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  1. Here's what I did with my Tamiya 1/48 P-47D. Painted it with Vallejo Metal Color "Aluminum". After decals were applied, I sprayed the whole thing with Semi Gloss. This keeps the shine down but doesn't eliminate it. Then, I used a normal graphite pencil in the panel lines, which I then scrubbed with a stiff brush. This works some of the graphite into the surrounding paint to change the tone without really changing the color. It just dulls it a bit. I also used some Tamiya weathering kits and some dark grey wash in very select, and only a few, places. Mike
  2. Hasegawa G3M2 "Nell". Great kit and it went together really quickly. The only slow part was masking the clear parts!
  3. Is there a local museum, VFW, hobby shop, airport, etc. that might be happy to display it? Or, is there a kid that might think it's the coolest thing ever? When we moved from Iowa to Indiana, I gave a bunch of mine to the 10 year old son of one of my wife's friends. MADE HIS DAY!
  4. I wouldn't feel bad about moving on. I've done that a few times, and just thrown the whole project in the trash. Other times, with things that were maybe mostly finished, I've saved them to be test beds for trying new painting and weathering techniques.
  5. I have their two Jolly Rogers sheets, and have used them for two builds. The were great. Printed well: good resolution and in register. They go on nicely too.
  6. You're right that you'll need to dig around, although they pop up from time to time on more mainstream places: there's the D4Y3 version on Amazon right now for $35.89 with free shipping, and a variety of them are for sale now on Ebay. Good luck! Mike
  7. Fine Molds has done the Judy variants (I think the whole line). Mike
  8. I've been to quite a few, but there are a couple that I really need to get to yet (Pima and National Naval Aviation Museum). Here's the ones I've visited: SAC Museum: love the Snark and Atlas missiles out front, the B-52B, and all of the stuff stored out back (including a British Vulcan bomber). Pacific Aviation Museum (at Pearl Harbor): love the B-17E they have. Would be nice to see it restored. National Museum of the USAF: without question, the most complete museum for the USAF. Truly amazing and am looking forward to a return visit now that the 4th building is open USS Midway (San Diego): Since I've yet to get to the National Naval Aviation Museum, seeing some 1950s/60s naval aircraft was pretty cool. Things like a Photo Cougar, Skywarrior, Tracker, Vigilante USS Intrepid (New York City): Seeing an F3H Demon, FJ Fury, and E3 Tracer was neat and there's the Space Shuttle Enterprise (which I had seen at Udvar Hazy before they moved it) Smithsonian Air & Space (on the Mall): I go to DC a lot for work, and I always carve out time to drop by. I basically know this place like the back of my hand and I love every moment I'm there Smithsonian Udvar Hazy: What a great museum: tons of rare or one-of-a-kind items. Only been there twice so I need to get back...I just wish it was easier to get to (I'm never in DC with a car). Minnesota Air National Guard Museum: I like 1950s jets, so any opportunity to see a Starfire or Scorpion is fun! Cheers! Mike
  9. I have a couple that are turning into shelf queens: the box scale Revell Stiletto and the box scale Revell USS Midway. I'm resolving to finish them. I'm also learning how to use Mission Models paint. So far, I'm not impressed, but it's (probably) mostly my doing...I did not prime and am finding the paint to be the most fragile I've ever used. Mike
  10. Hasegawa 1/72 F-35B Lightning II Hasegawa 1/72 MV-22 Osprey Valom 1/72 J2F-1 Duck Valom 1/72 J2F-6 Duck Kora 1/72 SNC-1 Falcon Olimp/Pro-Resin 1/72 XOSE-1 Now I need more time at the workbench! Mike
  11. There are a couple of shots of my stash on that site! I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing... Mike
  12. I enjoyed the article. Having the color diagrams alongside the text really was helpful. Good work! Mike
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