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  1. I learned a trick a while back for using micro mask. After you apply it, before you paint, lightly score the edges with an x-acto knive. Sometimes, in the application process, the egdes kind of feather out a little, so when you paint, it makes a ledge that pulls up the paint that's on top of it. scoring that edge seems to help give perfect lines. Give it a shot if you don't want to try tape. I prefer tape myself, but occasionally it's easier to use micro mask, like on the 1/144 scale blackhawks!!!! just an idea. Bill
  2. cool site. The only thing, depending on how accurate you want to be, you would have to make sure your screen is properly calibrated and accurately displays the colors. I have seen some screens be off quite a bit, causing some serious problems when sending stuff to the printers......(voice of experience, very expensive lesson learned )
  3. Seamstresses use a very similar tool that can be found at Wal-mart or Hobby Lobby. I think they call it a pounce wheel, used to transfer patterns onto the fabric. (My mom sewed for as long as I can remember) Anyway, I think it comes with different tooth spacings available and is probably cheaper. Just a thought. Bill
  4. Hey Rob, Just a thought, I haven't watched it in quite a while, but in Black Hawk Down, it seems like in the scene where they are showing the fast rope drop, if my memory serves me (usually doesn't) they have a shot from the ground up to the belly of the black hawks. If so, thay may be of some use to you. Would love to see the finished project, sounds great, and challenging. Bill
  5. Initially, these will be for 1/144 scale models, I want to be able to scale them up or down as needed for any future builds, like the 1/32 scale super bug that eventually will come out! (I can dream) <_< Anyway, I like drawing them up in a vector program to accomodate any scale I may want to build.
  6. Hey Guy's, I am looing for some real close up pics of the new VFA-105 superbug tails to make decals from. I have found some here on the forums, but nothing close enough to do some accurate decals. I have also found a pic of a tatoo design based on it, but I don't know how close to the mark it is to the tail design. I realize I could just copy Superscale's decals and scale, but I'd like to do it the right way, and make my own. Any help would be greatly appreciated. It could be either the CAG or the line bird, I am planning on doing both, and I think the shapes are the same, just colors being
  7. I think it's kinda interesting, I've heard several people complain about the gun bays being molded closed, but apparently they are scribed to make for easy opening. Imho, it seems like the best way to go about it. That way, for people who don't want open bays, there's no issue of the doors not fitting close enough, (which was a complaint about Hasa mustang) and for those that do, just simply cut them out. I think i will bite the bullet and get it despite the warnings. Although I may wait a bit like Dave recommends. I think I have an old Hasagawa mustang built somewhere, I can swipe the prop
  8. I am interested in getting the new 32nd scale Dragon p-51, but I have heard really conflicting reviews of it. One review basically said he threw it in the trash!, the other one said it was the best large scale mustang on the market! So Wha...........? I trust the opinions of you guys, does anyone have this kit, and what are ya'lls (yea, i'm southern) thoughts? Is it better than the Hasagawa kit? Thanks. Bill
  9. Did they ever release those 32nd scale f-18's they announced about 2 years ago? I wonder if after academy's came out , they just said forget it. hmmmmmmmm...
  10. you know, I've seen many pilots before, but those japanese pilots sure are the sexiest out there.....oh those aren't..........ahhh........nevermind Looks like I'm not going to be able to join this GB either, new baby on the way takes precident. Go figure. Bill
  11. everytime I have seen them, they have 2 f-18B models, both marked as number 7 but one with a small 7 inside the yellow tail stripe. Has this changed recently? I had a photo of the diamond with both 7's, one flying lead and the other flying slot....very cool pic. wish i could find it. anyway, great looking model, wish i could get such great gloss finishes. keep it up dude. Bill
  12. I'm no expert, but seems to me, out of all of the planes, tanks, and other war machines that are displayed in museums, surely alot of them have had men die in them. Think of just the B-17's on display, I would bet most of them have had a gunner or so killed in them. That to me is just as much a reason to preserve and display it for all to see and learn. I believe if kids were shown that, as cool looking as all the artifacts in a museum are, there have been lives lost in and by these machines, those kids may have a little more respect for them. History is not just a spectator sport, it should b
  13. I guess I need to study the photos a little more, i understand the nose is flatter on the rf-4c's, so how far back does the shape difference go? If it's just the shape of the very end of the nose, that shouldn't be too hard to modify (he says with a false sense of security) If it goes back to where the camera assembly is, now that may be a little beyond my skills. Does anyone know of a good profile reference of the two different outlines? Bill So am barking up an empty tree here? Should I hold the RF for some other project?
  14. So I guess the next question is, do they make a conversion for that, or would it be too hard to try to do a scratch conversion? The decals aren't a problem, I can pretty much make up whatever I need as long as I get good reference photos. Thanks for your help guys, are there any other pitfalls I should think about? Bill
  15. Hey guys, I've never built in a GB before, it sounds fun, plus I need inspiration to actually complete a model. I have the 1/32 scale Revell RF-4C model, my question is, what would I need to somewhat accurately make this a JASDF aircraft? I use to have the hasagawa jasdf 48th phantom, it was in the markings of the sq. with the red, blue and yellow bird on the tail. I don't know what SQ. that is, but do/did they fly the RF-4's? I just like the looks of that emblem. I'm sure I'll have many other questions as it goes. Hopefully this will actually get done.
  16. No, I wish I could but my wife would have a cow if I told her i wanted to build a 12' model! No, the background is the beginnings of a 1/144 scale island dio of the Harry S. Truman. Just doing the island and all the a/c immediately around that area, might sneak in a super hornet just for kicks. I'm looking for photos or drawings of the Tilley crane if anyone knows of a resource.
  17. Here are a few, not so good shots, of the f-14 I am nearly finished building. Have to put the lights, small parts, and that's about it, color it done! Any comments suggestions would be great. The background is pieces of a 1/144 scale carrier dio I am also working on. http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s154/niart17/IMAG0062.jpg http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s154/niart17/IMAG0061.jpg http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s154/niart17/IMAG0060.jpg http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s154/niart17/IMAG0057.jpg
  18. I think a figure model of the cylon warriors would be pretty cool. But unfortunately that wasn't a choice. Well that's my two cents. Another off subject kinda thing. I love the new BSG, but I'm a little concerned in the path the story is taking. It's getting really close to being too soap opera-ish IMHO (please don't tar & feather me for saying so)
  19. I actually have that book. It is a great book. I think it must be a library book that didn't make it back because it has a card holder in the cover. I picked up at a garage sale several years ago along with the ship model building one. So the Revell 747 is pretty much the best in that scale? I am shocked , amazed :wacko: , pleased with that fact. (sorry for the overuse of emoticons, I don't get out much) Now I just have to try to find one. I almost picked up one from the local drug store when I was about 12, I guess I should have. And yea, I have to admit I got lumps in my throat every time
  20. It seems like I may have seen with my own two eyes :lol: somewhere in this forum, someone mention a conversion set for a 1/144 747 space shuttle carrier? I tried to find it later and could not. Did I sniff too much glue? Is there in fact a conversion set or detail set of some sort? I have long wanted to do that model, but really never cared for the look of the revell kit. I am thinking of putting the hasa. kit on one of their 1/200 scale airliner kits, which should come out pretty good, but it sure would be nice to have the larger 1/144 scale in good quality. Tell me I wasn't dreamin' Bill
  21. Hey, Can anyone point me in the right direction for some good pit shots of an f-94b? :) Most of the walkaround stuff I've seen is with the canopy closed. I'm working on the 48th scale hobbycraft kit for my dad, and really want to do it justice. If there are AM pits available, that would be even better, but I haven't seen them either. Thanks for any help and keep up the great work. Seriously, the work I've seen posted on ARC is a real inspiration. Thanks, Bill
  22. Hey guys, I am wanting to build a model of an f-94b for my dad who was an electronic tech for the 319th fis. I have the hobbycraft 48th scale b model, but I seem to have lost the wing tanks. :lol: I still have the older, underwing ones that are provided as well, but all my reference shows that the B's mostly carried the longer ones at the tips of the wings. Does anybody have this kit and don't need the tanks? I'd be willing to make a trade or something to get them. Any help would be greatly appreciated. thanks, Bill
  23. Well, I guess I already did the first goofball thing, I guess I should have posted this in the diorama forum. Anyway, I hope this turns out to be a good DIO, I am converting some dragon mh-60's to sh-60's, and hopefully foldin' the wings on an ea-6 (if only paragon made 1/144 scale folds fer em') I'll post the ea-6 if I get it done.
  24. I am in the process of building a 1/144 scale modern carrier diorama and looking for plans or "great" detail shots of a Tilley crane. Of course if anyone has actually produced one in kit form, that would be better! Any help would be greatly appreciated. If I get good enough pics I can create the plans on CADD and would be willing to share them in exchange for your help.
  25. Hey guys, new to the forum here so if I do anything stupid, let me know. I am in the process of building a 1/144 scale modern carrier diorama and looking for plans or "great" detail shots of a Tilley crane. Of course if anyone has actually produced one in kit form, that would be better! Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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