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  1. I heard today from one etailer who already collects sales tax for sales to customers in Virginia and Maryland but is NOT going to continue sales to other states because of the anticipated problems in dealing with the paperwork and requirements of the states that have not heretofore collected sales taxes.. And this is before those states have even started to develop procedures for collecting those taxes! I suspect he's not the first.
  2. The Supreme Court today has ruled that ALL states may charge sales taxes on out-of-state online retailers and other remote sellers. Up to now, sales taxes could be charged only if the seller had a physical presence within the state where the customer resides.
  3. How does designing a 3D model on your home computer and printing the parts on your home 3D printer for assembly differ from a model that is assembled from 3D parts that conform to scale plans, are visualized by the modeler, and manually created by the modeler from balsafoam, RENShape, styrene sheet, or other allowed materials, using knives, files, and sandpaper? Both are scratchbuilt. The only difference is the technique used to create the parts. The argument against 3D printed models sounds much like the argument against plastic kits when they first began to appear back in the 1950s: "re
  4. John, I have looked in the "For Members" section and see no reference to this. Where is it?
  5. Don't know about Clay Boyd and his wire, but try Amazon. Search in the "Industrial and scientific" category. For example, here's a link to a 10-pack of 36-inch lengths of 0.008" bright finish spring temper stainless steel wire: https://www.amazon.com/WYTCH304-29-Stainless-Precision-Tolerance-Diameter/dp/B00ODSUVB8/ref=sr_1_6?s=industrial&ie=UTF8&qid=1528758109&sr=1-6&keywords=stainless+steel+wire&refinements=p_89%3ASmall+Parts
  6. https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/miniature-models-of-famous-photos
  7. "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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Many aircraft also had a red "passing light" in the leading edge of the left wing.
  11. 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 w
  12. Looks like the domain name has not been renewed. Perhaps Tony just got tired of maintaining the site. That happens.
  13. … 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 throug
  14. 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.
  15. 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?
  16. 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 fo
  17. 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.
  18. 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.)
  19. https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/dazzle-paint-wwi-us-navy
  20. New to me, anyway: https://www.truenorthpaints.com/ I've not tried these myself, so cannot comment further.
  21. The Erection and Maintenance Instructions (25 April 1945, rev. 26 August 1949) , paragraph 5 (Final Color and finish Requirements), Section a (Interior), Sub-paragraph 4, state: "One coat of gray lacquer, Specification No. AN-TT-L-51, is applied to the nacelle, main landing gear and tail wheel wells and doors." The landing gear was also to be painted with one coat of the same gray lacquer, but over one coat of zinc chromate primer. These instruction do not specify an exact shade of gray, and a Google search for "gray lacquer AN-TT-L-51" turned up nothing. I'll post an inquiry on Hypers
  22. Hank, there are suitable computer fonts already available which will preclude your making your own or can be easily modified. Many are free, some cost a few bucks. Here's one source (these are not free, but well worth the cost): http://www.tlai.com/med_des/modeling.html A search for "US navy hull number font" will turn up many other possibilities. Install the font, type your number/name in Adobe Illustrator using the appropriate font, then convert the type to outlines. Voila! A vector graphic which can be scaled up or down or otherwise modified as necessary.
  23. The closest Hobby Lobby to me (Lewisville) has its spray paints under lock and key, not just Testors but other brands as well. It's due to Texas law, I think. As to having to show an ID when I buy an adult beverage, I just flash my Medicare card!
  24. The first "issue" of "All Hands" was printed as the Bureau of Navigation News Bulletin No. 1 (dated Aug. 30, 1922). Twenty years later, the title was changed to "Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin." As America claimed "Victory in Europe" on the cover of June 1945, the magazine's new banner read, "All Hands," and the name stuck. Subjects include a variety of naval-related topics. In January 2003, the US Navy's Office of Information completed a two-year project to archive every back issue (more than 89 years worth) in Adobe Acrobat® format. http://www.navy.mil/ah_online/department_
  25. I have posted Leo's request on Hyperscale's "Ship Chat" forum in the hope it will reach an even wider audience.
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