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About nmertes

  • Rank
    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

    F9F-5P Progress

    Thanks for the comments Gil. I'll remember about the add next time.
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    F9F-5P Progress

    Successfully glued the wings on my F9F-5P this afternoon. A little seam cleanup & some putty down the cut line should make it ready for paint. It will never be a contest entry but, that's not what I'm building it for. The cut line is a lot narrower than I expected it to be.
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    F9F-5P about half done

    The F9F-5P kit is discontinued. The 2nd one I bought in case my attempted solution didn't work came from 1 of the etsy.com stores. I found it on Amazon. The Revell kit is very good. There's just not a whole lot of detail. It's typical of Revell/Monogram kits of the early '80's. SAC makes a landing gear set and that's about all I've found as far as detail kits go. Your best bet is to check Amazon or do a google search.
  4. nmertes

    F9F-5P about half done

    Gil, I got a 2nd Panther today. This one is the Revell Germany version molded in blue. May have to try your idea on this one.
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    F9F-5P about half done

    Tell them to stop by & see me at Batteries Plus on Stringtown Rd. I'm usually there Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday. We have great deals on LED bulbs courtesy of AEP Ohio.
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    F9F-5P about half done

    Wish I'd thought of that, Gil. It would have preserved the detail I lost cutting the wing.
  7. nmertes

    F9F-5P about half done

    Attempting to get back to actively building with the old Monogram F9F-5P recon Panther. Planning to mark it as VC-61/VFP-61. Will have to finagle the markings from other sheets as the kit only comes with Marine squadrons. Good kit for its age. Not very many parts. Certainly not up to the detail of the Kitty Hawk Cougar or Banshee. I made 1 major error. I glued the upper halves to the lower wing before installing the lower wing to the fuselage. The instructions read to glue the bottom half of the wing to the completed fuselage. I think I've salvaged it by cutting the port wing off. It will require a little putty work to correct. Won't do that again. The initial primer work is done. Will assemble this weekend & shoot the 1st coat of Dark Sea Blue. Had hoped to have it ready for Blizzcon next weekend. Don't think I'll make it.
  8. nmertes

    Finally

    Mark, when you get back this way the next time, stop by Batteries Plus on Stringtown Rd. here in Grovetucky. I'm usually there Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday.
  9. nmertes

    What is the oldest thing you are saving?

    I have a Monogram F-106 that I purchased in the mid-80's when I was stationed at Langley AFB, VA with the 48th Fighter Interceptor Squadron. About the same time, Bert Kinzey came out with the F-106 Colors & Markings book with a painting of 1 of our birds on the cover. The pilots name on the plane was Capt. Malcolm Emerson. He was our Assistant Director of Operations & had been promoted to Major at the time. I wrote to Bert & he sent me several copies of the decal sheet with 48FIS markings. Built 1 for Major Emerson & put 1 in my stash which is still there. Got to meet Bert at the 2015 Nationals when they were held here in Columbus & had him autograph the book.
  10. nmertes

    The best putty

    Bondo has worked for me for many years. I've found the main factor in getting it to stick is surface prep. Always wipe the area down with alcohol or paint thinner to make sure you have all the grease & dust removed before applying putty.
  11. nmertes

    Finally

    Proud member of the Rickenbacker club. Unfortunately, I don't remember where I found the kit. I just remember it was less than $20.00 & it's solid resin. Spent 4 years in the Navy as a still photographer & 18 years in the Air Force working in/managing aerial reconnaissance labs & gun camera labs. Had lots of drawings/photos of the spook in the labs. Found him. I did get the kit from Sprue Brothers. http://store.spruebrothers.com/product_p/arsab100001.htm $17.99.
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    Finally

    Found a model of the Spook almost a year ago & finally finished it. The colors are not according to any scheme. If you do a google search, you'll even find him wrapped in a British flag & bowler. The blue is Tamiya Flat Blue; the cape & mask are Model Masters Gunship Gray; his hat band is Model Masters Light Gull Gray; and his hair is Tamiya rattle can primer. I mean, he's 57 years old. He has a right to gray hair. The glossy finish is Future or whatever they call it these days. Had to show that I could actually finish something even if it did only have 4 parts.😊
  13. nmertes

    F-4 Trunnion Plates

    Thanks, Gil. That solves the mystery. Nick
  14. nmertes

    F-4 Trunnion Plates

    I have 6 1/48th scale F-4 kits in my stash that keep calling out to be built. They're going to be waiting quite awhile longer until I get caught up on other projects. One of the add-ons I've acquired for my Navy F-4's is Steel Beach Accessories Trunion Plate set. I've searched all my references & online to no avail. Can anybody tell me where on the wing these plates go. I queried Darren (Steel Beach Accessories). His response was that they're to give extra clearance so the LG doesn't hit the wing.
  15. nmertes

    Kinetic 1/48 E2C Hawkeye Build Series: CANCELED

    Sorry to hear that Richard. I was looking forward to seeing the final product.
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