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Mike J. Idacavage

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  1. This is really sad news. I consider Mark a friend and we have had many a great chats in person and through email. He will be really missed. 😢 Mike
  2. Dutch - Thanks for posting the NASA Twin Otter photo! I don't think I have this one in my files. I have a few others photos so when I can find them, I'll post them here. Kursad -That is GREAT news!!!!!! Thanks for considering adding the NASA Twin Otter to the options for the second sheet. I have had a Matchbox Twin Otter kit (or two) set aside for years with the intention of doing this scheme. Have fun modeling Mike 🍻
  3. I will do at least one more sheet sometime next year - definitely with the US Naval Research Lab, Canadian SAR scheme and a couple others. Kursad That is great news! Hopefully, one of the remaining Twin Otter decal slots would be the NASA Twin Otter . This would be a great way to continue your occasional NASA theme! Have fun modeling Mike
  4. I agree with Dave, Vince and some other's comments when it comes to the cost and resolution of the consumer liquid resin printers on the market.I am in the 3D Printing business and printers like the Elegoo are more than capable at a good price for most modelers. For one large project requiring high performance and high resolution ( requiring about 6000 printers when scaled up), we are using the Elegoo as our go to printer at the 3 project development sites. We have over 20 plus different printers available between the sites but the Elegoo is an inexpensive but effective printer. We will not us
  5. While you will not be exposed on a regular basis to isocyanates, the products that they make are all around you in daily life. Most, if not all, polyurethane foams are made from isocyanates. There are also a lot of other plastic materials that are based on isocyanates in addition to any urethane paint. If you had any fillings in your teeth over the last 20 years or so, that material has a high probability that it was made from an isocyanate as a starting point. The workhorse in the dental industry for polymer composite teeth fillings is an urethane methacrylate that was made from an isocyanate
  6. Ronald There are at least 2 different aftermarket PE detail sets for the B737-300. I have both types and have no preference. They are ExtraTech EX 14417 and Skyline 144-43B. I used a copy of the Skyline PE set on my DACO Skyline B737-300 and it looked good. Skyline also has a PE set SKY144-15b for the B737-300/400/500 series but while I have both, I have not compared them side by side. While none of thee are explicitly for the Eastern Express kit, I suspect that either would work well for your build. Have fun modeling! Mike 🍻
  7. Hi The Underdog That is very good advice you gave on working with resin kits. I build a lot of resin kits or use resin aftermarket modifications as I tend to model the more unusual subjects. BTW, I also play a chemist in real life and coincidentally am currently involved in a commercial project that requires the use of isocyanates. They are as nasty as you mention. I would like to correct one of your comments on the presence of isocyanates. It is VERY unlikely that there would be any remaining isocyanates in resin kit parts by the time a modeler gets the kit. Isocyanates are extre
  8. Thanks for posting this Dutch! I have not seen this view of the NASA NCH-53A before. 👍🏼 Have fun modeling Mike 🍻
  9. Kursad If you do want to venture out to some of the non-Edwards test Phantoms, I have walk around photos of the Flight Systems "The Blue Baron" N430FS that I shot way back when. This has been really high on my To Do list as it is a rare civilian Phantom that is cool looking! Have fun modeling Mike 🍻
  10. Hi Dutch Sorry for the late reply, it has been a busy few weeks on my end and have not had the time to check in as often as I like. Habu2 is correct, the only kit of the YF-17 is the Anigrand kit in 1/72. I have this in my stash but have not yet had the chance to build it. It looks decent in the box but the best judge would be to build this baby hornet. I recall that there are some build articles online. The photo that you posted is great! I built the NASA F-15 in that photo using the prototype Hasegawa kit in 1/72. It is an early build of mine so the photo is not very good.
  11. Fantastic!!!!!! While I will be eagerly waiting for the 1/72 version, I wont be able to resist this sheet in 1/48. Thank you Kursad! Have fun modeling Mike 🍻
  12. There is a much higher resolution photo of the hanger scene (I also have a photo of this shot) so it is much easier to see the NASA yellow band on the tail. Unfortunately, I had to shrink this photo down so much to post, you can't see the details! Mike
  13. Here's the NASA Phantom with the NASA tail markings. Mike
  14. Hi Kursad! I would like too nominate a candidate for a possible F-4 prototype sheet. How about adding the markings for the NASA F-4 Phantom (145313)? While this was a late F-4A, to all extents it was a F-4B in configuration so can be built in both 1/72 and 1/48 using existing kits. The markings are standard very early NAVY markings for the F-4B with the exception of the NASA tail marking seen in the hanger photo. There is a cool story about one of its missions which was to fly a container of frogs in the back seat for research on weightlessness. Not only is this a very unusually m
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