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SkyKing

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  1. As far as i have been able to discern, regulation had nothing to do with Testors changing the formula for Floquil. Original Floquil met all the regulations (except, possibly, for California's) but was not "plastic friendly" due to its solvents (toluene and xylene). Also, Floquil catered primarily to railroad modelers,and that hobby changed as more and more ready-to-run pre-painted locomotives and rolling stock began to replace kits. Killing off Floquil and Pactra was nothing more than an unregulated capitalist business decision to eliminate any competition in favor of their Model Master line.
  2. Duke, give True North paint a try. It is an alkyd enamel much like Model Master. The only drawback is that their distribution is not wide, but they do mail order: https://www.truenorthpaints.com/
  3. Steal your kids’ Legos. You can make custom assembly jigs with them.
  4. 🎶 🎶 🎶(Twilight Zone theme)
  5. According to announcement posted elsewhere. The former kit designer for Monogram Models and designer/producer of his own line of some of the hobby’s best vac-form kits had been in declining health and had recently entered hospice.
  6. Have you tried the Wayback Machine? https://archive.org/web/
  7. Looks to me like it might be a ‘71-to-‘73, but I’m no expert when it comes to car identification. Google Mercury Cougar for more info.
  8. Did you have any trouble contacting Whirlybird? I’ve sent emails to two different addresses but have not had a response. I know the proprietors are social distancing due to underlying health conditions , but I used to be in regular contact with one of them and am somewhat concerned.
  9. I have nothing on the HH-3F aft ramp gunner’s position.
  10. I’ve purchased from Whirlybird in the past with no issues. As far as the Special Hobby TH-55 is concerned, you’re probably gonna hafta go to eBay. I know of no US dealer of Whirlybird’s products.
  11. I did a search after reading your post and found many sources on line, especially for the cement in the needle applicator bottle.
  12. Testors has discontinued the entire Model Master line, but on-line vendors still seem to have supplies of many colors.
  13. Does anyone have a copy of Mike Conniford's Military Vehicle Pamphlet 4: AEC Matador? The drawing I seek is on page 7.
  14. In a recently-acquired Airfix Magazine back issue (December 1966), there is an article describing a conversion of the Airfix Matador to an RAF runway traffic control van. I recall building one that matches this description, but much later, and I also recall a scale drawing of such a vehicle. Said drawing is not part of the article. Could it have been in one of the Bellona print booklets? In any case, I'm looking for a copy of this drawing or similar. All assistance gratefully appreciated.
  15. Wayne, who I believe was National Chief Aircraft Judge for many years, has died at age 85. Here is his obituary: Lt. Col., USAF (retired) Carl Wayne Wachsmuth, age 84, of Newville, passed away Thursday, July 9, 2020 at Carlisle Regional Medical Center. He was born August 12, 1935 in Butler, PA, the son of the late Curtis B. and Hazel (Gibson) Wachsmuth. “Wayne” graduated from Slippery Rock High School. He proudly served as a pilot in the US Air Force from 1957 -1987. He flew B-47, B-52 and FB-111 bombers. Wayne served in the Strategic Air Command for over 20 years to include combat m
  16. I think we need a review of fractions. Fun Fact: The bottom number in any fraction (1/2, 1/100, 1/350, etc.) is called the denominator. Say it with me: dee-nomm-inn-ater. 1. To convert from one scale to another, the rule is: Denominator of the scale you have divided by denominator of the scale you want. So if you have a plan in 1/350 and want to convert it to 1/400, simply divide 350 by 400: 350/400 = 0.875. 2. Now, convert that to a percentage, because just about every copier uses percentage to enlarge or reduce. How do we convert to percentage? Multiply the result obtained in Step
  17. Star Trek fans are more than likely familiar with these: The man behind them, Frank (Franz) Joseph Schnaubelt, moved from Chicago to California in 1941, where he applied for work at Consolidated Vultee Aircraft as a draftsman. The sample of work he submitted was a blueprint drawing of a single-engine airplane that happened to be the personal favorite plane of his interviewer. He was hired on the spot. He took a few classes at San Diego State College (aerodynamics, higher math, and engineering), but never attained a degree. FJ worked for General Dynamics for nearly 30 ye
  18. I have ordered Croco models on eBay. As far as I know, that’s the only way to get them. I had no issues, but that was before the current pandemic. By the way, the Mach 2 kit is injection molded, not vac-formed. I’m not aware of an Italeri 1/72 HH-43. Airmodel also issued a very basic 1-72 HH-43. Croco models are resin, if that makes a difference.
  19. I’m a native Texan, and I agree! I cancelled my room reservation earlier today. I’ll not be going.
  20. Those opposed to wearing masks should read this: https://apple.news/AlLlq9zRsSja2kQlPSBwOqw
  21. The number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Texas, and the governor has not indicated any willingness to deal with the situation as long as there are hospital beds available. “Open for business as usual” seems to be the official policy. Hays County (San Marcos) is one of the hot spots. I’d have thought we’d have heard more from the host chapter and national officers at this point as to how they plan to deal with a worsening situation. As things stand now, I will not be attending and will be cancelling my hotel reservation.
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