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About Billabob

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  1. Thanks for the replies guys. It looks like the T an J is the way I'll have to go.
  2. I am looking to build an AH-1T that I had worked on at VX-5 in China Lake a long time ago in something other than 1/72. I found some on ebay by MRC. Does anyone know the quality of these kits? How easy would it be to convet the nose to one without the camera(?) above the gun? We didn't have that yet in 1979/80. Alan
  3. This is something I've been considering. http://www.pulsarprofx.com/decalpro/
  4. With the vinyl that Silhouette supplies, when you are ready to cut you tell the software what type of material and it recommends a cutting depth. You also don't need the backing board with their rolled vinyl.
  5. Thanks Richard. I heard that you could use the Tamiya in it but I didn't have any and wanted to try it. Do you just stick the tape to the back side of the feed board and let it go to town? David. Yes I would recommend it if yo pan on using it They cost about $160 I think. My wife got hers as a present from her son.
  6. For a while now I've been wanting to build a 1/48 scale Phantom from VF-111 when it was with CAG 19 on the Roosevelt's last cruise. Mhaz from Vagabond models will be coming out with a decal sheet someday but I wanted to move forward so I was contemplating options. I could attempt to print my own decal for the tail which was a major challenge to get the artwork perfect. The other option I was considering was printing out line art of the tail and cut masks out of tape or on frisket and cut it out by hand. I did a search for frisket on the forums here and saw quite a few topics. One post that caught my eye was from a year ago by KursadA from Caracal. He talked about a Silhouette Portrait for cutting masks using vinyl. I got excited after reading his post since right downstairs in my wife's studio sits the a fore mentioned cutter. I had been working on creating the decal/mask for a while using DraftSight 2D drafting software (free autocad like software) which can export drawings in DXF files which the Silhouette Studio software that comes with the cutter can read to create cut files. The Portrait is a less expensive smaller version of the Silhouette Cameo. SO yesterday I went to Joanne fabrics (which my wife loved when I told her where I was going) since I new they had vinyl for the Portrait. When I got home I played around with it a little to get familiar with it then made my first attempt at cutting a mask. Here is the result: I was surprised at the nice sharp edges and tight angle that the cutter can accomplish. I can't wait to make more masks for schemes you can't find decals for.
  7. Thanks for the update. I'm looking forward to using it on my Academy N bird.
  8. I've completed my AV-8A with the Caracal VMA-231 onboard CV-42. Pics here : in The Display Case. This set was a pleasure to work with. The decals wanted to wrap around every little bit of detail like the raised panel lines Alan
  9. Here is my Harrier that I recently completed. It has the VMA-231 markings from the last cruise of the USS FDR CV-42. It is the first of my attempt at a 48th scale collection of the last air wing of the Rosie. Next will be a VF-111 F-4N. Hopefully Vagabond decals will have that sheet out before I'm done. Enjoy.
  10. That explains it. I thought maybe you found an uber small brush and major magnifying glasses! Thanks
  11. Looks sweet. :thumbsup:/> I'm just starting mine. How did you get the dial faces painted like that ? :huh:/>
  12. You're welcome. And yes the sheet is correct and AWESOME! Once I get done I'll post some pics.
  13. As I was putting on the VMA-231 USS Roosevelt decals on my Harrier I was getting ready to place the tail letters on and double checked placement with my cruise book against the instruction book and found a discrepancy. I also looked here on ARC and found the draft shots that were posted. Here is a scan of the instruction sheet: Notice the NM. And now a scan from my cruise book: .\ Notice the direction of the NM? The earlier posts with the sheet draft had the opposite side of the plane shown with the proper alignment of the NM. Just a heads up. Alan
  14. You got it! Nice profile pic by the way. Sorry it took this long to reply but yea, Enterprise, VF-114 and then P-3's as a SELRES; VP-90 & VP-66. I haven't been too active in here as of late, with work I just don't have the time. I've been working on the same freaking F-16 for too long and it isn't because I don't want to, just no time. Keep in touch brotha, IYAOY...

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