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About nmertes

  • 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. Have any of ya'll built the Modelsvit XP-55 Ascender & used the Scale Aircraft Conversions landing gear & nose wheel well kit? The nose wheel well in the SAC set I received is about 1/8th short. I contacted SAC. They're sending me a mailing label & will recast a new wheel well for me. They indicated it looked like Modelsvit replaced the kit wheel well with a resin part. The gray piece in the photo was cut off sprue E. No resin in the kit. I've been emailing Ross at SAC about the problem with the nose wheel well part. It appears they made their molds from the original version of the kit. Modelsvit re-did the sprue with the wheel well to correct the length.
  2. Thanks for the suggestions everybody. Now I just have to decide which color to use.
  3. Can anybody confirm that the wheel wells of the XP-55 were actually yellow? The Modelsvit instructions show Humbrol 81 Pale Yellow which I assume to be zinc chromate yellow is the color to be used. I haven't found any pictures online in color that show the wheel wells.
  4. I'm with Mark. Very nicely done. I also have 1 in my stash with plans to mark it for VP-30. I spent a couple years with the squadron while they were at Patuxent River 67-70 as a still photographer.
  5. Thanks, Mike. I'll have to check those companies out.
  6. Many years ago, 1 of the decal companies produced sheets of stripes; various colors & widths. They were very good quality, dense colors, thin, & easy to apply. Does anybody know if sheets of stripes are available now? I'm looking for red, yellow, black, white, blue, & possibly green.
  7. Did you scan the negative or have it scanned? I have a number of 4X5 negs that I would like to have scanned.
  8. I have a T.O. 1-1-4 that has the F-4 SEA color scheme. If you’d like a copy of the whole T. O., I can email it to you.
  9. You might email Jim Stepanek (IMcrazyjim@aol.com). He’s the region coordinator for Florida & can give you all the information.
  10. Great comments, David. I helped photograph the aircraft entered in the 2015 Nationals in Columbus. There were so many excellent models, choosing the winners had to have been difficult. I remember hearing some of those comments & thinking why weren't you in there judging.
  11. Thanks, Gil. I'll have to give your technique a try.
  12. Outstanding work, Gil. I'm constantly amazed at how good the tires/wheels turn out on your aircraft. What's your secret?
  13. I was assigned to the 48FIS at Langley 1985-1986. We had 2 T-birds. The cheat line on both was the same blue as the arrow on the wing tip tanks. I purchased the Caracal sheet & emailed them with a photo of the birds when I noticed the black cheat line. Their response was too bad. We’re not correcting it. I have both the old Testor’s & GWH kits. The GWH kit has the correct cheat line. I have never seen a 48th T-33 with a black cheat line. The squadron admin office had hundreds of slides of their F-106’s, T-33’s, & F-15’s. There were no black cheat lines on any of them. Again, excellent job on the kit. I wouldn’t repaint it either.
  14. Well done. My only comment is the cheat line is the wrong color. It should be blue not black.
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