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  1. Kinetic's 1/48 F-16D with CD 48037, "F-16C/D International Vipers Part 1"
  2. What he said. HW store lacquer (cellulose) thinner to clean airbrush for any lacquer or enamel paint. Don't dare use HW store lacquer to thin paint. Don't waste your money using model paint thinner to clean your airbrush.
  3. Aircraft tire snow chains? If you're going to include no landing gear, how about these tests of a flexible rubber deck? The mind boggles... I was certain I had first read about such efforts in one of @Tailspin Turtle's fascinating blog posts, but I can't find it...
  4. This is a fun photo driving home the size of those wheels 🙂
  5. You might bring your props to your LHS to see if you can resin blades that are similar or perhaps a little larger so they can be reshaped. Alternately, you might try to shape a replacement blade from plastic strip. HTH -- dnl
  6. The Transavia PL-12 Airtruk is very cool! IMHO, it's better looking that its predecessor, the Bennet Airtruck.
  7. I'll add F7U Cutlass. Dang, that's a goofy stance. Almost as bad as the Pogo. The Grumman AF Guardian is pretty out there, too...
  8. I've had good luck with Silly Putty for this purpose. MSI also has a temp tacking glue that I'll use when Silly Putty won't work.
  9. After dipping in Future, put the part on a paper towel to absorb excess and then cover with a box or something to ensure dust doesn't alight on your clear and sticky bit of plastic.
  10. You spend time carefully cleaning up mold lines and mold misalignment on a part. You carefully look it over. Fully satisfied, you glue it into place. The very next time you look, you see a glaringly obvious missed mold line that is now wholly impossible to address.
  11. I wish I were only imagining what this was like.
  12. I don't have to look at that photograph to fill-in-the-blank. New research will completely invalidate the most difficult-to-address part of your model right after you post finished pictures. A new-tool highly detailed, well-fitting kit will be released right after you complete that old dimensionally-accurate-but-devoid-of-detail kit with fully scratch built cockpit, wheel wells, and landing gear. (Lindberg 1/48 F11F-1 Tiger, do you hear me?) A new-tool highly detailed, well-fitting, and very affordable kit will be released right after you finally acquire the
  13. That could be a blockage, especially given the multiple instances, which suggest a problem beyond the airbrush itself. Don's Airbrush Tips is an outstanding and authoritative source of information on airbrushes as well as their care and feeding. In this case, take a look at his Troubleshooting page. FWIW, I always thin paint to the consistency of 1% milk. See more complete info here. HTH -- dnl
  14. I always have a spare needle and nozzle because they're fragile. I've only gone through about 2 for my Iwata HP-TH and Iwata HP-CH airbrushes. Always due to my error. That is, I dropped the needle or damaged the nozzle by pushing too hard on the needle. I went through 3 needles and/or nozzles on my Badger 360, but that was my first decent airbrush and I was even more of a klutz then. It was quite a good airbrush. Not as nice as the Iwatas, but quite good. Knock on wood, the current needles and nozzles in both Iwatas are about 3 years old. I routinely clean the airbrushes after each
  15. If you can make your test photo a small enough image, that is, under 100kb (102,400 bytes, it's a computer thing), you can directly upload it to the ARC forum by pressing the "choose files..." link that appears at the bottom of the text box whence you enter a post. Otherwise, you'll need to upload the photo to an image hosting site (I use Postimage at postimages.org, but there are others), get a link from the hosting site ("Share" a "Direct link" in postimage), and then paste that link into your post. My experience suggests you don't post a link from Google photos as the link is di
  16. @Mfezi, you identified the real issue with the article. Scientific American is looking for simple explanations. To be sure, this isn't new; it has long been their goal.
  17. When did you order? I can no longer find any evidence of their existence.
  18. Marvelous work! I built Revell's 1/144 kit, and it's a beast compared to other 1/144 aircraft.
  19. No! Masking tape on clear plastic comes off last! For some kits, the clear plastic bits can go on last. This had both
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