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    Jack reacted to Out2gtcha in Happy Thanksgiving to all   
    I know this year is different for all, but like all things, this too shall pass.
     
    Happy Thanksgiving to all my US friends!
    I'm thankful I have an indoor hobby that affords indulgence in my 2nd favorite hobby of staying away from others, with or without any pandemics.
     
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    Jack reacted to Marcel111 in Difference Trumpeter Su-30MKK Flanker G vs Trumpeter Su-27UB Flanker C   
    My quick input on this since I've been researching it a little (but am by no means an expert so stand to correction):
     
    The tandem Flanker two-seaters can be generally categorized like this in Russian service:
     
    Su-27UB: Tandem seater that is about the same as the baseline S-27 except for the tandem cockpit. Available as the namesake Trumpeter kit.
     
    Su-30M2: Tandom seater with two wheels at the front and enlarged wheel well, tall tail. Seems to be used as a "combat trainer" in Russia and I have only ever seen the (Russian) Su-30M2 loaded with A/A ordnance. Seems to be the same jet as the Su-30MKK flown by China, Uganda, Venezuela, Indonesia. Available as the Trumpeter Su-30MKK Flanker G kit.
     
    Su-30SM: Tandem seater but with two wheels at the front and enlarged wheel well, canards, but regular tail. Additional pylon on wing. These have seen a lot of action in Russian service and there are loads of pics on the internet showing these with A/G ordnance. No 1/32 kit available... so wish Trumpeter would produce this using new tooling for wings and body up to their present engraving standard.
     
    Cheers,
    Marcel
     
     
     
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    Jack reacted to John1 in Traveling home today   
    Flying home from a job in PA today was a surreal experience.  Washington/ Dulles is one of the busiest airports in the US.  Passing through it at noontime, it was a ghost town.  Just a shell of itself with closed restaurants / shops and empty terminals.  I walked down a terminal for nearly 20 gates and passed a single person (a janitor).  Saw a 787 heading to S Korea with maybe 30 passengers lined up to board.   IAD has over a hundred gates.  As we taxi’d out, I saw a total of three occupied.  Sad.  
     
    I’m so done with 2020.  Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving folks. 
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    Jack got a reaction from RadBaron in Your modelling plans for today   
    Not my plans for today, but soon i'll start a project which i should have started years ago, by receiving a unique vacform kit made by Lee White (he himself built the original kit, produced also by himself) viz. a 1/32scale  Lockheed AH-56 Cheyenne .
    Having had the time to collect info on this particular aircraft i thought it would be time to get this "of the ground" so to say.
    It's been too long since i've done some building, so i'll try to get this thing started, and also the follow up on the  RB57F Canberra (thank you iain).\
     
    cheers,
     
     
    Jack.
     
     
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    Jack got a reaction from Rick Griewski in Your modelling plans for today   
    Not my plans for today, but soon i'll start a project which i should have started years ago, by receiving a unique vacform kit made by Lee White (he himself built the original kit, produced also by himself) viz. a 1/32scale  Lockheed AH-56 Cheyenne .
    Having had the time to collect info on this particular aircraft i thought it would be time to get this "of the ground" so to say.
    It's been too long since i've done some building, so i'll try to get this thing started, and also the follow up on the  RB57F Canberra (thank you iain).\
     
    cheers,
     
     
    Jack.
     
     
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    Jack got a reaction from mpk in Your modelling plans for today   
    Not my plans for today, but soon i'll start a project which i should have started years ago, by receiving a unique vacform kit made by Lee White (he himself built the original kit, produced also by himself) viz. a 1/32scale  Lockheed AH-56 Cheyenne .
    Having had the time to collect info on this particular aircraft i thought it would be time to get this "of the ground" so to say.
    It's been too long since i've done some building, so i'll try to get this thing started, and also the follow up on the  RB57F Canberra (thank you iain).\
     
    cheers,
     
     
    Jack.
     
     
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    Jack reacted to MARU5137 in Your modelling plans for today   
    Well I helped MY  cousins in two different 1:1 scale builds. 
     
    I helped one brother with his 1:1 scale Boat  by thumping in rivets on the side of the boat  where wood goes from top to bottom like a lattice pattern.  not sure they are called rivets  but thats how they looked to ME !!!
     
    I helped the other with his 1:1 scale Mustang motor car ... helping with engine  parts !
     
    That's the limit of MY "modelling "  for this year and for many years to come...
          
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    Jack reacted to Out2gtcha in F7F-3 Tigercat - BuNo 80405 - VMF 312 MCAS - El Toro, CA 1946   
    Thanks again one and all! It really does keep me motivated on a complex and occasionally MoJo debilitating build like this.   
    I have actually in fact found a viable solution to the problem of the ignition wires being too bright and new however!
     
    I experimented with a bunch of trials with the braided cord.
    Trial #1 was adding a straight wash to them with no clear (trying both clay based and enamel based washes) and just as I had suspected, the washes climbed right up the braided material, and really made mess of things. Especially the clay wash, as it just left chunks of black or brown behind with 0 opportunity to wipe any of the excess away.
     
    Trial #2 came when I did some experimentation with Johns idea of adding a clear to them to make them less absorbent. This actually worked! What I found however is even though the clear did prevent much of the wash from getting on them, the clear made the braided material very stiff in the end when enough clear was added to fully protect the lines, and they no longer looked as realistic. And on top of that, if you missed coating even one single place on them, capillary action would wick the wash into that little spot, and then inside the lines so it leaked to the outside of the lines underneath the clear. Again, a pretty big mess, especially if I had to had paint or spray 72 individual lines.
     
    Trial #3 was when I had a breakthrough after the wash experiment. I was sort of dejected as to how to weather the material, thinking that all the stuff I was experimenting and all the stuff I generally used to weather things like this was wet, AKA washes. I was thinking to myself how nice it would be if I somehow had a "dry" wash to add to them......................then lightning struck!  I DO have what equates to a dry wash, Tamiya weathering pallets!
    So I quickly busted out my Tamiya weathering pallet of "soot" and started experimenting with the braided material......
     
     
    BINGO! That was the solution. The dry powdered soot clung to the material in a realistic way, but because it was powder only, it never crept or went anywhere but where I generally placed it with a soft but thin brush.
    After 45 min or an hour of very gingerly placing the powdered material on the ignition cords, then carefully blowing the excess off, I had one engine weathered. 
     
    I also got both front trans units glue on to the engines as well. It doesnt take much to see which one I weathered and which one I didnt:
     

     

     
     
     
     
    The lines are actually even dirtier than the pics lead on, as the light still seems to make them appear shinier and brighter than they actually are, but Im very pleased with the results. The weathering pallets took all the super bright/new look off of the ignition lines and blended them with the rest of the engine weathering very nicely. 
     
    After another careful 45 min or so I had both engines lines weathered. 
     

     
     
     
     
    Much better
     

     
     
     
     
    Once again, my bench lights make things look a bit more uneven than they are IRL, as one of my original lights burned out, and had to replace it with a different type, so the left one appears a bit brighter, which it actually isnt.
     
    With that task completed and can now move onto the main finishing areas of the R2800s, which are the 2 magnetos and 4 distributor housing covers. All 6 of those pieces will have additional wire to them, as well as the front trans cover will have additional wire added to it as well.
     
    Cheers!
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    Jack reacted to Out2gtcha in Difference Trumpeter Su-30MKK Flanker G vs Trumpeter Su-27UB Flanker C   
    Yes, all are correct.
    - Internal cockpit differences, but no differing cockpit kits are available.
    - Different shaped vertical tails with the SU-30 having the taller flat tailed tops, and the SU-27 has the slanted top tails
    - IRST ball goes from more center on the SU-30 MKK, to offset on the SU-27 UB
    - SU-30 MKK has a dual nose wheel and some different shapes to the nose gear well, while the SU-27UB has a standard nose well and a single nose wheel.
     
    Beyond that, I dont think there are many other differences, but a Flanker SME make correct me.
     
     
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    Jack reacted to Out2gtcha in LEM Kits Donation for a new model   
    If I was going to suggest something, I would say maybe an SU-34 conversion for the Trumpeter Flanker kit:
     

     
     
     
     
    Or how about an SU-33 conversion for the Trumpy kit, complete with folding wing/tail option:
     

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    Jack reacted to Stevepd in Something to raise a smile - What’s your reason to be cheerful?   
    And now show her how to mend it (watching your partners face)........
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    Jack reacted to Stokey Pete in Something to raise a smile - What’s your reason to be cheerful?   
    Over the last few weeks, our daughter has started to recognise lots of things (she’s 2.5 yrs old). Chief among them is the babbled word “airbopwane” while pointing at my model display shelves. This has me fearing for my built stash’s future while simultaneously smiling inwardly as she shouts.
    Solution? 
    Give her one to play with. I have a new one in the stash to build, that I intended to replace this with. It lasted approx’ 10 min’s before being reduced to a pile of plastic bits. She’s enjoying herself with it though.
    I have the perfect excuse to break open the new Tamiya now. 
    I thought this image would give people a smile or a giggle. 
     
     
     
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    Jack reacted to MikeC in Fisher or not to Fisher   
    To put it politely, but colloquially: Gentlemen, please mount your bicycles.   This one is being built.  Just wish I'd got the Meteor F8 while I could.
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    Jack reacted to npb748r in Difference Trumpeter Su-30MKK Flanker G vs Trumpeter Su-27UB Flanker C   
    I think the nose wheel is single on the 27, double on the 30 (I could be wrong). I've built the 30, it's probably my favourite built kit to look at and went together well.  It's a big beast though !
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    Jack reacted to Out2gtcha in F7F-3 Tigercat - BuNo 80405 - VMF 312 MCAS - El Toro, CA 1946   
    Thanks again all. 
    This one.................OH this one here. This type of HpH kit absolutely tortures my OCD. Nothing bloody "clicks" together in a positive manor like most any new gen LSP kit. Its a smorgasbord of endless guesswork, and scratch building. I love to engineer sometimes, but NOT to have to do it throughout an entire build. I definitely would not be torturing myself like this, had I not already come so far, and had this not been my all time favorite aircraft. 
     
    So..........................
     
    Work continues on the engines. AKA, R2800 hell.   Back in a few with pics.
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    Jack reacted to Landrotten Highlander in Fisher or not to Fisher   
    MUD WRESTLING !!!!!!!!
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    Jack reacted to Jennings Heilig in Fisher or not to Fisher   
    Paul is still fighting with Nationwide Insurance (who are most assuredly *NOT* on your side) and the state of California.  Last time I talked to him, the government was preventing him from putting an RV on his property to live in before he can rebuild.  He indicated to me he’s going to retire.
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    Jack reacted to Chris Wimmer in FIAT G-91   
    Great work you've done here, Angelo! I always loved to watch the Ginas flying from Fürstenfeldbruck Airbase, and that's so long ago... 
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    Jack got a reaction from Rick Griewski in LSP Christmas Raffle 2020   
    Okay, found them, these two items i'd like to donate as separate gifts (and i don't need to be entered in the drawing):
     

     
    thanks Kev, for organizing again,
     
    best regards,
    Jack
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    Jack got a reaction from Kagemusha in Fisher or not to Fisher   
    It's actually a very unreal situation, kit wise, that happened to Paul and his family, but ofcourse not unreal to what actually happened, the fire, the destruction, the loss and all that goes with it.
    We all may have some of his kits one way or the other, and indeed it would be a terrible shame if these explicite kits wouldn't come to reality in being build, but i realize having these kits do present a certain "treasure" in having Paul's legacy in what he was trying to give to the LSP society .......
    Okay enough of these reflections, i must kick myself as well to get some of his creations to fruition......
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    Jack got a reaction from Stevepd in Fisher or not to Fisher   
    It's actually a very unreal situation, kit wise, that happened to Paul and his family, but ofcourse not unreal to what actually happened, the fire, the destruction, the loss and all that goes with it.
    We all may have some of his kits one way or the other, and indeed it would be a terrible shame if these explicite kits wouldn't come to reality in being build, but i realize having these kits do present a certain "treasure" in having Paul's legacy in what he was trying to give to the LSP society .......
    Okay enough of these reflections, i must kick myself as well to get some of his creations to fruition......
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    Jack got a reaction from Stevepd in JetMads 1/32 Viggen   
    Party pooooper........i'll just wait for the Revell kit to show up...............................JUST KIDDING...!!!
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    Jack got a reaction from MikeC in FIAT G-91   
    Indeed, very nice Gina.......feeling old now, since way in the past i had this german airforce Gina on the frequency while taxing in at the airbase i worked at, and it "lost" its way and ended up ON a cobble stone road right in front of the POL section......which was also the same POL section in use when the Luftwaffe in WW2 occupied this same airbase.......wonder why.....!?!.....just kidding....
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    Jack got a reaction from mozart in Fisher or not to Fisher   
    It's actually a very unreal situation, kit wise, that happened to Paul and his family, but ofcourse not unreal to what actually happened, the fire, the destruction, the loss and all that goes with it.
    We all may have some of his kits one way or the other, and indeed it would be a terrible shame if these explicite kits wouldn't come to reality in being build, but i realize having these kits do present a certain "treasure" in having Paul's legacy in what he was trying to give to the LSP society .......
    Okay enough of these reflections, i must kick myself as well to get some of his creations to fruition......
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    Jack got a reaction from KitmodellerNZ in Revell 1/32 North American P-51D-5NA Mustang   
    Jeeez, how did i miss this one, i'm a mustang nutt all over, that is a very good looking Mustang indeed, shows that this Revell kit can be a show stopper for sure.
     
    Jack
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