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TheRealMrEd

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    Ed
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    Ellickson
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  1. For those interested, the build thread is HERE Here are a few finished pictures, of a model that I've always wanted, built by kit-bashing a 1/72 Hasegawa F4B/N Phantom II kit, that eventually used NO aftermarket parts, NO resin parts, and NO vacuformed parts. I only used the parts in the Hasegawa box, some decals from the spares box, and of course, some decals printed on my inkjet printer at home. I should mention here that all the needed artwork is provided in the build thread, free for any NON-Commercial use, if you would care to try one yourself. The pictures:
  2. It comes up now and then, whether it is possible to duplicate vac-u-formed canopies. The answer is yes! I will show you how I do it. First off, the canopy you wish to replicate has to be closed at both ends. If it has already been cut out of it's plastic sheet, you are going to have to devise a way to make it hold a runny sort of product. One way might be to glue plastic pieces to the part that needs to be sealed off, using a glue such as G-S cement, which can later be dissolved with 91% rubbing alcohol, without harming the plastic. BEWARE -- THIS METHOD WILL NOT W
  3. Hello again, seems like only a few days ago that I was writing up last year's build log. Time flies! But, I was determined to make the best of this rather trying year... Anyway, here are this years completed models, although a couple were shelf queens from yesteryear. First up, the Lift Here Models Piper PA-58 -- last of the Mustangs: For those interested, the build thread is HERE Next up, the first Great Blue Whale, the XA3D-1 conversion of the Hasegawa A3B: XA3D-1 Build Thread HER
  4. Here's link to an article on casting clear resin canopies that might contain useful information HERE using pressure casting only. I built my pressure pot from an old paint pot for under $100.00, but I had the pressure guage and a couple other parts laying about. I built mine for either pressure and vacuum casting, but since pulling my first pressure cast out, I have never used vacuum again... The are videos on-line about how to convert these paint pots (or pressure cookers), or I can post a link to mine if anyone is interested. Ed
  5. Buy a pack of acupuncture needles on-line. They are fine enough that if you have a small enough drill bit, they will work fine in .5 mm plastic rod. I always start there tiny holes with the sharp pont of a #11 Exacto blade. Ed
  6. For those who might be interested, recently completed article and pics of scratch build/kit bash of Academy P-47D into an XP-47J Superbolt are HERE: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235084455-172-xp-47j-superbolt-kit-bash/&tab=comments#comment-3928384 Thanks for looking, Ed
  7. For many years, I hoped that some of the resin guru's would produce an XP-47B Prototype fore me. No one did, so I finally got off my hind parts and got 'er done... For those interested, the build thread is HERE for those who might want to give it a try. And last, a comparison: Thanks for looking, Ed
  8. I use a piece of hard plastic sprue, sanded to a chisel point, and I haven't hard to re-sharpen, as with toothpicks. ED
  9. Yeah Richard, I remember sitting around back then mixing 23 parts Testor's white to 1 part red to get a flesh tone to paint aircrew figures! As I said before, we will survive! However, does anyone know of a good paint source for sage green as in 50's USAF flight suits? Ed
  10. Plus bunches on the True North paint. Just received some more in the mail today, to back up some running-out-of MM bottles from the stash. I built models way before MM came about, (but not before the Testor's square bottles!) and did just fine. We will survive. What kills me is all the great American brands who were kings in their day, but who are fading fast or gone -- Sears, Penneys, Revell, Monogram, etc. all of whom forgot to dance with who brung 'em and tried to get too big for their britches. How the mighty have fallen! Ed
  11. Hi VonL, Not sure which F-100 kit you intend to use with the Obscureco "C" parts, but here's a link to my build of the Trumpeter "C" (heavily re-worked for accuracy) using those same parts. There's a lot of info on the "C" model there: Trumpeter F-100C Mod Build Ed
  12. I've been so busy the last few months that I forgot to post the old 2019 build log. Not as many as some years, but I believe that some are interesting. First one last year was the Hasegawa F-100A Spectre, as the last aircraft of my Col. George E Lavin, Jr collection: Build Thread Here: Next, I bit off a pretty good chunk, the conversion of a Monogram 1/72 F-105D to the YF-105A: YF-105A Build Thread Next, another one that had been on the back burner for a long time a YRF-84F Thunderflash prototype conversion
  13. Thanks Mark- The real test will come on the nose.... Also, as they expand their line, I will certainly get from them any needed colors that MM drops. Ed
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