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  1. I'm happy that it worked out for you! Unfortunately that Hobby Boss cowling has some serious shape errors so it won't get you the corrected cowling that you want.
  2. Others got to it before me. I saw that Hellcat cowling and knew exactly what it was. It also has shape errors so it isn't even a good replacement. I'm sorry that my response is a bit late and that it doesn't really help your situation. Maybe try to return it or, if nothing else, honest feedback on the seller's ebay store might at least help others avoid making the same mistake.
  3. Hey! That looks pretty good! I was using spare parts from a Monogram P-38 as a donor.
  4. My understanding was that Minicraft was the U.S. importer for Hasegawa and later Academy. Academy and Minicraft parted ways sometime in the late 1990s and became two separate companies. I heard only bad reviews about their 1/48 F4U-5/5N, and I have their 1/48 P-38 Lightning. It's probably one of the worst models that I've ever worked on. I bought it by mistake (thinking it was the Academy kit).
  5. For enamel paints that can be used on models and are officially mixed to federal standards, try Crosslinks Paints out of Dallas, Texas. Big ol' spray cans available and they're indistinguishable from Model Master. It's really nice to be able to spray stuff interior green without having to airbrush. My Dad used it on a 1/48 Hasegawa Hornet and placed it beside another that was airbrushed with the Model Master paints. If he hadn't told me, I wouldn't have known. Granted, this doesn't solve ALL of the paint replacement problems (like German WWII R.L.M. colors), but I can say that they do work we
  6. *Update* We have a winner! The Super Clean did the trick! Thank you to everyone who replied. The other suggestions are good to keep in mind just in case I ever need to try something different.
  7. I still remember it all well. The off-base housing (Sebille Manor) is long gone. Did you ever get to check out Land, Sea, and Air Hobbies off of Dequindre and Old Guard over by the GM Plant? And I almost forgot about War Eagle off of Gratiot..
  8. By the way, I was there and I remember these birds. My Dad was an air traffic controller at Selfridge until '95. One of the guys in the other squadron (the 127th), Maj. Tom Takai, was an active member of IPMS Warren. It was a great time there in Michigan.
  9. If I had the presence of mind, I would have attended Darren's presentation since I had the time. At least I got the preview! Darren and the Sprue Brothers crew was my source for why the aforementioned three didn't show.
  10. Thanks for all of the replies! I got some of the Super Clean today. It couldn't have been easier - I went to O'Reilly's Auto Parts and it was right across from the door! Today I have been battling bronchitis and power outages in 100+ degree heat, so I'm going to wait to try it out and report back.
  11. I can say that there was no Tamiya, Academy, or Zoukei-Mura. Eduard had no competition for selling their new Wildcat. There were a lot of really great entries - I just can't post pics on here.
  12. I was wondering if any of you guys or gals out there know of something that will effectively strip enamel model paint (of the Testors square bottle flavor to be exact)? I had, up until this point, used Easy Off oven cleaner but it seems that they changed the formula and it's too caustic and damages the plastic. I'm trying to find something that will work without attacking the plastic. Any suggestions are appreciated!
  13. AMS Resin has a cockpit set out that says it can be used for the Kinetic or Revell (Monogram) kit. I did a very quick look, and I think it's in stock at Sprue Brothers. It's a little pricey ($31.00 from what I saw), but if you want a seat at least it's a lead.
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