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  1. You might try searching for some dry transfer lettering, such as used by architects. These can be found at any large art supply store (especially on campus) and come in a lot of fonts and sizes. Black is very common, but white ones can be used as masks by painting the black, applying the white letters, painting your underside color, and then using tape to pull the numbers back off. If you don't have a good store near you, you might try searching on line. Hope this helps! Gil
  2. Welcome Dave! Glad to hear you're returning to a hobby we all love to let suck our time and money away! As pointed out, there seems to be several clubs not too far from you. Fine scale Modeler magazine covers all genres of modeling, and they have a web site and Face Book page too. Below is the link to our IPMSUSA FB page....many local clubs also have websites and FB pages, and you can be a part of any that interest you without having to live near them. https://www.facebook.com/groups/ipmsusa/?ref=bookmarks I highly recommend joining a local club if it's practical, as nothing beats personal interaction. Just keep in mind that currently most clubs have suspended regular meetings and contests have been postponed, so it will be tougher to do this for the next couple of months. In the meantime, here and elsewhere on-line is the place to be. Glad to have ya! Gil
  3. Welcome Miles! Glad to have your here with the rest of us misfits! GIL
  4. That "hot" discoloring on the engine exhaust areas came out really nice! GIL
  5. IPMS had a Face Book page where you can be a part of us as an "on-line" club....here's the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ipmsusa/ Gil
  6. Nice, colorful build Ron! Did you do anything to add to it besides the markings? It looks surprisingly accurate for a 50s release, right down to including the exhaust deflectors and the thin profile to the main wheels. Gil
  7. That's a whale of a start to your Whale! 🙂 GIL
  8. Interesting subjects, but they seem limited to Danish subjects for aircraft. Perhaps that's why they've never really been "pushed" by other suppliers? Gil
  9. Welcome! Please make yourself comfortable and chime in anywhere you're interested. Glad to have you here! Gil
  10. Accurate Miniatures kit....and thanks for the very kind words! Gil
  11. Glad to have you here Rej! Make yourself at home! Gil
  12. Built this to participate in a couple of "lockdown/speed builds" on Face Book. Generally OOTB build except for bombs from the spares box and cutting the kit canopy open. Markings are for the Air Commandos in the CBI in 1943, and are a spurious mix of kit a spare decals. Got this one done in less than 14 days...(and it shows in spots! ) Questions, comments, and critiques welcome, as always! Gil
  13. WOW! There is SO much there to like, from the details you added to the composition of the scene. Put a more historic background on that last pic and it could almost pass for a war time photo! Thanks for sharing this superb build with us! Gil
  14. The plexiglass is screwed to the molding....so it does take some effort to drill the plexiglass (just use a slow speed), and to find very short screws...but most well stocked hardware stores have them! The molding is fastened together with "L" corner braces....so you learn to live with the doors not being absolutely flush against the case. The door hinges take an effort to find also, as they have to be no thicker than the thickness of the molding you use...but I've always been able to find them in the cabinet section. GIL
  15. Had next Saturday off for this show....and glad to see you actually moved it to my scheduled weekend off, so I don't need to ask for time off! 🙂 GIL
  16. Exactly how I did it Mark! Though I have to say that as simple as it is...not so simple when laying it down.....but it's the easiest way I know how to do it too! GIL
  17. Super looking MiG Chris! Glad you stuck with this to get it done. Looking forward to those gory details in the Journal! Gil
  18. I decided long ago that to work and build on my models and then NOT be able to see them was a waste of my time, so I began building my own display cases. After 35years, I'm well into my 4th (and biggest) display case. They're designed simply, don't require any true "carpentry" skills, have lots of clear, open space for viewing, and the shelving is adjustable. The design can be "sized" to fit your needs...my smallest one designed to fit a narrow entrance hall, while the largest is designed specifically with shelves large enough to hold the 1/48 bombers I build. The cost ranges from $200-$400 each, depending mainly on how much plexiglass and how many glass shelves are used. Commercial display cases do look much nicer, but I've never seen any that hold very many models by comparison, especially if you build airplanes with things that stick out here and there and are sometimes tough to park close together. Anyway..below are the plans and pics of mine....anyone is welcome to them! Basic plan...common to all of them... Pic of the last, largest one being built...that's a Monogram 1/48 B-29 sitting in there.. The two oldest (side by side)...each is about 3' wide by 18" deep by 6' tall... Close up of the left one to show the plain molding used for the door frames... The smallest one, being only about 12" deep to fit the hallway...also the only one with a single, large door....the gate around it was to fend off the grandkids... 😉 And the largest, with shelves that are 30" wide by 24" deep...note the 1/48 B-24, C-119, B-47, and PBY with room for other models around them... That last pic is a couple of years old and it's already 3/4 full now; so building another one will be needed within 2-3 years. But, this allows me to keep them all in view, take them in and out relatively easily, and keeps most of them generally dust free compared to any open shelves. If I can build these anyone can! Hope this helps! Gil
  19. Great start on an older kit that was W-A-Y ahead of its time! Gil
  20. Impressive! I hope you've contacted Lockheed about getting paid.... Gil
  21. Nice build Ron! I'll have to look at getting one of those...since 1/48 armor is the only armor I build (once in a while) and I don't believe Tamiya or HB has done a Patton. Gil
  22. Good looking progress! I especially like the brightness of those green instruments on the main IP...looking forward to more! Gil
  23. Now THAT'S an eye popping Lancaster! Your conversion work is impeccable as you cannot tell what you did where, and that's no small feat on such a shiny finish. And SNJ huh? Old school still does the job! I just hope Sophie's not sporting some silver fur in spots.... That's a very pretty build indeed Ron. Congrats! Gil
  24. If you're talking about the decal that looks like a matrix of tiny dots.....I had the same problem! This is the best pic I've been able to find of the intake that sort of shows them... Almost any pics I've seen show them as quite faint, and should be more dark gray dots than black ....Hope this helps some! Good luck! Gil
  25. Glad you've joined us John! Jump in and make yourself at home! Gil
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