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  1. Those appear to be Italeri releases, not Hasegawa!
  2. You can also use clear enamel/acrylic. Paint it on canopy edges with a fine brush then stick canopy in place.
  3. Nice job. I wish you could put the Hodgepodge photoetch back in production, especially the generic stuff. Very handy it was!
  4. Speaking for myself, that's a great idea! Even consolidating the separate parts into one thread when the build is complete would be great. Then it can be saved for future reference as a web page which can be opened in any browser.
  5. Neil Gaunt, founder/proprietor/chief designer of Aircraft in Miniature, manufacturer of the forthcoming Cessna 310 kit, has asked me to post this message: "I am reading so much about our first DH86 kit that I would like to put the record straight. "It was produced in the mid to late 1990s, and was a vacformed fuselage with resin flying surfaces, metal detail parts and silkscreen printed decals. The masters were made by Roger Hardy who started the Rug Rat range. We have always used heavy (2mm) polystyrene for the large models and so used our standard material. As a result, the corners never f
  6. These are just the masters for the resin parts. Detail parts (landing gear, props) will be metal, and cabin top/windows will be vac-formed. Decals will be included, but I don't know details as yet. I myself am working on a decal sheet for Sky King's "Songbird." I've been promised a kit when they are ready, and I will be posting a detailed review. The Albatross will have full cockpit and cabin detail. The cabin windows are intended to be glazed with liquid glazing. Decals will be for "Fortuna" of Imperial Airways.
  7. Masters for Cessna 310B/U-3A in both 1/72 and 1/48: A close-up of the 1/72 masters: A close-up of the 1/48 masters: Masters for the de Havilland DH.91 Albatross in 1/72: Kits will be available from Hannant's in due course. Having assisted in the design of the 310B kit, I am very pleased at the appearance of the masters. What you see in the photos are masters for the resin parts. Details (landing gear, props, cabin seats, etc.) will be metal, and the cabin will be vacformed clear. The Albatross will come with decals for Imperial Airways, while the 310 will be issued
  8. As would I! And I'll add my thanks for your past work on behalf of the Society.
  9. With the development and marketing of many new brands of hobby paint over the last few years, there are many variables, as the above posts point out. But in my experience you can never go wrong if you consistently apply enamels over lacquers and not the other way around. Water-based paints can go over either of them.
  10. The first sci-fi TV show I ever remember seeing was "Rocky Jones, Space Ranger," which aired in the mid-1950s and was in many ways a precursor of "Star Trek." I've long wanted a model of the hero ship from that series and have done a lot of research into the design by studying screen snaps from the show and preparing my own scale drawings. That research, as well as the Mechanical Drawing classes I took in high school and college, has paid off. See here, and note the credit in "About the Model." (The drawings shown are not mine, but are temporary placeholders; the multi-color exploded view is m
  11. The latest GSA document was FS 595C, but this is now an SAE document, version A. The colors are the same in both.
  12. The General Services Administration, previous managers of this specification, have asked SAE Committee G-8 Organic Coatings to take over document management. See here:http://standards.sae.org/amsstd595/ http://www.sae.org/servlets/paintChips.do?method=load&contentType=RM&prodGrpCd=B60
  13. If you have a Mac, the Address Book software (which comes with every Apple computer) will let you create Groups of related email addresses. Then, using the Mac's Mail program (which comes with every Apple computer), you can easily send a message to every address in a Group with a couple of mouse clicks. This is how I managed email when I was President of IPMS-North Central Texas. I had one Group of addresses of club members, another Group with addresses of vendors. Addresses can be exported to Excel if necessary using a free application called "AddressBook2CSV Exporter." There is probably
  14. I agree 100%. The same could be said for the uniformly flat finished military aircraft models. I'm inclined to think that most of today's modelers of aircraft have never seen a real one close-up, but just build according to a formula they read somewhere once.
  15. The only possible justification I see for this is the re-creation of crime scenes for jury trials.
  16. Possibly a new IPMS category: "Die-oramas." http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/hold-these-tiny-crime-scenes-in-the-palm-of-your-hand
  17. I am having trouble with airlinercafe.com. All of a sudden, I'm getting a message that I have an ad blocker in my browser and must upgrade to a "First Class" membership in order to access the site. I do use an adblocker program, but it is disabled for airlinercafe, and the site is whitelisted. I cannot log in, and I cannot even contact the site administrator about this issue because the adblocker prevents me from doing so. This is happening in both Safari and Firefox. Help!
  18. You're partly correct. Originally, the Coast Guard was under the Treasury Dept. during peacetime and the Navy Dept. in wartime. In 1967, it was moved from the Treasury Dept. to the newly formed Dept. of Transportation, an arrangement that lasted until it was placed under the Dept. of Homeland Security in 2003. It can still be transferred to the Navy in time of war.
  19. This is more like greedy capitalism at work. Nothing remotely "progressive" or "communist" about it.
  20. This letter from Lewis Nace, President of Minicraft Models. appeared in the July 2016 issue of "Beaver Tales," the e-newsletter of IPMS-Canada: “Some months ago we exchanged messages about the threat of licensing demands by the US Military. It is now official that the first of the US military licensing demands have been made, the first being the US Navy. “Last year this topic first came up because a container shipped to a Minicraft customer (MMD) was seized by US Customs because a model kit had a decal representing the seal of the US Coast Guard (it was a Trumpeter container not a Mini
  21. The general rule is: "Acrylic" (i.e., water-based) over enamel (oil-based) over lacquer (lacquer-based). NEVER enamel over acrylic and NEVER lacquer over anything. This is a rule which I have obeyed for years, and it has never let me down. Having said that, however, there do appear to be some modern "acrylics" that are robust enough to stand up to the application of enamels over them. I can't tell you which ones, because I shy away from "acrylics." I put "acrylics" in quote because "acrylic" means different things to different people. There are water-based "acrylics" (which are technic
  22. So now my question is: What's a good source for photoetch seatbelts of various styles? I once had a bunch, but they seem to have been lost in several moves over the years.
  23. You can also carve away the not-quite-cured filler with your hobby knife.
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