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  1. I am looking for the approximate FS number for the RAF color Hemp. Also, what MM paint colors come close to Hemp? I am looking for the color to use on some interior panels on a MiG-21 MF. The instructions call for Hemp plus my reference book seems to show a hemp-like color. If you have any specific MiG-21 color references it would be better. David Klaus' book seems to call for FS 26492, 26496 and 36559. The latter looks closest but I am open to any suggestions.
  2. It actually is a fleeting appearance. I had recently finished (with the wife's help AND prodding) cleaning all of the paint spills from the floor. Lacquer thinner and Krud Cutter actually can make a difference.
  3. I was very pleasantly surprised when I used MM Acryl Flat for the first time. I had been using lots of enamel based products but none gave me the flat coat of the MM product.
  4. Brian, I use Model Master Acryl Flat Clear. I use it out of a bottle with my air brush. If I have to thin it, I tend to use denatured alcohol. This is about the only acrylic paint that I use. I paint my models with enamels. I will coat the model with Future before applying decals. I seal the model again with Future and then add an oil or acrylic wash to bring out details. When I am satisfied, I will spray it with the MM Acryl Flat Clear. I like the dead flat look. If you want to work on some panels, some pigments like the Warpigs pigments can be worked into the surface to modify the tones a bit. Having said that, we always break things off the models and have to repair them or add parts such as gear doors and ordinance after paint the model. A quick coat of Clear will eliminate the shiny of any glue dobs.
  5. Great project so far Mike. I love how you have done the weathering. I have been a fan of the salt masking and you made it turn out spectacular.
  6. Welcome back Michael. Love your models, especially the 1/72 ones. :D Not sure of the scale but I love the He-219. Those radar antennas look really impressive. Also, I will be interested in watching the build of the SE-5. (I know, it is not 1/72 but the WingNut kits seem to be really impressive.)
  7. Glad you have come back Jonathon. Show us some of your models. It is a really friendly group.
  8. Welcome Daniel. Your models look great. The early Fury is a favorite of mine.
  9. Sorry Gil. Some of us are more utilitarian. Not sure if I could model from a comfortable chair (not that I can model well from the stool). Here is my basic stool and simple bench - two kitchen cabinets and a piece of countertop.
  10. One other minor item that might help. When I finish using a bottle of paint, I lightly blow into the mouth of the jar before I close it. The theory is that it reduces the oxygen content in the bottle. Less of a chance for the paint to oxidize. Maybe I am kidding myself but I do have lots of old bottles of paint that are mostly still good.
  11. Welcome Mark. We hope you enjoy the forum. Lots of very knowledgeable people around here to answer any question you might have. Also, we all like to OOH and AHH over photos of your models. Lets see what you build.
  12. Welcome John. Glad that you are back in the fold.
  13. It was pretty dark up there and kind of cramped but here are a couple of photos showing the breath of the display.
  14. ClareWentzel

    A Good Read

    I have always liked Werner Voss. To me, he epitomized what a dashing young WW I aviator should be. Now, are you coming down on the side of the yellow cowl? :D It sure looks neat but IMHO, it should be green.
  15. Glenn, one of the problems with trying to refill the T-n-F applicator is the last little drop of glue in the tube. It will not refill if any liquid is left in the tube. Blow it out and then try to refill. Also, if you are careful, you can suck your glue up into the tube. T-n-F also make a plastic bottle to aid in the refilling. I have had mixed results with this. Try blowing all liquid out first.
  16. Glad to know you Phil. Another fan of !/72!!! Way to go. Yes, it is fun comparing the various time frames and equipment. Jack, surprising enough, I belirve I was at that RCHTA show. It was at Rosemont? Was visiting my daughter and her husband and took the time to pass through the event. As I remember, Big Daddy was kind of setting off to the side and was a lot quieter than I would have expected. I got his autograph and told him about dressing our oldest son as Rat Fink for Halloween one year.
  17. You might try to use some sort of a retarder with the mix. I have seen them in hardware stores and in craft shops (i.e.Hobby Lobby and Michaels) Obviously you need to check the compatibility but I suspect that that would help.
  18. A friend of mine in Brazil, Paul Baumgartl of the Heliofly fame, once told me that he rode one most of the way across Russia, back from Stalingrad. When going cross country, extra traction is a plus.
  19. Thanks for the background John. Isn't it amazing that after you retire, you seem to run out of time very quickly. Congrats on covering lots of different areas and I'm glad to see that the wife has a unique hobby of her own.
  20. Mandie, you are going to have to send a photo of your 1/144 F4F Wildcat to the Forum or to the Members Gallery. It is a great job and the hand painted frames on the canopy are really great. Take my word for it, Mandie is a key member of our club and a good builder.
  21. We are glad that you like the forums Keith. Yes, it is a very friendly place and you meet lots of really interesting and knowledgeable people.
  22. Kind of depends on how many models to move and the size of them. I have moved 50-70 models, mostly 1/72 scale. For my first move (to Brazil) I listened to the movers. They had boxes of shredded styrofoam. Sounded like a good idea. Layer of foam, layer of models, layer of foam etc. Problem was at the end, all the models were at the bottom, some with parts missing plus I was removing pieces of foam for years. For the second and all subsequent moves, we would set the model in the middle of a large piece of tissue paper. This would then be folded up and around the model, kind of like a diaper and taped together. These little "packages" were carefully placed in boxes on top of one another. Most of the models would survive the trip this way unscathed. The ones that had broken landing gear, pitot tubes and antennae would at least have the missing parts inside the package. It worked. If I had had something like 8 or 10 special models, I would have made foamcore carriers like I do for my contest models. See My Model Box
  23. You got it right there Gil. Yes, the original days of the Squadron Shop were wonderful. Lots of new kits, lots of new decals, lots of new supplies, great books (I own the complete Dora Kurfurst books) etc. I had a cabinet in the garage that I would hide the kits in until I had a chance to bring them into the house and the dark reaches of my basement shop. Learned lots of things with all the moving. Books and magazines are HEAVY. The big moving boxes make great storage boxes after the move and there is NO sure fire way to safely move a collection of built up models. Just wrap them lightly in tissue paper. At least any part that breaks off will still be in the package. :D
  24. I am Clarence “Clare†Wentzel and I too am a modelholic. I have been building plastic models for well over 50 years. I believe that the first kit I assembled was a Hawk F9F Panther. I was around 12 at the time. I first encountered Airfix kits when I was in College where I was studying Aeronautical Engineering and my room mate and I built up a small collection. I currently build mostly 1/72 scale aircraft, everything from WW I to modern jets. I joined IPMS first time in 1965 and was a member of a group in Detroit. At the time, we would get together to stuff envelopes with the IPMS/UK Journal and the IPMS/USA Newsletter. While I lived in Detroit, a hobby shop named Warbirds opened and showed us a whole wide world of modeling supplies. Warbirds didn’t last long but shortly thereafter, Jerry Campbell started the Squadron Shop. The shop on John R Road was conveniently on my path home so I regularly stopped to partake of the latest and greatest. I worked for General Motors for more than 38 years, traveled to many countries and lived in Brazil and Venezuela. I was a member of an IPMS group that started in Saõ Paulo Brazil and, found fellow modelers in Caracas Venezuela including one who shared a love for the vacuform models of Gordon Stevens. Following retirement, my wife, Marcy, and I moved to Kalamazoo where I am currently a member of the Kalamazoo Scale Modelers. Other hobbies include golf and gardening plus the computer. We have three children and three grandchildren. Our oldest grandchild is a pilot for Continental Express and we are very proud of her.
  25. Good suggestion guys. I picked up the Tie Fighter Interceptor and the X-wing Fighter. Couldn't resist. They are 1/72. I took advantage of Amazon for the order. The shipping seemed to be cheaper.
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