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  1. Hi to all, I present my latest work performed with the MWP technique (Metal Work Panels) or with the complete covering of the model with aluminum panels (self-adhesive tape). This is the Hong Kong Models kit for the 1/32 scale B-25 J Mitchell 'The Strafer' model: the kit has been further improved with the following optional accessories: The version chosen (optional Zotz Decals) is the following: North American B-25 J Mitchell "Lady Lil" (correct nose for this version ) Hong Kong Models kit 1/32 scale model - version: 498thBs "Falcons"
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  2. This is the last aircraft model that I started and completed a few months back. It’s the old Monogram A-7B. I did a few add ons in the cockpit, and changed out some of the kit ordnance using Hasegawa items based off of photos that I found online. Markings are from a couple decal sheets that I cobbled together to build a VA-95 bird off USS Midway during Operation Linebacker in Spring and Summer of 1972.
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  3. For my next build I am building the 1/48 Italeri UH-60/MH-60 Black Hawk. I will be building this on commission as a UH-60L of the Illinois Army Air National Guard. A few years ago my company used to have a picnic lunch around the 4th of July in our parking lot during work. At these picnics we typically had government officials and military personnel give recognition for the work we do. The military personnel would arrive in a UH-60L Black Hawk helicopter and land in the parking lot. I have quite a few reference photos of these from over the years. Anyhow, one of the Back Hawk pilots (who lande
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  4. Hey Chris, Appreciate the compliment about my photography article. Coming from you, that means a lot. Richard
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  5. Oh! Oh! I know how to do this! 🙂 The optimal length for an article is 2500-3500 words. Your editor often goes over that, much to the consternation of the art director, but generally, if the words tell a good story AND there are enough good photos to support it, we make it work. The rough ones for us are short articles with a ton of great photos, or long articles with a paucity of photos. As a writer by trade, I suggest you make an outline. It makes it really easy to write without forgetting things during the process. You want an introduction, something to explain why you chose to bu
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  6. An alternative to having someone else read the article is to find someone you can read the article aloud to. This can be your wife, grandparent, teenager or someone you buttonholed off the street...and they don't need to know one single thing about models or modelbuilding. You'll discover that you will spot and correct mistakes, errors of words/whole sentences that need to be deleted or added in order to make your prose clearer. You'll also be able to make spelling corrections on the fly as you read...which brings up another point. DO NOT rely on spell check. Believe me, it has absolutely
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  7. Along with Richard's advice, look at what the other authors do in their articles and take your cues from them. You'll eventually develop your won style, but in the beginning it helps to have a trail guide, so to speak. Another thing I do--once I think the article is finished, I save it and revisit it the next day. I usually find that I need to tweak some aspects of the text. If you have someone else who could give it a read-through, do it. Two sets of eyes are better than one... Cheers! Ralph
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  8. This one would be the GZ-20 which were first launched in 1968 (according to Wiki). They were 192' 6" long. Old Model Kits lists it as 1/169th. Doing the math, as Dick said, puts it about 1/171st so close to N scale but slightly smaller.
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  9. Here's another trip down memory lane. This kit dates from 1970. For those not familiar with FROG, they were making wooden model aircraft kits as far back as the 1930's and were one of the first to transition to all plastic kits. The name, FROG, stands for "Flies Right Off the Ground", as most of their early rubber band powered models did. I had to do a little research as I knew very little about this a/c. It's got an Allison engine instead of the later Merlin and came with two 20mm cannons, although the British models exchanged these for four 50 cal. mgs. From what I read, it was not intended
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  10. That is excellent news. It's always great to hear about a quality company that offers excellent customer service. Thanks for letting us know.
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  11. This week I am near completion of the Black Hawk. The base coat was painted an overall olive drab. I made my own decals for the specific aircraft and used the kit decals for the general decals. The kit decals worked well. Once the decals were applied I added weathering with pastel chalk using dark olive, dark brown and black overall and some dark gray and light gray for the engine exhaust. I then did a top coat of matte clear to seal the decals and weathering. For the light on top of the tail, tail navigation light, and the bottom of the boom I cut off the body colored plastic and replace
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  12. Hi all, Last night I got an email from Kenny "Gator" Loup and permission to post his letter to me going into detail what he's been going thru. Without further ado, here 'tis: Hello Richard, "I am still making and selling my glue. I have given the mask business to Jeff Herne at Scale Colors. We are displaced because our 50 year old mobile home was damaged beyond repair. Of course, a home of that age is impossible to insure so we only had insurance on the contents. We were fortunate to have my brother-in-law offer up his dad’s home for us to stay in until we get a new m
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  13. Yeah! what he said! (?????)
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  14. I've always wanted to do a winter diorama. This diorama will depict tanks on a road march, with the M-10 in the lead. The Panzerkampfwagen will be knocked out on the side of the road. The jeep will be by the Sherman tank, while the "higher-ups" go over battle plans on a map. I still have to do a white wash on the panzer IV. The jeep and driver are both Tamiya. The stowage on the jeep is a mix of Value Gear, and Verlinden. The Sherman is Tamiya. I applied a "hasty" camo scheme with a make-up sponge. Stowage was a mix of, Tamiya, Value Gear, and Verlinden. The trap cover was tissue paper soaked
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  15. I second that. Its drying time, hold, and ease of clean up are the best I've used, by far.
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  16. Here's the first part of the response from Rustoleum. I'm sure most of y'all have seen it, but I'm posting it for those who might have missed it. Note that it was dated March 4, 2020, just about the time that Covid-19 hit with all four feet. I also had several questions that Rustoleum is addressing, but it will take about a week for their response. Stay tuned. Testors to discontinue select hobby products Demand declining for PACTRA, AZTEK, Model Master lines Vernon Hills, Ill., March 4, 2020 – With a long history of producing quality hobby kits and supplies, we are
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  17. Update: I just spoke with Rustoleum again, this time their Public Relations gentleman. He is emailing me specific information re: Testors & Model Master with questions he might have. I'll reply with my questions and when I get his response, I will provide a followup post in this thread.
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  18. I had some damage to my Monogram P-40 in my Pearl Harbor collection so I decided to Replace with Airfix P-40 in 1/48. This is one very nice Kit. Built mostly out of box except Gun Sight,Uschi Antenna and Eduard Seatbelt. Really enjoyed this kit and fit was mostly great with a few areas only needing a little sanding and dry fitting. Painted with Vallejo Air colors OD and Neutral Grey. Over-coated with Future for Gloss and decanted Dullcoat for final finish. Used some Tamiya weathering powders to "dirty her up". Kit decals were great and no problems. I used gloss
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  19. I used gunship gray paint with some pastel chalk to weather it.
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  20. My plan is to build a Fiat CR.42 in the livery of Ernesto Botto while stationed in Sicily and operating over Malta. The issue is getting the squadron number "73", the group commander pennant before the cockpit and the red lightning flashes on both wheel pants..
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  21. They WERE moved, some dragged kicking and screaming.
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  22. Just picked up two of Tamiya's Easy-8 (35346) kits for $12.49 each in the clearance section of my local HL. Not sure if they have them everywhere but it might be worth checking if you have one nearby.
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  23. The Thunderbolt is now complete! This build has been a tedious but fun build. The numerous accessories that were added and lighting work well together to bring the aircraft from the Digital Combat Simulator (DCS) into an awesome display piece. The Tamiya kit itself was nice the way it was designed to be built. It made adding the LED’s and fiber optic lines a little easier. While many of the decals for the particular scheme were homemade, the kit decals I used were very good. They went down nicely. I then carefully packed up the aircraft, test cart, and a CD filled with over 250 high resol
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  24. Hello all, At the risk of being told this should have been posted somewhere else, I would like to announce my latest E-book. Available as a PDF, it contains 60 photos of the Lockheed F-4 and F-5 Photo Recon aircraft. Photo quality ranges from very good to very poor...obviously, since most photos were taken under combat conditions in the Pacific...but should provide a lot of ideas for aircraft markings and even vignetts/dioramas. And yes, the photos are printable. I'd appreciate y'all checking it out here, whether you buy it or just look at the web page. I will also be submitting a co
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  25. With so much time at home I was able to finish this one. Additional images can be found here: MK44 SternenKnight
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