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SkyKing

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  1. This is more like greedy capitalism at work. Nothing remotely "progressive" or "communist" about it.
  2. This letter from Lewis Nace, President of Minicraft Models. appeared in the July 2016 issue of "Beaver Tales," the e-newsletter of IPMS-Canada: “Some months ago we exchanged messages about the threat of licensing demands by the US Military. It is now official that the first of the US military licensing demands have been made, the first being the US Navy. “Last year this topic first came up because a container shipped to a Minicraft customer (MMD) was seized by US Customs because a model kit had a decal representing the seal of the US Coast Guard (it was a Trumpeter container not a Mini
  3. The general rule is: "Acrylic" (i.e., water-based) over enamel (oil-based) over lacquer (lacquer-based). NEVER enamel over acrylic and NEVER lacquer over anything. This is a rule which I have obeyed for years, and it has never let me down. Having said that, however, there do appear to be some modern "acrylics" that are robust enough to stand up to the application of enamels over them. I can't tell you which ones, because I shy away from "acrylics." I put "acrylics" in quote because "acrylic" means different things to different people. There are water-based "acrylics" (which are technic
  4. So now my question is: What's a good source for photoetch seatbelts of various styles? I once had a bunch, but they seem to have been lost in several moves over the years.
  5. You can also carve away the not-quite-cured filler with your hobby knife.
  6. Ideal tape for seat belts: Available in the following sizes: 0.4mm x 8m 0.7mm x 8m 1.0mm x 5m 1.5mm x 5m 2.0mm x 5m 2.5mm x 5m
  7. My stash count is about twice my Humbrol paint count. I need to get busy!
  8. I have 333 tins! Most of it new old stock, purchased on The Bay Of E. Including some discontinued but still useful colors, such as Eau de Nil (No. 1) and Yellow (No. 8), and several sets of Humbrol Authentics. Many duplicates/triplicates, some opened and partially used tins, but all still fresh as the day they left the factory. There's nothing like the sweet, oily smell of vintage Humbrol enamel to get your modeling mojo working! And yet, among all that Humbrol paint, there's not one tin of Gloss Black. Go figure.
  9. Does anyone in IPMSLand know what is going on with this Nashville on-line retailer? They were my go-to source, and a reliable one, for White Ensign Colorcoats enamels, but their e-store has been closed now for some time, and their main Interweb page says only "Exciting news coming soon!!!"
  10. From my experience, the lack of interest in group builds is due to the individualistic and independent nature of IPMS-USA members. It's been hard enough to reach a consensus on subjects for group builds within my local chapter.
  11. Verrrrry nice! Love the classic airliners!
  12. I like this approach. However, current leadership of my home Chapter seems to think it's "immoral" to attempt to put any restriction on a seller. They have no expressed concern for the health or future viability of the show. For my own part, I have taken the position that if we are going to allow our IPMS Regionals and locally-sponsored contests to become nothing more than markets for bulk sellers and bulk buyers, then I refuse to support them in any manner whatsoever, and that includes that of my own chapter.
  13. Long-time IPMS member and retired McDD engineer Ron Downey has posted scans of the official Douglas factory display model drawings for the DC-1, DC–3, DC-6, DC-7, DC-8, and DC-9 aircraft on his blog: http://aviationarchives.blogspot.ca/ Follow the link in his blog entry to see a thumbnail gallery, then click on the thumbnail of the drawing you're interested in, then click on the "full size" link to see and copy the full size drawing. We all owe Ron our thanks for posting these. There's a lot of other good stuff on his blog, too!
  14. Incorrect. The following Humbrol colors have recently been discontinued, according to reports from the UK, although most if not all seem to be available from Hornby USA: 36 Matt pastel green 42 Matt violet 44 Matt pastel blue 58 Matt magenta 111 Matt field grey 112 Matt field blue 156 Satin dark camouflage grey 157 Matt azure blue 167 Satin RAF Barley grey 168 Satin hemp 187 Matt dark stone 195 Satin dark green 225 Matt middle stone 230 Matt PRU blue 234 Matt dark flesh 237 Matt desert tan 239 Gloss British racing green 240 Matt RLM 02 grau 241 Matt RLM 70 schwartzgrun 242 Matt RLM 71 dunk
  15. http://www.procedurecollective.fr/fr/redressement-judiciaire/1177645/heller-joustra.aspx This is apparently an issue over ownership. For more, see here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234997937-heller-joustra-gone-into-receivership/&do=findComment&comment=2284401
  16. Mike, How can you question the wisdom and expertise of the federal government? They are protecting us. it is my understanding that the airlines, through their international trade association, are to blame for enamels no longer being shipped by air. And who regulates the airlines? In this case, themselves.
  17. Mike, How can you question the wisdom and expertise of the federal government? They are protecting us. it is my understanding that the airlines, through their international trade association, are to blame for enamels no longer being shipped by air.
  18. But why is it that some lacquers (I.e., Mr. Color, AKAN) are easier to get here in the US than some enamels (Xtracolor, White Ensign). Aren't lacquers more volatile and "nastier" than enamels?
  19. Having attended many shows and contests in recent years, I have come to the conclusion that "subtlety" is not in the vocabulary of today's modelers and that most builders of model aircraft have never seen a real aircraft close-up.
  20. According to a post on the Britmodeller forum, the following Humbrol colors have been discontinued, as confirmed by their deletion from the trade order forms: 36 Matt pastel green 42 Matt violet 44 Matt pastel blue 58 Matt magenta 111 Matt field grey 112 Matt field blue 156 Satin dark camouflage grey 157 Matt azure blue 167 Satin RAF Barley grey 168 Satin hemp 187 Matt dark stone 195 Satin dark green 225 Matt middle stone 230 Matt PRU blue 234 Matt dark flesh 237 Matt desert tan 239 Gloss British racing green 240 Matt RLM 02 grau 241 Matt RLM 70 schwartzgrun 242 Matt RLM 71 dunkelgrun 243
  21. I was informed of the existence of this product, which has a needle thickness of only .36 mm (71 needles per inch), but it's not exactly cheap: http://g-jax.com/510/mko-5f.html
  22. Scale modelers need a contour or profile gauge designed especially for the common scales we typically work in. Virtually all commercially available gauges are intended for woodworking or auto body repair, with needles that are too large to give fine measurements, like these: It seems to me that photoetch technology offers the means to create needles that would work in a small contour gauge that would be suitable for models in the more common scales, ranging from 1/144 to 1/24. Such a gauge could even be sold in a kit to be assembled by the modeler, like some biplane assembly jigs. So wha
  23. SkyKing

    Texas Jack

    Cool! Texas Jack is a distant relative of mine; my mother's maiden name was Vermillion.
  24. Why not share those details with the rest of us? I'm sure there are others besides me who would like to know.
  25. Just use it with extreme caution:
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