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  1. Stalker6recon

    Help! How do I weather a black aircraft?

    I am very new here as well, my last build was when Bush was president, the older Bush, so that gives a time frame, may have even been Reagan, I can't remember. The one piece of advice I can offer you is this. Once the kit is painted and the decals are sealed in, you can use a satin clear coat to tone down how shiny it looks. Then, this is where you need to be bold and try something new. Try using colored chalk to weather it. You should look up how to use chalk for weathering, it looks pretty easy, just grind it to a fine powder and use a big brush to put it on the plane. Once it has gotten into the panel lines and other crannies, you can basically brush off the excess with very little worry about doing permanent changes that you can't return from. After that, you can just leave it as is, but you won't be able to handle it much, because the more you do, the more weathering you will lose. You can seal it in, but be warned that chalk wet will typically darken, so you should test the sealing on something else. Once you have the right color combination that looks good sealed, then weather the kit. Brush to your liking and seal it in. After that, you can handle it again without losing all your hard work. These guys on here are master if their art, best part, they want to share it with the world, so feel free to ask away, someone on here will have the right answer or at least point you in the right direction. I am still learning my way around here and already found it to be an invaluable source for inspiration and information. So welcome aboard, don't be a stranger lurking in the background! Cheers, Anthony
  2. Since I made the mistake of cutting away too much plastic from my "back after thirty years" debut, I figured I would look around the house for inspiration. One area that always makes my jaw drop (https://davidsscalemodels.com/2019/04/19/detail-work-continues-on-the-1-48-f-22-raptor/ His ability to take a tiny model and just copy the real thing to the smallest detail, is stunning. I had planned to try and replicate as much detail in my models as well, from spark plugs to wire harnesses and hydraulic plumbing, you just need a scale sized wire in the right color. So, since I am bored, waiting til I have money to re-order two $10 OH-6's (yes, I am that poor, I can't afford to buy $20 dollars worth of kits) I decided to see if my idea of using CATV patch cords would work. I also have a lot of dead HDMI cables as well, so I cut one of those up to see what was inside. What we have are very tiny jacketed conductors that are the ideal size for modeling in most of the usual scales (35, 48, 72 and more). Either with the jacket on for the larger sizes, to bare metal on the smaller ones. The HDMI produced even smaller conductors in several colors that are all very maluable as well, so they should be perfect for setting up all the wiring, pipes and hydraulics on your scale models. So if you have an old HDMI cable, don't throw it away, the amount of wiring inside one 3 foot cable is enough to wire a hundred kits. Here are the pictures of what is inside. Hope this is helpful to someone. I will add that there are two types of patch cables, there is solid strand, where each conductor is made of one single piece of copper. Then there is stranded type, these are very easy to bend and flex, and typically you will find these sold with terminations already on each end. The only way to know what kind of cable it is, is by bending and flexing it. If you have one in each hand, the difference is obvious. Anyway, the stranded kind has exactly that, multiple copper wires within each conductor wire. So, in a typical patch cord, you have eight conductors wrapped individually in different colors. These can be bent to shape and painted to match what ever color you like. If going with bare copper, you apparently can still paint it, but the paint will probably not adhere as well, trial and error before committing to using these wires is ALWAYS a must. There you have it, Anthony's first actual post designed to help to add that little extra detail that makes a model become artwork, and for absolutely no out of pocket expense, as nearly everyone has cables lying around their home, just need to cut one up and have some fun! If you do learn from this, please post you pictures so I can admire your creation! Special thanks to David for some extra lessons on wire harnesses, I had the idea, but he has shown it in action long before this post was made. Visit his website and look at the tools, tips and tricks he offers there, it is extremely valuable for new modelers, even some seasoned builders might learn a thing or two as well. Go to davidsscalemodels.com PSS. David, I hope you don't mind me linking your site, just let me know and I will take it down. Anthony
  3. Stalker6recon

    Mk19's and helicopters

    Now THAT is a thing of absolute beauty! Can you imagine the horror when all eight barrels opened up on a battalion of men marching along, when these started popping off everywhere? For those who never served, the explosions created by hand grenades, Mk19's and 203's are actually quite unimpressive, just a loud pop, and a bit of grey smoke, not the GIANT fireball hollyweed would have us believe. Obviously secondary explosions are possible, but the grenades themselves are boring, but devastating to the living. If memory serves, the kill radius of all three is 5 meters, with a wound radius of 15 meters, they are nasty weapons. As area target weapons, accuracy is not required, just in the area is good enough. I am sure there are good reasons we don't see them swinging from the doors of Blackhawks, but under the right circumstances, it could be a game changer on a battlefield. The ramp of either the MH-47 or CH-53 also seems like logical locations for the Mk19, they could be used just to cause avalanches over enemy positions in the winter time in places like afghan. During WWII, this was actually done by both sides in mountain warfare, scary stuff. Anyway, thanks for the added Intel and pics, that is really cool, if it weren't such a nasty way to utilize the awesome Mk19! Anthony
  4. Stalker6recon

    Mk19's and helicopters

    Did not know this, thanks for the heads up! Tank pretty much said what I would say, but to consider this as well. If an aircrew were to encircle a area of action from a decent altitude, where shooting into the area was nearly straight down, this could really be a useful weapon especially when you have ground assets trying to break contact etc. The accuracy would be pretty good to control, since it is easy to see the rounds leaving the barrel, also the obvious explosive report would make adjustments fairly easy I would think. The only reason I figure it does not make a good weapon for crew, is the sheer weight of it. The M2 t&e was the most effective means of shooting that accurately in my experience. With one guy pushing the butterfly, and another turning the t&e, walking rounds onto the target. I am sure they have perfected the weight issue for the M2, using some sort of system that makes the weapon easy to manipulate from the door of a helicopter, or there would not be that option in the first place, and gunners would be limited to the 240brave, or whatever version is used in the helicopter. This has made for an interesting discussion and I certain that there are good reasons for not having the Mk19's as pintle mount weapons, or we would have seen them in this role already. I was hoping someone that is/was a crew chief on a Blackhawk could give us more info, but even if it is not suited for combat roles, anyone that has experience with the Mk19 also knows how freaking fun it would be to take on the entire taliban with HE from a few hundred meters off the deck. Maybe that is the reason as well, flying low and fast, makes time to target with eyes on, very difficult. By the time the first rounds detonate, you are shooting way far away already, trying to correct would be futile. Brings up another interesting question for you C-130 gunners out there. I am sure I can look this up, but would love to get it from the horses good end. Is the 40mm autocannon on the 130 at all similar to the M203/Mk19 He rounds? I don't remember the specs, but for some reason 13 revolutions to arm keeps sticking in my brain. Not sure if that is accurate or where I got that from, it's all pretty jumbled up inside the grey(ish) matter! Which leads to another interesting question. If you had to paint your brain, would you go with flat gull grey, or light ghost grey in ? Some guys here probably go with burn iron or worse, rust! Anyway, as far as the arming up, I used to play around with the grenades, trying to spin them up via little hand tossing into the air over SOFT ground. Some guys would freak out a bit, but I am certain that the grenade needs to be put of the shell before the rotational arming kicks in, but kept that to myself. First, because I was not certain of that as fact, second, because anything to have fun always.
  5. Stalker6recon

    Mk19's and helicopters

    Strange, I am certain I wrote a different word, twice. Something tells me that the site changed my words for me. Just so we are clear, I never wrote "bad girl", we called her the itch with a B. At the beginning of my reply, I also wrote "the chunker", my phone updated this week and ever since then, everything has gone to hand in a hell basket. Cheers, Anthony
  6. Stalker6recon

    Mk19's and helicopters

    As always whiskey, you bring so much Intel to the thread, it's priceless! Hope others have enjoyed reading and looking at the pictures. Anthony PS. The chunkier, that sounds about right. The Mk19 had a strangely quiet report, you would think that sending a fist sized HE round over 4 football fields would require an explosion that would destroy your ears in one shot, but that is not the case at all. Same goes for the 203, another quite killer, but a pain to carry, worse than the M240Bravo, affectionately know as either "the pig", or my favorite, "the bad girl". You did not want to be on her bad side, the bad girl would make you pay every time!
  7. Stalker6recon

    Mk19's and helicopters

    Hey everyone, just thought I would put this out there for everyone to enjoy/consider on their next Cobra build. While I was looking over some reviews of the new Kitty Hawk line of helos in 35th scale, I wondered why I didn't see the Mk19 getting some love by the kit makers, so I went searching for more info. Anyway, long story short, the Mk19 is one of my favorite weapons systems I used while in the Army. Firing the ghost round always spooked me, not sure why. Anyway, those who have been blessed to fire the Mk19, know what a joy it is. The soft "ka-chunk" sound it makes and being able to watch the rounds flying to their target in a perfect arc that would make Tom Brady jealous! It is a beautiful weapons system that has leveled more than one line grove in the last two decades of combat. As I was not in the Air Cavalry, being a Scout instead, I did not know whether the air regiments were fitted for action as a door gunner options, so I wanted to investigate. Sadly, I did not find any info on the Mk19's being used in such a way, but what I did find, is even cooler! Apparently back during the Southeast Asian conflict, some Huey Cobras were fitted the M28 turret, which could be configured with two 40mm grenade launchers, or one paired with a 7.62mm minigun. As pictured here: Now that is pretty cool. I would love to see the twin 40's doing a strafing run as some bad guys, who no doubt did not agree with me, but they never got to express their displeasure for obvious reasons! Anyway, I wonder if Floyed Werner has any experience with this configuration and can maybe shed light about its function and capabilities. Does anyone also know whether this turret is an option is any scale? I have not looked around at the AH-1 kits as of now, but plan to do so very soon. Maybe Floyd can get Kitty Hawk to do a new 35th G model, or which ever version actually flew with this configuration. Hope you enjoyed the pictures and my silly commentary, I just have a love for the Mk19, which ran a close second to the top of the hill crew served weapon, the MA-deuce! PS. Got to love that warning on the minigun!
  8. Stalker6recon

    Can any compressor be used for airbrushing models?

    Forgot to add, as for rescuing cats, it has been a pleasure and a curse. We have lots of successful rescues, including one cat with cancer (she got expensive quick) but lots of heartbreak as well. We just lost our home after 5 years living there, and we are unable to keep all the cats indoors anymore (they literally destroyed our last home, felt bad, but we paid to get it cleaned up) so now we are adopting them out, and we have dozens of cats that need homes, it sucks, but that is what we have to do. I also thought about the last 5 years, how much money and heartache we have been thru, and decided that I want to regain a life, which means no more rescuing. It is only because we got booted from our last home, that I am able to build models again. In the last house, the cats would have destroyed any kit I even tried to build. Now I have a secure room and no cats inside, which is why I am on a frenzy trying to find the gear I need to build properly. We are keeping a dozen cats, but the rest have to go to new homes, just hope it happens fairly quick, we actually lost one last Friday, hit by a neighbors car. It was an accident, but I asked them to drive slowly, and they got their knickers in a twist and got real defensive about it, now they drive past at 50mph, a war is brewing between us, and we only just moved in. We lived in the same neighborhood for 5 years and never lost a cat. In the new house less than a month, and we already had to bury one, sucks, she was one of my girls too, her name was Selina, but we called her "birdy" based on her low mass, very light kitty, but plump, it was weird.
  9. Stalker6recon

    Can any compressor be used for airbrushing models?

    Let's put it this way, it's one AM here and the current humidity is 81%. By noon tomorrow, it will be up to around 90+%. Or in other words, my sweat sweats! Probably 5 in line filters and I will be OK. Now for the scary part, I have found literally dozens of inline filters on ebay, for a few bucks and free shipping, guess that won't hurt to try, after all, it is just a few dollars each, and I mean less than three dollars with free shipping, so I am going to give it a try. Do you by chance know the size of the paasche hose line coupler? I really want to get that working, the free no name brand brushes seem to work OK, but maybe that one is truly better and will show that when I get it running. I need to order the parts online, but have no clue what the size of coupler they use. Thanks, Anthony
  10. Stalker6recon

    Can any compressor be used for airbrushing models?

    Now that is what I am talking about! Thanks a million! In the Philippines, more water than air comes out of my brushes, it's that humid here. This is exactly what I need. Unfortunately this page/item does not ship to the Philippines, but it gives me a jumping off point to find one that does, probably via ebay (can you say "rip off" in Chinese?) Anyway, thanks a bunch! Anthony Not at all brother, that "stingy" comment was in jest. I was just wanting more info is all, I have a weird personality, what I call humor, others call nuts or pompous, depends who you ask. Anyway, what you linked is even more in line with what I think I need. I bought a compressor on Amazon a few years back, and it is one of those generic no name compressors (I am perpetually poor, mostly because my wife and I rescue cats and dogs, but mostly cats). Anyway, the kit included FOUR airbrushed, but I also bought a paasche (however you spell it) airbrush, not really knowing if it is any good. Bad part, it has hose links that don't fit my compressor, so it has sat in a box for years not being used. I have not found the right coupler yet, but I haven't looked really hard either. It is only now, after nearly a decade of waiting that I can FINALLY start building again. Anyway, the compressor is the exact same as other brand names, but I don't trust the regulator at all, it is vague anyway, I was hoping to find an online regulator that is adjustable to the half pound, but I won't be greedy, as long as it is accurate. Do you like the setup you have? Would just the online regulator/water trap be enough? (remember, I am broke, like $12 in my account BROKE!) or do I need to suck it up and get the filter AND the regulator/filter combo? Thanks guys, this is a huge help for me! Anthony
  11. Stalker6recon

    Can any compressor be used for airbrushing models?

    Don't be stingy, please explain how you do it. I live in the Philippines, water vapor is ALWAYS a problem. While my compressor has a built in vapor trap, it still is unable to prevent all the moisture from spitting out the tip, I need to find a way to clear out the water as close to my brush as possible. Do you have a not so secret method of stopping the water from exiting my brush and ruining my work? Anthony
  12. Stalker6recon

    Can any compressor be used for airbrushing models?

    Now that is pretty clever.... reminds me of another European trick used in the 70's and 80's by Volvo. They used to (maybe still do) put the spare tire on top of the engine to act as a crash cushion of sorts. Not sure how effective it was, but still a creative way to help protect those inside from a head on collision, before the airbag was created. If my memory serves, the early airbags used solid rocket fuel, like that of the space shuttle in order to inflate the bags that rapidly. Of course they learned that small people and grabbed did not fair well, getting punched in the face by a NASA shuttle booster. Anthony
  13. Stalker6recon

    Can any compressor be used for airbrushing models?

    Well as we all know, matter/energy can not be created of destroyed, only transformed. Such is the case of the water that is quite literally squeezed out of the air during the compression phase, which is unavoidable unless under laboratory conditions. So you guess a better way to say it is the water vapor that is collected during the compression phase, is merely a byproduct or side effect. The best way to avoid a sloppy mess is to have a vapor condenser just before the compressed air reaches the airbrush. While some compressors come with a water vapor trap, if you live in a high humility climate, it is probably best to add the second water trap in the air hose as a precautionary measure to help prevent that annoying water spray that can ruin a perfectly good paint job. Anthony
  14. Stalker6recon

    CH-53 E Academy Built

    Would be awesome to see a group build, have a fleet of these for a show, there would not be room for anything else! Anthony
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    Can any compressor be used for airbrushing models?

    Ok, and do you mind explaining? I have used compressors for most of my life, and as the air has always had water in it, the water is separated from what I guess is pretty simple. You can't compress water. So when you compress air, the water vapor is forced out as the air gets pressed harder and harder. I am no scientist guru, but I would be dollars to anything, donuts/gold, you name it, that unless you have pure air at zero percent humidity, water will be separated because of this rule, or something similar regarding the water in the air via humidity. But thanks for your input, it was fascinating and helpful! Anthony EDIT: If the dew point of the incoming air is high enough, this will cause the water vapor to condense upon compression. Thats funny, the very first answer that popped up when I did a search. Just like LPG, which is forced to become a liquid and remain very cold without refrigeration. It remain cold because of pressure, because it has a boiling point well below that of water, which is why it turns almost instantly back into a gas when released into the atmosphere. But I again, am not an expert, commom sense gave me the direction, forcing me to check on that, just proved my common sense is still working.
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