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About nmertes

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    Assembler
  • Birthday 11/25/1946

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  • FirstName
    Nicholas
  • LastName
    Mertes
  • IPMS Number
    17371
  • Local Chapter
    Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker Chapter Columbus, OH
  • City
    Grove City
  • State
    OH
  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Grove City, OH
  • Interests
    1/48th Post WWII jets. Primarily recon birds.

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  1. nmertes

    SECRETS OF THE NEW 1:24 SCALE AIRFIX F6F-5 HELLCAT

    Can't wait to see this one at a Nationals. Can you imagine what Shep Paine could have done with this.
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    Missing Instructions

    Check out http://www.cavallar.ch/model/. Click on the Sort by Manufacturer's link on the left side and work your way down to Dragon. You'll find the instructions sorted by kit number. Your Tiger instructions can be downloaded as a .zip file. The file includes pictures of the sprues & instructions.
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    Is there a SEP/OCT Journal?

    Just got an email from Maria, the lady who really runs this outfit ;} (no offense Ron). She said the printer didn't start mailing the Sep/Oct Journal until 10/31. We should all have our copy by the end of the week.
  4. nmertes

    Is there a SEP/OCT Journal?

    Thanks, Ron. Hope you have a good trip. I'll email Maria.
  5. nmertes

    Is there a SEP/OCT Journal?

    I haven’t gotten mine either Bob. The Prez is a member of our chapter. If he or one of the other e-board members doesn’t reply fairly soon, I’ll query him at our club meeting on the 11th.
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    Hints for gloss (insignia) white

    One thing I've found helpful is starting with a good coat of flat white before airbrushing the gloss. Like you, I've found that gloss tends to take long to dry. I haven't tried Gunze paints but, Tamiya gloss white seems to work about the same. Keep your coat of paint thin & give it plenty of time to dry. I usually airbrush the gloss & let it sit for several days with a cover over it to keep dust problems down.
  7. Since I have to airbrush either in the garage or patio, I tend to wait until it's above 60 degrees. You might try shooting at 60 and see how it works. You may find that it's too cold for the paint to spray properly.
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    GT Resin Seamless Intakes

    Thanks for the reply, Gil. The Hasagawa version indicates that surgery on the intakes is necessary because of the fuselage design. The versions for Academy & ZM are supposed to be almost but not quite drop in replacements. I think the main advantages to me is that they're cast in white resin which means I won't have to paint them and won't have to try to hide seams. Time will tell.
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    GT Resin Seamless Intakes

    I ordered a couple of GT Resin seamless intakes for Academy & ZM F-4's from Sprue Brothers. I know the Hasagawa version requires some surgery on the fuselage. Would like to hear pros & cons.
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    Holding Down the Nose of Your Plane

    Looking forward to it.
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    Holding Down the Nose of Your Plane

    Thanks for the reply, Richard. I knew I'd seen it somewhere but, couldn't remember where. Hazards of having gray hair. I've bookmarked your E-2 build and plan to refer to it regularly when I get around to building mine. I'm building a Hasagawa P-2 currently & put almost 3/4oz. in the radome.
  12. I saw recently an article where the author used self-adhesive weights to overcome the dreaded tail-sitting syndrome of most airplanes. A source was given but, I didn't write it down & don't remember where I saw the article. This morning I stopped by the shop I use for routine maintenance on my car and asked if I could buy some self-adhesive wheel weights. Being a regular customer, the manager gave them to me at no cost. Lesson here is, if you use a particular shop for car maintenance, ask. You might save a few bucks for weights.
  13. nmertes

    A nostalgic look back at model building …

    Gotta agree with Mark. I remember taking the bus to downtown Winston-Salem in the late 50's, walking the 5 or 6 blocks to George's Hobby Shop to spend my allowance, & getting George's advice on what paints to use. Several years later, I "worked" for him in exchange for a model, paints, or glue.
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    A-4 Skyhawk Tailpipe

    Thanks, Ralph. That's the answer I was looking for.
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    A-4 Skyhawk Tailpipe

    Can anybody confirm whether the A-4E/F had turkey feathers inside the tailpipe or not? The Hasagawa kit pipe doesn't have them nor does the Steel Beach Accessories Super Foxtrot Update kit have them. The Eduard A-4 Exhaust kit has them. I have a number of photos that show most of the tail end of a Scooter but, the inside of tailpipe is partially obscured.
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