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  1. If you are looking for 3-blade props for the new Platz 1/144 C-46 (it seems many, if not most, civilian C-46s used 3-blade Curtis Electric props instead of the 4-blade variety), one source is the Roden VC-118 "The Independence" (President Truman's 'Air Force One'), which comes with a set of Curtiss Electric props in addition to the usual Hamilton Standard props. Squadron currently has this kit as a "Web Only Sale" item for $8.00! Here is the link: http://www.squadron.com/product-p/rd0307.htm
  2. Except as noted above, the reprint is still a good book and worth purchasing if you do not own an original issue.
  3. It appears that Squad/Sig has revised the layout of this book, which was first released in 2006. In reviewing the latest issue of this volume, Bart Cusumano states, "I did find an error to the caption of a photo on page 58 which describes the photo as a Marine loading an Mk-82 Snakeye, when in fact, he is loading ammo for the 20mm gun." I was Editor at Squadron/Signal in 2006 and edited and designed the layout for the 2006 edition. I checked my copy, and the captions on page 58 are correct! When I designed the layout for the first edition, I used small triangles as arrows to point the capt
  4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9qsS0Kf-6g Note: I am not ModelMan!
  5. http://www.aiaahouston.org/newsletter/ For those unaware, in the early 1950′s Collier’s magazine (similar to “The Saturday Evening Post”) ran a series of articles written by the likes of Willy Ley and Werner von Braun, illustrated by the likes of Chesley Bonestell and Fred Freeman, describing what the future of manned space exploration may look like. Their vision was, to put it mildly, grandiose, and far exceeded what the actual space program became and did… but the impact on the public of these articles helped lead to the space program becoming popular with the public… and the government
  6. What is the best tool for cutting photoetched parts without damaging them? I don't mean removing them from the fret, but cutting them to fit the area where they are supposed to go? Rant mode on: Why is it that the photoetched parts in many aftermarket detail sets seem to be designed by someone who has never seen the highly detailed resin accessory they are sold with and intended to accentuate? Case in point is the interior set for a common two-seat fighter variant in use by a major US air force (and others), sold by a major eastern European manufacturer of such sets (I won't mention the co
  7. Here are some other resources: http://sailing-ships.oktett.net/square-rigging.html http://www.gl-group.com/infoServices/rules/pdfs/gl_i-4-1_e.pdf There are several good books available on the rigging of sailing ship models. Here are some: http://www.amazon.com/The-Art-Rigging-Dover-Maritime/dp/0486263436/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_t_1 http://www.amazon.com/Ship-Modeling-Stem-Stern-Milton/dp/product-description/0830628444 http://www.amazon.com/Historic-Ship-Models-Wolfram-Mondfeld/dp/1402721862 http://www.amazon.com/The-Ship-Model-Builders-Assistant/dp/0486255840/ref=pd_sim_b_5
  8. The conventional wisdom says gloss coat-decals-flat coat. However, applying a gloss coat over flat paint changes the reflectance and makes the color appear darker. So if you have carefully mixed paint to get the proper color, or bought paint in the proper color you have just undone your work by overcoating it with gloss, unless you lighten the paint to compensate. Here's are two alternatives: 1. Spray your model with satin or gloss paints to begin with. Humbrol makes satin versions of most current camouflage colors, and Xtraclour makes gloss paints in camouflage colors. 2. Use flat pai
  9. Her overall configuration remained basically the same as built (except for the pilot), with some changes post-Civil War due to conversion to oil burning and the addition of modern air brakes, to mention just two. Her gauge was originally 5 feet, like most southern railroads, but this was later changed to 4 feet 8 1/2 inches, a change which would hardly be visible in HO/OO gauge. "The General and the Texas" is available from Amazon.com. It's a great read.
  10. Cool! Thanks for posting. I have learned that General did not have wheel brakes until much later than the Chase (she was thrown into reverse to stop,like most locomotives of the period), and that her pilot (cowcatcher) was different from that shown in most illustrations and as currently displayed. A good source is "The General and the Texas" by Stan Cohen and James G. Bogle, published by Pictorial Histories Publishing Co., but it does not have any clear walkaround photos like we modelers crave, especially of all the mechanical stuff forward of the driving wheels.
  11. Has anyone done a photo walkaround of this locomotive? It's in a museum in Georgia. I have a Kitmaster HO/OO scale kit and would like to build it in its Civil War configuration, but need further details. A distant relative of mine was an engineer for the Western & Atlantic RR (but not General).
  12. My understanding is that there are (or were) plans to put the entire line back into production, but I have not heard further details in quite some time.
  13. Saturday, May 19, 2012 9 a.m. — 5 p.m. Mesquite Convention and Events Center 1750 Rodeo Drive Mesquite, TX 75149 (I-635 Exit 4) This year's special theme is "Operation TORCH." Admission is $9.00 for adults, $1.00 for juniors. Model registration fees are $2.00 per model for adults, $1.00 per model for juniors. Hotel rooms available at a reduced rate at the Hampton Inn and Suites adjacent to the Events Center. Call 972-329-3100. Be sure to mention "ScaleFest." Vendor tables are $40 for a 2'6" x 8'0" table. For more details, contact: www.ipmsnct.net Facebook: Ipms Nct
  14. WEM recommends a good quality mineral spirits, not lacquer thinner.
  15. Here are some sites I have bookmarked: http://japaneseaircraft.multiply.com/photos/album/50/IJA_Colors http://www5d.biglobe.ne.jp/~cocoro/sub117e.htm http://www.j-aircraft.org/smf/index.php?topic=4704.0 http://www.j-aircraft.com/research/gregspringer/wem-review/wem-review.htm http://www.modelingmadness.com/earlya6mcolors.htm http://www.straggleresearch.com/
  16. "Weathering for weathering's sake." :D Love it! That's a perfect description of the "Spanish school" (which I don't care for at all, in case there is any doubt). Although his scratchbuilding and hand-painting skills are awesome.
  17. For lunar module color info, see Paul Fjeld's Lunar Module Coatings Page: http://home.earthlink.net/~pfjeld/lmdata/index.html
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