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  1. Like most who have posted here, the Sept/Oct issue came in pretty much normal time. All I can suggest is patience. Between Covid-19, all the political furor and the postal service being overloaded with stimulus checks, we're about to the point of just being glad when anything shows up, no matter how long it takes! Case in point, there's a fascinating camera mount that I would love to have...and it's cheap, too. Only $35.00...but you order from the manufacturer in England and because they can't ship from England because of the lockdowns. Instead, they ship from their fulfillment center in
  2. Noel, you are absolutely correct. Being in England, you phrase it differently but the bottom line to Stuart is just do it. If you don't try, you'll never know how good you really are! Incidentally, I had a professional artist friend...now deceased...who would occasionally find prints of aviation art in stores, opined as to how good the work was and wondered who painted the original. Looked for the artist's name and was shocked to learn it was him!!
  3. You can also scratchbuild a duplicate from brass rod or wire and tubing in order to replicate the different steps in the diameter. Then plastic to duplicate the crossbar of the A. Can't find brass rod or wire that small? Try music wire. Since it isn't loadbearing, BSI IC-Gel would work to hold things together. In order to have a uniform appearance, build two copies and replace both plastic versions. Hope some of this helps.
  4. Hey Chris, Appreciate the compliment about my photography article. Coming from you, that means a lot. Richard
  5. An alternative to having someone else read the article is to find someone you can read the article aloud to. This can be your wife, grandparent, teenager or someone you buttonholed off the street...and they don't need to know one single thing about models or modelbuilding. You'll discover that you will spot and correct mistakes, errors of words/whole sentences that need to be deleted or added in order to make your prose clearer. You'll also be able to make spelling corrections on the fly as you read...which brings up another point. DO NOT rely on spell check. Believe me, it has absolutely
  6. Send an email to John Heck <johnaheck@gmail.com> when you have an idea of what to submit. Then just spend some time reading various articles and figure out what you want to write about. Photos are obviously desirable and necessary for most articles. As far as how to write, it isn't that esoteric. Write like you're talking to another modeler, telling him...or her...how you built the model. Go into detail. You can always edit an article for length...that's what editors are for...but you want to make sure you don't leave anything out. Since you're new to the forum, you're probabl
  7. Hi all, Last night I got an email from Kenny "Gator" Loup and permission to post his letter to me going into detail what he's been going thru. Without further ado, here 'tis: Hello Richard, "I am still making and selling my glue. I have given the mask business to Jeff Herne at Scale Colors. We are displaced because our 50 year old mobile home was damaged beyond repair. Of course, a home of that age is impossible to insure so we only had insurance on the contents. We were fortunate to have my brother-in-law offer up his dad’s home for us to stay in until we get a new m
  8. For me it's not just that it's so great for p/e installation and other small/delicate parts, it's almost an essential tool for my commission clients, magazine articles and ebooks. In fact, I just finished a magazine article describing a Porsche Junior 108 tractor vignette that...I think...used GG in it. If it did...and I hope not...readers will be looking for something I recommended that doesn't exist any more!
  9. Here are the questions I asked Vince Pierri, Senior Manager, Rustoleum Public Relations & Corporate Communications, and his response. His answers are in red: 1. The acrylic line also carries the Model Master brand. Are those discontinued as well? All Model Master Paints, Aerosols, tools, adhesives are discontinued. 2. Are there any plans to continue the Dullcote and Glosscote...both spray can and bottle...clear coats? The spray cans in particular are fairly popular and virtually essential in certain instances. We are looking to see if these items are co
  10. Here's the first part of the response from Rustoleum. I'm sure most of y'all have seen it, but I'm posting it for those who might have missed it. Note that it was dated March 4, 2020, just about the time that Covid-19 hit with all four feet. I also had several questions that Rustoleum is addressing, but it will take about a week for their response. Stay tuned. Testors to discontinue select hobby products Demand declining for PACTRA, AZTEK, Model Master lines Vernon Hills, Ill., March 4, 2020 – With a long history of producing quality hobby kits and supplies, we are
  11. Update: I just spoke with Rustoleum again, this time their Public Relations gentleman. He is emailing me specific information re: Testors & Model Master with questions he might have. I'll reply with my questions and when I get his response, I will provide a followup post in this thread.
  12. I just got off a phone call to Rustoleum. Believe it or not, they are now claiming...at least the lady I spoke with...that Rustoleum has not dropped Testors or Model Master! When you find the Testors link on their website, which is at the very bottom of their home page in fine print, the link takes you to the familiar testors.com website, showing all of the usual line of paint...including the entire range of enamels, acrylics and metalizers. According to the lady, she states that all of the colors are available, except for a few colors that were discontinued due to lack of demand. If t
  13. Dave, if anything involving the Covid-19 mess...and that's all you can call it...can be be rated 100%, it's that I agree with you 100%.
  14. Hello all, At the risk of being told this should have been posted somewhere else, I would like to announce my latest E-book. Available as a PDF, it contains 60 photos of the Lockheed F-4 and F-5 Photo Recon aircraft. Photo quality ranges from very good to very poor...obviously, since most photos were taken under combat conditions in the Pacific...but should provide a lot of ideas for aircraft markings and even vignetts/dioramas. And yes, the photos are printable. I'd appreciate y'all checking it out here, whether you buy it or just look at the web page. I will also be submitting a co
  15. Michael, I did not specifically state that Testors moves regarding Floquil and Pactra was the result of regulation requirements. What I said...or at least meant to say...was that regulations were one of the factors that could and in some cases did cause a change in a product. I was told by one person at Testors some years ago that they were being required to utilize a multilevel label on their paints in order to print all the required warnings. You know the kind I'm talking about...the back label peels up from one side, expanding the available space for warnings and instructions. My c
  16. Noel, In spite of what I've said previously, your comments regarding evolution are correct to a point. However, I'd suggest that regulation is more of a factor than evolution. Case in point is Krylon paint in rattlecans. They've been around for decades and I've been using the stuff off and on for a few decades myself. That changed about eleven or twelve years ago when their formula changed by edict of the EPA. You can read about the entire saga in an ebook I produced...it's available FREE...in your choice of epub, mobi or pdf formats by going here. Also, remember when Testors b
  17. Absolutely. I'm using it and I like it a lot.
  18. Noel, Never mind evolution. The simple fact is that certain types of paint work best for specific results. Granted, every modeler has their preferences, but my previous statement still holds true. And consider this: Since enamels and even lacquers are vanishing because "they smell", "they're dangerous", "they cause cancer", "they damage the environment", etc, what happens when they're no longer around and it's discovered that acrylics of all varieties are also dangerous, damaging, etc? What do we use then? Water color? Will we adapt? Yeah, you're right. We will, but that does
  19. Steve, Thanks for the info. Based on the replies I've received here, the impact or lack of the same is all over the scale. While I haven't seen any evidence on this thread, there are a tremendous number of people who don't believe that the virus is all that bad. Some even claim that it's a hoax and that all the numbers are manipulated. Here in Tarrant County, Texas, we're currently running around 700 new cases per day and 3 or 4 deaths. Are those numbers accurate? I don't know, but since I am high risk and then some, I have to assume the worst since if I get it my wife will prob
  20. Noel, I think a large or massive turnout next year is the hope of all who have suffered thru this mess. Since the 2020 Nationals in San Marcos, Texas was cancelled and rescheduled for 2023, I'm hoping to continue avoiding the virus so I can attend that one. But what we'd better all hope for is that this virus is under control before the shows scheduled for 2021 start being cancelled...and I'm talking January or February 2021. The latest I've heard from the various politicians, scientists, alleged scientists, rumor mills and fake news outlets is that it will be at least April 2021 befo
  21. Gil, I like your response. I've built the Marauder in the past for a client but have never dealt with the Invader. They would be definite possibilities since I don't have the space right now for a four engine bomber. The techniques and ideas you suggest could be used on an as needed basis. Incidentally, your comments also apply to some of the single engine Monogram/Revell subjects of that period such as the AT-6, F-100, F-105, etc. There are also major conversions of single engine fighters to think about. One thing I've considered is the sheet styrene scratchbuilt of the XB-42/4
  22. Noel, You make a good point. But rather than doing an ebook on a totally scratchbuilt model, instead integrate scratchbuilding techniques into various superdetailing areas such as Plasmo does on YouTube. Major conversions are another possibility where scratchbuilding methods are an absolute necessity. And, of course, scratchbuilding techniques are frequently required in vignettes and./or dioramas.
  23. Bob Walker, You misunderstood the point of this survey. I'm trying to find out what y'all would like to see in the way of ebooks that either show how to build a particular kit or photo galleries that focus on a specific subject. I understand your desire for specific kits, figures and accessories, but that isn't the purpose of this survey.
  24. We all know how this miserable virus is affecting all of our local and regional meetings/contests and especially the 2020 National Convention. But there is a trickledown effect on many levels, including job losses, reduction in income, loss of all income, etc. One of the most crucial impacts...obviously...is food and the ability or lack of same to buy it. In my own area, just an hour or two ago, I was driving on a street when I ended up passing a multiblock long line of cars, as well an 18 wheeler in a parking lot with many more cars parked around it. Reason? Distribution of free food for
  25. Hello Bob. You've offered some very interesting suggestions, particularly when it comes to the techniques/skills areas. A standalone ebook is a possibility, as is spending more time focusing on the techniques within the context of a complete kit build. Your display idea is also interesting. As for the Tigger/ID Models, probably not. Not because it isn't a good idea but because file size limitations make it rather untenable. Then there's the cost for those who might want to try it. Regarding your personal request, the only German I would do would have to be either a unique subject or
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