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  1. Anthony: Put the yellow decals in the sun to try and remove the yellow. Once you do that, they are probably still going to be brittle so brush some clear decal film over them and let it dry. Now the entire sheet is 1 decal, so when you cut them out, do so closely to the actual decal itself (try it out on a decal you do not plan on using). You might try asking people here for another set, or seeing if you can order an aftermarket set as well. Good luck!! Chris
  2. This thread should be taken down. The original post was wrong in its assertion about Cadmium use in Vallejo paints, and has since been documented that Cadmium is not part of the Vallejo paints, SEVEN YEARS AGO. Moderators need to stop allowing this thread to be pinned and just close it.
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  4. Perfect, it works great now. Thank you Steve! Chris
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    Please come by and say hello at the Nova IPMS club's annual event: our Model Classic. We expect about 800 people, about 650 models competing, more vendors than you can shake a stick at of all sorts. Our exhibitors include paper, ship, train and armor models clubs and the armor club will be staging a tank battle. The local LEGO club has been a long-time exhibitor and along with the Paper models are huge favorites. We have a make-and-take area and coloring for those youngsters (or oldsters) who need to take a break. Food is onsite as well provided by our wonderful sponsoring organization the Fairfax High School Choral Boosters. Coffee, soda, water, pizza, subs (and I THINK Hot Dogs if I remember correctly!) Also donuts, muffins, cookies - everything the serious modeler needs to keep up their strength! Renown researchers and authors Dana Bell and Jon Guttman will be both doing presentations and book signings. Event details and registration forms can be found HERE. I'll be working the contest registration table so please say hi if you come by. Chris Nicoll
  6. My IPMS club is having our usual annual show and I wanted to get it on the calendar but don't see how to create a post? Any ideas? Thanks! Chris
  7. Me too, which is maddening, but now I am uber-careful. Post it Notes do have an amazingly firm adhesive, strangely enough. I've had much better luck with heavily detacked Tamiya tape (and then only a VERY thin edge - I put paper under the rest of the tape) and am VERY careful how I remove the tape. BTW, letting the clear coat dry for several days also seems to help.
  8. Careful masking over decals even with a clear coat - if the decal is not firmly attached to the model underneath, tape can still pull it up even under a clear coat. Recommend you de-tack the tape a lot before masking over decals. Good luck!
  9. Eric: Well, yes and no. You are SUPPOSED to scrape off the paint, but if you don't, as long as you don't bump the part it seems to stay on, in my own experience. I did that with the drop tank on my P-39. I scrapped off the paint on the brace faces, but not the tank itself. It does stay on, but I would not handle it very much or I know it will come off. Good luck! Chris
  10. Took advantage of the holiday to get some serious build time in. I used a Dremel tool to fix the overlap, took some work and its not perfect but I can get the fuselage onto the wing now. I did some further adjusting after this. So what do you do when you forget to mask the outside of the windows on the door and end up with several coats of paint? Actually, put some cleaner on it, let it sit for a while. Took a toothpick to it and actually it came right up. 🙂 These were dipped in future to start with. Pretty pleased at the final result: The decals are pretty thick, so I put them down over a bit of MicroSet, then brushed some over the top as well. Even though they took about 5 minutes in water to loosen up, these sunk down into the panel lines really pretty well without a lot of work: Before adding in the landing gear doors. The red gas cap is thinned Vallejo red paint kind of a wash which sucked right down into the depressions that are the cap. The tires are resin and I drilled out the nose gear hinge. I did touch up the tires with the Black Gray paint. Here are all of the landing gear doors in place. Painted the top of the tail red with the while line, but got some bleed under the tape so need to do some touch-up. Also got the doors detailed on the inside. More to come! Chris
  11. Great stuff Gary, thanks for posting! Any update on the flight restrictions? Happy holidays! Chris
  12. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone! SO I've been doing some building and even some picture taking, but not a lot of posting. Sorry about that. Let's get caught up! Here are the bits together ready for the primer coat (Vallejo gloss black) then the overcoat of Vallejo Dull Aluminum I'm using under the Olive Drab coat which I'm planning on weathering. I fashioned a 'handle' on the wing to hold onto while painting: One thing I noticed is that the wing intake part just did not fit well into the bottom wing and needed a lot of work: So on with the Vallejo white putty... and after some cleaning up and sanding. Took a couple of touch ups. After the primer coat then an overcoat of dull aluminum (and before the tires got their coat of Black Grey and the prop its black): The top of the wings and the elevators show my usual mottled paint to help vary the top-coat to show wear. Will hit it with a clear flat before the top coat of the Olive Drab (and some Green as well). Red spinner: Fuselage without the nose piece attached. Once I get the wings on (see below) I'll mock up the landing gear and then load up the nose with liquid gravity (powdered graphite) as a nose weight then close up the nose. Actually planning on rolling down the windows. 🙂 My first attempt at that so stay tuned! Test fitting the wing to the fuselage after the base coats - well, ran into THIS little problem: There is no way to compress the fuselage the 2-3mm needed to eliminate the overlap. The only solution I could think of is to grind the fuselage wing root (less to deal with than the wing) so went to Amazon and ordered a Dremel Motor tool (only about three years after tossing my old one.. sigh) which will be delivered tonight. We'll see what I'm able to do tomorrow! Thanks for looking. Chris
  13. Brian is the smart one here and is doing it the right way - that also helps keep things from breaking off. I just never do it unless I've really screwed something up. 🙂 I FINALLY bought a new set of drill bits so now I know the sizes. After all these years my previous set was spilled and I never could see which bit was which.
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