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  1. DarkJester

    Books on German WWII Aircraft

    Thanks guys!!!!
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    Starfighter experts needed

    I always heard the Corrosion story as well. as far as helping out maintainers, well I don't remember them ever doing anything to make our lives easier. 🙂 However, they did issue us gloves at Nellis to handle hot tools. Ever grab a pair of cannon plug pliers after they have been sitting in an open toolbox on the flightline for about an hour? yeah. Jester
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    Books on German WWII Aircraft

    I'm looking for reference material on German WWII aircraft, more specifically the BF-109 and the FW-190. I like pictures I like comparisons, and accuracy. Which books do you guys that use them like to use? Is there a definitive list of books I should get? I'm talking Specs, color photos, Squadrons, all the goodies. yep, I searched, yep, I Googled, but you get lists of all the books, I want to know what you guys use.
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    best air regulator

    Some of what I said was confusing. A regulator after the compressor is good. Close to the bench. Then an inline moisture trap. then if you're into it and fine tune regulator at the brush. TCP Global, Chicago Airbrush, etc. have some fine regulators and traps and filters. Some are brand name, (Iwata, Master, Badger, Passche, etc.) if you wanna know what i have, I have the regulator that came on the compressor, then a regulator/trap/filter at my bench and that's it. I had an inline and they are really good. I may get another one. Seems like overkill, but water spitting into your paint is really uncool. Ask away... Jester
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    best air regulator

    Wow. no replies in like 13 days. I'll throw what I know. Lot's of people use a regulator right at the inlet to the brush to fine tune the spray. There's usually no gauge for that, since it would be a bit cumbersome. That being said I got one from Lowe's. It has a built in filter and water trap. It also sucks. Do not use. I got my last one, or the one I am using now from TCP Global. I won't link because I don't know if they are a sponsor or not. Also, Chicago Airbrush has some nice ones with Filters and Moisture traps. I have a Moisture trap inline close to my brush but far enough away so that it doesn't weigh me down. Get what you think you would like. Guys swear by the little adjustable at the brush. Phil Flory has one on his brush if you want to look him up on YouTube. I set my pressure running air through the brush at the compressor. It's probably off by a pound with the inline regulator but that's OK. it would be a little low at the brush, and I'm okay with that. If it sprays weird on your test spray turn it up a bit. SO, TL;DR Stay away from the big box store regulators. get one with a filter and a moisture trap or a filter and an inline moisture trap. Go online and shop around. Cheaper is not a bad thing, but don't let the fact that something was cheap be it's only attribute. I'm big on name brand, it's usually easier to get parts for, or to return. Jester
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    I need a new compressor (preferably with a tank)

    i use mine in a spare room of the house as well. Scares the cat a little, but he's getting used to it. no one else in the house complains. About the Noise. They complain about other stuff. But not about the compressor. Jester
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    I need a new compressor (preferably with a tank)

    I have a California Air 1610A. it has a 2 gallon tank, is fairly quiet, and has seen a lot of use. it's well made. They have some on Amazon, but that is not where I got mine as I recall. California Air has quite a few models to choose from. Also, pretty much anything from Iwata with a tank. Something quiet was important to me. Jester
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    Giving up beer for a month

    hey Scott. The leg and foot pain thing. do you think you can attribute a large portion of that to the Soda? Are we talking Diet Soda? I have horrible leg and foot pain, like I have muscle cramps all the time but no cramp, or tendonitis all the time without and injury... Not to high-jack or anything.... Jester
  9. I have a California Air 1610A. it has a 2 gallon Tank is very portable, and pretty quiet. You can have a conversation while the tank is filling. it fills to 125 PSI and doesn't kick back on until around 95 PSI, so you can work a while without it turning on and off. The tank is aluminum I believe, so no rust. I'm a big proponent of having a compressor with a tank. I have use the compressors with no tank and never got used to the pulsing, or the heat. I tried a really long hose (which acts like a tank, sort of) but it still pulsed while running. Just dump your tank once a week, blow everything out and leave it empty when idle. I have used it for about 3 years. No maintenance, no oiling, nothing. Works first time every time. Jester
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    Giving up beer for a month

    i found this all very interesting. I like to drink. Can't do it as much as I used to, but there you are. I also liked to smoke. I quit. I think I quit for health reasons, or because I couldn't stand the smell anymore. Plus, my insurance at work started adding a surcharge of about 60 bucks a paycheck if you smoke. Bummer that. Still drink. Not much beer. it's bad for Gout from what I hear. if any of you have gout, you'll know what I mean when I say a few beers isn't worth a gout flare. That being said, I will have one or two when working on the car or after I mow the grass, etc. Seems to be the best thing in the world at those times. Cold, Refreshing, Manly. and as long as I don't over indulge, I'm okay gout wise. I like Bourbon (Jim Beam, Knob Creek) / Whiskey (Jack Daniels) (Jack is a Tennessee Whiskey, not a Bourbon), and a really good Tequila. Wine, A good sturdy Red with a man sized steak. Port with dessert, or just Port. A really nice Tom Collins (that's Gin for those that are interested.) for the modelling bench. Nice and Cold, Tart with just enough Gin to steady the hand or chill the nerves for some of the more fiddly bits. Wait, now I sound like a lush...I swear I'm not...I don't have a Problem! Honestly, I think I have between two to four drinks a week. Including the wine/port. I guess I could quit if I wanted to, but I don't want to. I have in the past, for one reason or another, but I don't think I saw a health difference either way. Perhaps there is a long term difference, but so far at 56, I don't know what it would be. I have the standard crap that everyone has when you hit 50. I would probably be better off giving up most of the types of food I eat, or just the shear quantity... Jester
  11. DarkJester

    USAF QF-4 decals

    Hey Procopius, That pic is pretty damn cool, and close. Gotta watch where you put your lips on those things though.
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    Video of Su-33's and MiG-29K/KUB's

    That's pretty cool. Thanks for sharing. I must admit I'm pretty "in the dark" when it comes to Russian Carrier Ops. I had no idea they launched solely with a ramp, no catapult, either steam or electromag. Impressive.
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    Aircraft pilot walk-around

    Funny, but no. Had to do with standing on the Ramp/Taxiway close to EOR and simulating RADAR for checking the RTWS system. Seems like they always wanted to do them when it was butt freezing cold or when it was 98 degrees. Damndest thing.
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    Aircraft pilot walk-around

    I worked 16's for 4 years in the USAF. I was in Avionics as well, but I was Cross Utilization Trained "CUT" to Crew Chief. Our pilots were pretty thorough, or as thorough as you can be without opening stuff up. They put a hand on most everything. The After engine start checklist is long and distinguished. My Butt stayed puckered for the entire ordeal. Until the jet came home safe. FCF's after Phase or CANN bird rebuilds really were the worst. Usually we did those on the Weekends. On Alert, it was all on us. The Bird gets pre-flighted after we put it to sleep, then no touchy. Period. It's your Butt on the line second if things go badly. Pilot first, then CC, then whoever signed off on the forms, then the last guy that worked on it. It is best to have all your Crap in one sock if you have to stand tall before the man. The stress out there on live aircraft is very real. I don't care if you are on the Flightline on the ground or on a boat in the middle of the ocean. You make a mistake and somebody pays. Big. I loved every second of it, and wouldn't have traded it for anything. Kicking chocks in the rain was still better than making fries at McDonalds. Except squirt checks in the snow, but that's a whole different story.
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    Best 1/48th F-15C

    Well, they are less expensive. I have no idea what that means though. Hey Don, Did you work on Voodoo's?
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