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Neal

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    Neal
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    Izumi
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    31869
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    IPMS Hawaii Battlehip Row
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    Honolulu
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  1. I think the reddish fine wire is motor winding wire. I was given one from an electronics pal. The spool has quite a bit of wire on it; should last a lifetime. I think I saw some at Fry's.
  2. The car guys told me about that paint trick. Instead of building another Saturn V, just wait until DML does a soviet N-1 moon rocket in 1/72! (Actually, I'd like one in 1/144 - the Realspace Models resin kit is very rough.)
  3. Mikro-Mir Beverley, for all to see: http://hobbyterra.com/product/british-heavy-transport-aircraft-blackburn-beverley-micro-mir-144-008.html Yes, quite weird! It reminds me of the "heavy-ish bomber" that appeared in the satirical book "Zany Afternoons".
  4. When I built Airfix's Saturn V, I used Tamiya flat white primer from the rattle can to get an opaque finish, then topped off with gloss white, again from the rattle can. I sprayed outside in my back yard on my lunch break, then inspected the painted parts in the evening. The flat white (actually the primer dries to a nice satin finish) was easy to spot sand with a bit of 600 grit wet-n-dry. A quick wash and rinse in the kitchen sink, then off to dry overnight. I repeated this process over a period of around a week. I think I applied four flat white coats and two gloss white coats. I did
  5. With that kind of terrain following system, I'm sure landing would be the least of your problems! I can't imagine dragging a stick behind my plane going along at around 200 MPH and expect it or the plane to survive! What a really weird, wacky,cool model though. Nice job man! Mikro-Mir is the new king of weird model kits,, a title previously held by MPM.
  6. There has to be a chapter first, one would think! I'm holding out for Hawaii, Alaska, and Puerto Rico Conventions! A ha ha. Oh ho ho. A hee hee. And I thought MY jokes were bad! B) The Hawaii Mafia has on numerous occasions kicked around the possibility of hosting a Nats here, and the guys get pretty excited whenever the subject comes up. But if we managed to pull it off, it would go down in the books as the Nats with the fewest models per entrant ever. The logistics of hauling a delicate model across at least 2,500 miles of open ocean would make it look like a shoebox mode
  7. The local hobby shop here in the 1970s was Pete's Modelcraft,. But I got most of my kits from Woolworth's, as their buyer seemed to have a better idea of what we kids wanted. The main shopping center in my area had Pete's, Woolworth's, JC Penny, Sears, and Longs Drugs, of which all carried models! I was like a little bee, trying to hit all the stores before my dad told me it was time to go. Heady days. Now the shopping malls don't even have toy stores; We had a Thrifty Drugs and Kress variety store in my neighborhood (i.e. within bicycle range) which also sold models. There was a see
  8. I am working on a 1/20 Tamiya F-1 car right now, and noticed that the white decals appear to be affected by the underlying blue paint. You could try sourcing a second set of kit decals and double them up, but Tamiya's decals are already kind of thick. Aftermarket sets vary in quality, so you should research potential sources before buying. I am leery of applying tire logo decals to the sidewalls, so I tried using PE templates and airbrushed the markings on. It was a lot simpler to do than I thought; I wrapped the tire tread face with a piece of masking tape, then stuck smaller pieces ar
  9. My buddy who attended this year's Nats with me had an interesting suggestion - it would have been really cool if the convention decal sheet had markings for the bagged kits. I thought they were all Boeing 314s, but since there were other kits, I suppose that would have made it impractical. But it was a neat suggestion at the time. Perhaps the bagged kits could be included in the "best use of a convention decal" category? Except that everyone has to bring their own decals. :m1helmet:
  10. Are the old model 200s different from newer ones? Just curious. (I have a 200 that was purchased in 1980, but it is still my go-to airbrush - sorry!)
  11. Gil, that is some seriously impressive work! Will you be finished by next year's Nationals? It would be awesome to see it in person! Keep plugging away, you are an inspiration to all us slackers!
  12. Thanks Mark! I picked this version because there is less glass to mask, and it has those cool missiles. Going to try to keep this one as OTTB as possible, funky intake shape notwithstanding.
  13. I am still in London after attending Scale Model World at Telford. Had a blast, thanks guys for the helpful tips! Here's what I got. Trumpeter 1/72 Tu-16 Badger w/ the radar nose and missiles. The kit had a small bonus PE set. Mikro-Mir 1/35 weird German hydrofoil torpedo boat. This was my favorite find at the show. Special Hobby 1/32 Bristol M1.C. I saw a 1:1 replica (?) at the RAF Museum at Cosford. Can't wait to get home and start building again!
  14. I'm still trying to figure out posting an image from Flickr - every time I do, they seem to change it! But anyway, I recently got Eastern Express' 1/144 Antonov An-22 "Antei" (NATO reporting name Cock) and Modelsvit's 1/72 Bartini VVA-14. I was surprised that Eastern Express has upped their game and have produced an entirely acceptable model kit. The An-22's mold quality looks similar to MPM on a good day. The clear sprue looks very clear on first inspection. The cockpit is reasonably well represented, certainly much more so than your typical airliner kit. There is no cargo space inte
  15. Ron - Thanks for the info, PM inbound! I wasn't aware of the IPMS card thing. Bobmig - I'm from Hawaii, so anything below 70 F is cold! I think the lowest daytime temperature I have experienced was around 52 F. Yeah, I know, we're bad weather sissies. Even the hurricanes are milder here compared to the east coast. Did you guys see our hurricane-smashing volcano in action when Iselle dropped by? Gosh, somebody better get this to the Sci-Fi Channel - "Hurrcane vs Volcano!" Jcorley - We are going to use public transportation all the way, so we don't have to fret about odd stick shif
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