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  1. People will laugh at me, but it works - try the Kopykake compressor. Its intended for bakers and cake decorators, but is very quiet. Some have air pressure regulators, some don't. Mine doesn't and quite frankly, it works fine without it. There's no reservoir so it will turn on everytime to depress the airbrush trigger but as I said, its quiet. I live in a condo and my neighbors have never heard it. https://www.kopykake.com/airbrushes-and-compressors/
  2. Thanks for everyones' advice and help. After looking at everything, I'm going to rebuild one of my Paasche VLs with new parts into a faux-VLS Pro for better control and atomization with the newer paint picker air cap and use that for larger areas. Then, I'll likely either go for a Grex or a Sotar 20/20 for finer detail work depending upon price. There are a lot of Labor Day sales going on right now so its a matter of working my way through Amazon, Spraygunner, Dixie Art, Coast Airbrush and the rest looking for the right deal. Part of me is still intrigued by the oft-maligned Aztek but the ability to disassemble a Grex or Sotar and get replacement parts is so important, plus being able to easily get hose adapters. I really wish another high quality airbrush maker would go the modular route with tips and caps like Testors did with the Aztek. I'm trying to imagine what an Iwata Aztek would look like and how great it would be. 'Til then, I'm sticking with a more traditional brush. Thanks again, Bob
  3. That may be the case since the reviews I've been looking at are from a few years ago. My newer VL is far better than my original 20 year old one, with better fitting tips and lower clogging caps, for example.
  4. Hi Nichenson, I've not seen it in person, but I have heard about it from multiple online sources and reviews. The issue seems to be machining, where the needles don't sit perfectly centered. For myself, that isn't enough to stop me from buying one potentially since I've used the VL for years, and while a solid, bulletproof airbrush, trust me, the needles are rarely if ever centered and I still got more than acceptable performance. I did see a review on Youtube awhile back that showed some of the issues but can't find it now to post it. Having said this, the Paasche Vision and Talon brushes have significantly more serious problems with centering. What makes me look at them despite this is the ready availability of spare parts, needles, etc. I'm also looking at a Sotar 20/20. I've always loved the look of that brush. Mel, those look like nice brushes. Interestingly, they look exactly like the Grex without the plastic hand holds. I'm wondering if they aren't built on license from Grex, or if they're just similar looking - similar uses leading to very similar designs? Bob PS. Nichenson, do you know if the Grex is made in the USA?
  5. The title says it all. I’ve used various Paasche VLs for nearly 20 years and they’ve been great brushes, but lately I find myself wanting more - better sharp line control, more consistent spraying, and ease of cleanup and disassembly; I usually spray acrylics. Easily obtainable small parts and gravity feed would be outstanding; that's been the thing keeping me with the VL for so long. I’d like to not spend north of $175. I’ve looked at the Grex and Paasche’s higher end models (Talon and Vision), but the reviews seem mixed, people either love them or hate them, and the machining seems to be hit or miss, either perfect or things like the needles are out of center. When they work, they’re outstanding and the price is right, but... When they work. So, any ideas? Any suggestions? I’m in the USA, if that matters. Thank you for any pointers. Bob
  6. I just want Enterprise decals! VF-10 for when they release a -3, and some more VF-20 birds would be great.
  7. Pizza. Bacon pizza. Yum..... Seriously, best wishes getting back on your feet whatever the future may bring.
  8. Never mind. It was Zotz and I think I know where they are. I seriously need to clean this dump out!
  9. Evening! I'm in the position of having so much crap around here that I can't find what's in the stash. Its a sad problem to have, I suppose. Anyway, I can't seem to find some decals that I suspect I have. I may have sold them on Ebay a year or two back, but can't remember so the next best thing is - buy some new ones! Yeah, I know, sad... I'm looking for decals for Peter Townsend's Mk.I Battle of Britain Hurricane, either for the Fly or PCM 1.32nd kits, or for the big Trumpeter 1.24th scale kit. I've been re-reading Townsend's Duel of Eagles again, and being a history teacher we just finished up the Battles of France, Dunkirk and Britain. I actually feel rather proud of myself in that one of my students actually watched The Darkest Hour after seeing a clip of the Fight on the Beaches speech in my class. So, self-back patting aside, are there any decals for Townsend's ride? Many thanks, Bob
  10. This is a Tom Doll Special, for those who know him and have his Command Aircraft book! I have to get one!
  11. BEST WISHES FOR THE NEW YEAR! I meant what I said in an earlier thread. If you choose, after taking care of family and other far more important non-modeling issues, to get back into the modeling world, I have one of your RF-8A conversions that I would be happy to donate to the cause of helping you reverse master the set. If not, no matter. Modeling seems far less important given the totality of what has transpired. I'm happy that you are well given the circumstances and I can only hope that 2019 will bring only good tidings and better times. Robert
  12. Paul, best of luck getting set back up. Yes, I am selfish as a modeler; I would love to see more of your gorgeous work in my greedy hands. But... You and your family (and, your Great Danes) are alright, and that is the most vital, critical thing. I have one of your RF-8A sets . If you would like it to "reverse master" it to get your feet grounded and back in the biz just let me know. It's your's if you want it, gratis. I'm just glad to you, and so many others, somehow survived. Take care, Bob retiretomaui@cox.net (Paul,if you want the RF-8A be sure to put something snazzy in the subject line to I don't delete it accidentally - inundated with SPAM!).
  13. To second that, Swede Vejtasa flew an F4U-1 aboard Enterprise in early 1943 off of the Solomons, the first the Big E's crew had ever seen. There are photos on the interwebs. That would be a really neat decal set, a bent wing bird flown by an ace aboard the greatest carrier in history. It had to have been a Marine Corps bird on loan as they were the only ones with the plane in theater at the time. https://www.worldwarphotos.info/gallery/usa/aircrafts-2-3/f4u-corsair/f4u-1-corsair-82-of-vf-10-on-the-flight-deck-of-the-aircraft-carrier-uss-enterprise-cv-6-march-20-1943/ Not really VF-10, as far as I can tell. I could be wrong, but as VF-10 flew F4Fs this is likely a bird temporarily "stolen" from the Marines. The side numbers might support that. https://archive.org/details/NPC-921 Poor quality video, but interesting. I posted about it in this link back in the day, but the originating link with the putative VMF-213 ID seems to have vanished. Crud. https://www.asisbiz.com/il2/Corsair/VBF10/pages/Vought-F4U-1-Corsair-VBF-10-White-82-USS-Enterprise-CV-6-1943-01.html Nice side view in the Big E's hangar. Thank you for listening! Bob Bob
  14. Wait, he makes guitars, too? Seriously, he makes guitars? I didn't know that.
  15. This is a great opportunity to help someone who has helped enrich our hobby for so many of us. I learned about the gofundme page through the airlinercafe.com site. I'd suggest spreading the word on the gofundme page to as many modeling sites as possible. The more sites and forums that see the link, the better for Mr. Fisher. I have to say, it is wonderful seeing so many people donating. In many ways, we are all electronic ships that pass in the night, known only by our screen names and a few pictures of our completed (hopefully!) models. It would be all to easy to simply scroll through to the next forum posting. So, seeing so many people donate is a testament to our hobby, but more importantly an indicator of the esteem and respect that Mr. Fisher is held in. I can only hope and pray that he and the others impacted by these horrible fires can recover as soon as possible. Forget the resin, anyone with an awesome dog like that must be helped, right? Robert
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