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Everything posted by TomcatFanatic123

  1. I know that N-scale figures will work with 1:144 stuff, due to variations in people's size, build, etc., but would N-scale accessories work on a 1:144 diorama? Specifically, I'm talking about vehicles and chain link fence. I know the two scales don't match up precisely, but would there be a noticeable difference? Thanks for the help. :)
  2. Do regular, run-of-the-mill Air Mobility Command trash-hauler C-130J's ever carry drop tanks, or is it only the specialty Hercs that do that?
  3. I'll definitely post pics and write up a quick review when I'm done with the build (which should be very soon). I've been working on a Hasegawa Tomcat, and we all know how stressful those builds are, so I whipped this one out because I needed to pump out a decent looking kit to remind me "Yes, James, you still can build models." For a build like this, accuracy is nice, but it's not the be all, end all. As long as the fit is good (which it has been so far), somebody can glance at it and go "Yep, that's a C-130J," and it looks halfway decent, I'll be happy with it.
  4. I did a dry-fit test today of the main fuselage parts. It looks like the wing-to-fuselage joint will be a stickler, but not too bad. I'm also thinking I'm going to try to add the various antennas and domes on the top of the fuselage. It was kind of disappointing that they left those off, as they are pretty prominent features.
  5. So I picked up the Minicraft 1:144 C-130J Hercules from Hobby Lobby the other day, and I'm wondering if anybody has built this thing. Heard anything good/bad/ugly/pretty about it? I Googled it, and I can just find it for sale. I can find a review for the WC-130J kit, but not for this one. Also, are there any aftermarket decals available for it? Can't seem to find any of those, either. Looking at the kit in the box, it looks like it's really easy to slap together, and the included decals are high-quality Cartograf ones, so I'm actually looking forward to starting it and seeing what happens. Any info would be helpful. Thanks :)
  6. So I primed my Hasegawa Tomcat, and I noticed some cracks and gaps that I missed that need to be dealt with. I'm planning on using CA glue to take care of it, and I've already sanded the primer off the areas I need to deal with. So that brings me to my question...what do you folks use for gap-filling CA, and how long should I let it dry before I start sanding it?
  7. Yeah, I went and took another look at the sprue map included in the instructions, and the assembly of them, and they are the same. Somehow I misunderstood the instructions and/or read them wrong. Major brain fart on my part.
  8. GREAT info. That sums things up nicely, Brian. Thanks! And I agree...this should be pinned somewhere.
  9. Which Tomcat blocks just had the newer tail stiffeners and none of the other upgrades? Would that be good enough to take one up to Desert Storm or slightly before (1989 or 1990-ish)?
  10. I assembled and painted the exhaust nozzles on my Hasegawa 1:48 F-14, and I'm very happy with the way they turned out, BUT I have a slight issue. The tubes that fit inside the fuselage are numbered differently, one for the starboard side, one for the port side. Well, my problem is that I totally forgot to mark which was which, and they both look and fit ridiculously similarly. Is there any secret of figuring out which side is which? It's probably something really simple, which is why I feel like an idiot asking this, but oh well. Thanks in advance for the help!
  11. I want the Tamiya F-14. No, I mean, I WANT the Tamiya F-14. But every time I go to pull the trigger, either my girlfriend or parents start with the "well, you don't know what you're getting for Christmas. Cool your jets." What an awesome dilemma to have What to do, what to do?!?!?!?!?!?
  12. This update set opens the kit up to any version/time frame of the Alpha model, correct?
  13. 1. I do believe the missiles were still white in the late 80's. If I remember right, that's about the time the transition over to the Light Ghost Gray began...late, late 80's to early 90's. There were still F-15's lugging white missiles around during Desert Storm. Come to think of it, for that time frame, you may even be able to get away with either color. 2. I don't believe VF-84 ever embarked on the Independence, and for the timeframe you're going for, the Roosevelt markings are correct (VF-84's CVW joined the Roosevelt in 1988). 3. If it's an overall gull gray scheme, then no, it shouldn't have the white/tan striped radome. 4. Yes, the TF-30 engines had the white insides, but a lot of times they'd get so scorched up, it was hard to even tell. Hope this helps :)
  14. Looks absolutely awesome so far! Everybody is telling me to leave this alone because it'll be a perfect Christmas present, but the more photos and in-progress builds I see, I don't think I can wait. So, do the vertical stabs require any sanding to install those stiffening plates?
  15. GREAT to be back! Yeah, the new interface will take some getting used to, but I'm just happy we're up and running again.
  16. Absolutely STUNNING. These are the markings I want to do on my first one.
  17. That's kind of what I thought, but I wasn't entirely sure. Thanks, Neeko! Much appreciated.
  18. What is the box-looking thing on the forward part of the TARPS pod here? Thanks in advance for the help! :)
  19. I decided I wanted to switch to Vallejo Model Color paint for my brush-painting, as I've heard a lot of great things about it. So, for my birthday in July,the parental units got me a beautiful 72-bottle set of the military colors, and I was thrilled. I haven't used any of it yet, because, well, I haven't had anything to brush-paint, but I will soon. So this brings me to my question...how do you mix the stuff? With the Tamiya/Testors/Model Master bottles, I have my battery-operated paint stirrer. I obviously can't use that for the Vallejo colors because they squeeze out. If I just shake the hell out of the bottle by hand will it mix it well enough? Should I invest in one of those paint-shaker table things? I know it's a silly question, but thanks in advance for the help!
  20. I think white is a problem color for everyone...:bandhead2:/>
  21. Actually quite impressive. Throw a little Tamiya tape harnesses on and scratch the between-the-legs ejection handle, and you're good to go.
  22. I'd be interested in knowing how the seats are. (Would have just edited my above post, but the "EDIT" feature was acting buggy for me)
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