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2020 Nats Decal Sheet Subjects

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Greetings All,

In putting together a convention decal sheet for next year’s event, we’re looking for your ideas for Texas-themed subjects.  We’ve come up with several ideas for aircraft, but are still researching Texas subjects that might appeal to military vehicle, automotive, ships, space (other than the obvious NASA ties), Sci-Fi, etc.

We don’t want to limit the decals to just aircraft subjects, so … put on your thinking caps and let us know what you want to see.  Possible subjects might include law enforcement vehicles, naval vessels, race cars, something with a Texas–themed movie connection … use your imagination.

Please send an email with your ideas to Rob Booth: rbooth@hctc.net.  Please be sure to note how it fits the Texas theme, what specific kit(s) and scale would be applicable, and include some pictures for reference.  Deadline for ideas is December 31, 2019 to allow sufficient time for design and production.

Thanks,

Len Pilhofer

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Besides aircraft of the Texas Air National Guard, how about decals for Texas Highway Patrol vehicles of various vintages (1/24, 1/25)?  The Texas Highway Patrol have also operated various aircraft, including a Navion (1/72). Some of the smaller, lesser known Texas-based airlines might be good subjects (1/72, 1/144); the major ones are commercially available. I'll see if I can stir up some photos. The Department of Public Safety was very helpful when I was looking for a photo of the car my late dad drove when he was a License & Weight Inspector, and they probably have more in their archives.

Here's a list of ships with Texas-related names: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:United_States_Navy_Texas-related_ships

 

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I can think of at least a dozen racers from Texas--stock cars, sports cars, drag racers, Indy cars...

 

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I did see a couple guys at SuperCon in Arlington, Texas last weekend that shirts made.  They looked pretty awesome!

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I like the idea of having some law enforcement decals done. The ships would be excellent additions too. I would love to know what armor here could be; I'll have to look some up and see what there is.

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Airliners, too--Braniff, Trans-Texas Airways, Continental...

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5 hours ago, Ralph Nardone said:

Airliners, too--Braniff, Trans-Texas Airways, Continental...

I would like to see some of these in 1/72 scale too. I have a 1/72 scale DC-9 as well as another 737 in 1/72 scale that could use some good Texas airliner decals.

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Len:

I have a digital copy of the DC-3 35mm slides which Ed Seay of MAL Hobbies used to sell.    Included are some nice pix of some Trans Texas and Continental aircraft.   TTA livery with the Lone Star on the tail would be nice and fit in well.  1:144 please.   I'll burn a couple copies and bring with me to the Austin show this weekend 

 

Ed Grune

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There's no reason those markings couldn't be done in both 1/144 and 1/72 scale, considering the number of DC-3's in 1/72 scale out there. I believe there's evben a few 1/48 scale ones too so that marking size could also be considered. Ed had offered an excellent idea.

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Well, there's this...

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Very good ideas coming in for the decal sheet(s). 

Could I ask the auto guys to chime in with some relatively current kit releases that would be a suitable palette for some law enforcement decals?  It might be easier to research by vehicle type of available kits than vice versa.  i.e. TX DPS is using Tahoes in my area right now.  Are there any readily available kits?  Also, they were using some pretty hot Mustangs for a while... Pics of the subjects and model kit manufacturer's names and kit nos are VERY helpful.

NASCAR buffs - what about the Labonte Brothers?  Any ideas there?

Armor guys - what specific subjects from Ft. Hood, Ft. Sam Houston (field ambulances????), Ft. Bliss, others, would you like to see?

We're trying to avoid putting together an all aircraft sheet.

Thanks,  RB

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I'll try to look and see what vehicles are located at those forts. Please; if you do some armor decals/markings, please do them in both 1/35th an 1/72 scale! At one convention they had a great set of M1A1 Abrams decals that I wanted to use, but they were only in 1/35th scale so I was unable to make that tank.

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The eyes of Texas, P47 in 1/32 would be great!

Mike

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Sheppard AFB based birds, such as T-37s, T-38s, and B-52s. Carswell AFB based B-36s, Texas ANG F-101Bs for their 1978 William Tell Championship.

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