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  1. Thanks, Ron, I've been in contact with Paul and he's been very helpful. I'm putting out a "broadcast" to see if there are others in the area we don't know about.
  2. A few of us in the area of Lansing, Michigan, would like to meet with other modelers, with the ultimate goal of starting a regular modeling club. If live in the vicinity and would be interested in exploring this idea, please post a reply.
  3. My thanks to all the replies, especially Roktman's update - surprising to say the least. Fortunately the order is on my card, so nothing charged until it's sent. I've resolved to let it rest; if the order comes, great; if not, no loss. In the meantime I'll look toward other suppliers.
  4. In the Christmas 2019 flier I found “Chief Modelers’ Weathering Choice Set” (SQ10215). The set consists of AKI011 White Spirit (35ml) AMIG1206 Dark Streaking Grime (35ml), AKI025 Fuel Stains (35ml), VJ73813 Engine Oil Stains (40ml), ABT005 Smoke (20ml) tube, ABT007 Raw Umber (20ml) tube, ABT070 Dark Rust (20ml) tube, ABT205 Metallic Silver (20ml) tube, (4) plastic paint pots. Hmmmm, that might be helpful. A 20% discount offered through email would cover the cost of shipping. So, I ordered it on 2 December 2019. Nothing happened. I contacted Customer Care 20 December and was informed some of the items were back ordered and would arrive soon. Nothing happened. On 2 January I checked each of the items in the set online and found all were apparently in stock except AMIG1206 Dark Streaking Grime. I wrote and suggested that instead of waiting for that, how about substituting AKI012 Streaking Grime instead? The reply was, in effect, we can do that; we’ll send it out right away. Nothing happened. I keep checking my account to see if the order has shipped. Yesterday I was told they’re still waiting on some items, sorry for the delay. But last night the January 2020 flier arrived, and SQ10215 is right there on page 42 again. A similar thing happened to me a little over a year ago: Ordered a kit using a nice coupon offered through email. Waited. Contacted Customer Care. Told it was on back order, Repeated several times. Eventually the order just disappeared. Are others having similar difficulties? Any suggestions?
  5. I'm finishing a 1/48th Yak-9 (Ark#48002). The decal sheet has a number of stencils (items "A" thru "K"), but the instructions give no information on placement. Does anyone have an suggestion?
  6. Every time I get something from Victory Models, they include a card offering a promotion from an on-line wine merchant. What are the prospects of doing something similar thru on-line retailers? Perhaps that could be the modern day equivalent of a flyer in the model kit box.
  7. I read the editorial letter from IPMS/Washington DC with great interest. And then it occurred to me; I see ads in the Journal from all kinds of modelling- related businesses, how come I never see anything on their web pages about IPMS? I regularly shop sites such as Squadron, Scale Hobbyist, Hobbylinc, Victory Models, etc. What would it take to have them include a link on their home page to IPMS/USA? I remember a comment some time ago about having small flyers inserted by manufacturers into kits in the past - I remember those. So maybe that's no possible anymore. But surely online retailers would be willing to point customers to the society; it would be mutually beneficial.
  8. Thanks so much, Gil. Your photos confirmed the data I have. They're particularly helpful since they show some present-day birds. The -9DD is particularly frustrating as it has a straight axle, no half-yoke. I think I'll try to correct the models. Wish me luck! 🤔 Dick
  9. I'm working on these 1/48th kits by ARK Models, which apparently were previously ICM kits. But the landing gear for both are puzzling me. Every photo and diagram I've found, including those of Kagero's Yak-1, Vol. 1 & 2, show the half-fork of the main gear facing toward the aircraft centerline, while the kit parts have them toward the gear doors/wingtips. Can anyone give me definitive input on this? Thanks.
  10. Thanks, Eric. I've been in contact with Paul. Now I'm trying to identify IPMS members in the Lansing area who interested.
  11. Are there people in the general area of Lansing, MI, who would be interested in starting an IPMS chapter? Please let me know. Our closest chapters are at least an hour away in any direction, and I'd love to be able to meet and work with folks around here. Thanks.
  12. I'm about to exhaust a bottle of Metalizer Metalic Blue, which has been great for the translucent blue of interior surfaces of Japanese aircraft. I can't find a replacement. Does anyone have a recommendation?
  13. I'm about to exhaust a bottle of Metalizer Metalic Blue, which has been great for the translucent blue of interior surfaces of Japanese aircraft. I can't find a replacement. Does anyone have a recommendation?
  14. Thanks, gentlemen. I appreciate the assistance.
  15. Can anyone provide insights into the plumbing? I see lots of variations in online search. Thanks.
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