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  1. dnl42

    Ship painting question(s)

    I thin Colourcoat for airbrushing with Mr Leveling Thinner. This is the thinner for Mr Color with the addition of a retarder to slow dying. You might find Colourcoat thinned with Mr Leveling Thinner allows you to get a brushable coat that's relatively thin. Don't expect a thinned paint to cover in 1 coat. I used to brush Floquil enamels--they were truly wonderful--and I routinely brushed 2 coats to get full coverage. In terms of paint thickness, lacquers are the thinnest, enamels are thicker, and acrylics are thickest. My first choice to airbrush is Mr Color. I use Colourcoat for colors I can't get in the Mr Color line.
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    Trumpeter 1/48 C-47

    It's looking good! Flaps down are indeed quite rare. Of the 800 pictures I've collected, only 3 have their flaps down, and 2 are the same AC-47.
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    How to upload photos directly to the ARC Forums

    Once you start a post, you'll see the following in the lower left corner of the post dialog. I click on the "choose files" link and the usual file selection dialog appears. Select the file, et voilà! Once you attach the photo(s), they'll appear in an "Uploaded Images" pane like below. Also notice the little trash can icon in the lower right corner of the photo; click on it to delete the photo. If you just attach one or more photos without placing them, they'll appear after your text. If you want to arrange them, as I've done in this post, click on a photo to have it inserted wherever the cursor is located. Once the image is inserted, you can double-click on the photo to adjust how it's placed, change its size, adjust its alignment, &etc. in the following dialog box When you're done, click "Submit Reply" as normal. Edit: I believe photos uploaded to ARC need to be smaller than 100,000 bytes.
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    Grumman Gulfhawk II

    The prototype aircraft mated smaller F2F wings to the F3F fuselage and empennage. I remember reading an article on the creating the Gulfhawk kit from AM's F3F kit. The article said that that new wings were made but the PE wasn't, which indeed meant they were too long. IIRC, there was a budget issue or something.
  5. The size and shape of the exhaust discharge was bugging me, so I made another version.
  6. Very nice! I'm glad they added the stripes to these markings--they really look very good in low-viz. I did 4082, a family model D, in an earlier version that didn't have the stripes.
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    Photo etch tool’s questions

    Like Kurt, I use 2 types of glue for PE. CA for edge bonds, like in a box or this 1/48 Browning M2 using Eduard PE and a Master barrel. I'll use an acrylic glue, like Gator's Grip or Formula 560 Canopy Glue, for surface bonds. In addition to the setting time benefit, these glues are also flexible, which is important to reduce the risk of a failed bond due to the differing thermal expansion properties of plastic and metal. I don't like shears to cut PE. I prefer a round-edge knife blade like a #10 blade. I cut the part free by rocking the blade across the PE tab against a rigid surface, like a glass or metal plate. You do need to hold the part down while it's being cut lest it fly into oblivion. Once cut free, a file will clean up the burrs remaining from the cutting operation, no matter how it was accomplished. A PE workstation helps you get sharp corners, which really helps when folding complicated assemblies like the parts on that Browning M2. I like The Bug from The Small Shop.
  8. Worked on the hull discharges. You can see 3 discharges on the port side in my reference photo. Here are enlargements of the exhaust from my reference and another photo And here's an enlargement of the ramp winch cover. There appears to be a rolled edge around the periphery of the winch cover--I assume to provide rigidity to the sheet metal. Fabricated the hull discharges using 1.1, 1.5, and 2mm Albion brass tubing. I replicated the rolled edge using stretch sprue.
  9. https://www.ocregister.com/2019/02/15/world-war-ii-veteran-picks-up-1500-tab-for-military-members-at-chick-fil-a/ Ed's a really good guy. He's also very active in the North American Aviation retiree community.
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    What are your top 5 dream model kits?

    Oh, that would be sweet!
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    paint stripper?

    I use Mr Color Thinner to strip Mr Color and Alclad.
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    Grumman Gulfhawk II

    FWIW, the Testors 1/48 F8F Bearcat kit includes markings for Gulfhawk 4. The plastic is for an F8F-2, so work is required.
  13. In and out of hospital last week and incarcerated this week. Poor guy...
  14. I have that tool, and I like it a lot! With a little practice, you can remove all manner of molded on detail without harming the surface. Think of it as a plane, but without the sole plate. It can be resharpened, too. I've probably used it on every model I've built since I got it.
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    A380 end of production

    Wow! According to wikipedia, €25B development costs, 2005 1st flight, 2007 introduction.