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Mike J. Idacavage

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  1. Hi PvtRyan75 If Charlie no longer has a copy of the Revell ISS kit available, I may be able to help you on this one. I have two 1/144 ISS kits in my stash and realistically will only get around to building one of them. I can sell you my extra kit if you would like. I have the original release of this kit from Revell (kit# 04841). Let me know if you are interested in it! Have fun modeling Mike
  2. Kursad, thanks for giving the L-39 some modeling love! Should you ever want to do a follow-up sheet (especially in 1/72), here's one scheme that will really stand out. The Lithuanian AF picked up at least 1 L-39C aircraft from a civilian flight demo group (Baltic Bees) and put it into service without a major repaint. I can send you photos of this aircraft from different angles if needed. Nothing like having an in service blue metallic plane on the shelf next to a row of gray models! Have fun modeling! Mike
  3. Adding to Ken's positive prediction on the upcoming Chattanooga IPMS Nationals, this will have the largest vendor room of any previous IPMS USA Nationals ever. Literally. The previous record for the number of vendor tables sold was at the 2005 IPMS Nationals in Atlanta. Chattanooga has now exceeded the number of vendor tables sold in 2005 by somewhere around 30 - 50. There is plenty of space in the vendor room to fit more tables with over 3 months yet to go before the convention. It is shaping up to be a winner! Have fun modeling Mike
  4. Oh yea, what Dutch said!! Actually anything NASA would be appreciated but this scheme is an eye catcher! I also like the potential for a conversion to make this model stand out on the shelf. Have fun modeling Mike
  5. Hi Mstor! Thanks for taking a look at this problem. Like many others, I have not been able to access Britmodeller for at least the last week. I have tried different browsers and both desktop and laptop computers with no luck. I am using ATT as the provider. I definitely miss my Britmodeller fix! 🙂 Have fun modeling Mike
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Wow, I am very happy that I logged into this GB to catch up on any posts for the last month! Message sent! Mike
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
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