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  • Birthday 02/20/1964

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    Michael
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    Hanson
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    41117
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    Pelikan, Clearwater, FL
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    New Port Richey
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    FL
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    Male
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    New Port Richey, FL, USA
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    Vintage auto racing, Pacific WWII era warbirds, photography, computers

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  1. It really depends upon whether you want to emulate the filming model or the appearance of the ship on screen. The TOS entrprise went through several iterations between the pilot and the following three seasons, very different paint schemes. There's a great set of videos on YouTube on the Smithsonian restoration of the filming model and the considerations they took to make it look right. Toss in the movie versions and you have a lot of variety! I really like the iridescent, sparkly white paint on the various movie's Federation ships. The nice thing is that there's almost as much 'reference' material on Star Trek as there is on our military subjects! Now I have to go watch a couple episodes . . . 😁
  2. Mission Models makes a 'Starship White' acrylic, a brighter white with just a hint of pearl in it. That should match up to the movie version, I think. MH
  3. Not a noob question at all; most folks are not really interested in lighting, or are a bit intimidated by it. Like any other modeling process, it's really just time and patience. With work, *almost* any model have added lighting. I've seen it most frequently in ships and scifi subjects, and occasionally automotive. It's rare to see it on aircraft (though I've seen it used for afterburner effects). There are a few companies that offer lighting kits for popular models, or generic kits if you want to DIY. Also seems like a lot of kit mfgs are coming out with add-on lighting kits, such as the Polar Light kits for the 1/350 Trek Enterprise and Klingon cruiser. Tamiya had some very neat airplane kits that had components (though not lights) to motorize the prop along with a sound board to create a realistic engine sound at start-up. Obviously, you'll need a model that has somewhere to put the electronic components. This could rule out a lot of resin kits as they're solid. I suppose you *could* take the time to try and hollow out room for it, but seems a bit much. For me, I focus on things like the USS Enterprise (Trek), or the RMS Titanic. I do like the added 'punch' a good lighting job can give. Lately I've been giving some thought to a USS Enterprise CV-6 (WWII aircraft carrier) with a detailed and lit hangar deck. Depending on the kit, lighting can be a challenge. You have to make sure the assemblies are leak-proof, there are proper structures to support it, and even things that may not be readily apparent like scale effect. For example, using modern bright-white LEDs in a Titanic model wouldn't look quite right, as the tone of the light in the early 1900's would have been more yellow - so use of a yellowish LED or filters could make a difference. I believe a recent Fine Scale Modeler had an article on doing lighting as well.
  4. Yes, it works well as a mask, though it can be a bit finicky to cut. I used it to mask off the camo on this 1/144 MIG-29:
  5. Already pre-ordered, with the light kit. Have TOS Enterprise as well, with all the Tena Controls lighting stuff. It's on my top-10 to start next. Main issue with these are where to display them. My preference would be the mantle in the family room, but for some reason my wife doesn't care for that idea . . .
  6. The last one - Tom Cruise movie - had some decent effects; the ferry scene in particular was great. But the never-ending, shrill screaming by the girl was really grating. At about 1/4 way in, I was ready to let the aliens have her. Both of the kids were really, really unlikeable.
  7. We partner with the local military museum to offer make 'n take programs, and get very good turnout. It means someone in the club has to take the lead, and we fortunately have a couple people that are willing to help out with it. So that might be something we can look at in areas with museums. It promotes the hobby as well as history. And I also noticed a LOT of dinosaurs on the tables at this year's nationals, so it doesn't have to be military stuff, it can be natural history, or maybe automobiles.
  8. All the models, and the category 'best of' winners can be found here: www.pelikanclub.org Enjoy!
  9. For those who are unable to attend, there's a running commentary blog at www.pelikanclub.org. Expect lots of photos this evening. :-)
  10. Hanson

    USS Ward question

    There's some info in Squadron's Flush Deck Destroyers in Action. One photo, but I think it's from the late 'teens in WWI camo. There are some photos here, also not great, but maybe helpful: http://www.navsource.org/archives/05/139.htm http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-usn/usnsh-w/dd139.htm Here's a pretty good line drawing: http://www.the-blueprints.com/blueprints/ships/ships-us/53315/view/uss_dd-139_ward_(destroyer)/ Which kit do you have? I recently found an older resin kit at a pretty good price, complete with a jap mini-sub. :-)
  11. Does anyone know of a good source for rigging plans? I have the Trumpeter 1/200 Arizona, but I've been looking around and can't seem to find a source.
  12. I really wish somebody would come out with a good early US battleship in plastic. I like the new HMS Dreadnought, but an American ship would be great. I know there's plenty of stuff in 1/700 resin, but I'd like something in 1/350. I've got two projects to finish, and then I'm going to start on the USS Olympia. I'd love to see more 'old steel' navy kits, too.
  13. I did a count of the tables on Saturday afternoon, but I haven't had a chance to sum all the totals How soon do you need it?
  14. i have a similar interest. I've not been able to find anything specific so far, but this has helped a little - http://thomo.coldie.net/wargaming/colour-schemes-of-ww1-warships "Mid-gray" is sort of vague, but at least it gives an idea between light and dark. I've also seen it as "#5 Standard Navy Gray."
  15. 453 model entrants - there were actually more registrations, but I'm not sure how many. 2711 entries.
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