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jlent last won the day on April 23 2019

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    I build 1/72 scale aircraft; when I was 26, it seemed like a good idea at the time--more shelf space; but now not so sure. I'm still committed. My special interests are World War I, American interwar period, and U.S. Air Force aircraft.

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  1. I had the chance to attend the Chattanooga Nationals last week and I wanted to congratulate Mike Moore and his team for an outstanding show. The venue was superb with plenty of room for the contest and vendors--never seen so many models in one place! I also had the opportunity to attend Bryant Dunbar's Grex airbrush class, and that was first rate, both in terms of the instruction and the "goody bag" they provided...learned a new technique and more about my airbrush. On a personal note, I wanted to thank the gentleman who was working the information/registration desk a couple of hours before the dessert social last Saturday. Unfortunately, I didn't get his name, but he really helped me out of a bind by providing me with replacement tickets for the event. I misplaced the ones I purchased, and went down to see if I could get two additional tickets. He could have said no, or you have to pay for them again, all within his right...but he didn't. He gave me the tickets without even checking the registration to confirm payment--just took me at my word. In my mind, this was "above and beyond" customer service. It may have been a small thing to your staff, but it was a big deal to me. It's this type of experience that makes me proud to be an IPMS member. Postscript: After attending the awards show and getting my models back to my room, I found my folder with the tickets...plan on keeping them as a reminder of a great show. Again, Mike and team, thank you for hosting a fantastic event. I know it was a lot of work and you had a number of big item issues to deal with, but you still had the time to work the details and take care of the people who attended your show. Sincerely appreciate your efforts, and I wish you continued success! Best Regards - John
  2. Gil - Outstanding job on your Lockheed F-80C; I especially like the natural metal technique you used on your model. Well done!
  3. Christopher / Mark / Gil - Wanted to thank you for your comments; I really enjoyed the build. It got me so interested in aircraft used during the Spanish Civil War, I bought a Russian I-15 that I will paint with Republican markings, and early model Bf-109 and Heinkel He-51 that I will paint in Nationalist markings. That's what I love about our hobby, it combines my passion for history with my love of the airplane. Hope to see you all at the Nationals in Chattanooga!
  4. My model is the Italeri 1/72 scale Fiat CR-32 Chirri." It represents an aircraft assigned to XXIII Grupo Caccia, Aviazione Legionaria. The unit was led by Lieutenant Colonel Andrea Zotti and based at Puig Moreno, Spain, June-July 1938. The unit formed part of the Italian contingent fighting for the Nationalist cause during the Spanish Civil War. I used the Osprey Fiat CR-32 Aces of the Spanish Civil War (Aircraft of the Aces 94) for inspiration; profile 28. I wanted to model Zotti's aircraft; he flew "3-4", but I only had the decals for "3-6". The model was built out-of-the-box except for the rigging. Took me 3-months to figure out I can't paint Italian camouflage with an airbrush freehand and another 3-months and a lot of Tamiya tape to manage that effort. I enjoyed the build; never worked harder to complete a model...
  5. How did it go at your contest yesterday?....you had a fine build and I hope it did well.
  6. Thank you for the follow-up; again you did a fine job on the C-118, and look forward to seeing more of your work!
  7. Wanted to congratulate on your fine work on the Heller C-118...well done! I wanted to ask you, for the size of the model, how much weight did you have to put in the nose of the aircraft to keep it level? Job well done!
  8. Mark - Wanted to thank you for the welcome and your thoughts on my triplane. I have to admit, I had a weak moment; the triplane I built was the 1/48 scale Eduard Kit. That said, I have 5 or 6 1/72 scale triplane kits in my stash that I will get to soon. Right now, I'm working the 1/72 Italeri Fiat CR 32 that I hope to have ready for Nationals. Look forward to future discussions on the forum!
  9. Hey Gil - I think you did a great job on your triplanes! I worked on the 1/48 Eduard kit and enjoyed the build. I agree with you that some of the kit parts were challenging...I broke one of the I-struts; it wouldn't fit right in the mid wing slot, and when I tried to pull it out...well. I fixed the strut and sanded it before placing it back into position. I experimented with different ways to accomplish the streaking effect too. I ended up using Tamiya light blue acrylic as the base and then I sprayed a semi-gloss coat on the wings and fuselage. I did that to reduce the chance losing the blue paint when I did the streaking. I used Testors olive drab enamel and applied it using an angled brush. I still lost some of the blue paint on the wing ribs, so I decided to shoot a very diluted Tamiya light blue and that did the trick. One of the things I had a hard time with was the tail plane. The aircraft was flown by Lt Werner Steinhauser of Jasta 11. The Eduard instructions showed the tail plane yellow with red stripes, but the Osprey book showed a red tail with yellow stripes. In a later version of Steinhauser's triplane, the Osprey book showed it with a Balkan Cross and a yellow tail and red stripes; since my version had the Maltese Cross, I went with the Osprey variant. I attached a couple of pictures of my triplane. Again, your triplane collection was well done!
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