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Everything posted by Nortley

  1. The decals from these kits would go on my bicycle. The decal locators on the models made pretty good painting guides.
  2. If you are trying to lower the surface tension, a tiny drop of dish detergent in a quantity of water will make the water "wetter".
  3. There are a couple of the old Heller 6:1 scale insects in the stash. Would a really big foot suffice as a figure?
  4. To cut sandpaper- crease it along the desired cut line. Lay it face down on a flat surface. Lay a length of straight metal, like a good heavy steel rule or framing square along the crease line, on the side you wish to keep. While firmly holding the straight edge down, pull up on the waste side of the sandpaper starting at one end, and carefully tear it along the crease. If the tear runs out into the waste (this is why the straight edge is laid on the keep side), just re-crease and pick up where it strayed. I read this in one of the popularly mechanical scientific magazines a long time ago and it has always worked. It saves the blades, but on the other hand, don't use your good precision rule for the straightedge.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. Hi, This site will be getting some use in my 1:1 shop as well. Thank you.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 700! -great work on a big job. And, here's a coincidence, the Renwal repop and Dragon models. Similar pose, similar differences in size.
  13. 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.
  14. Use the "other" stuff for cleanup, use brand name with brand name for thinning paint.
  15. That's a persistent "blood" stain. It could be useful dating photos.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. A 1/72 LST would display all that armor nicely.
  21. Part of the answer may lie in another question. Take the 1/24 Offy midget as an example. Does the build represent its appearance before or after the race?
  22. "If you mean "worst quality" as compared to expectations when bought"... ok, it was a present, but the Pyro USS Maine was my greatest disappointment. Opening the box with that nice artwork went downhill from the time the lid cleared the box. My first question was, where are the main battery sponsons? There was really very little in the box that resembled the Maine, rather, assembly yielded a sort of generic representation of an early steel warship. Maybe Pyro could have had their artist do a series of box tops for overseas sale, perhaps the Schleswig-Holstein, the Nelson, the Mikasa, and the Tsesarevich - the kit resembles any of these as much as the Maine. But, to Pyro's credit, the parts fit well and it built right up into a sturdy model - just right for re-enacting Maine's explosion in the garden pond. To those who may be eying the re-issue of Olympia, it is the very same kit with a few detail differences, but, like the kit, USS Olympia has a centerline main battery.
  23. While there were several stores , even grocery stores, that sold models in our suburb - 50s into 60s - the first hobby shop I remember was on Main Street, not that big, but packed with a pretty even mix of flying models, trains, and plastic kits, and supplies to build/run/fly them. I really lusted after some of the brass locomotives, and left my nose print on that case more than once. After reviewing my finances I'd walk out with a more modest ship or plane, or maybe a Guillows plane to try to defy gravity.
  24. Among the painted and detailed models in my display is a headless Highway Pioneers Fiat. My grandfather built it in the early 50s, when my years were in single digits. The model is unpainted and reflects grandpa's technique, where step one was to discard the instructions. He had quite a collection of Highway Pioneers, arranged around the living room on window boxes. A couple of years after his passing came the earthquake, and every car tumbled seven feet. I offered to reassemble them, thank Gowland and Gowland for using a different color plastic for each car. A few small parts, such as the Fiat driver's head, went forever missing, but that Fiat represents the beginning of a display full of models. Thank you, grandpa, and grandma too for letting me build on the kitchen table.
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