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  1. I have been waiting on the 2 seat canopy for years now (around 10 I think). So don't feel bad.
  2. Alcohol will turn resin to jelly if prolonged soaking is done. Found out the hard way.
  3. Totally understand. I would have liked to meet you and buy stuff from you. But I will just have to buy stuff from you via the site. Thanks
  4. Is Zactoman Going To be at IPMS Nationals? If so I may have an order. Thanks
  5. Why only the former proprietor of the company called Amtech models. Consulted for Ertl for years.
  6. Well Big Al Griffith of course. Silly you would even have to ask.
  7. How is that possible? One of the finest researchers ever in the course of modeling helped AMT/Ertl in the development of that kit. That's just a ludicrous statement.
  8. You can critique, and I am OK with that(why we're here) but know that it was not "fine" for these decals. The microset was used first. Wrinkles. Then I got new Microset thinking maybe my batch was old. Wrinkles. Then I used Microsol. Wrinkles. Then I put Microsol over the microset. More Wrinkles some slight "cratering" where the Microsol pooled. Then I used Solvaset to see if the wrinkles would bend to the will of that decal setting solution. See above. I also tried diluting the solvaset to make it less volatile in one attempt. I have also tried just straight Solvaset. The Solvaset was successful in making the wrinkles considerably smaller. Not my first rodeo. I have been decaling for 40+ years this is the first time I have had a set of decals I couldn't get to settle down due to anything beyond my control. I certainly wouldn't have come here to ask for help if I hadn't experimented first. The Future as a decaling fluid is a very good technique I have used with great success on much smaller decals, as it starts to work fairly quickly I have reservations about it on such a large decal. Armor guys have been using it for years to eliminate the silvering caused by less than perfect gloss surfaces. The Microset also let the decals silver without much adhesion I flexed the wing and the decal popped loose. So that's how I know the results so far, and why I am here. Tom
  9. This is what I am talking about. The decals are a year old at max. The first picture is where I stopped applying the setting solution. This was a Microset then Micrsol and finally Sovaset application. Adhesion isn't problem after the Solvaset but the wrinkle spots are craters. I had a bunch of wrinkles on the Hawaiian 767 decals from them too but they were more manageable. Maybe it's the silk screening processor he uses. Maybe the inks are to thick and the solvent attack them to much. I think I am going to try putting them on with Future,as that seemed to solve the elevator issues I had. Anyone have any tips for doing such large decals with future? Maybe thin it with water so its not so strong? Just grasping.
  10. I have been having trouble getting my set of Flying color decals Corogard to go on without wrinkling. I have gone through most of one set so far with no good results. I have used the usual suspects Solvaset, micro set & micro sol, Combinations of all. I finally got the elevator ones on to look good using Future. But I am afraid that the wings being so large that that may cause me issues. Not my first rodeo with decals or even large decals but this has me stumped, I have a good gloss coat down but they wrinkle really bad and adhesion has been an issue as well. Anyone have suggestions or seen this before? Also te solvents seem to leave craters in the decal as well if you leave them alone. Thanks Tom
  11. I am looking to trade the wonderful Aero Detail books listed in the title. I would like to trade for #32 KI-100 and for #6 FW190 A/F or #3 BF109G or #1 BF109E. Books are near new condition, and would expect the same. The FW book has the dust jacket, the P51 book does not, but I not sure it came with one, as I wouldn't have taken it off. I bought them new in the 90's The german books are not really a must, but I do want the KI100 book. Ideally 1 for 1. Or possibly would be interested in other Japanese fighter books, I have most so might be hard to interest me there. Thanks Tom
  12. If you made it that glossy at a contest you'd get the judges wrath!
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