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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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: YRF-84F Build Thread Next, what started out as a YB-40 conversion, but ended up as an XB-40 conversion, instead: XB-40 Build Thread Next,the XP-58 Chain Lightning: XP-58 Chain Lightning Build Thread Then, the Muroc Models F-8C conversion of the Academy F-8E Crusader: F-8C Build Thread Last, but not least, the Re-issued and re-mastered F-84F from PJ Productions: F-84F Thunderstreak Build Thread And that was all that got completed in 2019 by yours truly. Ed
  6. 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
  7. I have a little to report on True North Paints. I recently bought some to try and save an old model that I had messed up -- or at least painted in the wrong color! To explain, many, many moons ago, I did a SAC version of the C-47D (or it may also have another designation?!). But, since I was working from just a small B&W photo, I got the colors wrong. After using the ol' Mk 1 A1 Eyeball, I decided that the bands of color should be yellow, as they were sort of mid-range color: Only after taking the then newly-finished model to a model contest, was I politely informed that the yellow color was mostly only used on rescue type aircraft, not on other types. Doh! (Oops -- just hit the wrong thing and posted the article before the end... guess I'm just full of errors...) Anyway, after slinking home from the contest, I hid the model for decades way in back on the bottom shelf of the display cabinet, thinking that perhaps one day, I could salvage it. The main problems were that the lettering and all the cheat lines came from old Stoppel silk-screened decals, and were no longer available. Plus, I did not have enough left in the stash to risk masking and raising them from the model, which is finished in Metalizer and Model Master paints, with either no topcoat or the thin Metalizer clear top coat. Also, I could not find any paint that I trusted enough to try hand-painting. Fast forward to present times, and here comes True North Paints. According to their mission statement type talk on their website, they reject any color that they cannot both hand brush and airbrush. Time to test them out! I ordered just the various reds and oranges of the conspicuity types for this project, as I didn't know which color I needed. After research (wish I'd had the internet 40 years ago!), I found that it depended upon the year, so I proceeded with a bottle of their Fluorescent Red, FS-28915, and a hairy stick: After one coat, above on the underside of the left wingtip, the paint covered pretty well. I was not trying for a single-coat finish, so put the paint on rather thin, and then after the first coat had dried, added a second coat: Although hard to tell from this picture, there are almost no brush strokes after the second coat had dried. You can however, still see a tiny bit of the yellow underneath, but certainly looks better than the bare yellow. Also, having yellow as a base coat, rather than the usual white, make the paint look not as fluorescent, but I'll settle! The whole thing has been done in two coats (a little third coat touch-up here and there), all except for the nose, where thankfully, if my hand brushing skills aren't good enough to save the decals, I still have enough from the stash for just that area: I'm sure you'll agree, it's starting to look a LOT better now -- if only I could do something about that old, yellowed white paint... I still don't know how it airbrushes, but as far as I'm concerned it hand brushes as good as ( maybe slightly better then) the old Humbrol tins. Ed
  8. Beautiful job! Well done! Ed
  9. Thanks folks, Yep, wwhen they were loading for bear, the MK7 nuke was pretty low to the ground. But --- they just had to h=get it airborne -- it wasn;t coming back... Ed
  10. For those interested, F-84F Build Thread is HERE I am posting up the pictures of the finished model, with a little embellishment to the kit: Thanks for looking in! Ed
  11. Hey Jim, Nice build! Your version looks about the same as mine, but the newer one has darker resin. Based on some pictures posted by another modeler over on my build thread, HERE: I was lead to believe that this was a re-tool. After seeing your pics, now I'm not so sure. Mine is coming along nicely so far, with few pitfalls. If you get a chance, please take a look in, and see whether it is the same as the one you built... Ed
  12. Oops, just found out that this is a re-tool, NOT a re-pop! Ed
  13. Thanks everyone! It was so pretty I just had to try it... Ed
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