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  1. Notice how the wing 'star-and-bar' marking disappears in the second photo, and reappears in a lighter shade in the third photo!! Very interesting!
  2. That's what I think also. They must have had a relative of Mr. McGoo cut the stencil out! (How's that for a vintage reference!!)
  3. I liked its combination of markings: Properly proportioned star-and-bar (how did the maintenance crews mess that up on some of the other jets listed on the sheet?), Desert Storm mission markings, colorful (multi-color ribbon on the tail; nosegear door markings), easier to paint a single color on the top of the tail rather than trying to wrap a (multi-color) decal around it, and the wheel hubs (nose wheel hubs are red, main wheel hubs have an eagle decal).
  4. Sure! Your build thread inspired me to get moving and finish my build!
  5. These are great decals - you'll really like using them. I ended up making '892' from this sheet. Take your time with the interior intake decals - they can be tricky to position. I applied them one at a time in each intake and let them completely dry before putting the next one on.
  6. Wholeheartedly concur with Dutch - GREAT JOB! I'd like to do a 'line bird', so will likely do the "red arrow" version for some color. But also very tempted to do the Wright Air Development Center option with the red/yellow triangles. I live about 12 miles from Wright-Patterson AFB - formerly Wright Field - where this jet would have been stationed.
  7. Since the MiG-25 was developed to intercept the XB-70 (if it had gone into service), what about a forced-perspective in-flight diorama with the Cyber-Hobby 1/200 XB-70 kit in the background, and the MiG-25 in the foreground as if its closing in on the XB-70?
  8. While Dark Gull Gray is the "real" color, my thinking was along the lines of ElectroSoldier, i.e. adding a wash and dirtying it up might make it look WAY dark. Lots of good thoughts and insights - I will try Halfords primer, and maybe a couple other color tests. One that just came to mind was 'regular' Gull Gray, and see if it can be darkened with a wash to approach Dark Gull Gray.
  9. I'm starting the Monogram 1/48 EA-6B, and was wondering what an approximate scale color "out of the bottle" (i.e. not lightening the full-scale color) would be good for the overall cockpit color. The cockpit will be getting a raw umber wash and some weathering, so a good approximation is sufficient. Thanks.
  10. I thought a nice change-of-pace from Vietnam F-105Ds would be to do a nuclear-armed one. Built the 1/48 Monogram F-105D with a scratch-built weapons bay, and added a Mk 28 from Belcher Bits.
  11. Many PBJ-1Js had the top turret removed and replaced with a small dome. I happened to find the photo below that apparently shows an aircraft in the overall dark blue, but before any turret modifications. Oddly enough, it almost appears it still has the nose gun, even though the nose is painted over! I did this aircraft in 1/48 with the Monogram B-25J, with white lettering and numbers to do the tail markings.
  12. ...and hopefully the 1:144 version to follow soon after! 🙏
  13. There's a good variety of LEDs here: https://hdamodelworx.com/LED-Lighting_c_1.html Some come with a resistor pre-soldered to the LED, so all you have to do is hook it up to a battery.
  14. Thanks! I'll stick with the Acryl clear coats........
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