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nmertes

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  1. Welcome back. Looking forward to seeing your work.
  2. The best advice I can give you is to use a white primer. Almost any gloss white airbrushed in light coats will give you a good finish if you're careful about dust.
  3. Thanks for the comment, Gil. I've seen the rack and it would be rather a rather complicated structure to build in 48th scale. I don't understand why Kitty Hawk didn't bother to make the camera setup more accurate. I did attempt to install the original camera setup in the nose but, the lenses don't lineup with the windows. The model in the D&S has the access panels open. I think part of the reason the builder opened the panels is because of that.
  4. As I posted some time ago, the camera setup in the Kitty Hawk Banshee kit doesn't resemble any aerial camera I ever saw. The mounting rack is a tubular affair with 3 vertical positions & several oblique positions. Attempting to scale it down to 48th scale is beyond my abilities & the tubing is thin enough I suspect it would be almost impossible to replicate. So, since the rack isn't visible once the access panels are closed, I figured it wouldn't make that much difference. Photo #1 is the original setup built as supplied in the kit. Photos #2 & 3 are my solution This is a fai
  5. Bob, I know there are several sources for the decals you're looking for. The only 1 I can think of right at the moment is Mustang Decals. I'll check my sources when I get home from work & see if I have a reference to others. EDIT: It's not Mustang Decals, it's Mustang Hobbies in Rivers Edge, NJ. They have a lot of decals I haven't seen any place else. Here's the link to the 1/72nd scale decal pages (there's 22 pages). You should be able to find something there. Other brands include Speed Hunter & Techmod that aren't sold by the online hobby shops. EDIT AGAIN: I forgot
  6. I was wondering the same thing earlier today. Haven't received mine either.
  7. Looking good there, Gil. I have 1 in my stash planning to mark it as a bird from Heavy 7. Just ordered the Nautilus support set. May have to move the Vigilante up in my build order.
  8. Progress on the Banshee build. Picture 1 is the shelf behind the pilots seat. I added the cabling using .2mm wire & Elmer's glue. I'm tempted to remove the wires & redo it. There's too much glue around the wires. #2 is the instrument panel. I'm using the Eduard BIGSIN PE set to make detailing easier. #3-6 are the cockpit tub. I still need to paint the pedals. #7-8 are the nose mounted forward oblique camera. The nose camera is flush with the tip of the nose. The kit makes it look the plane has a wart on its nose. It will be easy to fix. Just a pain to have to do it. #9-10
  9. Recce planes have for years used either 5" or 9" wide film. The RF-4C's that I'm most familiar with shot 5" normally. In Southeast Asia, a mission might run 200-300 feet. Training mission here in the states usually didn't run more than 100-150 feet. The OBC camera installed in the nose of an SR-71 had a 10,500' roll of film that took about 12 hours to process. The frames were 6' long. 74 frames would fit on a spool that held 500' of film. So a technician stayed at the end of the processor and cut the roll of processed as required. Too many days spent in a darkroom with a Houston-Fearle
  10. Hi, Gil. I'm not planning to have the panels open. That would take a lot of work I'm not up to doing currently with the limited amount of time I have at the work bench. I bought the CMK resin camera set with plans to do something with an RF-4 or F9F-8P (which is also in my stash & I think has the same camera setup as the Banshee). The person who did the panel open model published in the D&S book on the Banshee did a very good job but anybody familiar with aerial cameras would notice the error. In addition, there's no reason to have 2 oblique cameras on the same side or both sides
  11. First an update. The Monogram F9F-5P Panther I had started suffered a fatal accident. It fell off my workbench & I didn't see where it landed. Rolled my chair back & heard the crunch everybody dreads. I'll keep it for airbrushing practice. So I started on the Kitty Hawk F2H-2P Banshee with plans to do it in VC-61/VFP-63 markings. The cockpit is almost complete so I started assembling the cameras. I'm not sure where Kitty Hawk got their information on what the cameras look like but, they don't look like any that I've ever seen. I spent 18 of my 22 years of military service
  12. The blade is a #3 stitch cutter. I found a Chinese company that sells them for $4.90 each with free shipping. Ordered 10 but they won't be here for a couple weeks.
  13. Cincinnati Surgical has the blade I'm looking for but, you have to spend a minimum of $100.00. That many blades would last 3 or 4 lifetimes. They sell 100 blades for $37.00.
  14. I'm not looking for the bottom blade. I have plenty of those. I'm looking for the top one.
  15. Looking for a source for a specific scalpel blade. I'm not sure where I got the top blade but, it has a different curve from the standard one below it. The bottom 1 has been cut off to fit my graphic arts handle. Anybody have an idea?
  16. Welcome, Butch. The space & si-fi modeling folks are a growing group in IPMS. Hope to see some more of your work posted here.
  17. Anybody know of a source for a 48th scale flightline tug. I'm playing with the idea of a ramp diorama as a "base" on which to display various aircraft. I thought Aerobonus would have a tug/tractor with all the trailer/support items they produce but can't find anything.
  18. The ballot/survey isn't recognizing my username or password. I checked my login information & reset my password but it still says it's unrecognized. Anybody have an idea what I'm doing wrong?
  19. Thanks for the recommendation Ralph & Gil. I'll look into them.
  20. Some years ago Aeromaster & Microscale produced letter & number decal sheets. Does anybody know if those are still in production or if another company is doing something similar?
  21. Good lookin' Scooters there, Gil.
  22. The Kinetic E-2C 2000 is sold.
  23. Thanks, Rusty. He has a corrected nose for the Kitty Hawk RF-101 and the Heller EC-121 that I would like to have. I guess I'll just have to wait & take my chances.
  24. Has anyone successfully ordered from Dmold Modelworks (dmoldmodelworks.com)? Dmitri shows 3 parts I'd like to order but, every time I check the website (which is every few days), they're out of stock. He is responsive to emails but, won't take a pre-order and can't or won't tell me when the parts I'm after will be available.
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