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  2. This is still the best 'short answer' to the original question. Am personally dabbling in CAD, but meanwhile got some fantastic replacement deck guns for the Revell Destroyer Escort from a guy on Shapeways. He listed them for the typical ship scales, but didn't hesitate to render a set for the odd Revell box scale of my kit. Could not be more pleased.
  3. This is still the best 'short answer' to the original question. Am personally dabbling in CAD, but meanwhile got some fantastic replacement deck guns for the Revell Destroyer Escort from a guy on Shapeways. He listed them for the typical ship scales, but didn't hesitate to render a set for the odd Revell box scale of my kit. Could not be more pleased.
  4. This is still the best 'short answer' to the original question. Am personally dabbling in CAD, but meanwhile got some fantastic replacement deck guns for the Revell Destroyer Escort from a guy on Shapeways. He listed them for the typical ship scales, but didn't hesitate to render a set for the odd Revell box scale of my kit. Could not be more pleased. Compare the kit gun vs the Shapeways find:
  5. This is still the best 'short answer' to the original question. Am personally dabbling in CAD, but meanwhile got some fantastic replacement deck guns for the Revell Destroyer Escort from a guy on Shapeways. He listed them for the typical ship scales, but didn't hesitate to render a set for the odd Revell box scale of my kit. Could not be more pleased. Compare the kit gun vs the Shapeways find:
  6. This is still the best 'short answer' to the original question. Am personally dabbling in CAD, but meanwhile got some fantastic replacement deck guns for the Revell Destroyer Escort from a guy on Shapeways. He listed them for the typical ship scales, but didn't hesitate to render a set for the odd Revell box scale of my kit. Could not be more pleased. Compare the kit gun vs the Shapeways find:
  7. This is still the best 'short answer' to the original question. Am personally dabbling in CAD, but meanwhile got some fantastic replacement deck guns for the Revell Destroyer Escort from a guy on Shapeways. He listed them for the typical ship scales, but didn't hesitate to render a set for the odd Revell box scale of my kit. Could not be more pleased. Compare the kit gun vs the Shapeways find:
  8. This is still the best 'short answer' to the original question. Am personally dabbling in CAD, but meanwhile got some fantastic replacement deck guns for the Revell Destroyer Escort from a guy on Shapeways. He listed them for the typical ship scales, but didn't hesitate to render a set for the odd Revell box scale of my kit. Could not be more pleased. Compare the kit gun vs the Shapeways find:
  9. B-17G 44-83872 "Texas Raiders" CAF and B-1B 830067 "Texas Raiders" (96 BMW) Dyess AFB:
  10. Beautiful ship there! Very well done on the foc'sle scratch work and the boats. I did some of that on the Revell icebreaker 'partner' kit as the Eastwind, plus a bit of weathering. See ya at the ice-pack!
  11. History So the Messerschmitt Me P.1103 was designed in 1944as rocket-powered short-range interceptor. There were two variants proposed, the P-1103-I in which the pilot controlled the aircraft in a prone belly position, whereas the P-1103-II is where the pilot is in a seated position. The construction of the aircraft was kept simple due to the lack of available metals so it was constructed of wood. read more View the full article
  12. Here's another interesting and informative book by Steve Zaloga. He has done a few books for Osprey. By my count (from Wikipedia) this is his 27th Osprey title. He's doing it right. CONTENTS read more View the full article
  13. This week’s update on the F-16C covers the resin landing gear bays and the intake and exhaust of the engine. To start with I primed the resin bays with Tamiya white primer. They were then sprayed with Vallejo off white. Wire harnesses were painted flat black and 32 awg wire was used for the hydraulic lines. The main landing gear bay required very little trimming to fit but it took some careful alignment. The nose gear bay required a lot of trimming and shaping to fit. The cockpit required some minor trimming and was installed into the fuselage and the fuselage was then assembled. Lastly the landing gear was installed into the bays installation was very easy. I then detailed and painted the intake. The resin exhaust was then assembled, painted and weathered. The inside was painted burnt umber and weathered using light gray, dark gray and black paste chalk. The inside cone has the edge weathered in light gray at the very edge. The outside was painted aluminum at the base and jet exhaust for the feathers. The exhaust was assembled and initial fit into the fuselage require a lot of trimming where the tail mounts. There are mounts for the tail on the inside that needed to be trimmed down to half their height. The large tab for the tail needed to be trimmed down as well for the tail to sit flush. Once done the exhaust was aligned and glued in place. Working on the fuselage details now and getting ready to paint the base coat of paint. Check out all the build photos and details from the start at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-f-16c-from-the-61st-fighter-squadron/
  14. The MA-1A Start Cart (also referred to as a "Huffer") was used by the United States Air Force as an auxiliary jet engine providing a source of high pressure, high volume air (called bleed air) to start aircraft without starters, and to start aircraft that have inoperative starters. The F-4, A-4, T-38, F-104, and A-7, just to name a few, had to be started using this cart. I have used the MA-1A many times to both start the above aircraft, and to troubleshoot/operationally check the bleed air system on the C-130 aircraft. The kit comes with 17 resin parts and 10 photoetched parts, with molding in crisp detail. I found no fit problems with the parts, and the kit went together fairly quickly. Be careful with part number 2 with its long "tongue" at the top - I accidentally broke mine but was able to easily repair it. The body of the cart is molded in one piece. read more View the full article
  15. History: The Messerschmitt Me P.1103 (12/09/1944) was one of a series of experimental projects developed by Messerschmitt and other German manufacturers as desperation types designed to combat the heavy bomber offensives of the U.S. 8th Air Force and Royal Air Force towards the end of World War II. The aircraft was classified as a Bordjager, a fighter meant to be carried or towed aloft and released by a fighter aircraft, either a Bf-109G or ME-262. Powered by a liquid propellant rocket motor, the P.1103 was armed with a single MK-108 cannon mounted in the forward fuselage. Earlier developments had the pilot in a prone position, but the December 1944 version used a regular pilot's seat and regular one piece canopy. read more View the full article
  16. I'm with Gil as far as the best shade of white. I would recommend laying down a couple light coats of flat white as a primer to prevent any color bleed through.
  17. There's a lot to be said for those old Aurora WWI kits. They may not be as detailed as today's kits, but they're MUCH easier to build, and most of them have good outlines. Your prop and the drybrushing on the engine really came out nice! But no machine swirls on the cowl?? 😜 Nice build Ron! GIL
  18. I like Model Master Gloss White for a bright white. I thin it with lacquer thinner and it sprays great and dries hard in 48hrs. Gil
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  20. What is correct shade of white for base coat ? Insignia white as stated in the two Bob Decal set or gloss white? Am I obsessing here but the called out ins white has a gray tint to it. Here is my photo I took in Houston.
  21. Another in this line of kits. Only added a very basic interior. Had to replace the kit's decals as they were browned than the paint I used on the fuselage.
  22. Can the replicator of Star Trek: The Next Generation be far behind? You know , where you simply speak what you want and the replicator creates it from basic atoms. Doesn't matter whether it's a steaming hot steak dinner or a Stradivarius violin.
  23. To support Dan, here's an example of a 3D printed Godzilla fresh off the printer generated by a program called Z Brush The technology is here and if you look at the fact that this years George Lee award went to a 3D printed Lunar Module, it says a lot Dave
  24. Videoaviation.com has been producing superb aftermarket diorama accessories and munitions for a fair amount of time. One of its latest offerings is the SUU-30 (CBU-54) H/B Late cluster bomb unit. The SUU-30 is the actual canister holding all the smaller cluster bomblets. This unit was used from post Viet War, late Cold War until 1991 Gulf War. Inside the package, you will find parts to make six complete cluster bomb dispensers. The bomb units are broken down into front and back parts (six of each), a photoetch fret to add the fins at the rear of the bomb and a set of decals and instructions. Casting is superb with cream colored resin being used. read more View the full article
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  26. Never one to rest on their laurels, AOA Decals has rereleased their 32002 stencil sheet for Hi-Viz A-6 Intruders in 1/32nd scale. Not only have they rereleased the sheet but they have also upgraded it to include: main and nose landing gear placards, walkway outline stripes, red engine intake warning markings, "A-6B" identifications, original style fuselage formation lights, radome latches (red & white), & tail hook stripes. And it gets a new number- 32026. This is also in addition to the following from the original sheet: read more View the full article
  27. UMM-USA is one of the premier tool makers in the modeling market. John Vojtech has made many of these based upon his needs for his award-winning models. This is the Precision Sprue & Wire Cutter. This version, 02, has a rounded end. The piece comes in a plastic sleeve for easy storage. So, let's take a look at the cutter. I personally like the rounded end version as it allows great vision for cutting. The end comes to a sharp point and that allows a fine cut on smaller parts. The part is "springy" and acts like tweezers. Because of the action at the cutting end, it allows for a very flush cut and leaves almost no clean up necessary. read more View the full article
  28. AOA Decals specializes in Vietnam to modern era planes and covers all the major scales. This sheet is 1/32nd scale and complements with VA-75 SUNDAY PUNCHERS (1), Sheet 32-027 and covers a spans of almost 20 years of the A-6 Intruder in service with one Navy squadron - VA-75 Sunday Punchers - from Vietnam to Desert Storm. This review is for Part 2 and covers the low visibility period with coverage of the late 1980s into Operation Desert Storm in 1991. There are two markings included for the following: A-6E TRAM Intruders USS John F. Kennedy / NAS Oceana (1989-90) USS John F. Kennedy / NAS Oceana (1991) read more View the full article
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