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  1. In my one encounter with an Academy kit, I found that the adhesive seemed to exacerbate the problem. It was very weak (as other people have reported) with a fine line between under- and over-wetting. No amount of setter could begin to promote adhesion. I could see that my only solvent would be beaten, too, so I tried heat treatment; but even then, some of them cracked under pressure over raised details because they were so rigid to the point of brittle. It turned out to be one of the few AFV kits on which I had to paint the markings... If you want to try another solvent (if conforming to details is the main issue), you might try the UMP Extra Strong solvent if you can buy it where you are.
  2. Bad news, but thanks for letting me know, Dave. It gives me a very legitimate reason to return them.
  3. I tried vacuuming before critical spraying jobs (with time given for the remaining dust to settle); and I tried using a mask so that I could keep the window and door shut. I still got dust in gloss finishes like car bodywork. You think that aircraft finishes can be tricky? Try car modelling! I figured that dust will always be there and it's not a problem until it's being moved around. So now, I set a large clear plastic box on its side on my spraying desk, with cling film taped over the middle of the opening, leaving enough room either side for hands/airbrush/model to be placed in the box. It's not there all the time; just for critical tasks. I wear a mask, of course, because fumes and particles are concentrated at me. Then I ventilate the room when I'm done. And since using this method, I get virtually no dust in paint.
  4. Were Mk82s and Mk20s ever mixed, ie. one type on each station? Probably not, I imagine; but I'm thinking about the problems of quantities vs. value for money (only six of each type in Eduard's sets). Ah, interesting. I was searching at Creative Models as I needed some other items and had no luck there. I opted for what was available and bought some MERs and Rockeyes (not enough to fill two stations, but maybe they would look good on a scratch-built trolley... More research to do.) Thanks to everyone for your input.
  5. So, does that mean that GBU-16s were rarely mounted and never more than one? Is that a weight issue, meaning that GBU-12s were more common? Were LGBs never mixed with dumb bombs, other than the Rockeye? I do like the idea of LAU-10s, but they seem only to have been carried via TERs, and I can't find an aftermarket TER (1:48). None in the box. The same is true of the AGM-45: I'd be keen on a mixed bomb/missile load, but almost all of the suitable missiles are not available. BTW, I just totted up what Dave Roof's second example would cost me in resin: £52!
  6. Hello, I've been searching here on and off for a while, but never quite settled my mind about what combinations of ordnance are acceptable/probable for A-6 TRAMs with either VA-35 (Saratoga) or VMA-533 (Bahrain) during Desert Storm. I'm aware of the tables at dstorm.eu, which are some help but presumably not a full representation of options. There seems to be little other info. I have Eduard GBU-16s which would go to waste if I don't use them; but if they are OK, what can I match them with? A pair of MERs filled with Rockeyes would be expensive, so is a smaller number of Rockeyes and/or Mk.82SE acceptable? What, if any, asymmetric loadouts are there? Most of the kit’s (HB) parts are not brilliant, but there’s what looks like an AGM-84E which is not bad. Was that ever used? Thank you if you can make this clearer. I don't find decisions easy when they involve (a) accuracy and (b) my wallet.
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