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  1. I have had good luck with Vallejo in the past in terms of ease of use. The colors, however, I am not convinced are very accurate at all. Here is a bottle of FS35237 Medium Gray. I shot a bit of it with Vallejo Dark Ghost Gray so you can see how blue the Medium Gray is. I understand that it is supposed to be on the blue side, however, this is a bit ridiculous. I ended up mixing Tamiya to get closer to the correct color, but I was very disappointed to say he least at how blue the Vallejo was. Oh well.
  2. I recently switched from a Badger Anthem to the Iwata Eclipse. I couldn’t be happier. The Eclipse has a good heavy feel and a smooth trigger. I also like how easy it is to clean. I have had better luck with freehand camp and fine detail work. I am no expert by any means but am happy with the switch.
  3. I am so glad I found this podcast (and the other ones they mention). So much info and entertainment, really helps keep the mojo going. These guys are great and well worth the listen. Bill
  4. So here are a couple quick shots of where I am at now. Need to touch up some spots here and there, then clear coat and start the weathering process. The Light Ghost gray is a bit light and the dark a bit too dark, but I like the contrast. The medium gray is a mix of Tamiya grays, I forget the numbers (19, 82, and some 2). Thanks for looking.
  5. I thought about that last night at work. So, in the interest of being sure, I shot it on some white plastic. I also shot a bit with the dark ghost gray as well. Oh well.
  6. Just a quick update before I head to work. I have the main paint colors down finally. I used Vallejo for all three main colors, however, I ran into a problem with the medium gray. I don't know if it was from a bad batch or what, but it was decidedly blue. Ridiculously blue. Almost early-WW2 USN Blue-Gray blue. So, I set it down for a couple days because I was going to chuck the model in frustration. However, I was able to fix it by shooting the edges with the light ghost gray and using a Tamiya mix to get a color I could live with. Anyways, this experience has really screwed up my expe
  7. I have had some excellent results recently with Vallejo insignia white. I think the key is low pressure, properly thinned, and thin coats. I am usually good at 2-3 coats.
  8. You know, the whole plot of the movie is just putting Martin Sheen on the carrier to make sure to get Katherine Ross her dog back. That’s why Tideman (James Farentino) put him on the Nimitz.
  9. So here is where I am right now. Got the main part of the fuselage together and what little seems sanded (my issue, not the kits). Also got the exhausts built and painted, though I am not 100% satisfied with them. I will work on them when I weather the rest of the plane. Also got the Furball tail reinforcement plates installed. Super easy and I like the look of them. Not overly thick, easy to install. Plugging away and moving forward...
  10. Here is where I am today: Cockpit done, front gear bay done and nose together. Not perfect, but I am happy where it is at. Gotta take a break for a coupe days (working nights in the ER doesn't give me much time when I am working a stretch, thankfully only tonight and tomorrow night).
  11. Here is where I am at right now. Just painting the cockpit.
  12. Hi everyone, I am planning on building a Tamiya A in VF-32 marking from the 1989 Libyan shootdown. I have the Furball decal set that I am going to use for markings (can't decide between 202 or 207, fortunately I don't have to right away). I am going to use a Black Box TCS pod from an old Bombcat set I have in my stash, Furball tail stiffeners, and Master alpha and AOA probes.
  13. Hi all, I am going to buld a Tamiya A, out of the box except for TCS pod from an old Blackbox Bombcat set, alpha probe and AOA sensor from Master (this is because I have a habit of breaking small pointy plastic things and I am hoping that isn't the case with small pointy metal things) and stiffeners from Furball. I am going to use the Furball sheet that has the Tomcats from both incidents with Libya and am planning to do one of the two VF-32 jets, trying to decide between 202 and 207.
  14. AM's SBD (in all its guises) is by far the most accurate version out there. It is not always the easiest to build and there are some fit issues, but if you take your time you will end up with a fantastic replica of the Dauntless.
  15. As was mentioned, the time frame and specific aircraft will determine if your Hellcat should be 3-tone or overall GSB. A simple rule to follow is if it is an F6F-3, it should be tri-color. If it is a -5, it should be overall GSB (not set in stone, but a very good rule of thumb to go by concerning the Hellcat). Also, as mentioned before, VF-27 off the Princeton had both -3's and -5's at different times. When it was sunk, most were -5's and GSB. At Phillipine Sea (Marianas Turkey Shoot), they were all tri-color -3's.
  16. Absolutely what I needed. Thank you!
  17. Hi all, I am getting back into modelling after a few years away (new home, new daughter, etc.). I was looking through my stash and toying with the idea of building a ProModeler A-4F using Two Bobs Topgun A-4 sheets. However, I cannot find the instructions for the kit. I know this kit is just a reboxing of the Hase A-4E/F kit, so I would be very grateful if someone could manage to scan either the Hase instructions or the ProModeler ones and email them to me. Thank you!
  18. I really like this! Very nicely done! I am getting back into modelling after some time off and am toying with the idea of building the Hase Superbug as my first one back. Your model may have just inspired me to jump in with it.
  19. Thats the reason I haven't picked up the latest version of the MiG-29 book. I had my suspiscions about it being very similar to the older one, particularly after picking up the Su-27 one and seeing that it had a very similar layout to my MiG-29 book.
  20. Here is a profile of it from Mark Waki's website. There are also some other great profiles of other MiG killers and some other planes as well. http://www.markwaki.com/pages/F-4B%20Profi...111%20NL201.htm
  21. I see the one's here in LA all the time. They are always flying in trauma victims to the hospital across the street from school I teach at. When they come into the pad, we have to suspend baseball games until they have shut down. I can't imagine a baseball flying into either the rotor or the engines would go over too well.
  22. The Tamiya 117 is a great kit. It builds fairly quickly, and is about as accurate as you are going to see. As was mentioned, it does have engraved panel lines. I filled almost all of them on mine with super glue and then sanded. I also used a Black Box cockpit, though IIRC the kit cockpit is decent and doesn't really need to be replaced. The BB pit is a pain in the rear to get to fit, but it does look nice once installed. Here is a pic of mine. I also added a few bits of the Eduard etched set for it and used Cutting Edge decals for a Desert Storm plane.
  23. I think it looks good so far. Keep the pics and the updates coming.
  24. The Hase Bicentennial kit (1/48) has the vents and the old beaver tail included. At least the one I used for my ealry VF-41 bird last year did.
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