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  1. Removing the gloss of the plastic will help coverage and color build up will happen faster. Scuff all surfaces with fine scotchbrite or water based abrasive cleaner, such as Ajax or Comet.
  2. They are all the same white. It is the sheen that is different.
  3. These are not the rubber backed photoetch?
  4. Laquer thinner on top of the nut or bolt. Let it soak.
  5. A gloss sky blue base coat I have found puts out a very nice bright tone and by varying your base colors, you can get by with just the aluminum shade of alclad instead of having a range of them. It can get rather expensive to collect. Alclad II printed instruction sheet suggested this method. Their website "how to" does not. Gloss white is also a stated suggestion for base color, but of course as you can imagine will leave a very pale look, although still very reflective. Practice all you can to get the most gloss first and play around with the three base colors. I use white plastic spoo
  6. Yes, Steven. They came out of the current Minicraft kits. The UV screen came to mind also. I have some really nice Modeller's of Japan chrome foil (the absolute best. amazing stuff. miles apart from bare metal foil.) but I am crazy about showing the interiors.
  7. I've always wondered if Correct-O-Type on the plastic film would work where you burnish the stuff off the film carrier.
  8. Sorry I responded from the sidebar notes and didn't realize what forum you were asking from.
  9. Bandit Hobby Design There is a pattern out there somewhere that shows you how to lay one out on flatstock to fold up for yourself, but sorry I cannot remember where I seen it. Good luck with your build :)
  10. Doc, Thanks for that link. It is good to see an aftermarket company offer something for these. That might come in handy. Whitey used the registration numbers sheet. Those are handy, especially with these. Getting back to painting the figures, I had saved a three part series on how to paint figures if anyone is interested. I'm not sure if I'll paint any people for mine but who knows. I started to study figure painting because of my car building. I have an F1 pit crew set from Tamiya I'll be having to paint. I haven't painted with a brush for a long time so maybe it will be fun.
  11. Roll out some Milliput and run a piece of woven nylon cloth over it. You will have to put it in place before it hardens and it will be hard to handle without wiping out the impression but it's possible.
  12. Woody, Please type in your mailing address exactly how it should look and I will cut you a piece and send you it. I have more than I will use. David

  13. Anytime. I forgot to add the link. Testors paints has a glow in the dark color set of paints. They work okay, I've bought a set before just to play around with. I used it to paint dash knobs on car models. Gives a nice effect for that. You have to start with white first though. I just went to their website and it looks like they have stopped offering the paint set but I've seen them online in hobby stores. Just so you are not confused, the glow in the dark sheet I posted is a waterslide type of decal. Others were talking about the thick automotive kind of stickers I think. Microscale
  14. Microscale has a glow in the dark sheet. It's thick also. I'm not sure if it is what you want. It glows a slight greenish color. Not very strong.
  15. Great to see your reply, Andrew. I found a reference to help supplement the people painting guide. :lol: Here's the famous painting guide those out of the circle. The windows are a BIG drawback. If used, there's not much sense on spending too much time on the interior. I've even thought of just gluing the windows into all of them, putty the seams and paint them blue like you see on all the mahogany wood models. Decals are a problem, but now Minicraft re-issued a couple so that helps. The problem is with the older kits (Mooney and Aero Subaru) that we probably will not see new deca
  16. I was using collected pictures of the box tops for the wings series from the net, not all were very clear. I do not have but two Bandai released box tops to copy, so I made my own. Each one carries the original Bandai kit number in the small weekened wings series logo. Now I have clean copies for folder covers and a place to keep the kit number for reference. Let me know if you would like copies, I'll send them as individual box top images. It is also the only place the wingspan is stated.
  17. If you are looking for out of production items, vintage items it's almost the only option. Never fall for bidding wars. Make one good solid bid and walk away. Wait for your email to find out if you won or lost and commit to doing that. It's the only way I've found to stay sane about it.
  18. If you are looking for out of production items, vintage items it's almost the only option. Never fall for bidding wars. Make one good solid bid and walk away. Wait for your email to find out if you won or lost and commit to doing that. It's the only way I've found to stay sane about it.
  19. I stumbled across a cheap, two dollar play toy with a flashing LED unit inside and thought I would see if it could fit inside a fuselage. It looks promising as a flasher unit to build from to add flashing navigational lights. I'm studying the kits now and gathering lighting information on each plane. I asked in the general forum about lighting these and received some good pointers here. I've discected the instructions for each to work from
  20. Thanks everyone, you all helped get me going in the right direction with all this. I've broke up my instruction sheets into two-view drawings to work with and designed a key for myself to map out the lighting. This will help me understand it as a whole what I am up against and should come in handy counting LED's and drawing out the wires. I educated myself a bit on LED's and Fiber Optics with videos and shopping. One thing I did learn was to be careful buying color fiber optic strands. I investigated a seller's offer and learned only the strand was externally colored. If one was to cut i
  21. I've collected a series of small civilian aircraft made by Bandai called Weekend Wing Series if anyone is familiar with them. I'm trying my best to get the most fun out of them and thought about lighting them with navigational lights using this. I paid less than two dollars for the toy and can't lose that much for trying. My idea is to make a powered base, getting rid of the batteries and having to get into the plane to change them. That removes half the battle getting it to size. I believe the mini LED's can be desoldered and relocated on their own and then the card can be trimmed some m
  22. I am one that has encountered a problem finding full color instrument decals. Standard dials no problem, but find me color 1/48 and 1/32 horizion and speed indicators. I have a collection of private aircraft in 1/48 that do not include instrument decals and could benefit from them. Revell has a small series of gliders in 1/32 scale which comes with excellent panel decals but it would be nice to have a small, aftermarket sheet to rely on in case of mistakes or for experimenting with. I don't usually build aircraft and never studied the market until recently and was disappointed there aren't
  23. Why not paint where the windows are before gluing the halves together, mask and then blend/sand the paint lines after?
  24. Pintrest Link to Tamiya Catalog Scans
  25. Mixing ratios for model paint is meant to be expressed as volume measurement I think.
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