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  1. 1/72 always seemed toy-like to me except when it comes to the large bombers such as the B-36, XB-35, B-1, etc. 1/32 is great but I don't have the luxury of having the excess space to display a shelf full of 1/32 F-4 Phantoms, Mustangs, F-15s, etc. 1/48 is juuuuust right. Much less expensive than 1/32. Amount of detail is not too little and not too much. Space-wise, I can fit more 1/48 planes on my shelves than I can their 1/32 counterparts. Eric
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    Our Names

    Same here. Call me old fashioned but I believe our names are more than just labels for us. I believe we have to stand by our names because, in the end, it's all we have. If something is important enough to say, then stand up to it by signing your name on the dotted line rather than hiding behind something fake. If your name is fake, then how can I trust what is being said by the person? Eric
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    Dream Injection Kit(s)

    1/32 F-89 Scorpion series 1/48 XP-79 Northrop flying wing 1/48 XP-67 Moonbat 1/48 L-133 Lockheed jet precursor to the F-80 but far more advanced.
  4. Thank you, Scooby and Sevastijan! Lesson learned. A couple of models ago, I built the Pro-Modeler P-47N. I finished that one off with the Alclad polished aluminum and that one turned out great. I'm fairly certain I masked over that one as well but nothing pulled up. I'm 98% certain that I gave that plane a base coat of Testor's Model Master gloss black which I had polished. Who knows. Maybe the Alclad adheres better to the enamel more so than the Tamiya primer. Eric
  5. Not sure if this has happened to anyone else but here's my most recent story: I'm working on a P-47 right now and I primed it using the wonderful Tamiya white primer in the rattle can. I polished the primer to the point where it was fairly glossy. I then used Alclad's polished aluminum. After letting it cure for over a day, I then masked off areas using low-tack blue painter's tape. I've used this technique before and never had a bit of problems with it. This time, however, when I removed the tape, it darned near took most of the underlying Alclad along with it! So I'm not sure if it was the Tamiya primer or something I did wrong with the Alclad. Either way, I'm really hesitant to use Tamiya primer under Alcald ever again. Eric
  6. Yep! Big 40" white stars would have been the icing on the cake!
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    Top Gun 2 Production begins

    I was reading something about this on the 'net last week. The article mentioned how, back when the original movie came out, the U.S. Navy hadn't been at war for the past 20 years. Today, the U.S. Navy has been in action for the past 20 years and now Maverick will exist in a world where Naval aviators have seen war/combat. So basically the theme, the feel, of the movie will be made to reflect that. I think Darren raised a good point that I hadn't thought of before. Will it be more of a serious movie or will it be more "campy and fun"? On a side note, I still love the "campy and fun" Top Gun movie. My God! It was filled with F-14s! What's not to love about it??? Eric
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    Revell 1/32 P-51

    I guess I'm one of the lucky few. I bought my kit probably over a month ago but it wasn't until last night that I really took a good hard look at the canopy. Everything on the clear sprue was intact and in perfect shape. No splits. No breakage. No separation. No blemishes of any sort. Call me lucky, I guess. Eric
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    "Coming soon" definition

    F-94 sheet coming out soon. An F-89C sheet coming out next year. I'm just going to say this now: Caracal is now my favorite decal maker!!!!! Those '50s era jets were so colorful and they're my absolute favorites! Thank you, Caracal, for showing some love to an oft ignored era. Eric
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    "Coming soon" definition

    Good to know! I'm just about to finish up my latest build and I keep eyeing up my F-94 as my next build. However, I'll put it off until the decals come out at which point I will throw my money at Caracal. In the mean time, I know that in my first post above, I accidentally said "F-89" when I meant to say "F-94". Actually, the F-89 is my second most favorite plane so if Caracal would like to make some decals for the F-89C, I'll firehose my cash directly into their bank account. Eric
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    "Coming soon" definition

    Hi Kursad and than you for responding. The tone of a post can be hard to judge and I hope you didn't think I was being sarcastic or mean-spiritted in any way. Since I have only recently come across Caracal decals, I didn't know if Caracal had sort of a standard process that said something like "Okay, when we're about XX months out from releasing a decal sheet, that's when we'll show it to be coming soon." It's just that when I saw that someone was producing a set of decals for the Hobbycraft F-94A (I mistakenly wrote F-89 up above, I meant F-94), I got pretty excited since those early U.S. jets are some of my favorite subjects. Several months ago, I purchased the kit and didn't bother to realize I purchased the "A" variant rather than the "B" variant. The kit decals are pretty bad and there really aren't any aftermarket decals for the "A" version. There are lots of aftermarket decals for the "B" and "C" versions. Hence my excitement and eagerness for the release of your decals. Again, thank you for the response shedding some light on my query. Best wishes, Eric
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    "Coming soon" definition

    Howdy folks. Just a little question. I've never purchased/used Caracal decals before. However, I saw that Caracal has a set of F-89A/B decals (#48134) "coming soon". I was just curious as to what "coming soon" means in Caracal-speak. I'm pretty stoked about getting this set to replace the kit decals and I was just wondering how long my jitters of excitement can be expected to last. LOL! A month? A year? More? I hope it isn't the "more" part. Thanks! Eric
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    Things to know about college

    Never EVER choose a degree/major with the word "Studies" in it. Ask me how I know. Sort of hand-in-hand with that, get your Bachelor's degree. It shows potential employers that you know how to navigate your way through bureacracy and that you can finish what you start. Next, after getting your Bachelor's, never stop learning. Go back and attend a tech school so you can learn all the stuff a 4-year university never taught you. In the process, you'll learn how the real world works and you'll pick up some practical job and life skills. Eric
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    1/72 B-36 Canopy Mask

    On my last couple of Peacemakers, I just used some white glue with a drop of dish soap and a drop of water. Basically made my own liquid mask and it went pretty quickly. Painted the canopy and then popped off the dried glue squares after the paint had dried.
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    How did your first ever scale model turn out?

    Hi Alex! My very first model kit was the Revell Snap-Tite F-15 way back in 1977 or possibly '78. How did it turn out? Pretty darned good considering all I had to do was snap it together. I played with that sucker for YEARS and loved every single moment of it. I did most of the assembly but I knew the stickers (yep, stickers...not waterslide decals) were going to give me problems. The plane had red and white stripes on the wings and nose which meant they were definitely "handed" due to the wing angles and nose contours. I asked my dad to put on most of the stickers but leave a couple of the wing stripes for me to do. He did a great job applying the stickers but, when he handed the model to me to finish up, I screwed up the wing stickers! I put them on backwards. I had ONE THING to do! ONE THING! And I screwed it up. LOL! So what good lesson did I learn from my first model kit? The answer to this very important question rings true no matter if you're 7 or 70. When you're building a kit and you get to a difficult part, have your dad do it for you. Eric PS. I'd like to add a serious note here. What everyone else is saying is true. This is a wonderful hobby that is personal in nature. What I mean by that is the models you build only have to make YOU happy. Build it for yourself. Build them to relax. Build them to challenge youself, to push yourself, to be better. I'm 47 now and have been building for 40 years and I'm STILL learning new things. "Perfection" is an impossible goal but, by pursuing it, you can achieve excellence. You will make mistakes. With each mistake you make, however, you'll be gaining a lifetime of knowledge. Above all else, enjoy!!!