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About Falconxlvi

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    1/72 1/48 1/32 Aircraft, all types

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  1. Falconxlvi

    New F-15E Nose Art Photos

    There is “legal” and there is ”necessary” when it comes to cockpit stowage 😉
  2. Falconxlvi

    New F-15E Nose Art Photos

    Not really man. You can’t stand up, you are wearing a super uncomfortable poopy (survival suit) and although you are going faster than a Herc, you aren’t going that fast because you are staying with a KC-10/135 and refueling about every hour. The helmet gets nice and toasty after a few hours and the mask, despite taking breaks with it off and on, isn’t the most comfortable after a few hours either. Taking a leak is a “by feel” act of faith with all the extra gear and poopy suit you have on. After awhile, your right armrest is about 4 filled piddle packs. You are also cross-checking or looking left or right for hours on end depending on what side of the tanker you are on. On the way overseas, you are also fried because you took off at midnight to land in the evening in Europe. Haha, I mean, it’s a 10 hr flight at 310 knots and a whole lot of water from Mountain Home. After landing, you pretty much slither out of the cockpit because you are mentally shot and have been sitting for about 11 hrs total. Generally, you are soaked with sweat. I’ve flown the F-15E over twice and taken a C-17 and a 747 back twice. After checking it off the list, I much prefer the ride in the big jet 😜 Sorry if that took the glamour away 😆 Steve
  3. Falconxlvi

    New F-15E Nose Art Photos

    Yep. That’s it- very common on deployments/redeployments. Anything you don’t want to risk in the travel pod (not exactly water proof) and lots of food and snacks. I always kept my iPads and laptop in the jet too.
  4. Falconxlvi

    One weird jet

    Indeed - ugly in a beautiful kind of way...
  5. Falconxlvi

    1/48 Dragon Ju 188

    Nice! I love the squiggle camo
  6. I just got off the phone with Tamiya USA Customer Service to obtain a replacement 1/48 F4U-1D cowl piece from kit 61061. They were able to locate one and are sending it free of charge even though I lost the part (🤦🏼‍♂️). I am very very impressed! Thanks Tamiya!
  7. Falconxlvi

    New model building room

    Great setup! It is so clean and organized!
  8. Falconxlvi

    Fw 190D-9

    I haven’t used their paints before. I use Mission Models and Tamiya Acrylics and Gunze Lacquers primarily. I just use MIG’s washes and weathering products - they are great! Thanks 🙏🏻
  9. This is a very informative discussion Chuck and Zactoman- thanks!
  10. Falconxlvi

    Mission Models Polyeurethane Intermix gone bad?

    I’ve actually had a really good experience with the poly. I store mine in the basement here in Colorado and it hasn’t dried up or gone bad at all. I’ve had mine for about nine months and it is about halfway empty. No problems with their pints or primers or poly for me. I am a convert and love how MM Paints perform- here are two recent projects using Mission Models paints:
  11. Falconxlvi

    Fw 190D-9

    Thanks! It’s such a simple and effective uograde, isn’t it? Thank you. I used a toothpick and scratched it down to the underlying Alclad Aluminum paint on the wingroots. I used MIG Pigments to simulate dirt on the tire and then accentuated each bolt on the rim and landing gear legs with metallic enamels.
  12. Falconxlvi

    1:48 Phantom FGR2 XV408 92Sqn

    Incredible! Wow! The radar is unbelievable. Very, very well done sir!
  13. Falconxlvi

    1/48 Fw 190D-9

    All done - final pictures located in the “Display Case” forum.
  14. Falconxlvi

    Fw 190D-9

    I would like to present my completed Tamiya 1:48 Fw 190D-9. Aftermarket and modifications include: - MDC corrected spinner and wheels - Quickboost Exhausts and gunsight - Eduard Steelbelts - Aeromaster Decals and TallyHo Masks - Hypodermic needle blast tubes Thanks for taking a look! Steve
  15. Falconxlvi

    1/48 Fw 190D-9

    Final update 3/28 I’ve done a ton of work over the last 48 hrs to nearly finish the build. The model was washed with Mig Productions excellent enamel washes - Deep Brown on top and Sky Grey on the bottom. I ended up using some Tamiya Black wash on a few panels as well to really make them pop. Fiddly bits washed- it brings them to life! Next the airframe was sealed up with a Tamiya XF-86/Gunze leveling thinner flat coat. I subsequently added exhaust stains by slowly building up a heavily diluted XF-63/64 mix along the wing roots. I added some chipping along the wing leading edge by gently rolling a toothpick with a dab of chrome silver across it. The propeller was permanently attached. And here is where we are! 1 more day to go until the show- I think I’m going to make it 😂