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Mark Deliduka

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  1. Wow, that is one funky looking little plane. It almost looks like the stuck the tail on as an afterthought. LOL! You built a magnificent looking little plane despite the issues, I can't even see any when it's done. Way to go!
  2. Agreed. I Also will run the compressor awhile longer after I open the bottom valve so the air will push it all out and dry it faster.
  3. Yes, a moisture trap is essential in humidity like that. As the air compresses, water gets squeezed out and so a moisture trap is needed to keep that from getting into your airbrush and ruining your paint or splattering it all over your models. I saw it suggested once that if you have a tankless compressor, the best thing to do is mount the trap as close to the airbrush as you can without compromising flexibility. Another possibility of you can: invest in a dehumidifier if you have an enclosed room with a sealed vent for the spraybooth. That will help remove a lot of the humidity and help any moisture trap work more efficiently. I hope this helps.
  4. Hey Phil! Yes, I still have my cell number. I don't want to change it since it is also my business line. So far, Orangecon is still on, but everything is being closely monitored. I'll keep you posted.
  5. Beautiful work Paul! You nailed this!
  6. Awesome work! That looks magnificent!
  7. My deepest condolences on the loss of your wife. Your Robins are a worthy tribute to her and your shared love. Beautiful job!
  8. Phil, I might be interested in some of that 1/72 scale armor; mostly the trucks and jeeps along with a few others. I'll have to make a list and hope that my incoming paycheck will be enough to cover them. Have you got my cell? E-mail? If so, contact me.
  9. Welcome Bill. Glad to see you join up. Welcome back to the Hobby as well. We all would love to see your work here, feel free to post pics.
  10. Mike it's great to see all these again, especially all together like this. Way to go!
  11. Medic! I'm thrilled to see you here as well! You models will fit right in here, they are magnificent! Welcome Mike!
  12. Thanks Gil! Four of them are already completed. Feel free to check them out if you haven't already.
  13. Probably because the rest of the internet ain't model builders! LOL! 🤣
  14. Interesting experience. I cannot answer to the air pressure thing, but I can offer a suggestion for the cleaning aspect. I too pour any remaining paint into the jar it came in. I also have two of the airbrush cleaning bottles that you can spray into to remove anything in the brush. One I use when I'm cleaning out the cup. They way I clean my cup is this: first I get a small spray bottle with an adjustable nozzle and set it to 'stream' and I fill it with Lacquer thinner. You can use any cleaning medium you wish. The small spray bottle I use can be gotten from one of those stripper kits for stripping shellac from wood surfaces. After clearing the interior of the airbrush by spraying it into one cleaning bottle; I then tip the airbrush cup over the mount of one of the cleaning bottles and spray the stream of thinner in the cup, letting it run out and into the cleaning bottle. I keep spraying until it runs clean. Then I add some more thinner/cleaning agent to the cup, cover the needle end with a paper towel and backflush the brush. I then pour out the remainder and spray the remaining interior cleaner into the other cleaning bottle. I repeat until the backflush comes clear. After that; if I still need to break it down to clean, I do. Sorry I couldn't be more help with the rest of your questions. Hopefully soon, others will be here to offer more excellent advice.
  15. Thanks Kevin! As I'm already building two other tank transporters, I should be starting that Japanese one soon. Hey Gil! Do you want me to send a couple back? I don't often use Gloss Black, so let me know.
  16. Thanks Tony! I've always loved that gun myself; I'm so thrilled it's finally been released in my preferred scale.
  17. Yeah, we will always have room for improvement, but this is also a fun hobby so take your time. For one of your first armor models, you still did a tremendous job.
  18. Some time back, someone came asking for help in disposing of a family member's stash of models, tools and supplies after he passed. Long story short, I got the following: Paint brushes, tweezers, and Exacto knives: I also got three boxes of Testors Model Master paints; mostly blacks, whites and greys, along with some red, blue and a scattering of greens: Each box is as full as that top one. Thank you Gil for helping both myself and our fellow modeler. Finally, after getting paid for a job; I was able to finally pick up two models that are on my "must get" list: Aoshima 1/72 scale OH-1 Ninja: Aoshima 1/72 scale Type 73 Heavy Tank Transporter: This is gonna be fun!
  19. Well, I was hoping to have these finished much sooner, but life got in the way a lot. At least I got them done before June ended! Here they are, three Abrams and a Paladin. Revell 1/72 scale US Army M-109 Paladin, Vietnam: Flyhawk 1/72 scale US Army M-1A2 Abrams SEP tank: Flyhawk 1/72 scale US Army M-1A2 Abrams SEP tank with Mine Plow: Tiger Models 1/72 scale M-1A2 Abrams SEP TUSK I: And that's all for now. Thanks all for looking in, comments are most welcome.
  20. Beautiful job Gary and what a tremendous gift to one who served. Way to go man!
  21. That is so awesome Ron! Man, you rock with these little tanks! Thanks for keeping me company in these small scales! Man, what great memories!
  22. Well this week I have quite a large update. I gotta say though; it sure felt good to get all this progress done! I'll start with my two rockets. First off, I manage to get the exhaust nozzles painted on the Convair Atlas. I started with a flat black: Afterward I drybrushed both a dark metallic grey and a copper color to give it a burned look: It does look better in person. Later, after the white on the nose cone had dried sufficiently enough, I masked off the area I wanted to stay white: Once that was done, I shot a coat of Tamiya Gloss Aluminum over the rest: This bird is now ready for decals. Hopefully in the next couple days. While that was drying somewhat and while I was already doing decals on my armor; I also pulled down the Mercury Redstone rocket. First I had removed all the masking covering the areas I'd painted black, and then added another coat of gloss: Next came the decals: Now all I have to do is add the photo-etch to the capsule and then paint and detail that. This bird is close to being done, hopefully withing the next few days. Moving on, I starting feeling a hankering to do an ACE kit. So, since my SoCal AMPS group was doing an online Halftrack Group Build; I decided to pull out a WWII French halftrack artillery tractor. I first started on the tracked running gear and got this far before realizing that the one main drive sprocket was missing: After searching for awhile that got put aside, but in both confidence and hope that I find it again; I continued to work on this model, building up the chassis and body: You can see by the rough assembly this is one of ACE's earlier kits before he started the digital design. Lots of cleanup to get that to fit like you see it. I still had some issues, as the steering wheel broke apart and part of it disappeared while trying to clean it up! So, I installed the half steering wheel in the drivers side; thinking that some intrepid mechanic had replaced it with an aircraft yoke when some idiot had messed up the original steering wheel: Makes for a good story. Anyway, I still haven't found the drive sprocket so this is as far as I'll be going in this until it turns up: Moving on, I still wanted to do an ACE kit. So, during a SoCal AMPS ZOOM meeting/build night, I pulled out this little German Type 770 Cabriolet staff car that I'd started some time ago. I has already started the chassis, so I assembled the remaining undercarriage parts, axles and exhaust: Next I completed all of the seats: I then closed up the interior; adding any additional parts that were needed: That's when I realized I should have painted the interior walls since the instructions call for a "wood-grain" type of interior. Well, in for a penny, in for a pound; I completed the rest of the exterior body and engine cover as well as the rear roof section: After that, while looking through the instructions, it mentions one of the versions is for a restored vehicle in a museum that had been painted a dark green when it was restored. I thought, that would rock; especially since I had already started a different model Cabriolet similar to this one that will be all black. So in the interests of changing things up and having some variety, I shot this one with a lovely green shade: Don't worry about the roughness; I'll be buffing this and then shooting a nice gloss coat over it. Moving along from there; it was time to get a few more models across the finish line. I started with my M-109 Paladin which needed a little filler on the sides of the turret mantlet frame: After that I shot a coat of paint over this: Later I installed the tracks on this beastie: The outer road wheels have separate "tire" sections that I decided to put on afterward when the tracks had been installed and painted: After a shot of glosscoat, I added the decals; which went on exceptionally well: https://modelersalliance.org/galleries/wip-mho-m-109-paladin-xi-jpg.123144/full[/IMG] Then I dullcoated this, added the final detail parts and weathered it. Now I had finished with the M-109 Paladin and so I moved on to something else. I had been told that the windows for the cab on the M-1070 were green tinted so I tried shooting a Tamiya Clear Green on the windows for the cab and the Dozer. This was the result of the first attempt: Yep! Way too dark! So, I took some 70% alchohol and a Q-tip and cleaned them off to try again. This is the second attempt: Still a bit dark for my tastes, but it'll do. I'm moving on. So this brings me to my three Abrams tanks. To start with, I decided to add all the tracks and roadwheels to these tanks. Both Tiger Models and Flyhawk have some unique and interesting ways of getting tracks on their tanks. On the Flyhawk models which are the two SEP tanks; here is the process. First you add the rear roadwheels to the lower hull. They already have the top run of tracks attached. Then you put the outer road wheels on which have the bottom run already attached. You can see one side here installed and the other one that goes on the other side: Once that is done, you add the drive sprocket and idler wheel with the indy links and small runs; filling out the rest and completing the track. And here it is with the tracks already completed: The next thing I did was to detail out the mine roller on the other SEP tank. Flyhawk gives you this tiny chain that you have to thread through four parts before you fasten it on each side to the anchor points underneath. Here is a shot of the chain installed with the extra that I had to cut off so you can see how tiny this chain is. Also, in this shot, the mine plow is down for use: And in this shot, the mine plow is locked up in the travel position: You can also see the control cable that Flyhawk gives in the kit as well. Now, since I'd been putting the tracks on the Flyhawk Abrams; I also did the same with this Tiger Models kit. In this kit; they have the tracks already molded together in shape; but cut in half lengthwise. One length has the teeth, the other does not. Here's how they are installed. First, you add the rear roadwheels: Then you add the rear track section; the one with the teeth over those road wheels. I painted my roadwheels after I added the track run: After that, you add the outer road wheels: Followed by the outer track run: Pop in the drive sprocket and you are done! Cool! After that it was time to camouflage this tank. I started by covering the green with the Silly Putty: Then I shot the brown color over this: Then I added more Silly Putty to cover the brown and then shot the 'lightened' black: After that I removed all the Silly Putty to check out the pattern: After that; the instructions call for painting all the TUSK I additions in a tan color so that is what I did: I really love the look of this tank in this paint scheme! It looks so cool! Later, after I glossed this and added the decals; I added all the final detail parts to all the Abrams, especially this SEP TUSK tank. Check out the green windows: Finally, I added all the machine guns and other additional delicate parts. Here are all three of these Abrams before I touched up the paint, shot a dullcoat and then weathered these: These three Abrams and the Paladin will be posted in the competed Armor Forums so feel free to go check them out there after I get them posted. Until the next update, I want to express my appreciation for your support, motivation, comments and compliments. Thank you all for looking in, comments are welcome.
  23. Awesome job! Brilliant addition to the inside of the sensor pod. Way to go and congrats on finishing this.
  24. Woof! What a lot of sanding! Looking good so far. Keep it coming Gil; although I'm having a hard time keeping up myself.
  25. Such great information! I wish I had met him.
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