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  1. Mike J. Idacavage

    Early NASA F-104's

    Hi aircal62 I am a big fan of modeling the different aircraft flown by NASA and have looked at a lot of photos of NASA's F-104s in the early paint scheme. I don't believe that they were painted in Day-Glo type paints. I am convinced that they were painted in the red orange and yellow as seen in the photos. I think the yellow on the nose is the same as the NASA tail band and the red orange is the same color that was being used on a lot of the Edwards AFB aircraft at the time. Looking at the photos that are available, I don't see any indication that the yellow band is lighter than the tail band. Have fun modeling! Mike
  2. Mike J. Idacavage

    Bought a Printer!

    Hi everyone I am a little late to this party but I thought I should chime in with a comment or two. I am unfamiliar with the Anycubic printer mentioned earlier, but all UV curable 3D Printers use variations of the basic raw materials for their formulations. If you have one of these printers, I encourage you to access this link on the proper safety and handling of the resins uses in these printers: http://www.radtech.org/health-safety/proper-handling-of-uv-resins . I wrote this short guide with help from my colleagues in the business and I can help answer any questions you might have on the safety and handling of these materials. A good part of my company's business is developing formulations for UV curable 3D printers and I saw a need to get these guidelines out for people who are not experienced in handling this type of chemistry. In regards to the different resins used, our experience is that the vast majority of resins are optimized for one or two printers and do not give the best performance on multiple platforms. In other words, resins should be tuned to an individual printer for the best performance. Some resins will work on multiple platforms (our PR-48 is an example of this) but it is really optimized for a single make of printer. We have 7 or 8 different makes of UV curable 3D printers in our lab so we see the differences in switching resins between printers. Buying resins for 3D printers is the typical "you get what you pay for" type scenario. While we develop and make/sell our own resins for multiple platforms (www.cpspolymers.com) , our technical team has not been impressed with any of the low cost resin formulations that we have picked up for comparison printing. Have fun modeling! Mike
  3. Mike J. Idacavage

    CD48062 - 1/48 F-104 "Starfighters"

    The splinter scheme will look great sitting on the shelf next to a Starfighter wearing the old TwoBobs Starfighters decals. I am in for this decal! Have fun modeling Mike
  4. Mike J. Idacavage

    1/48 Collect-Aire X-20 DynaSoar kit review

    Thanks for posting the review! I have one of these in my stash but it has been years since I looked in the box. I forgot how cool it is! I built the Collect-Aire 1/72 X-20 but that is no where near as detailed as this version. Have fun modeling! Mike
  5. Mike J. Idacavage

    1/48 Lunar Rover from Shapeways

    Fantastic work as usual Pete! You have inspired me to pull out my copy of the EVA Models Lunar Rover and bump it up my build list. Your work is truly inspirational! Have fun modeling! Mike
  6. Mike J. Idacavage

    Badger Stynylrez Primer

    Great, thanks for the excellent response on what paint is compatible with Stynylrez primer. It looks like any acrylic or acrylic like paint works well over this primer. I have been using MR Surfacer as my go-to primer but Stynylrez looks to be a better option. You just cleared the last hurdle in my mind in trying this primer. ElectroSoldier, was the Xtracolour paint you used the enamel version or was it the Xtracrylix acrylic paint? If it was the Xtracolour enamel paint, then that opens up a wide possibility of other paints that can go over it. Have fun modeling! Mike
  7. Wow, I am very happy that I logged into this GB to catch up on any posts for the last month! Message sent! Mike
  8. Mike J. Idacavage

    A couple questions about building/painting sequence

    Thanks Ben! Your comments are spot on about the Daco kit. As I am just passed this step, I learned the hard way on the wing/fuselage joint. I ended up having to resort to Apoxie putty to clean up this area. I now know what to do (follow your tip) on my next Daco B737 build! Have fun modeling Mike
  9. Mike J. Idacavage

    A couple questions about building/painting sequence

    Don's comments on the build sequence are excellent! For the vast majority of my airliner builds, I follow for the most part Don's sequence #2. This has worked out for me quite well on a wide variety of different manufacturer's airliner kits. I am working on a Daco B737-300 right now in a West Pac scheme and am in the middle of step E with the wings painted gray but before shooting the main fuselage color. Have fun modeling! Mike
  10. Mike J. Idacavage

    Badger Stynylrez Primer

    The Stynylrez primer sounds interesting and worth a try. There is some solid praise for this primer in this thread and I don't see anyone mention a downside. My question is what kind of paints work well as the color coats over this primer? Or maybe another way to ask this is there any brand of paint (Vallejo, Model Master, Mr Color, Xtracolor, etc.) that is not compatible with Stynylrez as the primer coat? I now have quite a collect of different paint brands in my stash so I would like an all purpose primer if possible. Have fun modeling! Mike
  11. Mike J. Idacavage

    red NASA lettering in 1/32 scale

    Hi Darren I managed to find an extra copy of the correct font/size and color of the NASA logo for your Hornet. I could not find an extra copy of the Cutting Edge decals but I did find a dry transfer NASA logo that is the one that you need. It is yours if you want it. However, if Paul has a copy of the Cutting Edge NASA logo sheet, then that would be the better option. I think the red on the cutting edge sheet looks better to my eye than the red on the rub on sheet. As I only have 1 copy that I can find of the Cutting Edge sheet, I would like to keep that for myself for a future NASA Hornet project. Paul, if you do have the Cutting Edge sheet, the one that Darren needs is the larger NASA logo in the middle of the sheet that looks somewhat blocky. The length of the NASA lettering is about 27 mm at the bottom of the letters. Have fun modeling! Mike
  12. Mike J. Idacavage

    red NASA lettering in 1/32 scale

    I did some digging through my files, and it looks like this search might not be as easy as I thought! The NASA Hornets use a particular style of font on their tails that is not used on most other NASA aircraft. The only sheet that I have found with the correct font in red and in 1/32 is the Cutting Edge NASA logo sheet. There are two of these NASA logos on that sheet. The IPMS VA convention sheet has just about every other NASA font except this one. I have multiple copies of the correct NASA logo in this font but they are in black and not red. All (?) the typical NASA Hornets have their NASA tail logo in red. I have found only 1 copy of the Cutting Edge decal sheet in my stash so far. I'll do a more detailed search over the next few days and if I can find my other sheet then the NASA logos are yours. Hopefully, I can find my spare sheet or Paul will have a copy of the Cutting Edge sheet and will not be using the 1/32 NASA logo. Have fun modeling! Mike
  13. Mike J. Idacavage

    red NASA lettering in 1/32 scale

    Hey Darren! I may be able to help you out on this one. I don't know if I ever mentioned it but I am a big NASA aircraft fan, so accumulated a bunch of sheets of different size NASA logos over the years. I'll need to search through my decal sheet stash to see if any of these are in 1/32 (I think so). There have been several different decal sheets focused on NASA logos (IPMS VA, Cutting Edge) and I also had a custom sheet made years ago using the old but still effective rub on letterpress (?) type technology. Somewhere on these sheets there are markings in 1/32! I plan on doing the same but if I have any in 1/32, then I have multiple copies. Have fun modeling! Mike
  14. Mike J. Idacavage

    1/72 RoG F-4F Phantom Pharewell

    Outstanding Phantom!!! The blue metallic scheme looks really good, this will stand out on any model shelf! Have fun modeling Mike
  15. Beautiful Tornado Hajo! You really showed how good this scheme looks. Have fun modeling! Mike
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