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  1. Thanks for the advice - I hadn't tried lacquer thinner yet - figured their thinner would be best. But like you said - the older paint may not like it.
  2. I'm working on a large, studio scale (32") Millennium Falcon and have acquired some original Floquil paints that match what was used in the movie. I've also got some Floquil thinner (the old can with the vintage train on the front), and some newer F.T. in the small jars and used that. The paints are all in good condition - no problem with that at all. I'm using an Iwata HP-CS airbrush with a .3 needle I thinned the paint like "normal" - but it was really hard to spray - it would only come out in bursts. I then thinned it a great deal - and it sprayed OK - but not great. Do you think the needle is too small for this paint? I really don't use these paints - but really would like to on this particular project for authenticity. Thanks for any advice :)
  3. The C-5B is an improved version of the C-5A. It incorporated all modifications and improvements made to the C-5A with improved wings, simplified landing gear, upgraded TF-39-GE-1C turbofan engines and updated avionics. 50 of the new variant were delivered to the U.S. Air Force from 1986 to 1989. Following a study showing 80% of the C-5 airframe service life remaining, AMC began an aggressive program to modernize all remaining C-5Bs and C-5Cs and many of the C-5As. The C-5 Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) began in 1998 and includes upgrading avionics to Global Air Traffic Management compliance, improving communications, new flat panel displays, improving navigation and safety equipment, and installing a new autopilot system. The first flight of a C-5 with AMP (85-0004) occurred on 21 December 2002. The Reliability Enhancement and Re-engining Program (RERP) began in 2006. It includes new General Electric F138-GE-100 (CF6-80C2) engines, pylons and auxiliary power units, upgrades to aircraft skin and frame, landing gear, cockpit and pressurization systems. Each CF6 engine produces 22% more thrust (50,000 lbf or 220 kN), providing a 30% shorter takeoff, a 38% higher climb rate to initial altitude, an increased cargo load and a longer range. Upgraded C-5s are designated C-5M Super Galaxy.
  4. Tamiya Extra Thin has been my "go to" for quite a while. Never any issues with it. Tamiya orange cap glue is a bit thicker if you need something like that.
  5. Red Star Scale Models - good service, no problems :) Red Star
  6. Very nice work Jake :) "Hogs breath is better than no breath"
  7. Is it OK to like both styles? It's easier to store and look for them in the book case with Portrait style, but I do like the layout better with Landscape. And as someone said, easier to keep them open when using them for reference. I guess I'd better hurry up and sell my $10,000 "Modern Hog Guide" book on Amazon before you re-print it... :)
  8. This is obviously a biased response here... My old jet 82-665 was the very last A-10 built. It first flew at England AFB and was the demo jet for awhile. It flew in Desert Storm and later in life at Davis-Monthan and is currently flying at Nellis. The last of its kind, and I've got some decent reference photos of it just a few weeks prior to leaving for Desert Storm. It took me a great deal of effort to get the right markings for the jet way back when I built this - but even after all these years, it's still a pretty iconic look.
  9. First - I can't prove any of this - but it's true. A while back, I was working with an individual current on the F-22. They had a relative current on the F-35. There was a meeting of the Congressional "Science and Technology Committee" where the F-35 individual was invited to participate. Through them - my co-worker was also invited to address the committee and offer insights about the F-22. The end result wasn't about performance, requirements or needs. It was about how the F-35 could help that individual member in their respective district. The questions posed to my co-worker were ludicrous, and showed a startling lack of knowledge about either science, technology or aviation. Almost anyone here on ARC could ask more relevant questions. One of the biggest detractors of the F-22 was Lockheed itself. They stood to make much more on the F-35 program - and that's where their energy went. It was a pretty surprising conversation - and hearing it first hand was quite an insight into what goes on behind the scenes.
  10. Got a box full of beautiful stickers today :) Great job as always Kursad! Thank you for putting out such a quality product! George
  11. I'm sure not all Phantoms are the same - but there are instances where having the formation lights raised slightly from the surface would be appropriate (in my opinion)
  12. I took a road trip up to Freetime with a couple of modelling buddies in October. Absolutely one of the best brick and mortar hobby stores I've ever been to. Huge selection of items. Great staff, and have mail ordered from them as well without any problems. I'll definitely be using them more in the future.
  13. Paul - do you add anything to the Future? I've never been truly happy with my spraying results. Thanks.