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About Allan31

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  • Birthday 12/14/1956

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  1. Good, glad I could help getting olde kits from the stash.
  2. To help you find where to look.... The Flying tigers P-40's were sent over to Claire Chennault in 1941. These a/c were actually a/c that were supposed to be shipped to the UK as part of our lend/lease program but were diverted at the last moment. The a/c were painted here in the states following strict RAF protocols. As such, they match color wise, all the Spitfires flying in the dark earth/dark green scheme. The painters in the USA even left areas were the British roundels were to be added in the UK. The China markings were smaller and in a different position.
  3. Thought some of you might enjoy this olde plastic. I'm sure most of you have seen or built this kit from 1967 or so. Mine came to me in a baggy missing the stand and with 2 sets of unusable decals. Although much maligned for being inaccurate, it really is not that far off from drawings or even the later more expensive offerings. I wanted to recreate this moment when F/O Collier became the first known pilot to down a V-1 Buzz bomb by tipping it over using his own wing. I had no
  4. For very minor dollars Halifax decals can be had online at Evilbay. I have bought from this dealer for years, very reliable. All the decals from the Matchbox or Airfix kits will be as old, why not have fresh?.....
  5. Starting with the old Heller kit, (also issued once by Airfix,) we find some wonderful old, short shot, warped black plastic. Putty, thick plastic and sanding sticks are our friend. Upper and lower wings were badly warped but after some time with the hair dryer all looked much better. I reshaped the rudder for better accuracy. I sanded off all the raised detail for pencil panel lines. I am going to do Cecil Bouchier's personal a/c finished in all gloss black with gold trim. Always a killer combo.
  6. Just a reminder, this is about the only time we can stock up on plastic gold Christmas balls. Available at dollar stores and pretty much everywhere else now, after Christmas, they all vanish until next season. You are best off getting a variety of sizes, never know what application you might need in the coming months. And they really do work... Happy Holidays everyone, be safe and happy modeling.......
  7. The plain wood base needed some attention. This is a method I've used on several other bases, works well and is stupid easy. I sanded the wood to rough it up and apply wall spackle. I plopped on the rocket to get footprints and then added craters using different objects like pens, beads of different sizes and fingers. For the "sand" effect, I stippled the spackle with a stiff brush. The three craters in the front are made by my grand daughters finger. She wanted to help make "Papa's Moon". When dry, I took cans of
  8. I want to do a diorama of the first two astronauts on the moon taking that Iconic photo, Armstrong shooting Aldrin. The Revell kits in 1/10 scale will just be too big at about four feet long. I have the RH150 of Armstrong and need the RH104 of Aldrin. Any thoughts?
  9. Thanks, working on that just now........HUMPH !!!!.......
  10. Sorry folks, Photopheckit strikes again. All my posts have used the "IMG". I can't even delete this post, don't see any "delete post" button...
  11. I built this for an online GB awhile ago, thought you might like... I think this is the coolest looking helicopter out there and I always wanted one in the classic evil Russian garb. Starting with the Airfix kit from the 80's. Looks like aftermarket decals are needed. This was going to be an out-of-box build but the cockpit was a bit sparse to say the least so I scratched up some cockpit. I assembled the rotor on telescoping brass tubes.
  12. OK....... Firstly, I can't thank you all enough for your input, it has chided in well for helping me make a serious decision as to how to proceed. ".... you can use basic trigonometry...." seriously? I'm agreeing that the average truth seems to put Armstrong/Aldrin about 19' apart. Looking at photos, scaling with dividers from known dimensions, we can kinda come to the same conclusions the math did. A specific dimension from pad to pad would be helpful but I can find no drawing with that call out. We can use the 3' dimension called out and use
  13. Um...your math is off. 24 feet apart in this scale would not be 6", it would be about 48" or 4 feet. No place to put it.....
  14. Just found this thread, DH-98 is my favorite a/c, I have 9 built with about a dozen in the stash but mostly 1/72, some others. You obviously have a very deft hand and artistic sensibility, your photos of your model look more realistic than the reference photos you're using. Seat is back, feet up, pop-corn almost done awaiting the spectacular finish that is sure to happen.
  15. Pete, No, the visor is perfect, if you look at the big close-up of the face you can see the four bladed overhead ceiling fan, and in the third from the last, you can see my head as I'm taking the photo. Had I done the photography with a real camera, you could see it better. These were all done with my phone... I'm not sure how you missed this:..... With a couple of coats of Future, the visors sparkle beautifully and hide any scratches......
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