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TheRealMrEd

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    Ed
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    Ellickson
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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Beautiful job! Well done! Ed
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Oops, just found out that this is a re-tool, NOT a re-pop! Ed
  8. Thanks everyone! It was so pretty I just had to try it... Ed
  9. Just a heads up for those who may be interested. PJ Productions has released their Thunderstreak, this time with Euro markings, but who cares?!! I had one on back-order at Hannant's in GB, and they sent me one of the first ones. If you'd like one, get your back-order in now. They're expensive, but if you're a 1/72 guy, this is considered the best F-84F of this size... I have started a work in progress thread over on Britmodeler.com, which will also be kind of a kit review. Ed
  10. Ain't it the sad truth, Nick! Thanks! Ed
  11. Hi Gil, No the conversion kit came with only the nose, canopy, a new launch bridle attachment point and some decals. The wing, etc. rework was first done with the kit parts, as I was only going to do the flaps, etc. When I finally decided to do this aircraft, the wing tips looked so cool that I just had to raise them, and used the Wolfpack designs conversion kit for that. But, the Wolfpack kit didn't want you to raise the wings, so I had to modify them also. Everything is explained in the build thread, linked to in the first sentence above. Ed
  12. For those who might be interested :BUILD THREAD Here are the finished pictures of my 1/72 scale Muroc Models F-8C conversion of the Academy F-8E kit, with raised wing and dropped flaps and slats: Had a few little glitches here and there, but I'm glad to have it in the collection! Thanks for looking in... Ed
  13. Mike, your calculations are correct. I think my eyes were playing tricks on me when I read the scale ruler!! Thanks Nick, will do! Ed
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