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    Michael
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    McMurtrey
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    1746
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    North Central Texas
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    Carrollton
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    TX
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    Carrollton, Texas
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    Airliners (Braniff), civil aircraft, real space, sci-fi (Star Trek)

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  1. https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/miniature-models-of-famous-photos
  2. SkyKing

    "Steve Canyon" Returning to US TV!

    "Steve Canyon" was produced and filmed with the approval and support of the USAF, and while some of the plots may be a bit hokey, there's lots of great footage of USAF aircraft and missiles of the period.
  3. I just acquired one of these. Any tips on building it? Also, is there a US retailer of Phoenix Precision paints (British rail colors)? I'll need some S.R. Malachite Green.
  4. Modelers of a certain age will no doubt recall the 1950s TV series based on Milton Caniff's classic comic strip. Reruns of the series are coming back to television! For more details, see here: http://stevecanyondvd.blogspot.com/2018 ... again.html I highly recommend the DVDs of the series to anyone interested in the USAF of the late 1950s. Note: I have no connection to the Milton Caniff Estate.
  5. SkyKing

    Aircraft Recognition Lights

    Many aircraft also had a red "passing light" in the leading edge of the left wing.
  6. SkyKing

    Airfix 1/48 Walrus, best method for rigging?

    I haven't seen the Airfix Walrus, but my method of rigging 1/72 models has always entailed drilling holes and threading nylon monofilament ("invisible" thread, smoke color) through the holes. With proper planning, you can run several rigging wires using one length of thread. For one-piece wings, I countersink my starting holes for a knot in the thread; this is then filled and sanded smooth and painted after the rigging is complete. I paint the top of the bottom wing and the bottom of the top wing prior to assembly and rigging. If the wings are two-piece (top and bottom), I assemble the model with just the inner halves of the wings, rig the model, then complete the assembly.
  7. SkyKing

    Scale Model Index?

    Looks like the domain name has not been renewed. Perhaps Tony just got tired of maintaining the site. That happens.
  8. … Color Query Pro. You can: - Use camera to capture color from object. - Query color and compare to twelve standard palettes;: - Pantone - RAL Classic - HKS K - NCS - Sherwin-Williams - BEHR - Valspar - 日本の色の一覧 Colors of Japan - Federal Standard 595 - HTML - Material Design - Wikipedia. - Query color by number or name. - Mix and match color in RGB, HSB or CMYK colorspaces. - Use sliders to adjust color. - Get RGB with #hex, HSB and CMYK numbers. Enter #hex code directly to see a color. - Save up to 25 color samples over five sample palettes. Rotate through the palettes with the toggle button. On top of all that, it's free! From the App Store. Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
  9. For those of us of advanced age (!), reading the small print or seeing small details can be a problem. Magnifier Flash turns your iPhone into a magnifying glass that allows you to zoom an image up to 6x, illuminate it with the iPhone's built-in flashlight, and save the image for reference. You can find it at the App Store. Disclaimer: I have no financial interest in the application or Apple Computer.
  10. I, too, have wondered about the bright chrome on model car parts, especially for models of classic cars, such as Deusenbergs, Packards, Mercedes, Rolls Royces, etc., from the 1930s. Were these parts actually "chromed," or were they in fact nickle-plated? Would toning down the chromed kit parts with a clear semi-gloss or satin finish be appropriate?
  11. Modelers often ask, "Why can I buy Brand X paint here in the U.S. but not Brand Y?" I emailed Sovereign Hobbies asking why it was possible to purchase their Colorcoats paint here in the U.S. but not certain other brands (i.e., Hannants' Xtracolor). This is the reply from Sovereign's James Duff, posted here with his permission: "Flammable liquids are, like many substances which have properties beyond completely inert (such as explosives, infectious substances, etc) classified as Dangerous Goods by IATA who administer the rules that all vaguely 21st century civil aviation national bodies follow. A similar rule set exists for sea transport. "Flammable liquids actually aren't such a big deal as explosives and biohazards but in common with them, all such cargo must be correctly manifested and packaged in accordance with strict rules. The packagers need to have certificates to prove they have been trained etc. A stack of paperwork is required for each such item of cargo describing the contents and the conditions under which it can become unsafe (temperatures, etc). Knowing this the cargo handlers can load the aircraft keeping potential fuel sources like Colourcoats away from potential ignition sources in the aircraft. "From our point of view, none of this is difficult - we just get a Dangerous Goods shipping specialist to do it. We send them our goods, Material Safety Data Sheets and our trade customer's shipping address and they do all the IATA certified packaging and paperwork then book it onto an airline then have it delivered to the door once across the water. "Unfortunately it's expensive. The paperwork is the expensive part. It costs hundreds to get a single 14ml tinlet onto an aircraft. Believe it or not, sea cargo is worse. Having paid for the paperwork the rest of a typical trade order is a relatively small incremental cost. If around 1000 tinlets are ordered, the shipping cost is in the order of $550 US. The bigger the order, the smaller the shipping burden must be carried by each tinlet's retail price once in the USA. "What Hannants lacks is trade customers to bankroll the shipping cost and distribute from a central location in the USA nowadays (they have said as much in the public domain). A single tin of Xtracolor could easily be sent legally to the USA, but it would cost around $400 delivered with $397 of that the one-off Dangerous Goods shipping paperwork! "The frustrating thing for all of us making solvent or oil based model paints is that liquids with very similar ignition characteristics can be sent easily in the regular post if it says "Nail Polish" on the label instead of "Model Paint". The postal companies just seem to lack any competence in their safety departments having suffered many a tedious conversation. They are unable to understand the MSDS and that they have precedents set in nail polish. Sadly us modelling companies lack the lobbying weight that the cosmetics industry has. "I hope this answers your question. "Kind regards, "James Duff Sovereign Hobbies Ltd"
  12. SkyKing

    "Future" re-branded (again!)

    Or "Backtothe Future." But it never was a wax; it is a polish designed to restore gloss to no-wax floors after they had been cleaned with ammonia-based cleaners.
  13. First it was "Future." Then it was "Pledge with Future Shine." Then it was "Pledge Floor Care Multi-Surface Finish." Now it's "Pledge revive it": (Thanks to Paul Boyer for originally pointing this out on Hyperscale.)
  14. https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/dazzle-paint-wwi-us-navy
  15. New to me, anyway: https://www.truenorthpaints.com/ I've not tried these myself, so cannot comment further.
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