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About viking73

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  1. Fantastic Kursad! Another "must have" sheet!! My (pre) order is in. Thank you! -Derek
  2. Perfect! I was sort of leaning to that color myself... Thank you Cameron. -Derek
  3. Thanks for the replies gents. I too am leaning towards red, perhaps even plain ol' insignia red. After some more searching I found this photo. Looks like the entire emphanage is red. That Artic Red looks pretty good Rick. Ordering from True North paints may be a good excuse to try them out since my go-to Model Master enamels are now dead and gone 😞 I've already made the improvements to the engines, props and tail of the Minicraft/Crown kit: The first primer coat is
  4. Awesome. My pre-order is in Kursad. I'm really looking forward to these decals. -Derek
  5. Hi Gents - All this talk about the best B-29 kit here has made me buy and now start working on a Minicraft B-29 kit to help get my modeling mojo back 🙂 I do want to build a black bellied Korean War era B-29. In my 1/144 decal stash is a Kitsworld sheet with the sadly infamous "Kee Bird" on it. I may do this B-29 as the black belly combined with the high-vis tail and outer wing panels would be pretty striking I think. With that in mind, I have a question about the high-vis tail markings. I'm assuming it's fluorescent red and not international orange (the
  6. Gotta love the crazy Texas weather. It was 0 degrees here this morning and supposed to be 60 degrees by Sunday 🤣
  7. This is good news. Hopefully by then Roden will have released another boxing of the later model B-36 with the jet pods. -Derek
  8. I got one as well yesterday Dutch for some decals I ordered back in September. Just another sad reminder of how bad 2020 is (soon to be was)... -Derek
  9. Thanks for all the kind words. I attached the wings yesterday with 5-minute epoxy and some styrene strips to close some minor gaps. No turning back now I guess, hahaha! Next up I'll address the wing to fuselage seams and then add the tail planes. Another update soon! -Derek
  10. Hi 11bee, Here are some photos of my gunners (non-ejection) seat. It's rough, and since I figure parts are probably impossible to find, I did what I could... Note the misspelling of "adjustable" on the data plate: And with some cushions I made up, it's now in my "war-room":
  11. Hi Gents, Thanks for all of your kind comments. I am back at this build as of a week ago. The engine pod seams were giving me fits so I shelved this build but now I am back for more punishment! I smoothed out the terrible seams on the four jet engine pods with 3M glazing putty, super glue, and Tamiya surface primer and bits of scrap plastic card. Plus lots and lots of sanding in between of course. I think that the pylons are too narrow and if I build another one of these (hahahahahaha!), shims would go a long way in reducing the gaps.
  12. Yep, as Sturm said, it sounds like you need to thin your paint quite a bit more. It's hard to tell you how much, after some practice you get a feel for how much thinner to add and what setting work best for you. 50-50 is generally a good starting point. You can buy disposable pipets on ebay so you have total control of your paint and thinner ratios. It's also not a good idea to mix your paint in the airbrush cup. I buy inexpensive tattoo ink cups on ebay or amazon. Those make great little cups for mixing paint and thinner. Medicine cups also work for larger amounts. Once mix
  13. Hi Guys, Just wanted to vent a bit. Last weekend, after several years of on and off work, my Roden 1/144 C-124C was about to receive it's coat of natural metal paint so I could maybe finally finish this kit. I sprayed it with rattle-can Rust-Oleum gloss black. I let it dry for about 18 hours, wet sanded it, and polished it back up. Next I broke out the Tamiya Silver Leaf rattle-can and sprayed the model. Then this happened 😞 The only thing I can think of is that I didn't let
  14. Here's one of mine. This is the 1/144 Academy KC-97G kit with Cobra Co. resin "L" upgrade and of course Caracal Decals! -Derek
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