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  1. Yeah, the hubs on the Hasegawa kit props are too small. Those white metal props are the way to go if you can find a set. -Derek
  2. Hi, I’m looking for a spare set of 1/72 OV-10A Bronco decals. Something from one of the AOA sheets or the China Lake option from the Warbird sheet would be great. I can buy or trade as I have many many 1/72 decals (post war US) to choose from. Thanks! -Derek
  3. Looking good! you gotta love the Fujimi 1/72 A-7 series. I need to do a "D" in this grey camo myself one of these days... -Derek
  4. Hi Gents, I’m looking for a set of Air Defense Weapons Center decals in 1/72 for the F-106 Delta Dart. I know Microscale did them a long time ago. Xtradecals did them for a B model more recently, sheet X72247, and I’d love to trade or buy for this option. I have many F-106 decals to offer in trade + many other US Cold War subjects. Let me know if you can help and we’ll go from there. Thanks, -Derek (in Texas)
  5. Dutch, I don't have one of these kits yet, but why even mess with the windows in this scale? I would either use Krystal Kleer after painting if you want them clear, or fill and sand them smooth and use black decals to represent the windows. Masking them in 1/144 would be a royal pain in the a$$. Just my two cents worth. 🙂 -Derek
  6. My decals arrived a few days ago Kursad and they look super as usual. Thank you. I have one almost done. I'm just getting the nacelle to wing seams smoothed out and the landing gear doors closed up (this will also be in-flight like my recent KC-97 build). It's stalled a bit like my Roden C-133 build 😞 That being said, I plan on doing a TN or OK ANG scheme. Hopefully your new decals will create the spark I need to get this one to the paint shop!! -Derek
  7. I'm sure I know the answer for this already, but are there (or where there ever?) any aftermarket decals for the 1/35 Academy/MRC UH-1C Huey kits? I picked up both the "gunship" and "hog" MRC boxings of these kits over the weekend at the IPMS Fort Worth show. I am a big fan of the John Brennan nose art books and it just seems that there are many great subjects out there. I am friends with the 192nd AHC unit historian and have a copy of his unit's history book that he wrote. Lots of great photos in there. I'd sure love to do "The Executioner" that was on the cover of the first Brennan book (which was a 192nd ship) but I suppose I'd have to source decals on my own from a custom decal maker... -Derek
  8. Yes! So looking forward to the C-124 sheet Kursad. Thank you.
  9. Hi, I'm interested in buying or trading for the 1/72 Tennessee ANG F-104 decals that were on this year's 2019 IPMS decal sheet. If you have this sheet and don't plan on using this portion, please drop me a line. Thanks in advance, -Derek
  10. Hi Mark, They do require extra skill to build and aren't easy at all. The smaller detail parts can be crude, and the clear parts aren't very clear... I recently build one of their Convair 340 kits. You are see some photos and info here: If you decide to tackle one, I wish you luck! -Derek
  11. There's one on eBay right now for $40 + postage 😞 -Derek
  12. Almost for sure, thanks for looking Kursad. I did a re-prime last night and I think I’m okay on the seams. Now I’m just re-scribing panel lines and landings gear doors. Once that is done, I’ll polish the primer up in preparation for the natural metal finish. She looks funny without the thimble nose radome at this point but no sense putting it on until after paint. Stay tuned! -Derek
  13. Great! I will send them now 🙂 -Derek
  14. This came out great! Thanks for sharing. I sure wish someone would do an injected RF-8A/G! -Derek
  15. Thanks for the kind words gents. I am still slowly plugging away on this build. This morning I gave the entire air frame a primer coat using the wonderful Tamiya fine gray rattle-can primer. Of course that primer coat relieved a number of areas that needed more attention, i.e. more filling and sanding of course! Here's a few photos of how she sits now in all her primer and bondo glory: (Note the hole in the belly for the clear acrylic rod - that also make a handy place to hold the model while painting it). Once I sand all these trouble spots smooth and re-prime, I will then re-scribe all the missing panel lines with the aid of Dynamo tape and a sewing needle in a pin vise. I am still not 100% sure which paint scheme to go with from the Caracal sheet. I don't want to do a version with a white fuselage top (I hate spraying white paint, I always seem to screw it up somehow), I do know that 🙂 . So I'm just debating whether I want to do a natural metal finish with the day-glo areas or just a straight up natural metal bird. Painting day-glo might be worse than painting white, eh? That's one color I've never tried to do. It would be eye catching though, and I do have several new bottles of MM fluorescent red enamel paint... One thing is for sure, the C-133 even in 1/144 scale, is a big bird. She is about the same size as a 1/72 C-47 but with a longer wing span. Pretty crazy. -Derek
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