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Mike J. Idacavage

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About Mike J. Idacavage

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  • Birthday 07/15/1952

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  1. Hi Masterguns My usual primer before I apply a NMF coating is Mr Surfacer 1000 or 1500. I actually use the gray or white Mr Surfacer much more often than I use black. This is mainly due to the fact I have more white and gray at my bench than black. For the NMF coating, I almost always use Alclad and am very happy with my NMF look. The only time I use a gloss black undercoat is if I need a chrome or very shiny NMF look. I would guess that 90%+ of the time, the regular gray or white MR Surfacer works perfectly fine under the NMF. Have fun modeling! Mike 🍻
  2. Glad to help you clean out some of your scrap decals, Kursad. Even if I can't use many of these individual decals, I like the idea of supporting your great work. My order has been placed! Have fun modeling! Mike 🍻
  3. Outstanding Kursad!!!!!!! 👍🏼 You just made my weekend! Let me know if and when you would like a CD with reference photos and I'll get that in the mail to you. Thanks so much for considering doing these decals!! Yahoo!! Have fun modeling Mike 🍻
  4. Thanks Mungo1974. I don't beleive that sheet was ever released by Jake. Besides, there is little to no chance that the sheet would ever be released in 1/72 even if the 1/48 sheet would happen. Have fun modeling! Mike 🍻
  5. Hi hemspilot Looking through my photos, the QF-4E with the low vis tiger stripes was not there when I photographed them. As I believe these were the last of the Phantoms in the USAF inventory, the tiger striped Phantom was already struck off inventory. Mike
  6. I am aving problems in posting photos as the usual IMGUR route is not working and I get bit with keeping all 4 photos under 100 kB. So here's 74-0643-(AF-351)
  7. On December 21, 2016 at Holloman AFB, NM, the Retirement Ceremony and Final Flight of the last F-4 Phantom II aircraft in active duty Air Force inventory was held. Would there be any interest in doing a decal sheet for the markings of the last 4 Phantoms flown by the USAF on that day?This would be a great bokend for the Early Years decal sheets. I was lucky to have attended a PhanCon at Holloman about 8 weeks before the retirement and shot a bunch of photos of what turned out to be the Phinal Phour Phantoms. I have not been able to see any change in the markings from the time I photographed t
  8. Here's hoping that this scheme makes the cut in 1/72! Have fun modeling Mike 🍻
  9. I would more than ready to put down my money for a few 1/72 sheets that contains the Edwards AFB scheme that Arrowhead posted above! Have fun modeling! Mike 🍻
  10. 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
  11. 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 🍻
  12. 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
  13. 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
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