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  1. Hi guys! I'd say a good 99.99% of my builds are aircraft kits. Now I'm building the Revell Titanic for my 13 year old daughter. It's the venerable 1/570 scale kit. So here's my question: What would be the best way to paint the deck tan horizontal surfaces such as the deck in relation to the white vertical surfaces such as the walls of the ship? Do you airbrush one color, do some serious masking, then airbrush the other color? The decks and structures are all molded as one as opposed to being separate entities. As you can tell, I am definitely not a ship builder! I need help
  2. Spooky, is there something in particular you're looking for? Are you talking about kits? Old kits? New kits? Tools? Decals? A little bit of everything?
  3. I think this is an EXCELLENT post! I've seen so many articles both in magazines and online where someone shows their cockpit all glued up but not a single bit of paint on it. Next thing you know, they're showing a picture of the cockpit completely painted. They never EVER state how they went from one stage to the next. I look at it and I can't help but think "How did they paint all the minute details after everything was already assembled?" The person never states if they're just showing the unpainted cockpit sort of held together by friction and then they take it all apart, paint it, the
  4. It's amazing to believe that such a placid and beautiful the area today was the scene of a terrifying battle 80 years ago.
  5. Very much agree! I felt it was subtly done rather than overdone which seems to be the prevalent trend these days. http://www.aircraftresourcecenter.com/Gal16/15901-16000/gal15964-B-25-Ordovini/00.shtm Eric
  6. If Revell could come out with one similar in quality to their 1/48 F-86D, then that would be the best. It would be something better than Tamiya quality at something far less than Tamiya price. Eric
  7. I used to enjoy it, but over the past couple of years, it's just been fading from the fabric of my life. I'm getting more things done around the house and I'm spending more time with my family. Kind of to my surprise, I find myself not even missing it a single bit. In fact, even living here in the shadow of Lambeau Field, I went about my day last Sunday and completely forgot that there was any football being played that day. Someone asked me if I had watched the game and all I could say was "Huh?" I've really lost the taste for football lately especially since the leauge and pl
  8. When I was out for a little bit and ready to get back into the hobby, I grabbed a 1/48 Monogram P-51B. Low parts count, excellent engineering, minimal (if non-existent) need for filler, and all for about a dozen bucks. This kit really helped me get my mojo back. Simpler does not mean inferior. Eric
  9. Technically, isn't everything a "limited edition"? I think it's more of a marketing ploy to get the consumer to buy. Eric
  10. After having built a couple -29s in my teen years back in the '80s, I wanted to try my hand at building one now. As others mentioned, I would often see them for sale on eBay and other places for close to the $90-$100 range and even a little north of that. Patience can really pay off sometimes, because I waited and waited and finally snagged one for about $45 SHIPPED! I'm still in shock about it to this day. As for the photoetch parts, if that's your thing, then I say go for it. Just know that once you close up the fuselage halves, you can't see anything behind the pilots' bulkhead. I
  11. Is this going to be the original kit but with added photo-etch parts?
  12. I'm in agreement with Steve here. Personally, I tend to lean more towards older kits so I don't really mind if they've been opened before. I can't even tell you the last time I bought a new kit. However, if someone is selling an old kit that is still wrapped in plastic, sure, I'll admit that it makes me perk up even a bit more. I'd stop short of saying that I'd pay a "premium" for them. That kind of makes it sound like I'm willing to pay some exorbitant price over and above the value of the kit, but I am willing to pay a buck or two more for a kit that is sealed over one that has been ope
  13. I've now been in contact with the person in California who bought it through eBay. I explained to him the situation and told him that if the initial deal fell through, then I would immediately contact him and let him know. Thankfully, the guy was completely cool and understanding about it. I both thanked and apoligized to him. As eraucubsfan stated, "sh*t happens". There's no doubt about that! I just hate it when it happens because of my forgetfulness. Habu2, it was/is the 1/32 Revell "Phantom" P-51D/K Mustang with the motorized features. Eric
  14. Oh believe you me! I will be doing a lot of apologizing on this one. The Cali guy paid via PayPal and the funds won't be released until I provide shipping info. That's good! I don't want to take the gentleman's money until things get ironed out. Scott and Dutch, I will definitely take your advice to heart. Thanks! Eric
  15. You're not alone, brother. Several years ago, I was working on a 1/48 Revell F-89C. I love that kit. It's simple and it's my favorite plane. What could go wrong, right? The build went fine, but I started to screw things up the moment I started the painting phase. As God is my witness, I couldn't paint the thing correctly to save my life. I ended up putting the botched kit up on my shelf directly in front of me on my workbench. It sat there for close to two years before I got tired of it sitting there and laughing at me. I stripped off all the paint. What an absolute mess! Used rags,
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