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  1. 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.
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. Luckily I got mine a while ago I guess. I want to say it was around $200.
  8. 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).
  9. 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
  10. Thank you all for the replies! It's Tamiya XF-1 for the black.
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. The schemes should largely be the same, as those are tied more to the squadron. With that said, there are often some “upgrades”. Slightly different style on the tails, new CAG birds, etc. So a CVW5 from Washington would probably look the same in 1/700, but not quite right in an aircraft scale.
  14. I was wondering about any advice others may have on doing touch ups on high gloss finishes. I have a VX-4 F-4J nearing the end. The final gloss is all Tamiya X-22. It's gone well, but there were a couple small spots I had to spray a touch up layer of X-22. On that matter, turns out cotton gloves still live a "finger print" (it's the cloth pattern) sometimes and nitrile rubber gloves seem to be the way to go. Anyway, no matter how you slice it, there is a small zone of transition from the nice gloss "wet coat" where the spray starts to feather out and it's not quite so clear an
  15. I don’t think anyone ever said it can only ever and an A-10C. But I think there are a lot of people that would like to be able to build an A-10C OOB. If they want to out parts for an -A in the box as well, sounds fine to me.
  16. You could say that about almost A/B/C variant that doesn’t add an extra seat. In modeling terms: 1) Different instrument panel and shroud. There is no way to make this a -C from and -A without new pieces (provided alternatives in kit, aftermarket, or scratch built). The new shroud is more bulbous and square to accommodate the MFS’s (there was only one small tv display in the -A vs vs two large in the -C). There are also a few extra lumps in the cockpit for the HMD sensors, but these are fairly small. 2) “New” wingtips to accommodate the MWS and wing tip chaff/flare dispens
  17. I’m hoping for an A-10C. Sure, a better A-10A would be welcome, but there’s no A-10C in the market at all (barring the extensive Phase Hanger modifications).
  18. To be somewhat pedantic, MSFS models an F/A-18E and DCS models an F/A-18C. There are some visual mods to make the legacy a super Hornet, but visual only. With that said, the whole MS flight sim franchise has historically been very basic flight models. MSFS is holding up better for GA aircraft, but military is typically very poor. The on top of that, MSFS makes it really easy to not think about loads. It defaults to 100% fuel. If my memory and numbers are serving me well, a rhino on full fuel load and no stores is about 5,000 lbs over max field landing weight, and 10,000 lbs
  19. I've only built the Hasegawa, but also have the Meng and Hobby Boss. Just looking through the box, the Hobby Boss appears overly complicated. They have options for open radomes, avionics bays, etc. If you're wanting to open them all up, great. However, for most that will build a bird not opened up for maintenance, it seems wasted. I haven't fitted any of them together, but the Meng appears to be more cleanly molded. It's not to say both don't look good, but there's something about the Meng that appears very well molded.
  20. I do agree! However, where things get messy is some of the white upper stencils duplicate the yellow. In particular, the 3 yellow hoist points on the outer wing fold panels have 3 white stencils in the same location that read "wing fold hoist point" with a white locating circle.
  21. Thank you for the reply! Searching "153783 Bunny" showed basically the same set of images I was getting for "F-4J VX-4", "F-4J Black Bunny", and "F-4J 3783". The Furball sheet is the earlier of the two versions. It has the blue/yellow gold bands and the squished bunny. I have applied almost all the white stencil data so far (just the side profiles to finish). These were clearly evident in pictures, although as you pointed out "fade" out quickly. Based on your comments I'll probably add the yellow stencil data too, which is mostly emmiter points, hoist points, and
  22. I am building a ZM F-4J as a VX-4 "Black Bunny". The sheet is for 3783. I can't seem to find a lot of photos through Google searching of this particular timeframe (most do not have the blue/gold bands). I can find a few and the white stencil data is pretty clear. I really don't know if I can be sure, but seeing a lot of the yellow service markings (jack points, hoist, etc) is hard. Hard enough, I'm not sure they were really on the airframe. And a lot of other people's builds don't seem to have all these yellow service markings either (although I know that could be a bad reference). Does
  23. It’s been available from the EU, and particularly the Netherlands, although stock didn’t last very long. Mine is out from delivery from Aviation Megastore. I think Hannants got stock recently as well.
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