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Williams Bros. 1/72 C-46 Build Series, Part 2O.K., here's the next group of photos. Progress is slowly being made. A few minutes with 400 grit sandpaper cleans up the main gear openings. There's a lot of ejector pins that need to be removed. Abnormally, they're all raised instead of slightly recessed. Good old fashioned wood spring clothespins and MicroMark Same Stuff (basically Ambroid ProWeld) help install the gear well inserts. Note that the gear wells are nowhere near accurate, but I'm not going to rebuild them. If I did, I couldn't use the SAC metal gear my client sent me. One outer wing panel glued and clamped. In order to keep the lower wing panel aligned when the center section is added, a piece of sprue in the proper location prevents that. With the help of clamps and more clamps, we're making progress. As it stands right now, the two horizontals are going to wind up causing the least problems in this build....which is none! That's it for this installment. More soon.
United States Camouflage, WW-II PDF Book
ipmsusa2 posted a topic in General ModelingThere's nothing like having the original tech orders that specified how camouflage was to be applied to aircraft, both Air Corp and Navy, in WW-II. Even better are the exact specs for insignia and the dates when each insignia style was used. 51 years ago, Jay Frank Dial...a professional modelbuilder and amateur aviation historian...produced a thin book that summarized that information using nothing more than the original tech orders as his source. Jay passed away many years ago and his book has become virtually impossible to find. Since I knew Jay at the time he produced the book, I have an original. To honor Jay and to make that original material available to one an all, I have produced his book in a downloadable PDF format. It has also been enhanced with an index to make finding the information easier, along with ten photos of actual aircraft to help you see what the camouflage patterns really looked like. Viewable with an Adobe Acrobat Reader or print out any or all of it as a hard copy. Price is a paltry $9.99 and can be purchased by going to this link: http://modelersweaponsshop.freeyellow.com/camouflagebook.html
The How To Make Your Own Decals E-Book is READY!
ipmsusa2 posted a topic in General ModelingHi all, It's February 16 and the Decal E-book has just been made available for sale. From now until the 1st of March, the price is a mere $3.99. After that, it goes to $4.99. So where do you get it? All you have to do is click on Scale Publications and you'll go right to it. I hope y'all enjoy it. Feedback is encouraged so it can be improved and expanded, depending on what you would like to see. Richard p.s. If someone in the review corps wants a copy for review, I'll be happy to send one to them. Just give me a shout.
The Very Latest On The Decal Ebook
ipmsusa2 posted a topic in General ModelingHi all, Hang in there. The ebook's almost done. 13,000 words so far. In PDF format, it's 60 pages or maybe a little more. As you know, pages don't count in the various ebook formats. It all depends on the size of the screen you're reading on. If I can go without sleep...and put off some of my commission work...it'll be done by the 15th of February. Price will be $4.99 and I'll see what I can do to knock it down a buck or so for IPMS members. Richard
Status Report on Decal Ebook
ipmsusa2 posted a topic in General ModelingHi all, Just to let you know, my How To Make Your Own Decals Ebook is moving right along. Every day I find something else that needs to be discussed, but it now looks to be finished and available by February 15. It better be, since I am scheduled to make a presentation on that date for the local IPMS group! You'll have your choice of multiple formats, including epub, mobi and pdf. Price? Either $3.99 or $4.99. Anyway, below is the current table of contents for your consideration. Richard Table Of Contents Prologue Introduction Chapter 1: Equipment Scanners Aftermarket Scanning Programs Computers Printers H-P Photosmart 8250 Epson Workforce 840 Epson XP-410 Brother J6920DW Ink Software Photoshop Open Office Draw Microsoft Paint Gimp Chapter 2: Decal Paper Who Actually Makes The Paper Testors Experts Choice Micro-Mark Papilio Chapter 3: Fixatives Testors Decal Bonder Testors Glosscote & Dullcote Krylon Crystal Clear Papilio Aerosol Decal Fixative & Ink Freeze Microscale Liquid Decal Film Deft Clear Wood Finish in Gloss, Satin & Matte Chapter 4: Capturing The Image Chapter 5: Restoring Old Decals Chapter 6: Resizing Chapter 7: Creating A New Image Chapter 8: Printing The Decal Chapter 9: Sealing The Decal Chapter 10: Applying The Decal Chapter 11: Alternate Techniques Epilogue About The Author