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  1. https://modelpaintsol.com/builds/painting-zunum-prototype-display-model
  2. With your permission, I'll post your message on Hyperscale and the WW I Modelers mailing list. There are a lot of knowledgeable modelers on both forums.
  3. I've already suggested US Coast Guard colors on the SteelNavy forum.
  4. Adobe Illustrator also gives precise control. it's a vector program like CAD software. There's also a CAD plug-in for it.
  5. Death was due to a combination of many things including Alzheimers, heart troubles, pneumonia, and aspiration of food, as well as other unspecified causes. John was the author of two books, Scratchbuilt! and The Master Scratchbuilders, both published by Schiffer in 1993 and 1999 respectively. Many of you will remember his scratchbuilt 1/24 DH-9A that won the US nationals in 1998 but also won the 2000 UK Modelworld. He spent about 6 years and an estimated 8,000 hours on it. Here's John with George Lee's O3U-3 Corsair, begun by George and finished by John after George's death: The O3U-3 model is now in the National Museum of Naval Aviation at Pensacola, Florida.
  6. I'd like to see: HH-52 S-61L/N Bell 47J All in The One True Scale (1/72)
  7. Nice! I have that kit for a "Delta Wings" collection but haven't worked up the nerve to start it yet.
  8. Congrats to Vlad! Family takes precedence over models every time.
  9. 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?
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Reported on another forum about 24 hours ago. Obituary here: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/detroitnews/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=186105941
  13. 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 further shrinking of an already changing hobby will affect all of us.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. SkyKing


    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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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 available only in rattle cans.
  21. 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).
  22. 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."
  23. And there was one on Long Island that I visited back in the '70s. And also one in San Francisco, I think.
  24. 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.
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