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  1. Does the Monogram kit have the correct intake shape?
  2. Here I was trying my hardest to think back to my college accounting days to figure out what "S&G"s was thinking it must have been some financial/accounting term. LOL! I'm going to hope and pray that Hobby Lobby will carry it and I can use a 40% off coupon on it! Eric
  3. Curt, thank you for your input. It was not in vain. Because I move at the same blazing speed as most turtles and some fungi, I have not placed any orders for paints just yet. I am, however, convinced that I am going to give the Mr. Color Lacquers a try. I've read and heard so many good things about them that I have simply GOT to check them out. Thank you for the great info and insight! Eric
  4. I remember getting the Monogram B-17 kit as a kid back in 1979. I'm pretty sure that, when my dad got it for me, he didn't pay the 1979 equivalent of $100+.
  5. Considering I can pick up a perfectly perfect Revell/Monogram one at Hobby Lobby for $26 after coupon, it seems obscenely, well, obscene.
  6. Sorry for being a little late to the party, but a few years ago I built an Academy F-86. The kit was an absolute gem. Pure joy! The decals, however, were horrible. They did not react at all to Solvaset/Microsol. I tried to remove the decals using the masking tape method but they wouldn't come off. It was then that I learned that their older kits contained crummy decals while their newer kits contained good decals made by Cartograf. If your kit is on the "older" side, you probably fell victim to the bad Academy decals. Eric
  7. I can't thank you guys enough for the awesome info. Seriously. I'm going to place an order this weekend. I think I have one last question before I do. I have a large can of hardware store lacquer thinner that I use to thin my MM enamels for airbrushing. Can I use the same stuff for the Mr. Color paints? MM is funny...I use the lacquer thinner for ALL the colors EXCEPT for MM gloss black. For some reason, MM gloss black turns gummy when I mix the lacquer thinner in it. I ended up buyiing a small can of the proprietary MM paint thinner in the red can that I use only for the gloss black. Thanks! Eric
  8. Thanks Metro! I just got done reading Doog's link that you attached. Good info indeed! DNL42 (and others who have recommended the Mr. Color line of paints), I really think I'm going to pull the (airbrush) trigger and give this line of paints a try. Since I've never ordered this or any other brand of paints on-line before, is there a good on-line retailer you could recommend? Thank you! Eric
  9. Metroman, thanks for the great info! Is the Mr. Color line an enamel? Lacquer? Acrylic? Thanks! Eric
  10. They would have to sell 100 kits at a price of $1,200? I'd like it a whole lot more if they sold 10,000 at a price of $12. Eric
  11. Thanks to all who chimed in. I was surprised to see others in the same boat as I. I think Kurt pretty much summarized my predicaments/sentiments the most because I really do like my enamels but I also use acrylics sometimes. I mainly like to use them for smaller spaces like cockpit details and wheel wells where I don't have to worry about masking. I have yet to paint an entire aircraft with them because, as GW noted, I, too, have heard stories of how acrylics tend to pull up when masked. If the day comes where an acrylic is made that really bites into the plastic, takes masking, doesn't dry out on the airbrush nozzle and is reasonably priced, I'll be in line to get me some! Eric
  12. Howdy folks! My "go to" paint has always been Model Master enamels. However, as Testors has been doing away with the MM line, my selection of MM paints in my local hobby shop has been seriously shrinking. My favorite subjects are U.S. planes ranging from WW2 to modern. With all that in mind, what other brand of enamel paints would you recommend? Thanks! I know that there are several "new" manufacturers out there but, as long as I had my MM paints, I never really paid attention to what else was available. I think I have no other choice other than to order my paints from now on rather than buying them locally. Eric
  13. I think the Revell F-84 was the very first kit I ever tried to foil. That was maybe ten years ago??? Something like that. It didn't go very well but I've learned a lot since then and have foiled two models in the past year or so. With some practice, patience and understanding, it really isn't overly difficult at all. When it comes to foiling, for me anyway, slow and steady wins the race. I've got a Monogram B-29 in my stash that is pretty much at the top of my "to do next" list. I seriously think I'm going to foil that monster. After all, nothing looks like actual metal than actual metal! As you said, it's definitely worth it in the end. Eric
  14. Now THAT is a spectacular finish! Gotta love the Revell F-84. I covered mine using foil as well but Scott's looks infinitely better than mine. Major thumbs up for the great job, Scott! http://www.aircraftresourcecenter.com/Gal16/15201-16300/gal15274-F-84-Vomacka/00.shtm
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