Jump to content


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


Everything posted by nmertes

  1. 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.
  2. Proud member of the Rickenbacker club. Unfortunately, I don't remember where I found the kit. I just remember it was less than $20.00 & it's solid resin. Spent 4 years in the Navy as a still photographer & 18 years in the Air Force working in/managing aerial reconnaissance labs & gun camera labs. Had lots of drawings/photos of the spook in the labs. Found him. I did get the kit from Sprue Brothers. http://store.spruebrothers.com/product_p/arsab100001.htm $17.99.
  3. Found a model of the Spook almost a year ago & finally finished it. The colors are not according to any scheme. If you do a google search, you'll even find him wrapped in a British flag & bowler. The blue is Tamiya Flat Blue; the cape & mask are Model Masters Gunship Gray; his hat band is Model Masters Light Gull Gray; and his hair is Tamiya rattle can primer. I mean, he's 57 years old. He has a right to gray hair. The glossy finish is Future or whatever they call it these days. Had to show that I could actually finish something even if it did only have 4 parts.😊
  4. Thanks, Gil. That solves the mystery. Nick
  5. I have 6 1/48th scale F-4 kits in my stash that keep calling out to be built. They're going to be waiting quite awhile longer until I get caught up on other projects. One of the add-ons I've acquired for my Navy F-4's is Steel Beach Accessories Trunion Plate set. I've searched all my references & online to no avail. Can anybody tell me where on the wing these plates go. I queried Darren (Steel Beach Accessories). His response was that they're to give extra clearance so the LG doesn't hit the wing.
  6. Sorry to hear that Richard. I was looking forward to seeing the final product.
  7. Can't wait to see this one at a Nationals. Can you imagine what Shep Paine could have done with this.
  8. Check out http://www.cavallar.ch/model/. Click on the Sort by Manufacturer's link on the left side and work your way down to Dragon. You'll find the instructions sorted by kit number. Your Tiger instructions can be downloaded as a .zip file. The file includes pictures of the sprues & instructions.
  9. Just got an email from Maria, the lady who really runs this outfit ;} (no offense Ron). She said the printer didn't start mailing the Sep/Oct Journal until 10/31. We should all have our copy by the end of the week.
  10. Thanks, Ron. Hope you have a good trip. I'll email Maria.
  11. I haven’t gotten mine either Bob. The Prez is a member of our chapter. If he or one of the other e-board members doesn’t reply fairly soon, I’ll query him at our club meeting on the 11th.
  12. One thing I've found helpful is starting with a good coat of flat white before airbrushing the gloss. Like you, I've found that gloss tends to take long to dry. I haven't tried Gunze paints but, Tamiya gloss white seems to work about the same. Keep your coat of paint thin & give it plenty of time to dry. I usually airbrush the gloss & let it sit for several days with a cover over it to keep dust problems down.
  13. Since I have to airbrush either in the garage or patio, I tend to wait until it's above 60 degrees. You might try shooting at 60 and see how it works. You may find that it's too cold for the paint to spray properly.
  14. Thanks for the reply, Gil. The Hasagawa version indicates that surgery on the intakes is necessary because of the fuselage design. The versions for Academy & ZM are supposed to be almost but not quite drop in replacements. I think the main advantages to me is that they're cast in white resin which means I won't have to paint them and won't have to try to hide seams. Time will tell.
  15. I ordered a couple of GT Resin seamless intakes for Academy & ZM F-4's from Sprue Brothers. I know the Hasagawa version requires some surgery on the fuselage. Would like to hear pros & cons.
  16. Thanks for the reply, Richard. I knew I'd seen it somewhere but, couldn't remember where. Hazards of having gray hair. I've bookmarked your E-2 build and plan to refer to it regularly when I get around to building mine. I'm building a Hasagawa P-2 currently & put almost 3/4oz. in the radome.
  17. I saw recently an article where the author used self-adhesive weights to overcome the dreaded tail-sitting syndrome of most airplanes. A source was given but, I didn't write it down & don't remember where I saw the article. This morning I stopped by the shop I use for routine maintenance on my car and asked if I could buy some self-adhesive wheel weights. Being a regular customer, the manager gave them to me at no cost. Lesson here is, if you use a particular shop for car maintenance, ask. You might save a few bucks for weights.
  18. Gotta agree with Mark. I remember taking the bus to downtown Winston-Salem in the late 50's, walking the 5 or 6 blocks to George's Hobby Shop to spend my allowance, & getting George's advice on what paints to use. Several years later, I "worked" for him in exchange for a model, paints, or glue.
  19. Thanks, Ralph. That's the answer I was looking for.
  20. Can anybody confirm whether the A-4E/F had turkey feathers inside the tailpipe or not? The Hasagawa kit pipe doesn't have them nor does the Steel Beach Accessories Super Foxtrot Update kit have them. The Eduard A-4 Exhaust kit has them. I have a number of photos that show most of the tail end of a Scooter but, the inside of tailpipe is partially obscured.
  21. nmertes


    Welcome back to the hobby & IPMS. I was assigned to VP-30 at NATC Pax River, MD for just over 2 years in the late 60's. Don't think I ever saw 1 armed like yours. Very nice work. I have 1 in my stash to build with markings for the Pro's Nest.
  22. Welcome to IPMS. Hope you plan to get involved with a local chapter & attend the nationals.
  23. C&H Aero Miniatures is now Cygnus Scale Conversions. I emailed them a couple days ago but, haven't heard back yet. Some of the C&H kits are now sold by GHIModels.com as John Carlton (Cygnus) is apparently looking to get out of the business.
  24. That would be just about standard for me. I had the old Rareplanes vacuform EC-121 Connie for about 10 years when I decided to tackle it. I had most of the pieces cut out & sanded when Heller came out with their injection molded kit. Fortunately, a friend had also started the Rareplanes kit; had screwed up a couple of pieces & took mine off my hands. The Heller kit is still in my stash.
  • Create New...