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aAzZ09

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  1. I’m very sorry to hear of his loss. My condolences accordingly. I read his reviews on the IPMS Reviewer Corps which were well written. May he Rest In Peace. Mark
  2. Welcome to the Forum! IPMS is a great place to be. Mark
  3. That instrument panel looks great David! Keep up the good work. Mark
  4. Very nice Bob! I can remember the first B-58 I saw at Carswell AFB in 1958. It was on display along with some of the new B-52Bs and C models on the ramp. Happy Modeling, Mark
  5. Thanks John, and Eric. I did the same thing Duke. It’s too bad all of us couldn’t make the Nats this year. Like everyone else, I was really looking forward to meeting all of you I have corresponded with these last few years on the Forum. I’m not sure about attending the Nats at Vegas next year, or Omaha. Hopefully, I’ll be able to make San Marcos in 2023. Happy Modeling, Mark
  6. My sincere condolences to a truly great man. He was an institution. Mark
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    Tamiya P-51D WIP

    Col. Meyer would be proud of the job you did Paul. Nice work! Mark
  8. Welcome aboard Phil. Although I am an aircraft builder, do you build any muscle cars by any chance? I was a gear head way back in my younger years when Detroit ruled the streets. Happy modeling! Mark
  9. Welcome aboard Michael. Feel free at any time if you need help. This is a great place to be! Mark
  10. I’m very sorry to learn of this year’s IPMS Nationals cancellation. Many thanks to all for the hard work involved. It’s such a terrible disappointment. I look forward to the 2023 Nationals. Mark
  11. Welcome aboard Gary. We have a great group of modelers here. Mark
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    Tamiya P-51D WIP

    The Blue nose masking and painting look really good, Paul. Keep the good work! Mark
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    Tamiya P-51D WIP

    Paul, You’re doing well. There are a good number of ways of masking and mending a finish. With the Alclad, did you allow enough drying time? If the humidity was higher than normal you may have had a problem there. Depending on the line you described you may VERY LIGHTLY sand the affected area until you see the line disappear. Once You respray, using light coats, you should see a normal finish. Be careful not to sand too hard and bore a hole through the finish and through the primer to the bare plastic. For masking tape, I use the curved tape from Tamiya, to do the compound geometry of
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    Tamiya P-51D WIP

    You’re doing well Paul. The Alclad II can be sensitive at times so use as directed. I use light coats airbrushed every 15 minutes or so. Also, I follow a rule of low humidity levels since I do not have a paint booth or dehumidifier with air conditioning or heating. If I violate that rule sometimes I will get slight runs, cracks due to air molecule evaporation within the Alclad or paint I use, or in some cases bubbles on the paint or orange peel. Other modelers can work with their environment in other cases inside the house with proper ventilation of course. When the finish is up to expectation
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    Tamiya P-51D WIP

    Hello Again Paul, Many thanks for your comments. On the P-51s, I use regular Aluminum Alclad II, without a sheen for the wing area. Usually, this simulates the “dull” effect (North American Aviation used an aluminum lacquer, which at first was actually puttied, sanded smooth and used as an aid to give the laminar flow wings of the Mustang more speed and less drag) . This Alclad II shade is smooth enough, and they recommend gloss over the wing area in order for the decals to conform and to seal the area surfaces. And with the remaining areas smooth from the brighter shades of Alclad,
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    Tamiya P-51D WIP

    It’s coming along well Paul. On a P-51, you can compare photos and see whether or not the plane was oxidized, a little or a lot, and spray different shades of aluminum over the base coat. Here’s one example below. A P-51B flown by Lt. Ralph Hofer and named “Salem Representative” (from his hometown of Salem, Missouri) I did several years ago: I hope this may be of some help to you if you are doing a natural metal finish. The dark panel you see is a shade of Testor’s Model Master Dark Anodonic Gray metalizer. The P-80 Shooting Star I built is another example shown below. Best,
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    Tamiya P-51D WIP

    Paul, it’s looking good. Future Floor Wax has been known in recent years as Pledge Floor Care instead. So when you buy it don’t expect to see the old Future label anymore. Once you get the hang of using it you will find it very valuable. Go to You Tube and there are plenty of how to’s for using this product. Happy Modeling. Mark
  18. Nice work Ron! Happy Modeling. Mark
  19. That cockpit is coming along nicely, Nicolas. Razorback Mustangs are interesting. Happy Modeling, Mark
  20. Stuart, Michael is right. It sounds as if you have too much paint on that paint brush. Dry brushing is the way to go on those panels. Try practicing on a scrap of plastic with an indenture if possible. That will give you a good idea what Michael is talking about. Take his advise about joining an IPMS Chapter if you have one nearby. The members can give you a helping hand. Happy modeling! Mark
  21. Great job Ron. Mark
  22. That would be great Nick. I will check that out. From the photos I have, it appears that the RAF chose large “buzz” or serial numbers for the Tempests and other aircraft at the end of WW II. The ones I have are too small and were left over from past projects. A photo example of what I’m looking for is illustrated below. Many thanks! Mark
  23. Thanks Gil. I may have to go online for those sheets now, or find pictures of a Tempest II without the underwing serial codes, which in RAF service are very scarce. The Mk. II model came out at the end of WW2 to replace some of the Mark Vs and Mark VIs. The photos tend to show mostly post war markings of RAF Mk.IIs stationed in Germany and the Middle East. The Mk. II later served as the prototype to serve the Royal Navy as the Sea Fury used in the Korean War and the surplus models sold for air racing. Mark
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