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About Joel_W

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  1. Tamiya F-14A 1/48

    Jorge, Thanks for the info. I'm going to try them both out. Joel
  2. Tamiya X-22 questions

    I've been adding Windsor & Newton Flow Enhancer to my thinned paints at the ratio of 1 drop to every 12 drops of mixture. Just gives it a little more time to level out before it starts to dry off. As for Tamiya's Yellow Cap, it's a model friendly, mild lacquer thinner, and it will thin out just about anything short of enamels. I've used it on Mig Ammo paints, & Tamiya paints without a single issue. I used it to thin Testors Dullcoat and Glosscoat, and now Tamiya's X-22. Not a single issue to date. Tamiya's X20-A is an Alcohol based thinner and works well with Tamiya type acrylics, but not so great with many of the water based paints as they tend to congeal in your air brush causing all sorts of issues. Yellow cap as a Lacquer thinner is supposed to breakdown the paint pigments to smaller particles in solution then the Alcohol based X20-A. To me it just seems like the dried paint is smoother. Joel
  3. 1/48 Kinetic Tracker

    What a impressive build of a most difficult kinetic kit. I had one, and traded it away. After seeing your build, I'm going to get another one. Thanks for the inspiration. Joel
  4. Aeronavale SDB-5 Dauntless

    Very nicely done. Joel
  5. Tamiya F-14A 1/48

    Jan, Just a spectacular build. Outstanding finish with the slightest of weathering for a extremely well maintained aircraft. I do have one question. Your recess panel line wash looks more like a darkish Gray then black, and works extremely well with the light gray and white colors, much more so then the more traditional black guys like me would have used. Did you use a commercial product or is it a home made color, and what color did you use? Joel
  6. 1/32 Silver Wings Stearman

    Steve, Just an amazing build. your paint scheme is beautiful and not a blemish to be seen. this is modeling at it's finest. Joel
  7. Fozzy, I'm truly speechless, and that doesn't happen very often. The level of detail in the Bombay is simply beyond belief. As Darren said, the inside looks like you took pictures of the actual aircraft. I'm going to assume that each section will remain separate but just butted up against the section in front of it. Same for the wings? I only hope that I live long enough to see this massive project to its conclusion as I'm 70 now. It would be truly fitting for it to be displayed in a aviation museum or even at Boeing's headquarters. Joel
  8. Collin, Now that's one exceptional F4F-4. Just a fantastic job painting and weathering Grumman's little Cat. I just ordered the kit along with some o AM. I built the Trumpeter F4F-3 earlier this year, and it was a major struggle just bringing it up to standards, so I'm really looking forward to Tamiya's 1/48 scale offering. Joel
  9. Eddy, Now that's one really impressive F-5E. Love the camo scheme, as well as your weathering. Joel
  10. Revell 1/48 B-17G

    Nicely done. Any more pics you can share with us? Joel
  11. First Airbrush and Compressor

    I'll 2nd Kurt's suggestion about looking for reviews and a video on the compressor and tank especially for the noise issues if you are using it inside your home. As far as a air brush goes, you want an internal, not an external air brush. I've had both, and the external; a Paasche H is great for wide area applications but not detail for close up work. I strongly recommend both Don's site and Paul's videos. Paul really goes into the nuts and bolts of the differences that will be a big help. Even if you have to save for a while longer to get the right AB, it's well worth it in the long run. Joel
  12. Looking for computer-aided magnifier

    Ed, I sense your pain. I've trying to do the stencil work on my F6F Hellcat, and Eduard's white decals on blue paper is nearly impossible to see. I'm using a 5x Optivisor but still really struggling. I'm thinking of getting just the 7x lenses, and manually switching them out as needed. Joel
  13. Tamiya X-22 questions

    I' ve been a life long user of Testors Dullcoat and Glosscoat. I tried Pledge and after a few models went back to Glosscoat. Now I've switched to Tamiya X-22 and haven't looked back. I thin it 1:1 with Tamiya Yellow Cap rather then X-20A as that's what I currently use for all my paints, and a few drops of a Windsor & Newton Flow Enhancer. As far as handling any paint scheme. I start on the bottom side, and using a homemade paint model stand from a shoe box and rigid foam pipe insulation, I airbrush the bottom half with a tack coat, then a heavier coat, followed by a wet coat thinned 1:3. When dry in a few hours I can safely turn over the model and do the top side. After a day or two drying time, I rub it out the X-22 with 1,500 then 4,000 foam pads for a smooth decaling surface. Joel
  14. HB 1/48 F-14A Tomcat: Update 10/6/17: Underway

    Bro, you already know how much I like the work your doing, the HB kit certainly has it's challenges. That's why I said I'm going with the Tamiya kit for a -A. As for your list, I really don't think we'll ever see a new F7F offering, just the Italeri kit, and hopefully a little more AM to kick it up a notch or two. I also can't see why no one does an F11F1 Tiger as there are numerous examples of just about every 1st generation Naval jet out there that's been molded in the last 10 years or so. As for the Panther and Cougar, we've got enough new kits, to bad almost all of them are really lacking, with the Kitty Hawk Cougar coming so close, yet it has major issues. I do remember seeing Darrel Roberts Cougar build here, so it's more then doable. Joel
  15. Bro, I always appreciate your critiques as I know that you're not pulling any punches. The top side is closer to the tonal variations I'm looking for, and I'll grant you that the bottom is a little too blotchy. The plan of attack after stenciling (if I ever get done with the 100s of stencils on the decal sheet) is weathering so that there is a distinct fading and bleaching which is clearly seen in every reference picture I posted. Just no getting around it unless I'm going for a fresh from Bethpage look, which I'm not. But I'm not going for the full Monty either. Somewhere in between will be by goal. I do like Collin's restrained weathering for man made issues as is also clearly seen in the photographs. I just have to really focus on these issues, not my usual all over and call it a day. The final overall wash should help to blend all the colors and together, and soften up the bottom blotchy effect a little more. Only time will tell, and at the rate I'm going, who knows when that will be. Joel