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  • Birthday 11/23/1955

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  1. Mine arrived today too. Great coverage of the show! Oh, and just for the record... my last name is Larson, not "Larsen" as in a few of the captions. :) Eric
  2. Thanks to Floyd Werner's beautiful Eduard MiG-21 PFM featured in this month's Journal, I just had to add one to my stash. Fortunately, Squadron has it at a very good price so the kit and associated extras are on their way. :) Cheers, Eric
  3. Sure! You can just email it to me at elarson1123@aol.com. Thanks for taking it and including it in the banner. Cheers, Eric
  4. Just discovered this thread so have to play a bit of catch up. Currently on my bench is a Hasegawa (ex-Mania) 1/48 Ki-27 Nate. Don't ask me why, with dozens of the latest and greatest kits on my shelves, I pulled out this golden oldie, but there it is. :) I need to take some new pictures as I now have the fuselage together with wings, tail planes, and landing gear attached. Here are a few covering the past few weeks though. Hopefully, tomorrow will see some painting done. Oh, that's a True Details resin cockpit set being used. I'm also using TD wheels and a Squadron vac-form canopy. Markings will be from the Aeromaster "Eagles of the Rising Sun" set. Cheers, Eric
  5. I wrapped up this 9-month project last week. Many of you may have already seen this on some of the other forums but I thought I'd toss it in here too. I've only built one WWI plane before this one - a 1/48 DML Fokker Dr.1 - so this project was WAY outside of my "comfort zone"! I can't say enough good things about the incredible job Wingnut did on this kit. I enjoyed every minute of the build (or have forgotten the less enjoyable moments). Built pretty much straight from the box with only a few minor extras. The radiator handle, engine ignition wires, and the brace wire on the observer's gun were added from bits of styrene and wire. The p/e cooling jacket on the pilot's Spandau is from a Tom's Modelworks Fokker Dr.1 set and the little front ring sight on the same gun is from a Copper State Models set. Rigging is 2 lb. nylon fishing line painted with Humbrol Metalizer Polished Steel. Turnbuckle bodies were made from .012"/.018" stainless steel hypodermic tubing and everything anchored to the model with Bob's Buckles little hook eyes. Wood grain effect is done with artist's oils over a base of Tamiya acrylics. Cheers, Eric
  6. When we were house hunting and checking out this house, I couldn't believe my eyes when I wandered into the huge work shop area! Icing on the cake for what turned out to be our new home. Eric
  7. I love the stuff! If they knew how much I've spent on their aircraft p/e sets over the years, Eduard would probably have a plaque with my name on it hanging in their office. Yeah, it adds a ton of time to the build but I am a detail fiend. I really enjoy tinkering with the teeny bits and I like the delicate, intricate look that one can get with a good p/e set. The only sad thing is when I put a lot of effort into something that ends up being hidden away when everything is assembled. That's when the old saying "at least I know it's there" comes into play. I do find some parts done in p/e downright silly as the medium is limited to flat and folded shapes. Brake lines is one that comes to mind. Those are better done with wire or fine solder. Eric
  8. I suck glue into the applicator. Because of the danger of inhaling fumes or glue, I made a little device to help with this. It got some clear flexible tubing (fuel line), cut about a 6" length and stuck it onto a 3 or 4" length of Evergreen styrene tubing. I slip the flexible tubing over the end of the T'n'F applicator and use the Evergreen tubing as a "straw" to gently suck some glue into the applicator. Oh, and for clearing a clogged needle, I have a length of very fine steel music wire that fits into the needle. Works great to ream out any plastic goo that gets stuck in the end. Cheers, Eric
  9. Check out the cosmetic department at your local drug store/dept store and look for La Cross tweezers. I have 5 or 6 different types that I use on a regular basis. I have one that has a flat, angled head, to which I stuck a piece of Dymo labeling tape on the inside of both tips, and then trimmed off any overhanging tape with a knife. It is great for handling photo-etch, especially the pre-painted Eduard stuff, without marring the surface. Cheers, Eric
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