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nmertes

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  1. Thanks for the suggestions everybody. Now I just have to decide which color to use.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Thanks, Mike. I'll have to check those companies out.
  5. 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.
  6. Did you scan the negative or have it scanned? I have a number of 4X5 negs that I would like to have scanned.
  7. 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.
  8. You might email Jim Stepanek (IMcrazyjim@aol.com). He’s the region coordinator for Florida & can give you all the information.
  9. 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.
  10. Thanks, Gil. I'll have to give your technique a try.
  11. Outstanding work, Gil. I'm constantly amazed at how good the tires/wheels turn out on your aircraft. What's your secret?
  12. 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.
  13. Well done. My only comment is the cheat line is the wrong color. It should be blue not black.
  14. I'm with the Duke. Excellent work on polishing the canopy. Hope you'll post how you mask the canopy & paint it.
  15. Very nice build, Gil, even if it is a Marine bird ;}. One thing I've noticed on a lot of Scooter builds is there is no step at the back where the slats sit. The slats actually sit on top of the wing. Why all the manufacturers haven't corrected that error is beyond me.
  16. Lookin’ good, Duke. You & Ron Bell seem to love the braille scale armor.
  17. 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.
  18. 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?
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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?
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
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