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SkyKing

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  1. … 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.
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    On top of all that, it's free! From the App Store.

    Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 follow. A similar rule set exists for sea transport.

    "Flammable liquids actually aren't such a big deal as explosives and biohazards but in common with them, all such cargo must be correctly manifested and packaged in accordance with strict rules. The packagers need to have certificates to prove they have been trained etc. A stack of paperwork is required for each such item of cargo describing the contents and the conditions under which it can become unsafe (temperatures, etc). Knowing this the cargo handlers can load the aircraft keeping potential fuel sources like Colourcoats away from potential ignition sources in the aircraft.

    "From our point of view, none of this is difficult - we just get a Dangerous Goods shipping specialist to do it. We send them our goods, Material Safety Data Sheets and our trade customer's shipping address and they do all the IATA certified packaging and paperwork then book it onto an airline then have it delivered to the door once across the water.

    "Unfortunately it's expensive. The paperwork is the expensive part. It costs hundreds to get a single 14ml tinlet onto an aircraft. Believe it or not, sea cargo is worse. Having paid for the paperwork the rest of a typical trade order is a relatively small incremental cost. If around 1000 tinlets are ordered, the shipping cost is in the order of $550 US. The bigger the order, the smaller the shipping burden must be carried by each tinlet's retail price once in the USA.

    "What Hannants lacks is trade customers to bankroll the shipping cost and distribute from a central location in the USA nowadays (they have said as much in the public domain). A single tin of Xtracolor could easily be sent legally to the USA, but it would cost around $400 delivered with $397 of that the one-off Dangerous Goods shipping paperwork!

    "The frustrating thing for all of us making solvent or oil based model paints is that liquids with very similar ignition characteristics can be sent easily in the regular post if it says "Nail Polish" on the label instead of "Model Paint". The postal companies just seem to lack any competence in their safety departments having suffered many a tedious conversation. They are unable to understand the MSDS and that they have precedents set in nail polish. Sadly us modelling companies lack the lobbying weight that the cosmetics industry has.

    "I hope this answers your question.

    "Kind regards,

    "James Duff
    Sovereign Hobbies Ltd"

     

  4. 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 Hyperscale; perhaps somebody over there has an answer.

  5. My only need at the moment is to create some 1/144 scale hull numbers for one of my ship models. These are black, military block numerals with a white shadow (you've seen them I'm pretty sure) - that's it!

    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.

  6. 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_arch.html

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  7. It also really helps to have software that gives you precise control over the exact placement of text and graphics in custom decals that you make. I was using photo editor programs, but the printer output from those was always a little jagged and muddy if you looked at it closely. Using a CAD program fixed all of that.

     

    Adobe Illustrator also gives precise control. it's a vector program like CAD software. There's also a CAD plug-in for it.

  8. Yes, it's all there, but it's NOT intuitive for the general web surfer to use. The info Mark Young was looking for and you linked is under the heading "About"....I wouldn't think to look there for contact info. "About" sounds like it's a link to an explanation of what IPMSUSA is and does (which is a part of that).

     

    The other problem is that the drop down menus for each area do NOT appear until you actually click on an area. IF the drop menus could be made to appear whenever the cursor is on the title (without clicking), that might help people find what they want easier, since many are reluctant to click onto something they're not sure of.

     

    Also, the Regional map serves almost no purpose. It doesn't have any links or show any clubs. You have to go the "Chapter Map" for that, and then you have to scroll down to the correct region and link for the individual club info; and you can miss them, as Mark Young did, if you don't scroll, because the chapter listings/links are not visible until you do scroll.

     

    I would suggest breaking out everything from under the "About" area except the "About IPMSUSA" and "Constitution/By Laws" and put them under a new heading called "Contact info". There seems to be room in the blue bar for at least one more heading, and it might just help people with less computer experience to find the info they need a bit easier.

     

    GIL :smiley16:

    I agree with Gil.

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