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    I've never seen a car model that looked close to real!

    The three stumbling blocks to me are: 1) panel joints -- usually too wide and it's difficult to create a proper shadowed look 2) tires -- a lot of builders don't seem to go outside and look at their own car's tires to see color & wear patterns. 3) chrome -- very difficult to pull off at model scale For car models with aftermarket headers (and most prop aircraft exhausts), people seem to think 304 stainless steel (typical material) rusts like iron or steel. It doesn't.
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    LF - Furball Decals FURDS4809 - F-14A, VF33 Scheme

    You should place in in the Buy & Sell forum.
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    A Warning to Moai Vincent

    We had t-shirts at one time, and t-shirt modelers. Oh, the models!
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    Wolfpack 1/48 T-38C Talon

    Here's one of the photos from NASA of the T-38N front office: I don't have a a photo sharing account, so if y'all want a high-res version, PM with your email addy.
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    Wolfpack 1/48 T-38C Talon

    Here's some info I got in 2004 from a gentleman who worked in JSC's PR department. I was asking about several NASA public domain photos to help Vince of VM Decals with his NASA sheet. Not entirely apropos but y'all might like it. "Here is some basic info on the Johnson T-38's. JSC is currently [2004] operating 33 Northrop T-38 Talon aircraft. They have been going through a series of upgrades from wings strengthening, semi-glass cockpits, ejection seats [Martin Baker], engine intakes, exhaust ejectors, and nose change modification since back in the early 90's. JSC now identifies these aircraft as T-38N's. The new style paint scheme and NASA markings began in 1993, so I think it would be safe to say that NASA 912 was in the same paint when the major mods were performed. This aircraft was acquired as a T-38A from Northrop on 9 February 1966, Serial No. 65-10354, c/n 5773. During a slow period after the Apollo program, JSC loaned NASA 912 to the Air Force at Eglin AFB, Florida from 12 March 1973 to 16 August 1978. It was returned to JSC once the Shuttle program began to pick up steam. When returned it carried a band of red diamonds on the tail, which the head of JSC Aircraft Operation, Mr. Algranti, wanted to keep on the aircraft. When I retired in '95, the diamond markings, were still on the tail, but I'm not sure if they are still there. They may have been removed when the new NASA meatball/vector replaced the old NASA worm. This aircraft was the first to receive the new cockpit improvements [Block 1]."
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    1/48 Accurate Miniatures B-25B

    Very nice!
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    I've never seen a car model that looked close to real!

    Wow, that's almost 8-year old thread you rescucitated. Yeah, yeah, I know. Negative waves...
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    Tiny Tricycle Trucks from Japan!

    Quoted for truth!
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    Micro Detonator Cord in cockpit canopies

    And apply some BEFORE the decal has dried so it can wick under the edges.
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    Maine anyone ?

    Not from Maine but I remember the Maine.
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    What are your top 5 dream model kits?

    I assume you want something newer than the ancient Monogram kit?
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    1/24 GEMINI 9A part 2

    For those with a burning thirst for knowledge, tubing is specified by inside diameter while pipe is specified by outside diameter. This won't make a difference when hunting for a cutter. I used both the smallest and middle cutters in Pete's photo when I worked at a chemical plant.
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    1/24 GEMINI 9A part 2

    That's a tubing cutter. Most hardware stores should have them.
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    Tamiya 1/48 Spitfire Mk V b

    Looks good. What camo scheme uses Earth and Light Sea Gray?
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    1/350 Enterprise Tonkin Gulf 1967-1969

    That deck is nice and grimy!
  16. A coat of Future/Pledge acrylic clear floor wax will prevent fogging.
  17. Wrong forum. You should post this in the Automotive forum.
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    20th (or even 25th) Anniversary of this site?

    I joined in 1998, I think. There has been no mention of any anniversaries which is a shame.
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    Royal Australian Navy A-6E Intruder..

    That's a great what-if for Silly week. The nose is not a "normal" A-6E radome shape with which I'm familiar, what's the impetus for it?
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    Silly Week entries for 07 January

    Kees, you're a nut! I am sadly lacking in imagination compared to you. Regarding your Skycrane hybrid, the Texans William Tell decals aren't really appropriate for the mission of a heavy-lift chopper but I giggled in appreciation when I saw them. I live less than five miles from Ellington AFB where the 111th FS was based, that logo was theirs. William Tell was a competition for fighter aircraft. I love all of your builds!
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    P- 47 D- 30 Re 1/32 Trumpeter.

    Very Impressive. One question: why are those "wires" poking out of the engine? Are they supposed to represent new tubing being bent by maintainers?
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    Adding an astrodome to a 1/72 C-131B - Question

    Nice! I just can't remember seeing those fly over.
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    Pinto Cruising Wagon done - Rollin' in Style (?)

    I ran four Lemons races. Fun and frustrating. We kept breaking.
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    F-4 SEA camo with black undersurfaces

    Both F-4Ds. 8th TFW web site
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    Pinto Cruising Wagon done - Rollin' in Style (?)

    A Pinto was entered in the November 24 Hours of Lemons at Houston Motorsports Ranch. Oh my goodness, you should have seen the broken rod!