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  1. I am in need of the bits to make a Big Mouth GE engined 1/48 Hasegawa F-16 - Would anyone be willing to sell or trade for sprues H, L, and T? Those are the GE can, exhaust petals, and MCID intake pieces. I have lots of ordnance and some decals I would happily trade. TIA!!
  2. Shout out to John Miller at Model Paint Solutions! Not only did my order arrive super fast with a hand written thank you note, but he immediately replaced the missing item no questions asked. He also answered my paint questions right away too - great service, thanks John!
  3. Does anybody know the colors used on Air Combat USA's gray Sf.260 fleet? I reached out to them and got radio silence - by best guess is gull gray bottom, dark ghost gray and dark gull gray topside....does that look about right?: Thanks, Nate
  4. Does anyone know of any reviews or builds of the new 1/144 B-2 from AMP? All I've found is one comment on BritModeller that they bought one, it was short shot, and they returned it. I'm surprised at how quiet its reception has been since it seemed like a pretty exciting and overdue new tool...
  5. I've been noodling on a 1/48 Sputnik made from a ball bearing, but the readily available diameters are off (plus they are hardened and impossible to scribe). I have a 7/16" (0.4375"/11.1mm) diameter sphere that needs to be 0.475" for a 1/48 Sputnik. So, I need to add a uniform thickness of about 0.020" (0.5mm) all around. My current thought is multiple dips in Mr. Surfacer 500 and randomly rotating it the whole time while I wait for it to dry. Definitely easy to scribe, but I figure you lot are more creative than I am and might have some better ideas.... TIA!!
  6. I saw it on Sunday and took my 7 year-old boys with me - amazing documentary, and they really enjoyed it as well. We don't have an IMAX near-by so had to watch it on a regular movie screen. I can see how IMAX would be fantastic. I loved how they told the story and seeing the crawler and Saturn V on the big screen was everything I hoped it would be. My boys were going back and forth from being literally on the edge of their seats to hugging their knees in nervous anticipation (like during the lunar landing). Even though they, and pretty much everyone else, knew the main points of the mission, it was very engaging. Go see it!
  7. I emailed Scalehobbyist and he said he doesn't even know if it will be imported to the US and that it wasn't currently listed with his importer. Does anybody have any other information on when/if it might be available from US distributors?
  8. I didn't expect so many replies so quickly! I'm also in the "never really understood it" camp except for being annoyed with my forgetting where I left off on a project. I am impressed by the level of organization some people have, and am VERY thankful for all the WIP threads and photos, but it sounds like my level of disorganization remains with the majority 🙂
  9. I've noticed in the background of some in-progress posts that people have extensive notebooks with notes, dimensions, diagrams etc. and have also always wondered how reviewers keep track of the hours that went in to a build. Do you, and how do you, you keep track of 712 hours and 1,433 scratchbuilt pieces that went in to your opus? Chess timer? Stopwatch? Made up numbers? Administrative assistant? I'd be interested in ideas, since it seems to take me years to actually finish anything and half of that time is spent figuring out where I left off.....
  10. I'm trying to find info on the A-6 that was the last cat shot for VA-52 before they were deactivated in the early 90's. BuNo, Modex or really anything would help - as my Googling can't even find the date it happened. I got to play with the holdback release pin from that launch today and of course I am now obsessed with looking for more info 🙂 TIA
  11. Opened my package last night and it was missing an item - sent them an email, went to bed, woke up to a shipping notification of the replacement on its way!!! Thanks for the great customer service!
  12. Darren, that looks fantastic - do you have any tips on building the R/M Superbug like you do for the F-14? I tried one many moons ago and the intakes were a disaster, both inside an out, among other problems.... TIA!
  13. Thanks for the feedback - much appreciated!! Saturday it is!
  14. Out of curiosity, why are you designing in CATIA, and which workbench(es) are you using for your design? I use it daily and I know it's pretty clunky when it comes to this type of surface design, not to mention way more expensive than a lot of other CAD packages.... Thanks! Nate
  15. I'm hashing out my plans for this year's Abbotsford Airshow and was considering the Friday twilight show vs. Saturday, but I can't figure out if Friday is a full show or not. Seems like crowds would be less, but that all the performers might not have arrived yet....Has anyone gone to Friday shows? TIA!
  16. Are there any "scary" scenes or anything that might be too much for 6.5 year olds? Debating about taking my boys - we've watched all the SW movies except for EPIII, but that was all on TV and not in the theater....
  17. Testor's Easy Lift-Off works great - I actually did it just last night on a Revell Laser hull with great success. I had layers of gray and white surface primer and it took it all off with no damage to the plastic. I had tried Castrol Super-Clean awhile back and it didn't touch the stuff. Good luck!
  18. Nice work! Can you elaborate on how made the sections in the last image? I understand the process of getting the general arrangement views, but I'm not sure how you derive the sections from them, and the sections are definitely the most useful part for the model ;) TIA!
  19. Well, spejic was right about things clearing up with time - the decals and paint now look almost the same, but I still can't figure out why paint would only have dissolved around the edges of the decals. You would think I would have issues all over the plane if the clear was too much for the paint. My last build I used Tamiya acrylic, Tamiya decals, and the same can of clear flat with no issues.... Going forward I'll definitely take RichardL's advice to heart and remind myself to stop thinking I can get away with shortcuts!! Thanks
  20. That's interesting about the Dull Cote clearing up- I'm in WA, and it (shockingly) had just stopped raining before I went outside to spray, so I'll definitely take that advice and see if it gets a little better with time....
  21. Thanks, fixed the picture. I'm fairly certain the decals don't require a clearcoat ahead of time, but they are printed on a continuous carrier and needed to be trimmed. There is a LOT of clear carrier left because of the windows and text relations - hopefully it will make sense why now that the pictures are up....
  22. I'm looking for any insight into why this might have happened, if anyone has seen this before, or if anyone has suggestions on recovery options? The short story is that when I applied the clear flat, the paint noticeably darkened only around the edges of the decals. The long story is: 1/200 Hasegawa 737 Primed with Tamiya Gray Surface Primer Fuselage airbrushed with Tamiya acrylic green No gloss coat - green was pretty glossy to start with Draw Decals 2nd generation Digital Silk decals per their instructions - warm water, no more than one or two applications of Micro-set/Micro-sol, and they looked pretty good. Sat on the shelf for a month or so... Today I went out and topcoated with Testor's Clear Flat out of the spray bomb (my goal was to buff the fuselage to give it a satin look and keep the wings flat) and I got these super weird shadows around all of the decal edges, a tiny bit of dissolved paint and a boatload of wildly consistent ghosting/silvering. I get the silvering and maybe the tiny spot of dissolved paint is likely my fault, but what is up with the shadows? The green paint darkened only around edges of the decals, the rest of the acreage is fine. The areas around the "kulula fans" and "throne zone" text show it best. It's almost like something in the flat pulled something out of the decal film and discolored everything. I don't like my "Spanish school" 737....any ideas?? TIA Nate
  23. All kits are unstarted and in their bags, books are in good condition with usual shelf wear, buyer pays shipping from 98229 Paypal preferred, Trade wants at bottom KITS 1/72 Hasegawa F-15 ADTAC Boxing w/ two Airwaves PE sets (AC-72-09 and 72-58 [F-15E]) $18 1/72 Hasegawa Me-262A ISS1 Boxing w/Eduard 73277, CX139 mask, and Squadron Vac Canopy $18 1/72 ICM Ki-27 $10 1/72 Italeri C-47 w/Quickboost Engines and Eduard 72252 $25 1/72 AIM Wright Flyer, Full details: http://www.aim72.co.uk/page24.html $45 54mm Andrea Miniatures "Space Hunter" (Predator from the first movie) $15 54mm Andrea Miniatures "Zombie Pirate" (Captain Barbossa with zombie monkey from first Pirates movie) $15 AFTERMARKET 1/72 Eduard 72180 J-35 Draken $9 1/72 Eduard 73263 and CX023 mask for Academy Bf-109G14 $9 1/72 Eduard 73270 F4U-1 Birdcage for Tamiya $9 1/72 Eduard 72158 F-18A for Hasegawa $9 1/72 Aires Spitfire Mk. V Gun Bay (for Tamiya) $8 BOOKS AND MAGAZINES Polygon MiG 1.44 and Su-37 (all in Russian, really great photos and plan drawings) http://www.aviapress.com/viewonekit.htm?PLG-011 (My price is 50% off!) $30 Polygon Ka-50 (all in Russian, really great photos and plan drawings) http://www.aviapress.com/viewonekit.htm?PLG-006 (my price is 50% off!) $30 World Air Power Journal - Volume 36 Spring 1999 (F-16 Profile) $10 World Air Power Journal - Volume 40 Spring 2000 (F-4 Profile) $10 (Pic of these 4 books) The Air War Over Europe - Gun Camera Footage of World War II $10 Time Goes to War Special Edition $7 AIR International - Volume 52, No 1 $2 AIR International - Vol 71, No 1, July 2006 $2 Kagero Topshots - MiG-21 MF (Decals Included) $8 Osprey Modelling Manual - Postwar Aircraft $10 Osprey Compendium Modelling Manual - Advanced Aviation Modelling $10 Osprey Warrior Series - Knight Templar 1120-1312 $10 Osprey Combat Aircraft 56 - US Marine Corps and RAAF Units of Operation Iraqi Freedom $10 Complete Finscale Modeler Volumes (10 issues) $10/EA (I got the anniversary DVD, so don't need them taking up shelf space) Complete Finescale Modeler 1997 Complete Finescale Modeler 1998 Complete Finescale Modeler 1999 Complete Finescale Modeler 2000 Complete Finescale Modeler 2001 Complete Finescale Modeler 2002 Complete Finescale Modeler 2003 Complete Finescale Modeler 2004 Complete Finescale Modeler 2005 Complete Finescale Modeler 2006 Complete Finescale Modeler 2007 Will happily trade in your favor for: 1/48 Freedom Models X-47 1/48 Eduard Fokker DVII Profi-Pack 1/48 Eduard X-1 1/48 Zoukei-Mura Ho-229 1/48 Hasegawa/Mania Ki-27 Thanks! Nate
  24. Super cool kit of Wright Flyer - complete and unstarted. $45 shipped in ConUS, will ship elsewhere at cost. Full details: http://www.aim72.co.uk/page24.html Thanks! Nate
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