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  1. I first used Future on my 1986 F-14A Tomcat build. My brother, who told me about it, had been using Future for years. I started coating entire models in preparation for decaling and weathering in the early 1990's.
  2. I need some advice from my fellow modelers. I am trying to get the Aires resin cockpit set to fit into a 1/72 Fujimi F-22 Raptor and the instructions could be better. My two questions are: 1) Do I remove the raised area inside the top fuselage half, just behind the cockpit/canopy, that looks like a three sided square, for the resin part to fit properly? I think probably yes but I am not sure. 2) There is a slot in the floor of the forward resin cockpit that looks like the instrument panel (IP)/coaming part should just sit in it with no problem. However, the resin strip
  3. This may be a little late but a strip of wet newspaper worked for me. Do not put anything with adhesive on it over decals, no matter what they are sealed with. Also, do not build up the paint along the masked line and remove the paper while the paint is still wet.
  4. Curt, the big difference between the F-86E and -F are the wings. The -E has automatic leading edge slats while the -F does not have slats. There used to be a resin backdate set for the Hasegawa -F but that required major surgery where you cut off the front of the wings and grafted on a resin replacement. Most of the best markings and aces from Korea flew the -E so lots of decals have been done over the years. Not so much for the -F. It is not that I am a huge F-86 fan, it's just that most of the aircraft I like have been well served by the plastic modeling industry in the last few decades. It
  5. Curt B, you get all the credit for this new P-38, well done. I almost started my Hasegawa 1/48 P-38-F/G/H last week so I nearly got the credit for this. I actually just finished the Monogram 1/48 P-38 a couple of months before Hasegawa announced theirs back in the early 1990's so I get the credit for that one. A couple of new Tamiya 1/48 P-38s have been on the top of my dream list for decades. I had to pinch myself to make sure I was awake. Now, if we can just get a good 1/48 F-86E... It seems that most of the markings are for the -E while the avilable kits are of the -F. I could
  6. Yes. The Australians had some. Dark green and dark earth upper surfaces over medium sea grey under surfaces. From Kumbhigram, India in 1945. Here is a link to a review of some decals: http://decals.kitreview.com/decals/esp48176reviewjk_1.htm
  7. Bump Still wondering...
  8. Oops, I just remembered it was an Iwata Custom Microm-B I got from Coast, not an HP-B.
  9. +1 for Coast Airbrush (Got an Iwata HP-B) I also have had good experiences with Dixie Art (http://dixieart.com/)
  10. The same goes for the 1/72 Trumpy Boss F-105s, A-7s etc., etc., etc. Why, oh why - so close but no joy. You make some good points Ed, and I guess no kit is perfect but I will need to think about this long and hard. Thanks again for the help. Greg
  11. Ed, Dito what Gene said. Thanks for the detailed help. I think these fixes are a little beyond me for now. I don't think I will buy the Trumpeter kit. I guess if I was to build a 1/72 F-100D I would start with the ESCI kit. Maybe I will just wait a few years and see what happens.
  12. Thanks Robonth, I appreciate the response. I would never have found that. I really love this forum. Has anyone tried, or are there any comments on Renaissance or their 1/72 F-100 nose for the Trumpeter kit linked in the previous post? Accuracy? Detail? Fit? Not quite a full trunk is it? The shape looks better than the kit though. Any comments or suggestions are welcome. Thanks
  13. Well I guess I was wrong about the raised panel lines on the early 1/72 Hasegawa EA-6B. But in my defence I went back to the source I read it in (EA-6B Prowler in Detail & Scale vol. 46 by Bert Kinzey-1994) and on page 66, in the review of the Hasegawa kit, it clearly states "scribing is of the raised variety, but it is nicely done, being both accurate and petite". Kinzey implies that the raised scribing did not change between kits #1137, #K14, #K14X and #SP105. Can't believe everything you read. It is definately recessed in my kit #00893. I believe the "radiation warning" no
  14. Gary, A few posts down I posted a topic asking about a possible resin replacement air intake/nose for the 1/72 Trumpeter F-100 kits. In it I mentioned a seamless intake product from XMM for the 1/72 Hasegawa EA-6B. It can be found on this page: http://xmold-modeling.com/products/ I have the 1/72 Hasegawa "EA-6B PROWLER VAQ-141 SHADOWHAWKS" kit # 00893. It looks nice in the box, with recessed panel lines and good clear plastic parts. My understanding is this kit used to have raised panel lines but was re-done at some point in the past. Which kit do you have?
  15. I recently bought some seamless intakes from XMM for the 1/72 Fujimi A-6, 1/72 Hasegawa EA-6B and 1/72 Hasegawa F-4 (both Navy and Air Force versions). Alexander from XMM was pleasant to deal with and the items look very nice but I have not used any of them yet. I sent Alexander an email suggesting some other products including a replacement seamless intake/nose section for the 1/72 Trumpeter F-100 kits. This was his response: "I know about the problem of the Trumpeter kits in both scales. But I doubt the success of this development. This is not a very serious defect, a
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