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  1. Liquid cements are basically just solvents. They should be "good" until they evaporate.
  2. Just in case anyone is looking for one of these hard to find resin sets. Link to auction Cheers!
  3. The Touch-n-Flow squeeze bottle works perfectly to suck the solvent into the applicator. Just squeeze the bottle, stick the metal tube into the rear of the applicator so the plastic on the bottle seals against the end and un-squeeze the bottle; voilá. No idea why this isn't the recommended way to do it as it works much better. Cheers!
  4. Just glue an appropriate length of sprue to the rear of the cockpit and use it as a handle; piece o' cake. No need to even try to remove it afterward since it will be completely hidden once the fuselage is assembled. Cheers!
  5. That should be a fun project. I look forward to seeing the finished work. If it's anything like your progress threads, it will definitely be a "must read".
  6. From this paragraph, it sounds like the software is simply incapable of dealing with bitmaps. If you have any apps that can autotrace vector drawings from bitmap images (Illustrator, Inkscape, etc,) you might be able to save those as PDFs and then export to your CAD program without too much trouble. Just an idea. :) edit: Actually, if you have Illustrator, it will export AutoCAD DXF & DWG files directly.
  7. Coming along just spiffily. I really like what you did with the wiring in the bays, not to mention the rest of the details you are adding. This promises to be a very impressive model. :D
  8. Once again I find myself in awe of your work. You show the skill and attention to detail of, well what can I say, a Swiss watchmaker. :D
  9. I tried something like that once. Wound up with a surprisingly even coating of Testors flat red over everything in a 20-inch radius. :D
  10. Sir, that is one tasty URL cocktail. You can be my internet bartender a-ny-time. :)
  11. Ready to hit the north shore… of Africa! :lol: Beautiful build you have there. I missed your text at the top and was skimming the pics just assuming it was a 1/35. My eyes about bugged out when I came to the shot of you holding it . Nice work. :lol:
  12. I bought a couple of kits from them a few years ago. No problems as I can recall.
  13. Three days warning eh? Not a lot of time. Ah well, guess we can add them to the .
  14. Have you tried Floquil's Aged Concrete color?
  15. LOL, I said "Wow!" in perfect sync with the guy in the video. That was very, very cool. Thanks for sharing.
  16. If the wheels are non-rotating on your model, you can use the same shading/highlighting technique used by figure painters on folds of cloth. Start with your base rubber color, then mix some black in and paint the areas of the tire that would be in shadow (look at pics). Do the same thing with a lighter tint to represent the areas getting more light. Keep it subtle. Then do your weathering and you should have some nicely realistic-looking tires.
  17. What a great film. It's quite amazing seeing the Dobbins/Lockheed facilities as they were back then and noting what has changed, and also the things that haven't. It's an interesting parallel for me, as while Fred was there taking to the skies for the first time, I was undergoing final-assembly myself just a few miles south of there and had my "first flight" about a month later. Now, after 42 years I am again in the area attempting to upgrade myself just as Fred goes through the same. Pretty cool.
  18. Oh yeah, this is coming along nicely. Keep up the great work. One suggestion if I may; a lesson learned from a past thread. You may want to lay out your wiring circuits outside the model first so as to test them before they are sealed up inside. It would truly suck to have it all glued together and find that a motor is running backwards or an LED won't light.
  19. George has the right idea. You want to look for O-scale train accessories. Be aware though, that O-scale can refer to several different actual scales from 1/43 to 1/48. Check Wikipedia for more info on that. Also for some reason, and unfortunately, most of the O scale accessories are quite toy-like, lacking in detail and basic in shape. You would most likely have to considerably modify anything you'd find to have it look good in a diorama. Another option might be the old ESCI ground equipment set (also sold by AMT and is also included in a few of their aircraft kits). It has a fair-looking to
  20. Along the same lines, I have successfully used Tenax on thick & stubborn decals. It actually worked amazingly well, pretty much fusing the decal to the underlying (flat enamel) paint, no hint of silvering. As was said, though, it doesn't take much and you don't dare even look at it funny until it dries thoroughly.
  21. Specifically F-15 squadron hangars
  22. Wow, great to see the old girl moving under her own power once again. Fingers crossed for a safe return to the air.
  23. Dearest Iran, Hey, no problem guys; we'll get right on that. While you're waiting, how about you send all of the Tomcats you do have back home for some "factory maintenance", no charge. They could definitely use it after all this time. We'll return them to you with the new one when it is ready. Sincerely, the US of A
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