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    Mr. Paint / MRP Paints?

    I have purchased quite a number of the new MRP acrylic lacquer paints, and absolutely LOVE them. However, looking around at Hobby-World USA, and doing a search, there are NO searches for MRP, only Mr Paint. I realize that Mr. Paint makes the MRP line but my question is this: Is the Mr Paint line of paints the exact same thing as the MRP paint line only labeled differently? I have heard that "MRP" is the trademark used for the USA while the "Mr.Paint" is the trademark for the Europe. Inquiring minds would like to know..........
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    Eduard Bf109G-4/Trop - paint is on

    Great work! Looks really good to my eye.
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    Make the others jealous

    Coool! Is that the same plastic I take it, just different stuff/decals included?
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    Halcyon 1/9 Alien Figure

    Agreed! That looks great
  5. Its late 1944, and Hitler's Luftwaffe has been hard at work defending the father-land....................... Nearly 4 years earlier in the war, Hitler almost made a costly decision to try to get the newly designed Me-262 Swallow into combat as a bomber, which would have delayed its debut into front line service. Fortunately for the Luftwaffe, Hitler's top generals and advisers convinced him to press the 262 into service as a fighter as fast as they could, to help crush the Allies in the air. Hitler's fateful decision to press new factories into service all across occupied Europe, in hidden underground and out of reach facilities made all the difference. The Me-262 significantly impacted the air-war over Germany, as it was 100Mph faster than anything the Allies had, and after 2 and 1/2 years of uninterrupted front line service, the 262 along with other newly designed fighters were starting to turn the tide. This gave Germany the time it needed to fortify its defenses and start pressing home offensive attacks on the bombers over their homeland. Hitler's concealed underground bunkers, machine shops and assembly plants, separated all across Europe to produce and assemble his new secret Luftwaffe Jagdwaffe weapons for defense of the home-land, had now been fully ramping up for more than 2 years. Most factories that produced Hitler's so called new "Wonder weapons" were now fully operational and producing substantial quantities of these new weapons. Along with the Me-262, the new Do-335 "Arrow" had been made a priority as part of Hitler's developing Jagdwaffe program, as well as a host of other fighters back in the 1941 after much prodding from his subordinates indicating if Hitler wanted to win the war, he was going to have to match the allies numbers in the air.. After years of production across many different occupied countries, the numbers were starting to catch up to the Allies, including the Allied forces in the deserts of Africa. Multiple Do-335 manufacturing lines were established at the Mittelwerk factory in the Kohnstein located in Thuringia, Germany (along with one other airframe) to make sure production was un-interrupted by the Allied bombing. Do-335 assembly and production commenced in earnest in 1941 established by forced labor, and by 1944 had ramped up significantly, and was producing Do-335 Arrows at an alarming rate, sending them to all available fronts for ground attack, front line fighter, fighter bomber, and night fighter service. This included the Luftwaffe's JG 27 attempting to crush the British desert air force in Africa.................... Hans-Joachim Walter Rudolf Siegfried Marseille (or Jochen to his friends) was transferred to JG 27 on Christmas eve day 1940, as they were preparing to invade Yugoslavia. By April 10th 1941, the Africa campaign was coming along very nicely and the Afrika Korps were pushing the British back at almost every turn. Hitler deployed Jagdgeschwader 27 to North Africa, based in Tripoli to help crush the British Desert Army. Jochen was a self-taught natural pilot, and was an ace by American standards before even getting transferred to GJ 27 in 1940. Jochen's new Gruppenkommandeur, Eduard Neumann, later recalled, "His hair was too long and he brought with him a list of disciplinary punishments as long as your arm. He was tempestuous, temperamental and unruly." Nevertheless, Neumann quickly recognized Marseille's potential as a pilot. Marseilles aerial victories in the Africa campaign quickly mounted after he created a unique self-training program for himself, both physical and tactical, which resulted not only in outstanding situational awareness, marksmanship and confident control of the aircraft, but also in a unique attack tactic that preferred a high angle deflection shooting attack and shooting at the target's front from the side, instead of the common method of chasing an aircraft and shooting at it directly from behind. By mid December 1941 as Hitler's forces continued to roll across Africa, Jochen had reached 30 victories and was awarded the German Cross in Gold flying his Bf-109E Trop. His Staffel was rotated to Germany in November/December 1941 to convert from his Bf-109E to the Bf 109F-4/trop, the variant that was described as the Experten (experts) "mount." On 3 June 1942, after returning to Africa Marseille attacked alone a formation of 16 Curtiss P-40fighters and shot down six aircraft of No. 5 Squadron SAAF, five of them in six minutes, including three aces: Robin Pare (six victories), Cecil Golding (6.5 victories) and Andre Botha (five victories). This success inflated his score further, recording his 75–80th victories. Marseille was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves on 6 June 1942. By this time Romel and the Luftwaffe in Africa had pushed the Allies all the way to the middle of the continent, and threatened to push them out of the Mediterranean completely. On 17 June 1942, Marseille claimed his 100th aerial victory. He was the 21st Luftwaffe pilot to achieve the century mark by that time in the war. Marseille then returned to Germany for two months leave and the following day was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords. On 1 September 1942, returning to combat duties after some personal time in Italy, Jochen had his most successful day, claiming to destroy 17 Allied aircraft (nos. 105–121), and September would see him claim 54 victories, his most productive month. The 17 aircraft claimed included eight in 10 minutes; as a result of this feat, he was presented with a Volkswagen Kübelwagen by a Regia Aeronautica squadron, on which his Italian comrades had painted "Otto" (Italianlanguage: Otto = eight). This was the most aircraft from Western Allied air forces shot down by a single pilot in one day. Only one pilot, Emil "Bully" Lang, on 4 November 1943, would better this score, against the Soviet Air Force on the Eastern Front. In December 1942 Marseille and his Staffel were once again transferred to Germany, this time to convert to the new Do-335 Arrow A-2/Trop variant. This was the fastest hardest hitting airframe Marseille's Staffel had yet flown. This variant was capable of ground attack, fighter bomber as well as air superiority rolls, along with night fighter roles. The Do-335 A-2 Trop was a single seat fighter-bomber variant with new weapon aiming systems, enlarged DB603M engines, and longer/ reinforced wings for excellent low & high level performance and strength. The goal was to equip JG 27 to push the Allies completely off the African continent. After returning to Africa in mid February 1943, Marseille's Staffel was transferred to a new base equipped for the Do-335s at Martuba/Libya. The Staffel was fully equipped and the new Do-335 Trops were up and operational by the end of February. The new aircraft started taking an almost immediate toll on the British Desert Army. Marseille had been flying his Bf 109F-4 "Yellow 14" for more than 2 years and loved the quick and light handing of the 109, but found the new Arrow to be exceptionally fast and extremely agile for its immense size. Its speed was a substantial leap over any allied aircraft in the theater. On March 30th 1943 Hans-Joachim Marseille got his 200th kill, a British Tempest V, shot down as it was straggling back to base low on fuel, which by now was becoming a problem for the Allies in Africa. In early April, in honor of his 200th kill Marseille was allowed to pay tribute to the first days of JG-27 in Africa, and had his new Do-335 A-2 Trop painted in the "leopard spot" scheme JG-27 used in 1941 when the fighter wing was first transferred to Africa. Marseille had been flying his Bf 109F-4 "Yellow 14" immediately prior to getting transitioned to the new Do-335 A-2, so he transitioned to "Yellow 14" for his new mount keeping the 14 Staffel designation. Marseille had the twin rudders on his new mount painted white to reflect his immense kill scores. Marseille also hand painted the word "Otto" in black on the port side of the cockpit of his Do-335, in reference to his Italian comrades and his eight kills in 10 minutes back in 1942. By the summer of 1943, the Luftwaffe had perfected their wire guided technology, and Marseille's Staffel also was equipped with the newly re-designed X-4 Ruhrstahl wire guided air to air missiles. This new air to air technology really started to take a toll on Allied bombers still attempting to resist the German push across Africa. Marseille would eventually go on to break the 300 kill mark in his Do-335 A-2 Trop "Yellow 14". By July of 1943 JG 27s new Do-335s had been in service for 4 months and were really taking a toll on the British desert air force, as the Do-335s had almost a 100 MPH advantage over most any fighter the Allies could spare in the African theater. The hit and run tactics JG 27 had been using, had to be used less and less as more and more fighters came on line, and the bombers over the homeland were finally being curtailed. The Do-335 excelled at executing Marseilles lightning fast, hard hitting tactics, and with the armament and speed advantage the Do-335 gave him, Marseille's kills continued to mount. By late 1944 Marseille had racked up 36 more kills in the skies over Africa and became the scourge of the desert....................
  6. Thanks Jimbo. Yeah, the fit is bit loose, and like you, had a similar issue with the gear for my B-25. The fit here is loose, but fortunately the back of the well in all 3 cases acts like a stop for the gear. I think some careful placement and some JB Weld aught to take care of it. You are right, the brass gear is the way to go for larger models in my book. In the case of the HKM Do-335, you might not even need brass gear, but I really did not like the the double fork/smaller nose wheel combo. The G-Factor Do-335 gear I'm using is actually for the B model Do-335.
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    3D Printing

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    Your favourite paints?

    That's not something I would generally think about but would definitely have an adverse impact for sure.
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    British Airways Retro 747 Scheme

    Tiz quite lovely.
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    'Grace' type two-seat Spitfire in 1:32

    Wow, now isnt that a bit nice!
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    Badger airbrush 55th aniversary sale

    But you ARE easy to spot in a crowd...............especially a crowd like the PHX NATs Squadron drawing crowd.
  12. Surprisingly I'm not normally a jet guy; at least not a modern grey USN type jet guy, but the modern Russian subjects like the Su-30 and Su-57 REALLY appeal to me. I went with the Russian yellow primer on mine and even for as loud at it is, and as much room as it takes up, Id love to build a Sea Flanker all folded up to go beside it.
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    Airfix's big Typhoon

    Wow, that is super nice Tom!
  14. Thanks Mark! Its coming together WAY faster than I had anticipated. I think partly due to the excellent fit of the kit itself, and partly due to how well I now feel, and can sit at the bench as long as I like.
  15. That IS some oddly placed underside balkenkreuz.
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    B-24 Liberator Lead Ship aka Judas Goat

    I dont know if it's my work connection or not, but for some reason, I cant see those pics.
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    Spraying Tamiya gloss colors?

    The only luck I ever had spraying Tamiya gloss out of an AB, was with Mr Color lacquer thinner and about 10 drops of AKI retarder to each cup of paint.
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    Weird Problem on HS Forums

    I thought I was going to feel that way about the new LSP software when we first updated, but now that Im used to it, I really like it a lot better than the original version. Honestly I don't go to HS often enough to know anything about their setup or software.
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    Hawker Hunter Revell 1:32

    Wow, that is a super attractive scheme! The model came out very nice. I might say the markings are a tad too bright for the weathering but it takes nothing away from a spectacular build. Well done!
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    Tamiya F4u-1D Corsair build

    I like to use a small pencil torch I picked up from home depot. But yes, a quick run though the torch or lighter till black, then a quench in water, wipe off the black marks and you should be GTG! I've found they cooperate MUCH more. A cigarette lighter works too, but need just a few more seconds under the lighter than with a torch. If you do pick up torch, just keep the time in the flame short, as I found it doesn't take long to get things TOO hot.
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    Some Targets for view (my tank builds last year)

    Very nice! I love that king kitty. Well done!
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    where east meets west

    Yikes! Adding all raised rivets to that beast is going to be an undertaking! Looking good so far
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    Eduard Bf109G-4/Trop - paint is on

    Keeeeeeewl! Cant wait to see some deserty paint on
  24. Got the wings glued together, and per the A-2 Trop designation it used new weapon aiming systems, enlarged DB603M engines, and longer/ reinforced wings, I used the extented longer wingtips. I slipped the wings on to see where I was, and then busted out the G-Factor gear. I initially though I wasn't going to use them, as I thought I could just use the OOB fork and gear with my own oleo strut, but I definitely did NOT like the look of the smaller A-0 wheel and fork, and wanted to use the larger front tire of the B series Do-335. I really wanted to turn the front nose wheel to add some interest, but I quickly discovered that trying to bend or otherwise turn the G-Factor gear was not worth the risk. It was then, that I figured out that the G-Factor gear was for the B-2/6 and had the larger single sided fork for the larger front tire, so I decided to go with that. The stance looks pretty good here right out of the package, and in my eye will only get better once the larger MLG wheels are put on with the slightly smaller nose wheel. Fit of the wings is pretty good. The fit of the G-Factor gear is quite loose and the angles of all the gear here is really off as all 3 gear are just loosely setting in position: Next up, I took the wings back off, so I could get the landing light straightened out. It was not much of anything OOB, so I boxed in all three sides with plastic card, so all seems were hidden, then added a PE sheet for the back for two rounded lights (I didnt like the look of the normal square ones) and added two thing-a-ma-bobs from the watch bits I got off E-bay. The light fixture is canted a bit, so as to stay level with the ground, as apposed to level with the dihedral of the wings. Later I will add a center post and some glass for the lights using my UV gel "Bondic" pen: The beginnings of a first a spritz of MRP chrome: Again, seemingly MUCH better looking IRL than I can get in pics. More tonight, as Im working toward getting the MLG wheel wells buttoned up and decent without spending TOO much time on them, or going TOO crazy with them.