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  1. I think putting it in an action setting on a simulated sea with attacking aircraft as you have done makes it a diorama. Ed will have the answer, however. Beautiful model, by the way.
  2. Earlier today I received the following via the 72ndscaleusmilair Google group. All of us who built the Airfix B-26 Invader in "Monie" markings were familiar with Bob. The official message from Chris Mikesh, Bob's son: "Hi All, "I have the sad news of telling the modeling community of another MIA. My Father, Robert C. Mikesh, passed away this morning, one week short of his 95th birthday. "He served as an Air Force Pilot for 22 Years. Was decorated in Korea flying B-26s ('Monie' often modeled) and later in Vietnam flying Forward Air Control in O-2s (2 tours). His flying career included: T-6, B-25, T-11, C-47, B-26 (Douglas), T-33, F-100, A-1E, O-1, O-2, B-57A, B, C, & E versions, Cessna 150,172, 182, & 337 - just to name a few. On retiring he became a Curator at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum for 20+ years. His "collection" included the most historically significant aircraft in the world - and he got to play with all of them (so did I occasionally)! In that time he wrote many notable books like Japanese Aircraft Interiors, B-57 Canberra, Flying Dragons, Japanese Aircraft Equipment, Excalibur III, Broken Wings of the Samurai, and Zero Fighter - just to name a few among his numerous articles. "He was an avid model builder - both flying and static since he was 7. Many of his models are on display in the Ottumwa (Iowa) Airpower Museum, Smithsonian, and National Museum of the USAF. Most if not all are scratch built-in numerous scales. During WWII, he built 1/32 scale Stearman N2Ss for graduating pilots at NAS Ottumwa - each with their soloed serial number (only $5.00 each). I have many models including a Betty Bomber in white with green surrender crosses. Unique to this model is that the clear parts are made from the clear plexi from the real plane! (Documented). He produced many other unique aircraft models also. "Not everyone could have a career in aviation like my Dad. In aviation circles, he is probably the most envied man in the world. Our family will miss his caring and humor, but I know he is without pain and regret. Revelation 21:4 "And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. "God bless you guys - I'll stay in touch. "Chris Mikesh"
  3. Want to know the exact colors for your modern French aircraft, ship, or armored vehicle model? They’re all here in this 186-page document, publication NORMDEF 0001, Edition 1, March 2009. Includes digital color chips and colorimetric data. https://ereverra.files.wordpress.com/20 ... def_fr.pdf Associated AFNOR color deck (scan): https://www.aluplex-signaletique.fr/pdf ... _afnor.pdf Edition 2, September 2017, can be found here: https://docplayer.fr/82727244-Norme-defense-normdef-0001-edition-02-septembre-2017.html Edition 3, July 2018, can be found here: https://docplayer.fr/148426879-Norme-defense-normdef-0001-edition-03-juillet-2018.html Profitez!
  4. Hannant’s is my go-to shop for the items I’m interested in, mainly European kits and hard-to-find resin, photoetch, and decals that are slow to arrive in the U.S., if they arrive at all. I’ve also used Hobby Terra for the same reason. Service and turnaround from both is excellent. I’ve also occasionally bought from the Aviation Megastore (Luchtvaart Hobby Shop) in Amsterdam, but their shipping is very expensive although their service is excellent as well. My go-to U.S. vendor has been Dauntless Hobbies, doing business on eBay as Scott’s Model Workshop (seller i.d. “RebelAlpha). He also seems to have the stuff I’m looking for, and his service and turnaround times are excellent as well.
  5. As a former editor and sworn officer of the Grammar Police (motto: “To Serve and Correct”), I propose the following definitions: Kit: What comes in the box/bag Model/Contest Entry: What goes on the shelf/contest table (Disclaimer: I am not a National contest judge and was not involved in drafting the BKB rule.)
  6. Words fail me, except to say that models like this are the reason IPMS needs a separate "Real Space" category for the national contest.
  7. Most art supply stores carry color mixing wheels, and they can be found on-line. They will not give you such specific mixing data as you are looking for, but they will give you a further understanding of color theory.
  8. Before you buy more Brawny paper towels, do some research on their parent company, Koch Industries. You may not like what you find. Me, I prefer to spend my money elsewhere.
  9. Hi, Dennis. I’m from Carrollton, and there are two other IPMS members in town as well! One more and we could start our own chapter! In the meantime, you’re invited to attend meetings of IPMS North Central Texas. PM me for details or email me at mcmurtreyjames(at)twc(dot)com.
  10. In lieu of "Christmas" greetings this year, I am advised by the legal department to post this message instead: Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2022, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great, neither to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only "America" in the Western Hemisphere. Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee(s). IMPORTANT: This message is intended for the use of the individual addressee(s) named above and may contain information that is confidential, privileged or unsuitable for overly sensitive persons with low self-esteem, no sense of humor, or irrational religious beliefs. If you are not the intended recipient, any dissemination, distribution or copying of this message is not authorized (either explicitly or implicitly) and constitutes an irritating social faux pas. Unless the word “absquatulation” has been used in its correct context somewhere other than in this warning, it does not have any legal or grammatical use and may be ignored. No animals were harmed in the transmission of this message, although the Yorkshire terrier next door is living on borrowed time, let me tell you! Those of you with an overwhelming fear of the unknown will be gratified to learn that there is no hidden message revealed by reading this warning backwards, so just ignore that Alert Notice from Microsoft; however, by wearing a tinfoil hat and pouring a complete circle of salt around yourself and your computer you can ensure that no harm befalls you and your pets. If you have received this message in error, please add some nutmeg and egg whites and place it in a warm oven for 40 minutes. Whisk briefly and let it stand for 2 hours before icing. Close cover before striking.
  11. https://www.attorneygeneral.gov/taking-action/press-releases/attorney-general-shapiro-files-complaint-against-online-hobby-shop-warns-of-holiday-shopping-scams
  12. On this Veteran's Day, thanks to all who served in the Armed Forces, whatever the service, in whatever capacity, whether in peace or war. You are not forgotten.
  13. My understanding is that henceforth, OOTB will be single media (plastic) only. That is, if a model built from a kit includes resin and/or photoetch in addition to plastic, it must be entered in the regular category and NOT OOTB. This is something of a return to the original concept of OOTB. The change will be implemented by IPMS NCT at next year’s ScaleFest, which is returning after a 2-year hiatus.
  14. Andy Yanchus, former Project Manager at Aurora for many years, expert on kit history, and co-author of the Aurora Monster Scenes book (with Dennis Prince), and later a colorist for Marvel Comics, died Saturday, 11 September 2021, aged 75, after a longish illness. He was staying with his sister, Pat, at her home in Florida, having moved down, he had hoped temporarily, from his home in New York. Recently he had been working with Atlantis Models as a consultant. (info via Mat Irvine, Space Modelers group)
  15. I’ve been a member, though not continuous, since 1967. I had to drop out for a while in the early ‘90s due to pressures from graduate school, but have managed to retain my original membership number. The only fame I can claim is being one of those who spent a night on Jim Sage’s sofa and awakened in the morning to find a purring cat on my chest!
  16. Microscale makes ‘em, Fantasy Printshop makes ‘em, Fündekals makes ‘em.
  17. Noted airline historian George Cearly of Dallas passed away July 28.
  18. Does anyone out there have the instructions for AVM's Mirage M-50 Pantera conversion set for the 1/72 Kfir C2/C7 (#AVM 7209)? I purchased this item on ebay some months back only to find the instructions missing. I contacted the maker, one Alejandro von Schwedler G, who informed me that he had lost his original due to a hard drive failure but was "redrawing new instructions" and promised me a copy "in about 10 more days." That was on March 1, and I have heard nothing further from him since, in spite of at least one reminder. So if anyone has this conversion kit, I'd very much appreciate a copy of the instructions. I tried Scalemates, but no joy there. Thanks in advance.
  19. I have 60-year-old tins of Humbrol, and they are as fresh as the day they left the factory. It is necessary, however, to keep the rim of the tin and its lid clean before sealing it after use. I thin mine with a 50-50 mix of lacquer thinner and mineral spirits and use mineral spirits for cleaning my airbrush.
  20. I thought this had been fixed. I have cleared my browser cache, so it’s not me!
  21. And why, when I click on ‘Home,’ do I still see a calendar? If this is supposed to be an ‘improvement,’ it fails miserably.
  22. It’s the active runway. The “23” indicates it is on a magnetic heading of 230 degrees. The other (reciprocal) end would be numbered “05.”
  23. I contacted Marie at the national office and she’s sending me a copy.
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