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SkyKing

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  1. Congrats to Vlad! Family takes precedence over models every time.
  2. I would think that a more visible publicizing of these, perhaps on the home page,would be beneficial, instead of the link being buried somewhere among many forums. And where are the photos of the winners?
  3. Thanks for that info, Gil. It finally dawned on me that there is a SAC Museum, and I have emailed the curator about this subject. Perhaps there are copies in their archives.
  4. I know that major USAF commands have/had their own marking specs apart from those contained in T.O. 1-1-4. Does anyone have a copy of those of Strategic Air Command? Specifically I'm looking for colors and dimensions of the SAC Band and insignia which appeared on the nose of that command's aircraft. Thanks in advance.
  5. Reported on another forum about 24 hours ago. Obituary here: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/detroitnews/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=186105941
  6. Nick makes a good point which should be emphasized. The mastering of one's techniques to improve one's results with a particular paint type/brand so as to achieve that "comfort of familiarity" that we all desire will be of no avail when the manufacturer of that paint discontinues it. This decision by Testors is, in my opinion, going to force many average modelers, who have become familiar with and prefer Model Master enamel, to leave the hobby altogether rather than suffer the frustration of learning the idiosyncrasies of another brand or type of hobby paint, and the repercussions of this furt
  7. I agree (although I've never used Vallejo). I posted this originally mainly as a public service to those who are still using Model Master and to (further) illustrate how Testors and/or its corporate overlords have lost touch with the modeling community. High-quality enamels are still in demand.
  8. Sovereign (formerly White Ensign) Colorcoats. Available from Sprue Brothers and H & B Hobbies. Xtracolor is also a quality producer of enamel paints, but does not export them to the U.S. (yet). I think enamels are going to be with us for a long time yet, Testors' giving up on them notwithstanding.
  9. It's been reported/discussed on other modeling forums within the last few days: Thank you for contacting Rust-Oleum Product Support. The 9580D International Military & Figure Enamel was recently discontinued due to the lack of support for it in the marketplace, however the Model Master paint line as a whole is still available: http://www.testors.com/product-catalog/testors-brands/model-master If you have any additional questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us. Sincerely, Jason K. Rust-Oleum Product Support
  10. And to answer Ken's original question (!) you can edit your own posts to delete what was originally posted. Just click on "Edit"in the lower right-hand corner of the post window, delete everything in the box, and type "post deleted' or similar. I don't think you can delete the thread title. however; that requires the moderator.
  11. SkyKing

    DC-3

    Excellent build of a legendary old kit. The markings are not what you usually see on a DC-3/C-47. Santa Fe Skyway (a short-lived effort by the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway to create an airline) also had a couple of DC-4s.
  12. I think the real reasons are that RPM/Rustoleum/Testors is (1) facing increased competition from and losing market share to manufacturers of both enamels and "acrylics" offering paint of better quality, and (2) is not making enough money off sales to satisfy some arbitrary profit target based on some arcane computation. The first is part of the competitive nature of free-market capitalism; the second is an abstract concept taught in modern "business" schools. Satisfying the customer with a quality product at a reasonable price apparently doesn't matter much any more.
  13. You've seen them all right; they include the colors listed in this section of the Testors web site: http://www.testors.com/product-catalog/testors-brands/model-master/international-military-and-figure Figure Enamels US Military Enamels WW II US & UK Enamels WW II German Luftwaffe & Panzer Enamels WW II Italian/Japanese/Russian Enamels Modern Armor NATO/Gulf War/Russia Naval Enamels Stain Enamels 9580D is the catalog number for the merchandising rack for these paints, which also include all of the US FS 595 colors. Some of these were previously discontinued or are now
  14. Wikipedia has a good article on it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio_direction_finder#Automatic_direction_finder_.28ADF.29 But to answer your question, yes, it could be manually rotated so as to take bearings on more than one station. Where these lines of bearing intersected on your chart shows your position. Known in aviation circles as ADF (automatic direction finding), which can use AM radio stations to take bearings from as well as dedicated NDBs (non-directional beacons).
  15. According to a spokesman for Rustoleum, Testors' parent company, "The 9580D International Military & Figure Enamel was recently discontinued due to the lack of support for it in the marketplace."
  16. And there was one on Long Island that I visited back in the '70s. And also one in San Francisco, I think.
  17. You're welcome, and yes, Carrollton is where Squadron was and still is, less than a mile from my apartment. I was Editor for Squadron/Signal publications from 2005 to 2007, until the business was sold and new owner hired a know-nothing "Senior Editor" who fired me after I trained him. I no longer support Squadron in any manner whatsoever.
  18. I think only the moderators can delete posts. But you can add another post to the thread saying "Disregard" or something to that effct.
  19. See Rule 2: 1. Computing scale Scale of model or drawing = prototype dimension ÷ model or drawing dimension Example: A prototype has a wingspan of 40 feet, or 480 inches. A model of the prototype has a wingspan of 10 inches. What is the scale of the model? Dividing 480 by 10 we get 48. The scale of the model is 1/48. 2. Converting from one scale to another Percentage of reduction or enlargement = denominator of scale you have ÷ denominator of scale you want (Interesting Fact: a scale is a fraction. The bottom number is the denominator). Example 1: You have a 1/72 scale drawing but want t
  20. "Airfradt"??? Is this related to "covfefe"? :D All kidding aside, that site is a great source of reference.
  21. It has been suggested (on another forum) that clear polyurethane varnish might be a better adhesive for this technique than CA glue.
  22. It's in your signature! Welcome back to the fold. I lived in Middletown, CT, for 6 years and worked in Hartford for the North Central CT E.M.S. Council.
  23. A great tip from Paul Dunham on the Barracuda Studios Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/848474938507986/permalink/1530849163603890/
  24. If you like to build "planes on sticks," this could come in handy: For more, see here: http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10339614
  25. Commencing with the December 1952 issue, Popular Mechanics magazine published a 5-part series of articles detailing the building of a 36-in model (1/330 scale) of this great ship, complete with half-scale plans and cross-sections. The articles comprise one 7.5 MB PDF and the plans/templates comprise a 632 KB file. If you are interested in copies of these, send me a private message or email me at: mcmurtreyjames(at)twc(dot)com
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