the 3000R, but I don't know how good it is: Paasche D3000R Compressor
  4. I also use hardware store lacquer thinner, which is much cheaper than Mr. Hobby Leveling Thinner. Nowadays I thin Tamiya paints with Tamiya X-20A thinner, so I clean my airbrush parts with 99% IPA after removing the needle and nozzle.
  5. Sweet deal 👍 I just took the picture below outdoors under direct sunlight: I would say Hataka, MRP, and Gunze look pretty darn good.
  6. Yes, the Cricut software can import dxf files, so you are good to go. I have cut styrene sheets (0.010 and 0.015) with it to make aircraft Head-Up Display and rectangular pieces for spraying paint samples.
  7. You might be able to lift off the decal without removing the gloss coat if you use strong sticky tape. Give that a try first because I've done that several times by accident.
  8. Yes, it can cut a 0.5mm hole, but the edges of the hole are pretty rough since the hole is so small. I would say the smallest diameter it can cleanly cut is 1.0mm. Masking material is your basic Tamiya masking sheet, which you can get from here or here.
  9. Square holes, no problem 🙂 Not even intricate squadron insignia for that "painted on" look:
  10. Wait, did you take that picture? How did you know it's Luke AFB? The mountains in the background?
  11. I stand corrected. Good to know. Thanks.
  12. Mr. Surfacer 1500 black is a primer not meant to be used as a base coat for chrome. You want to try either Alclad II gloss black base or Mr. Color GX-2 gloss black.
  13. I have used Tamiya Mark Fit Strong on some old and thick Tamiya decals, and it did a great job. However, you need to be careful about using it on thinner aftermarket decals.
  14. You are illogical and hopeless. Explain to me in the picture below how the same two colors on the F-15A change so much, and the top F-15A is not even indoors: How about these? I'm done wasting time on you.
  15. So you think pictures taken outdoors under natural lighting should exactly match pictures taken indoors under artificial lighting. Now that's BS.
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