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ESzczesniak

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About ESzczesniak

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  • Birthday 10/01/1983

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    Military Modeling (primarily USA)

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  1. Thank you! The wing chord probably could give me what I need.
  2. I've found a 3D model of a KC-135 boom to begin work on an AAR diorama I've had plans of (Tamiya 1/48 F-16). The model is proprietary, but I think sharing the brief screenshot below doesn't violate any terms (in brief, the terms just say personal use only, no profit for its use). Is anyone able to tell me the dimension of anything reliable in the model below. I need something I can measure on the model and compare to real life to set a scale. I am a bit focused on the diameter of the tip of the probe, but width of wings, etc could be get the job done as well. Thank you for any help!
  3. After battling their F-16I Sufa, and not being totally happy with the build still, I’d love to see this variant down the road. The Hasegawa shows it’s age in lack of surface detail, intake, etc. and Tamiya has no great road to converting.
  4. Thank you both! Despite having used scalemates.com to look at instructions before, I hadn't thought of that in this case. And I most likely missed the CD, but didn't notice one in the box. I'll have to get it out of storage and look.
  5. I bought a 1/18 Packard Merlin engine from HpH models. The transaction was very smooth, but the kit did not come with instructions. They have a link on their website, but it is locked in Google documents. I have not received any feedback after "requesting access". I also emailed them about a week ago and have not heard any reply. Does anyone else have any suggestions?
  6. I too ordered a couple Reskit items. They took 5-6 weeks, but arrived safely. Unfortunately, I'm not sure life is very normal at all in the Ukraine. I was torn ordering them. On the not to order side, it seems silly to bother people stuck in war with something as frivolous as model parts. For ordering, I was happy to give some money to them personally, and their economy. Wish I knew what was the best answer.
  7. I don't use these sponges often, but they do work rather well sometimes for removing washes. I'm pretty sure these are some type of make up sponge. However, when I look through amazon, I'm seeing some "condensed makeup removing sponges", "blending sponges", etc. Anyone have any idea the best thing to search for to find an easy replacement?
  8. I present Meng’s 1/700 USS Enterprise, CV-6. This kit is a “snap kit”, molded in colors and requiring little glue. I built it as a pallet cleanser. Ignoring the air wing, the model was done in 11 days. With the air wing, it was 13 days. I painted the kit and filled the handful of seams necessary. Still, it’s a simple build and I have to say, despite it’s simple origins, it can be built in to a nice ship. There are some shortcomings. All markings are stickers. I painted the flight deck markings. It’s been a little while, but to my recollection I found the Big-E did not sport the
  9. In the recent issue of Phoenix Aviation Modeler, there's a build from Kitti Tatsumaki of the Dream Model 1/72 AH-1Z. They use a 3D printed engine, but make no mention if the source files are available anywhere. Anyone have any idea if these might be available? I wouldn't mind purchasing them. I'm ready to print them, but I'm not ready to design my own files at this time.
  10. Luckily I got mine a while ago I guess. I want to say it was around $200.
  11. Scalemates isn’t a retailer. They’re a database, and as part of that database link to retailers that might be selling the item. It’s an automated system. They’re estimate of “in stock” at a certain place is not very reliable. The retailer can be anywhere from great (Spruebrothers) to horrible (Internet Honbies).
  12. It's a good point and question. I learned a fair bit more about these birds building this one. Apparently the F-14D spent most of it's life in a "flat black". It wasn't dead flat, but not quite semi-gloss either. Models, particularly diecast, seem to still make it gloss black. This isn't quite accurate though. The F-4 had 3ish major variations. There were two F-4J's and later an F-4S. The early F-4J had the blue ribbons (as on this model), while the later did away with this trim. The early F-4J also had a "squished" playboy bunny, while the later got the normal "one". At l
  13. Thank you all for the replies! It's Tamiya XF-1 for the black.
  14. I’ve long had a F-4 “Black Bunny” on my list, and finally worked myself up to tackle the gloss black finish. This the is the 1/48 Zoukei-Mura F-4J. Quinta Studios cockpit decals were added, and the exterior decals are from Furball. The Quinta cockpit set looks great, but I honestly use these more to speed up a build if I’m not in the mood to spend time on the cockpit. So my use of them is variable. The Furball decals are decent, but not great. Their adhesion is on the weak side. I displaced a couple with a gentle washcloth wipe preparing for the final gloss coats
  15. I’ve long had a F-4 “Black Bunny” on my list, and finally worked myself up to tackle the gloss black finish. This the is the 1/48 Zoukei-Mura F-4J. Quinta Studios cockpit decals were added, and the exterior decals are from Furball. The Quinta cockpit set looks great, but I honestly use these more to speed up a build if I’m not in the mood to spend time on the cockpit. So my use of them is variable. The Furball decals are decent, but not great. Their adhesion is on the weak side. I displaced a couple with a gentle washcloth wipe preparing for the final gloss coats
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