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  1. ... for sharing the personal story that the Arts & Entertainment pinheads in the US don't want us to know about what socialism ultimately does to a nation. For anyone else reading this, I invite you to check out a bigger picture perspective from Venezuelan ex-pat Debbie D'Souza - https://www.prageru.com/videos/hows-socialism-doing-venezuela Godspeed to those working to relegate the Bolivarian Revolution to the dustbin of History...
  2. Hi- Just got an '80s NOS Monogram 1/48 F-104C via eBay, which dropped with the colorful 479th scheme and the SEA camo 'Smoke II" decal sheet. Unfortunately the OEM sheet is way out of register, with much of the print off the carrier and on the backing sheet. So I've been looking for Kursad's benchmark F-104C in Vietnam sheet and it is non-existent at pretty much all online and bricks-mortar shops... Sprue Bros, Hannants and others overseas... forget it. Does anyone have the partial sheet they'd be willing to part with, after finishing your chosen subject? Name your price.] Thanks-
  3. well, whaddya know... ----- **This is an automatic confirmation - please do not reply to this email** Your Revell parts request (#109770) was shipped today. Please allow a minimum of 2 weeks for delivery. If you are located outside the Continental US, please allow up to 4-6 weeks for delivery. If your parts have not arrived in this timeframe, please do not submit another ticket - you may contact us at cservice@revell.com, or call (800)833-3570. ----- this should be fun!
  4. Wow... so this, itself, opens up another thought/topic... while I haven't had the opportunity to browse the whole forum to see if this has happened in the past, are there any members who could be considered ALPS-for-hire guys? I know there have been folks who have posted their subjects over the years who (I believe) have done their own decals on an ALPS- would they be open to one-off requests for a nominal sum? Thanks to all who have offered advice and assistance so far- your generosity overwhelms. Much appreciated.
  5. I hear ya Toad, and I know that if I sunk a few more bucks into this I could probably shoot for the moon on the end product... but there's just something about this particular accretion of styrene that prevents me from replacing it altogether. Maybe Revell has old replacement parts for it, I don't know... but it may just be the kind of thing where only I can appreciate how it ultimately ends up looking. I really appreciate the feedback I've gotten so far from the community- glad you all care enough to reply.
  6. Monogram F-100D in 1/48... like I said, total old school. Was my absolute fave build in my early teens, ended up doing three of them; two SEA camos and one NMF. Now imagine replacing every little narrow bit of plastic that couldn't withstand the rigors of everything that could happen in life over 30-plus years. Antennae, pitot tube, refueling probe, left wing slat, tail skid, speed brake, gun access panels... I decided to go with an in-flight disposition because I have no struts left, only wheels... and I refuse on principle to go with aftermarket mods. I'm funny that way...
  7. Monogram F-100D in 1/48... like I said, total old school. Was my absolute fave build in my early teens, ended up doing three of them; two SEA camos and one NMF. Now imagine replacing every little narrow bit of plastic that couldn't withstand the rigors of everything that could happen in life over 30-plus years. Antennae, pitot tube, refueling probe, left wing slat, tail skid, speed brake, gun access panels... I decided to go with an in-flight disposition because I have no struts left, only wheels... and I refuse on principle to go with aftermarket mods. I'm funny that way...
  8. OK... so I'm a guy who's been a scale aircraft lurker for many years, occasionally finding time to head out to the garage bench, usually to patch up ancient, existing models that have undergone the ravages of time. I haven't really had reason to jump in with both feet and address the community as a whole, and while I fear the topic may be a bit controversial, I have to go ahead and let fly. Without divulging much in terms of specifics, I have a plane I built as a kid, which sat on my father's office credenza for several years until his death, and now resides in 'fixer-upper' shape on my garage workbench. This is from the old school; completely OOB, matte paint, decals applied without gloss coat and flat sealant, and as a result have been peeling off for years. The project I have in mind for it is to scratch-build some replacement parts (gear doors, speed brake) and series updates to it (it's a Century Series jet in SEA camo) and apply new markings to it in honor of my wife. That being said, the markings I have in mind (1) were initially made for a larger scale, and (2) as a Cutting Edge product, are no longer in print and pretty much out of circulation in all the usual places (eBay, et al). I did, however, find an archival JPEG of the larger-scale sheet from an archival article, was able to re-size it to fit my smaller scale subject, and now have it saved. Now I kinda feel I'm entering a group confessional as I ask... has anyone reproduced, using an inkjet printer and the a decal paper kit (e.g. Testors) a decal sheet in this way? And if so, what was your list of computer tools needed to accomplish just this? Or... would I be better off trying to produce my own, using dead reckoning and an open-source graphics package like GIMP? (Adobe is not a possibility) My profound thanks in advance for your suggestions. As I approach middle age, I find solace in these things that I did in a far less complicated time of life.
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