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  1. I wonder whatever happened to that. Sadly, probably tossed into a backlot dumpster. My favorite ball cap has an embroidered hula girl- my own tribute to "Tropical Tilly", the C-47 in the film.
  2. You're welcome! Glad I could be of assistance.
  3. Slartibartfast for the win! I vote for Betty over all of the Tomcats, Sixes, or what have you that have been posted since! Seriously though, thanks for giving me a good laugh today at work.🍻
  4. No. The -3 didn't come around until the Battle of Santa Cruz (October of 1942 or thereabouts). As far as I know, the A6M-2 was in the front lines from Pearl Harbor through Coral Sea and Midway.
  5. Hasegawa. Nicely detailed and well engineered. I like Hasegawa's 1/48 Zero series overall. They're a fun and enjoyable build. There are also numerous boxings with all sorts of decal options. Tamiya's A6M-2 is old. It's not bad but isn't well detailed, particularly in the cockpit. The instrument panel is completely flat and uses decals for the details. The Pegasus snap kit seems like a copy of the Tamiya kit. The panel lines are recessed and maybe a bit heavy. It doesn't have a lot of detail in the cockpit or wheel wells. It's not the worst 1/48 model I've seen especially for the $8.00 or so that it sells for. I can't think of any other 1/48 A6M-2s. If I missed one, I'm sure someone will point it out.
  6. 1: The "self adhesive" color p.e. will firmly adhere to whatever you DON'T want it to. 2: Lose a kit part. Search everywhere for it but fail to find it. Get on Sprue Brothers and order the Quickboost (or applicable alternative) replacement. As soon as the new part arrives you will find the original kit part. Those are my top two that I regularly deal with.
  7. I was wondering if it is possible or even cost effective to copy a real aircraft part with a 3D printer. I was thinking it would be cool to display an Airfix 1/24 scale Hellcat in-flight with a motor mounted on top of a reproduction of the control stick grip. I could get the genuine article but wouldn't want to permanently destroy it by mounting the model onto it. My idea was to 3D print a copy, paint it, and use that. It's just an idea I was kicking around that I thought would be cool. I don't know much of anything about 3D printing so I thought it wouldn't hurt to ask.
  8. I don't know much about the Beaver, but I'd be willing to bet that the single yoke could be flipped so the aircraft could be flown from the right seat. I've seen that setup before- I want to say on the Beech Baron but don't quote me on that. It's been a while! The double yoke probably just eliminates the need to flip the single one over. That's my guess.
  9. No problem! I'll see what I can do to resize the image and post it. That will probably be more help than just my word. Thanks for the info on how to do that!
  10. If you're building WWII aircraft and want to spray interior green without the hassle of airbrushing, I believe I have found a match: Krylon "Woodland Light Green". I have a piece of F6F Hellcat wreckage that has the original 1944 interior green on it and it matches perfectly! If anyone knows how to post photos, let me know- I took one so you can judge for yourselves. I just don't know how to post... 😞
  11. Hey, sorry it's taken me so long to get back to the forums. I saw this topic and thought I might be able to help. I have the standard 1/32 boxing of the Hasegawa Hellcat but it doesn't come with decals for Vraciu's airplane: McCampbell's (not very accurate), a British Fleet Air Arm, and the U.S.S. Hornet option that is shown on the box. By any chance did you mean 1/72? That does have an option for Vraciu's #19 in it. Either way, I might be able to help. Just let me know!
  12. Was that at SoonerCon in Oklahoma City last weekend along with an F-86A?
  13. Reminds me of the movie "Hot Shots!": Do you want to get out of the way? We're landing.
  14. When it comes to tools, for the most part you get what you pay for. I know it's kind of cliche, but I've found it to be true. Tamiya's tools are kind of pricey but are the best I've ever used. When it comes to pin vices, I have cheap ones and cheap bits. They work but aren't as good as they could be. If someone knows of a good quality set, it would be worth checking out. I might even do the same...
  15. I miss Bobe's. That was another great place to go. I was glad to get down to John's back in February before everything went down. I went to SoonerCon today and the word was that the museum will be re-opening in July, so we'll see. As soon as they do, I'm going to go down. I can also relate. All of the actual hobby shops around here are long gone. It's only Hobby Lobby or Michael's (for what little they have left). My usual go-to is Sprue Brothers so that's one thing that didn't change during the quarantine.
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