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  1. southwestforests

    How Did You Become Attached To Your Favorite Scale?

    There is great appeal to that.
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    3D printers

    It's been big enough for long enough in railway modeling that there are forum categories like this; (and recently a 2 part article in Garden Railways magazine)
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    Academy PBY-5A Black Cat 1/72

    Some thoughts, mainly questions to ponder: are those exhaust stains more of a lighter shade or a more reflective shiny surface? How much oil is in those exhaust stains? Would that area be both greyer and a mite glossier? In that image there isn't as much tonal difference between metal and fabric skinned areas as in my mental image. Trying to think back to my years of painting all black diesel locomotives for some ideas. And then my brain cross references that with the Prismacolor colored pencils with their greys in warm greys and cold greys. Perhaps with the washes a thing to do might be to create cold black and warm black; cold black with a bit of blue mixed in, and warm black with a bit of tan mixed in. Yellow and black often make green. Okay, found the image from last year and got it uploaded. Here's a HO scale passenger car roof done with various blacks and showing the paint bottles. Car belongs to member in our club and he wanted me to reletter and weather the car. EBF is Engine Black, a color which Acryl has picked up from discontinued PollyScale line; also visible is their rather grey Grimy Black; there is also Stream Power Black, and each is a bit different. Maybe some ideas there?
  4. I can imagine a Twilight Zone episode where for whatever reason several unrelated people each build a model and decal it for that specific aircraft then end up suiciding after their model is finished.
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    Seagull from HMAS Australia 1/72

    That came out quite nice. "Lesney Products" is a name not seen for ages! To this day I still can't pronounce it correctly, comes out as Lensy.
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    GEMINI 9A - 1/24

    While the subject is Gemini ejection seats, if you've got a minute and a half to spare, And then if you have three more free minutes,
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    How Did You Become Attached To Your Favorite Scale?

    Have been pondering for several days how to answer this and I'm still not sure whether it can be said that I even have a favorite scale. Maybe the answer is, "favorite scale for which category of model?" These days I build far, far, fewer model aircraft than model trains and even there the above question applies. Also wonder what kind of effect on the thing that growing up in 60s and 70s had on the scale matter. Remember building both 1/72 and 1/48 back in 1960s, Revell's WW2 prop jobs, Hawk and others' 1/48 jets. Then in 1970s Tamiya's 1/35 armor and Bandai's 1/48 with the interior detail, with all the while 1/72 armor happening here and there. Built a lot of 1/72 armor, a.k.a. "Braille Scale", for wargaming in 1990s. For that also had easily a thousand of the 1/72 plastic soldiers from Airfix, Heller, Esci, Hat, RVG, others. Also during that time a lot of Monogram's 1/48 jets. Have called a number of sci-fi scratchbuilds and kitbashes 1/72 and 1/48 scale. And in recent decades have designed a number in 1/144 scale though none are finished, and the way my health is going may never be. Hmm, have you noticed that 1/72 scale seems to be a common factor here. Matchbox's 1/72 tank and vehicle kits had some quite nicely detailed figures. The crew and pilot figures have always been a thing for me. Does it have any? What do they look like? Kit had no pilots, no crew, nobody home? Then I was not interested.
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    Our Names

    A name is merely an arbitrary set of sounds and symbols anyway, so what difference does it make.
  9. That's a pretty airplane.
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    Monogram Curtiss P-6E Hawk

    Ahh, kits from the good old days. Even though it's kind of in your face obvious, I'm still going to comment on the yellow plastic that's probably visible from the next county over.
  11. Been using this from the model train suppliers since the 1980s. At one time was also a brand name Chameleon. NOTE: do not use on resin parts, will most likely turn resin to jelly. Is fine on metals and most plastics. I don't recall having ever tried it on vinyl. https://www.walthers.com/paint-stripper-remover-for-plastics-16oz-473ml-bottle I'll second that. And, for example, on Tamiya's acrylics, isopropyl alcohol has long worked for me.
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    The Incredible 1/32 Tamiya Mossie

    That's quite a model of quite an airplane. What are the kit figures like?
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    He had another saying which might have been used in some variation of the basic format, "More than there would have been if there were less than there are." (he had been a pilot, electrician, cabinetmaker, and made neon signs, would have been a fun person to have had more time to get to know)
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    As Grandfather W would have said, "Easy answer, all which are present."
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    Revell 1/48 Messerschmitt Me 163B-1a

    Maybe do something just for fun, and a bit crazy? Like paint it in Swedish markings with a "SAAB test aircraft" logo. Paint it with North Afrika colors? Paint it in Romanian colors and markings? Paint it in Brazilian colors and markings?