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  1. Lovely job there Jay! The 250 GTO must rate as one of Enzo's better all time classics. Revell Germany have recently released a new kit of this car and it is absolutely beautiful. The way that they have moulded the wire wheels in plastic has to be seen to be believed. Revell seem to have got their act together in Europe and their latest auto releases are up there with Fujimi, Hasegawa and Tamiya.......and at about half the price of the Jap offerings here in the UK. I am really looking forward to their London Transport Routemaster Double Decker Bus in 1/24th scale when released in November. If it is as good as the cars it will be amazing.


    Actually, the RoG kit is a rebox of the Protar kit.


    I wish Italeri would reissue thiers.

  2. If you have an interest in WWI, a buddy of mine just put together a great book on Camp Gordon in Atlanta (home of the 82nd). He collects antique and historic documents and he's put together quite a neat little book on a pretty specific subject. Lots of period photos and letters. No affiliation other than I happen to know him and he gave me a copy, and I thought I'd share with the group because it really is a great little book.



  3. The Relic from 1997 had to have been one of the absolute WORST book adaptations ever made. The book was phenomenal, and it's one I re-read from time to time. How the authors let his piece of garbage past them I'll never know, but they should be ashamed. The movie left out the the major character, and the only relationship to the book was a few names. Truly, truly horrible.


    The 2005 remake of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy would be on my list, too, as would Battlefield Earth.

  4. I remember seeing the correct order to paint them in somewhere. For example, I don't think you can generally spray lacquers over acrylics, but you can spray acrylics over lacquers. (as Gil said, once everything is properly cured) I think the way it goes is, the 'hotter' the spray, the closer to the base, and you'd get cooler as you move away from the base.

  5. And keep in mind if it was late in the war - and that's generally when the night fighters came into play (trying to shoot down B-29's) - that it may be painted, but it there would also likely be lots and lots of bare metal showing through, and the aircraft would be weathered to death. I've got a lot of photos of the planes from various Japanese books, and they were really ratty.


    Maru Mechanic shows a lot of them in overall dark green, but there is one in a mottled gray and black which would be nice.



  6. Yes, and they're very serious about not straying from the bus. I shot as much as I could through the window and walking between the bus and the restoration hangar, but was a bit disappointed to not be able to get closer to a few of them.


    The new addition is supposed to be finished this year. It's going to be BIG - one of the docents told me they plan on having the Coronado as the centerpiece (turns out it was Nimitz's personal aircraft) - and that's HUGE.


    If I lived in the area, would definitely be a volunteer on the weekends!

  7. If you like naval aviation, particularly early - pre-war, WWII, early jet age - I just posted around 1500 photos from a recent visit to the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola last week: http://x.scaleautosport.com/blog/


    There's also a number of photos of the ship models they have on display. The 1/72 USS Enterprise CVN-65 was particularly impressive, as was it's CV-6 counterpart in the same scale.



  8. Another nice build Mike - how did do the base plaque? It adds so much to the presentation!



    Wood base came from the craft store, I stained and varnished it. The 'concrete' is simply two sheets of card stock, on cut to fit the base and the other cut into squares for the concrete, then painted to look right. The 'plaque' portion is really, really simple - after creating what I wanted to see in Photoshop, it was printed onto heavy, glossy photo paper. I then cut it out, sprayed it with photo adhesive and mounted it to the base. Then drilled a small hole for the 8th Air Force enamel pin I picked up at the Mighty Eighth Museum. I've actually got less than $20 in the whole thing, including the kit! :smiley17:

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