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About nmertes

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    Plastic Habit
  • Birthday 11/25/1946

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  • FirstName
    Nicholas
  • LastName
    Mertes
  • IPMS Number
    17371
  • Local Chapter
    Craig Hewitt
  • City
    Mesa
  • State
    AZ
  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Mesa, AZ
  • Interests
    1/48th Post WWII jets. Primarily recon birds.

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  1. Lookin’ good, Duke. You & Ron Bell seem to love the braille scale armor.
  2. B&H Photo has the same case for much less money & offers free expedited shipping. https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=Pelican™ 1510 Equipment Case&N=0&InitialSearch=yes&sts=ma I usually get items shipped from New York to Arizona in 3 days. I have a couple Pelican cases for my camera gear. They are 2nd to none for quality & packing security.
  3. I have an ICM 1/48th scale O-2A Skymaster that I've managed to mangle both props (parts A15 & 16) & part A54. I emailed icm@icm.com.ua 2 weeks ago asking how to get replacement parts. Still haven't gotten a reply. Anybody have an idea how to get the parts?
  4. If Dave can’t find his, I think I have a set. I found my copy. Send me your email address & I'll send you a copy.
  5. I received the September/October issue a couple months ago. Not sure what's happening. Hope 1 of the guys on the e board will have an answer.
  6. Thanks for the responses everybody. I obtained some flux from the tech at work who does a lot of soldering. I guess a LOT of practice is in the offing.
  7. Do any of our esteemed colleagues have a preferred method of prepping PE for soldering & painting. I've heard soaking the fret in white vinegar helps remove any residual oils so paint adheres better. Anybody have any other advice?
  8. My welcome as well, Chuck. There are quite a few of us who got started when we were young & came back later in life. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. That’s part of what we’re here for.
  9. Looking good, Mark. It's taken me 3 months to get a Monogram 1/48th scale F-106 to the point where I'm almost ready to glue the fuselage halves together.
  10. Interesting idea, Pete. I've never heard of Woods's metal before. I found it on amazon.com but, it looks like a rather small amount. Any idea where it can be found locally?
  11. Thanks Mark. That's about what I expected. BTW I've been using self-adhesive wheel weights for a couple years. They are in ¼ ounce segments and can be pounded very thin & folded/molded into almost any shape you need.
  12. Work at Batteries Plus in Chandler, AZ. We're considered essential so, we've been open since the beginning. Early on we reduced our hours a couple hours a day. No we're back to business as usual. The retail side dropped off for awhile but have slowly come back. Commercial sales have actually risen beyond what they were this time last year. I've been working more hours because some of our folks decided they didn't want to risk the chance of exposure. My model building has never been prolific. I have 2 kits waiting for the temperature to drop during the day so I can airbrush in my s
  13. I'm very slowly building a Monogram 1/48th scale F-106. Any of you that have built either the Monogram or Trumpeter kit recall how much nose weight you used? It probably won't be very much as the main gear is set fairly far back on the airframe.
  14. nmertes

    Monogram F-106

    Thanks for the information, Richard. I'll have to get some.
  15. nmertes

    Monogram F-106

    The P-51's are put away for awhile. I pulled out the Monogram & Trumpeter F-106 kits to finish in 48FIS markings. I have Detail & Scale markings that Bert sent me when I was with the 48th 1983-1985. The Monogram seat has good detail but, it's all molded in. The Trumpeter seat consists of 6 parts with no harness or other detail on the seat and there are 2 complete seats in the kit. PE harness is included but has to be painted the correct colors. Eduard to the rescue. Set 49714 was designed for the Trumpeter kit. Most of it should work with some careful modifications. I'm reason
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