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Everything posted by ClareWentzel

  1. Well done John. Will CBK/USA have a display table at Phoenix?
  2. Very nice Greg. What kit and scale? I really like the shading of panel lines and the way the camo colors flow together.
  3. Nice job Jay. It really looks realistic. What did you use as the etching material?
  4. ClareWentzel

    By Request

    Great models Greg. I love the markings on the F-84 and particularly the A-4 in markings from the Malvinas.
  5. A great model Jim!!! How do you do the fine lines of the pattern on the kilt? It looks fantastic! Did you paint the shadows in on the rear pleats or is that a natural shadow from the photo? Love it. Obviously, the face, hands and tunic are great but I just love the kilt.
  6. Thanks Keith. It gives me a good idea of what to use.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.)
  13. Glad you have come back Jonathon. Show us some of your models. It is a really friendly group.
  14. Welcome Daniel. Your models look great. The early Fury is a favorite of mine.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Welcome John. Glad that you are back in the fold.
  19. It was pretty dark up there and kind of cramped but here are a couple of photos showing the breath of the display.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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