Jump to content
ARC Discussion Forums

Bobo1953

Members
  • Content count

    200
  • Joined

  • Last visited

About Bobo1953

  • Rank
    bobo1953
  • Birthday 12/03/1953

Profile Information

  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    ANGERA, (VARESE) NORTHERN ITALY
  • Interests
    -military aircrafts...and modeling them!
    -music: audiophile

Recent Profile Visitors

1,795 profile views
  1. What's the best kit you built in 2017?

    et voilà, le skyraidér est servi...: https://photos.app.goo.gl/y8JNXoXq6LF5QwWO2 she has a sister, an older sister, that is, she was built in 2013; it could be a nice gesture to pay her a visit ...: https://goo.gl/photos/MjGcXJXCRLrKeTcZ8 thank you very much for your interest, don. my goal was to reproduce lt. patton's bird, but at the same time i love the varied and heavy payload of the able dog; i don't know wat was patton's panoplia on the day he downed the mig, so i believe that i got to a mix of fantasy and reality. like this, she was intended in an antipersonnel role, so we have nape, rocks, suu 30, suu14 (oob: i love it...), ...and as patton did shoot a couple of zunis to the mig 17 he eventually downed, there are two lau 10... i must make a sort of a disclaimer here. yeah, my skyraider is too clean, whilst it's a dirty machine, and the absence of the engine exhaust and oil mustaches will cause more than one eyebrow to raise. nevertheless, i like to build models of aircrafts as just out of the paint shop. thence, even in case i would think of making an exception...well...i have no know-how in weathering and any attempt at it could have winded out in a disaster... again, thank you for your kind attention, and be prepared: i'm finishing a very peculiar blue f-2h3 banshee and i will post it here as it has become an habit. have a great day, have a happy modeling, and and my best ciaos!
  2. What's the best kit you built in 2017?

    hi don. first out, thanks a lot for your appraisal of my little birds. manufacturer and scale are in the title of each of the googlepoto albums of which i gave the link to. anyway, it's all 1/72; the f-102 is a meng case xx; the f-84f italeri, the ho4s-3 again, italeri. just tell me, don the mon-key handler, i personally feel as having shown-off enough, but would you like me to post, from 2017 too, also an ad-h skyraider (1/72, hasegawa) ? thanksandciaooo! bobo.
  3. but, does print scale suck?

    Dave, you re a genius! I don't know how i didn't think this myself; perhaps i've been always so concentrated on the rebelling decals that my brains had no space for anything else. Sure! You shoot a good thick coat of micro liquid film and you solve both the rolling problem and the one connected to the too little film around complex shaped decals... GREAT, dave, i believe that this could be the way or that it would anyway help. Pity i'm abroad now otherwise i would immediately run for the airbrush and shoot the sheet with a full bottle of microscale liquid decal film...i will have to wait until monday...aaarrrghh... I will let everybody know how it worked. Infinite thanks and best ciaos, bobo.
  4. hi everybody. i want to share with you a problem i have had with print decals since the first time i used them. in truth, they're almost unusable, unuseful; they are very palatable, but really, how many of the decals -all the more so stencils- in a 1/72 sheet can you really put to use without having to trash them in the process? is it my problem that can not handle thin decals after 50 years of modeling? after the last disappointment, i sent to print scale the following. hope that i won't be killed by some ex-kgb agent... "hi at print scale. i don't want to brag, but i am a very experienced modeler, and i have dealt with all kinds of decals. let me say that i appreciate very much the effort your company is making in order to offer the modelers a very wide range of novel and innovative opportunities for their models. actually you are covering a lot of neglected themes in aircraft modeling with many very detailed decal sets. it is sad that your decals be made to be watched at, but not to be effectively utilized by any modeler. in facts you're luring modelers with very interesting subjects that simply are so in theory. when you try to place one of your too thin and self-curling decals you sadly discover that they're more prone to attach on themselves than on the model. as a matter of fact, as you try to slide them from the paper, they bend over on the other side of the same paper. this gives start to a fight to have the decal displayed on the surface of the model while it bends, curls, rolls on itself until it folds: at this point there's no more hope to salvage it. even dipping the decal free in the water cup, it remains stuck firmly folded and is lost. an examlple for all: your very palatable, innovative set #72-001, "u.s. ww ii/korea bomb & rocket markings". a sheet of stencils in 1/72...yumm yummm! very finely printed, with the least of support film trimmed just at the edge of the stencils. (too close!) at first, enthusiastic, i open the plastic bag. first disappointment. i believe that there's no modeler who doesn't know that stencils on olive drab in the u.s. weaponry are yellow. well, all stencils in the set are black! fortunately the rings are almost the right yellow... i have 4 HVAR to make. i cut one by one the yellow stripe with a -white...?!!- sort of stencil attached first. as i feared from previous experiences, the yellow strip is supported only by the (too) minimum film around it. on the very wet (another trick learned with print scale) surface of the rocket i gently push the strip-attached stencil with my trusted brush...and the yellow strip bends on the other side of the paper spport. i pull back the stencil but the yellow band warps on itself. to cut short, i tried to turn the yellow band the right side but in vain. it eventually folds over and it's stuck. i try to bath it into the water cup to no avail, it remains stuck. second try: now the decal hesitantly slips on the rocket, i move it to center keeping a lot of water because i have learned that this kind of decals "floats" onto water and this way they're better manageable. in short, this time it is the stencil that folds down on itself and the band in a definitive way. third try: in a sort of a miracle the decal "rides" down the drop of water i placed on the hvar, and although with a very whimsical attitude i end up placing the decal roughly at its place...but the yellow band is too short, so it doesn't fit end to end. ok, this side will go under the pylon and will be hidden. fourth and fifth (i had cut out another decal from the sheet) attempts: a blob of decals with the same bending-over, curling and folding process. i decide to give up and come to the pc and write this letter of complaint as, stencils apart, if i had masked the little thing and painted it a yellow stripe myself i would have saved time and health. i had a previous experience with such decals and particularily the stencils of another attractive print scale set, the #72-019 for uh-1 hueys, and it was a nightmare. let me say again that i'm not a beginner, albeit an experienced modeler who has fought his battles on many different battlefields. then my point is: why you make decal sets that are very attractive but in the end hardly usable? a nasty answer could be: because we flood the market with products which are -probably- very cheap to produce, we lure modelers with rare or non-existent decal-themes, and we sell at high but competitive prices a lot, and we make a whole heap of money. i can't see any other reason why an apparently respectable and laudable decal company would produce decals that are hot subjects but are so deplorably useless. i look forward to hearing from you, thanks. with doubtful regards, dr. marino -bobo- romeo."
  5. What's the best kit you built in 2017?

    i know that we're in the jet modeling forum, but ain't any rotorhead around here? well, because i have another model that delved deep into my heart this year and i would really like to share it with all of you. i hope not to be reprimanded for this transforum transgression. it's a bit of one of the dearest, warmest, most enthusing memories of mychildhood i tried to revive, though in a smaller scale: the ho4s-3 of deep freze antarctica opertion, revell made in the late fifties in 1/48 scale, and italeri made in 1/72 in another geological epoch. here's the link to her album in googlephoto: https://photos.app.goo.gl/KscSQ2CWUPCK58Ho1 psssttt...ciaooo...hush...
  6. What's the best kit you built in 2017?

    at first i thought that only one model was intended, but as i see that some have presented more than that, i really feel like doing the same because there's another little bird i really enjoyed and was second to the f-102 as it comes from a lesser, vintage kit. i am proud to present it because it's an unpretentious old italeri with raised lines kit...but beware: she carries an mk. vii nuke! due to my dishability that precludes finding a way to upload better and more numerous pics, here is the usual link to my googlephoto thunderstreak album: https://goo.gl/photos/Si9HTL4ws8sna83W6 although i tried to enrich it with airwaves p.e. and a not very recommandable resin nuke (of which out of correctness i will not mention the maker), it is far from being a perfect model, but i had some difficulties to face and put all of myself on it. wish that you enjoy all the same... best ciaos. bobo.
  7. What's the best kit you built in 2017?

    hi everybody. i dare participate to this show-off just pushed by the love i feel for this model and the joy she gave to me building it. actually i have built several kits, but although i am rather satisfied with most of them, this delta dagger i choose expressely to build as a 57th fis "keflavik black knights" after falling for a picture of her i saw online, is really something special to me, as -it is my very personal and humble opinion- she really succeeded in resembling that very one plane. well, in terms of "ease and enjoyment" in building, this is not the one ; i have already noted on this forum how the precision of the meng engineering and design is definitely overestimated. but nevertheless, once the toils were over, wow! what an enjoyment! i apologize, but i don't know how to stay within the 0,1 mb of upload, so i will upload this one and leave for you the link to the googlephoto album dedicated to this icelandic f-102...if someone wants to have a look he/she is wholeheartedly welcome: https://photos.app.goo.gl/rvXAWGJTWAMZPLk82 thank you and, happy modeling. best ciaos. bobo.
  8. Mixing ratios for FS35109

    hi greenghost. perhps my contribution is out of target, but why do you have to go crazy mixing surrealistic quantities of paints when you can find f.s. 35109, willing and ready, in e.g. testors 2031 enamel or, still e.g., vallejo model air 71.111... ciao! :-) bobo.
  9. HELP: restoring F-94 decals

    hi guys. thank you for your contributions. southwetforests, alas, i tried other times the "light therapy", but either the sun of sunny italy doesn't work on decals or my double paned windows are too thick. as for your suggestion, midnightprowler, i just contacted speedywaydecals and i wait their answer. i'll let you know. again, thanks a lot! best ciaos, and happy modeling! bobo.
  10. hi everybody. decals definitely haunt me. i have bought a cheap old heller 1/72 starfire b just because i needed the icelandic decals, otherwise apparently unavailble on the whole mudball. they are generally rather good, but there's an evident yellowing on the clear parts, and the metal background could be improved. see accluded resized pic. i am sending this s.o.s. to everybody who makes decals by him/herself that could be able to print the set anew. i have scanned the set at 600 dpi, and in another couple occasions i had a pal doing this for me, this resolution was enough for the job and light enough to go via internet. unfortunately the guy has become too busy with his own decal production business and has no more time to help me out this time. it goes without saying that i presume to pay for the job. so c'm on all ye decal-makers and...make me happy! thanks in advance. best ciaos, and happy modeling! bobo. p.s.: if it could help with the job, i can make without the yellow markings (but not the bat) as i'm not supposed to use them on my arctic f-94 c. ciao! b. Edited just now by Bobo1953 post scriptum
  11. hi everybody. decals definitely haunt me. i have bought a cheap old heller 1/72 starfire b just because i needed the icelandic decals, otherwise apparently unavailble on the whole mudball. they are generally rather good, but there's an evident yellowing on the clear parts, and the metal background could be improved. see accluded resized pic. i am sending this s.o.s. to everybody who makes decals by him/herself that could be able to print the set anew. i have scanned the set at 600 dpi, and in another couple occasions i had a pal doing this for me, this resolution was enough for the job and light enough to go via internet. unfortunately the guy has become too busy with his own decal production business and has no more time to help me out this time. it goes without saying that i presume to pay for the job. so c'm on all ye decal-makers and...make me happy! thanks in advance. best ciaos, and happy modeling! bobo. p.s.: if it could help with the job, i can make without the yellow markings (but not the bat) as i'm not supposed to use them on my arctic f-94 c. ciao! b. Edited just now by Bobo1953 post scriptum
  12. HELP: restoring F-94 decals

    hi everybody. decals definitely haunt me. i have bought a cheap old heller 1/72 starfire b just because i needed the icelandic decals, otherwise apparently unavailble on the whole mudball. they are generally rather good, but there's an evident yellowing on the clear parts, and the metal background could be improved. see accluded resized pic. i am sending this s.o.s. to everybody who makes decals by him/herself that could be able to print the set anew. i have scanned the set at 600 dpi, and in another couple occasions i had a pal doing this for me, this resolution was enough for the job and light enough to go via internet. unfortunately the guy has become too busy with his own decal production business and has no more time to help me out this time. it goes without saying that i presume to pay for the job. so c'm on all ye decal-makers and...make me happy! thanks in advance. best ciaos, and happy modeling! bobo. p.s.: if it could help with the job, i can make without the yellow markings (but not the bat) as i'm not supposed to use them on my arctic f-94 c. ciao! b.
  13. H-19 B Chickasaw U.S.A.F. Rescue

    muito obrigado, alexandre! but you're more than a modeler, rather a real artist/craftsman! i watched in awe your works on the revell ho4s-3 and the cayuse. incredible! i -most of us- just picks out the parts from the sprue and paints and assembles, and eventually does some detailing or scratchbuilding, but you're of a different kind: you, you...well in your hands the kit becomes primordial matter and your work is really a matter of creation... and...what a patience and how much skills in the lenghty creative process... parabens, alexandre, e continue no seu caminho...
  14. H-19 B Chickasaw U.S.A.F. Rescue

    hi guys. thank you all for the nice approvals. @dnl42: no scratch-building, just oob (plus the print scale stencils). allow me to boast that the extra work impression is perhaps due to the fact that thanks to colors, it looks very "real". ah yes: gouache paint on the meshes, then scratched off leaving only the black squares pattern...but that scratch you can't call "scratch"... ;-) thank you again and...happy modeling! best ciaos. bobo.
  15. hello everybody. i am -rather- proud to present to you my last job. it was a lot of masking and painting, and a struggle with the Print Scale stencils; they do very nice decals, but too thin and i don't know what kind of film they use, but the decal has abandonic traits (i'm a psychiatrist...) so it doesn't want to slip from the paper womb to place. rather, it curls almost inextricably and you have your good time to get the small damn thing straight again...and in place! as there are real experts among our community, i must confess a sin: exhausted, i decided to utilize only the biggest stencils, and not all at their proper place. let's say that i did an artist's licence... the subject at any rate is a personal reinterpretation of several h-19 pictures i saw in the preliminar research...and i lOVE it! if you feel like it, have a look at the following googlephoto link; hope you will too: https://photos.app.goo.gl/dzUYfHJKyaOgQTtF2 thanks for watching! modeling is great, so: happy modeling! best ciaos, bobo.
×