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  1. Nortley

    Hobby Boss BV 141

    The Roman Candle is my own design. I believe that the real purpose of some of the outlandish late war weapons designs was to send nice pictures to the boss, who in turn would keep these engineers off the front so they could draw more nice pictures for him... The Roman Candle would be loaded onto the launcher, fueled, armed, fresh batteries, and all sitting on a loaded booster, ready for instant flight. The launcher would hide somewhere along a likely bomber track until a bomber stream approached, when it would roll out into position, then move and elevate the missile and launch rail, and activate the missile. Simultaneously, a two seat fighter equipped with control radio would approach from behind the missile, establish radio control, and launch the Roman Candle. The booster fires, the pulse jet starts, and the fighter chases the missile up and away, guiding it toward the bombers by radio. At a moderate range from the bombers, the missile's radar locks onto the bombers and takes over guidance. When the missile approaches to a predetermined closeness to the bomber stream, the name Roman Candle is explained. Each of the ten holes in the nose is a launch tube holding an end to end stack of unguided time fused anti air missiles. These are launched in rapid salvo at a distance calculated to match the timed burst to the aircraft. After their short flight, the swarm of AA missiles would tear into the bombers. The launch fighter crew must track and observe the missile, particularly noting where the spent remains come to earth, for recovery. I suppose I should have more of those drawings in the pocket of Grandpa's Ike jacket translated.
  2. Nortley

    Hobby Boss BV 141

    That's good news about the Hobby Boss kit. The Roman Candle started out as the Airfix 1/72 kit, but the parts fit and surface details were so bad that I was about to give up, when I remembered that I had an unused Hasegawa naval catapult and a Panzer I hulk and just started playing around. The rest is scratch and junk box.
  3. The body shape makes me think Divco. Notice the right cargo door is smooth on the inside, like an insulated van would be. Was T. Myrvik in the dairy or grocery business in Namsos? The van has apparently been pressed into military service, or Norway had some very well armed gangsters. Every picture tells a story, but sometimes we can only guess at it. An old Namsos phone book might help.
  4. There is reference above to cutting out images from the printed decal sheet. Would any of the available laser or spinning blade cutters be suitable for cutting out decals?
  5. Nortley

    Print your own scale rulers!

    Hi, This site will be getting some use in my 1:1 shop as well. Thank you.
  6. Good documentation is essential to the completion of an accurate model. After ordering the model, I bought the documentation. The model arrived today. The plan is to make an in-depth study of the prototype until the snow flies, then apply the accumulated knowledge to the building of the model. The prototype should, by then, display authentic weathering.
  7. A short cut for matching threads to each other could be to find barb fittings to fit your hose with threads on the other end to fit the places you need to screw to. Cut the improper fittings from the hose ends, push in the barb fittings, and secure with small hose clamps or wire. Barb fittings look like a stack of cones, push in easily but resist pulling out. At airbrushing pressures they're more than adequate, I use them at full pressure with shop air tools.
  8. Nortley

    700 Now Done...Last Five Are Here and Done.

    700! -great work on a big job. And, here's a coincidence, the Renwal repop and Dragon models. Similar pose, similar differences in size.
  9. Does your compressor have a built in pressure regulator? 125 psi won't hurt the airbrush, but could blow the hose out, which is a rude surprise. Sears sells a combination regulator-filter-moisture trap. You'll be spraying at 25 psi or much less, and the regulator will give you clean, almost dry air at the pressure you need.
  10. Use the "other" stuff for cleanup, use brand name with brand name for thinning paint.
  11. Nortley

    My 2016 Production at Maddog Manufacturing

    That's a persistent "blood" stain. It could be useful dating photos.
  12. It's a Scale Modeling society. Rather than worry about formality of dress, encourage entrants to dress in a style to suit their entered models.
  13. Minicraft could take a page from the old instruction sheet of bad translations, and label the models "Coastal Guard", or maybe "Coast Guardian". I'd think modelers could get past that, and it would convey the spirit of the original.
  14. They could try doing what has been done with the swastika on models- cut the offending symbol into pieces which are meaningless on their own.
  15. Before IPMS existed, I was a cub scout. Our den meetings were largely make and take sessions. We never did models, though a few of us were building them, but made various crafty type things to take home to our parents. I didn't really care what we were making, but simply enjoyed working with my hands and tried to do a good job on the project. But, I couldn't help noticing that others viewed the project as a chore. They were going through the motions because they were at the cub scout meeting. I really hope make and take brought in some new modelers. But I wonder how many of those kids were just going through the motions because they were brought to the show.