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  1. ghodges

    1/72 Pegasus Boulton Paul Balliol T2

    Yet another great looking build of a British plane I've never heard of! Questions: Did you paint the yellow stripes or are they decals; and what are those grid-like markings on the wings just inboard of the ailerons? The crisp result belies the work needed on such a crude limited run kit! GIL
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    Maddog Manufacturing 2018 Production Line

    Nice save on those old Aurora decals. That'll make for a great looking livery! GIL 😎
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    Question about Ejection Seats in F-5Es

    That standard F-5 seat is not unlike the F-102 seat....if you're looking for resin ones, you might check those out to see if they would be useful. GIL 😎
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    NHRA Super Comp Dragster

    That's purdy.......and looks ready to launch! Excellent job. I'd have guessed you used commercial aftermarket decals with the fantastic result. GIL
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    Duster finished--ready for the VAMC Display Case

    Dandy looking Duster! What did you use for the brass on the shells, and for the"blue" vision ports? Nice job! GIL
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    Luftwaffe1/48 F-4F Phantom

    Our club is having an F-4 Phantom build, so I built this one. This is based on a color rendering by Lou Drendel in his 1977 SS book "Phantom II". I used a Hasagawa 1/48 F-4EJ kit for the build, leaving off the optional recce pods and later ECM gear. The German F-4F was essentially a stripped down F-4E without Sparrow missile capabilities when they were first bought. Since the drawing in the book shows an unarmed plane, I built mine that way, and saved some work too! I had a spare True Details F-4 resin tub and some resin seats, so I added those. I also scratchbuilt some intake covers which not only block off the too short intakes, but add some color too. Steel tubing was used for the pitot tubes in the tail fin and on the nose. The camo was done using paper masks with bits of tape on the back which lifted the paper just off the surface. That helps give a soft, tight edge; though some touch up was needed from getting the airbrush too low and spraying a bit under the paper masks in spots. The markings came from spares box. The only trick here was many of them were 30-35yrs old and didn't have much adhesive left! I had to "Future" many of them in place, which not only set them, but also help suck them down into the panel lines. The panel lines were done in pencil, while the grills were accented with Tamiya wash. The NMF areas in the rear were done in Alclad Dark Aluminum and Titanium, while the exhaust cans were simply sprayed with Metalizer buffing Jet Exhaust. I've been meaning to build this Phantom for a couple of decades, so it's fun to have gotten this one done! Comments, critiques, and questions welcome. Cheers! GIL
  7. Not going to be able to go to Phoenix after all. Two of my daughters have weddings this summer and it's eating up all my vacation time (and money). Anyway, before I cancel my room outright, does anyone need it? I haven't heard that the hotel is sold out, but if it is, I may be able to help you. You can email me at: slowhandshodges@bellsouth.net if you need to do this. Thanks! GIL
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    Italeri 1/48 MH-60K Blackhawk

    That's some sharp looking detail! Gil
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    Uther Pendragon

    Very nicely done! Love the movie Excalibur! GIL
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    Kinetic 1/48 E2C Hawkeye Build Series, Part 7

    Good progress, and congrats on getting your outer vertical tails on right....I didn't! GIL
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    Trumpeter 1/48 Vampire FB MK 9

    Very nice Vampire! Thanks for letting us tag along! GIL
  12. Welcome! Jump right in and make yourself comfortable! Glad you're here! GIL
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    A few questions

    I understand your thought Ed, and don't disagree with it (for that one "half-day"). However, the other side of that is that you were limiting the number of customers to your vendors, and I can see why they would never want that to happen, even for that first half day. On the seminar side of things, I have to fall on the IPMSUSA membership side. GA (to me) gets a person in to "see the sights"; not to "participate". I agree with limiting GA to viewing the model room and shopping the vendors. People who want to enter the contest and go to the seminars should register for the convention. However, if the host wants to allow non-registered people to BUY tickets to seminars separately to help defray those room/presenter costs, I think that would be ok. Otherwise, IPMS members who've paid to play should be given top priority! GIL
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    Kinetic 1/48 E2C Hawkeye Build Series, Part 6

    Good tips! Is this difference in the colors of the assembly (outer wings look much lighter) due to some primer you've applied, or are some parts molded in different colors? GIL
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    1/72 Special Hobby Firefly Mk I

    You could substitute the word "Vacuform" for me instead of "Special Hobby".....except I've owned up to my addiction! 😉 Wouldn't know you had problem one Ron from your result. Nice, neat looking build! Is there a reason the Canadian roundels are so small as compared to other aircraft and other time periods? GIL