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  1. I have 7 kits I'll probably never get around to that I'd like to sell. Two questions. Is it ok to list them for sale here on the forum? If not, can somebody recommend a website (other than ebay) or other option? The main problem is that they're no longer in the box and most of them have lots of add-ons from Eduard, Wolfpack Design, or other resin companies.
  2. I'm with Ron. The only date I see with the events is December 31 1969. I'm using Chrome as my browser.
  3. Looking forward to your review, Dave. I'm hoping they come out with newer versions. Caracal Decals already has a sheet available for the U-2R/S.
  4. I'm looking for a scanned copy of the Chip Jean T-33 Article in the Jan/Feb 2012 Journal. If any of ya'll have that issue & would be willing to email it to me, I would appreciate it. I was assigned to the 48th FIS from '83-'85 and spent many hours in the back seat of our T-birds shooting pictures of our F-15's. Now I have the Great Wall Hobby & the old Hawk/Testor's T-33 kits to build & would like to have a copy of the article for detail information. email address is nicksr1125@gmail.com.
  5. Looking at the instructions this morning, I noticed an interesting mistake. The sprue drawings on the back page show sprue F (the Trimetrogon camera) twice. Unfortunately, there is only 1 F sprue. Would like to have 2 sprues. The camera set would make a nice kit all by itself.
  6. Got my kit of the AFV U-2A Dragon Lady today. From the reviews I've read online there are some inaccuracies in the canopy, nose, & intakes. That's okay. It looks like it will make up into a very nice model. There is an extra cockpit tub & Q-bay cover indicating there may be more versions in the works. I'd like to see at least a U-2C & TR-1/U-2R. What makes this kit really sing to me is the inclusion of a full camera set including the trolley and the canopy cover. The only negatives I've noticed is the canopy cover doesn't show any fabric texture. The few times I saw a U-2 during my Air Force career it looked like the canopy was made of canvas fabric which has a fairly heavy texture. It would have shown very nicely in 1/48th. Secondly, the instrument panel is only a piece of clear plastic. There is no decal to put on the back to show instrument faces. While this kit is fairly far down on my build list, I"m looking forward to working on it. Hope Eduard or some of the other resin parts companies come out with some goodies for it.
  7. Have any of ya'll tried Press & Seal to mask areas of a kit when you're painting a kit? It has low tack & looks like it would be quite useful to mask larger areas.
  8. Gil, In response to your question about a "sealed" exhaust fan. The model I used, Broan AEW110, does indicate the motor is sealed.
  9. The 1st shot shows the complete prototype & ducting. The 2nd shot is the completed new booth.
  10. Lookin' good. I have both the Eduard Mig-21MF & Mig-21R kits in 1/48th that I'm looking forward to building when I work down to them. Have all the PE & Resin to go with them.
  11. The fan is rated at 110cfm from Lowe's. I don't think it's sealed but, have been shooting enamel thinned with Mr. Color Leveling Thinner for a couple of weeks with no problem. Now I'm going to have to check Lowe's website to see if it is sealed.
  12. For too many years I've had to do airbrushing in the garage which limited me to warmer weather and enduring dust problems. After looking at spray booths on Micromark.com, I decided to build my own. The 1st shot is the prototype made from large cardboard boxes. The 2nd shot is made from 3/8" plywood. I haven't cut holes for the fan or illumination. The box is approximately 24" square but, only 19" deep. I left the sides & bottom the full length to protect the exhaust fan which would stick out about 4" in the back. I can send the list of materials & dimensions if anybody is interested in building their own. Lowe's cut the pieces. I'll cut in the windows & fan hole.
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    F9F-5P Progress

    More progress. I missed Gil's recommendation of Tamiya white primer before spraying blue. Next kit on the docket is the Kitty Hawk F2H-2P. I'll remember to use the white for it. Experimenting with Mr. Color Leveling Thinner. Thinned MM Dark Sea Blue 2 parts paint to 1 part thinner. Looked extremely thin. Dropped the pressure on my compressor to 12 psi & moved the needle a little further forward. Guess it's been too long since I've done any airbrushing. The topside will need another coat & a couple days drying time before I shoot the bottom.
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    F9F-5P Progress

    The Panther project is making progress. Some Bondo, sanding, & another coat of primer have it just about ready for a coat of Dark Sea Blue. Hopefully that will happen Saturday. The cut through the port wing root, while not invisible, turned out a lot better than I had expected.
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    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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Wish I'd thought of that, Gil. It would have preserved the detail I lost cutting the wing.
  21. 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.
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    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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
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