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Curt B

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  • Birthday 10/01/1958

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    Las Vegas, NV (Henderson, actually)
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  1. Wow, thanks, guys. So...to restate what you gents have told me in my own words...it's the same aircraft with a few minor refinements, cockpit ventilation and fuel tank armor. That's it? Then, the only nuance would be, regarding the improvements and a given paint scheme, would be whether a particular aircraft had a particular improvement or not? Well, that would certainly simplify things. And, since the Eduard instructions clearly delineate paint schemes that belong with the 2 blade propellors (and the associated fuselage situation), I guess I don't really need to sweat the designations
  2. Hey All, I've done some research and not found a satisfactory answer, so I figured I'd just come to this location of vast knowledge... I'm confused about the differences, if any, between a Spitfire Mk. 1 and Mk. 1a. I have the new Tamiya 1/48 Spitfire 'Mk. 1'. I also have the new Eduard 'Spitfire Story The Few', which implies that the included Spitfires are Mk. 1 variants, but then, there are 2 different fuselages, albeit minor differences, and I was wondering if those differences constitute a Mk. 1 versus Mk. 1a. In 'The Few' kit, nowhere on the box or in the instru
  3. I think we are seeing sarcasm in these last few posts 🙂
  4. As I noted in my just prior post, the answer is yes. That's just the way Matt is. He says it like he sees it, and that's just him. So, if you go looking on his Youtube channel, expect all of his videos to present whatever topic in that same manner.
  5. Wow, sorry to have mentioned Doog's without the language warning. That kind of thing doesn't bother me at all, and I feel if you don't like certain langue, or even outlook, as espoused by a particular individual anywhere, whether it be radio, TV, Youtube, etc., then don't watch. However, I do feel bad about making the recommendation and not mentioning that aspect of his videos. It simply didn't occur to me to bring it up. Say what you will about Matt's style, he IS a spectacular modeler, and has really amazing techniques to demonstrate, and also has a lot of insight into the model industry
  6. As I mentioned in my original post, I have the KA set of closed nozzles for the F-15, and those nozzles are absolutely spectacular!! The control arms (I believe that's the correct term) are so finely made that it almost doesn't look possible. I recall reading somewhere that these KA nozzles are actually created using the actual 3D printing technology, and are not poured resin. Perhaps that's why they are so expensive. But even so, they are amazing and definitely something I want on my model!
  7. Not to add additional input of non-value, but I concur with the recommendations for Plasmo and Scale-a-ton on YouTube, but I would also recommend, also on YouTube, Doog's Models. Matt on Doog's does a lot of individual components of builds, but also does some EXTREMELY in depth beginning to end builds over multiple videos, such as for a 1/48 P-47M and a 1/32 Intruder. I can't recommend his videos enough if you want to learn!
  8. I concur with this as a first attempt to address your airbrush woes. I have found that you can never thin your paint too much, well, within reason, and that reason is a feeling you get after paint inf with an airbrush for a while. I have the same airbrush as this poster discusses, the Mr. AIrbrush/Gunze PS-270. In addition to helping you get to an appropriate paint consistency, this should also help you to be able to thoroughly clean your airbrush, without having the tear it down after each use. My past terrible experiences with airbrushes were always, in retrospect, due to improper paint
  9. I came back to the hobby after about a 35 year break. Obviously, the hobby had TOTALLY changed over that time, including aftermarket stuff, photo etch, detail level, metal tracks for AFVs, on and on. When I was little, I used to build airplanes, and I thought, when I decided to get back into the hobby, that I'd just start back with planes. After I saw all the details available, and bought an airplane as my first kit (the Academy F-22, with an Aries cockpit, etc., for detail) I realized I was way out of my element. So I decided to start by building some AFVs (tanks), which, to my way of thi
  10. Thanks, guys...I am thrilled at the comments, truly!
  11. I think this is a great thread topic! I've always wondered about the costs involved in developing a new model kit. And I'm talking about the entire, broad set of costs involved, from the costs to pay the engineers/CAD designers and/or other researchers, the costs to create new, state-of-the-art molds, development/research costs for decals, and how much they have to pay top-end decal makes like Cartograph, the cost of the raw plastic and other materials like brass for photo etch, the box artwork, and other packaging costs, etc., etc., PLUS the costs to ship and distribute, on and o
  12. My opinion is that the F-86 is in dire need of an up-to-date refresh in both 1/48 and 1/32. I have the repackaged Hasegawa kit from Eduard, dubbed the 'Ultimate Sabre', which it clearly is not. The 1/48 Hasegawa kit, is, I believe, a 1996 vintage, and, certainly 24 years of plastic molding improvements could end up being used to create a fabulous new F-86. I don't even so much care about which variant, though I know many folks out there DO care very much about specific variants which haven't been done. I think the latest 1/32 version is a Kinetic F-86F-30 from about the mid 2000s, which,
  13. No, no, no, no..... Not me, I didn't do it! However, such as it is, I ALSO ordered a metal landing gear set. I haven't ordered the Quinta set for the F-15C yet, but I suppose I have no choice but to do it....I'm sure I won't be happy with my F-15 unless I do...
  14. Wow, fantastic, THANK YOU!! I actually found a video, showing, in present day, 2 guys manually rotating that crank, while hearing the flywheel spinning up faster and faster, heating an increasing pitch to a whining sound. It appears that once that flywheel reached a certain mimimum required angular velocity (it was not clear how those gentlemen turning the crank knew they had reached the required velocity), they stopped turning the crank, the crank pulled away from the fuselage, and maybe 10 seconds or so later, the prop started to spin along with smoke belching from the exhaust pipes. What
  15. On my Eduard 1/48 Bf 109G-6/AS, there is a part numbered I80 which looks like a hand crank adjacent to the machine guns on the right hand side of fuselage. The part is identified as optional, but doesn't give any indication of what the part my be or be for. Does anyone have a clue what this part is?
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